Wesley Clark joins SoloPower board

Retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark will join SoloPower's board of directors.

Retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark will join SoloPower's board of directors.

SoloPower Inc. on Monday announced that retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark — a former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate — has joined the company's board of directors.

San Jose, Calif.-based SoloPower — a developer of thin-film solar energy panels — is in the process of hiring for its $340 million manufacturing operation being built in North Portland.

Clark, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe who briefly sought the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, is considered a "alternative energy champion," according to SoloPower CEO Tim Harris.

"His insights, guidance and perspective will be a valuable addition to our company as we work to make solar energy a major power source for the world’s commercial and industrial buildings,” Harris said in a news release. “As a global leader and alternative energy champion, General Clark is a perfect fit for our dedicated Board, which provides critical leadership, advice and support to the SoloPower team.”

Clark on Monday gave a keynote speech at solar conference PV America West in San Jose, Calif.

“We are dealing with the severe consequences of climate change, and we’ve got to move away from carbon-based fuels,” Clark said during his talk, according to a report from Earth2Tech.

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