Mark Fillinger is responsible for developing First Solar’s utility-scale solar projects and leading the origination team in the California market. A 25-year energy industry executive, Mr. Fillinger has extensive experience with siting, permitting, financing and negotiating all project related contracts, including over 3,000 MW of utility scale Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).
Prior to First Solar, Mr. Fillinger worked with NextLight and OptiSolar, where he led both development and project finance activities (both companies were acquired by First Solar). Previously, he worked at PowerLight Corporation (now SunPower) where he developed the company’s power purchase agreement offering, negotiating and closing the first $40 million of projects developed under this structure. While at the California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority, he developed a third party PV acquisition program for State agencies. Mr. Fillinger also worked at Enron North America, where he served as Director of Power Origination. Previous experience also includes Calpine Corporation, where he implemented unique financing structures and Security Pacific Merchant Bank, and where he analyzed, structured, and closed over 1,000 MWs of independent power projects.
Mr. Fillinger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in energy economics from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A in Finance from Columbia University.