Our standing as Best Solar Company in San Diego in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the UT San Diego Readers Poll - plus our industry leading 5 Star Reviews on Yelp, is testament to the quality of our team of San Diego solar power specialists.
With over a decade installing residential and commercial solar, SunPower by Stellar Solar is one of the oldest and most experienced solar energy companies now operating in San Diego – we specialized in solar before it was hot!
We carry a C-10 contractor’s license, considered the gold standard for PV solar electric installation. Many other companies hold only a C-46 plumbing license (for solar hot water installer). We are also a Better Business Bureau accredited member and hold an A+ rating.
SunPower by Stellar Solar is wholly-owned, managed and operated by the experienced team below. We concentrate our residential business here in San Diego and have the flexibility to make decisions in our clients’ best interests, quickly and effectively. We run a lean business with low overhead that enables us to offer the lowest priced plus zero down solar in San Diego.
Our solar power specialists are the best and the brightest in the industry and strive to make the process of installing solar panels on your home or business easy and educational, with no high-pressure sales pitches. Many of them left national and regional competitors to be a part of the SunPower by Stellar Solar team.
Kent Harle, President
Founding partner Kent Harle has over 20 years experience in electrical contracting and project management, with an emphasis in PV Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management. He is a successful entrepreneur, launching Redline Performance Products and its line of Low-Emission, High-Performance Snowmobiles. He was also involved in several other start-up businesses including Energy Masters International which later became Chevron Energy Solutions. Solar power is his passion leading him to found SunPower by Stellar Solar over 10 years ago. His business savvy has enabled Stellar to experience consistent growth and has positioned the company as one of the leading residential and commercial solar integrators in San Diego. Kent holds several design patents and is currently working on a new, non-penetrating commercial solar mounting system. Kent is an avid motorcyclist, riding and also collecting vintage European bikes.
Brian Grems, VP Operations
Brian is an experienced electrical engineer and licensed electrician. He is a Purdue graduate, who studied at one of the world’s top PV research labs at the University of New South Wales in Australia. He began his career designing solar cells in a research & development laboratory then later moved into the field, to specialize in systems design and installation. Brian is a founding partner in SunPower by Stellar Solar.
Michael Powers, VP Sales and Marketing
Michael is a former marketing manager at Home Depot Supply and helped to launch the national solar program at The Home Depot. Since 1999, he has been a board member of Global Energy Network Institute (GENI). In 2007, Michael was invited to speak on renewable energy at Stanford University and World Economic Forum in London. He trained in PV solar sales and installation at AstroPower (now GE Solar) before becoming a founding partner in SunPower by Stellar Solar.
Walt Virack, Operations Manager
Walt joined the Stellar team in November, 2010 and has made a quick impact on our processes and operations. Being part of Off Road, IndyCar, and NASCAR pit crews including drivers such as Robby Gordon for the past 20 years probably had something to do with that. Walt also worked with SunPower by Stellar Solar President Kent Harle at Redline Snowmobiles where they built that brand from the ground up. When Kent told Walt about the explosive growth at SunPower by Stellar Solar and offered him an opportunity to be a part of it, he jumped at the chance. Walt had this to say about his decision to join SunPower by Stellar Solar, “While San Diego is crowded with solar installers, Stellar has what many of them don’t, longevity, a very experienced team, a good mix of residential and commercial solar projects, and solid long term growth prospects. Those attributes made my decision an easy one.”
Annie Eby, Controller
Annie plays an essential role in the fast-paced growth of SunPower by Stellar Solar by managing our day-to-day human resource and accounting operations. She has over 12 years of experience in similar roles working for some of San Diego’s most respected businesses. Her impressive mix of analytical and people skills have enabled SunPower by Stellar Solar to manage our explosive growth in a manner that has enhanced our standing as San Diego’s Best Solar Company in the UT San Diego Readers Poll. Annie, a Poway native, enjoys spending her time outside of work with her husband and 4 children.
David Boylan, Marketing Director
David is a respected solar industry marketing professional who has been a featured speaker at the Solar Power International tradeshow on marketing residential and commercial solar. He has marketed solar all over the country for integrators and manufacturers with annual revenue from $1 -$100 million, working with any size marketing budget. He has an extensive playbook of what marketing, events, and PR produces for both commercial and residential solar and is currently heading up the SunPower by Stellar Solar marketing and business development efforts. His experience is not limited to solar as he also brings 20 years of corporate and agency marketing experience to the table.
John Stemmerman, PV Systems Engineer/CAD Specialist
When John joined SunPower by Stellar Solar in August 2006, he worked installing solar panels for residential and commercial clients. Today, he is a PV solar energy systems engineer and a CAD specialist managing the engineering team responsible for site surveys, systems design and engineering, permits and city inspections. Committed to delivering the highest quality and most efficient solar energy system that will benefit clients for the long term, he is pursuing NABCEP certification, the “gold standard” for the renewable energy industry. This certification reassures SunPower by Stellar Solar customers that they have highly qualified, trained, and skilled professionals working on their behalf. On the weekends, John makes time to give back to the community by supporting local charities by competing in 5k and half-marathon races.
