Solar power turnkey provider Solon Corp., Tucson, Ariz., announced the hiring of two veteran leaders in the solar industry. John Kintz was named managing director of the project finance group, responsible for commercial and utility-scale solar project financings, and Jeff Calabro has taken on the role of senior director of procurement and acquisitions.
“Over the past year, we have been expanding Solon’s business development team and pipeline of projects on a national scale,” said Jared Schoch, vice president and general manager of Solon Corp. “As we continue to build our business, it is vital that we expand our relationships with suppliers and investors. John and Jeff are proven veterans that match our values and have the ability to execute against our goals and elevate our business to the next level.”
Before joining Solon, Kintz was a director of project finance at SunPower, where he negotiated, arranged and closed over 400 MW solar transactions in North America. Prior to SunPower, Kintz was vice president of portfolio trading & acquisitions at Bank of America, responsible for acquisitions, sales and restructurings of tax-oriented asset-backed leases and loans.
Calabro was senior director of procurement and asset management at PsomasFMG prior to joining Solon. He has over 14 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry in sales, procurement, product management, operation start-up, project management and project development. Calabro has worked for Kyocera Solar, Canadian Solar, SunEdison, and Amonix. He has effectively negotiated multi-million dollar supply agreements and over the course of his career has been directly involved with the procurement of over 300 MW of PV module supply.
As part of its expansion, Solon said it is actively acquiring, partnering and supporting other solar development companies and projects throughout the United States in developing, financing, designing, procuring, constructing and servicing solar power plants. The company targets the 1-20 MW large distributed and small utility-scale markets.