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California solar solutions provider, Sun Light & Power, becomes 100% employee owned

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Berkeley, CA – After more than 40 years in business, Sun Light & Power, California’s premiere solar solutions provider, announced the implementation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) giving 100% ownership to the company’s 80+ employees.

The transition supports the company’s belief in its greatest differentiating assets, its people. Gary Gerber, the company’s founder and President, said, “For 42 years, I have proudly owned the company. Now, it’s time to transition ownership to the people who can contribute the most to its success, our employees. Our customers will also benefit greatly from this move because employee-owners are more committed than ever to their success.”

Being 100% employee owned creates many benefits including attracting top talent, growing employee engagement and creating a long term perspective. Giving workers a voice in a company’s governance will create a stronger, mindful company.

The benefits for customers are great, too. A company whose employees have a vested stake in the company’s success understands the importance of delivering value to customers. Employee owners share in the wealth they help generate, and their effort to provide exceptional customer experiences impacts the company’s bottom line.

“Employee Owned companies have a positive impact on employees, customers and their communities,” said Sun Light & Power’s COO, Troy Tyler. “We feel this move to be a democratically-governed company prepares us well for the future. The feedback from employee-owners and customers has been extremely positive.”

About Sun Light & Power
For over 40 years, Sun Light & Power has delivered exceptional customer service by designing and building high quality solar thermal and solar power systems across California. Sun Light & Power’s team of employee-owners serve a wide range of commercial, nonprofit, municipal and residential clients. Sun Light & Power is one of the first companies in the state to become incorporated as a Benefit Corporation (known as a B Corp).  Sun Light & Power became 100% employee owned (ESOP) in August 2018. For more information, visit www.SunLightandPower.com.

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Berkeley solar solutions provider, Sun Light & Power, names accomplished solar executive as Chief Operating Officer

Friday, September 7th, 2018

September 7, 2018 – Berkeley, CA – Sun Light & Power, California’s premiere solar solutions provider, has hired Troy Tyler to become the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

The move allows Gary Gerber, the company’s founder, president, and a pioneer in the California solar industry, to focus on implementing his vision for the company’s future. Gary will shift his responsibility from overseeing day-to-day operations to driving the company’s strategy to be the top employee-owned solar energy solution provider in California.

“Troy is fabulously qualified for the job as COO of Sun Light & Power. I am very encouraged because we have a similar way of thinking and problem solving, and we have similar attitudes and approaches to running a business,” said Gerber. “He has a deep and extensive knowledge of solar, and a person with his level of experience is not easy to find. I’m very excited he’s here.”

Tyler, 49, brings over 25 years of experience, most recently as the CEO of Smash Solar in Richmond, CA. He previously led SunPower Corporation’s global Technical Training and Performance Management function. While at SunPower, he spearheaded a campaign to implement lean project delivery and founded the technical training team to further reduce cost and increase quality across business units.

“I have been a student of lean construction delivery for many years and I am excited about the opportunity to lead and improve such a well-regarded company,” he said. “It’s not every day one gets the opportunity to take an operation to the next level while enhancing a strong company culture.”

Tyler earned a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives in El Cerrito with his wife and two children. He looks forward to biking to work at Sun Light & Power’s office in Berkeley.

 

About Sun Light & Power

Founded in 1976, Sun Light & Power is celebrating its 42nd continuous year of designing and building solar systems in California, both solar thermal and electric. Sun Light & Power’s team of engineers, project managers, installers and customer support professionals serve a wide range of commercial, nonprofit, municipal and residential clients. Sun Light & Power is one of the first companies in the state to become a Certified B Corp as well as being the first solar company to be certified as an Alameda County Green Business. For more information, visit www.SunLightandPower.com.

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Sun Light & Power in North Bay Business Journal

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Sun Light & Power (SLP) is currently transitioning to a “BESOPerative” – a B corporation that is also an ESOP with a cooperative governance structure. Read how three Bay Area solar pioneers, including SLP, are in different stages of transferring the ownership of their businesses to their employees.

Here is Barry Vesser’s April 2018 column in the North Bay Business Journalhttps://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/opinion/7877339-181/solar-energy-esop-b-corporation

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Let’s defend solar and storage on August 15!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Join Sun Light & Power and 300 other industry professionals to help educate lawmakers about the importance of solar and storage in California! This is your opportunity to talk with your state representatives about the importance of shifting to renewable energy, creating good paying jobs here in California and helping to mitigate climate change.

