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:
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
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, and Prosperity.”
B Corp certification is like an organic produce certification for sustainable businesses. It is Patagonia versus Walmart. If you vote with your dollars and care about social and environmental issues, do business with B Corps and become a part of the solution!
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.
We’re proud to be one of the first to be certified in doing business as force for good since 2009!
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.
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.
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.
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.
As 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, SLP believes the power of business can be used to tackle important social and environmental problems. We strive to be good corporate citizens. Not only do we support philanthropic events and organizations, we are hands on with community.
Here are just a few activities our team has engaged in recently with their dedicated “Volunteer Paid Time Off” hours.
Travis – Design Engineer
Travis traveled to the Aqua Fri village in Nicaragua to install solar with Grid Alternatives. The 150 person village consisted of 1-2 room dwellings mostly made of sticks and mud with dirt floors. There was no electricity. A few families had little 10W solar panels connected to a motorcycle size battery and had one or two lights.
His team installed a 1kW solar array on the metal roof and an inverter, charge controller, load center and battery bank to go with it. Since there was no place for the electricity to be used, they installed a distribution system to get power to all three buildings and installed plugs and LED lights in all buildings.
Jon – Project Manager
Jon helped construct affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity at the Muir Ridge Development in Martinez, CA. He spent the majority of the day with a crew of 4 folks schlepping 5/8 inch drywall through second floor windows and staging throughout the different rooms. “It was a dirty, challenging, slightly dangerous and an extremely fun experience. I was able to utilize muscles I didn’t know existed and meet cool people from all over the country,” Jon stated.
Blake – Director of Engineering
Blake saves lives through the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit. He has also volunteered for 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. His most recent rescue involved a an injured woman who fell off a cliff. She had been alone for 9 days in the Sierra National Forest location.
Erinne Davis – Project Manager
Erinne spent a morning with Save the Bay, working on a community project to restore and rejuvenate the native plants of the MLK Shoreline in Oakland. “It felt so good to work outside in the sun and the soil, giving my day’s labor back to the ground,” Erinne reported.
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.