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Paolo Pietrogrande and Bart Van Ouytsel have recently joined SoloPower as a member of its board of directors and the sales lead for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, respectively. Pietrogrande began his appointment June 13, while Van Ouytsel began on June 1.
Pietrogrande concurrently serves as chairman of Element Power Solar. He is credited with supervising the development and operation of over 4,000MW of renewable energy projects around the world and has 31 years of experience in alternative energy and corporate management. Pietrogrande is a founding partner of Netplan Management Consulting and held leadership and executive positions at Enel, Gamesa Solar, General Electric, Bain, and KTI.
"It's a really exciting time for SoloPower, with Paolo and Bart joining our team, the recent introduction of our next generation of solar solutions, and hiring for the high volume manufacturing facility we're preparing to open in Portland, Oregon," said Tim Harris, CEO, SoloPower. "Paolo's extensive experience in utilities, in renewable power generation, and in managing international manufacturing companies will help us make solar energy possible for any rooftop in the world. And Bart's global expertise in the solar energy and building materials industries are just what we need to continue our customer growth."
Van Ouytsel comes to SoloPower from Solar Integrated where he served as VP of European sales and marketing. He is credited, over a seven-year period, of having a profit and loss and sales responsibility for US$40 million in annual revenue. “SoloPower is paving the way for the future of solar energy around the globe, and I'm looking forward to being a part of the company's continued growth as we expand the possibilities of solar integration," said Van Ouytsel, who is fluent in Dutch, German, English, and French. "We see great opportunity in Italy, Japan, the US and around the world."