History of Sunshine Solar
Manager / Technical support
John has been passionate about Energy Efficiency for a long time and back in February 2005 decided to make a business out of his passion. Apart from overseeing Sunshine Solar Business Operations John is using his Engineering background in the development of new product lines to keep Sunshine Solar at the leading edge of technology available and not yet available. With close alliances with ARA (previously CPIT) and the University of Canterbury he is currently working on improving system interactions with battery and storage technologies, developing water purification systems for developing nations and looking at jumps in technology in solar thermal. John can often be found lecturing on home energy efficiency in locations as vast as schools to architects and designers.
Ben has a background in a number of building products with one thing in common. Producing better more comfortable and efficient houses. Ben is an expert on Solar, Insulation, ventilation, heating and even landscaping. Ben prides himself on finding the right fit of products to match with customer needs. By being able to more holistically look at individual circumstance Ben will tailor an energy efficient solution to a budget.
Customer Support & Marketing
Esther has been working for Sunshine Solar since 2011. Her role has changed as the company has grown so can pretty much do anything, her claim to fame is beating the boss in installing 150 tubes on one of the commercial jobs . She organises our marketing and graphics, as well as general customer support. Esther also works with the Central Heating side from designing the pipe layout to bossing all the boys around on site on where each pipe loop should go to installing and labelling the loops.
Admininstration & Accounts
Kath looks after most of our admin and accounts. She’ll be the one doing your building consent and booking in your install. She will also be calling to check up on payments. Kath used to be neighbours with the boss so probably knows a bit too much about what happens in the Wilson household outside of hours. When not at work Kath plays taxi to two very sporty kids and is very keen on Netball both playing and watching
Canterbury installer / Nationwide training and technical support
Samuel is our head plumber. He’s been certified for several years now and works hard at training our apprentice plumbers. Samuel has been installing solar water heating since he started as the boy back before the turn of the century, he has installed and repaired many types of solar water heating systems, as the products have developed over the last decade. Outside of work, Samuel runs Boys Brigade, has model trains (the sit on ones) and loves his home brew. Samuel has 4 kids so in his spare time sleeps. Samuel has the privilege of having having his younger sister (Esther) organising his time on work days which explains why he does not need a diary.
Paul moved over from Northern Ireland well before it was fashionable for the Irish to move to New Zealand (ie 5 years before the earthquake). He has been installing Central Heating systems for most of his career (previously was an engineer for boeing). Paul still owns a Central Heating heating company and radiator shop on the side of the world. Paul specialises in building robust Residential and Commercial heating systems with specialised controls the maximise efficiency and comfort. Outside of work Paul like to build and race his Peugeot especially in the National hill climb competitions.
Installer – plumber
Ryan is the youngest member of the Christchurch team. He has been full time with Sunshine Solar since early 2015. Since then Ryan has been installing almost a solar a day and can often be seen perched on a roof with crescents in hand. Ryan has installed more solars on slate roofs than probably anyone in the country which is not an easy feat. Outside of work Ryan is another Boys Brigade leader and can often be seen trying to break or get stuck his 4WD on some rough terrain. (That’s why God invented the winch)
Marlborough Sales Consultant
Paul is based in Blenheim (Picton actually) and looks after the Marlborough area with particular interest around the Marlborough Council Solar Saver scheme. (Pay solar off out of your savings through your rates). Co-incidently Paul is also a plumber and gasfitter so extremely handy to have during assessments. As Paul is Scottish he still believes he is part of the EU
Janet is Ben’s mum, we thought this would be a great way of keeping Ben in control. She organises Bens appointments and has a job that includes chatting to people on facebook. Janet and husband Russell have just moved into their own off-grid home so are a living breathing example of what can be done solarwise on for a few pennys.