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.
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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.
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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.
Project Experience: More than 2,000 designs and installations as founder of the company.
As Controller, Kirsten is responsible for the company’s financials, forecasting and cash management. She also provides oversight of the company’s work in progress schedule and related functions of procurement, subcontracting and labor compliance. Kirsten began her career in the prominent San Francisco CPA firm of Burr Pilger & Mayer, and transitioned into the technology sector as a financial systems consultant for Select Systems in the late 1990s. Here she worked with programmers to design, test and implement custom integrations to mid-market accounting systems. Her experience with relational databases and financial report writing was later applied to the construction industry as owner and principal consultant of Constructive Systems implementing Sage Master Builder, including the setting up complex union/certified payroll, job costing, inventory-PO and work order systems. Kirsten’s proven business acumen and technical background have been integral to providing SLP’s management team with essential analytics and information critical for solid business strategy and decision-making. Kirsten holds degrees in Economics and Accounting from Monash University in Melbourne Australia.
Project Experience: Kirsten has overseen the billing, payment and cash management for more than 500 projects.
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™.
Project Experience: More than 1,000 designs and installations as Engineer and Director of Engineering for SLP.
Eric has been the anchor of Sun Light & Power’s team of design consultants since 2003. He is frequently invited to address architects, general contractors and other industry groups looking to gain a better understanding of how to incorporate renewable energy into their buildings. Before joining SLP, Eric enjoyed a successful 20-year career in retail management, including more than a decade with The North Face and seven years running his own sales company servicing mass market retailers. He earned his B.A. degree in Geography at San Francisco State University.
Project Experience: More than 500 projects as SLP Sales Manager.
Molly brings to Sun Light and 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.