Solar + Storage Lobby Day
August 15 (Wednesday) | 8am – 5pm
North Lawn, State Capitol, Sacramento

Here’s why: In the final weeks of August, the most consequential statewide energy bill in the last decade will be moving through the legislature. Decisions that could shape our industry for years to come are going to be made at the end of this month. It is important for all of us to get a huge turnout at Lobby Day to push back on the utilities’ efforts to undermine the solar industry.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP here: https://calssa.z2systems.com/np/clients/calssa/eventRegistration.jsp?event=1106&sp_ref=432710702.404.189564.e.611745.2

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Sun Light & Power at Intersolar North America 2018

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Two Sun Light & Power team members will share their knowledge and expertise at the ongoing 2018 Intersolar North America conference.

President & CEO Gary Gerber will answer questions after the two free showings of the Solar Roots documentary (July 10 at 3pm and July 11 at 12:30pm), while solar thermal system designer and estimator Martin Morehouse will discuss how solar provides clean electricity and hot water for California buildings (July 11 at 4:15pm).

The 2018 Intersolar North America conference takes place July 10-12, 2018 at the Moscone Center West Hall in San Francisco, CA.

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Press Release Berkeley-based Energy Gel Maker Goes Solar

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

GU Energy Labs partnered with Sun Light & Power to install a solar system

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Gary Gerber, Sun Light & Power (800.233.4SUN, gary@sunlightandpower.com)

Jessica Carroll, GU Energy Labs (510.559.3860, jcarroll@guenergy.com)

 

Berkeley-based Energy Gel Maker Goes Solar

GU Energy Labs has partnered with Sun Light & Power to install a solar system that will offset 90% of their total electric bill

BERKELEY, CA, 17 May 2018 – GU Energy Labs, a Berkeley-based family-owned business that produces performance sports nutrition products, recently announced the new photovoltaic (PV) system installed on their 4th Street headquarters. The 206.4 kW roof-mounted PV system, installed by Sun Light & Power (SLP), another East Bay company, is expected to offset 90% of the company’s electric bill for that property. It has an estimated annual production of 325,000 kWh, and consists of 606 SunPower modules, five SolarEdge inverters and 304 SolarEdge power optimizers.

According to Eric Nyman, Director of Sales & Marketing at SLP, the solar system’s energy production is equivalent to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 242 metric tons per year, which translates to removing 52 cars from the road or recycling 84 tons of waste destined for landfills. “This new PV system is designed to last for at least 30 years, which will help the company become less dependent on the local utility for electricity. We are very happy to have been given this opportunity to partner with another organization that values sustainability and environmental accountability,” he said.

Jessica Carroll, GU’s Sustainability Manager, also stressed the company’s commitment to sustainability and to protecting the environment. “We manufacture all our gels at the Berkeley headquarters and are proud to say that our Energy Gels are now produced with renewable energy,” she said.

Carroll added that choosing Sun Light & Power as their partner was an easy decision. “We admire Sun Light & Power’s commitment to the environment not just in terms of solar projects, but with the commitment to California Green Business and Benefit Corporation standards. They also provided us with a very competitive price.”

“After the installation was complete they continued to collaborate with us in hosting an interactive lunch-and-learn event about renewable energy. We invested in the maintenance plan with Sun Light & Power and are looking forward to a long-term relationship,” she added.

 

About Sun Light & Power

Founded in 1976, Sun Light & Power is celebrating its 42nd continuous year of designing and building solar systems in California, both solar thermal and electric. Sun Light & Power’s team of engineers, project managers, and installers serves a wide range of commercial, nonprofit, municipal and residential clients. Sun Light & Power is one of the first companies in the state to become a Certified B Corp as well as being the first solar company to be certified as an Alameda County Green Business. For more information, visit www.sunlightandpower.com.

About GU Energy Labs

GU Energy Labs strives to help athletes to reach their highest potential with products that deliver the right nutrients, in the right amounts, at the right time. Developed in collaboration with Olympians and age groupers alike, the GU nutrition matrix of Hydration, Energy and Recovery products has helped countless athletes achieve their dreams since its inception in 1993. Headquartered in Berkeley, GU Energy Labs produces all of its Energy Gels onsite with just the right blend of heart and science. Recommit to becoming your best athletic self, learn more about GU products, and discover how nutrition planning can help you get there at http://www.guenergy.com/.

 

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