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Passion drives people to be great at what they do.
We are committed to making a positive difference in the world.
Our passionate team of leaders exemplifies what sets Sun Light & Power apart; it’s why we have endured. We care about our customers and each other, and we stand for our beliefs. We have a strong sense of purpose and a culture of excellence.
We are a small company with a big heart. With 70+ employees, we successfully complete a large number of solar installations each year, earning us the respect and loyalty from customers, peer companies, industry influencers, and partners.
Sun Light & Power is both a California Benefit Corporation and a Certified B Corp. These designations signal our fundamental belief in the power of business to tackle social and environmental challenges while creating a positive and professional workplace for our employees. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of social and environmental performance and accountability.
Great companies succeed because of their people. Our leadership team understands that and comes to work every day to support our team members and our customers. We believe in providing a solar power world, one customer at a time.
“I have lead Sun Light & Power since its inception over 43 years ago. I have no formal business training; my degree is in mechanical engineering and I am a professional engineer. If there is a “secret to my success” I would say it is due to doing work that I love to do and surrounding myself with people who have the same sense of mission that I feel. Working with a team that I know is always pulling right alongside me makes for a hugely satisfying work experience every day.”
Gary Gerber – Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO
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.
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Chief Operating Officer
Troy Tyler brings over 25 years of construction and solar experience, with a strong emphasis on operations, innovation and project management.
For half his career, he has studied and experimented with Lean Project Delivery – a methodology for streamlining a project’s flow based on a relentless pursuit of customer value. Prior to joining Sun Light & Power, Troy founded SMASHsolar – a Bay Area energy innovation company that developed the industry’s first snap-together solar module to create flow in the installation of solar.
Before SMASH, he led cost reduction and operational excellence efforts in support of SunPower’s 240% growth in revenue ($1B annual) over 5 years, scaling global delivery of solar projects. In addition, Troy started SunPower’s Global Technical Training & Performance Management groups in the Systems business unit.
Troy started his career as an estimator, field engineer and superintendent for Clark Construction, one of the largest general contractors in the US, where he managed $100 million in new commercial construction and then later led an initiative to implement a new project management software across all Clark projects nationwide.
Troy earned his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director of System Performance
Koralie began her solar career over 15 years ago. She has held various positions of increased responsibility at Sun Light & Power including installer, crew leader, foreperson, project manager, general superintendent, quality assurance and Director of Engineering. She brings to her current role a passion for maximizing solar output for customers. In her new area of responsibility she will be ensuring that customers receive prompt and adequate attention to any service or performance issues on their solar electric and hot water systems through maintenance contacts, performance reports, and a fantastic tech team.
Koralie holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Physics from the University of Michigan, and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. She has been NABCEP certified (Installer Level Certification) since 2006 and is a licensed CA Journeyman Electrician. Koralie has taught courses through Solar Energy International and the Solar Living Institute, and has worked in Malawi, Africa with the We Care Solar "Solar Suitcase" project, which brings solar-powered devices to developing countries to help reduce maternal mortality rates.
Director of Innovation & Technical Excellence
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™.
Director of Operations
Craig has been in the construction industry for the past 15 years, including 13 years in the solar sector. As SLP’s Director of Operations, he is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of all aspects of project management and field work, including supervising all superintendents, forepeople and purchasing agents. To keep his technical skills up-to-date, he also works on small loads of projects, when his workload permits. Craig has been with the company since 2010, leaving briefly in 2013 to work on a $28-million DSA 6.5MW carport solar project for a public school in San Rafael. He has an Associate Degree in Visual Communications from the Colorado Institute of Art, and has taken courses on PV design and installation, advanced PV design, and grid-tie and off-grid system design installation.