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Who We Are

We are passionate and innovative in everything we do, with a foundation of honesty and integrity.

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What We Do

We pride ourselves in safely delivering the highest quality products, service, and workmanship.

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Our team, customers, and partners are the lifeblood of what we do.  We foster a friendly, fun, and family-oriented environment.

About HES Solar

A Top Solar Energy Company in San Diego

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 from SunPower to provide energy systems that are designed for durability and results. We also use SunPower and Tesla for battery storage to provide maximum energy storage for your home, business, or electric vehicles. All of our installers are certified by SunPower, 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:

We have brought solar power to the people since 2001 and can help you too. Call us at 619-692-2015 or schedule your free energy consultation online.
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Meet Our Leadership Team

Ross Williams

President and CEO

Brad Souza

President of Residential

Wenjie Chen

Director of Commercial

Meet Our Commercial Team

Spencer
Holt

Director of Commercial Sales

Gerardo
Puebla

Commercial Sales Engineer
Top San Diego solar company employee Jake

jake cosmo

Director of Internal Sales

Blake
Miller

Commercial Project Manager
Top San Diego solar company employee MC

Mike
Collins

Chief Electrical, Commercial
Top San Diego solar company employee Brett

Brett
ReisChman

Commercial Construction Manager

Meet Our Residential Team

Top San Diego solar company employee Brandon

brandon bojorquez

Manager of Operations
Top San Diego solar company employee Tako

Christian Tucker

Residential Construction Manager

Luis Marta

Residential Sales Manager

Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Gene Najor

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Tom English

Energy Consultant, Residential

David Shemai

Energy Consultant, Residential

TRISTAN BURTON

Energy Consultant, Residential

MATT SHEKLETON

Energy Consultant, Residential

Meet Our SERVICe Team

jeff sinkiewicz

Service Specialist

Meet Our Office Team

Eva Tan

Accounting Manager

Shannon Ricaud

Office Manager

Pete Peterson

Content Marketing Specialist

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Ross Williams

President And CEO

Mr. Williams joined Home Energy Systems in 2010 where he began developing and implementing many of the company’s programs and policies that are still in use today. His degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh as well as his professional experience as a successful project manager for a Washington DC area general contractor served him well when he moved to California and joined the solar industry and its purpose. Mr. Williams spurred initial quick growth of the brand and immediately knew it was his calling. So confident in the business’ direction, in 2015 Mr. Williams purchased the company from its trailblazing founder and has since expanded, improved, and even rebranded the company to HES Solar. Through innovation, a focus on customer care, partnerships with premier solar component providers, and the evolution of a company culture his efforts have resulted in an average annual growth of 30% and recently led to HES Solar’s designation as the 2020 SunPower Commercial Dealer of the Year.

Brad Souza

Vice President of Residential

Mr. Souza joined HES Solar in the Spring of 2020 to oversee the Residential division just as the COVID-19 lockdowns were being enacted. Undaunted, and with 22 years in the energy industry, Mr. Souza led the division through the rapidly changing business landscape and ultimately delivered the division’s best quarter just nine months after taking the reins. Mr. Souza’s work experience at SunPower exposed him to HES Solar’s impressive design, install, and service functions as well as the company culture, and when an opportunity arose for him to grow what he saw as the best solar installer in Southern California he made the leap and has steadily expanded the Residential division. Mr. Souza has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resources Engineering with an emphasis on Energy from Humboldt State University and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is also a licensed Mechanical Engineer in California.

Wenjie Chen

Director Of Commercial

Mr. Chen first applied his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley to auto industry projects prior to entering the solar industry in 2011 with a stint in design & engineering at Tesla/SolarCity that took him through residential solar and into commercial solar. In July of 2017 Mr. Chen made the jump to HES Solar’s Commercial Division and since the HES Solar Commercial Division has won four straight SunPower Commercial Regional Top Producer of the Year awards as well as being honored with the 2020 SunPower National Commercial Dealer of the Year top designation. Mr. Chen leads HES Solar Commercial’s creation of the best quality systems that optimize locations, expansion of installations of energy storage and EV charging stations, strengthening of HES Solar’s amazing partnerships, and spreading of the company’s reach across the entire Southern California region from its San Diego home base.

Spencer Holt

Director of Commercial Sales / Business Development

Mr. Holt developed a successful marketing and sales career before joining HES Solar in 2018 to lead the company’s Commercial Sales and Business Development. His knowledge, relationships and innovative approaches have been instrumental components in the strong and steady growth of HES Solar since his arrival. After earning a degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley Mr. Holt has made San Diego home for the past 20 years. He brings a wealth of local experience and relationships to the HES team, and he is excited to grow HES Solar through improving the financial position of local businesses while also expanding the renewable energy footprint in the state. He takes pride in HES Solar’s distinction of winning SunPower’s “Top Commercial Regional Producer of the Year ” award for four consecutive years as well as receiving SunPower’s 2020 National Commercial Dealer of the Year Award, the manufacturer’s top honor.

