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.
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:
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.
Khanti Munro is an industry veteran, having worked in the solar industry since 2001. Munro is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™ (#042013-88) and licensed Vermont Solar-Electrician (S-License #ES-06551 7S). Prior to joining Same Sun in 2014, he held many respectable roles, including Vice President for Positive Energy NY, Lead Technical Trainer for SunEdison, Advanced Instructor for Solar Energy International (SEI) and Tech Support for the Alternative Energy Store (AltE). When not engulfed with all things solar, Khanti can be found spending time with his wife and 3 growing boys.
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.
TECHNICAL SERVICE MANAGER
Erin came to Vermont from the NYC Theatre world where she worked as a technician and supervisor designing, installing and maintaining electrical, audio/video and computer systems for stage productions. These skills translated well to her role as a solar installer, and she now leads Solar Proformance Services, Same Sun’s maintenance division.
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 Lead Installer.
Matt came to Same Sun with a high level of electrical and trade experience, having worked as an Electrical Apprentice in Danbury, CT. With his knowledge and clean, well-detailed work he quickly rose to a Lead Installer position.
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.
WE ARE HIRING!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PV Installation Foreman
The PV Installation Foreman’s primary job is to lead a crew in safely installing solar-electric systems to the highest level of quality and code compliance, follow plan sets and job specifications, and provide frontline customer service at the jobsite. 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 highly preferred.
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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.
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