By Jonathan Doochin, CEO of Soligent
Chris Scyocurka’s entrepreneurial mind has always been a step ahead and very much interested in renewable energy sources, which made the role of managing partner at Green Earth Energy feel like second nature to him. He attended the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Center for Geothermal Energy at Oklahoma State University, which provided him with the renewable energy know-how to construct a “top of the line” photovoltaic system from his home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
As a senior systems electrical propulsion engineer for General Electric at 24 years old, Chris oversaw the complete overhaul of the MBTA red line in Eastern Massachusetts. Adding together his experience in electrical engineering from his time working for the United States Nuclear Navy and his mechanical engineering background from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Chris engineered one of the largest privately-owned residential solar arrays in Massachusetts. The solar-topped pergola has entirely eclipsed his electrical expenses since interconnection.
Although Chris had formally retired from his former business life, he realized there was a great need and ripe market for solar energy in both the commercial and residential sectors in New England. Since the company’s inception in 2007, Green Earth Energy has quickly become one of the nation’s leading PACE-financed solar contractors and was recently recognized through the Connecticut Green Bank C-PACE program.
Continuing to transform the market for solar in New England, Green Earth Energy plans to extend its footprint throughout the country, including a recent expansion into Maryland this past spring. Chris founded Green Earth Energy upon the principles of quality, integrity and sustainability. Chris’ recipe for success is pairing new technologies with an old-school “do it yourself” mentality. Chris continues to innovate by offering his clients energy efficiency options to pair with their solar, including lighting upgrades, programmable thermostats and HVAC. He stands as a trusted point of contact regarding any energy efficiency concerns for homeowners and businesses in New England.