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Meet Our Team

Paul Israel - President

Paul Israel founded Sunlight Solar Energy, Inc in 1988 in Sacramento, California. Paul, a native of New Hampshire, has a business degree from Temple University and has worked in the energy industry since 1987…

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541-322-1910
paul@sunlightsolar.com

Queena Coursen - Construction and Project Coordinator, Bend

Queena joined Sunlight Solar in mid-October 2009 with over 10 years of experience in administrative support, data analysis, light bookkeeping, training and special projects. Queena has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic Biology…

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541-322-1910
queena.coursen@sunlightsolar.com

Joe Mazzarella - System Design and Sales, Bend

Joe started with Sunlight Solar in the summer of 2011 in neighborhood outreach and is now also working in System Design. Joe graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Marketing…

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(541) 322-1910
joe.mazzarella@sunlightsolar.com

Kayte Morales - CT Director of Operations

Kayte joined the Sunlight Solar team in September 2014. She has 10 years of experience in construction administration, specifically in contract and project management. Kayte was previously the project coordinator for SSE, where she helped increase installation efficiency, leading to the Connecticut office winning the nationwide company install award.

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203-878-9123
kayte.morales@sunlightsolar.com

Brendan Smith - Design Manager

Brendan joined Sunlight Solar in May 2012 as a Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Systems Designer. Before SSE, Brendan was in the roof consulting industry for five years doing waterproofing consulting and hurricane-force wind design consulting for commercial buildings…

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203-878-9123
Cell #: 203-516-1853
Brendan.smith@sunlightsolar.com

Tyson Buerkle - Director of Operations/System Design

Tyson joined the Sunlight Solar team in 2013 as a Photovoltaic System Designer in Connecticut and opened the Colorado office, as Director of Operations in 2015. A Cornell University Dept. of Natural Resources alum, Tyson grew up off-the-grid and brings with him years of firsthand knowledge of the workings of solar electric systems.

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Cell #: 719-663-0300
tyson.buerkle@sunlightsolar.com

Dick Evarts - Community Outreach Coordinator

After a 30-year career as co-owner of Friends & Company Restaurant on the eastern Connecticut shoreline, Dick has returned to his true passion: conservation…

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203-878-9123
dick.evarts@sunlightsolar.com

Nathan Hernandez - System Designer

Nathan joined the Sunlight Solar Team in 2016 as a Photovoltaic System Designer.

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203-878-9123
Cell #: 203-640-2271
Nathan.hernandez@sunlightsolar.com

Kristen Bayusik - Project Coordinator

Kristen Bayusik joined Sunlight Solar in 2014. She started as the marketing coordinator for SSE, but has recently taken on the role of project coordinator. She grew up in Bridgeport, CT and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Haven. In her spare time, Kristen is a homebrewer and operates a beer and […]

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kristen.bayusik@sunlightsolar.com

Keith Jamieson - E1

Keith Jamieson joined Sunlight Solar in the summer of 2014. He holds a CT E-1 electrical license. Keith studied solar technologies at Gateway Community College, and is currently in preparation for NABCEP certification. Prior to working at Sunlight Solar, Keith was an instructor at Porter and Chester Institute in the electrical program. He developed the […]

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203-804-5224
ksj53@comcast.net

Sydney Hanson - Solar Engineer

Sydney joined the Sunlight Solar Energy team in June 2015 as a Solar Engineer. Sydney is LEED AP BD+C certified and an EIT. Before joining Sunlight Solar Energy, Sydney worked in the building consulting industry doing mechanical and plumbing designs for commercial, industrial, and heath care facilities. She has a BS in Engineering from Harvey […]

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203-878-9123
sydney.hanson@sunlightsolar.com

Gregorio Noria - Installer

Gregorio has been a solar installer for Sunlight Solar since 2009 and brought with him a wealth of home improvement experience including painting, concrete, and roofing. A valued member of the SSE team, Greg came to the US from Mexico in 1990…

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203-878-9123
gregorio.noria@sunlightsolar.com

Keith Surbey - Installer

Keith has been with Sunlight Solar since December 2011, after graduating from Green Mountain College in Vermont where he majored in Environmental Science with a concentration in Renewable Energy and Eco-Design…

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203-878-9123
keith.surbey@sunlightsolar.com

Jeff Pote - Electrician

Jeff Pote joined the Sunlight Solar Team in October 2014 as an electrician. He holds a Connecticut E-2 Electrician license and is currently studying for his E-1 and pursuing OSHA certification. In his free time, Jeff enjoys snowboarding and spending time with his wife.

