Howard Wenger has worked for more than 30 years in the solar and utility power field as an entrepreneur, engineer, policymaker and executive, and board member of leading solar power companies—from start-ups to multi-billion-dollar public companies. He continues to help enable a clean, all-electric future for buildings and transportation.
Mr. Wenger worked at SunPower Corporation where he served as an executive officer for 10 years, including president and CEO of SunPower Systems, responsible for the company’s turn-key power systems group, with global responsibility for the company’s residential, commercial, and utility power plant business. Previously, he was an executive and board director for PowerLight Corporation, which was acquired by SunPower. Mr. Wenger also held management positions at Pacific Gas & Electric Company of San Francisco, AstroPower Corporation (acquired by GE), and Pacific Energy Group, a company he co-founded.
During his career, Mr. Wenger has led and scaled companies, driven the establishment of public policies to mainstream solar including the first net metering law in the United States (California, 1994), written or co-authored more than 70 clean-energy papers and reports, and written software programs and tools that are still used today to design and engineer solar power systems.
Mr. Wenger holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s in engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.