About ReVision Energy - Our Staff
With 3 locations and 50+ people strong, we are proud to be serving the solar energy needs of Northern New England. Learn more about the people who make solar happen:
- ReVision's Managing Partners
- Portland, ME Branch Office
- Liberty, ME Branch Office
- Exeter, NH Branch Office
ReVision's Managing Partners
ReVision Energy co-founder Bill Behrens has more than 20 years’ experience in renewable energy systems design, installation and service. Bill earned a PhD in Environmental Economics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Upon completing his doctorate he taught briefly at Dartmouth before moving to Maine and entering the construction industry. He has been involved in the energy and construction fields for the last 30 years.
Bill has overseen the design and installation of hundreds of systems and thousands of kilowatts of PV over the last 20 years. He is also an original co-founder of The Greenstore.
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Bill’s Renewable Energy System
- Bill’s home has radiant floors, a condensing gas boiler and a wood stove. His home recently got insulation upgrades, infiltration improvements, a boiler upgrade, and solar hot water to qualify it for the full Home Energy Savings Program by achieving a 50% reduction in energy costs. He also has a solar electric array.
Fortunat is managing partner of ReVision’s Solar Thermal division, among many other responsibilities.
As managing partner of the company’s Portland and Exeter branches, Fortunat handles solar thermal and solar electric system design for both commercial and residential applications.
Fortunat received a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maine. He is also a licensed solar thermal installer.
Before joining ReVision Energy in 2006, Fortunat was a project manager and senior systems engineer at United Technologies Fuel Cells in Hartford, CT.
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Fortunat’s Solar Energy System
Fortunat’s home sports a 2.7kw grid-tied solar electric system, consisting of 12 SunPower SPR225 modules and a SPR3000x inverter. He aggressively monitors his home’s energy use with a TED meter and has reduced his energy loads so much that he expects the solar electric system to provide 100% of his electric needs.
He also has an Apricus AP60 solar hot water system. In the rare occasions when the solar system needs backup, he has a Triangle Tube Prestige Excellence boiler which serves both as an on demand water heater and as a backup heater. He heats primarily with a Hampton wood stove.
Phil is a managing partner of ReVision Energy, responsible for leadership in sales, marketing and strategic direction.
Prior to co-founding ReVision, he served as Vice President & Director of Corporate Philanthropy at a startup company in Washington, D.C. that received numerous awards for its socially responsible business initiatives to serve disadvantaged children and support organizations working on the front lines of society’s problems.
The D.C.-based startup twice made the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and continues to thrive today (along with two spin-offs that are also doing well). An active member of the local community, he serves as Chair of Maine Audubon’s corporate partner program and on the board and of the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) and is a long time mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Contact Phil Coupe:
- Email: phil(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)revisionenergy.com
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/phil-coupe/b/876/b8
Phil’s Renewable Energy System
Phil’s house has an awning mount solar hot water system that provides all his domestic hot water from May through September. He uses a big wood stove so that he can dramatically reduce his oil usage throughout the wintertime.
ReVision's Portland, ME Branch
PV & Solar Thermal Installer
Joe’s a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a degree in Forest Engineering. Prior to joining ReVision, he lived and worked in Queens, New York, managing the remediation activities for gasoline and fuel oil spills in the five boroughs of New York City.
He figured the best way to prevent gasoline and fuel oil spills from occurring is to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels altogether. In 2010, he was excited to move away from the big city to join our solar team and to enjoy the good life up in Maine. He has since managed many residential and commercial PV installs and is also managing all of ReVision’s air source heat pump projects.
Joe loves playing music, hiking, skiing, and spending time with his fiance Sophia, baby Jemma and his dogs.
Joe’s Renewable Energy System
Joe and his fiance, Sophia, purchased their first home in Portland and have done some major energy efficiency upgrades to nearly eliminate their fossil fuel consumption.
Their New England Cape is now well insulated and heated solely with a wood burning stove, which replaced their oversized and inefficient oil boiler. His flat plate solar hot water system provides all of his hot water needs for about half of the year with the electric backup to get through the rest. A 4 kilowatt PV array completes his energy needs as he builds credits all summer long to use through the winter months. His energy costs are now less than a third of what they were when he moved in.
Marketing & Office Manager
Since joining ReVision Energy in 2006, Jen has earned her state installer certifications for both solar thermal and grid-tied photovoltaic systems.
She has become one of the state’s most capable experts when it comes to navigating the myriad paperwork and eligibility requirements for solar projects to qualify for government financial incentives. She is also adept at ensuring that ReVision Energy’s projects meet all local code and permitting requirements, as well as OSHA safety and compliance standards.
When she’s not working, Jen is either skiing or running depending on the season. She is also working to integrate her passion for skiing with her desire to act as a positive role model to young people by creating a non profit organization called Climbing Mountains.
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- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-hatch/26/60b/411
Director of Engineering
NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer ™, NABCEP Certified Solar Thermal Installer ™
Geoff is one of the most experienced solar professionals in Maine, having designed and installed hundreds of commercial and residential systems.
After graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, Geoff worked for one of the largest mechanical contracting companies in southern Maine before starting his own small business focused on commercial and residential construction and handyman services.