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Jeff Purtell - Installer

Jeff Purtell joined the Sunlight Solar team in August 2014. He is currently undergoing online training for solar certification. In his free time, Jeff enjoys weightlifting, reading, practicing massage therapy, reiki, and reflexology, as well as spending time with his family.

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Robert Johnson - General Supervising Electrician, Bend

Robert first started his work with Sunlight Solar in 2001. He worked for SSE for three years installing solar panels before leaving to get his Journeyman Electrician’s License in 2004. He has worked for longstanding electrical companies such as Trinity Electric and Gowdy Brothers Electric. He has now been installing solar systems and performing the […]

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541-322-1910
Cell #: (541) 222-9256
Robert.Johnson@sunlightsolar.com

Michael Logan - Director of MA Operations

Michael became part of the Sunlight Solar Energy team September 2012 and is now our Director of Operations. He came to Sunlight Solar as an installer with years of experience installing solar systems and with valuable leadership experience. He previously worked for Bay State Energy where he installed thermal solar systems for domestic hot water and pool heating. Originally from Keene, NH, Michael attended Full Sail University in Florida where he received his Associates Degree in both Recording and Music Production. One of Michael’s biggest professional accomplishments is building a record studio from the ground up and turning it into a profitable business. Michael is committed to promoting a more sustainable environment.

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(781) 373-3263
mike.logan@sunlightsolar.com

Kelly Riley - First Contact, Bend

Kelly joined the Sunlight Solar team in the spring of 2014 as First Contact. She has a diversified background in sustainable farming, building, and business ownership.

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Kelly.Riley@sunlightsolar.com

Kim Wilson - Marketing and Outreach Director, Bend

Kim joined the Sunlight Solar team in the spring of 2014 as Marketing and Outreach Director. She graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Marketing and is certified in Professional Sales, Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing.  Her previous experience includes over 13 years in Information Technology and Microsoft Exchange System Administration experience for Con-way Inc. […]

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kim.wilson@sunlightsolar.com

Luke Goodman - Renewable Energy Apprentice, Bend

Luke joined the Sunlight Solar team in the summer of 2013 and just a few months later was accepted into the Limited Renewables Technician (LRT) apprenticeship program! He expects to earn his license within two years. Luke has lived off grid for the last five years and has firsthand knowledge of several different power systems […]

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541-322-1910
luke.goodman@sunlightsolar.com

Linda Lee - Project Manager

Linda joined the Sunlight Solar team in December of 2014 here in the Massachusetts office. She is enthusiastic about solar and is excited to work in the renewable energy field. Prior to joining Sunlight Solar Energy, Linda worked in the field of facility and property management. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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(781) 373-3263
linda.lee@sunlightsolar.com

Matthew Honkonen - Lead System Designer

Matt joined the Sunlight Solar team in September 2015. He has always had a passion for sustainable energy and believes in the future of solar for our country, and the world. Matt graduated from Plymouth State University with a BA in Tourism Management and Policy and a minor in Professional Communication. Upon graduating, Matt worked for Vail Resorts as an Account Manager, helping to increase their revenue and brand awareness while gaining valuable sales and marketing experience. Outside of work he enjoys being a musician and lives an active, healthy lifestyle. Matt is excited about working with solar energy because it positively impacts people and the environment.

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(781) 373-3263
matt.honkonen@sunlightsolar.com

Chris Horeth - Master Electrician

Chris joined Sunlight Solar Energy as the Master Electrician in the fall of 2016. He has been an electrician for over 20 years with his Master License in both Massachusetts & New Hampshire. He is a vital part of our team and is a diligent worker who enjoys helping both his community and the environment. In his free time, you will find him snowmobiling, skiing, boating, and spending time with his family.

