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Posted on July 9, 2010 by  & 

Skyline Solar appoints Thomas Rohrs CEO

Skyline Solar, a manufacturer of High Gain Solar (HGS) arrays for commercial, industrial, government and utility markets, have recently announced that Thomas Rohrs has joined the company as CEO and will also join the Skyline Solar Board of Directors.
Rohrs brings more than 30 years of technology executive management experience to Skyline Solar, including the past 13 years as an executive, board member and advisor for companies in the semiconductor, renewable and solar energy industries, such as Applied Materials, Electroglas, Bloom Energy and Abound Solar. Bob MacDonald, Skyline Solar's co-founder and former CEO, will transition into the Skyline Solar CTO role.
"Having hit a number of critical product, financing and customer milestones over the past two years, Skyline Solar has reached an important inflection point in its growth," said Bill Keating, Skyline Solar's executive chairman. "The addition of Tom means Skyline Solar's future as a company has never been brighter."
Rohrs has served in executive positions at some of Silicon Valley's top technology companies including Applied Materials, Silicon Graphics and HP. Prior to Skyline Solar, Rohrs spent three years as chairman and CEO of Electroglas. Prior to Electroglas, he served as an advisor and board member to a number of companies in the semiconductor, healthcare and energy markets. At several of these companies, Rohrs played key roles in initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions.
"I am excited to be joining Skyline Solar at a time when the company is poised to significantly scale business operations and bring its unique HGS system to the broader commercial, government and utility solar markets," said Rohrs. "I look forward to working with the Skyline Solar team in changing the economics of solar PV for our partners and customers."
Rohrs joins Skyline Solar just weeks after the company completed the first commercial installation of its HGS 1000 system in Nipton, California. The installation makes Nipton "the most solar town in America," by generating up to 85 percent of the town's electricity needs from clean and renewable solar energy. The company was also recently awarded one of the first patents under the US Patent & Trademark Office's Green Technology Pilot Program, covering key elements of Skyline Solar's HGS architecture. These and other significant milestones have positioned Skyline Solar for additional growth during the second half of 2010 and beyond.
"The Nipton installation completed the first phase of Skyline Solar's development as a proven player in the commercial, government and utility-scale solar markets," said Bob MacDonald, CTO and co-founder of Skyline Solar. "With the addition of Tom and his experience in large-scale technology companies, we can focus on bringing Skyline Solar HGS to more markets, more regions and more customers around the world, while continuing to innovate around system design and architecture. I am excited to work closely with Tom and the rest of the management team to scale up Skyline Solar."
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