Co-Owner After working as a soil scientist for several years, Stephan decided to pursue a career as an electrician and a plumber in the solar industry, in which he has now been working for over twelve years. He enjoys living simply, has lived off the grid, and now lives with PV and solar hot water systems. Stephan is a NABCEP certified solar hot water installer and a NABCEP certified PV installer.
Co-Owner Mark, a New York import, jumped into installing solar power because it seemed like a promising industry. Having moved to Tucson in the 1970’s, he practiced habitat restoration in the Sonoran Desert before joining the TFS team. With a grown daughter and son close by, Mark composts daily and lives with PV and passive water harvesting. He is NABCEP certified in Photovoltaics (PV).
Co-Owner Rob moved here in 2008 and has come to admire and enjoy the wonders and people of this desert ecosystem. He finally understands why his father, a one-time Arizonan, saved bathwater to flush the toilet, even in Pennsylvania. Now Rob implements as many water saving, reusing, and harvesting techniques as he can, lives with PV and thermal hot water systems, and relishes the desert flowers and blooming cacti. He enjoys bicycling, trail running, digging basins, playing soccer and installing solar. He is NABCEP certified in Photovoltaics (PV).
Co-Owner With a background in construction, Jesse came to TFS because he feels that the solar industry has a future and because working at the company like TFS just makes you feel good. Jesse got his degree from the University of Arizona in Regional Development and lives in Tucson with his dog, Cheyenne, a short haired pointer. Apart from installing solar panels, Jesse is an avid rock climber, biking enthusiast, and a NABCEP certified PV installer.
At a young age, Mike learned about the connection between people and the land they inhabit. He has a deep respect for the fragile balance required for sustainability and is thrilled to be working with a company that supports his belief in a sustainable future and to be doing work that respects and protects the environment. He spends most of his leisure time with his wife and their son, Thackery, camping, hiking and making music.
Willie has always believed in the sustainability ideal. Having lived off-grid for four years with his wife, Willie joined TFS and is happy working with the great people here. When not installing solar panels, he works on making his home more sustainable by gardening and adding more water harvesting and solar to his home. In order to maintain a sustainable lifestyle, he lives with solar hot water, photovoltaic panels, chickens, practices permaculture and shops local.
Born and raised in Tucson, Dave learned at a young age how important it was to conserve our desert’s precious resources. He brings several years of solar experience and endeavors to live more sustainably himself while helping the community do so as well, and ultimately contributing to our environment’s well being. When not working, you can find Dave disc golfing, checking out live music, listening to his extensive record collection, and traveling our amazing planet.
Co-Owner Travis comes to TFS from a background in construction and environmental restoration. He was raised in a passive solar/ wood heated home in New York and has lived off the grid in Maine and under feet of snow tucked up against the Teton Mountains in Wyoming. He moved to Tucson with his partner Amanda in 2012 and they spend their free time hiking, camping, and exploring Southern Arizona and beyond.
Travis has worked in the solar industry in Tucson for over ten years and enjoys helping people achieve energy independence. When not at work he loves spending time with his wife and young sons, and making furniture and sculpture out of metal and reclaimed materials. Over the years he has outfitted his home with PV, a passive solar outdoor shower, grey-water and rainwater collection systems which benefit his garden and chicken coop.
Duane is a transplant from Chicago, where he installed solar and got his NABCEP PV certification. He enjoys a friendly game of Ultimate Frisbee and encouraging solar through initiatives like revolving loans and community solar. His background includes house repair, piano tuning, nonviolent action and human rights defense. With partner Carol, he hopes to install PV and harvest water at their new home.
Chet is one of the native Tucsonans at TFS. With a background in land surveying, sustainable fisheries, and sustainable energy outreach and education programs, he brings his diverse skills to the field of solar energy. Chet is on a continuous quest to cut his personal energy use. The historic downtown Tucson home he shares with his two children has been the focus of these efforts, and is retrofitted with rainwater harvesting and vegetable gardens.
Patrick's academic background in atmospheric science, and natural aversion to cubicle jobs, ultimately lead him to the solar industry. With the firm belief that climate change is the largest existential threat facing humanity, he feels empowered, as a solar installer, to be making a positive difference towards a sustainable energy future. In his off-time, he enjoys exploring the otherworldly beauty of the desert southwest with his camera.
