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HES Solar is a local, family owned and operated, full-service solar company that was established in San Diego in 2001. Since our founding, our main focus has been to share the financial and environmental benefits of solar renewable energy with both residential and commercial clients. Our solar experts use the best quality solar arrays to provide energy systems that are designed for durability and results. We also use Tesla, Enphase, and BYD for battery storage to provide maximum energy storage for your home, business, or electric vehicles. All of our installers are certified by Tesla, Enphase, and BYD and we don’t subcontract our installations. We are committed to customer satisfaction and provide top-tier support to all of our customers. We specialize in turn-key implementation of money-saving alternatives to utility power that includes design, installation, and monitoring:
Mr. Liles grew up in North Carolina before his family moved to California when he was 12 years old. Mr. Liles joined HES Solar in the summer of June, 2023 with a decade of solar experience that covered everything from lead generation, to inside sales, to development and training. Mr. Liles initially took an interest in the California solar industry due to its impressive growth; over his decade in the business he has found the most gratifying aspect to be delivering solar’s energy cost savings to businesses and people. At HES Solar, Mr. Liles’ focus is on growing the best customer-focused commercial solar division in California. When Mr. Liles and his wife are not on local adventures with their dogs, they enjoy visiting the national parks and local amusement parks.
Mr. Ziadeh grew up in Illinois, spent several years living in Jordan, then moved to San Diego as a teenager where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. After gaining experience in the automotive industry as well as the pharmaceutical industry, he joined HES Solar in early 2023. He enjoys being a part of providing energy that reduces business costs and impact on the environment through his role in the solar industry. When he’s not analyzing energy usage, designing solar systems, or preparing commercial proposals you can find Mr. Ziadeh playing basketball or adding to his wristwatch collection. His long-term personal goal is to visit as many countries as possible before reaching the age of 50.
Originally from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Cosmo moved to California in 2011 for college and never wanted to leave. Mr. Cosmo joined HES Solar’s Commercial division in 2021 with five years of previous solar industry experience as an engineer and project manager, and holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo. His education and experience inform him in solar and energy storage analysis, technical sales, and business development strategies. His goal is to facilitate solar growth while improving clients’ bottom line, boosting sustainable development, and encouraging decarbonization through infrastructure investment. Mr. Cosmo is a LEED Green Associate and holds an EIT (Engineer in Training) license. He leads a minimalist lifestyle and can often be found with a surfboard under his feet or a backpack over his shoulders.
Mr. Divers came to HES Solar after a career in the US Navy as well as 12 years of experience in the solar industry. When he joined HES Solar in 2023 he was completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at the University of Phoenix. Mr. Divers found that his Naval Aviation Electronics Technician School and Naval Aircrew Candidate School training and experience was a great benefit to a career in the solar industry. Mr. Divers started in solar as a test technician in an R&D department, advanced to field engineering, and came to HES Solar as the Commercial Operations Manager. Mr. Divers’ goal at HES Solar is to ensure that each client gets a world class experience and also that the HES Solar Operations department has all that they need to execute this goal. When away from the office or job site, Mr. Divers can be found spending time with his family, including his six children (some of which are adults now). Mr. Divers’ hobbies include music production, photography, and videography.
Mr. Nguyen grew up in Southern California up to and through earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Energy and Transportation Technology from CSULA. Post-college and between engagement and wedding, Mr. Nguyen and his fiance split time between California and Arizona; California won out and Mr. Nguyen and now his family of five have planted roots in Southern California. Mr. Nguyen found the solar industry through a college internship, leading to four years as a residential solar system designer. He joined HES Solar in June of 2021 and was impressed by the quality and offerings from a company big enough to do everything yet small enough to keep the personal touch with clients. Today Mr. Nguyen designs and constructs commercial solar systems that maximize their energy production and benefit to the environment. When not planning solar arrays or exceeding Authority Having Jurisdiction and all local building requirements, Mr. Nguyen can be found at a local zoo with his wife and kids or cheering on the Los Angeles Lakers or Arizona Cardinals.
