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The Mission of Sun Light & Power is to create a living environment that serves people's intrinsic needs, supports the human spirit and preserves the planet's resources for future generations.

In 1976, when engineer and solar pioneer Gary Gerber founded Sun Light & Power, not many people knew about solar energy. Since then he has helped assemble one of the solar industry’s most talented teams. They bring to each project unparalleled expertise, innovative solutions, energy-efficient solar technologies and outstanding customer service.

Sun Light & Power is committed to making a positive difference in the world, both by providing exceptional service, products and expertise in solar energy to our customers, and by standing as an example of the great business practices that support our team members and the community that we live in. Our guiding principals:

  • Safety is the first priority
  • Strive to build a collaborative work community
  • Always act with integrity
  • Deliver unmatched quality
  • Practice sustainability: live and work green

When It Comes to Business, We Shine Brightly

2014
Top 400 Solar Contractors

Solar Power World

2013
Lifetime Achievement Award

CoExist & Fast Company

2012
SLP Becomes a Certified Benefit Corp.

2012
First Place Team Bike Challenge

Medium Company Category
Alameda County

2010
Gold Sponsor

West Coast Green

2009
Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

San Francisco Business Times

2009
Gold Sponsor

West Coast Green

2009
Third Place Team Bike Challenge

Medium Company Category

2009
2009
SunPower Intelegant Award

Best Installation: Aesthetics, Quality & Costumer Satisfaction

2008
3 million Total Solar Electricity Watts Installed (and 500 PV systems)

2008
Gary Gerber elected President of the Board of Directors of CalSEIA

(California Solar Industries Association)

2007 - 2009
Greenopia Distinguished
Business Award

San Francisco Bay Area

2007
Gold Sponsor

West Coast Green

2007
Best Solar Contractor

Best of the East Bay: "Visions of Utopia"
East Bay Express

2007
Susanne Wilson Award

Pollution Prevention/Resource Conservation, Action for a Sustainable Earth (Acterra) Business Environmental Awards

2007
Contributes PV system for the MK Lotus House

Michelle Kaufmann, Architect; Extreme Homes, Builder. This showpiece of green building exhibited at the prestigious West Coast Green Conference and Exhibition

2007
SLP wins its first megawatt-sized photovoltaic system contract

2007
Achieves rank as 12th largest solar electricity installer in the U.S.

2007
Total Solar Electricity watts installed exceeds 2 million (416 photovoltaic systems)

2006
Champion of Sustainability Award

Sustainability Berkeley

2006
Fast 50: Fastest Growing Companies

East Bay Business Times

2006
30th Anniversary

2005
Total solar electricity watts installed exceeds one million

2005
Fast 50: Fastest Growing Companies

East Bay Business Times

2004 - 2005
Fast 100: Fastest Growing Companies in the San Francisco Area

San Francisco Business Times

2004 - 2009
Hall of Fame Award

San Francisco Business Times List of Fastest Growing Private Companies

2004
SLP launches program to operate its fleet of trucks on locally sold bio-diesel fuel

2004
Total solar electricity watts installed exceeds 500,000

2002
SLP certified as a Bay Area Green Business

SLP was the first solar installer to be certified for its environmentally friendly operations.

1999
SLP installs its first wind generator

1999
SLP begins design and installation of solar electric systems

1991
Gary Gerber assists Dr. Terry Galloway in the creation of his solar home

Ambitious green building project and showpiece of renewable energy use

1985
Gary Gerber elected president of local CalSEIA chapter

(California Solar Industries Association)

1979
Gary Gerber joins CalSEIA

(California Solar Industries Association)

1976
SLP builds and installs its first solar water heating system

1974
Gary Gerber works at PG&E for 6 months

1974
SLP Founder Gary Gerber earns UC-Berkeley degree

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Cum Laude
Specialization in Heat Transfer and Solar Energy
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Solar Energy, Computer Science
Graduate Research Assistant in the Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Proud to be a Certified Benefit Corporation

B logo Sun Light & Power is both a California Benefit Corporation (an alternative form of legal incorporation that enables for-profit entities to integrate social and environmental goals into their business operations) and a certified B Corp (a trade designation developed by the nonprofit B Lab). Both of these designations signal our fundamental belief that the power of business can be used to tackle important social and environmental problems, while providing a healthy and sustainable workplace for our employees. Sun Light & Power was one of the first 15 Benefit Corporations in California. This means our priorities are “People, Planet, then Profit.” Benefit Corporations are required to create a material positive impact on society and the environment. They are expected to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and most importantly, accountability. They are also required to measure and report on the corporation’s impact on employees, suppliers, community, customers and the environment. Learn more at B Lab’s Benefit Corp Information Center.

