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Meet Arno

I'm a passionate advocate for solutions to climate change through the intersection of clean technology, business and public policy. I've spent the last 15 years working in solar power, helping the industry make the transition to mainstream energy markets.

In 2006, I founded Recurrent Energy, which I grew to become one of North America's largest solar project developers with a 3 GW pipeline and 1.5 GW of signed power purchase agreements. We raised over $100M of private equity and over $4B of project finance during my tenure as CEO. Our projects now deliver clean electricity to our partners PG&E, SCE, SMUD, Ontario Power Authority, LADWP, Austin Energy, Marin Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Energy, and the City of San Francisco. I left in 2015 following the sale of the company to Canadian Solar.

Before Recurrent Energy, I started Prevalent Power, one of California's fastest growing commercial solar project developers. The company delivered a number of industry firsts, including Google's corporate solar power system located on the company's Silicon Valley headquarters. Prevalent Power was sold to IdeaLab! in 2005.

I came to solar with a background in tech startups. I've raised over $200MM in equity financing for startups over the course of my career. One company I helped to start, RedEnvelope.com, had an IPO in 2003. The other, Novo Media Group, was sold several years ago to Publicis, one of the world's premier marketing and media companies. I've also had my share of challenges along the way--my firsthand experience of a failed IPO registration for Novo and the collapse of a well-funded dot-com called WineShopper.com have helped to season me as an entrepreneur and a leader.

I continue to spend my time working on behalf of solar and clean energy as a board member emeritus and former board chair of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and as a board member of Advanced Energy Economy Institute. SEIA is the largest solar trade association representing over 1000 member companies as the voice of strong solar industry powering America. AEE is an association of businesses and business leaders committed to making the energy we use more secure, clean, and affordable.

In addition to my clean energy work, I chair the Leadership Council of Tipping Point, a grant-making organization dedicated to making poverty preventable. And I serve as an appointee to the Proposition 39 Citizens Oversight Board, which oversees $2.5B in California Clean Energy Jobs Act spending to help schools implement energy efficiency measures.

As an entrepreneur, I am enthusiastic about startups and clean technology, but I have zero patience for dreamy ideas or unfocused execution. I'm a regular speaker and commentator on renewable energy issues and I share my perspective via my blog Clean Energy Future.

I'm a graduate of UC Berkeley, private pilot, cyclist, and proud father of three four boys.