Santa Clara University


Tom McCalmont

McCalmont, Tom

Tom McCalmont is CEO and co-founder of McCalmont Engineering, an engineering company designing large-scale solar power plants and related renewable energy technology. A serial entrepreneur and inventor with 13 U.S. patents, Tom has over 30 years of experience developing new businesses that deliver innovative technology solutions, and he has a successful track record of creatively applying new technology to solving real world customer problems.

Prior to co-founding McCalmont Engineering, Tom was the CEO and co-founder of Regrid Power, which grew to be one of California's largest and most respected solar electric integrators prior to its sale to Real Goods Solar in late 2008. Regrid Power now represents the largest portion of that public company’s solar installation business.

Tom is also the co-founder and Chair of SolarTech, an organization dedicated to eliminating adoption barriers to the proliferation of solar power. Tom developed the six key initiatives for SolarTech out of his experiences as a solar integrator, for whom bureaucratic and standards challenges often prove a greater barrier to business growth than do technical challenges. SolarTech was created by design as a collaborative forum for solar integrators, manufacturers, utilities, finance partners, workforce partners, and cities to work through complex multi-disciplinary problems.

In addition to his service on the SCU Industry Advisory Board, Tom also serves on the Boards of Directors of Solmetric Corporation, a leading solar instrument company; Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network; the Climate Prosperity Council, a Silicon Valley initiative dedicated to the idea of creating economic prosperity through green initiatives; and the Board of Trustees of Muskingum University, where he received his bachelor's degree in physics.

Tom holds an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS degree in Physics from Muskingum University. He has also completed the AEA/Stanford executive MBA program. Tom is a charter NABCEP-certified Solar PV Installer and is both a B (general) and C-46 (solar) licensed contractor in the state of California.

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