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SunShare is the nation's first community solar company. For the first time utility customers can choose between coal and the sun as their electricity source, without needing to be a homeowner or to install a solar rooftop system. At SunShare, our goal is to find new ways to reduce your bills by doing what’s right for the environment. By working together, we can revolutionize the way that people use energy.
David Amster-Olszewski, President
David founded SunShare in 2011 to provide Colorado Springs with scalable, clean energy solutions. While working with executive management at SunPower, David recognized that high prices and the inconvenience of solar rooftop systems rendered solar energy inaccessible to many people. He developed SunShare's community solar garden business model to provide a way for people to 'go solar' without the need for a rooftop system. As SunShare's chief executive officer, he is responsible for leading the company's growth, building partnerships and overseeing SunShare's overall operations. David was integral in developing the political framework which legalized Community Solar Garden (CSG) programs in Colorado. David began his career in the solar industry in 2006 at SunPower, where he gained a comprehensive view of the global solar industry through his work in the United State, Europe and the Middle East. He launched his first solar project 2007, raising $190,000 to construct a rooftop system at Colorado College, where he received a B.A. in International Political Economy.
Christopher Morris , Vice President of Real Estate and Project Management
As SunShare’s Vice President of Real Estate and Project Management, Christopher Morris is responsible for securing land sites for SunShare’s new solar gardens and for coordinating project construction and operational support. Prior to SunShare, he served as a real estate and investment analyst with Soaring Eagles, a private capital investment organization. He has extensive experience acquiring and managing a variety of business ventures. In his free time, Chris enjoys flying small planes, bicycling and woodworking.
Christopher Sayler, Finance
Christopher leads the company's treasury, project finance, financial planning, accounting and investor relations. Prior to joining SunShare, he served as a financial consultant for renewable energy and clean-tech projects. Christopher brings a data-driven problem-solving approach to the SunShare team. His passion for renewable energy stems from a deep conviction about the importance of environmental stewardship. Christopher was a B.A. in Theology at Azusa Pacific University and an MBA from the University if Colorado, Colorado Springs where he founded Net Impact. Christopher is also founder and board treasurer of the board for Mahoro International, a non-profit working in Burundi, Africa, which focuses on poverty alleviation and social enterprise. He believes strongly in using business as a catalyst for good around the world.
Karen Gados, Business Development and Communications
Karen is responsible for SunShare's new market research and development, hiring, communications and outreach. She joins the team with four years experience working in community development, strategic planning and program management. Prior to joining SunShare, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, where she initiated a life skills programs and taught project design management. Through her work for the city of Colorado Springs, she developed and funded 5 health-related programs for three community centers within a year, despite deep budgetary cutbacks to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. Karen joined SunShare after assisting with the company's first international service project in Kenya. She currently serves on the board of directors for Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). She has a B.A. in Psychology from Grinnell College.