Colin Swan, Founder, Owner & CEO
Colin’s has seven years experience in solar. Prior to solar, Colin has over 20 years of Sales Management and Business Development experience including start-ups (which were successfully purchased by Cisco and WebMD) to large corporations such as Oracle, Cisco, and Web Methods. In 2008, he migrated from software to solar and founded Skytech Solar to contribute to both the local community of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Colin was the first to develop a solar home program for absolutely free solar for low-income San Francisco residents by financing the SF solar installations himself and getting reimbursed using incentives and rebates from San Francisco and the State of California. Over 450 homes in San Francisco now own a solar system for free. He is a member of the San Francisco Solar Task Force. Mayor Gavin Newsom (now California’s Lieutenant Governor) honored Colin at the State of the City address for his work in the SF solar community and solar employment / training to disadvantaged residents. Colin has twice now represented San Francisco employers in roundtable discussions with Presidential special task force on job creation. In addition Colin has been a guest speaker for the US State Department in education foreign government and media representatives on solar.
Joel Frangquist, Installation Manager and System Designer
Joel has seven years of experience in residential and commercial solar installation. He has worked on projects from 1kW to 220kW. Before coming to Skytech Solar, he worked with Real Goods Solar and Akeena Solar. He has installed solar on most common types of surfaces: composition shingle, concrete fiber tile, metal tile, flat roofs (GTA, STA, Tar & Gravel, polyurethane foam), and ground mounts. He’s worked with micro-inverters, string inverters, and central inverters (Enphase, Solaredge, SMA, Power-One, Fronious, Xantrex/Schneider, Satcon). Joel has performed over 150 site surveys for residential installations, and currently designs systems for Skytech. In addition, he manages Enlighten monitoring for Skytech’s Enphase customers, and performs customer service inspections and troubleshooting. He is the best in the business.
John Wiegel, Installation Assistant Manager
We were lucky enough to hire John from SolarCity where for the past few years he had acted as regional installation manager and a team lead on their installation side. In his years with SolarCity he implemented plans and processes to expedite and elevate the quality of their installation practices that were adopted nation-wide. He received multiple awards at Solar City for the installation records he set. Prior to solar, John was a roofer for twelve years in his family’s roofing business and has worked on every roof imaginable. John represents the type of individual that we are looking to add to our team to continue to grow and improve.
Mathew Ventre, Director of Marketing & Operations
Mathew’s experience includes several years with Arthur Andersen, where he managed large scale software integration projects. During that period, he also consulted with small technology start-up companies, encompassing software system integration, business strategy and operations, and on-line marketing, which included website analytics, optimization and social media integration. In addition, Mathew has worked with cross-functional teams from development to management. In this role, he determined, defined, and integrated technology and process initiatives with special emphasis on establishing and implementing Best Practices, and managing multiple projects building collaboration between internal personnel and external vendor (or Partners). Mathew earned a BA in Information Technology from Syracuse University and a Masters in e-Business Technology.
Kai Hystad, Manager of Solar Consultants
Kai is growing our Skytech Solar team of inside solar consultants and extending our reputation as one of the leading San Francisco solar companies. His 25 years of sales experience most recently included an executive level position at One Block off the Grid and he has represented SolarCity, both leaders in the solar industry. Customer excellence is his #1 priority and is reflected in the high level of referral business that Kai’s teams have generated. While his background consists primarily of sales and outreach-based roles, Kai’s focus has always been on customer service and satisfaction. Kai is a proud graduate of UCSB, where he piqued his interest in environmental studies.
Brain St. Pierre, Solar Consultant
Brian joined our team to help us on a grass roots level and meet with customers on a more personal level and the response has been excellent. His ability to connect with those interested in solar and guiding them through their options in an un-biased level is his strongest suit. He has a varied background ranging from sales to construction so he can understand both the home and the homeowner. Prior to solar, Brian was a top Mortgage Broker and understands how to easily explain the pros /cons, saving and ROI’s of different finance options. People love Brian and it is reflected by the high level of referral business he generates.
Hugh Gregory, Solar Administrator
Hugh was brought on from the SF Workforce Program and immediately added to the efficiency of our in-house processes. He is the grease that keeps the machine operating smoothly. As we handle all permitting and paperwork on behalf of our customers, he is the vital link that gets this done. We have developed excellent relationships with most of the major municipalities in the Bay Area and that is a direct result of Hugh’s mild manner and patience. He also handles most of our IT issues (a pleasant surprise).
Michael Flautt, Master Electrician
Michael is our primary, master electrician who has a C-10 Electrical Contractor. He has over 30+ years experience in the electrical and solar industry with expert knowledge in NEC codes and PV Systems. Prior to working with Skytech, Mike has operated his own individual electrician business and does independent, nation-wide forensic work as an expert witness in contested cases. His skill set is as follows:
- Complete PV Solar system installations both residential and commercial.
- Plan the layout of solar systems including: inverter placement, panel layout, string mapping, and conduit runs.
- Administered the installation of all associated electrical systems and wiring, both commercial and residential pertaining to PV solar systems.
- Monitor installation process in accordance to the planned design, manufacturer specifications, local and NEC codes.
- Planning and execution of installations to ensure the project remains on time and under budget.
- All aspects of installation, maintenance, and repair for commercial and residential electrical needs in accordance to local and NEC codes.
- Installation of grid tied inverters.
Our Installation Team
The members of our installation team are too great to list individually but we take care in selecting only the best. They, eventually, are the face to the customer when the solar system is put in place. Our guys have a wide variety of proficiencies ranging from electrical, to roofing, to racking and beyond.