Steve Rhoades

CEO, Petra Systems

Steve Rhoades is the CEO of Petra Systems, a leading global technology provider for the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and distributed power generation markets. Prior to joining Petra, Mr. Rhoades was CEO of Satcon Technology. From 2008 through 2011, Mr. Rhoades led Satcon’s strategy to focus on the utility-scale solar market. During this period Satcon grew annual revenue from $24M in 2008 to $188M in 2011, and Mr. Rhoades led the company to #1 market share in North America and #2 global market share for commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic inverters.

Prior to Satcon, Mr. Rhoades was COO of Advanced Energy, a market leading public company focused in semiconductor, LED and solar equipment manufacturing. Prior to AE, Mr. Rhoades held executive roles in corporate development, general management, marketing, engineering and operations at several leading semiconductor and semiconductor equipment companies, including Lam Research, Trikon, Applied Materials, Rockwell International and Hughes Aircraft.  

Mr. Rhoades’ education includes a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Illinois.