Many of our team members are pioneers in the renewable energy industry, and offer our customers a wealth of experience and expertise in solar technology, design/build craftsmanship, energy policy, finance, utility regulations, and local industry.
Ted Walsh, CEO
Mr. Walsh has been a leader in the solar industry leader for more than 10 years, and has lead several local solar companies to national prominence while developing more than 100 commercial projects and several hundred residential solar projects within his community. Most recently Ted was President of a leading national commercial solar provider based in Petaluma, leading their growth and eventual acquisition by the nation’s largest utility. Ted combines a high level of integrity, customer perspective and personnel management experience with expertise in local energy markets, project finance, renewable energy technology and the unique culture and diversity of the North Bay community. Ted holds degrees in Economics, Managerial Accounting, and Chemistry from the University of Rochester and the University of South Florida, respectively. A lifelong athlete, he competed in the decathlon in college and played professional basketball in Europe. He coaches youth sports locally, volunteers for local community and sustainability programs, and lives in Western Marin County with his wife and two young children. Walking the walk, Ted drives a hybrid, lives in as solar powered eco-friendly house and his kids’ middle names are Sunshine and Wind.
Jason Williamson – Service Manager
Jason came to SolarCraft after serving in the US Army Signal Corps in 1997. Working his way up to Thermal Crew Foreman, in 2001 he became our first Photovoltaic Crew Lead/Foreman. Over the next 8 years he became the PV Residential Project Manager/Service Manager. In 2009 he left to pursue a degree in Kinesiology. With the growth in the solar industry, Jason was persuaded to come back to SolarCraft as a Service Tech for PV and Thermal systems. Jason was then promoted to Service Manager. A life-long bay area resident, he lives in Sonoma with his wife and they have one son in college.
Peter Heuer, Project Manager – Thermal
Peter began working as a thermal pool solar installation technician for SolarCraft in 2004 and has spent the better part of the last 13 years moving between thermal installation, thermal service, both residential and commercial PV installation and PV service. A decade of which has been with SolarCraft. His experience and tenure in the field has led him to becoming the Project Manager of SolarCraft’s pool heating division. He and his wife have 5 children between the two of them and have both lived in Sonoma County for the majority of their lives.
Kyle Williams, Project Manager – Commercial PV
Kyle entered the Solar industry in 2010 after working as a field supervisor for Comcast for five years and hurricane flood relief in New Orleans prior to that. Kyle has been working his way up from Installation Technician to his current position as Commercial Project Manager. He has many successful solar installations under his belt and has maintained understanding and adaptability in the ever growing and changing solar industry. He and his partner reside in Cotati where he is the father of two beautiful daughters and a figure to a third.
Blake Abbate, Senior Project Manager/Operations Manager – Residential PV
Blake Joined SolarCraft in 2013 after working in the medical field as an assistant for an ear, nose and throat doctor and head and neck surgeon. Blake started at SolarCraft as a residential install technician and worked up the ranks to Commercial Foreman, then Assistant Project Manager and also contributing to our service department before being promoted to a Project Manager. He ensures that each and every residential installation is completed to the same exacting standards. Blake also coached Lacrosse for 10 years. He lives in Santa Rosa and enjoys spending the weekends with his wife and daughter.
Marissa Adlard, Project Manager -Residential PV
Marissa started her career in solar designing small off grid systems in her hometown of Mt. Shasta. Joining SolarCraft in 2015 in sales, she started assisting with battery systems and residential monitoring. She left to pursue a career with Tesla testing and installing what later became the Powerwall. After a year she joined the service team to repair SuperChargers and commercial battery systems. She returned to SolarCraft in 2017 to further her career as a Project Manager and come home to Sonoma County. She has a degree from UCSF in Environmental Studies and a minor in Legal Studies.
