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HiQ Solar

Responding to market shift in solar with breakthrough cost 480V inverter.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Santa Clara, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded November 2009
  • Employees 10

Company Summary

HiQ Solar addresses the $2.3B commercial solar inverter market with a disruptive inverter based on sustainable technology leadership and a cost breakthrough. Our High IQ design eliminates reliability issues - no electrolytic capacitors, NEMA 6 sealed, UL1741 certified. Platform is versatile, addressing harvest, monitoring, & emerging needs of battery storage, wind turbines. Team with successful track record of innovation, M&A.


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    Lutz Henckels

    CEO, Chairman of the Board HiQ Solar
    B.S., M.S. EE, and Ph.D. CS from MIT, OMP Harvard Business School,
    Venture Partner at Alara Capital, Director of Giga-tronics (GIGA)
    Former CEO of LeCroy (LCRY), of SyntheSys Research, and of HHB Systems (HHBX)
    Two IPO’s (LCRY, HHBX) and multiple M&A’s including SyntheSys Research to Danaher/Tektronix, and HHBX

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    Andre Willis

    Founder, President and CTO
    • Numerous technology patents in USA, Germany, Europe & Japan
    • Master’s Degree Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics, Moscow Technical Institute
    • Has designed two micro inverters and two Mini Inverters

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    Guy Foster

    VP of Marketing
    • Bachelors in Physics, PhD in Electrical Engineering
    • Broad experience in large & small companies, communicating variety of technologies
    • VP Marketing at SyntheSys Research, instrumental in growing revenue 7x

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    Craig Hartwig

    VP of Sales
    • BSEE, Electrical Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    • Bay Area Manager, SyntheSys Research
    • Sales specialist for LeCroy, Tektronix
    • Major account executive, A. B. Chance, selling to utility customers


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    Cooley Godward
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    Altum Partners

Previous Investors

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    Have received $2.4M in Angel funding
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    Expecting investment to close with Sand Hill Angels and Band of Angels imminently