About Sigora

Sigora Solar is a Virginia-based solar energy social enterprise whose mission is to provide the world with access to clean, reliable energy at a fair price.  To accomplish our mission, we help homeowners and businesses use solar power systems to reduce their energy bills, sustain the quality of their environment, and shape the future of energy production and conservation.

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We provide our services both one customer at a time and also through solar cooperatives.  These community-based partnerships allow us to reach more customers with renewable energy projects and to make the conversion to solar increasingly affordable and beneficial.

Our social entrepreneurship mission extends beyond local markets and permeates every aspect of our business strategy.  This year we opened an office in Haiti, where we are designing and developing a micro-grid system to provide communities with an affordable, efficient, and sustainable power supply.

Sigora Haiti started with the dream of electrifying a clinic.  Today, our vision has grown into a full-scale green utility project with an initial 10-year plan of providing electricity to 2 million people by 2025.

Read more about our mission in Haiti and consider supporting our effort to bring the people there clean, reliable, and fairly priced energy at sigorahaiti.com.

 

Andy Bogdan Bindea

Founder and President


Andy Bindea, one of the most experienced NABCEP certified solar professionals in Virginia, founded Sigora Solar in 2011 with little more than a Honda, a borrowed ladder, and a desire to advance both sustainability and opportunity around the globe. He studied civil engineering and technological physics in Romania, spent 6 years with Greenpeace in Europe and then moved to the U.S. in 2006 with a longstanding goal of bringing solar electricity to those without. Andy has poured his heart into this company with an unambiguous vision; coupled with his ambition and barefaced honesty, he’s a breath of fresh air.

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Cert #PV-101913-003156

Central Virginia Crew

Jon Kirchner, B.A., M.S.

Director of Design and Engineering

540.795.3389


Jon performs Scientific & Engineering duties at Sigora. His primary responsibilities include PV System Configuration Optimization, Photo-Realistic 3D Modeling of Renewable Energy Installations, Resource Forecasting & Energy Estimation.

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Cert #PV-041115-011534

Jason Paul Robert Welch, QMHP

Project Manager (Solar Ninja)

540.471.7297


Jason has settled with his family in the Shenandoah Valley at Redmont Horse Farm, operated by his wife. Working for Sigora allows him to be at the forefront of solar technologies and do something which combats the ecological impact non-renewable energy has on the planet. “My goal in life is to know my children and be a part of their world experience as long as I can.”

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Cert #PV-041115-011535

Matthew Brady Allen

Project Manager

540.471.7294


Around the office, Brady’s positive energy radiates his “rise and grind” attitude. He’s an Eagle Scout who grew up in Winchester, VA, but settled in Harrisonburg after graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Integrated Science and Technology, Environmental Remediation.

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Cert #PV-102415-011539

Casey Riedl

Solar Installer


Casey’s bending and running conduit, hooking up inverters and installing beautiful solar arrays for Sigora - the most rewarding job he’s ever had. By night, he’s spending time with his family, cruising skyline drive on his motorcycle, or camping in the Shenandoah National Park.

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Cert #PV-102415-012752

Parker Smith

Solar Installer


Parker grew up in Harrisonburg but lives in Charlottesville. He is a one man wrecking crew. Sometimes he can be seen on a steep roof, creating seemingly elaborate, but, serene anchors. Please disregard his gruff demeanor he is caramel inside.

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Sean Barkley

Solar Analyst

434.882.4235


Sean graduated with a B.S.B.A. in Business Management and Social Entrepreneurship from Christopher Newport University. Always looking for his next project, Sean brings a bright mind and big picture perspective to everything he does around the office.

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Jon Proffitt

Director of Commercial Sales

434.466.1973


Jon grew up in Charlottesville, VA and moved back not long after getting his Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington and his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. Jon manages community solarize programs and develops strategic partnerships with like-minded community organizations and businesses.

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Cert #TS-041115-011484

Loraine Green

Solar Analyst

434.409.0921


Loraine comes to Sigora with a professional background in clean energy technology development and sustainability. She is highly committed to her clients and stresses the impact they make by going solar. The relationships she forges don't end with the sale; you become part of the Sigora mission and family.


