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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


 

DAVID BUCKNER

President

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.

David Buckner, President, Solar Energy Systems (SES)
 
Christopher Moustakis, Vice President and COO, Solar Energy Systems (SES)

Christopher Moustakis

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.

 

 Josh Gray  Director of Project Management  Josh began his career as an installer at SES in 2011. With his background in solar PV training, construction, and his strong work ethic and problem-solving skills, he was quickly asked to join the O&M team. In 2014, Josh became Director of Operations & Maintenance, measurably improving the quality and consistency of the department. Now, in his role as Director of Projects, Josh uses his freakish, almost  Rain Man  math skills to navigate projects from the design and permitting phase through commissioning and close-out. Josh is a NABCEP PV Installation Professional.   Josh is a Brooklynite who loves to travel. Before joining SES, he lived in Switzerland to get his MBA at the University of Geneva. And in the spring of 2010, he volunteered with the “Garbage Warriors” building green homes in New Mexico. He studied renewable energy in Costa Rica, built a house in the Hudson Valley, and is an expert at making a great meal out of leftovers.

Josh Gray

Director of Project Management

Josh began his career as an installer at SES in 2011. With his background in solar PV training, construction, and his strong work ethic and problem-solving skills, he was quickly asked to join the O&M team. In 2014, Josh became Director of Operations & Maintenance, measurably improving the quality and consistency of the department. Now, in his role as Director of Projects, Josh uses his freakish, almost Rain Man math skills to navigate projects from the design and permitting phase through commissioning and close-out. Josh is a NABCEP PV Installation Professional.
 
Josh is a Brooklynite who loves to travel. Before joining SES, he lived in Switzerland to get his MBA at the University of Geneva. And in the spring of 2010, he volunteered with the “Garbage Warriors” building green homes in New Mexico. He studied renewable energy in Costa Rica, built a house in the Hudson Valley, and is an expert at making a great meal out of leftovers.

 Jace Campbell  Director of Operations & Maintenance  Jace manages a team of skilled technicians who maintain over 50 MWs of commercial rooftop PV systems in the tri-state area. Jace attended Bronx College Center for Sustainable Energy and obtained the NABCEP certification.  Since he began as an installer at SES in the spring of 2014, Jace has seen all aspects of construction, from the BOS installation to DC wiring and AC interconnection. He has helped grow an already robust O&M department and enjoys finding new approaches to retrofitting old or faulty PV gear and maintaining the longevity of some of SES’s legacy systems. Recently, he has had the opportunity to manage some new projects in the SES pipeline.  When Jace is not working, you can probably find him catching some waves at Rockaway Beach or shucking oysters in his backyard —  Jace can shuck 100 perfect oysters in 25 minutes!

Jace Campbell

Director of Operations & Maintenance

Jace manages a team of skilled technicians who maintain over 50 MWs of commercial rooftop PV systems in the tri-state area. Jace attended Bronx College Center for Sustainable Energy and obtained the NABCEP certification.

Since he began as an installer at SES in the spring of 2014, Jace has seen all aspects of construction, from the BOS installation to DC wiring and AC interconnection. He has helped grow an already robust O&M department and enjoys finding new approaches to retrofitting old or faulty PV gear and maintaining the longevity of some of SES’s legacy systems. Recently, he has had the opportunity to manage some new projects in the SES pipeline.

When Jace is not working, you can probably find him catching some waves at Rockaway Beach or shucking oysters in his backyard — Jace can shuck 100 perfect oysters in 25 minutes!

 Swayam Tripathy  Director of Design  Swayam joined SES as head of design in November 2015. Because she was always interested in getting into the energy sector, Swayam got a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in India. She also has a Master’s in Power and Energy Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey and later went on to take (and pass!) the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.  As Director of Design at SES, Swayam works closely with David, Josh, and Jace on new projects and is responsible for all system designs. She’s a quick-learner which helps her deliver and amend designs at lightning speed. Also, she has this great Excel-based design tool that she shared with the project managers, and they love it!  Originally from India, she trained for 9 years in a classical dance form called Odissi. Her favorite song is  Hotel California .

