Energy storage firm sonnen names new U.S. board

German-based energy storage firm Sonnen, recently acquired by Shell New Energies, has appointed a U.S. board of directors.

The company says the appointments signify a focus on international expansion. Board members Include Blake Richetta as chairman and CEO for U.S. operations. The group also includes Carlos Restrepo as chief technology officer, Brent Stayer as chief operations officer, and James Claflin as chief financial officer.

“Our business in the U.S. has grown quickly over the last few years with a focus on new market innovations and sales expansion. We plan to continue this rapid growth in the years to come and for this, we will need the right strategies and leadership in place. We are delighted to establish a deeply experienced Board of Directors to achieve this acceleration and continued expansion of our business in the Americas,” says Christoph Ostermann, Global CEO of the sonnen Group.

Prior to sonnen, Richetta served as North American Powerwall Sales Manager at Tesla and spent 15 years at Lutron building the smart home lighting and shading business in the home automation and home building industries.

Approximately 6,000 homes in the U.S. are slated to be built with a sonnen energy storage system as a standard specified feature. Under Richetta’s leadership, the company has also expanded their footprint in Latin America and Puerto Rico, where they partnered with the del Sol Foundation to donate community solar microgrids after Hurricane Maria.


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