Since joining ReVision Energy in 2006, Geoff has earned his solar thermal and photovoltaic installers licenses from the state of Maine and has become NABCEP certified in both photovoltaics and solar thermal—he is the only person in the state to hold both certifications. Geoff is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Maine, and practices both mechanical and electrical engineering.
When Geoff is not busy engineering systems for ReVision Energy, he is enjoying the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family.
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Geoff’s Renewable Energy System
Geoff lives in a well-insulated home (R30 walls) with a robust, 90 evacuated tube solar hot water array that provides 90% of his year-round domestic water supply and a portion of his space heating needs.
He primarily heats with wood, with a resistive electric boiler as backup.
He recently added a solar photovoltaic array to completely offset his home’s carbon needs!
Project Supervisor & Operations Manager
Dan started working ReVision in 2004 at the Liberty branch, when we were still Energyworks. Bringing lots of professional experience in plumbing with him, Dan started as an intern/shop guy and rapidly grew into a project manager. He moved to Portland to begin growing our new branch just a few short years later.
Dan is licensed and knowledgeable in multiple trades including electrical, plumbing, and solid fuels. He is licensed in natural and LP gas and is a certified solar thermal installer. Dan juggles a number of key responsibilities at ReVision, including project scheduling, installations, and customer service.
Dan recently bought his first home and installed a high efficiency gas boiler with radiant heat and a solar thermal system.
When Dan is not working for ReVision or on his new home, he spends his time with his fiance Clara and their two dogs Whiskey and Porter. Dan and Clara enjoy touring around the city on their motorcycles and visiting family in Liberty. Dan continues growing his tattoo collection, playing the drums and is currently in a band playing shows and writing new music.
Fun fact: Dan received a black belt in karate at 17 while assisting and teaching classes to children and adults.
- Email: dan(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)revisionenergy.com
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-leonard/1b/b85/865
Dan’s Renewable Energy System
Dan Leonard’s home uses a natural gas boiler and solar hot water for heating and domestic hot water supply.
The evacuated tube system provides nearly 100% of his hot water from May to September and roughly 40% the rest of the year.
The natural gas boiler is modulating, meaning it can provide just enough heat to raise the temperature from the solar pre-heated water to shower temperatures, rather than firing at 100% of its capacity.
Online Marketing Manager
Fred comes from the world of agency web marketing and today works on a variety of ReVision’s digital marketing programs including the website, blog, social media sites, and newsletters. You also may catch him at an event in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire region.
Hailing from the Bangor, Maine area, Fred completed his studies at USM in 2006 with a focus on Media Studies. Fred’s a passionate writer, as well as an audio producer, and since 2007 has been running a radio show called Radio Drama Revival at community station WMPG. He also produces his own fiction stories as audio plays with his award-winning FinalRune Productions.
ReVision Energy is an excellent fit for Fred’s versatile new media skills, as he also is committed to sustainability and simple living in his own life.
He and his girlfriend Amy live in a yurt-inspired SIP-house they built themselves in the town of Alfred. Their 550 sq. ft. house is powered by solar, uses a composting toilet, and is predominantly wood-heated.
In addition to living sustainably, Fred and Amy are passionate about environmental conservation and serve on the Town of Alfred’s Conservation Commission. Their daughter Nyana (‘Bird’ in Sesotho) was born in May, 2012.
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- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/finalrune
- Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/107494753259501314526/
Fred’s Renewable Energy System
Fred’s off-grid home contains a super-efficient audio post-production facility which can pump out quality productions for less than 2kw/hr of power a day! Meeting this modest electric load is an upgraded 750W solar electric array, which is rarely backed up by generator.
His SIPs home uses around a 1/2 cord of firewood a year, which is sustainably harvested and processed on site. In winter 2010-11 they never fired the propane backup heater.
Finally, Fred has a DC-powered Solene Aurora solar hot water collector, completing the suite of renewable energy systems.
PV Project Supervisor
NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer ™, Maine PV Installer Certification
John started with ReVision Energy in 2007 as part of the installation crew. He is now one of our project supervisors and training liaisons based out of the Portland office. John is a native of Foxboro, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Administration and a Studio Art minor.
Prior to joining the renewable energy field, John spent 18 years in the film and TV production industry. Seeing the wasted resources created from that industry was one of the reasons he opted for a new career. John was a producer in a number of documentaries. You can view two pieces of his work online, Firewoman and Hairdo made for WGBH in Boston: http://lab.wgbh.org/archive/lab-specials. John often lends his camera skills to ReVision and takes many of our gallery and project photos.
John lives on a homestead in Bowdoinham with an ever changing cast of family and friends. On his roof is a 40 tube solar hot water collector array providing domestic hot water for his home. There is solar powered lighting for the farm’s outhouse.
His preferred forms of transportation include sailboat, his diesel grease car, and his motorcycle, in that order.
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John’s Renewable Energy System
John’s home features 40 evacuated tube solar hot water array with electric back up. His home is heated exclusively with wood.
PV Project Manager
NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer ™
Josh Baston grew up in Midcoast Maine and joined Revision Energy in the summer of 2008. He is now a project manager focusing on design and installation of photovoltaic systems. He’s also the primary innovator behind our solar data monitoring options.
