Summit Speaker: Howard Wenger
President, Utility & Power Plants
Howard Wenger serves as president of SunPower’s utilities and power plants business group, responsible for driving global utilities and power plant sales, engineering, construction, and customer service, as well as component sales and international business development. From 2007 through 2009, Wenger was president, global business units, where he helped to grow SunPower’s sales more than 500 percent. Prior to SunPower’s acquisition of PowerLight, Wenger was PowerLight’s senior vice president of global business units and executive vice president, and a member of the board. Previous experience includes AstroPower, Inc (acquired by General Electric), where he held the position of vice president, North American Business. In 1993, Wenger co-founded Pacific Energy Group, a renewable energy consulting firm noted for defining and implementing public policies and legislation to mainstream solar power. In addition, he worked for Pacific Gas & Electric Company in both research and strategic planning. Wenger also served for one year as an invited researcher at the Ben-Gurion National Solar Energy Center in Israel, working with some of the world's leading solar scientists. During his career, Wenger has authored dozens of papers, software programs and tools addressing various aspects of the energy business. Wenger has a B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.