Kevin Smith

Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith is SolarReserve’s Chief Executive Officer, and one of its founding executives when the company was formed in 2008. Smith drives SolarReserve’s continued growth and global expansion through developing, financing, building, owning and operating large scale solar energy projects which include $1.8 billion of projects currently in operation worldwide. The company has commercialized its proprietary advanced solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage that delivers renewable baseload power 24-hours per day. The technology is now one of the leading energy storage technologies worldwide, and allows solar energy to operate like traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation.

Under Smith’s leadership, SolarReserve has assembled a development portfolio of over 8,000 megawatts in more than 20 countries, with long-term power contracts representing $3.4 billion of project capital. Smith brings 30 years of energy industry experience to his role as SolarReserve’s CEO. He has held senior executive positions with many successful energy companies aimed at developing solar and wind energy projects as well as natural gas, oil and biomass-fueled electricity facilities. Throughout his career, Smith has actively led the development, financing and construction of privately-owned energy projects in fifteen countries and five continents around the world. These constructed projects total more than 5,000 megawatts with long-term electricity sales contracts in excess of $55 billion.

Prior to joining SolarReserve, Smith was Senior Vice President at Invenergy LLC where he successfully drove the development of Invenergy Wind from a startup in 2004 to one of the largest privately-owned renewable energy businesses in the world with more than $2.0 billion of projects in operation. Smith was also President of Insight Energy, Chief Operating Officer of London-based Rolls-Royce Power Ventures, and Vice President - General Manager of Indeck Energy Services.

Smith earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and his Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University. A licensed Professional Engineer, Smith was honored with the Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Award from Purdue University in 2008, and in 2012 Platts Energy awarded him the Rising Star Award for vision and leadership in the worldwide energy industry. Smith is an appointed member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC), which advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the export competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy.