About Us

Jay and Cecilia Johnson on one of their early installations in 2005.
Jay and Cecilia Johnson on one of their early installations in 2005.

Sun Pacific Solar Electric, Inc. (SPSE) is a family-owned Santa Barbara solar energy, design, installation and maintenance company. We design and install high quality photovoltaic systems, taking into account your energy needs, solar access, architecture, building codes and guidelines. We take care of all permitting and interconnection paperwork. SPSE has installed over 2,000kW (2MW) of solar energy systems in the Tri-County area. We build the best solar energy systems with sustainability, integrity and honesty in mind. We love to educate and equip our community to make informed choices regarding energy efficiency and production.

“Sun Pacific and its employees have done a great job with a high degree of workmanship. You have been great to work with and have been honest and forthright. Thank you for doing a great job with great workmen. I am super impressed!” – Edward R. (retired general contractor)

We practice sustainable business through our utilization of local vendors and subcontractors promoting community wide support. We operate our business with minimal environmental impact. Our office is one of Santa Barbara’s first green office buildings, constructed in 2002 by Campanelli Construction Company (a leading green builder), and is constructed mostly of recycled building materials. It includes a solar array that offsets the majority of our energy consumption, and we also have a solar thermal water system.

We are the go-to industry experts in Santa Barbara county for inspection, repair, service and upgrades for any installed solar electrical systems. We are certified by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) and are members of the following organizations: Santa Barbara Contractors Association (SBCA), Green Building Alliance, American Solar Energy Society, California Solar And Storage Association (CALSSA), and the Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau. We support The Fund for Santa Barbara, The Environmental Defense Center, and the Community Environmental Council (CEC).

Areas of Expertise:

Commercial & Residential:

All black SunPower Solar panels

  • Roof Mount
  • Ground Mount
  • Battery Back-up
  • Generator Back-up



  • 12 V-DC
  • 120/240 V-AC
  • Remote Power Systems
  • Pergolas and Carports


Commercial SunPower solar panels
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Solar Direct Water Well
  • Pressure Pumping

Recreational Vehicles:

Upper SunDragon SunDragon
  • Trailers and RVs
  • Boats

Other Services:

We also perform services for existing systems, even those we did not install.  We can come do a site visit to inspect your existing system and give you an idea of how it is performing, and correct any issues that you may be experiencing.  We have a great deal of experience with many different panels, inverters, and electrical components and we can give you an honest and thorough appraisal of how your system is functioning, whether or not we did the original installation.  You can feel confident that we will give the care and attention to detail that your solar electrical system deserves.