Thin-film photovoltaics company HelioVolt has hired industry veteran Jim Flanary as its new CEO. Flanary was COO of First Solar in 2001-2003 and most recently helped HelioSphera ramp its micromorph-silicon thin-film PV operations in Greece.
During his stint at First Solar, Flanary implemented the core manufacturing process methodologies that allowed the CdTe module manufacturer to rapidly scale while addressing early product quality issues.
“HelioVolt has developed a unique method for rapid manufacturing of advanced solar technology with potential to reach module efficiencies comparable with polysilicon modules and at competitive installed costs,” said BJ Stanbery, the CIGS TFPV company’s founder, chief strategy officer, and former CEO. “Jim brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial drive and operational capabilities with solid business growth, experience that aligns him well with our plan to deliver the most efficient and cost-effective products to the market.”
Known for his execution and focus on operational excellence, Flanary has held a number of key roles in addition to his COO service at First Solar and HelioSphera, including president of OEA Aerospace and president of Networks Electronic Corp. During a 10-plus year career at ITT Night Vision, he developed his operational skills in robust engineering, six sigma, and lean manufacturing and became its division president and general manager.
“HelioVolt is one of the most promising thin-film companies in the solar industry today and I feel honored to lead the company through its next growth phase,” said Flanary. “The market has seen the potential of thin-film technology in the past two years, and I believe HelioVolt has the next generation technology and process that will allow our customers and partners to reach new levels of commercial growth.”