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.
Jake Stocker- - Lead 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.
William Brunault - Installer
Bill joined the Valley Solar team in September 2017 and comes with substantial commercial & residential solar installation. He is deeply interested in clean & sustainable energy and committed to further education in the field. A lifetime resident of the Pioneer Valley, Bill feels honored to serve his local community with professionalism and care. An outdoor enthusiast, budding homesteader, writer and musician, Bill spends his freetime diving in to hiking, drafting stories and playing guitare.
Nicholas Axton - Installer
Nick joined the Valley Solar team in 2017 with 8 years of industry knowledge and expertise. His solar installation experience ranges from the Smith & Wesson solar canopies to industrial ground and roof mounts, tracker systems and residential roof mounts. As our resident Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor recipient, Nick dedicates his free time to the scouting movement in several large scale environmental service projects. Nick enjoys spending quality time with his son Brendan, remodeling homes with his father, and hiking the next tallest mountain with his brothers and loving girlfriend.
Louise Reardon – Operations Manager
Louise ("the Brit") joined Valley Solar as an honors graduate from the Renewable Energy course at Greenfield Community College. Before moving with her family to the Pioneer Valley, she was a yacht captain, the ultimate off-grid unit. With 20 years on the water, conserving energy and harnessing the wind, 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.
Lilian Wanjiku - Operations
Lilian Joined Valley Solar with 2 years of prior solar administrative experience. Born and raised in Kenya, she lived an off-grid lifestyle with her family on a farm, raising cattle, chicken, and growing their own food. She moved to the Pioneer Valley at a young age and still aspires to grow veg in the valley...as well as travel around the world.
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.
We serve residential clients in Hampshire, Franklin, Berkshire and Hampden counties