Vinny Armpriester

Solar Installer

540.836.7594


Vinny has great electrical experience that he's excited to build on working alongside Chip, Sigora's master electrician. He wants to learn as much as he can about solar energy and the greater impact it has on us all.

Chip Breeden

Master Electrician


Chip is proud to be part Cherokee, having deep roots here in the Valley, and brings a great deal of energy to the Sigora install team. Years ago he enrolled in Massanutten Technical Center’s apprentice program and went straight into working with a local electrical contractor for 9 years.

Brian Buckley

Solar Installer


Brian was born and raised in Asia where he lived until he was 17. He neither confirms nor denies whether he is actually Asian. After graduating from college in Virginia he joined the Peace Corps who sent him to Eritrea, East Africa.

Brendan McDowell

Solar Analyst

206.349.5194


Hailing originally from Seattle, Brendan has been working in the renewable energy field for the last two years in MA. He spent most of his college career and post graduation living/volunteering abroad in China, Ireland, and India before joining the ranks of the renewable energy industry.


Michael Lunos

Field Service Manager


Michael enjoys working alongside the Sigora install crew’s daily roof adventures and is thankful for all the excellent learning opportunities provided every day. In his spare time he enjoys fishing with his family.

Estevan Mora

Solar Installer


Estevan is A.W.W. D1.1 structural welding certified and previously employed as a welder/fabricator. Now he uses those skills as a part of Sigora's ground mount crew, creating solar arrays that are not only functional but beautiful. In his free time, Estevan enjoys the outdoors camping hiking.

Turner Pittkin

Solar Analyst

786.449.6851


Turner is our Solar Marine Biologist! He's gone through a long background of fisheries and aquaculture work, before discovering solar in American Samoa of all places! He's now decided to save the world, starting in the Shenandoah Valley, where he grew up. He loves the opportunity to work outdoors and go home at the end of the day having left a positive impact.

James Parker

Solar Installer


James is part of Sigora's awesome ground mount crew, crushing jobs in an efficient and professional manner. He also excels when behind a camera filming and editing videos which goes hand in hand with his passion for the outdoors and traveling.

Jeff Nicholson

Development Consultant

434.989.0571


Jeff develops new business for Sigora, whether he’s connecting with contractors, homeowners, or commercial enterprises that are installing solar energy.

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James Wittwer

Solar Analyst


James enjoys volunteering and spent time in Hawaii where built houses for Habitat for Humanity. He is back in Virginia and has joined Sigora with a strong passion for sustainability and renewable energy, but when he is not up on a roof you can find him in nature either mountain biking some blue ridge single tracks or rippin pow on his snowboard.

Greg Kyle

Solar Analyst


Greg joins us from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and is studying to obtain his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He's full of solar knowledge and helps to educate and sell residential and commercial array's. He's passionate about renewable energy and when not at Sigora, he plays softball in the summer sunshine.

Matt Rowe

Solar Installer


Matt is new to Sigora, but is excited and motivated to continue learning the solar trade. Outside of work he enjoys sports, singing in the car, and spending time with his dog Myles. He truly loves helping people reduce their carbon footprint and can't wait for what the future holds for Sigora.

Kyle Lebrecht

Solar Installer


Randy Morris

Director of Supply Chain Management


Randy joins Sigora with an extensive background in distribution, production, and warehouse management with a focus on improving processes and efficiencies. He maintains his residence on the other side of the mountain in Amherst, VA. In his spare time, he enjoys UVA football, basketball, and baseball.

Mark Harris

Solar Installer


Mark Harris was raised in Augusta County and currently resides in Stuarts Draft, VA. where he and his fiance run a small farm for grass fed beef and lamb. Mark has always been interested in self-sustaining and renewable technologies especially when it comes to agriculture and the benefits it holds not only for the farm, but for the community at large. Mark would like to take this opportunity to thank Sigora Solar for giving him this opportunity to be at the forefront of this remarkable and necessary technology, and besides, who doesn't like freaking polar bears?

Adam Frye

Solar Installer

540.214.9772



Katie Wibberley

Director of Finance and Accounting


Pilot

Office Dog


Pilot enjoys pretending to be a solar panel, soaking up all the sun he can get his paws on. As a puppy, he loved being around wind energy at Beech Mountain, NC, but when his dad joined Sigora in 2014, Pilot added solar to his credentials. He is also the office shrink on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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