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(781) 373-3263
chris.horeth@sunlightsolar.com

Nathan Paulauskas - Lead Installer

Nathan joined the Sunlight Solar Energy team in April 2014 as an Installer. He is a native of Massachusetts and previously worked as a commercial solar installer. Nathan is excited to begin a new chapter in his life by joining the Sunlight Solar Energy team and helping create a cleaner environment. When Nathan is not installing solar systems, he enjoys reading books, long walks on the beach and spending time with his family.

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Justin Duke - Technical Designer, Bend

Justin started with Sunlight Solar Energy in August 2013 as a Technical Designer. When he’s not busy impressing the team with his smoke trout he enjoys mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, fishing and ice hockey. Justin has a MA from Temple University.

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justin.duke@sunlightsolar.com

Andrew Bailey - Licensed Renewable Technician, Portland

Andrew joined the Sunlight Solar team in the summer of 2014. He is currently enrolled at Clackamas Community College in the electrical engineering technology program.  He has earned his Limited Renewables Technician certification. When he’s not overachieving in school he is supporting the Portland team with all things construction/install related. In his free time he likes to […]

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Sean Micken - Energy Consultant, Bend

Sean joined the Sunlight team in autumn of 2014.  Born and raised in Montana, Sean holds a B.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, a number of accreditations from Solar Energy International, and his NABCEP Technical Sales certificate.  Over the last 8 years Sean has worked in a number of aspects of solar […]

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sean.micken@sunlightsolar.com

Mat Corwin - Assistant Project Manager, Bend

Mat Corwin joined the Sunlight Solar team as an intern in the spring of 2014 but joined our installation team shortly after. Mat is a student of Energy Systems Engineering at Oregon State University Cascades and will graduate in the fall of 2015. Past projects include management and design of solar waste heat recovery and […]

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541-322-1910
mat.corwin@sunlightsolar.com

Mike Stone - Installer, Bend

Mike joined the Sunlight Solar team in the spring of 2015 as an installer. Previously in the service industry, Mike decided that it was time for a change and was accepted into a Licensed Renewable Technician apprenticeship. Soon after he joined our team of installers and is well on his way to earning his LRT […]

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541-322-1910
mike.stone@sunlightsolar.com

Joe DeMaio - Electrician

Joe joined Sunlight Solar Energy in June of 2015 as an electrician. He has over 30 years of experience in this field and holds an Electrical License and a Generic Repair Certification. Joe is originally from Newton, MA and is excited to be part of a growing industry.

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781-373-3263

Andrea Scaggiante - Electrician

Andrea began working as an Electrician for Sunlight Solar Energy in June of 2015. He has 10 years of experience as an electrician and used to work in Venice, Italy which is where he is originally from. Andrea enjoys learning about new technology.

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781-373-3263

Lori Bokovoy - Solar Designer/Project Coordinator, Portland

Lori joined the Sunlight Solar team in the summer of 2014 as an Engineering intern and was soon promoted to Solar Designer/Project Coordinator. She holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Portland State University and is NABCEP EL certified. When she’s not pouring over PV designs she enjoys running, hiking, biking, skiing, and spending time […]

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503-705-9550
lori.bokovoy@sunlightsolar.com

James Mendez - Assistant Construction Coordinator, Portland

James came onboard with Sunlight Solar in 2015 fully exposed to every aspect of solar: from system design and permitting, to ordering and coordinating, to installing systems on the ground. James’s first major project was assisting with the install of the 250kW ground mounted solar array at the SolarWorld campus. Before entering the professional realm, […]

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503-750-9550
james.mendez@sunlightsolar.com

Nathan Braun - System Designer and Sales, Portland

Nathan started working for Sunlight Solar in the spring of 2016. He started his work in solar as an installer and is now doing system design. After graduating from Humboldt State University in northern California in 2015, he made his way up to Portland to begin his solar career. Nathan’s career in solar rose from […]

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503-705-9550
nathan.braun@sunlightsolar.com

Nick Berkshire - Construction Coordinator/Lead Installer

Nick joined the Sunlight solar team in October 2012.  He started in the construction trade when he was 16 and found his way to Solar because he believes in the future of renewable energy and wanted to make a difference in the environment.  

