Synergy Owners Mike and Justin

Owners Mike Pane and Justin Hiner


Co-Owner Mike Pane

Synergy Co-owner Mike Pane

Mike Pane, Owner and CEO

Responsibilities include:

  • Sales Consulting
  • Solar and Energy Storage System Design
  • Electrical Design
  • Customer Service
  • Company Financials
  • Permit and Utility Interconnection Procurementnabcep-board-certified-pv-installation-professional

License C10: Electrical Contractor
NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional:  Certification #TS-110521-013587
NABCEP PV Installation Professional:  Certification #051112-140

Bio

In 1992, his love of the outdoors and the anticipated arrival of his daughter brought Mike and his wife to Sonoma County.

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Mike was employed for ten years with Becoming Independent (BI), a program that supports and advocates for adults with developmental disabilities. His work at BI included capacities from direct service to management. This fostered an enjoyment and ability to work with people while developing problem solving, organization and management skills, which he brings to Synergy. In January 2003, Mike made a career change. He began working for West County Electric (which became Synergy Electrical Energy Systems Inc.) as an apprentice, allowing him to follow his passion for environmental sustainability and solar energy. He advanced to journeyman electrician and, on January 1, 2007, Mike and fellow employee Jeff Mathias purchased the assets of the company. They changed the name to Synergy Solar & Electrical Systems Inc. to reflect the growing focus on Solar PV energy. In 2008, Mike received his C10 Electrical Contracting License, in 2012 he received his NABCEP Solar PV Installation professional certification and in 2021 he received his NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional certification. In 2022 Jeff Mathias moved to an advisory role as an employee of Synergy and Mike brought on longtime employee Justin Hiner as co-owner of Synergy Solar. Mike is committed to customer satisfaction and brings attention to detail to all of Synergy’s projects. He emphasizes a collaborative approach when working together with our team and customers to maintain a healthy working environment while providing top quality installations. Mike is an avid music fan, a lifelong soccer enthusiast and enjoys all things outdoors including kayaking, hiking, biking, camping, and backpacking. Most of all he loves being a dad and having an active role in the community.

Co-Owner Justin

Synergy Co-owner Justin Hiner

Justin Hiner, Owner and COO

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Project management
  • Project material procurement
  • Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Manager
  • Permit document development
  • Safety Manager

 

Bio

Justin was born and raised in Sonoma County and lived in beautiful Colorado through his high school years. After graduating, his love for Northern California was always in the back of his mind and he made the choice to make Sonoma County his home in 2011.

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When Justin moved back to Sonoma County he began working as a roofer for a local roofing company, he excelled quickly and became a journeyman roofer. His time as a roofer took him all over the Bay Area and showed him how much he really loved Sonoma County and being able to work outdoors. This job really set the foundation for his success in the solar industry. In 2016, he was hired at Synergy Solar & Electrical Systems as a solar installer. In 2018, Justin received his NABCEP PV professional installer certification. His primary responsibilities for Synergy include electrical design, installation management, and customer satisfaction. Justin has a positive can-do attitude that tends to resonate with customers and employees alike. He strives to always put quality over quantity and give the customer the confidence that their system will perform as expected. Justin enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and son. He enjoys the diversity of Sonoma County from the coastal beaches to the rolling vineyards and beautiful redwoods.


Peter Lushington, Foreman

Peter Lushington, Foreman

Peter Lushington, Foreman

 

Bio

Peter graduated from UCSC in 2010 with a BA in community studies with a focus in sustainable transportation systems. He moved back to Sonoma County, where he grew up, and began working with the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition educating elementary and middle school children on bicycle safety skills. Along with volunteering at Community Bikes where he taught people how to work on and maintain their own bicycles, he also worked part time for a construction company doing residential remodeling and ground up construction.

In 2017 he desired to become more career oriented with a focus in sustainability and applied for a Solar Installer position with Synergy Solar. From there he received his NABCEP Associate Solar Installer certification in 2018. Peter became Foreman in 2021 and became a Certified Journeyman Electrician in 2023. Peter has excellent communication skills and leads the Synergy crew efficiently. He maintains a high level of quality and attention to detail in the installation of equipment. He strives to create the best and cleanest installation experience possible.
Peter is an avid musician and mountain biker. He lives in Santa Rosa with his Wife, Son, dog and cat.

Sabrina Howell, Office Manager

Sabrina Howell, Office Manager

Sabrina Howell, Office Manager

 

Bio

Sabrina Howell is often your first contact with Synergy Solar. She offers education on all things solar & storage and enjoys helping people understand the basics of the current state of solar & storage in California and what that means for you. She is the self-appointed Office Goddess to Synergy, making sure all the background paperwork keeps moving, questions get answered and the entire Synergy team is supported.

Sabrina is on the tail end of the Boomer generation and followed the usual path of travel, going to college, getting married and raising a family. As the children grew, Sabrina’s passion for nature fully flowered and she tried a variety of careers that involved nature, all very gratifying and educational. Her expert organizational skills lead her to Synergy where she enjoys helping people move toward sustainable energy sources. Sabrina is surprised to find she’s been helping Synergy be the stellar company it is for more than five years. Recently she has moved and has plenty of nature nearby to enjoy. Also dogs, ceramics, and basket weaving.