President & CEO , POWERHIVE
Christopher Hornor is an entrepreneur and a recognized pioneer in consumer renewable energy products and
services. After holding senior posts at several technology start-ups in the 1990s, where he helped companies in
the U.S., U.K., and Japan find new revenue streams through emerging internet applications, Christopher
founded Better Energy Systems in 2001.
With the launch of its flagship product, Solio, Better Energy enjoyed exponential growth and was recognized
for creating a new category of small-scale solar energy solutions. With its award-winning design and usability,
Solio has made solar power accessible to nearly two million people around the world. In late 2008 he led the
expansion of Better Energy into East Africa where he and his team launched Club Solio, the first pre-paid
renewable energy service for remote off grid populations.
Christopher spearheaded strategic partnerships with Apple, REI, Vodafone, Quiksilver, Google and others
establishing Solio as the most visible brand in portable solar power.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Christopher lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and two children.