Co-Owner Erika has worked in the renewable energy industry for over thirteen years. She brings an interest in helping people rethink their approach to energy usage and how they can live more lightly on the earth. She has solar water heating and electric systems and makes use of passive solar space heating.
Kelly is an almost-a-native Tucsonan who (foolishly) moved away twice to pursue scientific and academic careers in cold and/or dark places. She’s back for good and applying skills from her diverse background in engineering, optics and architecture to protect the unique social and natural climate of the Old Pueblo by harvesting sunshine – one roof at a time.
Co-Owner Neil’s time spent studying engineering made him more aware of our society’s use and over consumption of resources and energy. He realized his need to work with sustainable technologies and now for over nine years he has brought his background as an electrician and an engineer to his work with TFS. Neil, his wife Erica, and their boys, Elias, Owen, and Mateo live with photovoltaic, solar hot water, rainwater catchment and greywater systems. He is NABCEP certified in Photovoltaics (PV).
With a background in drafting, Sean comes to TFS with a strong commitment to sustainability. At his home he has a couple of aquaponics systems which he often reconfigures for increased productivity and water savings. When not designing solar and aquaponic systems, Sean plays original, mellow compositions on his guitar.
Michael comes to TFS from Connecticut where he worked on the state level to incentivize residential rooftop solar. After greening their home back east he and his wife, Victoria, relocated in 2014 to a new palette in Tucson. Their solar PV system is in the works, insulation is on the way, and they’ve identified perfect locations for three cistern columns. In the meantime they collect rainwater in garbage pails and shower water in buckets.
Over the 34 years Brandon has lived in Tucson, he has developed a deep love for the Sonoran Desert and believes in the conservation and protection of its cultural and natural resources. Brandon's work history includes warehouse inventory management, rock work and water feature construction, graphic design, and computer repair. Brandon and his family reuse, recycle, compost, bike, and utilize passive water harvesting. When not at work Brandon loves spending time with his family, playing music, working on art projects, and watching movies.
Cate became passionate about solar when she lived for a year in Bongor, Chad, a provincial capital with no electric grid. Electricity, ever mysterious, became a central focus, and solar electricity, which still seems like magic to her, an obsession. She works in photovoltaic design and permitting with TFS, working with magic daily.