Solar is the fastest-growing energy resource in the world. In this lecture, Howard Wenger will discuss the status of solar power, including technology, economics and policy.
Howard Wenger has worked for more than 30 years in the solar and utility power field, as an entrepreneur, engineer, policy maker and ultimately as an executive and board member of leading solar power companies, from startup companies to multi-billion-dollar public companies. He continues to help enable a clean all-electric future for buildings and transportation power, including technology, economics and policy.
Mr. Wenger worked at SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) where he served as an executive officer for ten years, including the company's president of business units, with global responsibility for SunPower's residential, commercial and utility power plant divisions. He also was president and CEO of SunPower Systems, the company's turn-key power systems group.
Previously, Mr. Wenger was an executive and board director for PowerLight Corporation, which was acquired by SunPower for over $300 million. PowerLight/SunPower grew from $20 million to over $3 billion in revenue under Wenger's leadership and P&L responsibility, with over 10,000 employees. Mr. Wenger also held management positions at Pacific Gas & Electric Company of San Francisco, AstroPower Corporation (acquired by GE) and Pacific Energy Group, a company he co-founded.
During his career, Mr. Wenger has led and scaled companies, driven the establishment of public policies to mainstream solar, including the first net metering law in the US (California, 1994), and written software programs and tools that are still used today to design and engineer solar power systems.
Mr. Wenger holds a BA in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MS in engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. We are grateful for their generous support.
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The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for seniors with no transportation to all Community Tuesdays lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Tuesdays, May 28
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$15 or one punch on the Community Tuesdays punch card
No reservations required. Pay at the door.
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]