Solon taps industry vets

Industry veterans John Kintz and Jeff Calabro have joined Solon Corporation, respectively heading its project finance and procurement and acquisition teams.

The Tucson, Arizona-based company, a subsidiary of German solar group Solon Energy, announced the appointments on Monday. Kintz joins the company as managing director of the Solon’s finance group, responsible for commercial and utility-scale solar project financing. Calabro has taken on the role of senior director of procurement and acquisitions.

"Over the past year, we have been expanding Solon’s business development team and pipeline of projects on a national scale," said Jared Schoch, Solon Corporation’s vice president and general manager. "As we continue to build our business, it is vital that we expand our relationships with suppliers and investors. John and Jeff are proven veterans that match our values and have the ability to execute against our goals and elevate our business to the next level."

Prior to joining Solon, Kintz served as a director of project finance at SunPower Corporation, where he negotiated, arranged and closed more than 400 MW of solar transactions in North America.

Calabro moves to Solon from PsomasFMG, where he worked as senior director of procurement and asset management. Before that, Calabro also served in various positions for Kyocera Solar, Canadian Solar, SunEdison and Amonix. In addition to negotiating multi-million dollar supply agreements, Calabro has been directly involved with the procurement of more than 300 MW of PV module supply.

As part of its expansion, Solon said it was actively acquiring, partnering and supporting other solar development companies and projects throughout the United States in developing, financing, designing, procuring, constructing and servicing solar power plants. The company targets the 1-20 MW large distributed and small utility-scale markets.