The Westcoast Solar Energy team has many years of experience in the industry. Recognized as a global leader in solar development Westcoast Solar Energy is credited for their evolved methods of installation for both commercial and residential properties.

Professional Experience

True experience is hard to demonstrate, with solar companies failing and employees moving around from one failing endeavor to another it may appear that a team is filled with “proven industry experts” when in actuality many of them have never worked together on a single project. Westcoast Solar energy is unique in that our team is made up of professionals that have worked together for years andvancing the solar industry as a team. We still employ 5 members of our original founding team and the average tenure of our employeed is over 4 years. We know how important teamwork is to understanding the intricacies of the projects we tackle. From hillside arrays to extensive winery installations, to residential projects, the successful experience we provide is unmatched in the North Bay.

In-house Installation

We don’t use subcontractors. We have fully licensed electricians and technicians that will take care of the entire installation. By keeping the job in house, we ensure industry-leading quality control from design through implementation.

In-house Equipment

Westcoast Solar Energy realized at a very early stage the recipe to deliver the best quality installations. By investing in tools and equipment to make our installations teams highly efficient we lower our cost of installation without lowering quality. Since our focus is on commercial and large residential systems we own: a 55ft Gradall, a Caterpillar 308D excavator, a Caterpillar 259 skidsteer tractor, forklift and all the necessary tools to make quick work of any difficulty. In addition to this we have numerous trucks, trailers and even an electric car to help us be the best solar company we can be.

Nate Gulbransen

Nate Gulbransen

President
Nate has been in the solar industry since 2008 and prior to that the domestic sales manager for an electric vehicle company. He is responsible for all sales and marketing and customer relations at Westcoast Solar Energy. His 100% customer satisfaction commitment has enabled WCSE to grow and become the North bay’s solar industry leader. His Forty under 40 award by the Northbay Business Journal, and his commitment to quality has led Westcoast Solar Energy to be ranked as the “Best Green Business” in the 2012 Northbay Biz Magazine readers poll. Nate believes in giving back to the community and as a leader of the Active 20-30 club of the North Bay the group has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for under-privileged children in Napa, Marin, and Sonoma counties.
Jeremy Greer

Jeremy Greer

Chief Operations Officer
Jeremy has been intricately involved in the solar industry since 2004. He began as an installer for a leading north bay alternative energy contractor and quickly moved up to project management and managing the North Bay operations at Akeena Solar. He is recognized as a leader in the solar industry and has consulted on PV product development and many installations. Jeremy is a NABCEP Certified Solar Installer, is Journeyman Certified, holds an A General Engineering contractor’s license, a C-10 Electrical Contractor’s license and a C-46 Solar license.
Peter Renfro

Peter Renfro

General Manager
Peter started in the solar industry in 2008 after a successful career starting with computer programming. He then held positions in customer service, marketing, and consulting with some of the nation’s Fortune 500 financial services companies working on artificial intelligence projects. Peter also focused on integrating technology with people and processes. His experience in the solar industry includes commercial project installation and supervision including a 596 kilowatt system in Richmond, CA. Recently, he has been part of solar company management teams focusing on company management, process development, and solar market development. Peter is also an active member of the Board of Directors of Solar Sonoma County, a non-profit actively engaging local jurisdictions on solar permitting, and promoting solar development.
Sam Epperson

Sam Epperson

Lead Installer
Sam has been installing solar since 2010 with a commitment to quality and positive attitude that is much appreciated by our customers and staff alike. Prior to his solar career Sam was a granite countertop installer which requires a very high level of detail and there couldn’t be a better transition into solar construction. Sam has led projects from 1KW residential systems to 300+KW commercial systems.
Joshua Weiner

Joshua Weiner

Solar Engineer
After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics & Astronomy from UC Berkeley, Joshua began at Akeena Solar, a former leading turnkey residential and commercial solar contractor. Joshua took on a supervisory role in the company’s operations departments, opening several remote offices nationwide and scaling the company’s staffing and infrastructure needs upon Akeena’s IPO filing. He managed the engineering, drafting, and project management teams supporting both residential and small commercial PV systems. To date, Joshua has personally designed and engineered the single, largest PV system design at 25 MW while managing PV Design Engineering departments and supervising up to 12 design engineers. Josh’s teaching career began as an instructor for UC Berkeley and currently is fully certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners and has extensive experience training and scaling Project Management and Design teams.

Other Staff

Westcoast Solar Energy currently employs 8 full-time staff members all residing in the North Bay. Westcoast prides itself on promoting staff to give back to their communities. We currently have a Rotarian and a Certified EMT on staff and are proud to pay our employees living wages while offering all full time employees a comprehensive benefits package. WCSE employees are happy, appreciate the opportunity to work for the North Bay solar leader and are the best installers available. Westcoast Solar Energy has no CSLB or OSHA or any other violations.