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Our Team

 

 Bing Gu, CEO

Dr. Bing Gu is the founder and CEO of California Sunlight Corporation, a start-up solar energy company in Sacramento, CA. California Sunlight develops and designs small scale, cost-effective, portable solar energy products including solar powered BBQs, solar ovens, solar stoves, active daylighting, and micro-CPV systems. Dr. Gu has been working in the energy field for more than 15 years. He holds a MS and Ph.D degree in mechanics, and a BS degree in engineering physics from Tsinghua University. Dr. Gu is the inventor of ten US patents and five pending patents in solar energy and lighting technology.

 

 

Rick Noss, VP of Sales

Rick Noss has over 35 years of consistent success in sales leadership and marketing, including 25 years of senior sales management within a Fortune 1000 Corporation. Rick is a Branding and Material Consultant for XCEL Products, Inc. in the Western US. He also represents the distinguished branding agency, Adrenaline, based in Atlanta, GA. In addition to his professional career, Mr. Noss founded the award winning Sacramento Sustainability Forum in 2009, and was a core member of Major Kevin Johnson's Greenwise Initiative Water & Nature Team. Rick served within multiple focus groups of the San Francisco based Business Council on Climate Change (BC3), and co-founded the Sacramento Chapter of Green Drinks. He is passionate about sustainability, cooking, nutrition, and is a Master Level Instructor of traditional Japanese and Okinawan martial arts.

 

 

Mark Palmer

Mark bring to California Sunlight a long and proven track record of growing companies, opportunities, ideas, intellectual properties, technologies, resources and people. He brings life-long experience in  leadership, insights and success to the team. He is committed to  leading California Sunlight to become the innovative leader in providing high-efficiency, cost-effective, point-of-use, small-scale solar energy systems.

 

 

 George Helmholz

George Helmholz is the owner of Small Power Systems and has been working on solar energy technology for over 30 years. He is in charge of developing the tracking systems for all California Sunlight Corporation products as well as working on other R&D projects. Small Power Systems currently designs and manufactures a wide range of solar trackers.

Previous work in alternative energy has included solar absorption refrigeration, thermal systems, daylighting, and windmills. His approach to business and manufacturing is strongly influenced by his background in psychology and two years in India in the Peace Corps.

 

  Glen Langstaff

As a member of the Advisory Board, Glen Langstaff has over 30 years executive management experience in the sectors of medical devices, defense, steel fabrication, food processing, research, and construction. Glen is a proven veteran of organizational development and restructuring, Engineering management, and international / domestic market development. Bi-lingual, Glen has fostered and grown business affiliations in Europe and South America to provide his clients with options for the delivery of best value products. Currently Glen is the COO & Vice President of Operations for RAM Mechanical, a design, manufacturing and construction company located in the Central Valley with an international clientele. Prior to RAM, Glen was responsible for directing all maintenance, repair and operations, Engineering support, and design and construction projects for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Before joining LBNL, Glen was the Vie President for a small electronics defense contractor, CEO & President of his own company that provided technical solutions to complex food processing and packaging challenges at Fortune 500 companies, and was Plant Manager of a large steel processing facility in the Bay Area. He started his career in Engineering design and management at a small medical devices firm in the Bay Area producing high precision magnetic medical and chemical pumps. Glen received his Bachelor of Science in both Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). In addition to professional pursuits, he has donated his time for professional grant writing for local organizations, and played semi-professional jazz for many years.