Our Team

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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.

Management

Cecilia “Ceci” Villaseñor Johnson

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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.

Jay Johnson

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.

Sales

Blake Johnson

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.

Administrative Assistant

Ashley Olds

Graduated from the Evergreen State College with a Masters in Fantastic Debt. She is inspired by off-grid solar systems and would love to get you Permission To Operate.

Electricians / Lead Installers

Connor Nakao

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, completed 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.

Kyle Ward

Kyle has been with the company since 2009. He has a background as a machinist and fabricator. He is competent in all aspects of solar installation and has completed the Outback Power certification program. Kyle has volunteered as a teacher assistant for the Solar Class at SBCC. He is a licensed Journeyman Electrician. He has also completed SunPower Corporation Advanced Level Installation and Design Training. Kyle is a member of the Santa Barbara Chumash Maritime Association, which paddles across the Santa Barbara Channel in a traditional Tomol annually to Limuw Island (a.k.a. Santa Cruz Island).

Installers

Carlos Castro

Carlos was born and raised in Santa Barbara and comes from a long line of local fisherman. He attended Santa Barbara City College and lived in Spain for a year. He then moved back to Southern California and worked in construction for 5 years, before joining the Sun Pacific Solar team in 2017. He enjoys spending his time outdoors, surfing and playing music.

Jahsen Williamson

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.

Fabian Guerrero

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 Johnson

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.

Canines

Copper

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.

Emma

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.