The hot topics in the solar energy sector right now, I would contend, are making the solar marketplace easier to navigate and bringing down the soft costs of going solar. We’ve had numerous posts on big stories in that space in recent months. This is all long overdue and highly needed, so it’s been exciting covering these stories.
The latest such story (perhaps) is from Clean Power Finance. In a news release out today just emailed to me from a representative of Clean Power Finance, it was noted that the company just appointed of Steve Olszewski as senior vice president of operations.
With a strong background in the consumer financial services sector, the goal is for Olszewski to help the company “streamline and professionalize the residential solar sales and financing industry.”
“With more than twenty years of operations experience in consumer financial services companies and electric power utilities, Steve provides expertise that will not only help us streamline complex solar financing processes to be more intuitive for third-party financiers and consumers, but also make us quickest in the industry at paying our solar professional partners,” said Nat Kreamer, CEO of Clean Power Finance. “Most people today prefer to finance their residential solar systems, but true mass adoption of residential solar won’t happen until we demystify and professionalize the sales and financing process. Steve will help us move closer to that goal.”
Let’s hope so.
Here’s a little more on Olszewski’s background:
“Prior to joining Clean Power Finance, Steve served as a senior vice president at Discover Financial Services, where he led the student loans business through the integration of The Student Loan Corporation and later oversaw the largest portfolio acquisition in Discover’s history. He also managed the six-fold growth in the deposits business, which became the company’s largest funding source. Prior to Discover, Steve led underwriting and servicing operations for GMAC’s auto insurance business and held operations strategy roles at Capital One. He is an alumnus of McKinsey & Company and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he served a variety of clients in the energy and financial services sectors.”
“Clean Power Finance is uniquely positioned to transform residential solar into a mainstream consumer financial service,” said Steve Olszewski. “Transparent and timely financing and operations are prerequisites for the widespread adoption of residential solar, and I am confident my experience leading underwriting and servicing operations for highly regarded financial services companies will help Clean Power Finance establish best practices for the industry.”
Clean Power Finance offers an online marketplace for residential solar financing and is a leading provider of solar sales software. And it seems to be making a lot of big moves in this arena these days.
Other members of the Clean Power Finance team include SunRun co-founder Robert “Nat” Kreamer; Clean Power Finance co-founder and CPF Tools creator Adam Marsh; former Tioga Energy executive Kristian Hanelt; venture capital veteran Micah Myers; residential solar experts Kirstin Hoefer and Nick Mack; and former IBM global sales executive Robert Prigge.