About Cotuit Solar’s Philosophy, Founder, Team and Experience.

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Our Philosophy

We are passionate about bringing renewable energy to as many people as possible in order to conserve local resources and reduce our carbon footprint.  We are proud of our work installing solar on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket households and businesses.  The Cotuit Solar Team is a group of conscientious individuals who try to live in concert with the philosophy – believing that small actions by many are the means to a sustainable future.

 

Our Founder

Conrad is the principal of Cotuit Solar and is NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certified in both PV and Solar Thermal. Conrad has directed over five hundred system installations to date ranging from small off grid to 1.14 MW.

Conrad has been an instructor for Cape Cod Community College, Cape & Islands Self Reliance solar workshops and Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. He served on the Board of Directors of SEBANE (Solar Energy Business Association of New England) and the Board of Advisers for the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. Conrad monitors a number of technical journals around the Renewable Energy and sustainability fields.

Additional sustainability projects include:

  • Designing and producing the Cotuit Dry Toilet
  • Nutrient recycling gardening
  • Local sustainability indicator projects
  • Quahog sub-tidal aquaculture
  • Various window thermal insulation methods
  • Quick response Radiant floor systems

When he’s not working (kind of rare) you can find him gardening, sailing, kite boarding, flying airplanes, boat building, chopping wood, daydreaming up some strange design or keeping one of his ancient vehicles on the road.

Meet Our Team


Katie

Katie steers Cotuit Solar through the ever changing solar tides helping to navigate and adopt new procedures. She looks at the bigger picture so that the team  meets its goals in timeliness, efficiency, innovation and customer support. Katie strives to keep the business in alignment with Cotuit Solar’s vision and ideals. Katie has managed hundreds of residential and commercial solar installations funded in part by tax and rebate incentives. She has secured nearly 50 US Department of Agriculture, US Treasury and Massachusetts Department of Agriculture grants for photovoltaic solar installations at local farms and businesses including a highly competitive $113,000 USDA REAP Grant for a large scale commercial solar project. Katie has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in fine art, from Colorado College. She has been with Cotuit Solar since 2006 after a short career in furniture conservation and a few years of running her own business designing and reworking clothing.  Katie is passionate about reducing her family’s imprint by living a low-impact lifestyle. She lives with her husband and four young children in a passive solar home powered by solar thermal.


Diane

Diane keeps our Accounting books and Human Resource needs in order and comes to us with a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Bridgewater State College. Working previously with various types of businesses including construction, property management and insurance, Diane is in her element working at Cotuit Solar. She is a Falmouth resident who enjoys driving the backroads of beautiful Cape Cod in her Jeep.


Barbara

Barbara is the former Executive Director of Clean Power Now. Over the course of the past 30 years she has held a variety of management positions focused on renewable energy, land preservation and affordable housing. She is a certified Kind Yoga Teacher. She and her husband live full time in their RV and travel the country flying by the seat of their pants while working remotely. They try to spend at least part of every summer home on Cape Cod.


John

Construction Supervisors License (CSL), Weatherization Certified. A Cape Cod Native, John not only has experience with solar, but has attended boat building school. He has years of construction experience and has been with Cotuit Solar since 2009. John lives in Mashpee with his beautiful wife and their dog.


Joel

Solar PV Technician. Another Cotuit native, Joel brings extensive carpentry experience to Cotuit Solar and has an interest in sustainable living. Brother to Arden, the Lockwood brothers are a great addition to our Solar team!


Ben

Ben grew up in an off-grid cottage powered by wind and solar on Plymouth Beach. He graduated PBK from Dartmouth College in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Earth Sciences. After spending a year in CT working with Altus Power Management and SkyView Ventures, Ben came to Cotuit Solar looking for on-the-roof experience with the only solar company he could find that is older than him! Ben will either be measuring your roof, preparing your proposal, or explaining the fascinating minutiae of SRECs and financing arrangements. In his spare time Ben enjoys running, gardening, and otherwise spending time with his friends, family, and family-run country store in Plymouth.


