Edisun Microgrids, Inc. is the brainchild of Bill Gross, founder of renowned technology incubator, Idealab. Bill has founded many innovative companies including several in solar energy such as eSolar®, RayTracker, Thermata, and EI Solutions. Bill is a lifelong entrepreneur, starting his first solar business in high school. Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of California Institute of Technology and the Art Center College of Design. Mr. Gross received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.
Vikas Tuteja is a business development, finance and strategy professional with experience as an investor, management consultant and engineer. Prior to his involvement in the renewable sector, Vikas was an investor at several hedge and mutual funds. He was also a consultant at McKinsey & Company and an Engineer at Ford Motor Company where he received two patents. Vikas received his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and his BSEE from GMI Engineering & Management Institute.
Rick Huibregtse comes to Edisun from Idealab-founded company eSolar, having led their engineering, supply chain and project management teams since 2012. This work culminated in a turn-key commercial project in Australia with over 23,000 tracking heliostats at target cost, performance, schedule and reliability. Prior to this, Rick had 25 years of experience in the automotive and commercial vehicle powertrain components sector at Delphi Automotive, Remy International and General Motors in product areas including engine management, engine controls, rotating electrics and vehicle electrical systems. His work in product development, customer programs, IP generation, manufacturing engineering, product reliability and global supply chain translate well to Edisun's roadmap. Rick's expatriate experience includes launching a new greenfield plant in Portugal and leading customer technical interface teams in Luxembourg. He has a BSME degree with a EE/computer systems specialty from GMI/Kettering University.
Aaron Fyke has deep experience as an operating executive, investor, and engineer, having spent over twenty years as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He has founded, or co-founded, five companies across a number of technology areas including fuel cell, ocean power, concentrating solar, advanced automotive engines, and energy storage. Aaron earned his MBA and MSME as an LGO Fellow at MIT, and his BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, where he graduated at the top of his class. He has achieved certification as a Professional Engineer both in California and British Columbia.
Prior to joining Edisun in 2016, Conrad Chase spent over 12 years in business development, project development and project finance roles. Most recently Conrad served as the Director of Project Finance for Inovateus Solar, a Midwest-based solar developer and EPC. His work at Inovateus was preceded by executive-level business development roles in the technology, mining and metals industries. Conrad has extensive experience doing business globally, with a focus on Asia, North and South America. He is fluent in Spanish and received his B.S. in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.