Josh graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in geology, and spent several years working in the environmental science field before deciding that he was able to make a far greater impact on the environment through renewable energy.
Josh’s interests outside of work include sustainable farming (he has spent a year farming in the US and New Zealand through the WWOOFer program) and many outdoor activities – most notably backpacking and rock climbing. Josh has a great affinity for wood heating, which is one of New England’s best resources along with ample solar!
Josh’s Renewable Energy System
Future plans include solar hot water to meet the domestic hot water needs of both units, a renewable energy heating system, and some urban homesteading (did you know you can have up to 4 chickens in Portland?).
Master Electrician, PV Solar Installer
Hailing from Northern Wisconsin, Tim moved to Maine with his wife Lydia to be closer to her parents. An electrician by trade, Tim joined ReVision in 2008 and is thrilled to help people live a little greener.
In his spare time Tim enjoys the outdoors (hiking, biking, boating) and woodworking. Tim dubs the “new r’s” as: reuse, repair, recycle, respect. That theme goes well with another favorite hobby – reusing our shipping pallets to make some of ReVision’s office furniture!
Tim’s Renewable Energy System
Tim can boast of turning a conventionally built home essentially carbon neutral.
Tim started with two renewable energy systems – a Tarm pellet boiler for heating and a solar hot water system for domestic hot water.
Since installing both, his back up oil boiler has not turned on, which has meant no oil delivery at all this year!
He also recently installed 7 killowatts of grid-tied solar electric panels. Tim’s electric bills have gone zero dollars – and then some. Tim now enjoys seeing his meter spin backwards all day.
Solar Thermal Project Manager
Erik Mitchell is a certified solar energy installer in the state of Maine and a Maine licensed electrician’s and plumber’s helper. Since joining ReVision in 2008, he’s helped install hundreds of solar hot water and solar electric jobs in Maine and New Hampshire.
Erik says “the smell of burning fossil fuels makes me sick,” which makes him proud to be part of Maine and New Hampshire’s clean energy future. Currently he’s working towards becoming a project manager for the company.
When not working, he enjoys being on his boat in the summer and on his snowboard in the winter. He also loves spending time with his girlfriend Mercedes and one year old chocolate lab Fozzie.
Fun fact – prior to joining ReVision, Erik worked on tugboats in New York City!
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NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer ™
Will Kessler comes from Burlington, VT by way of the mid-Hudson Valley of New York. He graduated from Cornell with a degree in Natural Resources before attending the University of New Hampshire. At UNH he found solar energy a parallel discipline to his thesis project in forest ecology, and there he managed to connect with ReVision as the first part of an expansion mission into the granite state.
Will has been designing and installing renewable solar systems for five years, and is a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer™. Will lives with his wife Marta in Portland. They recently renovated a 151-year-old house, gutting most of their unit, improving insulation along the way, and removing a “perfectly good” oil boiler. The house now heats with natural gas — a temporary step off of oil towards a more sustainable heat source, such as wood or pellets. The renovation has progressed well, but painful details can be found at the project blog: crackedplaster.blogspot.com.
With a toddler around the house, one quickly learns that childproofing a construction site is futile. Their 18-month old son Willy has been constantly supervising progress from his own angles–it seems the tape measure is a particularly fascinating device!
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Will’s Renewable Energy System:
A solar hot water system consisting of two 4’ x 10’ Aurora flat plate collectors and 131 gallons of thermal storage. The system’s 45-degree pitch on the southwestern roof means the collectors shed snow “like it’s their job.”
Weatherization and insulation advice came from Rook Energy Solutions in Cumberland. Since then, a tiny Triangle Tube natural gas boiler is sufficient to heat the home in winter, and for backup hot water. Overall from 2010 to 2011, Will and Marta have reduced their annual CO2 emissions by about 13,000 lbs. and saved thousands of dollars in energy costs.
Josh grew up in Vermont in the construction trades, learning post and beam and log home construction and passive solar. After graduating from Goddard College with a BA in Philosophy, he married then spent time with his wife traveling the United States, living in New Mexico, Boston, and eventually moving to Maine. He reports local papers read “Full time artist and musician moves to the sticks and gets a real job saving the planet.”
Josh joined ReVision in the summer of 2008, starting as an installer until it became clear that his can do attitude and organizational skills made him an ideal candidate for “shop guy.” Now he handles purchasing and inventory for the Portland office, along with anything else that needs getting done.
When not working for ReVision, Josh splits his time between raising his daughter Duende with his wife Rachael, and working for Guitar Doors, a non profit that provides music programming to incarcerated individuals within the Maine Correctional System. In whatever time that’s left he makes music, art, and philosophizes.
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Solar Energy System Designer/Safety Coordinator
Native Mainer Nate Bowie graduated from UVM with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2004. After college his dream of being paid to ski and save lives in the process lead him to Mammoth Lakes, California, where he took a job as a Pro Ski Patroller. While in California he started a firewood business, but ultimately decided to return to Maine to be closer to home and join the solar industry.
