Prior to joining Clearway, Max spent 10 years at First Solar holding a variety of finance leadership positions across Project Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Corporate Development. While at First Solar, he led or supported the structuring, sale, and financing of over 3 GW of solar power plants valued at nearly $15 billion, supervised a $2 billion capital program to triple manufacturing production, and served as a board member of venture-stage companies in community solar and emerging markets microgrids. Max also concurrently served as Vice President of Operations for 8point3 Energy Partners, the joint yieldco formed by First Solar and SunPower to own and operate a portfolio of solar generation assets that was later sold to Capital Dynamics.
Prior to First Solar, Max was a strategy consultant at a boutique cleantech management consultancy, and he began his career with General Electric in a leadership rotation program and as an analyst in the renewable energy finance group at GE Capital, Energy Financial Services.
He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
Max Gardner serves as Clearway’s Treasurer & Vice President of Corporate Finance.