The Sun Pacific Solar Electric team is comprised of several licensed Journeyman Electricians, electrical contractors, and installers with specialized training such as the SunPower Corporation Advanced Level Installation and Design Training, the Outback Power Certification program, the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Board Certification, and marine electrical repairs. Our in-house certified electricians have over 60 years combined electrical experience and our sales team has over 10 years experience. All of our employees are local and take great pride in their work. Each plays a vital part in solarizing our community one house or building at a time, and their experience is key to our award winning track record and rave customer reviews.
Cecilia “Ceci” Villaseñor Johnson
In the late 90’s Ceci successfully operated her own marine canvas sewing business. In 1996 she and her husband, Jay, completely remodeled their trimaran, equipping it with a solar array, a rarity at the time. From there on, they independently built custom solar systems for others for several years until founding Sun Pacific Solar Electric, Inc in 2007. Ceci started managing Operations, Business Development, and Public Relations, and then became President and CEO in 2015. She is certified by Women’s Economic Ventures, is certified as a Woman-Owned Woman-Operated Business by NWBOC, and has studied Business and Accounting extensively.
Vice President. Wesly has been working for Sun Pacific Solar for 12 years. He recently obtained his C-10 license and he has completed the Outback Power certification program, the LG battery certification, as well as other specialized certification programs. Wesly leads our battery back-up efforts with his extensive background in DC-Coupled, AC-Coupled, Grid-tied and Off-Grid battery systems. He graduated from the SBCC art program. Wesly is a fashion designer at Wesly Designs, a woodworker, photographer and avid sailor.
Solar and Electrical Consultant
Jay has over 40 years experience in the electrical trade. He has been designing and installing solar electrical systems since 1996.
Lainie is a Michigan native and graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelors’ degree in Journalism and Public Relations. In 2020, she relocated to Santa Barbara from Eugene, Oregon to join our office team. Lainie has maintained a passion for renewable energy and environmentally conscious living, in addition to bringing her experience in public relations, marketing, management, customer service, and e-commerce.
Blake has been a Santa Barbara resident for the past 10 years. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCSB, graduating in 1979. After a 10 year career as a consulting engineer in software sales, he relocated to Santa Barbara and opened a golf practice in Carpinteria. He is passionate about renewable energy, and his home was one of our first solar electrical installations. He was so impressed with the experience that he received with our installation, that he asked to join our team. We were inspired by his knowledge and excitement, and welcomed him into our solar family. He has been married for 30+ years to his lovely wife Ruth, with whom he has three wonderful grown children. He loves golf and traveling.
Electricians / Lead Installers
Connor has been working with us since 2008. When he joined our team, he brought with him two years of solar installation experience. He is a licensed electrician, has completed the Outback Power certification program, the SunPower Corporation Advanced Level Installation and Design Training and is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional. Connor is also a talented song writer and musician.
Fabian grew up in the Santa Barbara-Carpinteria area. He worked as a head machinist in a machine shop for many years. He studied Solar Electricity at SBCC, before coming to work at SPSE. He has been with us since 2014. Fabian is a fourth term apprentice electrician and he has also completed SunPower Corporation Advanced Level Installation and Design Training. He is passionate about music, and he is the drummer in a band that plays locally and throughout Southern California. He loves the outdoors and has a strong interest in the natural world.
Steven is originally from Modesto, CA but has lived in Santa Barbara for the last 6 years. He had 5 years of residential electrical experience before joining the Sun Pacific team. He is married and had a son in May 2019. Steven enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach, cooking and riding motorcycles.
Makani graduated from Santa Ynez Union High School and worked in construction for several years before joining us in June 2019. He is enrolled in the Electrician Trainee Program through WECA (Western Electrical Contractors Association). Makani grew up in Goleta and Hawaii where he was an avid surfer and enjoys being outside.
Marco was born and raised in Santa Barbara and went to San Marcos High School before joining the Army in 2017. After being honorably discharged in 2021, he joined our team as a solar electrical apprentice. Marco grew up on a 32,000 acre cattle ranch where he enjoyed ranching and dirt biking.
Peppa is a one year old Australian Shepherd from the Oregon Coast. She loves getting belly rubs, going to Hendry’s Beach, and making friends with every human and canine she meets.
Another rescued Aussie. Although she has difficulty seeing and hearing, she navigates the world with a blissful vigor that we all find charming and refreshing. Easily the happiest creature on the planet, she’s sure to win you over while she enthusiastically recommends the efficiency and reliability of SunPower solar panels.
A rescued miniature Australian Shepherd who captivates everyone with his facial expressions and silly little gallop. Copper’s favorite panels are SunPower brand, and although he has difficulty installing them without thumbs, we have a great crew to help him out.