The executive team at YouSolar is comprised of experts in senior energy markets and solar technology who share a common passion to build the world’s greatest solar+battery system and to change the world for the better.
Arnold LeitnerFounder and CEO
Arnold is a clean-tech pioneer. His first company, SkyFuel, re-invented concentrating solar power technology. SkyFuel’s high-precision parabolic trough uses mirror film technology licensed from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) instead of glass mirrors and won the R&D 100 Award. It was featured as one of the major clean-tech accomplishments as part of the 40th anniversary of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Arnold holds a PhD in Physics from CU Boulder and an MBA from Columbia.
Gene KrzywinskiPower Electronics
Gene is the founding CEO of eIQ Energy and inventor of the patented DC-DC micro-converter that is key to YouSolar’s innovative power architecture. In addition to being a serial entrepreneur, he has also been successful in the corporate world. Gene was VP of Sales and Marketing for Impala Linear Corp where he turned the company around and led its sale to Fairchild Semiconductor. Gene has a BSEE in semiconductors from Rutgers College of Engineering.
David FillmoreSolar Forecasting and Optimization
David Fillmore has worked professionally for 20 years in the fields of computational physics and software architecture. From 1998 to 2005 he was an associate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. From 2005 to 2016 David held positions as a software developer and senior research scientist at Tech-X Corporation. While at Tech-X he worked on the simulation of solar irradiance and the estimation surface solar irradiance based on satellite observations under grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science Mission Directorate. David received a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and Atmospheric Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Galen has over nearly four decades of years of experience in the energy sector. Before joining YouSolar, Galen served as the COO and then CEO of SolarCraft, Novato CA. At SolarCraft, he led a team executing residential and commercial solar PV, battery storage, and solar thermal projects in the North Bay Area. Galen worked several years for SunPower as the Sr. Director EPC Projects for the SunPower’s C7 LCPV technology program in China and led SunPower’s EPC efforts in Egypt and Mexico. Before SunPower, he was the Director of Project Development Engineering at First Solar in San Francisco and Head of Project Delivery at Masdar in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He was responsible for the development and construction of wind and solar projects. Throughout his career, Galen has worked in Pakistan, Romania, the Philippines, Seychelles, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, China, Morocco, and Mexico. Galen received his BS from the University of Washington and MBA from the University of Washington. Galen is a PMI certified project management professional and a licensed California Class B – General Building Contractor.
Baxter SmithProduct and Support
Baxter Smith recently worked at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. At Green School, he helped create and direct the Community Innovation Hub, or “ihub.” ihub is a fabrication space dedicated to teaching and mastering digital design tools and craftsmanship. While at Green School, Baxter also played a key role in helping the school achieve 100% energy from renewable sources. He led the installations of two solar arrays donated by YouSolar, its investors, and Southeast Asian partners. Baxter was also heavily involved in the procurement, installation, and upkeep of a vortex hydro turbine in the river that crosses the school’s campus. Baxter holds a Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley, California, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver.
Michael AllmanInvestor and Board Member
Mike has held numerous executive roles in the power and gas industry. Most recently he was the CEO of Sempra Generation and the CEO of the Southern California Gas Company. While at Sempra Mike built the ground-breaking 10 MW “Eldorado” solar plant in Nevada which was the first solar project to use thin-film solar panels. Within a decade Sempra and other developers built thousands of megawatts of utility solar power projects in America’s Desert Southwest. Mike holds an MBA from the University of Chicago BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State.