Ben Tarbell is Vice President at SolarCity. He is responsible for SolarCity's new product development and deployment. His goal is to bring innovative ideas and products to the solar energy industry that will help to make solar energy more reliable, cost effective and accessible. Prior to joining SolarCity, Ben was responsible for product development at Miasolé, a thin-film solar cell start-up in Silicon Valley. Ben has also led the sustainable product design offering at IDEO in Palo Alto, and worked at the clean tech venture capital firm Nth Power in San Francisco. Ben has a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, an MS in mechanical engineering design from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University. Ben's commitment to the clean energy field extends to his volunteer work with organizations like GRID Alternatives, that installs solar systems for low-income families.