Since joining ReVision in 2010 Nate has earned his Maine Solar Thermal Installer Certification and moved up to be a Project Manager on our Portland-base solar hot water crew. Nate has also stepped up to be ReVision’s dedicated Safety Coordinator, work that involves continuing ReVision’s safety-conscious company culture as we grow and ensuring our compliance with OSHA and other relevant regulations.
Nate lives in Raymond near plenty of lakes where he sates his fly fishing addiction. While not fishing or installing solar, he loves skiing, taking things apart and putting them back together, wielding a chainsaw, and spending time with his wife, Kim, and dog, Trout. He and Kim are eager to put solar on their first house, as soon as they get a chance to move out of the shade!
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Andrew holds a BA in Geography and Anthropology from USM. Prior to his work at ReVision he worked at the Portland Jetport for United Airlines as a ticket agent, as well as for a roofing and carpentry company. While at USM he became interested in the solar field, and hoped to apply the skills he gained while in general construction towards a career in renewable energy – which he has since joining our team in 2010.
Andrew is a go-to part of our solar thermal installation crew, and says he loves solar thermal because “It always presents new challenges and no two jobs are ever exactly the same.”
Outside of his life in solar, Andrew holds a deep love of aviation. He’s flown single engine airplanes since he was 16 and obtained his pilot’s license at 17. He holds an Instrument Rating and is also licensed in seaplanes. He is currently attending a flight school at the Augusta State Airport to obtain his flight instructor certificate. He’s flown aircraft ranging from a Skyhawk Seaplanes to a 1940′s Piper Cub. He also likes aviation museums and other aviation history, and hopes to own his own airplane someday.
Master Plumber, Maine Solar Thermal Installer Certification
A licensed Master Plumber since 1985, Chris Blaisdell has been a core part of our solar hot water installation team since joining us in 2006. Prior to ReVision, Chris has extensive experience in both residential and commercial plumbing & heating as well as the experience of having owned a contracting business for the previous 10 years.
Chris and his wife, Amy, were cofounders of Maine’s first CoHousing community, Two Echo CoHousing in Brunswick, Maine, where they still live.
Two Echo is a multi-generational clustered country neighborhood located in the midst of a 90-acre parcel of woods and meadows, roughly 70 acres of which are under conservation easement. The community sports a “common house” with a meeting/dining area and kitchen big enough to prepare meals for community get-togethers, a recreation room with games and a craft center, and overnight guest accommodations.
Chris continues to serve on multiple Two Echo committees helping to manage different areas of the resident-run community.
Dave calls himself a “plumber, drummer, and gee-tar strummer,” with 8 years experience as a Master Plumber and a lifetime as a musician. A Philadelphia native, Dave came to the Portland area through USM, where he graduated in 1998 with a History degree.
Today Dave is a core member of our solar hot water team, working on residential and commercial projects as the rigors of the work demands. Outside of the solar life, Dave spends time with his 2 year old daughter and plays drums for the rockabilly band King Memphis, who he’s gigged with for 7 years.
Solar Project Manager, Portland ME
Brandon Bernard grew up in Lisbon Falls, ME and graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He spent his years after college working in education, leading outdoor education lessons, and working one-on-one with children with developmental delays and behavioral challenges. He did home remodeling and renovations with Everything Home LLC for 2 years, before joining the ReVision Energy team in 2011.
Brandon’s positive attitude, hard-working ethic and creative problem solving has made him an integral part of our day-to-day operations. He works predominantly on solar electric installations, but on occasion has been known to pull out his torch and sweat some pipe for solar hot water!
Brandon and his wife Cathy, son Henry, and dog Chester, take advantage of the many trails, beaches, parks and preserves of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth. They enjoy time apple picking, sledding, and gardening. Brandon has added close to one hundred bags of cellulose to his 90-year-old house and is in the middle of many other projects including new wiring throughout and air sealing. He hopes to wrap up his current work, sell the house, then install solar on his new one.
Office and Digital Marketing Assistant
A native of Georgetown, Massachusetts, Christine spent much of her life outdoors, resulting in her love for rock climbing, surfing, hiking and running.
While studying Graphic Design at Roger Williams University, Christine developed her interests in travel and anthropology by studying abroad in Italy and traveling through Europe. In addition, she pursued her love for environmental causes through volunteering with local non-profits and building a campus-wide sustainability initiative at RWU.
After graduation, she continued on with sustainability by teaching children about renewable energy and environmental stewardship at Chewonki’s summer program in Maine, and worked in a marketing and graphic design role with a construction company. She brings a wide range of technical skills and passion to her role, and is very excited to be working with the team at ReVision!
ReVision's Liberty, ME Branch
Liberty Branch Manager
Maine Solar Thermal Installer Certification
John is the general manager of the Liberty shop and also supervises the branches’ solar thermal division. John started out with the company when it was Energyworks doing solar thermal installations back in 2004. Since then he has installed, designed and managed hundreds of residential and commercial solar thermal projects. John has a B.S. from Unity College and is a licensed state of Maine certified solar thermal installer.
John resides in an off-grid solar home that he and his wife JoAnna built. When John is not busy keeping up with the demand for solar projects, he is found spending time with his family, playing his guitar, bicycling, fishing, and working in the woods with his two sons.
