Coronal Energy Appoints Tom Gebhardt, Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America, to its Board of Directors

Pasadena, Calif.  — Today Coronal Energy announced that Tom Gebhardt, Chairman and CEO,  Panasonic Corporation of North America, has joined its Board of Directors. A thirty-four year Panasonic veteran, Gebhardt’s service galvanizes Panasonic’s strategic partnership with Coronal Energy, a leading independent power producer focused on utility-scale solar and storage projects.     

“As stewards of Panasonic’s investment in the utility scale solar industry, our Board welcomes Mr. Gebhardt to the Coronal Energy team. This comes at an exciting point in our history, and builds upon a multi-year partnership that dates back to the very beginning of our company,” said Jonathan Jaffrey, Chairman and CEO of Coronal Energy. “We look forward to working together with Panasonic to further expand our business footprint in the clean energy industry.”

Tom Gebhardt, named Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation of North America in early 2017, has spent the majority of his career at the company, and is credited with growing Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America into Panasonic’s largest business in North America. During his tenure, he has also held the position of president of Panasonic Industrial Company, president of Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of America, and general manager of Panasonic Batteries.

“Coronal Energy has built one of the country’s most impressive solar portfolios across a relatively short period, and is poised for tremendous growth” said Gebhardt. “As a believer in Coronal’s mission to deliver clean energy to the planet, and our own mission to create ‘A Better Life, A Better World,’ this is an exciting time to join the Board. I look forward to helping shape the next chapter of Coronal.”

In partnership with  Panasonic Corporation of North America, Coronal Energy has grown into a leading independent power producer, with an operating portfolio of 333 megawatts and a multi-gigawatt pipeline in more than 20 states.

About Coronal Energy

Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, is a leading independent power producer focused on utility-scale solar and storage projects. The firm provides turnkey solar energy solutions tailored for diverse enterprise customers across North America, including utilities, corporations, and the public sector. It unites the financial strength of a Fortune Global 500 company (#110) and Panasonic’s award-winning history of solar innovation and sustainability leadership with the project development, finance, engineering, construction, and asset management experience of Coronal Energy. The result is smarter solar that translates to smarter business for customers. The collective experience of Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, includes projects in 40 states totaling 2.3 GW, including more than 333 MW under ownership and management, with more than 4 GW of greenfield and brownfield projects under construction/contract or in development. For more, please visit and follow us @CoronalEnergy on Twitter