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.

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.

JIM LEONARD

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Jim has over fifteen years of experience as a project manager and problem solver. He thrives at directing business operations and implementing process improvements. Prior to joining SolShine, Jim has worked for several consulting firms and he has done volunteer work with some Roanoke-area nonprofit organizations. Jim has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. In 2017 Jim earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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.

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.

JIM LEONARD

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Jim has over fifteen years of experience as a project manager and problem solver. He thrives at directing business operations and implementing process improvements. Prior to joining SolShine, Jim has worked for several consulting firms and he has done volunteer work with some Roanoke-area nonprofit organizations. Jim has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. In 2017 Jim earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

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.

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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