Nothing Less than Excellence
A shared commitment to innovation and flawless execution drives 8minute to consistently deliver solar energy on time, on price and on projected performance. Our technical and scientific knowhow is the best in the industry, enabling us to optimize each project to reduce costs and accelerate the transition to 100% clean electricity. We were the first solar developer to beat fossil fuel prices, and we’re on a mission to clear the long-standing hurdles of clean energy reliability and resiliency through advancements in energy storage.
8minute is made up of more than 150 professionals who bring deep expertise across the project lifecycle, including solar and storage technologies, plant engineering and optimization, utility resource planning, land assembly, land-use permitting and entitlement, structured finance and transactions. While we’d love to boast about them all here, let’s start with our leadership team.
Founder & CEO
Tom founded 8minute Solar Energy (8minute) in 2009 with a vision for making solar the lowest cost, most reliable form of energy on the planet – even when the sun isn’t shining. With more than 20 years of executive management experience and a scientific, analytical approach driving the company, Tom has transformed 8minute from a boutique developer to a record-breaking solar technology leader shaping the clean energy transition. Today, 8minute has more than 18 GW of solar and 24 GWh of energy storage projects under development, enough to provide clean, reliable power for 20 million Americans – day and night, for less than the cost of fossil fuels.
Over his career, Tom has led transactions totaling over $10 billion in power purchase agreements and project finance deals. Prior to founding 8minute, Tom’s worked in real estate development, investment banking, and management consulting with McKinsey & Company.
Tom earned his undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Cologne in Germany and a Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.
Chief Financial Officer
Rahul is responsible for the overall financial direction of the company. For more than 20 years, he has held senior leadership positions for public and private semiconductor and software technology companies, including Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS), Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ: CY), NetSuite and KLA (NASDAQ: KLAC). Immediately prior to joining 8minute, Rahul served as Chief Financial Officer of Rambus, where he was recognized as the “Best CFO” in the sector as part of Institutional Investor’s prestigious 2022 All-America Executive Team survey. During his five years as CFO, he helped transform the company from a licensing business model to a products company, with product sales now making up more than half of the company’s revenue. Prior to Rambus, Rahul served as Senior Vice President of Finance at Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ: CY), managing financial planning and investors relations, as well as Vice President of Finance at Spansion (NYSE: CODE), before the company was acquired by Cypress.
Rahul holds a Bachelor of Arts in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as a consultant with Arthur Anderson.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Jennifer leads the legal and human resources teams at 8minute Solar Energy. With decades of legal and regulatory experience in the energy and technology industries, Jennifer has extensive expertise across commercial contracts, intellectual property protection, corporate governance and government affairs for both private and public organizations. Prior to joining 8minute, Jennifer spent nearly 10 years with FuelCell Energy, where she simultaneously held the roles of Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary. She also served as General Counsel for Total Energy Corporation and as a partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP, where she chaired the firm’s Utility Law Practice Group. She began her law career as an associate in the Energy & Utilities Practice Group at Murtha Cullina LLP. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Boston University, and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York.
Chief Operating Officer
Stephanie is the Chief Operating Officer at 8minute Solar Energy, where she oversees the seasoned leaders of 8minute’s development, engineering, procurement and plant operations teams. Stephanie has more than 16 years of experience working in the renewable energy industry across the varied fields of technology evaluation, system engineering, solar project development and commercial contract negotiations. Stephanie first joined 8minute in 2017 as Vice President of Commercial Transactions, and most recently, served as Senior Vice President, Engineering and Transactions. Prior to joining 8minute, Stephanie held various leadership positions at Recurrent Energy. Over her time in the solar industry, she has led teams to complete more than 4 GW of domestic and international solar EPC, equipment, and O&M contracts and 1.5 GW of PPA transactions, including the record-breaking Eland Solar & Storage Center, a 400 MWac smart power plant featuring an integrated 300 MW/1200 MWh energy storage facility.