Kimberly Burnett, Marketing Manager
Kimberly joined SolarCraft in 2006, with over 20 years of marketing experience. Prior to joining SolarCraft, she was a Product Manager at Birkenstock for 9 years. Prior to her career at Birkenstock, Kimberly worked for Carme Natural Cosmetics Manufacturer as the Customer Service/Marketing Manager, and prior to that, she worked in production at Cedco Publishing. She earned her BA in Marketing Management from Sonoma State University. A life-long Marin native, she lives in Kentfield with her husband, son and two dogs.
Chet Stromberg, Director of Residential Sales
Chet brings over 25 years of renewable energy project development including project management, engineering, and sales & marketing experience. Chet has personally sold, engineered and managed over 500 residential and commercial solar projects. After graduating with Renewable Energy Engineering, Chet volunteered his service to the US Peace Corps and served in the Cook Islands, Polynesia. He was then Sales Manager for Silicon Valley with Real Goods and then Director of Business Development with Sun First Solar. A 3rd generation Marin resident, he lives in Mill Valley with his three children.
Robert Gould, Director of Commercial Sales
Robert has been in the solar industry since 2005, developing, designing and supervising the installation of commercial and residential solar systems. He now is focused exclusively on developing and managing SolarCraft’s commercial solar efforts. He has over 20 years working in sales, marketing, product development and organization development in green and socially-responsible businesses. He was a President of GreenLight Solar and Director at Charles Schwab, and holds an M.A. in Sustainable Management. Robert lives in Mill Valley with his wife and son.
Lisa Fait, Director of Business Operations
Lisa Fait has over 20 years in sales and marketing for solar and software companies. She joined the solar industry in 2010 to match her passion for renewable energy with her career. Lisa put her software experience to work marketing and selling the leading solar quoting platform and then worked with solar companies across the U.S. to include financing in their project sales. While working with partners to finance thousands of homes, Lisa focused on building efficiency and simplicity into the solar sales and operations process. She lives in San Rafael with her husband.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bill Stewart, Chairman/Co-Founder
Bill Stewart joined the solar industry in 1978, co-founded SolarCraft in 1984 and has since helped to build one of the most recognized names in the industry. Bill holds B (General Building), C10 (electrical) and C46 (solar) contractor’s licenses and has served as a Subject Matter Expert for the California State Licensing Board for the development and update of the C46 Solar License requirements for over ten years. He is one of a few individuals who has been certified both in Photovoltaic and Thermal technologies, as well as Technical Sales and Design, by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Bill formerly served on the Board of Directors of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), and is a former founding Board Member of the Marin Economic Forum and is also a member of the North Bay Leadership Council. Bill and his wife Deborah are longtime Sonoma residents where they also own and operate SoloQuest Learning Center, an accredited private school where Middle and High School students learn through individualized and small group instruction.
Dennis Nuttman, Director/Co-Founder
Dennis Nuttman has over 30 years experience in the solar industry and co-founded SolarCraft in 1984. Dennis graduated from USF in 1975 with a BA. He has sold, designed, installed, or managed the installation of over 4,000 systems in Marin and Sonoma. Dennis is a life-long resident of Marin County, he and his wife have lived in Novato since 1977.
Jeff Asch, Director
Jeff Asch is an experienced corporate leader with a proven track record of successfully growing small businesses, and has provided business guidance to SolarCraft for many years. As a Board Member and consultant, Mr. Asch led the ESOP transaction enabling the founders of SolarCraft to transition the company to 100% employee ownership. Previous to the appointment to the Board of Directors, Mr. Asch was interim Chief Financial Officer at SolarCraft for one year in 2012. Mr. Asch currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at DC Electric Group, a union specialty electrical contractor. Earlier in his career, Mr. Asch served as Vice President of Noresco, an Architectural Energy Corporation from 1994-2002; Vice President/CFO of Republic ITS, a Siemens Company from 2002-2011; and more recently as Chief Executive Officer of Cartelligent, a leading alternative car buying service company from 2013-2015.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Wesleyan University in Hartford, Connecticut and a Certificate in Energy Management and Design from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA.