Gary Gerber (Founder and CEO)
Company founder Gary Gerber is widely recognized as a solar pioneer and industry leader. He is a longtime member of the board of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CalSEIA), and served as its president from 2007 to 2011.
Gary is a professional mechanical engineer, licensed in both California and Washington, as well as a licensed contractor, with both B and C-46 licenses. He is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer Emeritus and has been awarded many honors within the solar industry. Gary also has experience founding and sitting on the boards of various nonprofits, and was a co-founder and longtime board member of Build it Green. As the founder and owner of Sun Light & Power in 1976, Gary’s extensive solar experience and specialized knowledge make him a popular instructor, consultant and presenter throughout the country, with appearances at Solar Power International, Intersolar, the Solar Power Finance and Investment Summit and the U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference, to name a few. He has been published in the Journal of Light Construction, with articles on both solar electricity and solar water heating, and has been cited in numerous articles in Time magazine, Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets. Gary is a graduate of UC-Berkeley, where he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.
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Troy Tyler (COO)
Troy Tyler brings over 25 years of construction and solar experience, with a strong emphasis on operations, innovation and project management.
For half his career, he has studied and experimented with Lean Project Delivery – a methodology for streamlining a project’s flow based on a relentless pursuit of customer value. Prior to joining Sun Light & Power, Troy founded SMASHsolar – a Bay Area energy innovation company that developed the industry’s first snap-together solar module to create flow in the installation of solar.
Before SMASH, he led cost reduction and operational excellence efforts in support of SunPower’s 240% growth in revenue ($1B annual) over 5 years, scaling global delivery of solar projects. In addition, Troy started SunPower’s Global Technical Training & Performance Management groups in the Systems business unit.
Troy started his career as an estimator, field engineer and superintendent for Clark Construction, one of the largest general contractors in the US, where he managed $100 million in new commercial construction and then later led an initiative to implement a new project management software across all Clark projects nationwide.
Troy earned his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Koralie Hill (Director of Engineering)
Koralie began her solar career 14 years ago, working her way down from the roof – from installer to foreperson to superintendent and now to director of engineering. She brings to her current role a rare combination of strong technical/engineering credentials and broad field installation experience and leadership skills. Aside from leading the company’s design engineers, she is responsible for developing and further enhancing the critical connections between SLP’s engineering and field installation and supervision teams.
Koralie holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Physics from the University of Michigan, and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. She has been NABCEP certified (Installer Level Certification) since 2006 and is a licensed CA Journeyman Electrician. Koralie has taught courses through Solar Energy International and the Solar Living Institute, and has worked in Malawi, Africa with the We Care Solar “Solar Suitcase” project, which brings solar-powered devices to developing countries to help reduce maternal mortality rates.
Blake Gleason (Director of Innovation & Technical Excellence)
As head of SLP’s nine-member engineering department, Blake constantly strives to create comprehensive and customized solar solutions that maximize energy production. Some of the major projects he has worked on are with Clif Bar, Verizon Wireless, Crescent Park Apartments, FedEx and Hewlett Packard. Blake is a regular contributing engineering editor to SolarPro magazine. He holds Engineering degrees from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a licensed professional engineer. He is a LEED AP, a C-10 (Electrical) licensed contractor, a certified California general electrician, and a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™.
Molly Rogers (Director of Team Support)
Molly brings to Sun Light & Power over 15 years experience providing practical advisory and linking people initiatives with business strategy. Joining in 2017, her expertise is in diversity, reward and recognition, talent acquisition management, and organizational and professional development. She aligns with Sun Light and Power’s 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. Molly’s previous experience includes leadership roles in Advertising, International Government, and Consumer Products. Molly earned a BA in History from San Francisco State University.
Craig Spahn (Director of Operations)
Craig has been in the construction industry for the past 15 years, including 13 years in the solar sector. As SLP’s Director of Operations, he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of all aspects of project management and field work, including supervising all superintendents, forepeople and purchasing agents. To keep his technical skills up-to-date, he also works on small loads of projects, when his workload permits. Craig has been with the company since 2010, leaving briefly in 2013 to work on a $28-million DSA 6.5MW carport solar project for a public school in San Rafael. He has an Associate Degree in Visual Communications from the Colorado Institute of Art, and has taken courses on PV design and installation, advanced PV design, and grid-tie and off-grid system design installation.
Patch Garcia (Director of Sales)
Over the past 18 years, Patch has held several roles at Sun Light & Power, including Sales Manager, General Manager, and Manager of Talent Acquisition and Organizational Development.
Patch is known in the Bay Area for staffing startups. In 2001, alongside President Gary Gerber, she launched the PV division of Sun Light & Power. She hired the core team of experts that remains at the company today, including the Director of Engineering, Director of Innovation & Technical Excellence in Innovation & Technical Excellence, and three longstanding members of the existing sales team she now oversees. In 2006, Patch moved to the energy efficiency industry to help launch Recurve, a SaaS startup backed by Shasta Ventures and RockPort Capital. Patch returned to SLP in 2018 to recruit the current Chief Operating Officer, Troy Tyler, and then moved into the Sales Director role.
Patch earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Urban Planning & ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) from California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. She is a certified analyst of predictive analytics hiring instruments and uses both GRI.co and Predictive Index to match great candidates to great roles.