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Cell #: 719-439-8481
nick.berkshire@sunlightsolar.com

Sarah White - Coordinator of Business Development

Sarah joined the Sunlight Solar team in June 2016, after graduating from DePauw University with a degree in Environmental Geoscience. Her degree provides her with the background knowledge necessary to communicate the importance of renewable energy, as well as the economic benefits of investing in solar. When she’s not hard at work she’s hard at […]

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719-217-3883
sarah.white@sunlightsolar.com

Erik Beeman - Construction Coordinator, Portland

Although Erik is the newest member of the SSE Portland team, he is not new to solar. As a CA native, Erik started with limited solar experience in 2009 and has worked his way through the industry. From customer interaction, to site surveying and permitting, installation, monitoring, and system service, Erik has a wide range […]

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503-705-9550
erik.beeman@sunlightsolar.com

Mitchell Preffer - Outreach & Marketing Coordinator

Mitchell joined Sunlight Solar Energy in July 2016 as our Outreach & Marketing Coordinator. He is originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts and has a degree in Marketing & Graphic Design. Mitchell is excited about joining the Sunlight Solar Energy team and helping create a cleaner environment. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, freelance photography, and spending time with his family and friends.

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(781) 373-3263
mitch.preffer@sunlightsolar.com

Jeremy Taylor - Project Development and Design, Portland

Jeremy joined Sunlight Solar in 2016, with 15 years of solar experience, in development, project management, design-engineering, installation, and maintenance. He has worked on projects in 16 states to date and has seen dozens of megawatts from start to finish. Jeremy is a NABCEP certified installation professional, technical sales certified emeritus, as well as EAI […]

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503-705-9550
Jeremy.Taylor@sunlightsolar.com

Amber Gutierrez - Project Coordinator

Amber joined the Sunlight Solar team in November of 2016.  She brings years of knowledge and experience in project management, client relations & data analysis.  She is excited to be apart of the solar community within Colorado and looks forward to being able to expand the renewable energy community both locally and nationally.  Amber is […]

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Amber Gutierrez - Project Coordinator

Amber joined the Sunlight Solar Energy team in November 2016.  She brings years of knowledge and experience in project management, customer relations, & data Analysis.  She is thrilled to be apart of the growing solar community, and looks forward to growing the renewable energy community here in Colorado.  Amber is a proud Colorado native, so […]

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719-331-2701
amber.gutierrez@sunlightsolar.com

Greg Saffell - Journeyman Electrician

Greg came to Sunlight Solar in October 2016.  He has spent the last 12 years working in the electrical field, with the last 4 years specifically focused on solar energy. In the years prior to his solar experience, he worked installing electrical systems in green built residences as well as helping businesses to have more […]

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719-208-5309
greg.safell@sunlightsolar.com

Thomas Farringer - Office Director, Portland

Thomas has been involved in the solar industry since 2007 and was instrumental in Portland General Electric’s implementation of solar payment option pilot program. From 2007-2009, he oversaw interconnection of all renewables under 10 MW to PGE’s grid. Starting in 2010, he worked for REC Solar (later Sunrun), managing the construction of projects including 500 […]

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503-705-9550
thomas.farringer@sunlightsolar.com

Greg Saffell - Journeyman Electrician

Has spent the last 12 years working in the electrical field, with the last 4 years specifically focused on solar energy. In the years prior to his solar experience he also worked installing electrical systems in green built residences as well as helping businesses to have more energy efficient lighting solutions. A recent transplant to […]

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719-208-5309
greg.safell@sunlightsolar.com

Greg Saffell – Journeyman Electrician - Journeyman Electrician

Has spent the last 12 years working in the electrical field, with the last 4 years specifically focused on solar energy. In the years prior to his solar experience he also worked installing electrical systems in green built residences as well as helping businesses to have more energy efficient lighting solutions. A recent transplant to […]

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719-208-5309
greg.safell@sunlightsolar.com