Company Resume

Thomas Harris, PVAC Principal

BSChE, MBA, MS Finance

Tom Harris is an experienced leader in the Arizona solar community.  As a consultant, Tom successfully developed projects and obtained incentives for over 1700 kW of solar PV projects for four separate school and government entities.  These projects cumulatively account for 70% of the incentives awarded in the first cycle of the APS 2011 Schools and Government program.  Within 18 months of entering the solar PV market, Tom has become the Chairman of the Commercial group of AriSEIA, the Arizona chapter of the nationally-recognized Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) - a clear recognition of his leadership in the solar industry.

Before joining the solar industry Tom was an experienced and successful leader in the semiconductor industry, with both strategic marketing and financial backgrounds.  Starting his career with Intel in the early 1980’s and continuing with technology leading companies such as Motorola, Philips and ASML, he was an integral part of that industries’ dramatic growth. By joining the solar industry during its dramatic growth, Tom is able to apply his experience and wisdom to this next generation of silicon based technology. Mr. Harris currently leads project development and financial analysis activities. He specializes in understanding solar policy and identifying clients who can significantly benefit from incentives based on that policy.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley before his career in semiconductors.  Since joining the solar industry, Tom has received an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a Masters of Finance (GPA 4.0 out of 4.0) from the University of Arizona.

 

Tony Haske, PVAC Partner 

BSME, MS in Atmospheric Physics, LEED AP

 

Tony Haske represents the solar expertise within PV Advanced Concepts.  For the past five years, Tony has been a solar consultant to residential and commercial users of electricity and has worked closely with a number of PV developers and contractors.  Tony has consulted two PV installer startups in developing a model that estimates the offset energy costs produced by a PV system and using these results to select optimum PV system size for a given utility rate schedule.  In recognition that affordable financing is an impediment to solar adoption, Tony has spent the past two years focusing on the financial aspects of solar deployment.  This included business development in providing PACE program support to local governments.   In addition, this included financial modeling of commercial and municipal PV projects and searching for investors to fund PPAs/leases.  Tony became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009.  In addition to his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Tony has an M.S in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Arizona.