About Cotuit Solar’s Philosophy, Founder, Team and Experience.
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.
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 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 has managed hundreds of residential and commercial solar installations funded in part by tax & rebate incentives. She has secured nearly 50 US Department of Agriculture, US Treasury and Massachusetts Department of Agriculture grants for 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 lover and plays outdoors whenever possible. She is passionate about sustainability and making a positive change in the world.
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.
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.
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!
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.
After graduating from UVM with a degree in Math and Animal Science, Karen worked on Nantucket as a commercial fisherwoman, farm manager, boat captain and mother.Karen has always had a deep concern for conservation and the environment. In hope of working in the renewable energy field, Karen returned to school for Electrical Engineering. In 2013 she graduated from Vermont Technical College Sum Cum Laude and a Tau Beta Phi member.When not working towards converting everyone on Nantucket to solar power, she spends her time surfing and running in the summer and Nordic ski racing in the winter.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Housing Assistance Corporation, Hyannis Rec Center, and Cape Cod Community Development Partnership. We are excited to announce that we are now installing solar on Nantucket Island!
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, Google, SolarReviews or email us about your experience working with us. We strive to continually improve our process. We love our happy customers!
Steve Colman- Year in Review
Falmouth, MA | 2018
Plymouth, MA | 2017
Ed & Peg Crawford
West Barnstable, MA | 2017
West Yarmouth, MA | 2017
Truro, MA | 2016
Falmouth, MA | 2018
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
Falmouth, MA | 2017
Falmouth, MA | 2017
Eastham, MA | 2017
Falmouth, MA | 2017
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
Solar Reviews Sept 2016
Solar Reviews | 2016
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