Steven started working with Valley Home Improvement in 2004. In 2013, he bought the company from Nelson Shifflett. In addition to running VHI - of which Valley Solar, LLC is a division - Steven is an avid trail runner and gentleman farmer who lives with his wife, Susan, and two teenagers on a farm where everything from micro-greens to an AllEarth 2-axis solar tracker have sprung up in recent years.
Patrick D. Rondeau - General Manager
Patrick manages all facets of the operation from sales and customer service to scheduling, materials, personnel and finances. He just doesn't get on roofs if he can help it. Prior to joining Valley Solar, Patrick managed energy efficiency and conservation programs in Maine, Florida and Illinois. Patrick lives in Florence with his wife and two boys. When he's not working, you can find Patrick turning off lights around his house or competing in races involving lots of suffering and equipment.
Lauren Harris - Project Manager & Sales
Lauren's strong background in construction, energy efficiency, and sales help energize his perspective on project feasibility and design. It's not uncommon to find Lauren onsite inspecting installations between sales calls and over the weekend. He doesn't quit. When he does take time for himself, he can be found trail running throughout Western MA.
Troy Mercier - Lead Installer
Troy has been with Valley Solar since its inception. He is a capable installer with scores of residential PV projects under his work belt. Troy is Valley Solar's company performer, teacher, artist, and Cheshire Cat. His background and passion is in physical theater, which makes him equally comfortable installing solar as he is performing in a puppy costume. Troy has a BA in Theatre (Summa Cum Laude UMass Amherst) and an MA in Playwriting (Smith College).
Jake Stocker- Installer
Jake’s interest in environmental stewardship was enhanced in the multi-disciplinary the Environmental Studies program at the University of Vermont. Before his path to green energy and harvesting solar power, he cultivated the land as a vegetable farmer. Jake joined our team in 2016 and when not installing PV systems, you will find him in the great outdoors dreaming of longs summers on the beach.
Tyler Mount - Installer
Tyler has 6 years of solar experience, working mainly as foreman on large-scale commercial ground mounts. He has installed over 50 MW of power throughout the northeast and joined the Valley Solar team in 2017 in pursuit of residential projects, and helping more households go solar. Tyler grew up in the Pioneer Valley and in his free time enjoys anything outdoors. His favorite activities are photography and disc golf.
Connor Mclaughlin- Installer
An Electrical Engineering student studying at UMass Amherst, Connor joins the team of qualified mentors as a summer intern. An avid pursuer of renewable energy as well as the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones. Along with reading solar panel specifications, he is also a professional at maintaining balance on rooftops.
Stephen Gross - Architectural Engineer
Stephen joined the Valley Home Improvement team in 2013. He develops both 2d and 3d CAD drawings of local residential remodeling and light commercial projects. Designing Structural systems for approval of the Engineer in both the residential and solar divisions. Stephen is the company IT Network software curator. Off duty he enjoys working out, and long walks with his wife and two dogs.
Louise Reardon – Operations Manager
Louise joined Valley Solar this year after graduating with honors from the Renewable Energy course at Greenfield Community College. Before moving with her family to the Pioneer Valley, she worked and lived on private yachts, the ultimate off-grid unit. With 20 years on the water, conserving energy and harnessing wind for speed, moving inland required one clear direction: to be part of the clean energy movement. When not shepherding solar projects, Louise enjoys life with her husband (“the local”), daughter and their two island dogs.
Valley Solar LLC. is a division of Valley Home Improvement, Inc., We provide the Pioneer Valley area with solar power system design and installation services.