Fueled by investment dollars and increased interest from lawmakers, the alternative energy market is surging. And from SunPower Corp.’s high-ceilinged and noisy Berkeley, Calif., offices — decorated with glimmering blue solar panels on the walls — general counsel Bruce Ledesma has a view from the crest of that wave.

Since becoming the San Jose-headquartered company’s first-ever GC in January, he’s already guided the company through some raging legal waters. He’s built up SunPower’s legal team, created a compliance infrastructure for the newly public company, and drafted contracts for new ways to sell solar power.