Mission & Values

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Our Mission

Our mission is to help Central Coast residents achieve energy independence, save money and enrich their lives. We achieve this with the highest quality service, products, integrity, and respect.

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Our Commitment

Our vision is for every building and residence on the Central Coast to have a net-zero energy and resource consumption footprint.

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Our Vision

Our vision is for every building and residence on the Central Coast to have a net-zero energy and resource consumption footprint.

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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple. Be kind. Live local. Work hard. Consume less. Respect others. Make a positive difference every day.

A Business Founded on Doing the Right Thing

It all started after the oil embargo of 1973. Local Cal Poly engineering graduate Michael Emrich, saw an opportunity to improve our energy use and habits by finding ways to harness and distribute energy locally. Thus Solarponics began installing some of the first solar energy systems on the central coast, and some of those are still in operation today. (photo: Solarponics solar water heating display in front of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in 1980.)

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Local Solar Energy Company Since 1975

Being the best solar energy company means: Ranked 17th in the nation for battery backup installs (out of 1,900 installers), Top 200 ranked Solar Contractor in the U.S. nine years running, Best of North County seven years running, Nationally ranked #14 by BestCompany.com, Atascadero Business of the Year, Guild Quality Certified, San Luis Obispo Green Company of the Year, Pacific Coast Business Times Family Business of the Year, Home Advisor Elite Service Provider, BBB Accredited, and Angie’s List Super Service Award Contractor. CSLB# 391670

A solar energy system is a 25-year investment. Make sure you have the right people standing behind you.

Our Team

Justin Armstrong

Justin Armstrong

Lead Service Tech

Kristian Emrich

Kristian Emrich

President

Serafin Olvera

Serafin Olvera

Install Crew Lead

Phil Campbell

Phil Campbell

Energy Analyst

Jeff Riley

Jeff Riley

Energy Analyst

Shane Wisniewski

Shane Wisniewski

Inspection Tech

Ron Spann

Ron Spann

New Construction | Sales Manager

Todd Burnett

Todd Burnett

Commercial Sales | Energy Analyst

Patrizia Machado

Patrizia Machado

Bookkeeper

Mike Weigel

Mike Weigel

COO

Jeremy West

Jeremy West

Install Crew Lead

Annie Allen

Annie Allen

Production Coordinator

Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor

Project Manager

Frank Scotti

Frank Scotti

Marketing

Crosby

Crosby

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Jane Weisheitinger

Jane Weisheitinger

Financial Department Head

Ryan Montague

Ryan Montague

Service Manager

Caleb Slobodnik

Caleb Slobodnik

Production Foreman

Adolfo Hernandez

Adolfo Hernandez

Install Crew Lead

Carry Perkins

Carry Perkins

Service Coordinator

Jesse Acosta

Jesse Acosta

Construction Foreman

Aadi Ahmad

Aadi Ahmad

Energy Analyst

Troy Schwoerer (right)

Troy Schwoerer (right)

Project Designer

Jake Liddicote

Jake Liddicote

Project Coordinator

Our Partners

Amicus Solar Co-op logo
California solar plus storage association
Heliocol logo
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California solar plus storage association
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County of San Luis Obispo Energy Wise Plan
California solar plus storage association
Home Advisor Rated
Amicus Solar Co-op logo
California solar plus storage association

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“Just opened my water bill and my electricity bill at the same time… I was shocked.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“A surge of electricity walks into a bar. The barman says, “why the long phase?”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“What do wind turbines talk about? Nothing special. They just shoot the breeze.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“A sweater I bought was picking up static electricity. So, I returned it to the store. They gave me another one free of charge.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“I caught my friend harassing some electricity. I told him it was an abuse of power.”