David Gersz, Solar Energy Consultant
As a Solar Energy Consultant at SunPower by Stellar Solar, Dave is passionate about providing a solution for homeowners looking to reduce or eliminate their electric bill and create their own clean energy from the sun. In March of 2014, he surpassed the $10 million mark in sales and have provided over 8,000 solar panels installed for 240 clients in and around San Diego. With a degree from Ohio State University in Business, majoring in Finance and Real Estate, Dave is able to lend his knowledge in financing to Stellar Solar customers. In his free time, he is active in the San Diego political community. He is also a founding member of the San Diego chapter of CALSEIA, which exists to promote, foster, and advance the use of solar energy systems in the San Diego region through cooperative action of the members of the local solar industry. Dave's efforts have helped to build a strong coalition in San Diego among solar installers and policy experts.
Zac Dowell, Solar Energy Consultant
Zac is certified by the California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services (CHEERS) as a HERS rater, and is a LEED Green Associate (GA). Zac also has an Associate’s degree in Architectural Engineering with over 9 years of work experience and apprenticeship training in the land surveying field. Zac's versatility has allowed him to wear many hats for Stellar since late 2009.
Zac has spent time on the installation crew so he truly understands all the little details. He has Stellar design experience drawing and permitting PV systems from the ground up. Zac is the acting office manager for Stellar Solar and has helped develop Stellar's document processing standards, and customer resource management. His musical background has enabled him produce SunPower by Stellar Solar radio ad campaigns, working closely with the marketing department.
Zac is passionate about sustainability and efficiency and finds great satisfaction in sharing these values with his customers. He is analytical, detail-oriented, hard-working, and focused. Zac will always meet critical deadlines while providing you with superior service. Zac understands every phase of the solar process, and he will make sure that you do too!
Kenny Rutherford, Solar Energy Consultant
Kenny came to SunPower by Stellar Solar after competing against us (mostly unsuccessfully) with a national competitor. He admired the way Stellar Solar did business and how homeowners reacted to our no-pressure, easy-to-understand, educational approach. That and Stellar's longevity in the market and repeat status as San Diego¹s Best Solar Company and a contact within SunPower by Stellar Solar, led him to join our growing team. Kenny has over 6 years of construction project management and over 15 years of customer service experience so his style is well suited to our customer first approach. He is a member of CALSEIA and an advocate for clean, independent energy choice. He is also a member of Business Networking International (BNI) La Mesa, Synergy Chapter. Outside of work, Kenny is a frequent half marathon runner, enjoys the occasional pick up kickball game in Pacific Beach, hosting Ohio State football games at his home and spending time with friends and family.
Keith Davey, Solar Energy Consultant
Keith comes to SunPower by Stellar Solar with several years under his belt as a solar sales professional and sales manager. Prior to that he was a Financial Branch Manager and Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo and Bank of America after attending College of San Mateo. He relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to become part of the solar industry in San Diego. His educational, low-pressure approach to presenting homeowners with all the options available to gain energy independence fits right in with the Stellar way of doing business.
Keith enjoys all of the outdoor activities San Diego has to offer including mountain biking, motorcycle riding and playing guitar although most of his spare time is now occupied with the new addition of a baby daughter to his family.
Marc Cirelli, Solar Energy Consultant
Marc comes to SunPower by Stellar Solar with 3 years of solar experience in California, 5,000 solar panels installed, and over 150 satisfied customers. A testament to his educational, no-pressure approach is that over 70% of his new business comes from customer referrals. People like working with Marc. Marc graduated from the Greco School of Business in New York, is an advocate for clean, independent energy choice, and a frequent speaker on solar related subjects.
Tom Woods, Solar Energy Consultant
New England native Tom Woods developed an affinity for environmental science and renewable energy in college while obtaining his Bachelors degree in Business Studies. Combining both his passions for the environment and business, Tom sought to enter the solar industry after graduating, so naturally he moved to San Diego to pursue his career as an energy consultant. Tom got his start at a big-name national solar company that showed him the ropes of the industry, but soon realized that he wanted to work for a smaller company that paid more attention to customer service and quality installations. He wanted to be part of the best, so when he discovered SunPower by Stellar Solar and it's incredible reputation, Tom knew he had found his home. Tom joined the team in 2015 and since then has helped many happy customers switch to solar. Tom truly enjoys meeting new people and guiding them on their path to renewable energy, and when he's not putting panels on roofs, you can find him hanging at the beach.
Connor Smith, Solar Energy Consultant
Connor started his solar career in 2010 learning the industry from the inside out, both conducting installations and managing warehouse activities. After learning the trade, he redirected his focus to interface directly with homeowners and employ his first-hand experience in the industry to educate prospective clients in a straight-to-the-facts, low pressure sales style. After working for a national solar competitor, he came to SunPower by Stellar Solar in 2015 with the intention to represent a company that provides high quality solar installations with a personal touch. Prior to his career in solar, Connor earned his BA in Global Studies at UCSB and furthered his education acquiring a MBA at CSU Channel Islands before investing in a Youth Hostel and Backpackers in Baja California. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors in nature, and hitting the beach when the surf is up.