Siva Power, a manufacturer of next generation thin-film solar technology, has hired renowned solar executive Bruce Sohn to lead the company as CEO. Sohn previously was the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Siva Power and he replaces Brad Mattson in the leadership role, while Mattson now serves as Executive Chairman of the Board.
“I literally cannot think of anyone I would want to lead Siva Power more than Bruce,” said Mattson. “He grew First Solar, what was then a small solar startup, into the multinational company it is today. I know that Siva will be the next thin-film success and I know that Bruce will lead us to that success.”
Under Sohn’s leadership, First Solar achieved three historic solar milestones: the first company to manufacture at under $1/watt, the first company to ship more than 1 GW of production annually and the first company to develop and engineer, procure, and construct (EPC) over 1 GW of utility-scale projects.
“The team, the technology, and the plan that Siva Power has created is truly remarkable and I’m excited to join as CEO,” said Sohn. “I look forward to the next steps in which we realize the vision and make the world’s absolute lowest cost solar panels. We are going to do this.”
Sohn graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in engineering, was a Clean Energy Ambassador to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and chaired the US Commerce Department’s Manufacturing Council for the Obama administration.
Siva Power is developing copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar modules at its Santa Clara, CA headquarters. Siva’s roadmap delivers dramatically lower electricity costs through advanced technology, scale, operational execution and an effective business strategy.