After growing up in Florida, Texas, and Idaho, Mr. Carbiener moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Linguistics. He has called The Grand Canyon State home ever since. He worked as a site surveyor manager for another solar company and then spent a few years working for Amazon in various roles. Mr. Carbiener joined HES Solar in 2017 as a part-time designer for residential solar systems. He appreciates and took advantage of HES Solar’s policy of giving employees paths to grow their careers; Mr. Carbiener moved to full time, then jumped from the Residential division to the Commercial division in 2019. He now designs large commercial solar and solar + storage systems. When not designing commercial energy systems, Mr. Carbiener enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and still makes time to travel. His favorite destination so far has been Costa Rica but his wanderlust is always looking for the next adventure.
Mr. Silva is a Southern California native who grew up in San Diego. After gaining construction experience and multiple certifications as a structural welder, he came to HES Solar in 2014. His prior construction experience serves him well in commercial site surveying, quality assurance, and safety management. Mr. Silva enjoys his job and loves to see a plan move from blueprint to energy system reality. Mr. Silva came to the solar industry for the stability and growth of renewable energy projects. In his free time he enjoys lowriding; his hobby is creating custom cars. He shows an award-winning car named “Back by Popular Demand.”
Mr. Hickey is a San Diego native who joined HES Solar in 2019 with three years of ABC Electrical Trade School education and an OSHA 10 certification. He started at HES Solar as an installer and worked his way up to the Electrical Foreman position. He takes great pride in the build of a system and strives to make panel and disconnect installations look like artwork. In his new role as Assistant Commercial Construction Manager, Mr. Hickey helps manage five field crews and their job sites. He has set the goal of receiving his J-card before the end of 2023. When not helping HES Solar with its incredible growth since joining the team, you can find Mr. Hickey riding his dirt bike or camping.
Ms. Domaratzky grew up in New Jersey. After earning a Bachelor of Telecommunications at Penn State she visited San Diego and within a year was living in America’s Finest City. She landed a position at Tesla, moved from there to a residential and small-commercial solar installer in San Diego, then joined the HES Solar Commercial team in 2022. As a commercial project manager, Ms. Domaratzky is happy to be a part of the positive impact HES Solar continues to make throughout California. She gets great satisfaction helping make the world a better place. When not building large solar systems, Ms. Domaratzky can be found behind a microphone as a singer/songwriter in an emerging modern-classic rock band or at sports events kicking off the event singing the National Anthem. Showing both her roots and her new home, she is also an avid San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Mr. Aguilera grew up in San Diego and came to HES Solar in 2023 with nearly fifteen years of supervisor experience at UPS as well as eight years of solar experience. From his solar experience in the field and as an Operations Manager, combined with the efficiency required in his UPS role, Mr. Aguilera is an expert at project planning and precision execution. He enjoys the challenge that each unique solar project brings and loves to see how the pieces go together best to prevent delays for the customer or the installation crew. Mr. Aguilera was excited to find the positive and professional environment at HES Solar and now adds to the team’s success with his winning attitude. When not ensuring solar projects are running smoothly you can find Mr. Aguilera hiking, cycling, or playing paintball or board games; he has a collection of over 200 board games.
Mr. Girao came to HES Solar in 2023 with a Civil Engineering degree from Estacio University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was born in Portugal, grew up in Brazil, spent time in Spain, and now calls Utah home. His solar experience stretches back to 2014 when he was then working in home construction using sustainable materials. He saw the growth in solar and re-directed his career; he enjoys the constant evolution within the solar industry overall and enjoys working on new projects, each with unique challenges and goals. At HES Solar Mr. Girao designs and analyzes commercial solar projects and ensures their efficient installation, from permitting to keeping strong communications active amongst the various teams. When he’s not at work you might find Mr. Girao playing soccer, hiking with his dogs, or maybe just talking about those two pursuits.
