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About SOLARCYCLE

An illustration of SOLARCYCLE's future solar panel recycling factory.

The world is in a critical and monumental energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. It is our only hope for a livable planet. Increasingly, solar energy is powering the world – and this complete energy transition requires a massive, unprecedented volume of solar panels and batteries.

In order to make this energy transition truly sustainable, it is imperative to create a circular economy for these materials and components NOW. The more we can recycle and reuse the key materials in existing clean energy installations, the faster we can transition to a world without the need for massive new mining operations, without pollution, and without the looming threat of the climate crisis.

SOLARCYCLE was created by experts in solar, recycling and sustainability to solve this challenge at scale. We have developed proprietary technology that can cost-effectively return more than 95% of all the valuable materials back into the solar supply chain. We are backed by technology, solar and circular economy investors who have partnered with us on this imperative mission to make clean energy even more sustainable on a global scale. Our vision is nothing short of making clean energy itself completely and forever renewable.

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Management Team

CEO and co-founder of SOLARCYCLE Suvi Sharma

Suvi Sharma

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

An industry thought leader in solar PV innovation, Suvi has co-founded two leading companies in the solar industry, Solaria and Nextracker. Prior to founding SOLARCYCLE Suvi was the CEO of Solaria, where he built the company from scratch, raised institutional financing and built a leading brand in residential solar. At Solaria, Suvi also co-founded and spun out Nextracker and served on the Board until its acquisition by FLEX. He started his career as an Associate at the venture capital firm, Geocapital Partners, a $500 million international private equity firm.

COO and co-founder Jesse Simons

Jesse Simons

Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer

Prior to founding SOLARCYCLE, Jesse served on the Executive Team of the Sierra Club as Chief of Staff and then National Program Director overseeing a staff of over 800 and a $160M annual organizational budget. He brings in-depth knowledge on climate and the circular economy and has extensive experience scaling and managing large teams in both entrepreneurial and established environments. In his career, Jesse has been instrumental in sales, marketing and investor relations, having raised over $500M for climate and technology initiatives.

CTO and co-founder Dr. Pablo Ribeiro Dias

Dr. Pablo Ribeiro Dias

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Pablo is a world-renowned researcher in the field of solar PV module and e-waste recycling technologies, conducting leading-edge research in innovative processes and methodologies for high-value, low-cost PV recycling. He has authored numerous seminal research papers in the field, holds multiple patents in photovoltaic recycling, and has authored several book chapters on the topic. Most recently, he was a researcher and lecturer at University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia. Pablo holds a PhD from UFRGS (Brazil), a PhD from Macquarie University (Australia) both in the field of e-waste recycling and management, and a Master of Science in photovoltaics recycling.

Robert Vinje, Chief Operating Officer at Solarcycle

Robert Vinje

Chief Operating Officer

Rob is a proven leader with over 25 years experience in the solar and operations sectors. Previously, he held several operations positions at Amazon, including Development Service Operations for Amazon's Worldwide Real Estate organization, and the Worldwide Sustainability Global Energy and Environment group, which was responsible for Amazon’s Operations solar installations. At SunPower, Rob led the Global Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) divisions.  Prior to SunPower, Rob oversaw the Minnesota Fab Operations for front end semiconductor manufacturing at Cypress Semiconductor.

General counsil Ted Herhold

Ted Herhold

VP, General Counsel

Ted is a seasoned Silicon Valley lawyer and general counsel. After graduating from Stanford and UC Hastings law school, he started out as a trial lawyer at a large New York law firm and later became an IP litigation partner in the Palo Alto office of one of the largest IP firms in the country, where he worked for 20 years and became the chairman of the firm's litigation group. Ted joined Solaria, a Silicon Valley-based solar energy company in 2016, later becoming the company's general counsel. Ted comes to SOLARCYCLE with a wealth of experience in IP counseling, licensing, patent prosecution and litigation, as well as general corporate and commercial matters.

Joan Han, board member of SOLARCYCLE

Joan Han

VP, Global Logistics

Joan has worked for more than 25 years in the supply chain and logistics fields, serving in leadership positions at industry-leading, multinational manufacturing companies. Joan comes to SOLARCYCLE with extensive experience in ensuring customer satisfaction. Notably, Joan served as Senior Director of Global Logistics at Nextracker, where she was responsible for driving strategy and implementing global logistics solutions for utility-scale solar and distributed generation projects. She also led the growth of the operations and logistics team at Alps, a global electronics designer and manufacturer.

