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Haas-led Solar Firm Honored by Business Times

BrightSource Energy, led by John Woolard, MBA 97, and Jack Jenkins-Stark, MBA 81, received a Green Business Award from the San Francisco Business Times on June 11.

The award comes on the heels of Jenkins-Stark being named CFO of the year among venture-backed companies by the Business Times in May. The Green Business Award honored BrightSource for excellence as a renewable energy company focused on the development of utility-scale solar projects.

BrightSource Energy's solar thermal energy plants use thousands of small mirrors, called heliostats, to reflect sunlight onto a boiler atop a tower to produce high temperature steam, which is then piped to a turbine that generates electricity. The Oakland company has signed major deals to supply energy from its plants to Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison.

Woolard shared his experiences in the energy field as the speaker at the Berkeley MBA commencement ceremony last month. To see his commencement speech, visit