I first read about solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in a Scientific American magazine article in 1976 while working on an engineering degree in upstate N.Y. at Union College. That was nearly 40 years ago! This article convinced me that solar PV technology had great potential to satisfy the world’s growing need for electrical power, even though climate change was not on many peoples’ radar at that time! The desire to learn more about this fascinating technology led me to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico where I earned a graduate degree in engineering while studying solar energy of all types. After a long career in the energy conservation industry, I reaffirmed my passion for PV in 2007 by joining a start-up working on PV module efficiency. I started Giga Solar in the summer of 2011 with the idea that what the industry needs to grow faster is a different module construction – namely one that’s lighter. After you have a look at what we’re doing, I think you’ll agree.
After earning a PhD in chemistry in the Netherlands I moved to the SF Bay Area where I’ve worked in a variety of high-technology businesses over the last 25 years. I first became involved in the solar photovoltaic industry in 2004 while exploring new business opportunities using thin film technology . In 2006 I helped to create Sunfilm AG, a pioneering thin film solar PV company located in Dresden, Germany. Over the years, I have had the benefit of working with a number of different and interesting PV technologies and companies. I joined Giga Solar in 2011, convinced that its PV module design is an innovation that will take the adoption of PV technology to the next level.