Shortly after eSolar announced its establishment of operations in South Africa and the Sierra SunTower in Southern California, they have now recruited George (Chip) Hambro, the retried COO of First Solar, to its board of directors. Hambro helped First Solar achieve a successful IPO, increase its global reach and focus its R&D to advance the thin-film technology and eSolar now looks forward to Hambro bringing his talent to their board.
Hambro joined First Solar in 2001 as their VP of engineering and was general manager for two years before starting as COO in 2005. Before he started with First Solar, Hambro was VP of engineering and business development at Goodrich Aerospace and VP of operations for ITT.
“To bring renewable energy into the mainstream economy, we need to build strong, cost-competitive companies with smart business strategies,” said Hambro. “Just as we questioned industry assumptions at First Solar, eSolar has brought a new approach to CSP, marrying low-cost manufacturing – a proven solar success factor – with high tech computing power.”
Hambro received a bachelor’s degree in physical science (applied physics) from the University of California at Berkeley.