Swayam Tripathy

Director of Design

Swayam joined SES as head of design in November 2015. Because she was always interested in getting into the energy sector, Swayam got a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in India. She also has a Master’s in Power and Energy Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey and later went on to take (and pass!) the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

As Director of Design at SES, Swayam works closely with David, Josh, and Jace on new projects and is responsible for all system designs. She’s a quick-learner which helps her deliver and amend designs at lightning speed. Also, she has this great Excel-based design tool that she shared with the project managers, and they love it!

Originally from India, she trained for 9 years in a classical dance form called Odissi. Her favorite song is Hotel California.

 Mark Groh  Lead Construction Manager  Mark is the job-site lead construction manager and crew wrangler. He has been with SES since 2006. Prior to working with us, Mark was employed as a cabinet maker and can be annoying about straight lines and tidiness. Mark also spent time as an overnight proof-reader for a very large law firm and much prefers working during the daytime (even when it is very hot or very cold). He does not like working in the rain.  Mark has lived on both coasts and studied art in the middle of the country. When he is not getting up very early to work on a roof, he likes to think about all the house projects he should be doing and picking up stray books on the sidewalks of Brooklyn — much to the dismay of his wife.

Mark Groh

Lead Construction Manager

Mark is the job-site lead construction manager and crew wrangler. He has been with SES since 2006. Prior to working with us, Mark was employed as a cabinet maker and can be annoying about straight lines and tidiness. Mark also spent time as an overnight proof-reader for a very large law firm and much prefers working during the daytime (even when it is very hot or very cold). He does not like working in the rain.

Mark has lived on both coasts and studied art in the middle of the country. When he is not getting up very early to work on a roof, he likes to think about all the house projects he should be doing and picking up stray books on the sidewalks of Brooklyn — much to the dismay of his wife.

 Nadja Bruder  Business Manager  Nadja joined SES in 2011. She takes care of things that are both operational and organizational, including accounting, strategic management, human resources, and project financing. She’s not afraid to tackle big projects and she does so with lots of energy and organization — SES couldn’t run without her!  Nadja grew up in France, majored in History, and later studied Journalism at the Sorbonne.  When Nadja was 10 years old, her professional aspirations had her on the fence between becoming a Veterinarian and a Rodeo Barrel Racer. Today, she is completely obsessed with onigiri from the local Japanese lunch spot, and she thinks that’s  totally natural.  ;)

Nadja Bruder

Business Manager

Nadja joined SES in 2011. She takes care of things that are both operational and organizational, including accounting, strategic management, human resources, and project financing. She’s not afraid to tackle big projects and she does so with lots of energy and organization — SES couldn’t run without her!

Nadja grew up in France, majored in History, and later studied Journalism at the Sorbonne.

When Nadja was 10 years old, her professional aspirations had her on the fence between becoming a Veterinarian and a Rodeo Barrel Racer. Today, she is completely obsessed with onigiri from the local Japanese lunch spot, and she thinks that’s totally natural. ;)

 
 
 Douglas Distefano  Vice President, Business Development  Douglas is a renewable energy industry professional with commercial, industrial, and utility scale experience. After ten years as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Soltage, LLC, Douglas joined SES in the summer of 2017.   Prior to Soltage, Douglas spent 25 years in the computer industry, his roles increasing in responsibility. Douglas holds a BA in Business & Psychology from the University of Hartford.  Speaking of college, Douglas has two children: His daughter, Olivia, is a sophomore at Fordham, and his son Luke is a senior in high school, currently weighing several college options.   Douglas learned to read music and play the flute in college. Today, he runs, cycles, and surfs.

Douglas Distefano

Vice President, Business Development

Douglas is a renewable energy industry professional with commercial, industrial, and utility scale experience. After ten years as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Soltage, LLC, Douglas joined SES in the summer of 2017.
 
Prior to Soltage, Douglas spent 25 years in the computer industry, his roles increasing in responsibility. Douglas holds a BA in Business & Psychology from the University of Hartford.

