Dan Shugar

Job Title
Founder, CEO

For over 30 years, Dan Shugar has led world-class solar companies to successful outcomes and advanced solar technologies in the U.S. and around the globe. As founder and CEO of Nextracker, Dan brings together solar expertise and technology innovation in a way few cleantech leaders have.
In its tenth year, Dan Shugar together with the Company's original founding members, brought Nextracker to a successful IPO on February 10, 2023. With a $4.6Bn market cap, Dan Shugar is responsible for leading with fiscal responsibility, market technology foresight, and a thriving and diverse global staff in the clean economy sector.
Having pioneered and commercialized the first solar tracker in the mid-1990s, Dan Shugar has devoted his career to advancing solar technologies for C&I and utility-scale applications. Since founding Nextracker, the Company has held global market share leadership for seven consecutive years and has shipped over 70 gigawatts of smart solar trackers to five continents under his management. Prior to Nextracker, he grew Solaria Corporation's annual revenue five times over a three-year period as the company's president. Well-known for his leadership as president of SunPower Corporation and president of PowerLight, he surrounds himself with passionate, tech-savvy, clean energy-driven executive teams who share his mission to make solar a mainstream power source around the world.
Mr. Shugar earned his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He currently sits on the boards of the American Clean Power Association (ACP) and the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and on numerous cleantech advisory boards. He holds multiple U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers.

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Further Content

Wes Stein, Chief Research Scientist for Solar Technologies at CSIRO

CSP – How Concentrated Solar Power Works

The smarter E Podcast Episode 150 | Language: English

September 14, 2023

With CSP we can achieve high temperatures of 150 - 1500 Celsius to drive power cycles or industrial processes such as cement production or green hydrogen. But how far along is CSP technology? Wes Stein will give us the answer to this and other questions.

Dr. Hamed Beheshti and Ahmad Sandid

How Solar PV Is Helping to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

The smarter E Podcast Episode 149 | Language: English

September 7, 2023

Africa has a huge untapped solar potential. The integrated solar water desalination project at Lodwar Hospital in Kenya is a flagship project that contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals.

Market Trends

PV Production: Can Europe Keep Up With the Rest of the World?

September 7, 2023

Even though the European Solar PV Industry Alliance is predicting that its own annual production capacity goal of 30 gigawatts (GW) will actually be exceeded by 2025, there’s still no guarantee that Europe will be able to catch back up with the international competition and secure a leading position again when it comes to PV production.

Event Info

Parallel Events of The smarter E Europe

The smarter E Europe is bringing together four exhibitions and five conferences

Intersolar Europe

The World’s Leading Exhibition for the Solar Industry

June 19–21, 2024

Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and takes place annually at the Messe München

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