Mr. Bojorquez joined HES Solar as a Senior Project Manager in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Accounting from the University of Phoenix, NABCEP certification, and six years of solar industry experience in Southern California. By the Summer of 2022 Mr. Bojorquez was promoted to the leadership role of Manager of Operations of the Residential division where he’s grown the team, increased efficiencies, and improved the customer experience. Driven to change the way the world produces and uses energy one house at a time, Mr. Bojorquez takes great satisfaction in seeing families use solar power and home batteries to break free of dependence on utility-provided energy. His vision is to see every solar system paired with a home battery to bring complete energy independence to HES Solar customers. When not at HES Solar, Mr. Bojorquez enjoys and values spending time with his wife and young son.
Mr. Williams was born and raised in Southern California. After studying sociology at Montana State University he returned to his hometown and joined HES Solar in the residential sales department. Mr. William’s interest in optimizing the various systems across departments led him to his current role. He now brings efficiency to HES Solar’s systems and processes across all departments to create better customer experiences and get projects from start to finish with time and cost savings that benefit the company and ultimately the client and customer. He’s proud of his contribution to the strong growth of HES Solar. When he’s away from his computer you can find him spending time with his wife and kids enjoying the California parks, beaches, and amusement parks.
Mr. Shemai joined HES Solar and helped accelerate the company’s strong 2021 growth. He grew up in Cincinnati and doubled-majored at Ohio State University in Business Marketing and Spanish Literature. Mr. Shemai stepped from the university commencement ceremony in Ohio almost directly onto the beach sand of San Diego in 2007. He has worked in the corporate world while also following his entrepreneurial drive in 2012 by creating and growing an active wear company with designs based on and inspired by the culture of Thailand. Mr. Shemai has been a sales consultant for fourteen years; applying that experience to the solar industry gives him great satisfaction by bringing the financial and environmental benefits of solar to more homes. When Mr. Shemai isn’t helping families plan and design their ideal solar system, he can be found surfing, sailing, climbing, running, SUPing, snowboarding or even playing the musical instrument “the hand pan.”
Mr. Shekleton grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing/Graphic Arts/Advertising from the University of Wisconsin. Visits to his grandparents in Carlsbad planted the idea of living in Southern California, and he moved to San Diego in 2005. Mr. Shekleton was a working electrician before focusing on solar design and installation. He joined HES Solar in 2022 with an electrician’s NABCEP certification and ten years of solar experience under his toolbelt. He enjoys explaining not only the benefits of solar but how PV solar actually converts sunlight into electricity. He’s created events designed to educate homeowners on solar and continues to promote the benefits of the renewable energy source. When not talking about electrons or electric bills, Mr. Shekleton can be spotted surfing the San Diego coastline or further north enjoying the beauty of Yosemite.
Mr. Bakaine came to HES Solar after living across the globe. He grew up in Uganda, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone before moving to Northern California during his high school and college years. After moving to Indiana for two years, he returned to California and joined HES Solar in 2021 in a lead qualifying role. Mr. Bakaine pursued a career in the solar industry because he wanted to be a part of a product that he believes in. In his lead qualifier role he worked with prospective customers in their initial interaction with HES Solar. Then in 2022 Mr. Bakaine moved to the sales team and became an Energy Consultant. When Mr. Bakine is not showing homeowners the win-win (financial and environmental) equation of solar, you might find him playing soccer, at the gym, or watching Arsenal FC or the local SD Loyal soccer teams.