- Email: john(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)revisionenergy.com
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-luft/1b/ba5/bb4
Solar Energy System Designer
Before joining the ReVision Energy crew in Liberty in July of 2007, Hans worked for three years as an electrician at Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine, where he designed and installed marine navigation and communication systems.
Hans discovered his love of traditionally built and rigged boats while growing up at Chewonki in Wiscasset, Maine, a non-profit educational foundation. For seven seasons, he worked as a deckhand on the American Eagle and Angelique, two windjammers based in mid-coast Maine.
Hans attended the Mountain School in Vershire, Vermont, followed by Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College, where he earned a B.A. and B.E., specializing in mechanical engineering. While not studying, Hans was a lightweight oarsman at Dartmouth, and had the opportunity to compete twice at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England.
In 2005, while visiting the captain and crew on Angelique, Hans met his future wife, Jennifer. They married at her parents’ home in Jefferson, Maine, in September of 2007. Jennifer also works for ReVision Energy as the office manager and marketing coordinator at the Liberty shop. They welcomed a son, Turner, in 2012.
In his spare time, Hans enjoys cutting wood, growing food, reading, skiing, and rowing. He looks forward to building his own sailboat in the near future, based on the designs of Captain Havilah Hawkins, Jr.
- Email: hans(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)revisionenergy.com
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hans-albee/1b/baa/b8b
Hans’s Renewable Energy System
In 2010, Hans installed a 40-evacuated tube solar hot water system to supplement his home’s Rinnai on-demand propane hot water heater. In addition to solar hot water, the Albees have also insulated their attic and basement and have a 3.3 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric array.
Customer Relations Manager
Born in Jefferson, Maine, Jen is a seventh-generation Mainer! A love of the environment started early, with her first job harvesting vegetables at an organic farm in Jefferson and selling them at a little farm market in Round Pond. Jen graduated from High Mowing School in Wilton, NH, and Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.
Since joining ReVision, she has become the office manager at our Liberty, Maine branch. Generally speaking, she’s your go-to girl for everything solar!
Jen enjoys singing in the choir at church, baking breads and desserts, hosting Friday night homemade pizza dinners, and watching BBC dramas/miniseries. Bliss is a glass of red wine and a good movie, or outdoor pursuits such as a morning kayak on Damariscotta Lake or sailing across Penobscot Bay. She’s been married to ReVision Project Manager Hans Albee since 2007 and hopes to one day travel to Norway and Ireland. They live with their son Turner in Brooks, ME.
- Email: jalbee(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)revisionenergy.com
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-albee/1b/b2b/912
Jen’s Renewable Energy System
In 2010, Jen and her husband Hans installed a 40-evacuated tube solar hot water system to supplement their Rinnai on-demand propane hot water heater. In addition to solar hot water, the Albees have also insulated their attic and basement and have a 3.3 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric array.
Matt has spent better than ten years living “off the grid” in one form or another. He and his wife Cait currently live in an 800 sf superinsulated house in Knox, heated primarily by wood and powered primarily by PV. This was their first winter with the house completely buttoned up and it looks like they’ll burn less than a cord of wood!
Matt holds a B.A Environmental Studies from Unity College and joined the ReVision team in 2007. He has since installed over two hundred solar thermal systems, primarily in residential applications. Outside of work he and Cait enjoy a wide array of outdoor pursuits including whitewater rafting, canoeing, tele-skiing, backcountry skiing, gardening, metalrunner sledding (check it out on you-tube!) fly-fishing, and hunting.
Matt is a registered Maine Guide and is working on building a micro-hydro generator in a stream on his property to power his home and/or an electric car.
For the last two years, Brett has been the shop manager in Liberty, where he keeps equipment in stock, trucks on the road and maintains the shop and grounds. His most recent project has been sprucing up the building by planting various perennials from his farm.
Brett grew up in Casco along Thomas Pond, but has been settled in Waldo County since graduating from Unity College eight years ago.
Brett, his wife Jennifer (the executive director of Sebasticook Regional Land Trust) and their son Elijah live on a 24 acre farm in Troy. They currently have thirteen goats (the latest three kids were born just last week, Lola, Ellie Mae and Frankie Lee), a donkey named Rudy and several chickens on the way for fall harvest.
A person of endless energy, Brett is one of those people who never seems to stop moving – he’s always engaged in one project or another. When asked what he does for fun, his answer is that of a good Mainer: “Work is fun.”
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PV Project Manager
Master Electrician, Maine PV Installer Certification
Ryan is a Maine native, with a hearty background in construction and trade work. After receiving an Associates degree in Electrical Power and Automation Technology with honors from Eastern Maine Community College, he stayed in Maine to work in industry and for an electrical contractor.
Since joining ReVision Energy in 2005, Ryan has installed hundreds of grid-tied and off-grid photovoltaic systems throughout Maine and New Hampshire, with systems ranging from 1Kw to 41Kw. He recently received his Master Electrician’s License.
When not working Ryan loves the outdoors – gardening, camping, skiing, fishing, hiking, metal runner sledding, and other seasonal activities.
Solar Installer and System Designer
Brian’s story in Maine started with a 1998 trek up the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. In his own words, he made the trip, and “hasn’t left yet.”
