Our team

We're a team of passionate people dedicated to building a new future for Appalachia.  We are experts at what we do; we care how we do it; we view each installation and spreadsheet as a work of art.

 


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Dan conant, founder 

Dan's been in the solar industry for 8 years.  He has an MS in Energy Policy from Johns Hopkins, was the first employee of Vermont's largest solar installer, and is a former advisor to the US Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative.  In 2016, Dan was named one of Southern Living's "50 Southerners of the Year".  He's the one who figures out the best technology, dreams up our financing and training programs, and keeps us focused on helping more people than ever.

When he’s not dreaming up a new program, you’ll find Dan walking the C&O Canal or paddling a kayak on the Potomac with his wife Laura and his daughter Lucy.


david ward, lead installer

David is Solar Holler’s Lead Installer resident master electrician.  Prior to joining Solar Holler, David owned and led David Ward Electric, a residential and small commercial electrical contracting firm in Huntington from 2011-2016.  He has been a licensed electrician since 1997.  At Solar Holler, David oversees our installations from start to finish, making sure that each installation is perfect.

 

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Deacon stone, Outreach Director

Deacon Stone is a force to be reckoned with in his hometown of Huntington.  From promoting the arts, to creating a new Huntington, if there's a cool project going on in Huntington, odds are Deacon's involved.  Before joining Solar Holler, he was the Special Project Director at Coalfield Development Corporation (our partners in job training and apprenticeship), where he was an inaugural member of Coalfield’s solar training program.  He lives in Huntington with his wife Jessica (pictured) and their two children.


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Leah cunningham, solar guide

A native of Monongalia County, West Virginia, Leah has been a force for good in the Morgantown community for more than 10 years.  Before joining Solar Holler, she managed WVU's community engagement and volunteerism efforts, while serving on the Sustainability Committee.  As our resident Solar Guide, she helps families understand their options and all the ins and outs.  She's a great explainer-of-things, so it's a perfect fit.


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Adrianna battista, logistics coordinator

Adrianna was born and raised in South Mississippi, where she worked in the animal welfare industry and assisted with cleanup &recovery after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. She has called West Virginia home for the past seven years, and lives in Huntington with her fiancé, two special needs dogs, and three cats.  At Solar Holler, she makes our installations go smoothly--managing our warehouse, and handling the dozens of logistical details each project requires.


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Brandon Nicolosi, Designer

Brandon came to Shepherdstown for college (go Rams!) and decided to stick around.   Since he studied environmental science and was already an ace architectural drafter, he quickly became our resident designer and system modeler.  Brandon's the one who puts together your proposals--incorporating every last detail from satellites and your utility bills.  He's a dog person (isn't Nora the Huskie cute?), and loves going to concerts.  


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Danny Chiotos, Solar Guide

Danny grew up in the D.C. suburbs but found his home in the hills and valleys of West Virginia.  He started organizing in West Virginia from the moment he started at Shepherd University.  He graduated with a bachelor's in Political Science and a passion for justice.  He's spent more than a decade logging time with the Student Environmental Action Coalition, the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, the Sierra Club and more.  He now lives with his wife and three kids raising chickens, planting gardens, and hanging out with their dogs.  He goes to every Washington Nationals game he can get to and dreams that someday he'll actually catch a home run without dropping it.


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Steve, Electrician


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Gary, Electrician


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Danielle Justice, Crew Coordinator



 

Our Partners at Coalfield Development

Developing Appalachian People & Places, to reach their full Potential, Power, and Purpose. This hard-scrabble team of innovators are working to rebuild the Appalachian economy from the ground up. Providing Crew Members from coalfield counties of West Virginia access to educational and work opportunities with a multi-enterprise approach, we're proud partners in the creation of the Rewire Appalachia enterprise; specializing in efficiency and renewable energy training, certification, and jobs. 

 

Adam Warren, President: Revitalize Appalachia; Director: Rewire Appalachia

For over 3 years, Adam has brought myriad experiences in tourism, community development, enterprise and organizational development, and intense oversight skills to the Coalfield Development team. He has seen the organization through the launch of their innovative multi-enterprise approach, and serves as the president of their enterprise dedicated to construction, deconstruction, and renovation. Somehow he still finds time to expertly guide the Rewire Appalachia enterprise on its way to a fully independent enterprise in its own right! Read more about Adam here.

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James Likens, Crew Chief: Rewire Appalachia


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Ethan Spalding, Crew Chief: Rewire Appalachia


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Colton Memmott, Crew Member: Rewire Appalachia


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Tanner, Crew Member: Rewire Appalachia


Michael, Crew Member: Rewire Appalachia