Joe

With an abiding interest in energy efficiency, energy analysis and systems engineering, Joe comes to Cotuit Solar after a career of scientific research into historic of changes to land use and forest cover, and its effects on the global carbon cycle. He possesses an interest in the application of energy efficiency practice to buildings and supporting systems and enjoys looking at building plans, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical, diagrams. Joe is a practically inclined person, with a mechanics mindset, who enjoys fixing things and making facilities more efficient. Around the office he is involved with systems engineering, procurement, project analysis, and interconnection issues.


Meredith

Meredith has been with Cotuit Solar since 2010 and has worn many hats throughout the company from scheduling to customer service and currently, marketing & social media. Meredith has a degree in Art History and is also a certified Yoga Instructor. Meredith is an avid nature love and plays outdoors whenever possible. She is passionate about sustainability and making a positive change in the world.


Arden

Solar PV Technician. A Cotuit Native, Arden is not only handy in the world of carpentry and solar, but is also a talented local glassblower. Arden lives in Sandwich with his wife and three cats and loves to travel in his spare time. Arden is currently studying to become an electrician.


Steve

Cotuit Solar is grateful for the wide variety of knowledge that Steve brings to the Cotuit Solar Team! Steve not only oversees the general accounting at Cotuit Solar, but also help in managing our larger scale projects. He is our company expert on tax incentives and laws and how they affect the Solar Energy Industry. Steve’s extensive experience includes: a Masters in Aerospace Engineering, a Masters in National Resource Management, and an Associates Degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting.


Nikki

Nikki is our Scheduling Coordinator and likely the first voice you will hear when you call. She graduated in 2002 from Simmons College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Art. She brings career experience from the fields of Social Work and Corporate Operations and Marketing. Nikki is passionate about helping others and strives to make sure Cotuit Solar customers are happy and confident in their Solar experience.


Molly

Molly comes to us from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Internship Program. She is obtaining her associates degree in Environmental Science from Cape Cod Community College and plans to further her education with a bachelor’s in the same field. With a lifelong interest in sustainability and reducing her carbon footprint, Molly is passionate about clean energy and contributing to the wellbeing of our planet. Around the office, she helps out with a little bit of everything and is in the process of learning more about estimates, proposals, and system design. In her free time, Molly enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking and attending musical events.


Dylan

Solar PV Technician. Dylan has been with Cotuit Solar since 2015. He has a background in carpentry and construction. He enjoys the blending of trade skills required to successfully install PV systems. When not on a roof, Dylan is an aspiring musician/audio engineer with a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.


Jesse

Solar PV Technician. Jesse has been with Cotuit Solar since 2015. He grew up working with his dad’s company, Vaughn Homebuilders, in all phases of home building. Jesse has a passion for skateboarding and ramp building that has led to the design and builds of multiple skate parks with his brother, Dylan. Jesse likes being outdoors and hanging out with friends and family. Jesse also plays music, and although there is no official brotherly beard contest, it seems Jesse is in the lead.


Jeff

Jeff is a licensed electrician with an interest in alternative energy, energy efficiency,& reducing ones carbon foot. Jeff has 30+ years of experience in the computer industry designing power, cooling and physical infrastructure systems for large data centers. In his off time he enjoys spending time with his 2 grandchildren, family & friends. On the weekend you’ll find him four wheeling on Sand Neck Beach, snorkeling, mountain biking, fishing and visiting some of the hidden gems Cape Cod has to offer.

Total Installations

Our Experience

Cotuit Solar is the most experienced installer on Cape Cod since 1988. Cotuit Solar is fully insured and maintains all necessary state and local licenses in compliance with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. As required, we use licensed plumbers, electricians and engineers.

We have installed over 700 PV systems on the Cape & Islands. Our work includes residential PV, a 1MW solar farm in Acushnet and several agricultural solar installations including Cape Cod Organic Farm, Truro Vineyards, and Northern Pines Farm on Martha’s Vineyard. We have also installed solar for community organizations such as HAC, Hyannis Rec Center, and CDP. We are excited to announce that we are now installing solar on Nantucket Island!

