Local Business Growth Means More Local Employees
Lenape Solar has come a long way since its humble beginnings in a one room office in Lewisburg, and yet it hasn’t gone far at all. Back then, just five employees worked to bring this concept of a business to life – now, having celebrated its 5th Anniversary in 2015, Lenape Solar has almost 30 employees, most living in the immediate Susquehanna Valley Region and working out of 11,000 sq ft complex in the heart of Sunbury.
Proudly serving the Susquehanna Valley, Lenape Solar benefits the community not only with their solar installations, lighting upgrades, and energy-efficient HVAC installations, but with the people who work here. While many companies hire from outside the area, bringing in temporary labor, or using subcontractors to do their installation work – Lenape Solar continues to put local talent to work. By hiring from within the Valley or bringing new talent here, we know we are making our neighborhood better because this is where we all call home. These amazing and capable individuals are what make our company special – and they give back to our community in so many ways above and beyond the work we perform.
Diana Winett manages the office and administration of Lenape Solar. She lives in Lewisburg with her husband, youngest son, and Skeeter, the Lenape office dog and unofficial mascot. Diana has served our community in many remarkable ways for years including as Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America and being both “indian” and “chief” for area non-profit groups. She is an ardent outdoors-woman who enjoys camping, cooking and exploring. Helping many organizations, including Sunbury’s Revitalization Incorporation, she is generous with her time, her talent, and we are lucky to have her on our team.
Steve Welker is Lenape’s Director of Operations. Steve lives in Seven Points with his beautiful wife. A father of two sons that have both served their country in the US Military, Steve also has a love of this country’s natural habitats. His membership in Keystone Fish & Game Club allows Steve to practice competitive target shooting and support Wounded Warriors benefit events, among others. An avid outdoorsman, crack mechanic and a diehard Eagles fan, he is a big cog in the wheel of Lenape that keeps us all turning.
Chris Knyrim is our most seasoned employee having been with the company from its inception and worked his way up the proverbial ladder from Installer to Department Coordinator of the Energy Efficient Lighting division for Lenape. With a love of music (especially Floyd), the beach, and bacon, Chris is definitely the groundwire to the electric energy of the lighting division. There is no more dependable team-player than Chris.
Sarah Gibbons is our Bookkeeper, and while she is part of a matched set, her identical twin is in Australia, so we only get one of her. Her mastery of our accounting is only matched by her wit and humor. While she loves organizing the numbers, she is out the door every day in time to make sure she gets in a hike, bike ride, rock climb or some other romp through nature – often taking Jonathan Engelke, our Marketing Assistant, along for the trip.
Jonathan is a multi-faceted person with interests and skills in a wide range of areas. While he spends his day mainly behind the computer now, he trained as an electrician and has worked for Lenape in the field on both photovoltaic systems and retrofitting commercial lighting. He is from the Coal Region and is getting in as many hours as he can flying his drone so he can take images of our installations and post them to our website and Facebook.
Dee Romine, a retired 11 year member of the US Navy, is responsible for writing and managing all of the grants that Lenape submits on behalf of our qualifying customers. In addition to working full time for Lenape, she also donates countless hours as Director of Birthright of Sunbury where she also practices her grant-writing magic. We are grateful to have her steady hand guiding our grant applicants as the process- whether for local, state or federal awards- is no simple feat.
Other valued staff found regularly in the office include Andy Looper, Logan Shaffer, and Rahn Keefer, as well as our Sales Team of Tony Engelke, Don Rowan and Sean Grybos but we want to share some interesting individuals who are not in the office often or for long each day . . .
Justin Wood traveled the world building huge satellite dishes before returning to his home in Selinsgrove to settle down and have his first child. He has transferred his satellite skills to use working with our solar teams. No size being too large or too small – and no detail being overlooked - building arrays of solar panels both on the ground and on roofs is truly a craft when done by Justin. He enjoys and excels in woodworking and whether it is a beautiful coffee table or a jig for the team to make installing the modules faster – Justin is always masterful at his craft.
Ira Zook is another gem in the Lenape treasure chest. Ira is our Solar Department Coordinator and one of the most talented and knowledgeable solar professionals we have encountered. He got his start in the solar industry doing smaller off-grid systems in the Lancaster area but has also worked across the country installing huge systems with thousands of solar panels. Ira is one of the company’s several NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professionals. A wiz with computers, CAD, solar technology, electrical code, Ira is a natural leader who has helped take our company to the next level.
Michael Fisher, one of Lenape’s most experienced solar installers with over 13 years in the industry, is passionate about solar and how it can benefit those in the third world. He has spent a great deal of time volunteering across the globe installing solar in remote areas for those who have no electricity. Having worked for himself, Michael is enjoying working with a team and ultimately hopes to spend his life as a full time humanitarian doing solar installations for those in need around the world.
These guys are just three of the highly valued people who give their time and talent to Lenape Solar and to those around them. The rest of our crew members currently include Corey Goss, Darren Loux, Glenn Gordon, Glenn Keister, Jacob Boyle, Jed Hertzler, Jon-David Emmett, Karey Fisher, Paul Grow, and Shane Popewczak however we look to grow that number very soon!
We could have spent another issue telling you about how much energy we have saved people or how many grants we have helped get awarded to our customers – but you probably know much of that by now. We think it’s equally important for you to know more about the people you are trusting to take care of you when choosing Lenape Solar. These people, these amazing, talented people, are part of your local community who enjoy volunteering and donating to places like Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority, Sunbury’s Revitalization Incorporation, Transitions, Mostly Mutts, Rotary International, and all kinds of other local organizations that do good work in our communities. We hope that you have enjoyed learning more about just a handful of our staff – and we look forward to having them in your homes and businesses helping you soon.