Trudy first 'got solar' back in 2012. She helped design and build an off-the-grid shipping container home, powered 100% by solar power! If you ever want to hear some funny stories, ask he about her trials and tribulations of the "off the grid" lifestyle. Hey, what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger right? Born right here in the Okanagan in Kelowna BC, she is no stranger to the area. Having lived in the Kootney's for several years, she has a good understanding of what remote living can be like. Having a 100% reliable solar systems makes living life much easier, cleaner, and greener than using a generator. Trudy just might have the best office view in the Okanagan. Around here, even the desks are solar powered!
Layout Design Manager
Kris helps the 'got solar?' crew behind the scenes most times from his office. As an computer system IT guru, not only does Kris know how to create a great solar layout using the latest computer aided drafting software, but he also knows how to design, build, operate and maintain a wide variety of Microsoft operating platforms. Not to mention, he is funny, and has a great sense of humor that we all love around here. When not working with computers, you will find him enjoying the great outdoors that the Okanagan has, either camping, mountain biking, unicycling, practicing permaculture, shooting sports, and on occasion you just might find him in a cave. Ask for more details on that!
Solar Powered Plant Manager
Gemma's help is invaluable to the 'got solar?' team. She helps mostly behind the scenes working on web design, solar product placement, special promotions and oodles of data entry that is required to keep things running smoothly. She also is in charge of the maintenance on our fleet of solar powered plants. Her attention to detail and meticulous record keeping abilities are second to none. Add that to her magnetic personalty, cheery disposition and great energy, she is a joy to be around, and a valued team member.
Sales and Technical Manager
Chris hails from Alberta, and moved to Kelowna in 2010. After completing a numerous successful real-estate investment endeavors as a real estate investor, (and also being licensed as Realtor, and Mortgage Broker for over a decade!) he decided to pursue something new. After buying his first solar panels, and those same solar panels saving him from a real pinch in a remote location with a dead vehicle battery on a cloudy day, he was SOLD on just how well solar power works. That particular day, was very cloudy, none-the-less the panels produced enough power to re-charge the dead vehicle battery, and get out of dodge! Thank gosh for the panels, there was no cell reception to call for help! Having himself invested in solar power in 2010 with an on-grid/off-grid/hybrid system, this has allowed Chris to live without a power bill since 2010! How many people can say that? Earning a degree in Electronics Engineering in Calgary in 1997, Chris is right-at-home building solar power systems of all sizes. As a matter of fact, out of all of the solar companies in the Okanagan, 'got solar?' is the only company that has an engineer on staff! Yet another reason to choose 'got solar?' for your next project. If you are looking for a friendly, knowledgeable person with an encyclopedic knowledge of solar systems, give him a call!
John is the product manger for our solar shipping container product line. His meticulous work, and attention to detail are unparalleled, which in turn creates a one-of-a-kind product! He takes care of all EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) of these units, and is integral in recognizing and implementing product and efficiency improvements for future builds. John also oversees the several sub-trades are used to expedite the fabrication of some components,
Louis joined the 'got solar?' team when he was in his last year of Mechanical Engineering from UBCO. Louis originally hails from South Africa, and came to Canada for his formal education. He recently graduated with a degree in the summer of 2016. Future plans include obtaining a masters degree in 2017. When not studying, Louis can be found working diligently and efficiently on a wide-ranging number of projects that are always on the go. His youthful enthusiasm and can-do attitude inspire the other team members daily. Louis' talents are best utilized in an engineering capacity, but he is equally capable of exceeding expectations of everything that we can delegate to him! Louis is known for his unique ability to create incredible 3D CAD renderings of projects, in record breaking time. If he is not working or studying, you will likely find Louis out enjoying the great outdoors, whether skiing, swimming, canoeing, motorcycling, rafting, or just about any other adventure you can imagine, you will find him there.