SunWork Renewable Energy Projects

Board of Directors

Julian Ryba-White is the Director of Marketing and Product Strategy at Ten K Solar, a firm focused on developing next generation PV technologies for the commercial sector.  Before Ten K he spent 7 years at SolarCity where he held many roles including PV Installer, Regional Installation Manager, Installation Process Engineer, Training Manager, and Director of Product Management at Zep Solar.  He has been a NABCEP certified installer since 2010. Julian has a BA in Biological Psychology with emphases in Pre-Medical studies and Anthropology from the University of Kansas. He resides in Minneapolis with his wife and daughter.

  

Mike Balma
is SunWork’s Development Director and a renewable energy consultant. He has completed business development and marketing projects for several solar companies.  Mike helps lead the Performance Committee for SunSpec, a nonprofit solar industry alliance pursuing information standards that address operational aspects of PV power plants on the smart grid. He also delivers solar workshops for residents of numerous Bay Area cities.

Mike had an extensive marketing career with Hewlett-Packard including helping build HP’s open source business. He previously worked for SRI International, consulting on renewable energy technologies including solar, wind and biomass. He has a Chemical Engineering degree from Northwestern University and a Stanford MBA. Mike also completed Stanford Alumni Consulting Team projects for environmental nonprofits including Acterra, The Gorilla Foundation and Wildlife Rescue.

Reuben Veek founded SunWork and he is currently the Executive Director and Operations Manager.  He has been installing grid-tie residential solar electricity systems since 2006, and has been involved in building more than 150 systems in the Sacramento Valley and the Bay Area, most recently as a Regional Installation Lead for SolarCity. He received his Bachelor's in philosophy from Stanford University and has a background in physics, mathematics, and electrical engineering. He has an earnest love for being outside, especially backpacking, and a warm regard for working with his hands. 

Tom Kabat is an energy consultant for the Department of Energy helping to analyze, manage, operate and optimize federal hydroelectric generators in Califronia.  He has 30 years of utility energy planning experience and helped manage hydroelectric and renewable energy portfolios for the City of Palo Alto where he rose through the ranks from Solar Engineer to Senior Resource Originator helping acquire and manage a carbon neutral electric portfolio including wind, landfil gas, and solar power.  Tom has a BS in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly SLO and earned a P.E. in Mechanical Engineering.  He served on the board of directors of a local credit union and has several sustainability related hobbies including: solar installation, resource rescue, bicycle building, teaching bicycle repair, and leading bike tours.