Marlene & Philip Allen, Founders
Same Sun of Vermont Inc. was established in 2011 by Marlene Lederman Allen and Philip Allen. Marlene had been a commercial real estate appraiser in New York City and San Francisco and Philip a fine art dealer in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. In 2003, they purchased a home in Rutland, Vermont as a vacation spot for themselves and their, at that time, one-year-old twins. With each visit they felt they should live in Vermont and raise their children here.
In 2006, the family moved to Vermont full time, and in 2007, placed a rooftop solar array on their home. They marveled at the effectiveness and simplicity of the clean solar energy as it powered their home, at the joy of owning their own power source, and of watching their electric meter spin backwards as excess energy was sent into the grid. In 2010, after placing a second ground-mount solar installation at their home, Philip and Marlene became convinced that solar power must be the engine that drives America’s energy independence and that Vermont is uniquely positioned to be a leader in this cause.
Khanti Munro, Vice President
Khanti Munro is an industry veteran, having worked in the solar industry since 2001. Munro is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™ (#042013-88) and licensed Vermont Solar-Electrician (S-License #ES-06551 7S). Prior to joining Same Sun in 2014, he has held many respectable roles, including solar installer and project manager, VP for Positive Energy NY, lead technical trainer for SunEdison, advanced instructor for Solar Energy International (SEI) and tech support for the Alternative Energy Store (AltE). When not engulfed with all things solar, Khanti can be found spending time with his wife and 3 growing boys.
Tyler Crow, Project Manager
Tyler has worked in the solar industry since 2006 and has lived off-grid with solar and batteries for over a decade. Starting as an installer and working his way up to Project Management, Tyler has experience with a vast range of products, installation techniques and troubleshooting. He can be found homesteading in Castleton, VT and enjoying the many outdoor activities that Vermont has to offer.
Jenna Sbardella, Office Manager
Jenna has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. She is a born and raised Vermonter, with a desire to help fellow Vermonters seeking the benefits of solar power. In her free time you are likely to find her hiking and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and dog.
Jonathan Klos, Lead Installer
Jon, 26 was raised in Michigan and began carpentry work with his father at 13 years old. Environmental studies drew him to Vermont for the REED (Renewable Energy and Ecological Design) program at Green Mountain College. Joining Same Sun as an installer shortly after graduation in 2013, Jon rose to the position of Lead Installer and has completed one year of Electrical Apprenticeship, taken numerous Solar PV courses and will be sitting for the NABCEP (TM) PV Installation Professional exam this Spring.
Matthew Cooper, Lead Installer
Matt came to Same Sun with a high level of electrical and trade experience, having worked as an Electrical Apprentice in Danbury, CT. With his knowledge and clean, well-detailed work he quickly rose to a Lead Installer position.