Chief Commercial Officer

Key career accomplishments include:

  • Google:
    • Led Investment Committee that approved and managed deployment and asset management of $2.5billion across 22 projects in renewable energy; led Google energy technology development
  • BrightSource: 
    • Led the development, construction, and commissioning of the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar thermal power plant, the largest in the world
    • Managed global technology organization with over 450 employees worldwide
    • Led negotiations of over 1000 MW of Power Purchase Agreements with major utilities
  • Silicon Energy/Itron
    • Founded and led development of industry leading demand management software company with installed capacity of over 1000 MW and enabling first transactions in mega-watts
    • Grew revenues at an average annual growth rate of 218%; Drove new sales bookings total of over $63million from 1999-2002
    • Drove acquisition by Itron Inc for $71 million, 4.2x revenues, in March 2003.  Provided strong financial returns for every series of Investor (A,B,C,D) in tough market environment
    • Led integration of Itron software acquisitions into a single software division with revenues of $45 million (now over $100million);  including delivering over $10 million of restructuring/cost savings


John Woolard

Mr. Woolard has spent his career focused on building, growing, and acquiring energy companies and assets.  He is among the most respected players in California  Most recently, John served as the Vice President of Energy at Google from 2014-2016, where he focused on Google's global energy strategy through investment in new technology and energy projects.   John served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of BrightSource Energy, Inc. from 2006 to 2013.  Woolard Co-Founded Silicon Energy in 1997, and served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman as he led its growth in enterprise energy management software through its acquisition by Itron in 2003.   He then served as Vice President and General Manager at Itron through 2005.   John began his career in energy at Lawrence Berkeley Labs in 1996, in the Energy and Environment Division, and then joined PG&E Energy Services to lead their efforts in Facility Information and Control Systems.   He is a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.