AUSTIN, Texas, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Interactive Energy Platform developer, Innovari, announced today that it has named Ed Solar executive vice president global marketing and sales. Innovari, a stealth startup focused on bringing together utilities and their customers to improve how the world uses energy, was founded in 2011. Despite its stealth status, the addition of Solar continues the company's trend of attracting top industry experts with proven success of delivery and market development.
Solar, a technology and utility industry veteran, joins the Innovari executive team from his role as Senior Vice President of Los Angeles based energy storage company CODA. Previously Solar served as CEO of Arcadian Networks and held executive roles at leading utility technology companies including CES International (now Oracle Utilities Network Manager), TSW International (now Ventyx an ABB Company). Following his role at CES, Solar joined in the investment with private-equity backed Cellnet while taking a leading role in its growth and successful sale to Landis+Gyr. Solar attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1983. He began his career serving as a U.S. Naval Aviator and as a consultant with Price Waterhouse. Solar was previously named the Georgia marketing executive of the year by the Technology Association of Georgia. He holds a Masters in Engineering Management from Florida Southern University.
Ed Solar said, "Innovari has created a truly unique platform that securely brings together all of the participants in the energy value chain. I joined this company because I believe our team has the chance to bring positive change to the industry we have served our entire careers. We are helping the industry deliver the benefits of safe, reliable and economic electric service to new and developing markets in entirely new ways and at the same time provide the technology and capacity for important change in the US utility markets as well."
Innovari founder and CEO Chris Hickman said, "We're thrilled to add yet another exceptional utility leader the caliber of Ed Solar as the architect of our global plan for significant growth. I've personally seen Ed conquer some of the industry's biggest challenges and opportunities head on, and he brings a long and distinguished history of service to the utility industry. This makes him a great fit for the culture and brand we are growing and the values we deliver to the utility industry we serve."
Innovari's interactive energy platform connects utilities, their customers, and their communities to improve how the world uses energy. Our solution attacks the electric grid's core problem—the load duration curve—unlocking access to affordable capacity that improves system utilization, reliability, and financial performance, while our non-profit, Plugged into Kids, brings together utilities and their customers to help the children in their communities. With deep grid situational awareness, we enable dynamic, two-way verifiable demand side management; grid system optimization; renewable and distributed energy resources integration; and more. Innovari is the utility industry's Capacity for Change: www.Innovari.com.