Solar Tom Cotter
I'm Tom Cotter. I work at Real Goods Solar and think capturing clean power from the sun is magic. I love to start stuff. I am funnier than my wife realizes.
Tom Cotter is Regional Sales Manager at Real Goods Solar. He is a clean energy advocate, business leader, climate educator, social entrepreneur, public speaker, climate educator, activist and ordained minister.
Tom serves on the board of directors for the International Green Industry Hall of Fame, the Solar Living Institute and Restore Hetch Hetchy.
A desire to re-think and build a positive, healthy future has moved Tom to launch or engage in multiple initiatives to educate and raise awareness around environmental stewardship.
Leadership, Activism and Service
Tom's roles as entrepreneur, consultant, pastor, community organizer, professor and father have provided a unique perspective on the challenges we face and the changes required to overcome them.
Tom sees the end of the era of cheap fossil fuels and key materials, coupled with rising population and anxieties around water resources, food production and harmful wastes, as clearly demonstrating the need to re-imagine our model of production and consumption. He shares an optimism that a choice to actively live as a part of the solution will bring a better quality of life and increased opportunities as natural and social capital are restored.
Recent Speaking Engagements
- Fresno Green Drinks
- California Interfaith Power and Light, Central Valley Chapter
- North Fresno Church
- Recycling Exposition (REXPO)
- International Green Industry Hall of Fame
- Fresno Earth Day
- Brass Unicorn
- Fresno County Office of Education
- Fresno Home Remodeling and Decorating Show
- Fresno County Federal Credit Union
- National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
- Green Team San Joaquin
- Sierra Club, Tehipite Chapter
- Fresno Chamber of Commerce
- Solfest XV
- REI Fresno
Solar Tom Cotter's Background
Solar Tom Cotter's Experience
Regional Sales Manager at Real Goods Solar
2009 - Present | Fresno, CA, USA
Real Goods Solar, Inc. (RSOL) is one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies serving commercial, residential, and utility customers. Beginning with one of the very first photovoltaic panels sold to the public in the U.S. in 1978, the company has installed more than 15,000 solar power systems representing well over 100 megawatts of 100% clean renewable energy. Real Goods Solar makes it very convenient for customers to save on their energy bill by providing a comprehensive solar solution, from design, financing, permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring, maintenance and support. As one of the nation’s largest and most experienced solar power players, the company has 15 offices across the West and the Northeast. It services the commercial and utility markets through its RGS Energy division.
For more information, visit http://RealGoodsSolar.com or http://RGSEnergy.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/realgoodssolar and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/realgoodssolar.
Co-Founder at Green Central Valley
2008 | Fresno, CA, USA
Green Central Valley is an online resource and community for exploring and engaging in ecologically intelligent, commercially beneficial and socially productive efforts going on in the San Joaquin Valley of California. I serve as community manager, curator and editor. Visit us at http://greencv.org.
Adjunct Faculty at Fresno Pacific University
2010 - 2010 | Fresno, CA, USA
Taught 'Theological Ethics and the Environment', which presents a combination of biblical, theological, and human resources to enable student exploration and formation of a theological ethic with which to analyze and respond to environmental challenges. For our class project, we partnered with a local church to organize and relaunch an annual Fresno Earth Day event, now found at http://earthdayfresno.org
Solar Power Consultant at Real Goods Solar
2006 - 2009 | Fresno, CA, USA
Did you know that by going solar, you'll lock in on a low, fixed solar rate from day one? Switching to solar keeps rising energy rates in check and guarantees a lower monthly electricity bill. Solar power for your home is more affordable than ever.
Solar power is a clean, reliable and healthy energy source. No coal mining or oil spills here -AND the solar industry is bringing new jobs to American soil every day.
And the best news is that solar is affordable! Yes, we are repeating ourselves. But we think this is worth repeating. Lease a system for as little as $0 down and pay a much lower bill for your electricity - month after month, year after year. Find out how much you could be saving on your cost of electricity at http://rgs.me/Oj876Y.
Pastor at Clovis Christian Church
1996 - 2006 | Clovis, CA USA
Solar Tom Cotter's Education
- Solar Energy
- Water Treatment
- Artificial Intelligence
- Electricity & Magnetism
- Behavior Economics in Action
- The Challenges of Global Poverty
- Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation
- Human Health and Global Environmental Change
Founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University, edX offers online learning to on-campus students and to millions of people around the world.
2008 – 2010
Concentration: Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
- Climate Studies
University of California, Riverside
2006 – 2006
Concentration: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Ozark Christian College
1991 – 1996
BA Education and BA Literature
Solar Tom Cotter's Interests & Activities
Aerial Video, Aquaponics, Circular Economy, Climate Change, Cradle to Cradle, Cycling, DIY, Electric Vehicles, Emerging Church, Geocaching, Multicopters, Simple Living, Social Good, Social Media, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Stewardship of the Earth