Hayes Barnard is an American entrepreneur, business owner, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of GoodLeap, the largest financial technology company in the U.S. focused on sustainability. He is also the founder, chairman, and CEO of GivePower, an award-winning nonprofit providing clean electricity and safe drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people in underserved communities around the world. In 2020, Hayes founded GoodFinch, an asset management company specializing in sustainable investments.
A series of technical, financial and regulatory innovations have spurred the Golden State’s solar revolution thus far, but it’s still in its infancy. If California truly wants to unlock solar’s potential for the economy and environment, electricity providers and regulators will have to work together to create a cleaner, more resilient grid.