Robert H. Gates
Bob is one of the pioneers of the wind industry, having begun the commercial wind
energy element of Zond Systems, Inc. (“Zond”) in 1981.
Zond grew to be the largest wind energy development company in the world by the mid
1990s. In addition to site development, Zond developed wind turbine technology,
including the manufacture of the largest American made turbines of their era.
Bob held senior executive roles at Zond, and its acquirer Enron Wind, and when GE
purchased the business he served to transition the wind activity into the GE
organization. He later served as Chief Commercial Officer for Clipper Windpower and
led the commercial side of the business, as well as serving as the commercial leader on
the Intellectual Property Council.
Bob’s industry participation includes serving on the board of the American Wind Energy
Association , including two terms as Chairman of the Board, the Kern Wind Energy
Association, and the California Wind Energy Association.
During Bob’s career he has participated in the financing of over $7.5 Billion worth of
wind energy installations.