Learn more about the people that make Luminalt dedicated to the community, a leader in industry trends, and known for excellent customer service.

Leadership Team

jeanine cotter solar ceoJeanine CotterPresident and CEO
Jeanine co-founded Luminalt to bring clean, reliable, local power to cities and create quality jobs for residents. Under her leadership, Luminalt has designed and built more solar systems in San Francisco than any other company. One of few women CEOs in solar, and one of fewer still who holds the company’s contractors license, she is widely considered an industry expert.  Jeanine is on several national and local committees focused on establishing solar industry standards, renewable energy advocacy, creation of inner city jobs, small business and sustainable business practices. In 2013 she was elected to the Board of Directors of CALSEIA, California’s solar industry trade organization. Jeanine established Luminalt as the first workforce development certified solar company in San Francisco because she is committed to creating pathways into solar for people underrepresented in the field. Her work has earned her recognition from the CA Legislative Assembly, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and several nonprofits.

Noel Cotter, Luminalt CTO and Co-Founder Noel CotterChairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer
Co-founder of Luminalt, Noel built his first solar electric system in 1981, a 50kW grid-tied system in Cork, Ireland. Committed to craftsman level quality solar electric and solar hot water installations, he and Jeanine founded Luminalt in 2004. An avid supporter of continuing education for installers and for keeping training relevant to the practical skills installers need to ensure safe and high performing systems, Noel frequently teaches solar classes and advises on curriculum; he developed the curriculum and taught the first solar thermal course at City College of San Francisco, is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the California State License Board panel that creates questions for the solar contractor exam, and on the NABCEP® committee that crafted the Technical Sales examination. Noel holds three California contractor licenses, a C-10 electrical, C-46 solar and class B general and is a NABCEP® Certified PV Installer. Noel holds three separate certifications on energy efficiency and building performance from the Building Performance Institute. Noel has worked with most renewable energy technologies, including wind and micro-hydro. He has been an expert witness in arbitration hearings, in support of homeowners who have had poorly installed systems by other solar companies.

august goers engineering nabcep solarAugust Goers, VP of Engineering
August has over a decade of hands on solar experience. He is a Cal Poly trained mechanical engineer and holds both the NABCEP® Certified Solar PV Installer and NABCEP® Certified Solar Thermal Installer certifications. You can read more about his background in solar on the NABCEP® website. August also holds Luminalt’s C-20 HVAC contractor’s license and is a California Certified General Electrician. He was an active participant in the SF Department of Building Inspection’s recent revision of the PV permitting requirements and has managed multiple volunteer installations with solar non-profit GRID Alternatives. August oversees the design and installation of each of our systems.

izzy carson solar operations nabcep Izzy Carson, Director of Operations
Izzy has been with Luminalt since 2009. A native San Franciscan and graduate of UC Santa Cruz’s Environmental Studies and Economics programs, Izzy oversees Luminalt’s Operations Team. Certified by NABCEP® in PV Technical Sales, Izzy designs proposals, drafts contracts, coordinates panel orders, and schedules the installation teams. She is particularly knowledgeable on the financial payback and return on investment associated with installing solar. When not managing Luminalt’s friendly and knowledgeable office team, Izzy loves being outdoors – she grows tomatoes, kale, and fruit trees in Luminalt’s backyard, taking advantage of the Mission’s sunny weather. Her dog Petie is the mascot for Luminalt’s softball team.

Installation Team

Bailey Smith solar installation project managerBailey Smith, Installation Project Manager
Bailey is NABCEP Certified in both Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal, in addition to being a Journeyman Electrician. After working on an oil refinery for an environmental engineering contractor, Bailey came to Luminalt to be part of a more proactive solution to the environmental problems facing our world. Bailey supervises all of Luminalt’s installations going on throughout the Bay Area.

 

Alan Coughlan solar Journeyman electrician Alan Coughlan, Electrician
Luminalt’s first employee, Alan is still with us today. Since joining the team, Alan has gone on to become a certified Journeyman Electrician and holds a C-10 Electrical license. Known for his wit and humor (and red hair), Alan has an unparalleled attention to detail. We frequently hear from customers that he has vacuumed metal shavings off of their roof, or left their garage cleaner than they’ve ever seen it. Born in Ireland, Alan has led the electrical work on some of Luminalt’s more complex projects, such as the wind turbine installation at the Crissy Field Center.