Since attaining a BS in Ecology in Unity College, he’s worked many interesting jobs including whitewater rafting guide, substitute teacher, partner on an organic farm, electrician and employeee for National Audubon. Since joining ReVision in 2008 he’s become a vital part of our Liberty shop’s photovoltaic installation team, putting his deep electricial knowledge to work as well as his good humor and team player attitude.
Like most of us, Brian has a deep love of the environment and gets out in all four seasons – canoeing, rafting, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, farming and gardening.
Solar Installer, NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam
Born in Rockport, Maine, Dennis grew up in southwestern New Hampshire before coming back to Maine to study at Unity College, where he graduated in 2000. Prior to joining ReVision he worked for 10 years as a stonemason throughout the Northeast, including New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts and Maine. Dennis is also a Maine Conservation Corps alumni and a licensed Maine Solar Installer.
Today we’re lucky to have Dennis’ positive attitude and strong work ethic as a core part of our Liberty-based installation crew. Dennis has worked on hundreds of solar projects in the Midcoast Maine area, from residential retrofit solar hot water installations to big photovoltaic projects.
A true believer in solar, Dennis lives in an off grid cabin he built in Searsmont with girlfriend Becky. Dennis enjoys fishing of all types, gardening, hiking, music, disc golf, boating, antiquing, skiing, playing the banjo and guitar, New England history, and bringing worn out trucks back to life.
For Jared, off grid is a way of life! After growing up in an off grid log cabin in Thorndike, Maine (with solar installed by ReVision Energy’s predecessor, The Green Store), he now lives in another off grid log cabin he helped build in his teens. His home today is heated by wood, powered entirely by PV and features a recently installed solar hot water system.
Along the way he’s earned a BA in English from the University of Maine, Orono, worked in web based graphic design and was a heavy diesel mechanic for three years.
Since joining ReVision in 2010, Jared has become a key part of our Liberty branch’s solar installation team. When not installing solar panels, he likes to hike, camp, ski, whitewater kayak, restore antique vehicles and generally spend his time on various in home improvement projects.
Holly spent most of her professional life in the DC area, working financial positions (Budget Analyst and Program Analyst) for the federal government. In 2006, enough was enough, and Holly and her husband Andy traded in their suits and ties for blue jeans and flip flops and have never been happier.
Since joining ReVision in 2007, Holly keeps the wheels of ReVision turning in the “Treehouse” of our Liberty office – keeping books, managing accounts, paying bills, etc. She loves living the good life in Belfast, Maine – a pristine environment, fresh air, ocean breezes, relaxed pace, and most of all a lack of traffic. She adds, “I wish I would have moved to Maine thirty years ago!”
She spends her free time with her daughter Maggie (aka Pip) at radio station WERU-FM where they are programmers/DJs. Holly also enjoys simple pleasures including visits to the beach, snorkeling, fishing, quilting, camping, and a wide variety of music. She hopes to someday build a small efficient home with solar thermal and PV… installed by ReVision Energy, of course!
Director of Financing
Steve Hinchman brings to ReVision Energy more than forty years of legal and public policy experience, including 8 years of environmental reporting with Colorado’s High Country News, a tenure with the Southwestern Colorado Resource Advisory Council, six years with the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine and General Counsel of GridSolar, LLC.
A 2003 Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, of the Vermont Law School, Mr. Hinchman is admitted to the bar in Maine, the U.S. District Court of Maine, and the First and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and has participated in cases before the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Hinchman has also practiced before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection, the Land Use Regulatory Commission, the Maine Ethics Commission, and the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Utilities.
At ReVision, Steven Hinchman will be utilize his legal and grant writing experience to secure financing solutions for solar energy projects throughout the Northeast. He is currently weatherizing his 1830s-era farmhouse, room by room – replacing birch bark with tyvek and filing voids with foam and fiberglass insulation.
Steve Hinchman’s Renewable Energy System
In November, 2012, Steve Hinchman had ReVision install a 6.2kw grid-tied photovoltaic system for his home. Steve says of the installation, “In a historic house where everything is crooked and every system has its quirks, the solar array is the one thing that is square and works trouble-free!”
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Solar Energy System Design Specialist
Rob Ellis grew up in Lewiston, Maine and graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2009 with a degree in Political Science. After college, Rob worked as an Americorp VISTA in Portland, Maine helping low income homeowners winterize their homes. He was part of a statewide volunteer effort to educate and reinforce energy conservation steps that addressed basic air sealing and insulation, helping Mainers lower energy bills and improve comfort. Rob’s involvement in weatherization efforts quickly progressed to energy auditing, and he attained a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certification. Rob is also an Efficiency Maine certified energy advisor.
Rob joined the ReVision team in 2013 to help homeowners in the Midcoast and Central Maine region understand the potential of solar energy and the options available for their homes. We’re thrilled to have Rob join our crew of solar professionals leading the growth of solar energy in the region.
In 2011, Rob successfully thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail starting in Georgia and walking home to Maine. The hike was a great experience filled with physical hardship, personal achievement and dozens of new friends. In addition to hiking, camping, biking, and skiing, he is a big fan of public and community media and addict to NPR’s “Planet Money.” He looks forward to purchasing his own home soon so he can put solar on it!
