Adam Pishl


7+ years in the Solar Industry
20+ years start-up operations and Project Management


Boise State University, Masters of Business Administration
Boise State University, Bachelors of Marketing

As Chief Operating Officer of Clēnera, Adam takes primary responsibility for systems and process management. He is focused on the rigorous stage-gate processes and documentation necessary to support project investment and long-term operations. Prior to Clēnera, he and Jason founded Sunlight Partners. At Sunlight, Adam was responsible for managing the innovative and unusually rigorous programmatic development process used by the company. Sunlight was the first to introduce technology development and management tools into the solar project development industry. As a result, Sunlight delivered a high volume (over 100) utility scale projects in the space of just 3 years.

Adam also assembled a series of innovations and best practices in site identification and qualification to support rapid market development. Within one year his Sunlight development team identified, screened, and contracted greater than 60 utility-scale solar projects in North Carolina. The programmatic development model pioneered by Adam is now used by several successful solar developers in markets across North America.

Prior to co-founding Sunlight Partners, Adam teamed up with Jason to create the glass business for SolFocus. As the Operations Manager at Solfocus Glass Works, Adam managed the development and operation of several high-volume technical processes, including a unique silver-plating line for concentrated solar photovoltaic optic lenses. He was responsible for design and construction of the prototype and eventual full capacity manufacturing lines and guided the operation to meet stringent ISO 9000 and other quality requirements. Adam and his team successfully implemented full-scale automation across the manufacturing platform for greater than 38 Megawatts of manufacturing capacity, while substantially increasing product performance and quality. He managed two operating facilities with greater than 140 employees.

Previous to SolFocus Adam led several small operating businesses in the construction, coatings, and manufacturing industries. His deep operational background and emphasis on process and controls helps assure strong performance across all Clēnera functional activities.


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