The experienced, friendly team ready to help you go solar
The Sandbar Solar team is made up of 45 full-time employees dedicated to providing high-quality solar installation services to homeowners and businesses. Our trusted, local team includes solar energy experts — designers, engineers, electricians, project managers, and installers — with years of experience on hundreds of projects.
We complete solar projects quickly.
We install a system that’s right for you.
You can trust our knowledgeable team.
Everyone on our team follows our mission of providing top-notch service in an efficient process — all with the utmost friendliness and integrity. Here at Sandbar Solar, we leverage our expertise and experience to help customers save money — through the great value we provide at installation and for years afterwards in paying significantly lower electricity bills.
Sandbar Solar is proud of the hard work and dedication of our employees. Many of team members have worked with Sandbar for many years and in the solar industry for even longer. To kick off 2017, Sandbar Solar has launched an “Employee of the Month” program. Each month we will be showcasing an employee who has demonstrated exceptional work, dedication, creativity and drive. This month we’d like to recognize
Employee of the Month, Derek Norman
Derek started with Sandbar in October of 2015 as a solar installer and technician. From there, his demonstrated knowledge, skill, and leadership qualities grew him into his current Residential Crew Lead role. His positivity and knowledge of solar makes his crew a successful and highly effective crew. He has a “can do” and “will do” attitude every day he shows up for work. Derek has also proven his abilities by taking on service work and troubleshooting of system. He consistently receives unsolicited positive reviews from Sandbar clients and his performance has been excellent.
As a token of our appreciation for your hard work and effort, please accept this $100 gift certificate to California Service Tool!!
Read below to learn more about our team leaders’ passion for solar energy and the deep roots they have in Santa Cruz and surrounding communities.
The Sandbar Solar team leaders
Scott Laskey, President
Scott started in the solar power industry in the 1990’s after a long tenure in the high tech semi-conductor and biotechnology facility construction field. He wanted to apply his technical design/build contracting expertise in the renewable industry to affect a positive change, while building a local company in his community, which would offer employment and career opportunities to like-minded professionals.
Scott earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UC San Diego, holds a NABCEP certification, and has lectured on and taught high-tech construction practices and solar PV technical concepts to education institutions, including Stanford University and state-recognized electrician apprenticeship programs.
While not at work, Scott spends countless hours on the soccer field coaching and volunteering to pass along the game to younger generations while still actively playing to stay fit. If Scott isn’t on the soccer field, he spends time with his wife and two kids in the outdoors — camping, mountain biking, free diving, and surfing.
Denny Mosher, V.P. Engineering
Denny manages the engineering team to ensure that each and every customer has a solar system installed that is ideal for them — with the appropriate solution for home or business. He has been involved in electrical engineering for 33 years in numerous countries but primarily in the California, where he has been a registered Electrical Engineer since the early 1980’s. Denny was the founder, President, and CEO of Bay-Tec Engineering of Napa, California. Bay-Tec designs and builds custom control systems for the Biotech and Semiconductor industries and grew from zero to over $11M under Denny’s leadership.
Denny has been a charter member and President of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), 30-year member of the International Society of Automation, and a board member of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) overseeing the writing of CSIA’s Best Practices and Members Compliance. Mr. Mosher holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and is a Registered Electrical Engineer in the state of California.
Dave Brill, Operations
Dave has more than 10 years of experience in electrical construction, eco-building, and photovoltaic solar. Certified as a General Journeyman electrician, Dave has proven himself highly skilled in project management delivering safe, on-time, and on-budget projects in the commercial and residential solar and electrical markets. Recent projects include off grid and large-scale commercial solar PV installations, electrical and communications for the biotech industry and public works sectors, and residential electrical in eco-homes built with Rastra.
Stuart Davis, Engineer
Stuart Davis grew up in San Jose and Los Gatos, California. Stuart went to college at The University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated in 2002. After graduating he moved to Santa Cruz. Prior to working at Sandbar Solar, Stuart was employed at REgrid Power, RGS Energy, and Sunetric. He recognized that renewable and sustainable energy was going to an important and necessary shift, worldwide.
Stuart realized that solar was his new career path, and was thrilled to be apart of Sandbar Solar for its great reputation, quality people, and to be apart of a locally, growing company. On Stuart’s spare time he likes to surf, play soccer, play music, and loves to spend time with his son. An interesting fact about Stuart is that he was a project engineer for 3.5 MW in Fremont Union High School District.
