Solar Tom Cotter
Solar Expert & Climate Educator, Renewables & Environment
I'm Tom Cotter. I work at REC Solar and think capturing clean power from the sun is magic. I love to start stuff. I am funnier than my wife realizes.
Solar Tom Cotter's Bio:
Tom Cotter is Regional Sales Manager at REC 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
- Founder and Chapter Leader at Citizens Climate Lobby Fresno
- Climate Leader and Mentor with Climate Reality Project
- Creation Care Champion with Evangelical Environmental Network
- Producer of Forest Man, a documentary film (2013)
- Co-Founder of Green Central Valley
- Founder of Fresno Green Drinks
- Organizer and Curator of Fresno Solar Tour
- Mentor at Edison H.S. Green Energy and Technology Academy
- Guest contributing blogger and online writer
- Public speaker and media advisor
- President at International Green Industry Hall of Fame (past)
- Adjunct professor at Fresno Pacific University (past)
- Revived and Co-Chaired Fresno Earth Day (past)
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 Experience:
Regional Sales Manager, Residential and Small Commercial at REC Solar2013 - Present | Fresno, CA, USA
REC Solar specializes in grid-tied solar electric design and installation, offering the latest technology, state of the art equipment, and financing opportunities for all commercial and residential customers. Our vision is to make solar electricity part of the mainstream energy supply. By commercializing energy sources that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, we contribute to a more secure and sustainable world. REC Solar is one of the nation’s largest photovoltaic installation companies with several million watts of solar installed. We currently serve Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon and New York residential and business owners. As the Residential and Small Commercial Regional Sales Manager for REC Solar, I develop new business through strategic partnerships, coach and develop a team of energy consultants into world class sales professionals and exceed goals for the adoption of solar throughout the Central Valley region. Contact me for a free quote to find out how much you could be saving on your cost of power.
Regional Sales Manager at Real Goods Solar2009 - 2013 | Fresno, CA, USA
Real Goods Solar is one of the nation’s pioneering solar energy companies.
Co-Founder at Green Central Valley2008 | 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 University2010 - 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 Solar2006 - 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 Church1996 - 2006 | Clovis, CA USA
Solar Tom Cotter's Education:
edXActivities: Courses: - Justice - Energy - 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.
MIT2008 – 2010Concentration: Geological and Earth Sciences/GeosciencesActivities: OpenCourseWare: - Climate Studies - Energy
University of California, Riverside2006 – 2006CertificateConcentration: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Ozark Christian College1991 – 1996BA Education and BA LiteratureConcentration: Theology
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