Gerardo Puebla

Commercial Sales Engineer

Mr. Puebla grew up in Los Angeles where he earned both an Associate of Science degree in Architecture from East Los Angeles College and then a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Mr. Puebla was drawn to the solar industry by its constant innovation coupled with his desire for a career that would make a difference; he’s interested in emerging technologies applied to new ways to harness the sun’s energy. Working in the solar industry since 2009, Mr. Puebla’s path led him to HES Solar in 2021 where he now applies his philosophy of providing the perfect solar solution to clients’ energy needs. He appreciates HES Solar’s company philosophy of supporting its employees so that they can succeed and is excited to further grow the strong reputation HES Solar has been building over the past 20 years. In his time away from the computer and solar arrays Mr. Puebla is a youth soccer coach. He enjoys helping young players develop their soccer skills and he’s also been known to relax at a Dodger’s game or two.

JAKE COSMO

COMMERCIAL SALES ENGINEER

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.

Blake Miller

Commercial Project Manager

Mr. Miller grew up in Arizona but spent summers working in San Diego. He started with HES Solar in 2018 and in 2019 moved full-time to San Diego, bringing along his Bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Arizona State. Starting at the top, so to speak, Mr. Miller’s time at HES began in the field with commercial system solar array installs along with assisting in system design. Shortly thereafter Mr. Miller took on commercial design responsibilities and from there transitioned to Assistant Commercial Project Manager, at which point he earned a Project Management Professional Certificate from the University of San Diego. His knowledge, approach, and focus on providing the best quality systems soon advanced Mr. Miller to his current role as Commercial Project Manager where he oversees every step from inception to completion of commercial solar production, storage, and charging projects.

Mike Collins

Chief Electrical, Commercial

Mr. Collins grew up primarily in San Francisco and in other areas of the United States, and as well he and his family lived in Australia for two years while he was a child. The family eventually settled in America’s Finest City and Mr. Collins chose to pursue a career as an electrician. He carries a certificate in embedded microcontrollers from the UCSD program, carried a C-10 Contractors License for six years, and worked with Martin Learn as an electrician prior to Mr. Learn founding what is now HES Solar in 2001. Once Mr. Learn had established the company and had the opportunity, he hired back Mr. Collins, who was happy to join the young company back in the early 2000s. Mr. Collins has been with HES Solar ever since, and holds the designation as being the HES Solar employee who has been with the company the longest. Mr. Collins applies most of his design and build expertise to challenging commercial projects but also gets called up for unique service or residential projects that can benefit from his vast experience, knowledge and understanding. When not working with electronics, Mr. Collins does his own car repair and micro brews small batches of beer.

Brett Reischman

Commercial Construction Manager

Mr. Reischman has been a San Diegan since the age of 15 after living in Washington, Alaska, and other parts of California. Mr. Reischman’s solar experience began in 2007 where he first gained expertise in commercial solar; his first job was a full megawatt-sized project. After gaining more expertise in commercial solar he transferred into residential solar construction where he became a Lead Inspection Tech and immediately implemented innovative approaches to improving the quality and completion speed of solar projects. Mr. Reischman joined HES Solar in 2021 where his innovation further bolsters the continued growth and efficiency improvements of HES Solar Commercial. As testament to Mr. Reischman’s penchant to build, one of his hobbies is blacksmithing.

Brandon Bojorquez

Manager of Operations, Residential

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.

Christian Tucker

Residential Construction Manager

Mr. Tucker, AKA Tako, grew up in Mexico and moved to Missouri where he graduated from high school and additionally earned a diploma in accounting. From there he moved to California before returning to Mexico to study Electromechanical Engineering. In 2017 Mr. Tucker joined HES Solar in the Commercial division and steadily and quickly rose from Installer to Roof Lead to his current role as Residential Construction Manager. Mr. Tucker, who goes by “Tako” with not only his crew but all co-workers and friends, ensures solid and precise alignment to every array, optimized integration for every inverter, ideal placement of each home storage system, and an efficient layout and installation of all electrical conduit and wiring. Mr. Tucker keeps his crews moving quickly and efficiently to match company growth as HES Solar systems power increasingly more and more homes and businesses across Southern California.

Luis Marta

Residential Sales Manager

Mr. Marta comes to HES Solar from the automotive industry. After seven years in auto sales, working from salesman, through finance management and up to sales manager, Mr. Marta brought his sales leadership experience to HES Solar in 2022. A San Diego native since birth, Mr. Marta saw the solar industry’s growth and was elated to join HES Solar in its 21st year of bringing renewable energy and energy freedom to homeowners. Mr. Marta takes great satisfaction in creating outstanding customer experiences with products that protect the planet. When not building the solar team, he spends time with his daughter and cheers on his favorite teams, the San Diego Padres and the San Diego Chargers… Yes, that’s what he calls them still even after moving up to LA.

Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.

Gene Najor

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Gene Najor is a San Diego native who earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration at San Diego State University. Gene is passionate about helping the environment and has found a calling in doing that while at the same time gaining another sense of satisfaction saving families money on their energy costs. Gene joined HES Solar in June of 2019 after five years in the solar and electric vehicle industry. Gene has seen the planet he loves, touching down in over 25 countries and visiting families in homes without electricity. Gene spends his free time with his wife and two kids.

Tom English

Energy Consultant, Residential

Tom English joined HES Solar in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from San Diego State University, decades of customer service experience, years entrepreneurial business experience locally in Carlsbad, and five years of local solar industry experience. Tom has been an environmental advocate for his entire adult life and has a ‘one rooftop at a time’ philosophy toward improving the world, starting from his homebase of San Diego. Tom is also passionate about the cost savings that solar brings to homeowners in Southern California as they gain energy independence through renewable energy production and storage technology. When not helping grow renewable energy production Tom can be spotted in the waves or harnessing the wind on his hydrofoil surfboard.

David Shemai

Energy Consultant, Residential

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.”

tristan burton

Energy Consultant

Mr. Burton grew up in San Diego and earned a Bachelors of Arts in History from San Francisco State University. He joined HES Solar during and then contributed to the company’s strong 2022 growth. Mr. Burton brought both solar sales and solar project coordination experience to his energy consultant role at HES Solar. This background strengthens Mr. Burton’s knowledge of home solar’s benefits as well as each stage of a solar project’s installation. Mr. Burton enjoys meeting new people and speaking in-depth about renewable energy production. His goals are to maximize energy cost savings and lower non-renewable energy use as part of moving America’s energy consumption toward zero emissions. When not helping put more solar panels under the San Diego sun, Mr. Burton enjoys rock climbing or watching the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco 49ers.

Matthew Shekleton

Energy Consultant

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.

Eva Tan

Accounting Manager

Ms. Tan moved to Northern California from Singapore in 2004 and reached San Diego in 2012 where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Finance from UC San Diego. She worked for a short time as a consultant to HES Solar beginning in 2019 and joined the company full-time in 2020 to adapt the department to the company’s rapid growth. Ms. Tan structures and guides the accounting department’s procedures and systems to meet the evolving needs of the various departments she supports. HES Solar is the first solar industry company Ms. Tan has worked at and she is inspired and impressed by the passion her co-workers show for the work being done at the company.

jeff sinkiewicz

service specialist

Mr. Sinkiewicz grew up in Southern California and earned his Bachelor degree in Psychology at The University of California, Riverside before settling down in San Diego. He joined the solar industry in 2017 after seeing the benefit of solar to all homeowners and as an industry full of opportunity and growth. After five years repairing, re-designing, or resolving solar system issues, Mr. Sinkiewicz brought his experience to HES Solar in the Spring of 2022. He helms the Service department as the residential and commercial Solar Specialist where he schedules, dispatches, manages and grows the Service team. Mr. Sinkiewicz is highly organized and dedicated to finding the perfect solution to any solar issue, whether with an HES Solar system or with a system from another installer. When not answering questions to solar system owners he can be found with his family, and oftentimes at a concert. He is an avid gamer and his favorite video game has been Minecraft since the beta came out.

Pete Peterson

Content Marketing Specialist

Mr. Peterson is a California native with a degree from UC Santa Barbara who enjoys writing, photography, and videography. After over a decade in enthusiast media where he rose to the title of Editor-in-Chief of a print magazine, Mr. Peterson transitioned into marketing content creation and joined HES solar in 2020 with a year of solar industry experience under his belt. Mr. Peterson hopes to shine a light on the great employees and quality works of HES Solar to Southern California residents through educational, informational, and occasionally lighthearted images and words. When Mr. Peterson isn’t creating marketing content, he enjoys writing novels and reading.

Shannon Ricaud

Office Manager

Ms Ricaud moved to California in her teens and joined the HES Solar team in 2018. She learned the company and industry and was quick to react and adapt when the Covid-19 shutdowns were enacted then continuously adjusted. Ms. Ricaud became the ‘point person’ for many of the departments and her efforts helped not only facilitate the company’s fast recovery but also support its growth after the reductions to the restrictions. Ms. Ricaud enjoys the employees and takes pride in the rapid growth of HES Solar. She holds a degree in art and has a soft place in her heart for dogs.

NET ENERGY METERING 3.0 INFORMATION

Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California. 

As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates. 

The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners. 

To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates. 

Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.

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