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- Josh Powell
Joshua F. Powell, AIA, is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding partner of RevoluSun, where he leads Hawaii operations and acts as the Responsible Managing Employee (RME) for all of the company’s business. Josh’s contributions to RevoluSun have been significant. By effectively managing the operations teams and developing innovative processes and technologies, Josh successfully scaled the company in response to unprecedented market growth. In addition, his leadership ensured RevoluSun’s success in the face of utility challenges.
Josh is a licensed Architect in Hawaii and Idaho, and a General Contractor. With more than two decades of building experience, Josh has been involved in the direct design, procurement and execution of more than a billion dollars in construction on thousands of projects ranging from housing to commercial and hotel construction and fuel terminals, industrial waterfronts and renewable energy projects.
Josh has designed and built beautiful and sustainable homes that have graced the covers of Hawaii Home + Remodeling and many other trade publications. His experience includes consulting to Forest City, where he managed $500 million in residential construction projects.
Earlier in his career, Josh served as pre-construction manager for Actus Lend Leases’ multi-billion dollar Hawaii Military Housing re-development, and served as a Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps from 1997 to 2003. In 2005, Josh launched a design and construction development company called Freedomhaus. The firm focused on residential and mixed-use development in Hawaii and select North American markets.
He also served as Vice President of Construction Operations for what was then Hawaii’s largest locally-owned renewable energy firm, managing all construction operations and logistics.
With a deep passion for building, Josh continues to work on a number of local home improvement projects for a handful of loyal clients.
Josh also serves as Chairman and Treasurer for RevoluSun Solar Corp., RevoluSun’s franchise entity operating in high growth PV markets in broader North America.
- Eric Carlson
Eric Carlson, one of the founding partners of RevoluSun, serves as Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, Eric seeks out and advances new products and services, pioneering the solar and smart home market into the next stage of its evolution.
Having served as the company’s Marketing Director from the foundation, Eric has developed a brand associated with integrity and professionalism. Through his guidance, RevoluSun became Hawaii’s leading residential solar system integrator and SunPower’s 2011 and 2012 Residential Top Producer of the Year, as well as SunPower’s 2011 Top Commercial Producer of the Year.
In addition to Eric’s expertise on the marketing front, he is strongly rooted in the building industry. His background in construction began with summer jobs, working as a general laborer for his uncles’ company. Eric enjoyed the work so much that he rapidly developed his skillset, became a journeyman carpenter and then a residential and commercial construction project manager. Eventually Eric took on the role of general manager for a local construction company, where he oversaw work on high-quality residential and commercial building projects. Through the course of 18 years, Eric worked on hundreds of custom designed homes, light commercial buildings, schools, churches and civil sites.
Prior to co-founding RevoluSun, he developed a passion for renewable energy and sustainable living through his experience in solar sales as the number one salesperson for Hawaii’s then-largest solar design/build energy firm. He was part of a small, inside-team that grew the company’s revenue from $3 million, in 2007, to over $33 million, in 2008. During this time, he was responsible for hundreds of onsite residential consultations, including the design and construction of ‘grid-tied’ PV systems and thermal hot water systems throughout Oahu. Eric received the company’s Top Performing Energy Consultant Award for 2008.
Eric was also responsible for the development of many commercial grid-tied PV systems. Notable clients include: Tori Richards (133kW), Bower & Kubota, (75kW), American Piping & Boiler (156kW), Jade Painting (50.4kW) and Heide & Cooke (232kW).
In addition to marketing renewable energy initiatives at the state and national level, Eric serves as a member of various local building and environmental organizations including the United States Green Building Council and the Hawaii PV Coalition. He received Pacific Business News’ “40 under 40 Young Leaders’ award in 2011 and was named an SMEI Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award Finalist in 2012.
Eric is also Vice President of Business Development for RevoluSun Solar Corp., RevoluSun’s franchise entity operating in high growth PV markets in broader North America.
- Colin Yost
Colin Yost is RevoluSun’s Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for implementing company initiatives, managing customer service, overseeing human resources and directing company regulatory matters and related media relations.
Colin is also the President of RevoluSun Solar Corp., a franchising entity installing and supporting RevoluSun franchisees in high growth PV markets in the mainland United States.
Previously, Colin served as RevoluSun’s General Counsel, where he helped the company navigate the rapidly changing policy landscape to become one of the leading residential photovoltaic installers in the nation.
Prior to joining RevoluSun in 2010, Colin was a partner in the law firm of Cruise & Yost, where he represented clients in the areas of energy and environmental law, civil litigation, business law, consumer law, civil rights, Native Hawaiian rights, real estate matters and administrative proceedings before the Hawaii Public Utility Commission and other administrative agencies.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Colin began his law career as an advocate for social progress and has reinforced this commitment with each of his professional roles. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Colin served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection Section of the Oregon Department of Justice, where he led the State of Oregon’s investigation and prosecution of western energy companies, including Enron, Duke Energy and the Williams Energy Companies for matters relating to the west coast electricity crisis of 2000-2001 and secured settlement agreements worth $32 million to the State of Oregon.
Colin received national recognition from the National Association of Public Interest Law for his work with the Cultural & Natural Heritage Project to preserve Native American sacred sites in Oregon and Arizona, and also worked with the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2011, Colin was selected for the prestigious Pacific Century Fellows Program, which is dedicated to promoting leadership and community service in Hawaii.
Colin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English and Environmental Studies, and is a member of the Cornelius Honor Society at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he received his J.D.
- Best Solar Company; 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; Honolulu Star Advertiser
- Best of Honolulu – Best Solar Company; 2012, 2013; Honolulu Magazine
- Business Leadership Hawaii – Best in Business; 2012; Pacific Business News
- Business Leadership Hawaii – Innovative Company of the Year; 2011; Pacific Business News
- Best New Business; 2011; Hawaii Business Small Biz Success Award
- Best New Business; 2011; Pacific Edge Magazine
- Forty Under 40 – Eric Carlson (2011), David Gorman (2012), Zachary McNish (2013); Pacific Business News
- Governor’s Innovation Award – Todd Georgopapadakos and Mark Duda; 2010; State of Hawaii
- Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year – Mark Duda; 2009; Hawaii Venture Capital Association
- National Top Producer – Residential; 2011 & 2012; SunPower Corp.
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