Previously, Stephanie worked at Northrop Grumman as a launch and operations system engineer in the space technology division. She also worked as an investment associate at Chevron Technology Ventures and CalCEF Angel Fund, focused on solar and renewable energy technology venture investing. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Notre Dame, an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from USC, and an M.B.A from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Chief Commercial Officer
Michael leads the commercial team at 8minute Solar Energy, responsible for the strategy and execution for selling the clean energy products generated by 8minute’s smart power plants. He has a decade of experience in the renewable energy industry, with a focus in PPA origination, project development and finance. Previously as SVP, Origination, he managed PPA structuring, pricing strategy and business development for 8minute, resulting in over 3 GW of solar and battery storage deals to date across the company’s core markets. Michael previously worked at Recurrent Energy, where he focused on project development for a portfolio of early- to late-stage assets. During his time with the company, he managed approximately 600 MW of projects through commercial operation. Michael began his career in the Leveraged Finance group of Wells Fargo Securities, where he worked on leveraged loan and high-yield bond offerings across multiple industry segments. Michael holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Technology Officer
Kip is the Chief Technology Officer at 8minute Solar Energy, where he is responsible for executing on the company’s technology vision. Kip has over a decade of experience leading technology teams in the areas of marketplace design, network optimization and machine learning at renowned companies, including Amazon, Amazon Web Services, and Convoy, the world’s leading digital freight network. In his time at Amazon, Kip and his team built the technology needed to direct a global network of millions of warehouse employees, steer billions of dollars of warehouse investment, and allow the company to react with lightning speed to the changing needs of customers. At Amazon Web Services, he led efforts to bring these powerful, machine-learning and optimization capabilities to customers as diverse as Volkswagen, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and the Carrier Corporation. At Convey, Kip’s team leveraged innovations in auction theory, machine learning, and routing optimization to build a new kind of freight marketplace that reduces trucking CO 2 emissions by more than a third. Kip holds a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke.
Senior Vice President, Development
Deborah has spent the last thirteen years in the renewable energy sector concentrated on the development of utility-scale solar projects, and has over six years of experience successfully managing land development projects. Prior to joining 8minute Solar Energy, Deborah was a Development Manager for WorleyParsons, where she was responsible for helping to develop and permit over 450 MW of utility-scale solar projects on private, state, and Federal lands. She was also previously the Senior Forward Planner for America’s largest residential homebuilder where she successfully obtained land entitlements and permits on aggressive timelines. Deborah spent over 3 years producing environmental documents in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Deborah holds a B.S. in biology and a M.S. in environmental biology from Ohio University, as well as a J.D. from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Senior Vice President, Engineering
Emily oversees the engineering team at 8minute Solar Energy, which is shaping the evolving grid through a wholistic approach to renewable power plant optimization, product design, technology economics, and financing diligence. Before joining 8minute, Emily led the Performance Engineering and Technology Analytics Groups at Recurrent Energy, where she implemented LCOE initiatives and was involved in the modeling, financing and commissioning of over 2.5 GW of utility-scale solar PV projects across North America. Emily is a licensed electrical engineer, holding a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a M.S. from Stanford University, with a focus in renewable energy systems and energy efficiency.
Senior Vice President, EPC
Ben has two decades of expertise in construction project leadership for utility- and commercial-scale projects. During his career in the renewable energy industry, he has built more than 2.5 GW of utility-scale solar projects across major markets including California, Texas and Arizona. Prior to joining 8minute Solar Energy, Ben served as the Senior Director of Construction Management at Recurrent Energy, where he was responsible for the successful construction and interconnection of utility-scale projects in the company’s U.S. portfolio. He also previously worked in engineering and project management roles for construction firms like Rudolph and Sletten and Lovett Silverman. Ben earned a bachelor’s degree in Building Science from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Denver.
Senior Vice President, Finance
Gaurav oversees the corporate finance group at 8minute Solar Energy, including the company’s capital markets, financial planning and analysis, and investor relations functions. He brings to the company more than 15 years of experience leading strategy and finance initiatives for public and private companies spanning the renewable energy, technology, manufacturing and banking industries. Over the course of his career, Gaurav has executed over $2.5 billion in equity, debt and structured financing in the United States, Europe and Asia. He most recently served as the Vice President of Corporate Finance for SunPower, where he led the spin out, capital raise and public listing of the company’s manufacturing business, Maxeon Solar Technologies. He also held senior-level finance and treasury roles with organizations including Vectra (owned by Apollo Global Management, Inc.) and SunEdison. Gaurav earned a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.