VP of Sales at SOLARCYCLE Ryan Booth

Ryan Booth

VP, Sales

Prior to SOLARCYCLE, Ryan led U.S. sales teams at SunPower, SPG Solar, and NEXTracker. Ryan brings a wealth of sales expertise to SOLARCYCLE having worked in the solar industry for nearly two decades. In his previous role at NEXTracker, he delivered over 36GWs of tracker sales through new and existing customer partnerships helping the company achieve leading market share for six consecutive years. Ryan specializes in developing new markets, establishing strategic partnerships, and leading high-performing sales team.

Veronica Sas, VP Corporate Controller at SOLARCYCLE

Veronica Sas

VP, Controller

With over 25 years of experience, Veronica has worked in all aspects of accounting, finance, HR, payroll, and taxes across domestic and international firms. She has extensive experience managing internal and external audits, overseeing up to 75 employees including direct oversight of all operational departments. Veronica holds an Accounting and Business Administration degree, a Certified Management Accountant certification, and is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. She sits on the boards of the National Association of Tax Preparer’s Finance Committee, Institute of Management Accountant Audit Committee, and Center for the Future, Prescott.

Meet our founders:

Board of Directors

Suvi Sharma

CEO & Co-Founder

Jesse Simons

CCO & Co-Founder

Dr. Pablo Ribeiro Dias

CTO & Co-Founder

Danielle Joseph, board member of SOLARCYCLE

Danielle Joseph

Managing Director, Closed Loop Ventures

Danielle leads the Closed Loop Ventures Group platform – the seed / pre-seed investment division of Closed Loop Partners, focused on catalyzing innovations in the circular economy. Earlier, she worked on clean energy project finance with Invex Infraestructura, Queensland Investment and NewWorld Capital Group. Danielle has deep expertise in growth equity / project finance in clean energy, energy efficiency, waste-to-value, water resources and reclamation, and environmental services. Danielle earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School and BA from Pomona College.  

Peter Rive, board member of SOLARCYCLE

Peter Rive

Board Director, SOLARCYCLE

Peter Rive is an entrepreneur and angel investor focused on climate change solutions. Peter was the co-founder and COO/CTO of SolarCity which was the largest full-service solar provider in the nation until its acquisition by Tesla. Peter's current areas of focus are on electrification, ocean-based carbon dioxide removal, and clean energy – he finds companies working on important and hard problems, makes an investment, and then helps the management team execute on their plans.

Advisors

Michael Brune, advisor to SOLARCYCLE

Michael Brune

Former Executive Director, Sierra Club

Jenya Meydbray, advisor to SOLARCYCLE

Jenya Meydbray

CEO, PV Evolution Labs

Gillian Black, advisor to SOLARCYCLE

Gillian Black

Director of Project Development, Eden Renewables

Anna Binder, advisor to SOLARCYCLE

Anna Binder

Head of People at Asana

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News

SOLARCYCLE Selected as SEIA National Recycling Partner

1/24/2023

SOLARCYCLE announced that the company was selected as a member of Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA)’s National PV Recycling Program. The designation will increase the solar industry’s access to SOLARCYCLE’s services and help to ensure environmentally responsible end-of-life management across the United States.

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SOLARCYCLE Announces Robert Vinje as Chief Operating Officer

1/17/2023

SOLARCYCLE, a tech-driven solar circular economy platform, today announced that Robert Vinje, a veteran of Amazon, SunPower, and Cypress Semiconductor, will become the Company’s first Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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CNBC – SOLARCYCLE Focuses on Recycling High-Value Materials from Solar Panels

10/3/2022

CNBC’s Diana Olick reports on SOLARCYCLE, a start-up company focused on recycling materials from solar panels.

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Silicon Ranch Corporation and SOLARCYCLE Partner to Advance Solar Recycling, Bolstering U.S. Supply Chain

9/19/2022

Silicon Ranch Corporation, one of the nation’s largest independent power producers, and SOLARCYCLE, a tech-driven solar recycling platform, announced a partnership today to process end-of-life solar modules from Silicon Ranch projects through SOLARCYCLE’s advanced, high-recovery recycling platform.

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