Mr. Gannon grew up in North Carolina and came to HES Solar after serving in the US Coast Guard in rescue and law enforcement roles at the rank of Boatswain’s Mate Third Class. His move to San Diego in 2021 put him into San Diego State University as a Business Management Student while serving in the Coast Guard reserves. Mr. Gannon’s interest in solar grew from speaking with friends in the industry. He followed their advice and gained solar experience as a canvasser for another solar company. He reached a sales position when he joined HES Solar as an Energy Consultant in 2023. He enjoys helping people go solar as a way to make the world a greener place. When he’s not meeting with customers you can find Mr. Gannon surfing, mountain biking, or working out. He enjoys many other outdoor activities and sports and rides for the SDSU Mountain Biking Team.
Mr. Merced came to HES Solar after three years in the solar industry. Living in New Jersey, Mr. Merced was drawn to the solar industry by its incredible growth. Mr. Merced might be the first person you speak with at HES Solar and he enjoys the process of getting people started on their solar or energy storage journey and putting them together with an HES Solar Energy Consultant. Mr. Merced has plans to grow the Inside Sales department and has his sights set on breaking into new territories. Mr. Merced loves to learn and share his knowledge of solar. He takes special satisfaction in not only saving customers money on their energy costs but also increasing the value of their home. When he’s not at work Mr. Merced can be found spending time with friends and family, which often includes shopping or cheering on his New York teams: the Yankees, the Giants, and the Rangers.
Mr. Salas grew up in Escondido and joined HES Solar in 2022. Mr. Salas’ father was in home construction, and roofing specifically, so Mr. Salas had ambitions to go into the solar industry until an opportunity as a San Diego car dealership steered him temporarily off-course. After gaining sales experience Mr. Salas brought his customer-focused skills to HES Solar. Mr. Salas loves educating solar shoppers on the benefits and options of home solar and energy storage. Mr. Salas is proud to be a big part of HES Solar’s growth, and enjoys helping people save on energy costs while being more environmentally conscious at the same time. When not speaking with customers Mr. Salas can sometimes be found meditating, or other times competing in eSports (competitive and multi-player online video gaming).
Mr. Guerena grew up in Mexico and moved to San Diego in 2008 and now lives in Oceanside. He joined HES Solar in 2022 and brought with him a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Renewable Energies from UTT/SDSU Extension an extraordinary list of certifications and qualifications including the following: OSHA 30, LG Chem and Resu Prime Certified Installer, Enphase PV Designer and Installer, Helioscope Commercial Pro Designer, and more. Mr. Guerena’s solar and energy experience includes solar design from residential systems up to megawatt-sized solar farms; he also has experience designing and installing transmission and distribution lines from 480V to high tension. Mr. Guerena manages HES Solar’s service department, which includes system expansions, EV charging station installs, as well as troubleshooting and repair of equipment including San Diego solar systems installed by other companies (requirement: the system must have been permitted when installed). He enjoys his role growing the department during the company’s own rapid growth, and he takes particular satisfaction in helping keep California a leader in solar implementation. Mr. Guerena enjoys watching the Padres as well as playing poker or trading card games. Fun fact: he is planning a trip to Japan to attend a trading card convention.
HES Solar has had four strong years of growth in 2020, 2021, 2022 and now 2023. We’ve been hiring steadily and now are well over 100 employees strong – all based in San Diego and Southern California. We’re working on employee bios and expect to have this bio updated soon.
Ms. Garcia came to HES Solar in 2023 with two years of experience in the solar industry. Born in Mexico, she moved to Oceanside, California at the age of five. Ms. Garcia sought a career in the solar industry because she wanted to make a positive impact. She enjoys the fast pace of her role and the continuing evolution of the solar industry in general. Her position at HES Solar challenged her to create and implement a purchasing strategy that produced savings that would be reflected in lower project costs to HES Solar customers. When she’s not looking for cost efficiencies at HES Solar Ms. Garcia is pursuing her love of travel, local and exotic, or working on creative endeavors such as painting and ceramics.
We are a San Diego-based, family-owned solar company. We have been an energy innovator since 2001 and can handle projects from small, rooftop solar panel additions to large-scale commercial microgrid systems.
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