Tom Starrs serves as vice president, Americas market development & policy. He manages business development and strategic planning for SunPower’s utility sector business, including the growth and management of the project pipeline. Starrs has been highly committed to the renewable energy sector virtually all of his professional life. Most recently, Starrs served as managing director of solar power for Iberdrola Renewables, where he led the acquisition of a portfolio of nearly 150,000 acres of right-of-way applications for solar power development on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, representing nearly 24,000 MW of solar generating potential. Starrs holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s energy and resources program, a J.D. from the University of California’s School of Law (Boalt Hall), and a B.A. in economics and environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.