Dan Sullivan, Business Development
Dan Sullivan grew up in Walnut Creek, California and moved to Santa Cruz in 1994 to experience central coast living, as well as be close to his extended family. Dan went to college at California State University of Chico, and later went back to school to study solar at Cabrillo College. Prior to Sandbar Solar, Dan was a Sales Manager at SolarCity, and Vice President of Solar Sales at PetersenDean. After nearly 10 years of traveling for these companies, Dan decided he wanted to be closer to home and ultimately for his two sons.
Dan worked in sales for five years before switching to solar. He realized he wanted to work in a career with a benevolent path that was working towards making the world a better place. Dan had a previous relationship with Sandbar Solar and knew they had the best track record of any solar company in Santa Cruz. In Dan’s spare time he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, playing basketball, baseball, soccer, Crossfit and above all priorities, spending time with his two sons. He likes to take his kids camping, whenever he has the chance.
August Materazzi, Residential Solar Consultant
Originally from New England, August studied outdoor adventure-based education, earning a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire. He ventured to California 12 years ago, seeking a milder climate and a more progressive culture.
August began his career in the solar industry seven years ago as an installer for a small local company. He signed on with Sandbar in early 2015, conducting pre-installation site audits, and is currently a member of the Residential Consulting team. Customers appreciate his past hands-on experience and his honest, down-to-Earth demeanor. He is committed to raising awareness in reducing the negative impact humans have on our planet’s resources, both in his personal life and in his career.
An avid musician, August plays guitar, African drum, and mandolin, and is particularly fond of blues, jazz, classic rock, and bluegrass. He also has over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry, and as a former part-time private chef, can still be persuaded into crafting a hearty and healthy feast on occasion. He enjoys exploring the local mountains for secret hiking spots, and assisting his wife in coordinating private retreats.
Alicia Moss, Project Development
Alicia Moss grew up in Sonoma County and moved to Santa Cruz in 2007. Alicia has worked in Santa Cruz during the summers in college, and absolutely loved the area. She knew she had to live here once she graduated college. Alicia attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and received her degree in Environmental Management and Protection. Prior to Sandbar, she has worked for a local non-profit and then a special district on voluntary programs; for landowners that were interested in implementing on-the-ground habitat restoration, fire protection, water conservation and water quality improvement projects.
Alicia really enjoyed the project administration components of her past jobs and wanted to expand on that more while continuing projects that are both environmentally and economically beneficial to communities. Alicia’s education and work experience has been focused in the conservation of natural resources and the solar industry interested her. She decided to make a career change to solar because it fits her interests and the experience she will gain at Sandbar Solar. On Alicia’s spare time she likes to be active and be outdoors. Her favorite activities are roller derby, mountain biking, beach volleyball, basketball, camping, and backpacking.
Tyler Wear, Residential Crew Lead
Tyler Wear joined Sandbar Solar in the fall of 2014. Tyler was raised in central North Carolina, where he proudly claims his roots, he found himself traveling west after graduating with a BS degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008. He settled in Santa Cruz California in 2010 and soon found himself installing Solar PV systems. With a passion for the environment and lifelong learning, he attended course work at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, California, preparing for more technical positions in the field.
In the past, Tyler has worked for several Bay area solar integrator. Focusing on residential solar projects, Tyler has installed hundreds of systems to date and is always excited to exceed customer expectations during the construction process. Having worked in different capacities within the solar and electrical contracting field, he brings knowledge from a variety of installation and design experiences both residential and commercial. Continually expanding his horizons he is currently pursuing an Energy Management degree from Cabrillo College in Aptos California. Tyler currently holds a California General Electrician Certification and is a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Certified PV Installation Professional. When he is not working, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing and climbing.
CA General Electrician #161274, NABCEP CERTIFIED PV Installer #PV-101913-002736
Carter Allen, Marketing Specialist
Carter grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in marketing. After graduation, she combined her passion and degree focusing on a career in sustainability. She moved to California to pursue her career. Carter obtained an internship with the Sustainable Living Roadshow and traveled the country in a caravan of biodiesel buses, educating communities about renewable energy, genetically modified foods, and everything dealing with sustainability! After her internship, Carter took a break to pursue another passion, skiing, in Breckenridge Colorado for the Winter season.
Then Carter returned and began work as an events & marketing manager at Pasatiempo Golf Club. Though she enjoyed her time there, she welcomed the opportunity to move her career back onto the “Sustainable Living” track and embraced the idea of renewable energy as her next challenge. Sandbar Solar welcomed Carter onto the team in the fall of 2016. When she’s not spreading awareness about Sandbar Solar you can find her chasing sunsets, exploring beaches, digging around her succulent gardens, and listening to her friends playing music.