President Obama nominated John Bryson, BrightSource Energy’s chairman of the board of directors, to become the next Secretary of Commerce.

The following is a statement from John Woolard, BrightSource’s President and CEO, in response to this significant nomination:

"John is a visionary and passionate leader. As Chairman of BrightSource Energy, John has demonstrated superlative management skills during a time of significant growth for our company. His experience and thoughtful approach in working with a wide range of stakeholders makes him an ideal choice to lead dynamic organizations."

BrightSource Energy, Inc. designs, develops and sells solar thermal power systems that deliver reliable clean energy to utilities and industrial companies. The company has contracted to sell approximately 2.6 gigawatts of power to be generated using its proprietary solar thermal technology.