Speaking of college, Douglas has two children: His daughter, Olivia, is a sophomore at Fordham, and his son Luke is a senior in high school, currently weighing several college options.
 
Douglas learned to read music and play the flute in college. Today, he runs, cycles, and surfs.

 Chris McDermott  Business Development Advisor  Chris leads SES’s responses to Requests for Proposals, conducts electricity analysis and financial modeling, and stays abreast of the ever-changing solar policy landscape, both federally and at the state level. Prior to joining SES, Chris led the solar build-own-operate business unit at Hartz Mountain Industries — regularly recognized as a “Top Corporate Solar User in America” by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  A Canadian by citizenship, Chris was formerly a representative for Canada in the United Nations’ negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.  And as the  only  Canadian who can’t play ice hockey, Chris prefers water in a sloped or liquid state and can regularly be found downhill skiing, surfing, or white-water kayaking.

Chris McDermott

Business Development Advisor

Chris leads SES’s responses to Requests for Proposals, conducts electricity analysis and financial modeling, and stays abreast of the ever-changing solar policy landscape, both federally and at the state level. Prior to joining SES, Chris led the solar build-own-operate business unit at Hartz Mountain Industries — regularly recognized as a “Top Corporate Solar User in America” by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

A Canadian by citizenship, Chris was formerly a representative for Canada in the United Nations’ negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

And as the only Canadian who can’t play ice hockey, Chris prefers water in a sloped or liquid state and can regularly be found downhill skiing, surfing, or white-water kayaking.


 Charles “ASOL” Solomon  Construction Manager  Asol has been with SES since October 2011. As a Construction Manager, he deals with all the logistics, site supervision, safety oversight, redesign and alterations, and personnel management. When he joined SES, he brought many different construction skills over varying fields to his work. Construction was always his main focus—he even owned and operated a remodeling company for five years. Asol’s main goal on-site is to improve, streamline, and advance how he and the crew approach all tasks.  And now.... The unabridged history of “Asol”—His full name is Charles Alexander Solomon. He went by Alex Solomon for most of my life. Asol is a play off that (like A-Rod) since he played baseball too. His father (who has the same name) goes by Sol so he couldn’t do that. When he was bartending, Asol went by Charles, because Asol is a  problematic  name when serving drunk people—he found that being called  Chaz ,  Chuck , and  Chuckles  was far worse. So “Asol” it is.

Charles “ASOL” Solomon

Construction Manager

Asol has been with SES since October 2011. As a Construction Manager, he deals with all the logistics, site supervision, safety oversight, redesign and alterations, and personnel management. When he joined SES, he brought many different construction skills over varying fields to his work. Construction was always his main focus—he even owned and operated a remodeling company for five years. Asol’s main goal on-site is to improve, streamline, and advance how he and the crew approach all tasks.

And now.... The unabridged history of “Asol”—His full name is Charles Alexander Solomon. He went by Alex Solomon for most of my life. Asol is a play off that (like A-Rod) since he played baseball too. His father (who has the same name) goes by Sol so he couldn’t do that. When he was bartending, Asol went by Charles, because Asol is a problematic name when serving drunk people—he found that being called Chaz, Chuck, and Chuckles was far worse. So “Asol” it is.

 Justin Bereman  Construction Manager, wiring specialist  Justin’s been working at SES since November 2011 and learned everything solar from working on the crew. He’s currently a Construction Manager and his main responsibility is doing the PV wiring on each system being installed. He’s knows how to troubleshoot problems as they happen and is responsible for quality control of the job site.  Fun facts:  He used to compete in sharp shooting competitions and when he was 10 years old, he wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Today, he is not only a Construction Manager, but is also a professional freelance photographer, specializing in nature & wildlife photography.

Justin Bereman

Construction Manager, wiring specialist

Justin’s been working at SES since November 2011 and learned everything solar from working on the crew. He’s currently a Construction Manager and his main responsibility is doing the PV wiring on each system being installed. He’s knows how to troubleshoot problems as they happen and is responsible for quality control of the job site.

