On August 11, 2021

Former GMP president Mary Powell named CEO of largest U.S. residential solar company

By Sophia McDermott-Hughes/VTDigger

Former Green Mountain Power President Mary Powell is now the chief executive officer of Sunrun Inc, the largest residential-solar company in the U.S.

Powell stepped down from Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont’s largest utility provider, in 2019 after working there for 20 years. In that time, the company posted a more than 300% increase in customers, largely through its 2012 merger with Central Vermont Public Service, which made GMP the state’s largest electricity company.

The utility provides energy to more than 75% of Vermont, according to a company report from 2019.

In 2015, GMP was certified B Corp, or benefit corporation, the world’s first utility to meet the high social and environmental standards. In 2019, the utility announced its plans to become “carbon-free” by 2025 and a 100% renewable energy company by 2030.

Powell stood out as one of few female CEOs of U.S. investor-owned utilities in an industry where women accounted for only 22% of workers as of 2018.

“I felt like an outlier,” Powell said in a 2019. “And so in some ways I always kind of leaned into that and looked at it as just kind of like, I’m going to be my authentic self, I’m going to bring what I think is best for this organization. And if it doesn’t fly and they don’t like it, fine, I’ll find something else worth doing.”

Powell joined Sunrun’s board in 2018. She will take over as CEO Aug. 31, according to a statement issued Thursday, Aug. 5 by Sunrun.

The company, headquartered in San Francisco, provides residential solar panels and home batteries.

“I am looking forward to using my experience leading energy companies to accelerate home electrification, drive innovation for customers and generate long-term sustainable value for all of our employees, customers and financial partners,” Powell said in the statement.

For more information visitsunrun.com.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Former Democratic lawmaker John Rodgers to run for lieutenant governor as a Republican

May 29, 2024
By Ethan Weinstein/VTDigger John Rodgers, a former Vermont House and Senate Democrat from Glover, is running for lieutenant governor as a Republican.  “I don’t feel like I left the party. I feel like the party left me,” Rodgers said in an interview Friday, describing himself as a moderate. “I feel closer to Phil Scott than I…

Gov. Scott signs budget, vetoes renewable energy standard bill

May 29, 2024
On Thursday, May 23, Governor Phil Scott, as expected, signed the budget bill into law H.833, while vetoing H.289, An Act Relating to the Renewable Energy Standard.  Scott has long voiced his opposition to the renewable energy bill because of the cost and complexity in how the law could be carried out and the ultimate cost…

Gov. Scott vetoes bill that would’ve restricted bee-killing pesticide

May 22, 2024
Staff report On Monday, May 20, World Bee Day, Gov. Phil Scott vetoed legislation meant to protect bees and other pollinators from a widely-used neuorotoxic pesticide. The bill (H.706) would  eliminate most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) in Vermont, which have been associated with alarming losses of managed and wild bee populations. Neonic insecticides are used on…

Health premium increases of 16%-19% projected for 2025

May 22, 2024
Vermonters are again facing steep upward premium growth for 2025 due to the cumulative impact of hospital costs, drug prices and state health care policy choices. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont projects that these trends will continue and will require rate increases of 16.3% for individual health plans and 19.1% for the small group…