Walking the Talk: How We Strive to be Good Corporate Citizens

  • We pay fair living wages.
  • We provide generous paternity and maternity leave.
  • We hire alternative employees.
  • We allot extra personal days off for our employees to engage in volunteerism and community service.

New impact report 11_13_2014

 

 

  • We monitor our carbon footprint.
  • Our office layout/building materials promote sustainability (water efficiency, energy efficiency and reusable materials).
  • We run our office on solar power.
  • We consider items that can can be reused or composted when purchasing office supplies, planning events or buying gifts.
  • We choose suppliers with similar green philosophies and patronize local businesses whenever possible.
  • We have a fleet of bio-diesel vehicles with extra passenger space for carpooling.
  • We do work for nonprofit agencies.
  • We work with other B Corps.
  • We promote energy-efficient housing for low-income communities.
  • We support philanthropic events and organizations, including Bay Clean-Up Day, the Climate Ride, Bike to Work Month, the Albany Education Foundation, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco, Berkeley Earth Day, Albany Green Day, BRIDGE Housing, Eden Housing, Satellite Housing, Resources for Community Development, the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Ecumenical Affordable Housing, the Affordable Housing Association, Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, California Interfaith Power & Light and GRID Alternatives.
  • We participate in programs that provide solar training to local residents, including Solar Richmond, Cypress Mandela, and the Treasure Island Training program.
  • We volunteer!

 

Meet Gary Gerber, Our Founder

Gary Gerber founded Sun Light & Power in 1976. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UC-Berkeley, is a registered Mechanical Engineer in two states, holds a B general contractor license and a C46 solar contractor license in California, and is a NABCEP Certificant Emeritus. Gary has been active in CalSEIA for over 35 years, promoting support and growth for all forms of solar energy in California, and recently completed his fourth term as the organization’s president. Under Gary’s leadership, Sun Light & Power has experienced sustained high growth over the past 10 years in our photovoltaics division, which actively pursues residential, commercial, nonprofit and municipal solar projects throughout California.

Read Gary’s Blog.

Meet Our Leadership Team

The Sun Light & Power management team is united in our commitment to delivering the highest quality of service for every customer, and to the deep social and environmental values on which our company was founded. Click the faces below to learn more about each member of the team.

We Are Sun Light & Power!

Sun Light & Power team members have backgrounds in science, history, liberal arts, trade schools, business schools, finance, real estate, engineering and the school of hard knocks. We are also a group of passionate people with diverse interests. We are volunteers and activists. We care about the impact we have on the natural environment. We compost, reduce and recycle. We make carbon-reducing diet and shopping decisions. We bike to work and use public transportation whenever possible. When we need to drive, we are bio-fuel enthusiasts and electric car drivers. We are animal lovers, rock climbers, snowboarders, bike campers and skiers. We fly planes, hike mountains, run triathlons, teach yoga, swim the Bay, track wildlife and travel the world. We are devoted parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who love our families, and we tend think of our coworkers family too. We are the power behind Sun Light & Power.

  • We Save Lives

    Blake is an Operation Leader, is on the Board of Directors, and is the chair of the Technical Standards Committee. Blake has also done volunteer work with the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit and the National Park Service in Alaska’s Denali National Park, where he completed two month-long mountain rescue patrols on the Ruth Glacier and on Denali itself.

  • We Volunteer

    Becky spends one night a week at Family Paths, a 24-hour parent support hotline available to anyone within Alameda County who needs support and referrals to community resources.

  • We Dance

  • We Surf

  • We Climb

  • We Care

    Koralie volunteers at WeCare Solar, a nonprofit that installs small solar electric light systems on remote maternity clinics in lower-income countries. She has traveled to Malawi in Africa twice to install 20 small solar “suitcases” – photovoltaic systems that are approximately the size of a suitcase. Koralie also volunteers at GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit that installs solar on low-income housing. Child Care Collective is another group Koralie is involved in. This group provides child care for social activists around the Bay Area who otherwise would not be able to attend events and meetings because of child care expenses.

  • We Hike

  • We Record

    Beauty

  • We Watch

    Birds

  • We Camp

  • We Travel

  • We Ski

  • We Play

    With Lava

  • We Cruise

  • We Bike

  • We Parade

SLP in the News

Below is a selection of recent news articles featuring Sun Light & Power:

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