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. 

We are excited about starting your solar installation. As we work on the final preparations to begin your installation, we would like to introduce ourselves so you know a little bit about the people who will be working for you.

MEET OUR TEAM

RICK BROWN

OWNER, MASTER ELECTRICIAN & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

Rick is passionate about bringing the benefits of solar – environmental and financial – to each of our customers. He and his wife, Christy, have had a solar installation at their “tiny home” in Check, VA for the past 12 years. Living with solar gives Rick an informed understanding of the value of solar in our community.

Rick will be on-site during portions of the installation process. He is available for any questions or concerns about the project, solar technology, and system functionality. rick@solshineenergy.com

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. jim@solshineenergy.com

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 experienced in home construction, electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing and excavation. Ryan currently serves in the USMC Reserve as a Combat Engineer. He holds the rank of Corporal, E-4 Non-Commissioned Officer.

Ryan will be on site during the entire installation process. He is available for any questions or concerns about project logistics & status, materials delivery and scheduling for each phase of the installation process. ryan@solshineenergy.com

AWAN EASTER

CREW LEAD

Awan is experienced in electrical and fiber optic installation, generator operations and power distribution systems. He has a passion for renewable energy, working on small electrical systems and enjoys learning about electric vehicles. Awan is currently studying for Certification in Electrical applications. He really enjoys installing solar systems, appreciates the challenge and strives for perfection with every install.

Awan will be on site during the entire installation process.

COLE PRITCHARD

SOLAR INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

New to the renewable energy field, Colson strives to be the best solar technician possible. He is passionate about making the earth a healthier, more sustainable place for generations to come.

He spends his free time mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking. He is avid about physical fitness, nutrition and mobility. Colson attended Ferrum College with a scholarship for his participation on the wrestling team.

Colson will be on site during the entire installation process.

LEWIS NEWMAN

SOLAR INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

Lewis has a background in commercial and residential electrical work. He studied electrical wiring at Virginia Western Community College. Lewis has been excited about the solar industry for many years. He jumped at the opportunity to help our customers make the switch to solar. He takes pride in making sure that our customers understand the work we are doing on their property. He believes in delivering quality craftsmanship. In his own words, “Our work will be art.”

RICK BROWN

OWNER, MASTER ELECTRICIAN & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

Rick is passionate about bringing the benefits of solar – environmental and financial – to each of our customers. He and his wife, Christy, have had a solar installation at their “tiny home” in Check, VA for the past 12 years. Living with solar gives Rick an informed understanding of the value of solar in our community.

Rick will be on-site during portions of the installation process. He is available for any questions or concerns about the project, solar technology, and system functionality. Email: rick@solshineenergy.com

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. Email: jim@solshineenergy.com

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 experienced in home construction, electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing and excavation. Ryan currently serves in the USMC Reserve as a Combat Engineer. He holds the rank of Corporal, E-4 Non-Commissioned Officer.

Ryan will be on site during the entire installation process. He is available for any questions or concerns about project logistics & status, materials delivery and scheduling for each phase of the installation process. Email: ryan@solshineenergy.com

AWAN EASTER

CREW LEAD

Awan is experienced in electrical and fiber optic installation, generator operations and power distribution systems. He has a passion for renewable energy, working on small electrical systems and enjoys learning about electric vehicles. Awan is currently studying for Certification in Electrical applications. He really enjoys installing solar systems, appreciates the challenge and strives for perfection with every install.

Awan will be on site during the entire installation process.

COLE PRITCHARD

SOLAR INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

New to the renewable energy field, Colson strives to be the best solar technician possible. He is passionate about making the earth a healthier, more sustainable place for generations to come.

He spends his free time mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking. He is avid about physical fitness, nutrition and mobility. Colson attended Ferrum College with a scholarship for his participation on the wrestling team.

Colson will be on site during the entire installation process.

LEWIS NEWMAN

SOLAR INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

Lewis has a background in commercial and residential electrical work. He studied electrical wiring at Virginia Western Community College. Lewis has been excited about the solar industry for many years. He jumped at the opportunity to help our customers make the switch to solar. He takes pride in making sure that our customers understand the work we are doing on their property. He believes in delivering quality craftsmanship. In his own words, “Our work will be art.”

RICK BROWN

OWNER, MASTER ELECTRICIAN & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

Rick is passionate about bringing the benefits of solar – environmental and financial – to each of our customers. He and his wife, Christy, have had a solar installation at their “tiny home” in Check, VA for the past 12 years. Living with solar gives Rick an informed understanding of the value of solar in our community.

Rick will be on-site during portions of the installation process. He is available for any questions or concerns about the project, solar technology, and system functionality. Email: rick@solshineenergy.com

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. Email: jim@solshineenergy.com

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 experienced in home construction, electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing and excavation. Ryan currently serves in the USMC Reserve as a Combat Engineer. He holds the rank of Corporal, E-4 Non-Commissioned Officer.

Ryan will be on site during the entire installation process. He is available for any questions or concerns about project logistics & status, materials delivery and scheduling for each phase of the installation process. Email: ryan@solshineenergy.com

AWAN EASTER

CREW LEAD

Awan is experienced in electrical and fiber optic installation, generator operations and power distribution systems. He has a passion for renewable energy, working on small electrical systems and enjoys learning about electric vehicles. Awan is currently studying for Certification in Electrical applications. He really enjoys installing solar systems, appreciates the challenge and strives for perfection with every install.

Awan will be on site during the entire installation process.

COLE PRITCHARD

SOLAR INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

New to the renewable energy field, Colson strives to be the best solar technician possible. He is passionate about making the earth a healthier, more sustainable place for generations to come.

He spends his free time mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking. He is avid about physical fitness, nutrition and mobility. Colson attended Ferrum College with a scholarship for his participation on the wrestling team.

Colson will be on site during the entire installation process.

LEWIS NEWMAN

SOLAR INSTALLATION TECHNICIAN

Lewis has a background in commercial and residential electrical work. He studied electrical wiring at Virginia Western Community College. Lewis has been excited about the solar industry for many years. He jumped at the opportunity to help our customers make the switch to solar. He takes pride in making sure that our customers understand the work we are doing on their property. He believes in delivering quality craftsmanship. In his own words, “Our work will be art.”

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