Fun facts:  He used to compete in sharp shooting competitions and when he was 10 years old, he wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Today, he is not only a Construction Manager, but is also a professional freelance photographer, specializing in nature & wildlife photography.

 MICHAEL Tranzilli  O&M Team  Michael started working on the crew in 2010, became a Construction Manager, and is now an integral part of the Operations & Maintenance Team. Before joining SES, Michael was a bouncer at three different bars at the same time — not what you’d expect from the friendly, personable, great communicator we work with now.  Things to know about Michael:  He makes an excellent Pasta Al Forno, he’s addicted to coffee, and he wakes up at 4:00am every morning to work out (which may explain the addiction to coffee). He spends his weekends with his wife, Colleen, and daughter, Mckenna.

MICHAEL Tranzilli

O&M Team

Michael started working on the crew in 2010, became a Construction Manager, and is now an integral part of the Operations & Maintenance Team. Before joining SES, Michael was a bouncer at three different bars at the same time — not what you’d expect from the friendly, personable, great communicator we work with now.

Things to know about Michael:  He makes an excellent Pasta Al Forno, he’s addicted to coffee, and he wakes up at 4:00am every morning to work out (which may explain the addiction to coffee). He spends his weekends with his wife, Colleen, and daughter, Mckenna.

 Jon Dennis  O&M Team  Jon joined SES in February 2016, after 20 years working in commercial photography. Jon loves troubleshooting, solving problems, and working with his hands. He’s the go-to guy who fixes systems when they break. He also tests new systems to make sure they’re ready to turn on and applies preventative maintenance to ensure a system’s longevity.  Jon’s love of troubleshooting began when he was 9 years old: His grandfather (who was a mechanic) started taking him to the dump in their small town — they would grab broken bicycles, lawnmowers, anything that had a pedal or engine. Then they’d fix them up and resell them on the front lawn. Those years with his grandfather also formed his passion for renewables. He explains, “It’s crazy what people throw away and expect the earth to absorb.”

Jon Dennis

O&M Team

Jon joined SES in February 2016, after 20 years working in commercial photography. Jon loves troubleshooting, solving problems, and working with his hands. He’s the go-to guy who fixes systems when they break. He also tests new systems to make sure they’re ready to turn on and applies preventative maintenance to ensure a system’s longevity.

Jon’s love of troubleshooting began when he was 9 years old: His grandfather (who was a mechanic) started taking him to the dump in their small town — they would grab broken bicycles, lawnmowers, anything that had a pedal or engine. Then they’d fix them up and resell them on the front lawn. Those years with his grandfather also formed his passion for renewables. He explains, “It’s crazy what people throw away and expect the earth to absorb.”

 Victor Zetterberg  O&M Team  Victor went to University of Southern Maine where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. During college, Victor co-founded a student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and went to Guatemala to install solar panels on an orphanage. After graduating college he passed his Fundamentals of Engineering exam and achieved his NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification. Victor’s been working with the O&M Team at SES since June 2016.  When not working, you can find Victor tinkering on various DIY electronics projects or surfing all over the North East.

Victor Zetterberg

O&M Team

Victor went to University of Southern Maine where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. During college, Victor co-founded a student chapter of Engineers Without Borders and went to Guatemala to install solar panels on an orphanage. After graduating college he passed his Fundamentals of Engineering exam and achieved his NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification. Victor’s been working with the O&M Team at SES since June 2016.

When not working, you can find Victor tinkering on various DIY electronics projects or surfing all over the North East.

 Shawn Gargagliano  Install Crew  Shawn has been an installer for SES since 2011:  “Mark hired me because I knew how to use a ratchet handle and because I was and am older than him. There have been very few old man jokes since I started working on the crew. You're welcome, Mark.” Shawn likes working outside, he likes the guys he’s working with, and he likes the feeling he gets from working at a job that is looking to the future.  After graduating from art school in 1975, Shawn supported his art habit and his family working as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He still paints and makes sculpture, putting SES scraps and refuse into some of his work. He’s part of a group of guys who work in the trades and have mounted a yearly art show for the past 17 years.

