Tyroan Hardy

Chief Operating Officer

“Getting out in front of the customer, talking to them, figuring out the best way as a partner with our customer to build the job, that’s what I love.”

Tyroan Hardy
COO, NEXTracker

As part of the NEXTracker co-founding team, Tyroan Hardy has run all operations since its inception. He has developed scalable systems to ensure on-time delivery of quality products during our rapid growth. Hardy has over 16 years experience with large-scale solar power projects, focusing on customer satisfaction. Previously, Hardy served as VP of Operations at Solaria Corporation. He came to Solaria from SunPower, where he helped build a world-class estimating process and team, supporting all major power plant project proposals. As Director of Construction at PowerLight, Hardy managed the installation of over 160 PV projects, totaling more than 100 MW. He developed proposal and design estimating processes for bankable commercial and utility-scale projects. Hardy began his career at Noresco, an energy service company. He holds an Energy Management & Design certificate from Sonoma State University, and a BA from San Francisco State University.

Tyroan Hardy’s NEXTracker Story

It’s fair to say Tyroan Hardy was a globetrotter after high school. When he wasn’t waiting tables, he loved to travel. While out and about, looking into international development work, he realized he didn’t really have any technical skills to offer. “Three months into my year and a half around the world I knew, I was going to come back and study renewables and somehow get into the renewable energy industry,” Hardy recalls. And so it went.

Finding classes that taught what he was looking for was a challenge back then. Once he acquired his certificate from Sonoma State University, Hardy worked on retrofitting lighting with LED. Just checking job listings, he stumbled upon an opening as project manager at PowerLight, the biggest commercial installer in the U.S. at that time. He was rejected, but he kept calling PowerLight boss Dan Shugar. “I called him every month,” says Hardy. “To have me stop calling, he finally hired me. I came in and started — and it hasn’t stopped ever since.”

He savored the fast pace and the non-bureaucratic approach at his new job, always trying to be on the cutting edge, driving the industry. “That’s the way it was with PowerLight. We were the world leader in EPC, even when it was just 20 kilowatt jobs,” says Hardy.

In a way, not much has changed since then, moving from PowerLight to SunPower to Solaria and now NEXTracker. Making sure quality products find their way to the job site on time, trackers get built, and solar power plants get commissioned — that’s his job. It’s fast, it’s exciting, it’s challenging. And for Hardy, it’s rarely fast enough: “We’ve got glaciers melting faster than we can build.”

Not really, of course. But that’s part of the job, always demanding the best. Illustrations somebody pinned on Hardy’s office door could lead you to believe that he’s occasionally cracking the whip. “They told me I bark louder than I bite,” he says in his defense. But his passion for his job is undeniable. Says Hardy: “Getting out in front of the customer, talking to them, figuring out the best way as a partner with our customer to build the job, that’s what I love.”    

And traveling, still. The good thing about being COO at NEXTracker is that you can easily combine both passions. India is on Hardy’s agenda, and Patagonia is coming soon. He’s checking on NEXTracker projects, thinking about rural electrification, and taking some time to hike. Coming full circle.

 

 

“Getting out in front of the customer, talking to them, figuring out the best way as a partner with our customer to build the job, that’s what I love.”

Tyroan Hardy
COO, NEXTracker

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