Solar CowboyZ


Advisory Board

Sam Vanderhoof

Mr. Vanderhoof founded and continues to grow Solar CowboyZ, a thriving consulting firm, offering comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) and renewable energy consulting services for commercial and residential projects in domestic and international solar markets.
Sam customizes services to meet the individual needs and goals of start-up companies. He directs a team of eight in-house consultants and 15 outsourced consultants, develops business strategies that increase market demand, market share, product positioning, and branding. He creates short-term and long-term plans that guide companies to enter and/or better penetrate the USA solar energy market. Sam Vanderhoof serves as manufacturers' representative for key product lines. He familiarizes prospective clients with the USA solar business model, facilitates introductions to distributors and integrators, and provides a broad-based consultation.
Sam drives rapid time to market for numerous Asian/European companies expanding to the United States.  He has successfully launched client companies within months. Sam guides the Solar Cowboyz team as it selects ideal locations, builds company infrastructure, initiates operations, and begins generating sales. He directs clients to make fiscally sound staffing, marketing, and operational decisions. Sam gradually transitions business operations to the client's newly established team.
Sam Vanderhoof also consults with major power companies wishing to enter the solar arena. He reviews RFPs and recommends responses, negotiates pricing, manages staffing, and develops sales and equipment channels.


Kristina Whitney


Kristina’s primary focus has been market development in the solar PV industry.  Kristina enjoys sales, bringing the customer to the desired product. Kristina is passionate about developing and teaching others about needs in the industry that go beyond just Solar PV arrays.  Kristina spends many hours, freely volunteering her time with offgrid communities, to provide education and solar products, such as solar water pumping, marine, RV and offgrid cabin solar and battery systems.  She resides in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. She is a current licensed, professional Real Estate Agent since 2002.  She’s been working in the solar industry since 2009.

  


Cory Vaughan

Mr. Vaughan has over 20 years’ experience in the solar industry.

Cory Vaughan, Senior Director, Strategic Development, covers project origination efforts nationally. He works with developers and other sponsors seeking capital for commercial-scale distributed generation (DG), and utility-scale solar projects and portfolios.
In 2006, Mr. Vaughan joined SunEdison as its first Sales Director, serving in several roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as Managing Director of Business Development. While at SunEdison, Cory was credited for either selling or assisting in the sale of over 650 projects and PPAs.
Prior to SunEdison, Vaughan spent a dozen years at the energy giant BP Solar, managing worldwide Balance of System sales and national accounts and distributor sales for the Americas. While at BP, he and his team grew the distribution and partner network to the largest solar network in North America.
Mr. Vaughan was a founding partner at CRV Consulting Services, providing consulting and advisement for renewable energy companies in the Americas. He was also a successful business consultant with California based, Applied Excellence, specializing in Marketing, Sales, Administration and Operations.
Throughout his career after his undergraduate degree, Mr. Vaughan completed several executive programs offered at the Kellogg School of Marketing, Northwestern University, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, Princeton University, and the BP Marketing Academy.

Windy Dankoff

Windy Dankoff's career combines his technical talents with his passion for environmental preservation.  In 1977, he began a wind-electric and photovoltaic installation business in New Mexico, to serve people living beyond the power lines. He worked solely in the private sector, where systems had to be cost-effective. Windy credits his success to promoting a whole-systems approach to energy efficiency, and to educating the suppliers and users of his systems. In 1983, he became one of the first manufacturers of solar-electric water well pumps. In 1996, Windy sold his retail division to Allan Sindelar who then started Positive Energy. Dankoff Solar Products then became a wholesale-only distributor and manufacturer. Windy and partner Paul Benson sold the company in 2005 to Conergy, Inc. In 2013, Dankoff Solar Pumps was bought by Dennis Austin, to become a division of Solar Power & Pump Co. Windy is a consultant to the company.
Windy has had over 40 magazine articles and book contributions published, in the fields of photovoltaic applications, energy efficiency, and solar water pumping, plus many technical documents. He has taught dozens of courses and workshops, and is an “Ask the Experts” writer for Home Power Magazine.

Ron Kenedi

Ron Kenedi has spent more than 30 years in the Solar Power industry bringing to life his core belief that “Solar Power should be a vital part of the mainstream energy solution”.  Today, with the Solar Power industry simultaneously experiencing turmoil, uncertainty and explosive growth, it is the right time for an experienced visionary to be available to help organizations and enterprises navigate the challenging pathways to success.
Throughout his corporate career, Kenedi oversaw the successful operation of industry-leading solar energy corporations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Africa and Latin America. Corporations include; LDK Solar, Sharp Electronics Solar Division, Kyocera Solar Inc. and Photocomm, Inc.
An expert in the field of solar energy, Kenedi has served as an industry spokesperson, appearing on television and radio and providing commentary for print and online media.
Ron is a current board member of Westinghouse Solar and a former board member of the Solar Alliance and the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). He has worked closely with a number of industry associations, including the California Solar Energy Industry Association (CALSEIA), Arizona Solar Energy Industry Association (ARISEIA) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES). He has also worked closely with government agencies and organizations such as the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), California Energy Commission, Arizona Corporation Commission, Nevada Energy Commission and Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). Kenedi is named to World Generation’s, prestigious, Class of 2012 of the energy industry top twenty leaders along with executives from Bechtel, Siemens, GE, Google, Global Energy Zurich and the Governor of State of Oklahoma.

Christopher Freitas

Christopher Freitas has been working with SunEPI since October of 2008 and has participated in all of the projects in Haiti working as a project engineer. Christopher was a co-founder/co-owner of OutBack Power Systems, a leading U.S. manufacturer of solar power electronic components used on many of the systems installed by SunEnergy Power International. Prior to starting OutBack Power, he was the Director of Engineering at Trace Engineering, where he worked from 1994 to 2001.

Christopher installed his first PV system in 1986 and has worked continuously since then in the solar industry developing products, providing training and overseeing projects in the US and internationally.


John Berdner


John Berdner is the director of worldwide standards for Enphase Energy and represents the company on numerous standards bodies globally, such as California’s Smart Inverter Working Group. Berdner has over 30 years of PV industry experience and has been active in codes and standards development for more than 20 years. He is a founding and present member of the Standards Technical Panel for UL 1741, and has long-term involvement with organizations such as IEEE, IEC and Solar ABCs.