Brian Ruiz solar crew lead Brian Ruiz, Lead Installer
As a crew lead, Brian often serves as a link between the homeowner, installation crew, and the Luminalt office. As a lead installer with numerous certifications and specialized coursework, Brian helps clients with any questions regarding the installation, scheduling, inspection procedures, property access exclusions, aesthetics of the install, materials used in the process, logistics, and so on. Brian enjoys spending time with his big family, camping in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, and riding his motorcycle all year round. A San Francisco native, Brian has two terriers, Shasty and Chisel.

Dusty Hathaway solar installerDusty Hathaway, Solar Installer 
Originally from Iowa, Dusty got his start in solar after taking courses at San Francisco City College in Electrical. Some of Dusty’s favorite things about Luminalt are how knowledgeable and dedicated to solar everyone is, and how he is now a part of helping people get better, cheaper electricity. In his spare time, he enjoys skateboarding and playing with his daughter.

 

pam quan san francisco solar installer  Pamela Quan, Solar Installer
Pam is our most recent addition on the installation team. Born and raised in San Francisco, Pam was introduced to solar at Asian Neighborhood Design and came to us right after graduation. She is fascinated by how the panels generate clean energy from the sun. She enjoys spending time with her family and listening to music. Pam loves the diversity of the Bay Area and looks forward to a career in a growing industry with a bright future.

 

Engineering and Analysis Team

Noel Cotter, Luminalt CTO and Co-Founder Noel CotterChairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer;
Consultant: Commercial, Non-Profit, and Remodels
Co-founder of Luminalt, Noel built his first solar electric system in 1981, a 50kW grid-tied system in Cork, Ireland. Committed to craftsman level quality solar electric and solar hot water installations, he and Jeanine founded Luminalt in 2004. An avid supporter of continuing education for installers and for keeping training relevant to the practical skills installers need to ensure safe and high performing systems, Noel frequently teaches solar classes and advises on curriculum; he developed the curriculum and taught the first solar thermal course at City College of San Francisco, is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the California State License Board panel that creates questions for the solar contractor exam, and on the NABCEP® committee that crafted the Technical Sales examination. Noel holds three California contractor licenses, a C-10 electrical, C-46 solar and class B general and is a NABCEP® Certified PV Installer. Noel holds three separate certifications on energy efficiency and building performance from the Building Performance Institute. Noel has worked with most renewable energy technologies, including wind and micro-hydro. He has been an expert witness in arbitration hearings, in support of homeowners who have had poorly installed systems.

stefania cargnello solar design engineerStefania Cargnello, Solar Design Engineer
After receiving her Masters’ degree in Energy Engineering from the University of Padua in her native Italy, Stefania moved to San Francisco in the fall of 2012 to join Luminalt’s engineering team. Stefania works with customers to design solar electric systems that combine efficiency and aesthetics. Her passions for drawing and painting give her a design-oriented approach to the sometimes overly analytic design of solar systems. A true Italian, Stefania loves to cook with the amazing local ingredients the Bay Area has to offer. An avid traveler, Stefania loves exploring the West Coast’s natural beauty.

Chase Christie solar sales consultantChase Christie, Consultant
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Chase has been in the Bay Area since 2005, moving here shortly after graduating from the University of Oregon.  After several years in commercial and residential construction and development, Chase decided to make the leap into solar. He started as a volunteer for California-based GRID Alternatives. Chase came to Luminalt after volunteering with former Luminalt installer Anukene Warda in rural Nicaragua, where they installed solar-powered irrigation systems with Portland-based NGO Green Empowerment.  In his spare time, Chase enjoys playing music, hiking, camping, and is currently studying for the NABCEP Technical Sales Examination. If you have questions about electric vehicles, Chase is an enthusiastic advocate for pairing solar with EVs. He performs site visits and cost analyses for homeowners interested in solar.

