Markets & Finance

December 4, 2008
Premier Power Renewable Energy announced its appointment of Kevin Murray, former California State Senator who was a strong advocate for green energy initiatives and played key roles in the authoring and passing of solar legislation. One of Murray’s more noteworthy bills was SB1, “Million Solar Roofs”, which provided over $3 billion to expand the use of solar energy in California.
December 3, 2008
On 29 November 2008, Professor Dr. Adolf Goetzberger, the founder of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, ISE turned 80 years old. In 1976, Goetzberger was well-known semiconductor expert and head of a research institute with 180 employees, but in 1981, he decided to head out on his own and start the Fraunhofer ISE with only 18 employees. Today the ISE has grown to employee more than 800 people for the advancement of solar energy.
November 25, 2008
SEMI has named a long-time employee as its new president of SEMI North America, appointing Jonathan Davis to succeed Victoria Hadfield, effective Jan. 1, 2009. Davis will assume responsibility for the group's North American programs, products, and services and will be responsible for relationships with SEMI members as well as industry, government, and academia in the region. Hadfield moves on to pursue personal interests but will remain with the trade association in an advisory role.
November 25, 2008
SolarReserve named Alistair Jessop as Vice President to oversee its European and other international markets. He will be developing solar power projects in the regions by utilizing SolarReserve’s technology.
November 24, 2008
Solterra Renewable Technologies’ subsidiary, Hague Corp., the solar technology and quantum dot manufacturing company, has announced its appointment of Dr. Ghassen E. Jabbour as Chief Science Officer. Dr. Jabbour, a Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Arizona State University and Director of Flexible and Organic Electronics Development at the Flexible Display Center (FDC), joins the company to oversee all development and characterization of Solterra’s thin-film Quantum Dot solar cell products.
November 20, 2008
Trina Solar has announced the appointments of new executives in the company. Dr. Suping Chen has been named VP of Manufacturing, East Campus, Dr. Qiang Huang is VP of Technology and Steven (Yu) Zhu is VP of International Procurement and Business Development.
November 20, 2008
G24 Innovations (G24i) has named John Hartnett as its new Chief Executive Officer. Harnett comes to G24i from Palm, Inc., where he was Senior VP of Global Markets and was responsible for worldwide sales, service and support. He will divide his time between G24i’s manufacturing and research headquarters in Cardiff, Wales and the new hub in Silicon Valley, CA.
November 19, 2008
Oerlikon Group has named Jürg Fedier as its new Chief Financial Officer effective 1 January 2009. Fedier joins Oerlikon from Ciba, Basel where he served as the company’s CFO since March of 2007.
November 19, 2008
ReneSola announced two senior management changes in the course of reporting its quarterly financial results. Cheng-Hsien Yeh, resigned as chief operating officer effective Nov. 1 to pursue other interests, while Mingde Wang joined the company on Nov. 15 as its VP of manufacturing.
November 18, 2008
Sunrise Global Solar Company (Sunrise) named Dr. Ximing Dai as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. She brings more than two decades of solar expertise and a wide expertise in research, product development and technology management. Most recently, Dai was CTO of JA Solar overseeing the development of several high-efficiency cell products and production capacity increases. She was also a member of JA Solar’s Board of Director’s.

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