Meet Arno

I'm a passionate advocate for solutions to climate change through the intersection of clean technology, business and public policy. I spent 15 years working in solar power, helping the industry make the transition to mainstream energy markets. Now I help startups and growth companies to raise capital and achieve scale, with a focus on opportunities in clean power, transportation and energy efficiency. Most of my time these days is spent in my role as Executive Chair of Alta Motors, producer of the world's most amazing new motorcycle that just happens to be electric.

In 2006, I founded Recurrent Energy, one of North America's largest solar project developers with over 1.5 GW of signed power purchase agreements. I grew the company to $1.4B in GAAP revenue, raising over $400M of corporate equity & debt and over $4B of project finance during my tenure as CEO. Our projects now deliver clean electricity to our partners PG&E, SCE, SMUD, Ontario Power Authority, LADWP, Austin Energy, APS, Marin Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Energy, and the City of San Francisco.

Before Recurrent Energy, I started Prevalent Power, one of California's fastest growing commercial solar project developers. The company delivered a number of industry milestones, including what was then the largest corporate solar power system developed for Google's silicon valley campus.

I came to solar with a background in tech startups. Altogether, I've raised over $200M in venture and growth financing for startups over the course of my career. One company I helped to start, RedEnvelope, had an IPO in 2003. The other, Novo Media Group, was sold to Publicis, one of the world's premier marketing and media companies. I've also had my share of challenges along the way--my firsthand experience of a failed IPO registration for Novo and the collapse of a well-funded dot-com called have helped to season me as an entrepreneur and a leader.

I continue to spend my time working on behalf of clean energy as a board member of Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), India's largest indepenent solar power producer. I also serve on the board of Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI), a nonprofit educational organization promoting greater public understanding of advanced energy and its economic potential. And I am a former board chair, now member emeritus, of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the largest solar trade association representing over 1000 member companies as the voice of strong solar industry powering America.

In addition to my clean energy work, I'm a member and former chair of the Leadership Council of Tipping Point, a grant-making organization dedicated to breaking the multi-generational cycle of poverty and making poverty preventable.

The personal stuff? I'm a graduate of UC Berkeley, private pilot, cyclist, amateur winemaker, proud father of four boys, and husband to the amazing Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.