6 January 2010


OPEL Solar boosts US sales force with director of Western Regional Sales

OPEL International Inc of Shelton, CT, USA and Toronto, Canada, which makes high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) panels (as well as both roof- and ground-based dual- and single-axis solar trackers for mounting them), has hired Jay Johnson as director of Western Regional Sales, responsible for business development and the sales process. Based in Northern California, Johnson will handle project sales and dealer network expansion for the subsidiary OPEL Solar Inc.

“The expansion of our solar sales force in the US reinforces OPEL Solar’s commitment to the creation of green jobs to the US economy, and it puts OPEL Solar closer to the hub of solar project activity arising in California and throughout the Southwest,” says OPEL Solar's CEO Robert Pico. Johnson has extensive utility solar photovoltaic experience. “We expect he will play an important role in broadening OPEL’s solar power grid installation business in the US market,” adds Pico.

Johnson has 15 years of experience in business development, including years in solar power project and energy project development sales. Prior to joining OPEL Solar, he worked for Akeena Solar in California as a commercial sales executive and for CETX Energy Agency in Texas as director of Energy Services (procuring generation services throughout the active deregulated electricity states of Texas, Illinois, and the New England market). Most recently, he was director of commercial sales for CentroSolar America, where he opened the California operations for the Germany-based solar manufacturer. Johnson also holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from California State University and a MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.

“By having Jay cover the western US, OPEL Solar can increase its responsiveness to customers and capitalize on growth of its solar business in that region,” says OPEL Solar’s chief operating officer Frank Middelton.

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