Testimonials

Cotuit Solar is a small, independently owned, family friendly business. We aim to please. Your feedback matters and we would love to hear from you! Review us on Yelp, GoogleSolarReviews or email us about your experience working with us. We strive to continually improve our process. We love our happy customers! 

Ed Delano

"The crews were fantastic, Conrad should be proud, and consider himself lucky to have such good people. Mind you this is coming from a very meticulous and tough to please person when it comes to workmanship. I have been in the trades for 48 years and have seen it all."

Plymouth, MA | 2017
2017-10-25T18:05:35+00:00
"The crews were fantastic, Conrad should be proud, and consider himself lucky to have such good people. Mind you this is coming from a very meticulous and tough to please person when it comes to workmanship. I have been in the trades for 48 years and have seen it all." Plymouth, MA | 2017

Janice Allee

"I am totally impressed with Cotuit Solar. We had a great experience with a very well organized and impressively staffed  company. I feel that we got spoiled by the outstanding service that Cotuit Solar offered. We had a large and a challenging installation and reached out to get recommendations from 3 well-esteemed solar companies, one being Cotuit Solar.  Cotuit Solar came back with the best design and a very competitive price so we chose them . But that was just the beginning of good results. The installation went perfectly and right within the time slot we needed. Furthermore Cotuit gave us so much assistance with the financial side, the grants and loans. We realized why many of our peers recommended them. This organization is so well organized, personable and responsive. There is always a knowledgeable person at the office to answer questions. I feel so fortunate about the entire project."

Truro, MA | 2016
2017-10-25T18:48:04+00:00
"I am totally impressed with Cotuit Solar. We had a great experience with a very well organized and impressively staffed  company. I feel that we got spoiled by the outstanding service that Cotuit Solar offered. We had a large and a challenging installation and reached out to get recommendations from 3 well-esteemed solar companies, one being Cotuit Solar.  Cotuit Solar came back with the best design and a very competitive price so we chose them . But that was just the beginning of good results. The installation went perfectly and right within the time slot we needed. Furthermore Cotuit gave us so much assistance with the financial side, the grants and loans. We realized why many of our peers recommended them. This organization is so well organized, personable and responsive. There is always a knowledgeable person at the office to answer questions. I feel so fortunate about the entire project." Truro, MA | 2016

Dick Schott

“Every single person, proposal and project with Cotuit Solar has been professional and efficiently completed using sound and logical advice. Thanks for all your help.”

West Yarmouth, MA | 2017
2017-10-25T18:35:13+00:00
“Every single person, proposal and project with Cotuit Solar has been professional and efficiently completed using sound and logical advice. Thanks for all your help.” West Yarmouth, MA | 2017

Tom Sbarra

“Your team is simply the best organization I have worked with in a long long time. Every aspect of the interaction was perfect. Thank you for your consummate professionalism.”

Falmouth, MA | 2017
2017-10-25T18:20:21+00:00
“Your team is simply the best organization I have worked with in a long long time. Every aspect of the interaction was perfect. Thank you for your consummate professionalism.” Falmouth, MA | 2017

Steve Colman

“I was happy with Cotuit Solar and I'm glad I chose them over the national company that I considered. I had a complex installation, and there were a few glitches, but the staff responded to these quickly and well. The basic installation of my 7.5 kW system took only one day (after some weather delays), and the staff got us through the inspection and permitting process efficiently.”

Falmouth, MA | 2017
2017-10-25T18:32:41+00:00
“I was happy with Cotuit Solar and I'm glad I chose them over the national company that I considered. I had a complex installation, and there were a few glitches, but the staff responded to these quickly and well. The basic installation of my 7.5 kW system took only one day (after some weather delays), and the staff got us through the inspection and permitting process efficiently.” Falmouth, MA | 2017

Ed & Peg Crawford

“Our home is all electric heat! We had been planning a solar array for a while and trying to decide between whether to own or to lease. We decided that owning was in our best interest and found a local company, Cotuit Solar. From the initial inquiry through the design and installation to the final PTO they were with us every step of the way. We did ask a lot of questions and they taught us about solar energy as it pertains to our setup. Communication was great and the whole crew did an excellent job. We like that they are local, committed to renewable energy, and are experienced. Thanks, Ed & Peg Crawford.”