zach sharpeZach Sharpe, Solar Consultant
Zach is committed to enabling the Bay Area community to go solar. While earning his MBA in Sustainable Business from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, he became focused on climate resilience – the ability of a community to adapt to effects of  climate change. Zach sees solar is a key ingredient to resilient communities.  He was first introduced to Luminalt when he met his now-co workers Anukene Warda and Chase Christie during a solar irrigation project in rural Nicaragua.  In addition to his work at Luminalt, he is a USGBC-NCC Sustainable Neighborhoods committee member, and is currently authoring the resilience chapter of the USGBC’s California Council of Experts’ white paper that will be given to California policy makers. In his spare time he plays in several bluegrass bands,  enjoys mountain biking, and challenges anyone to take him on in ping pong.

august goers vp solar engineeringAugust Goers, VP of Engineering
August has over a decade of hands on solar experience. He is a Cal Poly trained mechanical engineer and holds both the NABCEP® Certified Solar PV Installer and NABCEP® Certified Solar Thermal Installer certifications. You can read more about his background in solar on the NABCEP® website. August also holds Luminalt’s C-20 HVAC contractor’s license and is a California Certified General Electrician. He was an active participant in the SF Department of Building Inspection’s recent revision of the PV permitting requirements and has managed multiple volunteer installations with solar non-profit GRID Alternatives. August oversees the design and installation of each of our systems.

eric schoonbaert solar senior applications engineer Eric Schoonbaert, Senior Applications Engineer
With Luminalt since 2007, Eric plans the technical aspects of each installation from the pre-installation visit through permitting. Despite the overwhelming number of conflicting and ever changing solar codes throughout the Bay Area, Eric stays up to date on all of them. He regularly walks homeowners through technical questions over the phone, and lives the Luminalt ethos of working with the client’s best interests in mind. Dedicated to living green, Eric bikes to work each day.

phil mcconn solar senior applications engineer Phil McConn, Engineer
Originally from Galway, Ireland where he worked as a consultant engineer, Phil has been in California since 2008. He graduated from a Masters program in San Francisco in 2011. He then spent two years in Mendocino working with a small solar company primarily involved in solar array installation and solar tracker design for rural ranches and residences. He has since moved back to our beautiful city by the Bay. Phil loves to spend his free time playing guitar in various bands, playing soccer; mountain biking and exploring all California has to offer.

 

Operations Team

izzy carson solar operations nabcep Izzy Carson, Director of Operations
Izzy has been with Luminalt since 2009. A native San Franciscan and graduate of UC Santa Cruz’s Environmental Studies and Economics programs, Izzy oversees Luminalt’s Operations Team. Certified by NABCEP® in PV Technical Sales, Izzy designs proposals, drafts contracts, coordinates panel orders, and schedules the installation teams. She is particularly knowledgeable on the financial payback and return on investment associated with installing solar. When not managing Luminalt’s friendly and knowledgeable office team, Izzy loves being outdoors – she grows tomatoes, kale, and fruit trees in Luminalt’s backyard, taking advantage of the Mission’s sunny weather. Her dog Petie is the mascot for Luminalt’s softball team.

melissa mcdermott solar operations personal project manager Melissa McDermott, Personal Project Manager
Melissa offers personalized customer support to Luminalt customers, guiding them through paperwork, rebates, and installation with her upbeat and positive attitude. A graduate of Asian Neighborhood Design, a local jobs training non-profit, Melissa knew that Luminalt was where she wanted to be after Jeanine came to speak there. Melissa loves working in a field that has a positive influence on the community, and she embodies Luminalt’s core values of honesty, transparency and support. A mom to two kids in grade school, Melissa brings boundless enthusiasm and energy to Luminalt’s clients.

elsie tracy solarElsie Tracy, Accountant
Elsie has over twelve years of accounting experience in a home building environment. She is passionate about local jobs staying in the community while assisting in Luminalt’s continued mission of environmental responsibility through solar energy.  She enjoys the arts, cooking and outdoor activities. She is a “Big Sister” through the Big Brother Big Sister organization and cares about giving back to the community.  She is responsible for all accounting and enjoys working closely with clients as well as the Luminalt staff.