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North State Solar Energy is a Northern California based general contractor that specializes in solar-electric installations for residential, commercial and agriculture projects. Owned and operated by Michael Houar, a licensed contractor for over 25 years, the North State Solar Energy team has been involved with the design and installation of over 582 solar projects. With a business model focused on delivering long-term quality and value, North State Solar Energy recommends US made solar and accessory components with high performance and unmatched warranties. North State Solar Energy also has a commitment to providing an unparalleled level of customer service.
North State Solar Energy - about us


Michael Houar is the President of North State Solar as well as the Responsible Managing Owner. He has been a General Contractor for over twenty-five years and has also owned an electrical contracting firm. He has been involved with installation of Photovoltaic projects in California and Hawaii for the past several years. He earned his MBA from Hawaii Pacific University and earned an MA from University of Hawaii, Manoa in Political Science. His work in the remodeling industry with appropriate technology has incorporated passive solar principles and energy efficiency solutions into dozens of construction projects during the past two decades. Michael has also served as the President of Hawaiian Repair and Remodeling, Inc. of Honolulu, Hawaii, and has designed and installed projects in Honolulu, Maui, Lanai, and Northern California.

Sheri Kidwell is General Manager of North State Solar Energy. She holds a degree in Environmental Science, and conducts all required field tests of systems installed in Northern California.  Sheri spent 10 years in the Health Care and Health Care Management fields, developing strong customer relations skills and also a desire to bring solutions to challenging situations.  In her role working directly with clients Sheri assists to insure system monitoring is functioning properly and to regularly communicate with clients to provide system service when needed.

Hans Stullken is Vice-President of Business Developtment and brings a wide-range of solar experience to North State Solar Energy. He got his start in the solar industry as an installer and later a Project Manager for one California’s premier commercial solar installation companies, Solaris. Here he oversaw the installation of over 4.5MW of solar PV. He later moved to Arizona where he built out the solar division for One Way Solar System. Here he helped jump start sales, hired and trained installation crews, ran day-to-day business, developed marketing campaigns, created an inventory control system, and personally designed and permitted all the solar systems. After two years in Arizona, Hans decided to move back to Northern California and take a job for DC Power Systems, the Country’s largest solar equipment distributor.  At DC Power Systems he gained a deep understanding of products, built relationships with manufacturers, and helped create unique financing packages that lower the upfront costs to install solar.
Hans spent two years at DC Power Systems before being recruited by US Solar Distributing to run their sales division. Hans was the National Sales Manager for US Solar Distributing.

Arthur Hernandez is Construction Superintendent and has been active in Project Management for over 15 years. Arthur has worked in the field in direct design and installation of Photovoltaic Solutions for residential and agricultural systems. Working with his crews and managing construction projects throughout Northern California, Arthur brings a commitment to customer satisfaction and attention to details that define his projects as unique and trouble free, overcoming challenges inherent in remote project situations.

Our team has been involved with the design and installation of over two hundred photovoltaic projects and works daily to provide outstanding value and service for all of our customers.

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