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A leading integrator of commercial solar electric systems
Based in Brooklyn, New York and founded in 1998, Solar Energy Systems, LLC (SES) is a leading integrator of commercial solar electric systems in the Northeastern United States, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
“We are very happy with the work done by solar energy systems and would recommend them to other businesses looking to go green.”
—David Rubin, Developer, Pilgrim Furniture
As a founding member of SES, David has been with the company since its inception in 1998. His first two years building SES were spent after hours “moonlighting” on his day job. He’d been a government bonds broker for a Wall Street brokerage firm and enjoyed most if it, but yearned for more diversity in his daily activity, including time outside. And he discovered he loved being up on the roofs. So he quit his Wall Street gig in 2000 to dedicate everything to SES.
Today, as President, David does everything from meeting with clients and vendors to taking a delivery if no one is available or if he just needs some exercise. He thinks longevity in the solar industry is an asset: “I’ve seen many ups and downs as the industry has grown from a heavily subsidized start-up to what is increasingly becoming a mature space. I respect the effort it takes to organize people and get projects constructed. And I enjoy developing new opportunities, but it's really about executing for the clients who have already committed to working with us.” He believes that life is a team sport.
David has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Fordham University and is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). He was actually one of the first to take and pass the test back when NABCEP began testing in 2004.
David has 5 bikes and 4 BMX scooters — he likes to take clunkers and put minimal cost and effort into making them ridable.
Vice President and COO
Chris is the Vice President and COO of SES, and has been with the company since 2001. Prior to joining SES, Chris spent five years at international brokerage house Tullet Prebon, overseeing all middle-office operations and staff. He was responsible for processing and clearing all trading activity, with over $10 billion in average daily volume. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baruch College.
How did Chris become Employee #2? He and David had worked together on Wall Street, and when David decided to leave his day job on Wall Street to grow SES full-time, he asked if Chris wanted to join him. Chris had been working in the bond market and had dabbled in energy stocks, including renewables, so he was on board. He felt it was an exciting opportunity and took the leap.
His experience managing people on Wall Street helped him transition into his role at SES. His responsibilities include employee- and customer-management, estimating, contracts, sub-contractors, investors, banking, accounting, insurance, compliance and legal matters.
A native New Yorker who loves everything the city has to offer, Chris is grateful to have had the opportunity to bring solar to the metropolitan area since 2003: “It is rewarding to do something positive now and for future generations.”
When Christopher was 10 years old, he wanted to be a rock star. His favorite TV game show is Jeopardy — maybe it’s because, when he was a kid, his mom was a three-time Jeopardy champion. (She was a smart lady!) On Sundays, he can be found drinking coffee and reading the New York Times in his backyard.
We take great pride in our record.
Solar Energy Systems, LLC, has twice been recognized for Outstanding Performance by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and is the first clean-tech investment by the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF.org), a private fund with a civic mission.
In 2011, SES launched SES Renewable Assets (SESRA); a dedicated solar financing division providing financing options for solar systems at little or no upfront cost to our customers. SES financing programs include Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and Solar Leases that minimize or eliminate the cost of ownership.
Solar Energy Systems, LLC, has North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certified Solar PV Installers on staff. SES is recognized as an Eligible Solar PV Installer by New York funding entities NYSERDA and Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), as well as New Jersey’s Clean Energy Fund. SES is an Electrical Limited Solar Contractor (PV1) in Connecticut and is a Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Eligible Installer.