ReVision's Exeter, NH Branch
New Hampshire Branch Manager
A native of Randolph, Massachusetts, Dan Clapp grew up spending weekends in New Hampshire at his family’s lake house in Wakefield (that he built from the ground up with his parents, brothers and other extended family) and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation.
Dan’s love of travel and the outdoors have brought him on a number of interesting adventures, including a Semester at Sea, where he circumnavigated the globe and explored multiple countries, and many years skiing and hiking in the Sierras while living in San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe, California.
Reeled back east by family and the beauty of the New Hampshire seacoast, Dan opened the New Hampshire branch office in 2010. Dan is both an experienced solar installer as well as a certified ground source heat pump installer. He’s also licensed both as a BPI Building Analyst and a Construction Supervisor.
Dan lives in Dover with his wife Sarah Serling, their daughters Larkyn and Hadley, and Rhodesian Ridgeback Bella. He enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, and skiing and looks forward to building a net zero home using a combination of passive solar, PV, solar thermal, and heat pump technology.
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Dan Clapp’s Renewable Energy System
Office Manager and Marketing Assistant
ReVision Energy is pleased to welcome aboard Heather Fournier, who joins us after a rich project management background earned as Installed Sales Manager at Lowe’s, and a grounding in renewable energy and sustainable design from her work at NHTI and Northeastern University.
At our growing Exeter, NH branch, Heather is responsible for keeping operations moving – arranging permits, scheduling jobs, managing contracts, etc. She’s also hard at work attending and setting up events on behalf of ReVision throughout the Granite State. Expect to see us at home shows, sustainability fairs, industry group meetings and other events in the months and years ahead.
A proud mother, Heather loves spending time at the beach, hiking, and even skydiving (a great way to soak up some sunshine).
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Northern MA and Southern NH Sales Manager
Steve Condon comes to ReVision with a degree in Spanish and Development Economics from UNH. His passion for the power of the sun and environment stems back to growing up in a passive solar home built by his father in the 70s. Steve spent 5 years building homes (including ones with both passive and active solar systems) in Northern California while earning his CA State Contractors license. After returning to New Hampshire in 2008 with his wife Jules, his goal became to limit our dependence on fossil energy with the use of active solar energy systems here in sunny New England.
Steve is an active board member at the Seacoast Renewable Energy Initiative (SEAREI). Whenever not working toward a more sustainable future, he spends his time surfing by his home in Hampton, skiing in the White Mountains and running around outside with his wife Jules, puppy Rosalie Mcfall and daughter Rowan.
Steve’s Solar Energy System
The Condon Cottage in Hampton is heated with wood, has an active SHW system offsetting the bulk of domestic hot water needs and the addition of PV in 2012 has all but eliminated fossil fuels in their home altogether!
Master Plumber and Solar Hot Water Installer
A native of Manchester, NH, Matt Boucher is our New Hampshire shop’s Master Plumber and a core part of our solar hot water crew.
His interest in the environment goes deep – from his days at Manchester West High and through his college studies at Unity College, UNH – Manchester and NHTI. He got into the plumbing trade through studies with the Manchester School of Technology MST and recently earned his New Hampshire Master Plumber’s license.
When not soldering in a solar hot water tank, Matt enjoys live music, fishing (both fresh and saltwater), snowboarding, mountain biking, backpacking, and climbing. He lives in Manchester with his girlfriend Heather.
Solar Thermal Installer
Originally from the Bangor, Maine area, Alex moved down to New Hampshire to join our growing solar hot water installation team. He brings with him several years of trades experience, including carpentry and commercial painting work for sites such as Jackson Laboratory and College of the Atlantic.
Today Alex is a key part of our NH-based solar thermal crew, leading a large part of the roof work on most jobs. In between work obligations he is pursuing his New Hampshire plumbing license.
When not installing solar panels, Alex loves fishing, building, and figuring out how things work. He hopes to buy a home in New Hampshire soon and add some solar!
Bill carries over 10 years of electrical experience, and 6 years experience as a Master Electrician. He holds his Master Electrician license in PA, NH, CT, and ME. Bill graduated with an Associates Degree in Electrical Construction from KVCC (2006), and a BA in Business from the University of Maine at Farmington (2010).
Prior to joining ReVision Energy in 2010, Bill worked for Vox Energy Solutions in PA installing solar systems. He works today on our photovoltaic installation team based in Exeter, NH.
Outside of his work in solar, Bill spends summers on his bikes – both motorized and mountain – and snowboards in the winter. He’s also looking to purchase his first home somewhere in New Hampshire, and install his own solar system!
Chris Marves has been hooked on solar since he lead an independent study on thin film solar design while at UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. After graduating in 2010 with a degree in Resource Economics, Chris joined ReVision Energy as an intern, and has sinced moved up to a full-time position on our NH-based solar installation crew.
Now living in Exeter, New Hampshire, Chris has been a mainstay of our solar hot water team as well as helping with our NH branch’s marketing, office, and site visit work. As our solar electric business grows in New Hampshire, he’s eager to get to work on a photovoltaic installation crew and hopes to move into a project manager role. He is working towards his NABCEP PV certification this winter and is in the process of becoming a NH Electrician’s Apprentice.
