Solar industry veteran joins Sharp


MAHWAH, NJ, August 26, 2010 -- Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) today announced that Eric Hafter has been named Senior Vice President of Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group (SESG), a division of SEC and the U.S. solar arm of Sharp Corporation. In this position, Mr. Hafter is responsible for all U.S. sales and marketing of Sharp’s solar energy products and solutions. Mr. Hafter reports to Mr. Kozo Takahashi, Chairman and CEO of Sharp Electronics Corporation.

Mr. Hafter is a solar industry veteran with a highly successful track record of developing large-scale renewable energy and commercial property projects. Most recently, Eric served as Chief Strategy Officer of Solar Power, Inc. (SPI), where he helped the company win and develop several key multi-megawatt solar energy installations. Before joining SPI, Mr. Hafter held positions of increasing responsibility at a variety of companies involved in energy and/or construction management. For over ten years, he served at PowerLight Corporation (acquired by SunPower Corp.), where he was a member of the board of directors, and then joined the company to lead PowerLight’s successful entry into Europe.

"Sharp has been at the forefront of solar technology and innovation since the industry’s inception. Further, they have led solar expansion in the United States, providing world class products built right here in the US,” said Hafter. “I’m thrilled to join such a capable company and team, and look forward to helping Sharp expand into a total photovoltaic solution company."

“Eric brings critical utility and commercial scale solar experience to Sharp,” said Mr. Takahashi. “We are pleased to have him leading our efforts as we expand our presence in the rapidly growing large-scale solar market.”

The company also announced the departure of Solar Energy Solutions Group Vice President Ron Kenedi to pursue other interests. “We thank Mr. Kenedi for his tremendous contributions in starting and building Sharp’s presence in the U.S. solar market,” said Mr. Takahashi.

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