Shawn Gargagliano

Install Crew

Shawn has been an installer for SES since 2011:  “Mark hired me because I knew how to use a ratchet handle and because I was and am older than him. There have been very few old man jokes since I started working on the crew. You're welcome, Mark.” Shawn likes working outside, he likes the guys he’s working with, and he likes the feeling he gets from working at a job that is looking to the future.

After graduating from art school in 1975, Shawn supported his art habit and his family working as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He still paints and makes sculpture, putting SES scraps and refuse into some of his work. He’s part of a group of guys who work in the trades and have mounted a yearly art show for the past 17 years.

 Dante Johnson  Install Crew  Dante heard about the job opening at SES through a friend and started working with us in November 2012. Before SES, Dante had worked at the Department of Transportation. Now, as a part of the Install Crew, he not only installs solar panels but he works on the wire team too. Dante’s a fast learner who brings good energy and dedication to work everyday.  At age 10, Dante wanted to be a lawyer. His favorite movie is  Love & Basketball,  he likes to sleep in until noon on Sundays, and on rainy days, he loves to sit and listen to the rain.

Dante Johnson

Install Crew

Dante heard about the job opening at SES through a friend and started working with us in November 2012. Before SES, Dante had worked at the Department of Transportation. Now, as a part of the Install Crew, he not only installs solar panels but he works on the wire team too. Dante’s a fast learner who brings good energy and dedication to work everyday.

At age 10, Dante wanted to be a lawyer. His favorite movie is Love & Basketball, he likes to sleep in until noon on Sundays, and on rainy days, he loves to sit and listen to the rain.

 Gretchen  Office Mascot  Gretchen joined the SES team in 2015. When she's not napping in David's office or feasting on foreign objects, she might be seen chasing Seaplanes taking off from Newtown Creek.

Gretchen

Office Mascot

Gretchen joined the SES team in 2015. When she's not napping in David's office or feasting on foreign objects, she might be seen chasing Seaplanes taking off from Newtown Creek.

 Eduardo Degraham  Install Crew  Eduardo, who’s been with the crew since February 2016, is half-panel-builder/half-wire-guy. He's all about teamwork and an ultra-keen attention-to-detail—Show this guy how to do something once and he makes sure it’s always done that way!  He’s completed a ton of technical schooling, which taught him all about solar, electric, plumbing, and carpentry. Now he’s got three solar-related certifications, plus OSHA 10.  Eduardo loves to play chess, dominoes, and basketball, but his absolute favorite: crossword puzzles (because they keep his mind on par). On weekends, he can be found in the park or gym playing basketball, hanging out with his girlfriend, Victoria, and eating his mom’s good cooking.

Eduardo Degraham

Install Crew

Eduardo, who’s been with the crew since February 2016, is half-panel-builder/half-wire-guy. He's all about teamwork and an ultra-keen attention-to-detail—Show this guy how to do something once and he makes sure it’s always done that way!

He’s completed a ton of technical schooling, which taught him all about solar, electric, plumbing, and carpentry. Now he’s got three solar-related certifications, plus OSHA 10.

Eduardo loves to play chess, dominoes, and basketball, but his absolute favorite: crossword puzzles (because they keep his mind on par). On weekends, he can be found in the park or gym playing basketball, hanging out with his girlfriend, Victoria, and eating his mom’s good cooking.

 Jeol Ortega  Install Crew  Jeol began working at SES in mid-March 2016. His current position on the crew consists of a multitude of responsibilities. He ensures that the appropriate amount of panels are accounted for in every string the plans call for. He’s also always on the lookout to maintain the array within the required clearance proximities, due to potential emergency cases. Also very beneficial to his everyday tasks are his love of details and his athletic abilities. This guy’s got  moves  not only on the roof but in football and basketball too.  Fun facts: He wears a solar-powered G-Shock watch. His favorite movie is John Carpenter’s  They Live  starring Rowdy Roddy Piper. As a kid, he wanted to be a veterinarian or anything animal- or wildlife-related. On Sundaymornings you can find him dishing out digital lashings over Xbox Live.

