Mainstream Energy Names Lee Johnson as New CEO and President

Angiolo Laviziano to remain on board, focusing on strategic expansion

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – August 30, 2011 – Mainstream Energy Corporation and its two subsidiaries, REC Solar and AEE Solar, each among the oldest, largest and most experienced solar energy companies in the country, today announced the appointment of Lee Johnson as chief executive officer and president. Johnson will have direct responsibility for all operations at Mainstream Energy and its subsidiaries REC Solar and AEE Solar.


Johnson joins Mainstream Energy after 18 years in international business with the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, a worldwide conglomerate, where he was responsible for all Latin American operations, overseeing 5,000 employees. Most recently, Johnson was at Collaboration Consulting, a business and technology consulting firm. Johnson also brings direct experience in the solar industry, having led Mainstream Energy’s distribution business for nine months in 2009 and 2010.


“I’m pleased to return to Mainstream Energy, a company I believe is poised to continue its tremendous growth, as well as its role in bringing solar power to the mainstream,” said Lee Johnson, Mainstream Energy CEO and president. “With my strong background in operations management, I look forward to expanding the company’s leadership position nationally. I share the company’s belief that rapid integration of solar and other renewable energy sources into the conventional electricity grid is both inevitable and absolutely vital to creating a more secure and sustainable world.”


Angiolo Laviziano, former CEO and president of Mainstream Energy, will continue his commitment to bringing solar into the mainstream through superior service and enhancing solar’s value proposition in each of Mainstream Energy’s primary end markets as a board member. Having joined REC Solar in 2005, Laviziano brings 10 years of experience in the solar market to the Mainstream Energy board of directors, made up of seasoned professionals with more than 100 years of collective experience building and operating renewable energy companies.


“It has been one of the greatest joys in my life to work for all of you,” said Mainstream Energy board member Angiolo Laviziano to his team of 600 professionals. “Through your combined efforts, you have brought Mainstream Energy to where it is today — one of the largest and most respected companies in the U.S. photovoltaic downstream market. We have delivered enough megawatts of solar since 2005 to avoid 6.1 billion pounds of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of having planted 14.5 million trees!”


About Mainstream Energy

Mainstream Energy currently operates two wholly owned subsidiaries both of which are respected leaders in their respective sector. The companies serve different customer groups within the solar marketplace, but leverage tools, systems and expertise from the parent company to drive growth and excellence in quality, service and cost. AEE Solar Inc. is one of America’s oldest, largest and most respected wholesale distributors of renewable energy systems and equipment. Headquartered in Northern California, AEE Solar is a full-service distributor offering a comprehensive range of solar and renewable energy products and services to support the growth of solar contractors, dealers and installers, primarily in North America. REC Solar Inc., established in 1997 in San Luis Obispo, California, is an industry leading solar power provider specializing in grid-tied residential and commercial installations. With a local presence in all major solar markets in the USA and thousands of kilowatts installed, REC Solar is committed to lowering the cost of solar power through efficient processes, innovative products and outstanding customer service.  



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