Brad and Danielle are partner-owners of Empowered Energy Systems(EES). Starting EES in 2004, they were motivated by the desire to develop a business that would help promote sustainable energy use in Delta and Montrose Counties. They are dedicated to a business model that considers people, planet, then profit. Their hope is that EES will serve the community through quality solar installations and service, and the support of important local institutions and events.
Brad, mostly a lifelong resident of Hotchkiss CO, grew up on his family’s farm on Redlands Mesa. He spent his childhood learning the ins and outs of what it takes to run a farm on the Western Slope and went on to complete a BA in agriculture at Colorado State University. After working in agriculture for many years, Brad worked in the construction trade for 10 years before pursuing a lifelong interest in renewable energy. Completing courses at Solar Energy International and acquiring his NABCEP certifications as a PV Installer and in PV Technical Sales, he devoted his energies to installing solar in our area and so began Empowered Energy Systems.
Danielle Carre’ moved to the Western Slope in 1990 after living several years in the Pacific Northwest where she completed her MS in Biology. With Brad, Danielle raised two sons in their owner built, off-grid solar home on the Burritt family farm. Danielle spent many years as a biology teacher at the middle school level before earning her certification to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults. Danielle teaches ESL in Delta when she is not working for Empowered Energy Systems on marketing.
Cross Country Skiing, hiking, biking and hunting for dinosaur tracks are Brad and Danielle’s favorite activities.
Joseph Inman lives in Crawford CO with his wife Carrie and their two sons. Joseph has 12 years’ experience in the construction trade including working with natural building materials such as straw bale, cob, lightstraw clay as well as timber framed homes as well as helping install solar systems around the valley. Dedicated to a sustainable lifestyle, Joseph has lived in his owner-built, off-grid solar, earthen cob and straw-bale home for the last ten years. He and his family grow a variety of vegetables, as well as raising goats, turkeys, chickens, a dog and cat. Joseph would rather be outside than indoors and enjoys camping, rafting, and hiking with his family.
Joseph joined Empowered Energy Systems 4 years ago as an installer and has his NABCEP Associate Certification.
JJ has been a passionate solar installer for over three years since given the opportunity to take solar classes at Solar Energy International, and work for Empowered Energy Systems. He has worked in the construction trades since 2003, and spent several years building straw bale homes. He loves the feeling of fulfillment that comes from installing renewable energy and is excited about learning more while pursuing his NABCEP certification (he just received his NABCEP Associate Certification).
In his spare time, he enjoys playing in the mountains, gardening, and resting up for the next job! JJ is a life long resident of Paonia.
Andrew grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and joined the Marine Corps serving in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2005 to 2009. He has a B.A in Business Administration from Elmhurst College, IL.
Andrew developed an interest in Solar Energy and ventured west to take classes at Solar Energy International. He received his Solar Professionals Residential and Commercial PV Systems, and Battery- Based Systems Certificates Sept-Oct. 2016 after completing 280 contact training hours and passed the NABCEP Associate Level Examination. Andrew installed solar systems for 5 months at Sunsense Solar in Carbondale before joining Empowered Energy Systems as an installer.
Andrew lives in Paonia, CO and enjoys learning Spanish, taking pictures, reading short stories, riding his bike and hiking.
Marla’s passion for environmental sustainability was ignited as a teen shocked by the reality of her own carbon footprint. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering and is a certified Engineer in Training (ET019059) with over four years of environmental compliance and permitting experience.
Marla recently served a one-year volunteer term for AmeriCorps VISTA at Solar Energy International, where she facilitated Delta County’s opt-in to the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. She earned certificates in Residential and Commercial PV Systems and Solar Business and Technical Sales from SEI. At Empowered Energy Systems, she is actively engaged in using C-PACE financing to get more solar on rural farms and businesses. Marla is also an advisor on the Colorado C-PACE Advisory Committee, aiming to drive continuous program improvement.
Marla lives in Paonia CO. She loves pugs, chickens, bicycles, buttered noodles, her pup Jude, and her partner Patrick.
Faye Sullivan is the Office Manager for Empowered Energy Systems. Originally from the UK, Faye moved to the United States six years ago. She has a degree in International Tourism and Hospitality Management from the University of Sunderland in the UK and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Colorado Mesa University.
Faye loves working with people, especially connecting them to renewable energy. Faye lives in Paonia and loves the Colorado way of living, hiking, cooking, her husband and cats.
Mary Zachman is the bookkeeper for Empowered Energy Systems. She came to EES after five years as Office Manager at Alternative Power Enterprises in Ridgway, CO.
Mary grew up in Santa Barbara CA. before moving to Florida to raise 3 kids. Mary moved to Colorado in 2009 where she finally found her home in the mountains while living in Montrose and Ridgway. Paonia became Mary’s permanent home in 2014 where she is thrilled to have access to all the bounty that Paonia offers. Mary enjoys all the hiking, camping, and gardening she can do in her spare time.