Kegon was born and raised in the backwoods of Arkansas, before moving to the midwest where he developed a deep love and connection with nature, along with an interest in technology. Majoring in the electrical trades he developed a solid understanding of electricity. After years of harsh winters in the midwest a bee-line west didn't seem like such a bad idea. He has found his place in Tucson among other Technicians who support Sustainability, he is proud to say the solar industry is a perfect fertilizer for a balanced path between both love of nature and an ongoing growth and interest in technology.
Jimmy comes to TFS with a broad skill set. He has been a theatrical props master, custom furniture maker and a neon sign Installer as well as a professional musician. At home, he and his wife Katy, with the help of their children, maintain a garden, compost, keep chickens and grow fruit trees. They have a TFS solar hot water system and solar electric system. They also utilize grey water systems and harvest rainwater. Some evenings you may run into Jimmy around town singing and playing accordion with his lively gypsy band.
Hailing from New York, Frank brings his experience in conservation, as well as a B.A. in Sustainable Forestry to his work in renewable energy. He moved southwest with his girlfriend, Juli, and has found gratitude for the diverse desert creatures and plants in his new home. Frank approaches individual sustainability with two guiding intentions: simple living and ethical consumerism. In addition to reusing and recycling, he incorporates his fondness of biking and gardening into his daily life. Frank is an active outdoorsman, a dog person, and loves all things involving saltwater, but still appreciates and frequents the watering holes of the desert.
David Walker Late baby boomer David Walker grew up in suburban Los Angeles, the youngest of nine. Talk about sustainability! He and his family of four are loving communal life in the shadow of Sentinal Peak, gaining nourishment from neighbors and friends and of course our sun and our mother Earth.
Jon grew up in the Midwest and was a carpenter when epiphany struck in 1998. Vowing never again to build urban sprawl on fertile farmland, he headed southwest, landed in Tucson and quickly became a desert rat. A lifelong environmentalist, he also worked as a park naturalist, HAZMAT responder, activist & wildlife biologist. Jon & his family were TFS customers before he become an employee. TFS is a great place to combine his construction skills and ethics. In addition to Sunpower PV, they enjoy their solar oven, gray water, clothesline and bicycles.
Derek was born and raised in rural Kansas. As the son of an auto mechanic, he grew fond of taking things apart, fixing them, and/or making something completely new. This led him to study mechanical engineering at Wichita State and go on to work designing and refining machinery in the agricultural field for 6 years. After that, he spent three wonderfully fulfilling years volunteering at a rural non-profit bilingual school in Honduras as a middle school math teacher and administrator. Derek is excited to be living in the border region, working on his Spanish with neighbors, mountain biking and exploring when possible and installing solar with TFS!
Danny relocated to Tucson from the central coast of California where he spent two decades as a factory trained Harley Davidson service technician. After developing an interest in solar energy and taking the entry level NABCEP exam, Danny joined the TFS team to apply his skills toward making solar a reality for Tucsonans. Danny enjoys mountain biking, exploring the Sonoran desert and trail running with his dog Moly. Danny and his wife Jesi compost, Vermilion compost, and harvest rainwater at their home in Tucson.
Tony is a California native who is happy to call Tucson his home for the past 8 years. He brings with him a strong history in commercial construction. When not working on providing solar power to our communities, Tony enjoys spending time with his 2 rescue dogs, hiking around the local mountain ranges and sport climbing. He also does volunteer trail work and general stewardship for a local nonprofit climbing group as well as volunteering for local youth climbing competitions.
As a native Tucsonan, Daniel has always felt drawn to and inspired by the natural world. His respect for nature, the satisfaction he derives from physical labor and working with his hands, as well as his continuing interest in sustainable ways of living make his work with TFS a very gratifying experience. He is happy to be a part of the TFS team in helping others reach their own style of energy independence. In his free time, Daniel enjoys experimenting with new gardening techniques, backpacking through the expansive Arizona wilderness, reading, and working towards his own sustainable lifestyle.
Born and raised in Northwest Mexico, Santiago moved to Tucson in 2014 after having previously living here, and regularly visiting for the holidays since he was born. Santiago has a background in farming, growing grains and vegetables as well as producing vermicompost and other organic fertilizers. He enjoys spending time with his wife Maria and his two daughters Fernanda & Luisa. He also enjoys riding his bike along river paths, traveling, driving and is always up for learning new things and visiting new places.
With a varied background in business telephone systems, low voltage cabling, river guiding on the Colorado, bicycle repair, and humanitarian work in Mexico and Central America, Forrest brings his diverse skill set to his work as a solar installer. When not spreading renewable energy throughout Tucson, Forrest shares his love for the outdoors, cycling and a passion for learning with his wife and son.