We believe in giving back control to home and business owners by helping them save real money and mitigate the impact of climate change.
Helping Our Customers
We believe that anyone who wants solar should be able to make the transition. That’s why we make the process simple, providing front to back solutions that give back control and reduce energy costs.
Benefiting the Environment
Climate change is real and the sooner we transition to a renewable-based energy economy, the lesser the environmental impact. We fully integrate technology to help our costumers achieve their energy reducing lifestyle.
We have a Founding and Management team with over 45 years experience in the industry, encompassing all aspects of the business. We take pride in the work we do and work tirelessly to help our customer achieve their own energy goals.
Mike Kirby is a seasoned solar strategist with over nine years of industry experience encompassing leadership roles in both operations and sales. As Lumina Solar’s President, Mike understands the importance of delivering unparalleled value to customers.
Prior to his current role, Mike gained significant managerial experience working for a national solar installation company, establishing himself as one of the company’s top representatives before eventually managing the entire MD/DC region. Under Mike’s leadership, his team quickly became the organization’s top performing territory.
Recognizing that solar is the way of the future, Mike became motivated to better serve and deliver more value to customers. With this in mind, Mike helped assemble Lumina Solar’s Founding and Management Team in early 2018. With 45 years of combined experience, Lumina’s Founding and Management Team aims to build the next generation solar company that will deliver cutting-edge energy solutions and provide unprecedented value to the customer.
Mike holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Sarah, hanging with their new born Benny, and playing basketball.
Colin Gload is a successful, results-driven manager with over seven years of professional experience in sales, operations, and strategy. He is a self-motivated change agent who values service to the customer, a strong work ethic, and new challenges. As Lumina Solar’s Director of Sales and co-founder, Colin is the key driver behind the organization’s mission to provide customers with the industry’s most reliable and cost-effective solar energy solutions.
Before Lumina, Colin successfully developed a residential solar company and was key in establishing marketing approaches, innovative financing channels and budgeting. From there he worked for a national solar installation company, increasing his solar expertise by becoming the #1 solar consultant in the nation. Colin was able to work alongside company leadership to implement best practices for employee training, customer experience and service. To recognize his success, Colin was awarded the Maryland MVP and Rising Star awards and was later inducted into the company’s prestigious President’s Club. Colin is excited to leverage this past experience to implement lean and efficient processes for Lumina to maximize the overall customer experience.
Colin holds a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and has also received a NABCEP Technical Sales Ceritification. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys paddle boarding, kite surfing, traveling, and catching some rays at the beach with his wife, Brittany.
Erin Kelly is an experienced solar operations professional, and brings almost a decade of Solar experience working in residential, commercial, and utility scale solar. As Lumina’s Director of Operations, she has comprehensive leadership responsibility for areas including EPC, quality and reliability, supply chain, and product management.
Prior to her current role, Erin gained significant managerial experience working for a national solar installation company. Under Erin’s leadership, the operations teams were efficiently and effectively installing 55+ projects monthly, becoming the company’s best operations department.
Erin holds a BS in Environmental Management from UMUC and AA in Restaurant Management from BIC. She enjoys spending time with her Fiancé, Justin, and dog, Cooper. If the weather is nice, Erin is out exploring the many hiking trails in the region.
Yasi Jiang works as Lumina’s Director of Finance. In this role, she manages financial planning, risk management, record-keeping, and financial reporting in order to ensure long term sustainability and company profitability.
Previously Ms. Jiang worked at the Royal Bank of Canada, where she focused on tax accounting and optimization for the firm's US operations. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jiang was at Baker Tilly, where she specialized in tax compliance and planning work for clients in the technology, retail, and financial services sectors.
Ms. Jiang graduated with a BS degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She is an avid golfer and was part of the women’s golf league in Zhuzhou, China.
David Brook is an Energy Engineer with over five years’ experience specializing in the survey, design, and management of solar photovoltaic systems for residential and commercial customers. As Lumina’s Senior Solar Designer and Engineer, David is responsible for
Prior to joining Lumina, David gained hands-on experience with solar as a site surveyor and system designer for a national leading solar installation company. There, David quickly climbed the ranks to become Solar Engineer and was soon the go-to person for designing and reviewing projects within the company. With an eye for detail and a tenacity for efficiency, David was able to successfully improve the overall quality and speed of the design and permitting processes. David’s crowning achievement was the smooth and successful installation of two 10MW solar farms.
David holds a B.S. in Energy Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and is recently married to his wife, Susan. David enjoys learning about the latest consumer gadgets and participating in pub trivia with his friends.
Erika Murray works closely with our customers to schedule their solar panel installations and inspections, ensure all systems are working properly, and provide great customer service. As the Operations Coordinator, she also oversees the interconnection and incentive application process to keep project timelines as short as possible.
Prior to accepting this position, she obtained her Master of Science in Sustainable Energy from Eastern Illinois University after completing her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University. Having had multiple internship experiences in various energy-related industries, Erika knew she wanted to establish herself in the solar business.
She enjoys helping customers save money on energy all while saving the environment too. In her free time, she can be found exploring Baltimore or going on a hike.
Mark brings a range of experience to Lumina solar, with 8 + years of experience in solar, and commercial and residential roofing. He’s a passionate and willing member of the team, and excited to offer his best to Lumina and its customers.
Having held several positions within the solar and roofing industry, his experience ranges from Human Services, Roofing Business Owner, Solar Installer, Solar Project Manager, Solar Quality Control Foreman, and more. With integrity as his guide and attention to detail as his goal, he currently serves as Lumina Solar’s Senior Site Surveyor. Mark loves meeting and serving new customers and training new employees.
Mark is a Theology major, holding his Bachelor of Science from Davis College. Mark enjoys spending his free time with his wife Ariann, kids, church, and friends.