In his free time, he loves kayaking, camping, hiking, snowboarding, or sports, depending on the season, and spending time with his girlfriend, friends, and family.
Chris Lee joins our Exeter-based solar installation team with 4 years of solar power installation experience, both the entry level and national NABCEP PV installation certifications, and a commitment to all things solar energy.
Like all of us, he has a big love for being outdoors and wears his ethics on his sleeve: he commutes to and from work by bicycle, and has either walked or biked to work for the last 4+ years. He and his wife Beth are vegans who practice a sustainable diet, and are living in an apartment with geothermal heating and cooling as they look to buy a home.
Chris’ upbeat attitude and professionalism is a warmly welcomed presence on our solar installation crew, as they work on commercial, residential, and municipal installations throughout New Hampshire and Northern Massachussetts.
Chris Pamboukes was brought up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a vibrant community with which beautiful rivers, lakes, mountains, and the ocean lie near in every direction. Having grown attached to an area that balances the sundries of an active town/nature dynamic, it was no difficult task to choose Burlington, Vermont as his next destination for school, community, and the outdoors.
While Chris studied Media Communications at Champlain College in Burlington he also pursued his interests in outdoor recreation. Cycling, swimming, ultimate Frisbee, snowboarding, BBQs and more became commonplace within Burlington’s active landscape. As a post graduate he also found his way into social work at a youth outreach center which catered to at-risk teenagers.
After so many years in Burlington Chris still maintained an eager sense to travel and seek more adventure. In between various bouts as a waiter Chris put off finding a career to do a solo cycling trip from Portsmouth to New York City, a four month backpacking trip in Europe, and a summer as a white water rafting guide on the American River in California.
After much freedom and reflection, Chris has found a home at ReVision Energy that satisfies many of his personal goals. As a PV Solar Installer he is able to balance his ability to see new places, do physical work outdoors, learn a variety of valuable trade skills, and most importantly, to be on a team that so greatly values the importance of protecting our environment and planning a sustainable future.
Joining ReVision Energy’s Exeter office in 2013 is James Hasselbeck, an Aussie native who’s been living in New England since 1987.
The University of Vermont grad (double major Sociology and English) cut his teeth writing for B2B magazines, starting the “Energy Today” national publication, and writing about renewable energy for AltEStore and other outlets. After writing about solar for so long, James decided to get in the business end of solar, starting with Waterline Alternative Energies in 2008 as a solar designer and project manager.
With Waterline, James developed numerous solar projects throughout the region including a 600+kw installation in 2012; he project-managed the largest PV install in NH (at the time) for the city of North Conway. He holds a NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certification.
Outside of solar James loves to play, be that skiing (former sponsored freestyle skier), sailing (small 14′ Apollo), hiking or the joys of home vegetable gardening. He and “wife to be” Stephanie live in a post and beam passive solar home in Kingston, NH, with their cat, Photo (a deaf rescued stray). He heats with wood pellets and a woodstove with locally harvested wood, and plans to install a solar photovoltaic array on his home in 2013 to make his home near net-zero.
Solar Hot Water Division Manager, Exeter, NH
New Hampshire native Nick Bristol grew up working in the trades, before he headed to Unity College where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Adventure Education.
His outdoor adventure career took him throughout the wilds of Maine as he guided rock climbing, whitewater canoeing and whitewater rafting trips. He moved on to spend four years based in Utah, spending summers guiding multi-day whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado Plateau, and his winters driving snow cat at Solitude Ski Resort in Salt Lake City.
He returned to New England in a 1985 F250 powered by veggie oil (never needed to refuel once!) and joined ReVision’s team in 2011. He has advanced to the role of solar hot water division manager, where he organizes our solar hot water crews, coordinates installations, and fills in as needed on the roof or in the basement.
Nick now lives in his hometown of Londonderry, NH with his girlfriend and her two daughters. Having seen the world and now doing his part to save it, Nick goes to work each morning loving life.
Warehouse Manager, Exeter, NH
Celis Brisbin grew up in Manchester, NH and completed a degree in Community and Environmental Planning at the University of New Hampshire. After college he answered his call to service through the Peace Corps. He served in Santa Ana de Yusguare, Honduras as Municipal Development Adviser. In Peace Corps, he organized the development of potable water systems, designed municipal services and infrastructure, coordinated the development of a central computer lab for the district’s rural schools, and organized medical brigades.
It was in the hills of Honduras that he found inspiration for working in renewable energy, when he sympathized with self subsistence farmers over the loss their staples, corn and beans, when devastated by climate change occurrences in the region.
Since joining ReVision Energy in 2011, Celis has become an instrumental part in keeping our warehouse stocked and our trucks loaded with solar panels. In addition to the regular rigors of purchasing, he works in new product discovery where he has the opportunity to see ongoing developments in solar technology. He envisions a future where communities across the world have access to sustainable and comfortable housing.
In his free time he works at Port City Peds, where he is co-owner of this vintage moped and small motorcycle shop. When the weather is just right you may see him on his Honda Passport which he has ridden since his teenage years.