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Synergy Owners Mike and Justin

Owners Mike Pane and Justin Hiner


Synergy Co-owner Michael Pane

Mike Pane, Owner and CFO

Responsibilities include:

  • Sales Consulting
  • Solar and Energy Storage System Design
  • Electrical Design
  • Customer Service
  • Company Financials
  • Permit and Utility Interconnection Procurementnabcep-board-certified-pv-installation-professional

License C10: Electrical Contractor
NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional: Certification #TS-110521-013587
NABCEP PV Installation Professional: Certification #051112-140

Bio

In 1992, his love of the outdoors and the anticipated arrival of his daughter brought Mike and his wife to Sonoma County.

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Mike was employed for ten years with Becoming Independent (BI), a program that supports and advocates for adults with developmental disabilities. His work at BI included capacities from direct service to management. This fostered an enjoyment and ability to work with people while developing problem solving, organization and management skills, which he brings to Synergy. In January 2003, Mike made a career change. He began working for West County Electric (which became Synergy Electrical Energy Systems Inc.) as an apprentice, allowing him to follow his passion for environmental sustainability and solar energy. He advanced to journeyman electrician and, on January 1, 2007, Mike and fellow employee Jeff Mathias purchased the assets of the company. They changed the name to Synergy Solar & Electrical Systems Inc. to reflect the growing focus on Solar PV energy. In 2008, Mike received his C10 Electrical Contracting License, in 2012 he received his NABCEP Solar PV Installation professional certification and in 2021 he received his NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional certification. In 2022 Jeff Mathias moved to an advisory role as an employee of Synergy and Mike brought on longtime employee Justin Hiner as co-owner of Synergy Solar. Mike is committed to customer satisfaction and brings attention to detail to all of Synergy’s projects. He emphasizes a collaborative approach when working together with our team and customers to maintain a healthy working environment while providing top quality installations. Mike is an avid music fan, a lifelong soccer enthusiast and enjoys all things outdoors including kayaking, hiking, biking, camping, and backpacking. Most of all he loves being a dad and having an active role in the community.

Synergy Co-owner Justin Hiner

Justin Hiner, Owner and COO

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Project management
  • Project material procurement
  • Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Manager
  • Permit document development
  • Safety Manager

 

Bio

Justin was born and raised in Sonoma County and lived in beautiful Colorado through his high school years. After graduating, his love for Northern California was always in the back of his mind and he made the choice to make Sonoma County his home in 2011.

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When Justin moved back to Sonoma County he began working as a roofer for a local roofing company, he excelled quickly and became a journeyman roofer. His time as a roofer took him all over the Bay Area and showed him how much he really loved Sonoma County and being able to work outdoors. This job really set the foundation for his success in the solar industry. In 2016, he was hired at Synergy Solar & Electrical Systems as a solar installer. In 2018, Justin received his NABCEP PV professional installer certification. His primary responsibilities for Synergy include electrical design, installation management, and customer satisfaction. Justin has a positive can-do attitude that tends to resonate with customers and employees alike. He strives to always put quality over quantity and give the customer the confidence that their system will perform as expected. Justin enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and son. He enjoys the diversity of Sonoma County from the coastal beaches to the rolling vineyards and beautiful redwoods.


Jeff Mathias, previous owner and current Business Advisor

Jeff Mathias, Previous Owner and Synergy Business Advisor

Responsibilities include:

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Strategic Direction of Company
  • Strategic Direction of Products
  • Sales tools and rate analysis

License C46: Solar Contractor
NABCEP – PV Technical Sales Professional: #PVTS042013-29

Bio

Jeff graduated in 1984 from UCSB with a BA in Business Economics and a minor in Computer Sciences.

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For the next 14 years Jeff pursued a career in sales, marketing and project management with a multi-billion dollar computer company, selling and installing computer systems for community banks. His primary focus was reducing and eliminating the excessive amount of paper produced by financial institutions. Deciding to make family and community a priority, Jeff and his family moved to Sebastopol, and created Coyote Moon Farm. On five acres they created a Market garden, selling vegetables, fruit, eggs and honey to farmers markets in the West County. Jeff sat on the board of the West Sonoma County Farmers Market in addition to helping create farmers markets serving this area. Jeff sat on the Board of Solar Sonoma County, Co-Chaired the Sonoma County PV vendor group, and continues as an active member, focusing on streamlining the permit process for solar PV in Sonoma County. Currently Jeff is a Co-Chair of the NorthBay Chapter of CALSEIA. In May of 2006, Jeff began his new career working as a journeyman electrician and solar project manager for Synergy Electrical Energy Systems Inc. (SEES). On January 1, 2007, Jeff and long time employee of SEES, Michael Pane, purchased the assets of SEES. The name was changed to Synergy Solar & Electrical Systems Inc., and the resources of the company were redirected primarily towards solar design, sales and installation. Jeff ‘s primary responsibilities for Synergy are sales consulting, solar system design, office management, and customer service. Along with his knowledge of business and sales Jeff brings his passion for the environment and commitment to building community to Synergy. In 2011, Jeff received his C46 Solar contracting license. In 2013, Jeff received his NABCEP Technical Sales Professional Certificate. At the end of 2021, Jeff sold his equity position in Synergy to Justin, taking on an advisory roll as an employee of the company. Jeff is a lover of the outdoors and enjoys diving, playing volleyball, hiking, kayaking, camping, and enjoying all the wonders Sonoma County offers.