Michael has hit the ground running in his solar career as the Junior Site Surveyor here at Lumina Solar. He is responsible for collecting information about each customers property to ensure our engineers have all the information they need to obtain permits, and our installers come prepared for install. His work helps create a more seamless process and a great customer experience.
Prior to starting with Lumina Solar, Mike went through a comprehensive training through the Baltimore Center For Sustainable Careers Program and also the Civic Works Solar Training Program. His training and studies, combined with his attention to detail and desire for perfection have been paying off as he has risen to the challenge of this very important role.
Mike is also a passionate fan of all things automobile, and knows nearly every intricate detail about most vehicles on the market. When he’s off the clock he enjoys basketball, exploring Maryland, and playing with his Olde English Bulldog.
Riley Sullivan is Lumina Solar’s Marketing & Inside Sales Coordinator. In this role he helps the team improve marketing strategies, streamline the customer acquisition process and secure new business. Riley is often the first point of contact at Lumina Solar and works hard to ensure that every customer has a top notch experience with us from the get-go.
Prior to joining the team, Riley worked five and a half years at the nation’s leading commercial real estate research and marketing firm. There he developed his skill sets in marketing strategies, customer service, and market research. He was instrumental in delivering an outstanding client experience. In this research and marketing analyst role, he coordinated closely with the sales team to strengthen customer relationships and build new business.
Riley has a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Planning from Towson University and is a strong supporter of renewable energy and sustainable development. Having spent time living in Spain and Argentina, Riley is also fluent in Spanish. In his free time, Riley enjoys the outdoors, traveling, community organizing, playing and seeing music, and on occasion can be found swing dancing around Baltimore.
Zac Hare is an experienced solar professional with a superior track record in residential and commercial sales. Prior to joining the Lumina team, he spent three years working for two midsized solar companies where he was recognized as a top solar consultant and Team Lead.
Prior to working in solar, Zac spent three years in the mortgage industry which allows him to make the financial aspect of going solar less confusing for the customer. Having worked directly with homeowners since entering the workforce, Zac creates a level of comfortability with his customers that makes for a stress free and enjoyable solar experience. Hardworking and trustworthy by nature, Zac always goes the extra mile for clients and ensures that they’re provided with the best solar energy solution on the market.
Zac graduated from Washington and Jefferson College where he graduated with a BA in History and Sociology and was a member of the football team. In his free time, he enjoys frequenting Baltimore Orioles games, checking out new restaurants in the city and hiking on the weekends with his fiancé, Kelsie, and his black lab, Poe.
Ryan Farrell brings a diverse managerial skillset to Lumina Solar’s Founding and Management Team that includes proficiencies in contract management, relationship management, and process improvement.
Prior to joining Lumina, Ryan spent four years negotiating high-dollar research and development contracts for a large government agency. During his time with the government, Ryan worked to develop relationships to help bridge gaps between internal needs and external contractor demands. His team-oriented approach and excellent interpersonal communication skills allow him to effectively manage teams of any size. While working in finance for a major U.S. bank, Ryan served as a Director and was responsible for leading the customer relations team. Ryan was integral to implementing a Lean Six Sigma program and achieved the team’s goal of driving efficiencies, removing wasteful redundancies, and increasing overall employee capacity.
Ryan hopes to use his significant quality management and process improvement experience to help Lumina grow in an efficient and sustainable way. Truly passionate about the environment, Ryan enjoys creating custom solar solutions for homeowners that are innovative and cost-effective.
Ryan holds a BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He enjoys exploring the local Baltimore food scene with his wife, Lauren, and spending time with his dog and two cats. If the weather is nice and his calendar is free, Ryan can be found working on straightening out his slice on the golf course.
Catie Leilani is an enthusiastic and dedicated solar strategist at Lumina Solar. She is drawn to solar due to her positive nature and ideals, which pair well with Lumina’s mission to drive a simple and enjoyable experience for customers.
Prior to joining the Lumina Solar team in 2018, Catie gained a diverse skill set from working as an alternative school teacher and also as an insurance risk advisor. Having a deep understanding
A proud Blue Hen, Catie graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Human Development and Family Studies. She enjoys trying new recipes and traveling with her fiance, Mike. In her free time, you can find Catie attending Monday night trivia, participating in Baltimore social sports leagues and spoiling her two kittens, Porsche and Gus.
Alex Ticu is a passionate and enthusiastic solar professional with a strong background in residential and commercial solar sales. Prior to joining Lumina, Alex has spent three years working in the DC and Maryland solar market developing relationships with individual homeowners, developers, and non-profits interested in sustainability.
Alex is a firm believer in setting and obtaining ambitious goals, while pursuing areas he believes strongly in. Sustainability, renewables, and solar are part of a higher calling and broader pursuit that drives him. Alex genuinely loves working with homeowners to help them see for themselves what keeps him going every day. His generous, honest and transparent approach is what built his exceptional reputation in the solar industry.
Alex holds a BS in Social Sciences from Michigan State University with a focus on economics and environmental policy. He enjoys spending his time biking, boxing and playing with his four-legged best friend, Dolly.
Mark is Lumina’s Marketing Analyst. He’s always been interested in Solar and is very excited to learn the
ins and outs of the industry from a founding team that’s been doing it for 45+ years.
After graduating with a business degree from Indiana University, Mark will be managing marketing
efforts and working with the team to develop new lead sources. He’ll get creative and experiment ways
to help more people go solar. He has marketing experience in the sports and home improvement
industries and is excited to take this experience to the Solar Industry.
Venture For America, a nonprofit fellowship with a mission to place recent college grads in up-and-
coming cities, brought Mark back home to Baltimore. He loves playing basketball, traveling, and