US manufacturer First Solar has hired former nuclear professional Tim Rebhorn for the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Project Development.
The appointment reflects the growing tendency among PV manufacturers to move into project development as they contend with the increasingly competitive global equipment sales market.
“Tim will play a crucial role in implementing First Solar's strategy to provide fully integrated photovoltaic power solutions in sustainable markets around the world,” said Jim Hughes, First Solar's CEO. “He brings proven strengths in business development, mergers and acquisitions, integration, value creation and strategy implementation.”
First Solar said that most recently, Rebhorn was CEO of Quail Nuclear Specialty Services, an industrial construction company primarily supporting the nuclear power industry.
Previously, Rebhorn was Managing Director of business and legal consulting firm Resolutions Management, where he provided strategic support for clients in energy, steel, fuel cell, engineering and construction, petroleum and manufacturing industries. Earlier executive positions include Merrill International and Stewart & Stevenson. He began his career in the US Navy, where he served in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and as a NATO Staff Planning Officer.