West Barnstable, MA | 2017
2017-10-25T18:36:06+00:00
“Our home is all electric heat! We had been planning a solar array for a while and trying to decide between whether to own or to lease. We decided that owning was in our best interest and found a local company, Cotuit Solar. From the initial inquiry through the design and installation to the final PTO they were with us every step of the way. We did ask a lot of questions and they taught us about solar energy as it pertains to our setup. Communication was great and the whole crew did an excellent job. We like that they are local, committed to renewable energy, and are experienced. Thanks, Ed & Peg Crawford.” West Barnstable, MA | 2017

Leo Klevens

"Fantastic total experience! Calls were always returned extremely fast. A fantastic company to work with. Every Step! Thanks again for your help."

Eastham, MA | 2017
2017-10-29T18:57:38+00:00
"Fantastic total experience! Calls were always returned extremely fast. A fantastic company to work with. Every Step! Thanks again for your help." Eastham, MA | 2017

Solar Reviews Sept 2016

Great Experience!! Cotuit Solar just installed a new system at my home and I couldn't be happier. They helped with all of the paperwork and answered all of my questions. The office staff and the installation crew were polite and very friendly. They made the whole process easy and they kept me informed every step of the way. Anyone considering solar power in the area should call Cotuit Solar!

Solar Reviews | 2016
2016-10-28T21:21:03+00:00
Great Experience!! Cotuit Solar just installed a new system at my home and I couldn't be happier. They helped with all of the paperwork and answered all of my questions. The office staff and the installation crew were polite and very friendly. They made the whole process easy and they kept me informed every step of the way. Anyone considering solar power in the area should call Cotuit Solar! Solar Reviews | 2016

Lincoln Jackson

Cotuit Solar was extremely helpful before, during and after my solar installation. They completely demystified the sea of paperwork, necessary for the various state and federal tax credits and other incentive programs.


Lincoln Jackson | Concord

2016-10-28T21:40:50+00:00
Cotuit Solar was extremely helpful before, during and after my solar installation. They completely demystified the sea of paperwork, necessary for the various state and federal tax credits and other incentive programs. Lincoln Jackson | Concord

Don Mallinson

Cotuit Solar installed my 5.4 kWh PV system in January of 2012. Since then it has performed flawlessly. Absolutely no maintenance cost during that time. It has been a net-zero system. Love those quarterly SRECs. 

 
Falmouth, MA | 2017
2017-10-29T19:31:20+00:00
Cotuit Solar installed my 5.4 kWh PV system in January of 2012. Since then it has performed flawlessly. Absolutely no maintenance cost during that time. It has been a net-zero system. Love those quarterly SRECs.    Falmouth, MA | 2017

Solar Reviews March 2010

"They did a quality installation, did it when they said they would, and at the price they quoted and most of all, they care about what they are doing. I was very pleased with Cotuit Solar from start to finish and would recommend them without reservation."


Solar Reviews | March 2010

2016-10-28T21:27:37+00:00
"They did a quality installation, did it when they said they would, and at the price they quoted and most of all, they care about what they are doing. I was very pleased with Cotuit Solar from start to finish and would recommend them without reservation." Solar Reviews | March 2010

Ginger Rabesa

“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate how you run your company. Every employee is always courteous and prompt, the service techs are friendly and polite and best of all they always show up when they say they will!! Thank you and your staff!!”

 
Falmouth, MA | 2017
2017-10-25T18:34:33+00:00
“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate how you run your company. Every employee is always courteous and prompt, the service techs are friendly and polite and best of all they always show up when they say they will!! Thank you and your staff!!”   Falmouth, MA | 2017

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