Our Values at Shade Power
Integrity, Quality, and Responsiveness
After years in the solar industry, we discovered unmet needs: building solar shade structures for homes and businesses.
Chadwick Strum, Co-Owner and Director of Field Operations
Chadwick has been in the construction industry for over fourteen years - six years as a carpenter and eight years managing both residential and commercial solar projects. Most recently he managed multi-million dollar repair and maintenance projects as a project manager at Tesla. Prior to Tesla he was the general manager at a residential solar company. He has a passion for solar, innovation, and quality craftsmanship. Chadwick previously lived in Yosemite National Park where he taught outdoor science education. He brings his enthusiasm for education to his work in the solar industry, ensuring that his customers are empowered with the knowledge they need about their purchase.
Jen Helms, Co-Owner and Director of Business Operations
Jen is the second half of this husband and wife founding team. Jen manages business operations at Shade Power after working as a business consultant for other small businesses for the past few years. Jen has an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management where she focused her studies on social enterprise and innovation. Like Chadwick, Jen also taught outdoor science education in Yosemite National Park many years ago. As someone who loves the outdoors, she is driven to bring new solutions to the solar market that can help more people enjoy the benefits of solar while decreasing CO2 emissions.
Johannes Copeland, Technical and Safety Advisor
Johannes brings over ten years of experience in the solar industry. He has held numerous leadership roles including at Tesla, SolarCity, and Grid Alternatives. Previously he spent five years as an Officer in the Marine Corps. He was driven to join the solar industry to promote energy independence after two tours in Iraq where he saw first-hand the impact of our dependence on fossil fuels.
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We look forward to hearing from you and exploring if a solar shade structure is right for you.