Established in 2011, Same Sun of Vermont is a full-service solar designer and installer providing customer-driven solutions for the residential and commercial market in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire.


Established in 2011 by Rutland Town residents Marlene and Philip Allen, the couple began the business as overgrown consumers, having gone solar themselves. Opening a ground-level storefront, providing local good-paying jobs to young people that were otherwise leaving Vermont and using American-made products wherever possible would help to establish solar as a “new normal” and benefit our local community, our state and our country.

We planned to work exclusively on small residential solar arrays, but have been amazed and humbled by the number of businesses, schools, non-profits and industrial clients that have entrusted us with their important projects.

In 2018, Same Sun expanded to a new storefront at 141 West Street. This 3000 square-foot space is powered by the sun via a solar awning and has battery storage technology as well as a dual EV charger in the parking lot.

Our office is powered by the sun!
Same Sun opened in August 2011 at 24 Center Street in Downtown Rutland. After 7 years, we moved to a larger location on West Street. Still in Downtown Rutland, 141 West Street offers more office space, as well as meeting/educational areas.

We are very proud of our new solar awning (photos of installation, and completed awning to the right) which is a working, grid-tied with battery-backup system consisting of:

  • 13 BoB (Black on Black) 315-Watt Panasonic HIT Modules
  • Pika Energy Island Inverter
  • Pika Harbor Smart 11.4 kWh Lithium Ion Battery
  • Clipper Creek Dual Pedestal Level 2 EV Charger

Come on down and let us show you how it all works!




Marlene had been a commercial real estate appraiser in New York City and San Francisco, and Philip a fine art dealer in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. After moving to Rutland Town in 2006, they placed a rooftop solar array on their home and marveled at the effectiveness and simplicity of the clean solar energy as it powered their home, at the joy of owning their own power source, and of watching their electric meter spin backwards as excess energy was sent into the grid. Philip and Marlene became convinced that solar power must be the engine that drives America’s energy independence and that Vermont is uniquely positioned to be a leader in this cause.




Tyler has worked in the solar industry since 2006 and has lived off-grid with solar and batteries for over a decade. Starting as an installer and working his way up to Project Management, Tyler has experience with a vast range of products, installation techniques and troubleshooting. He can be found homesteading in Castleton, VT and enjoying the many outdoor activities that Vermont has to offer.



Emily relocated to Vermont this year specifically to join the team at Same Sun. She brought with her a degree in Environmental Studies and Climate Change from the University of Montana, a NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certificate (TS-030320-029691), and a commitment to bringing renewable energy into every household. Other passions include renovating her 100-year-old home, sailing, climbing mountains, and knitting with her cats.



Josh was raised in Ohio and came to Vermont to attend Green Mountain College. Joining Same Sun as an installer shortly after graduation, Josh rose to the position of Foreman, leading his own installation crew. He now embraces his role as Service Technician.




Scott was raised near Boston, spending weekends in New Hampshire skiing and enjoying the outdoors. He moved to Vermont over 25 years ago to work in the ski industry, after graduating from UMASS Amherst. His interest in sustainable living brought him to Same Sun of Vermont. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his teenaged son.




Dave started with Same Sun in October, 2021 as a Journeyman Electrician working with both our installation crews and in our service division.

Since then, Dave has achieved his Vermont Master Electrician License (#EM-07729) and accumulated a great deal of solar experience, both assisting with complex interconnections and troubleshooting a variety of systems.


Same Sun is looking for dedicated professionals to join our team. Based in Rutland, and operating statewide.

A resume, cover letter and a minimum of 3 job references are required for consideration. Please email to jobs@samesunvt.com.

Solar IT/Network Communications Technician

Solar equipment is becoming increasingly sophisticated in its computerization and networking capabilities. The Solar Communications Techniciann will assist with select solar array commissioning and Data Acquisition System (DAS) set-up, as well as troubleshooting for our dedicated service division, Solar PROformance Services (SPS), whose primary job is to oversee servicing the company’s growing fleet of residential and commercial PV systems, generally less than 500kW AC. This includes hundreds of existing Same Sun solar customers, as well as new clientele requiring inspections and/or repairs of their solar arrays.

The ideal candidate will have IT/networking experience, be motivated by the opportunity to work in the renewable energy sector, and will be a problem solver with attention to detail, who enjoys a good challenge. The position involves physical labor, regular vehicular travel and occasionally extended hours. Flexibility regarding daily hours and tasks are a must.

Read the full job description here.

Solar Installer

The Solar Installer will become a member of one of our installation crews who safely install solar-electric systems of the highest level of quality and code compliance. While mostly focused on residential projects, the job will at times include small-scale commercial projects as well. Previous PV and/or building trade experience preferred.

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Solar Designer

The Solar Designer’s primary job is to support the Operations and Project Management teams by developing customer specific design packages, including basic site plans, one-line electrical drawings, array layouts and grid interconnection details. While mostly focused on residential projects, the job will at times include small-scale commercial projects.  Prior solar installation and/or design experience required.  NABCEP certification and/or Solar S-license (or equivalent state license) highly preferred.

Read the full job description here.