William R. Gould, Jr. is SolarReserve’s Chief Technology Officer. Gould guides the company’s continued development and innovation to ensure a long-term technology and business strategy that meets the needs of the evolving solar market.
Gould brings more than 40 years of technical experience to his role as SolarReserve’s CTO. His experience broadly spans the areas of engineering, procurement and construction of power plants and power-related systems, with the last twelve years of his career largely dedicated to solar energy installations. Gould served as Project Manager of the Solar Two Project built in 1997 near Barstow, California by the US Department of Energy. This highly successful demonstration facility was the largest thermal power tower installation at the time and utilized molten salt technology for energy capture and storage—the same technology that SolarReserve is employing in its larger scale facilities today.
Gould’s highly regarded solar energy expertise includes extensive feasibility work, design, construction, cost estimating and financial due diligence on various concentrating solar thermal power plant technologies, including power tower and solar trough designs. This includes facilities in development, construction and in operation in the United States as well as installations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
Prior to joining SolarReserve, Gould was Principal Consultant with Sustainable Energy Projects, LLC where he advised U.S. and international utilities on development of solar tower and trough projects. Gould has also held engineering and project management roles at Bechtel and General Atomic.
Gould earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states. Gould has participated in numerous post-graduate courses and seminars and has authored a number of technical papers on solar energy.