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 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.
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. Jay has over 37 years experience in the electrical trade, and carries the C-10 electrical contractors license. He has been designing and installing solar electrical systems since 1996.
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.
Wesly has been installing solar electrical system for several years for SPSE, has completed the Outback Power certification program, and he is our in-house computer guru. He graduated from the SBCC art program. Wesly is a fashion designer at Wesly Designs, a woodworker, photographer and avid sailor.
Jahsen grew up locally in Goleta and for many years owned his own business specializing in marine electrical repairs and electronic installations. He joined our team in 2016. Jahsen owns and lives on his boat in Santa Barbara harbor with his dog Coral.
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. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to the beach, cooking and riding motorcycles.
Makani grew up in Goleta, CA and Hawaii where he was an avid surfer. He enjoys being outside, especially at the beach. Makani graduated from Santa Ynez Union High School and worked in construction for several years before joining the Sun Pacific Solar team.
James was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Buena High School. He enjoys music, math, traveling, spending time with family and friends and bettering the community.
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.