Jeol Ortega

Install Crew

Jeol began working at SES in mid-March 2016. His current position on the crew consists of a multitude of responsibilities. He ensures that the appropriate amount of panels are accounted for in every string the plans call for. He’s also always on the lookout to maintain the array within the required clearance proximities, due to potential emergency cases. Also very beneficial to his everyday tasks are his love of details and his athletic abilities. This guy’s got moves not only on the roof but in football and basketball too.

Fun facts: He wears a solar-powered G-Shock watch. His favorite movie is John Carpenter’s They Live starring Rowdy Roddy Piper. As a kid, he wanted to be a veterinarian or anything animal- or wildlife-related. On Sundaymornings you can find him dishing out digital lashings over Xbox Live.

 Matt Morris  Install Crew  Matt graduated from New Paltz with a BA in Graphic Design. But after working in the industry for 5 years, he decided to pursue his true passion: culinary arts. Starting as a line cook in upstate New York, Matt honed his craft working in the Hudson Valley’s best restaurants. In 2011, Matt moved to NYC to work alongside Tom Colicchio and the Craft staff. Finally after 8 years in restaurants (one of which was spent running The Greenwich Project), he decided once again to venture out into a different field… solar!  Matt has been working with SES since August of 2016.  When Matt is not on “the roof” he can be found working as a metal fabricator, running, or volunteering at Badass Animal Rescue, Occupy Kitchen, and various progressive political organizations.

Matt Morris

Install Crew

Matt graduated from New Paltz with a BA in Graphic Design. But after working in the industry for 5 years, he decided to pursue his true passion: culinary arts. Starting as a line cook in upstate New York, Matt honed his craft working in the Hudson Valley’s best restaurants. In 2011, Matt moved to NYC to work alongside Tom Colicchio and the Craft staff. Finally after 8 years in restaurants (one of which was spent running The Greenwich Project), he decided once again to venture out into a different field…solar! Matt has been working with SES since August of 2016.

When Matt is not on “the roof” he can be found working as a metal fabricator, running, or volunteering at Badass Animal Rescue, Occupy Kitchen, and various progressive political organizations.

 Nabiga Ouedraogo  Install Crew  Nabiga sjoined the team in 2016. Prior to working with us at SES, he worked with another solar energy company. Today, his daily tasks include installing, commissioning, and maintaining commercial solar PV systems.  He holds a Master of Science in Power and Energy Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is very passionate about solar energy technology, which led him to taking training courses on solar PV systems design, installation, and maintenance. He is a NABCEP-Certified Photovoltaic Associate.  Nabiga enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures. As a teenager, he wanted to be a pilot because he lived near the airport and dreamed of sitting in the front of the plane. And on Sunday mornings, you can usually find him at church.

Nabiga Ouedraogo

Install Crew

Nabiga sjoined the team in 2016. Prior to working with us at SES, he worked with another solar energy company. Today, his daily tasks include installing, commissioning, and maintaining commercial solar PV systems.

He holds a Master of Science in Power and Energy Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is very passionate about solar energy technology, which led him to taking training courses on solar PV systems design, installation, and maintenance. He is a NABCEP-Certified Photovoltaic Associate.

Nabiga enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures. As a teenager, he wanted to be a pilot because he lived near the airport and dreamed of sitting in the front of the plane. And on Sunday mornings, you can usually find him at church.

 Ben Groh  Install Crew  Ben has been working at SES as an Installer since December 2016, starting on a  balmy  10 degree day. He’s always been passionate about the environment and renewable/sustainable energy sources. Previously, he'd worked at a research lab that worked to simulate nuclear reactors.  On the roof, you can usually find him assembling or installing panels. He’s really good at assessing how much work is yet to be done, how many boxes of panels left to build, what needs to be moved where, and how long it should take.  Ben is a Brooklyn native, and in his free time he enjoys reading fantasy novels and listening to Indie Rock — the more mopey the better. His favorite bands include The National and The Antlers.

