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ABOUT US

SolShine Energy Alternatives is a full-service provider of electrical and solar electric (photovoltaic) contracting services for home and business in the New River Valley region of Virginia.

SolShine specializes in the design and installation of solar electric systems for home and business and Smart Home Technology installations. We also provide electrical contracting services such as residential wiring, service upgrades, and troubleshooting & repair services. At SolShine Energy Alternatives we’re committed to providing only the best-in-the-industry equipment and components, with a pledge to incorporate as many American-made components as possible.

MEET OUR TEAM

RICK BROWN, OWNER

Rick Brown is a former electrical engineer responsible for numerous designs including the 2 Alarm Spider Wrap – a security device for retail packaging seen in various big box stores. An avid environmentalist, Rick has been fascinated with solar electricity since his teens. He has 30 years of experience working in the electrical/electronic engineering field along with 11 years in the field of photovoltaics, including residential and business installations, teaching solar electric fundamentals, and being an SEI alumnus. Rick is also a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional and a Virginia Master Electrician.

AVA OHLAND

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

As the Director of Finance & Operations at SolShine, Ava Ohland brings over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, operations, and business administration to the team. Adept at leveraging her skills and experience to identify and implement process improvement, she focuses on strategic initiatives and directs company operations. Prior to her position at SolShine, Ava was a consultant and entrepreneur. When not at work, Ava spends her ‘solar’ time in the garden.

DIANA McGUIRE

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

MATT LANZARA

SYSTEM DESIGN ENGINEER

Matt was born and raised in Roanoke, VA and has spent most of life in the area. He’s currently working towards an electrical engineering degree at Arizona State University with a focus in power distribution and energy systems. He has a passion for green energy systems and believes in building a more sustainable future. Matt is working towards a LEED Green Associate accreditation. He’s experienced in electrical for residential and light commercial settings and enjoys helping others reduce their energy consumption. 

RYAN RUTH

PROJECT MANAGER

Ryan loves doing woodworking, carpentry and using his skills to make a positive impact for others by making improvements in their homes which they are unable to do themselves. He is invested in the benefits of solar technology and is experienced in home construction, electrical wiring, and excavation.

AWAN EASTER

SOLAR INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

Awan is an experienced electrician and fiber optic installer. He has experience in generator operations and power distribution systems. He has a passion for renewable energy, working on small electrical systems and enjoys learning about electric vehicles. He is currently a student of electricity and a new father. He loves installing solar systems, he enjoys the challenge and strives for perfection with every install.

RICK BROWN, OWNER

Rick Brown is a former electrical engineer responsible for numerous designs including the 2 Alarm Spider Wrap – a security device for retail packaging seen in various big box stores. An avid environmentalist, Rick has been fascinated with solar electricity since his teens. He has 30 years of experience working in the electrical/electronic engineering field along with 11 years in the field of photovoltaics, including residential and business installations, teaching solar electric fundamentals, and being an SEI alumnus. Rick is also a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional and a Virginia Master Electrician.

AVA OHLAND,

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

As the current Director of Finance & Operations at SolShine, Ava Ohland brings over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, operations, and business administration to the team. Adept at leveraging her skills and experience to identify and implement process improvement, she focuses on strategic initiatives and directs company operations. Prior to her position at SolShine, Ava was a consultant and entrepreneur. When not at work, Ava spends her ‘solar’ time in the garden.

DIANA McGUIRE

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

MATT LANZARA

SYSTEM DESIGN ENGINEER

Matt was born and raised in Roanoke, VA and has spent most of life in the area. He’s currently working towards an electrical engineering degree at Arizona State University with a focus in power distribution and energy systems. He has a passion for green energy systems and believes in building a more sustainable future. Matt is working towards a LEED Green Associate accreditation. He’s experienced in electrical for residential and light commercial settings and enjoys helping others reduce their energy consumption.

RYAN RUTH

PROJECT MANAGER

Ryan loves doing woodworking, carpentry and using his skills to make a positive impact for others by making improvements in their homes which they are unable to do themselves. He is invested in the benefits of solar technology and is experienced in home construction, electrical wiring, and excavation.

AWAN EASTER

SOLAR INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

Awan is an experienced electrician and fiber optic installer. He has experience in generator operations and power distribution systems. He has a passion for renewable energy, working on small electrical systems and enjoys learning about electric vehicles. He is currently a student of electricity and a new father. He loves installing solar systems, he enjoys the challenge and strives for perfection with every install.

RICK BROWN, OWNER

Rick Brown is a former electrical engineer responsible for numerous designs including the 2 Alarm Spider Wrap – a security device for retail packaging seen in various big box stores. An avid environmentalist, Rick has been fascinated with solar electricity since his teens. He has 30 years of experience working in the electrical/electronic engineering field along with 11 years in the field of photovoltaics, including residential and business installations, teaching solar electric fundamentals, and being an SEI alumnus. Rick is also a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional and a Virginia Master Electrician.

AVA OHLAND,

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

As the current Director of Finance & Operations at SolShine, Ava Ohland brings over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, operations, and business administration to the team. Adept at leveraging her skills and experience to identify and implement process improvement, she focuses on strategic initiatives and directs company operations. Prior to her position at SolShine, Ava was a consultant and entrepreneur. When not at work, Ava spends her ‘solar’ time in the garden.

DIANA McGUIRE

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

MATT LANZARA

SYSTEM DESIGN ENGINEER

Matt was born and raised in Roanoke, VA and has spent most of life in the area. He’s currently working towards an electrical engineering degree at Arizona State University with a focus in power distribution and energy systems. He has a passion for green energy systems and believes in building a more sustainable future. Matt is working towards a LEED Green Associate accreditation. He’s experienced in electrical for residential and light commercial settings and enjoys helping others reduce their energy consumption.

RYAN RUTH

PROJECT MANAGER

Ryan loves doing woodworking, carpentry and using his skills to make a positive impact for others by making improvements in their homes which they are unable to do themselves. He is invested in the benefits of solar technology and is experienced in home construction, electrical wiring, and excavation.

AWAN EASTER

SOLAR INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

Awan is an experienced electrician and fiber optic installer. He has experience in generator operations and power distribution systems. He has a passion for renewable energy, working on small electrical systems, and enjoys learning about electric vehicles. He is currently a student of electricity and a new father. He loves installing solar systems, he enjoys the challenge and strives for perfection with every install.

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