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. Paul worked with American Solar Network (ASN), a Herndon, Virginia-based solar manufacturing company in 1989-90, and became an equity partner in 1991. He opened Sunlight Solar Energy in Redmond in 1997 and then moved the company to Bend in 2003. In 2004, Paul opened a second office in Milford, Connecticut as the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) was launching their solar incentive program, In his 20+ years in the solar industry, he has overseen and managed over 4.5 megawatts (4,500 kW) of solar electric design and installation throughout the United States.