Ben Groh

Install Crew

Ben has been working at SES as an Installer since December 2016, starting on a balmy 10 degree day. He’s always been passionate about the environment and renewable/sustainable energy sources. Previously, he'd worked at a research lab that worked to simulate nuclear reactors.

On the roof, you can usually find him assembling or installing panels. He’s really good at assessing how much work is yet to be done, how many boxes of panels left to build, what needs to be moved where, and how long it should take.

Ben is a Brooklyn native, and in his free time he enjoys reading fantasy novels and listening to Indie Rock — the more mopey the better. His favorite bands include The National and The Antlers.

 Joe Morrone  Install Crew  Joe joined SES in August of 2017, after learning of the company from his longtime friend Tom Shaner (of  RayTray  sales fame)—he and Tom had met while working on a commercial together 20+ years ago, shortly after graduating Film School at Full Sail University in Florida. After working in the film business for 15 years he opened an Italian Cafe, but found that being a guest at a restaurant is far more enjoyable to him than owning one. From there, he ventured into sales of reclaimed architectural elements and furniture made from reclaimed wood at two different design firms. An environmentally-conscious sensibility and a lifetime of working with his hands starting as a child with his father’s general contracting firm led him to SES.  Joe and his wife travel as often as they can. In between those trips and his working as one of our solar technicians, you can find him fly fishing in the cooler months, surfing in the warmer ones, making a new piece of furniture from some fine wood, or cooking a new adventurous meal with his wife and daughter.

Joe Morrone

Install Crew

Joe joined SES in August of 2017, after learning of the company from his longtime friend Tom Shaner (of RayTray sales fame)—he and Tom had met while working on a commercial together 20+ years ago, shortly after graduating Film School at Full Sail University in Florida. After working in the film business for 15 years he opened an Italian Cafe, but found that being a guest at a restaurant is far more enjoyable to him than owning one. From there, he ventured into sales of reclaimed architectural elements and furniture made from reclaimed wood at two different design firms. An environmentally-conscious sensibility and a lifetime of working with his hands starting as a child with his father’s general contracting firm led him to SES.

Joe and his wife travel as often as they can. In between those trips and his working as one of our solar technicians, you can find him fly fishing in the cooler months, surfing in the warmer ones, making a new piece of furniture from some fine wood, or cooking a new adventurous meal with his wife and daughter.

 Joe Plonski  Install Crew  Joe joined the SES team in November of 2017. He is a native New Yorker from Queens who decided to make the move from working with oysters to working with solar panels. Sort of a “surf and roof guy.” Yes, we have another oyster shucker in our midst!  A graduate from Queensborough Community College with a liberal arts degree, Joe’s previous work experience involved a lot of oyster shucking for various restaurants and open oyster bars. And he feels he learned the importance of teamwork and physical labor when he worked as a furniture mover. Now, his days are spent helping his co-workers with whatever they need as he quickly learns solar installation from the more experienced crew.  Joe’s into extreme sports like skating and BMX biking and he really enjoys wintertime because he’s a snowboarder! On Sunday mornings, you might find him in the Poconos of Pennsylvania or… you might see him moonlighting at some oyster bar.

Joe Plonski

Install Crew

Joe joined the SES team in November of 2017. He is a native New Yorker from Queens who decided to make the move from working with oysters to working with solar panels. Sort of a “surf and roof guy.” Yes, we have another oyster shucker in our midst!

A graduate from Queensborough Community College with a liberal arts degree, Joe’s previous work experience involved a lot of oyster shucking for various restaurants and open oyster bars. And he feels he learned the importance of teamwork and physical labor when he worked as a furniture mover. Now, his days are spent helping his co-workers with whatever they need as he quickly learns solar installation from the more experienced crew.

Joe’s into extreme sports like skating and BMX biking and he really enjoys wintertime because he’s a snowboarder! On Sunday mornings, you might find him in the Poconos of Pennsylvania or… you might see him moonlighting at some oyster bar.

 


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.