LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–8minute Solar Energy (8minute), a national leader in solar power and energy storage, today announced the appointment of its first Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Kip Larson. In his new role, Larson will enhance 8minute’s existing technology expertise – applying cutting-edge approaches to 8minute’s already best-in-class suite of smart power plants and related products and services. The CTO appointment expands 8minute’s capabilities in the development, generation and delivery of clean energy by expanding the traditional focus on hardware to include software engineering, machine learning and more.
Larson brings more than a decade of experience leading technology teams and driving transformational change at renowned companies such as Amazon, Amazon Web Services and Convoy, the world’s first digital freight network. Larson and his teams have developed technology to optimize Amazon’s network of fulfillment centers to deliver products to customers in record time, and he’s set to do the same for solar energy storage and power – helping 8minute reliably deliver clean, low-cost power, anytime, day or night, to more Americans than ever before.
“Clean energy is increasingly becoming a technology business – the work we do to design state-of-the-art power plants is more akin to smart phones than drilling oil wells,” said the founder and CEO of 8minute, Dr. Tom Buttgenbach. “As we imagined where we needed to go to power the clean energy solutions of tomorrow, we looked to where technology and software have revolutionized industries – and that’s where we found Kip. We We are thrilled to have him join our leadership team and help us transform our nation’s power grid.”
Technology has transformed the way clean energy products and services are designed and delivered, and 8minute has been leading that transformation. As CTO, Larson’s expertise and leadership will be essential as 8minute’s technical teams develop reliable and scalable clean energy solutions that will help power the lives of millions of Americans and meet the goals of renewable energy while reducing the cost of electricity.
With over a decade of experience leading technology-driven optimization, Larson is the perfect fit for the adventure ahead for 8 Minutes. During his time at Amazon, he and his team built the technology needed to lead a global network of millions of warehouse workers, drive billions of dollars of warehouse investment, and enable the business to respond to lightning speed to changing customer needs. 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 Carrier Corporation. Larson also brings his experience in the startup world, having built the world’s first and most sophisticated digital freight network at Convoy, a platform that helps truckers and shippers reduce CO emissions.2 trucking emissions by more than a third. He sees even greater opportunities to deploy the same efficiency-maximizing technologies in clean energy.
“Modern software technology has incredible promise to transform the way physical equipment, from trucks to power plants, serves customers and businesses. The clean energy transition represents the greatest opportunity our economy has ever seen to take advantage of this technology to improve human well-being. I am excited to bring my experience to 8minute and join a team that is leading the effort to solve one of the world’s biggest problems – climate change – by building towards a sustainable economy. clean energy,” Larson said.
8minute kicked off 2022 by announcing $400 million in funding from EIG to support the execution and expansion of its pipeline, and is set to deploy a range of its proprietary smart power plant designs across its development pipeline. to provide low-cost and reliable clean electricity and green hydrogen to meet the various needs of the electricity market. By integrating clean energy generation and storage into a highly efficient smart system, 8minute smart power plants can dynamically manage real-time load, providing critical grid stabilization, such as frequency regulation and ancillary services , and respond instantly to power outages.
With one of the largest pipelines, 8minute has over 18 GW of solar projects and 24 GWh of energy storage under development, enough to provide clean, reliable power to 20 million Americans day and night. Its portfolio includes historic milestones including: the largest solar cluster in the United States, the first operating solar power plant to beat fossil fuel prices, and a project to deliver solar energy with storage at record prices.
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As an unparalleled and record-breaking technology leader, 8minute Solar Energy (8minute) is championing America’s clean energy transition and shaping the future of energy with its next generation of smart power plants. Since its inception in 2009, 8minute has successfully commissioned 2 GW of solar projects and currently has over 18 GW of solar projects and 24 GWh of storage projects under development. By prioritizing technology and technical innovation, 8minute’s top performing team continued to set new industry records: developing the country’s largest solar power plant from 2011, delivering the first operational solar power plant in the United States to beat fossil fuel prices in 2016. , and securing an agreement to provide solar power with storage at record prices in 2019. Now one of the most The nation’s leading solar developers with a proven track record of above-market profitability, 8Minute’s relentless pursuit of smart power generation is unleashing growth and expanding access to clean, abundant and reliable energy.
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