A solar industry pioneer, Mr. Shugar has spent over twenty years advancing the renewable energy industry. Mr. Shugar has vast experience commercializing technology, specifically with PowerLight and SunPower. Prior to Solaria, Mr. Shugar served as President of SunPower Corporation, Systems, following the merger of SunPower with PowerLight Corporation. As President of PowerLight, he led at various times Sales, Marketing, Business Development, Project Design, Supply Chain, Construction, Customer Service, Manufacturing, and R&D. During his tenure, Mr. Shugar oversaw revenue growth from less than $1 million to over $800 million and was responsible for the completion of 500 projects serving commercial, industrial, and utility clients worldwide.
Mr. Shugar has invented various PV system applications, holds multiple U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers. Prior to the PV industry, Mr. Shugar worked for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, where he managed PG&E's Solar Projects group. He began his professional career for PG&E in electric transmission planning and substation operations.
Mr. Shugar is a director on the Board of the Sierra Club Foundation, Array Converter Inc., and PV Evolution Laboratories. Mr. Shugar holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an M.B.A in finance from Golden Gate University, California.