The Sandbar Solar & Electric team is made up of 35 full-time employees dedicated to providing high-quality solar installation services to homeowners and businesses. Our trusted, local team includes solar energy experts — designers, engineers, electricians, project managers, and installers — with years of experience on hundreds of projects.
Everyone on our team follows our mission of providing top-notch service in an efficient process — all with the utmost friendliness and integrity. Here at Sandbar Solar & Electric, we leverage our expertise and experience to help customers save money — through the great value we provide at installation and for years afterwards in paying significantly lower electricity bills.
Sandbar is proud of the hard work and dedication of our employees. Many of team members have worked with Sandbar for many years and in the solar industry for even longer. To kick off 2017, Sandbar Solar & Electric has launched an “Employee of the Month” program. Each month we will be showcasing an employee who has demonstrated exceptional work, dedication, creativity and drive.
Sandbar Solar & Electric Team Leaders
Scott Laskey, President
Scott started in the solar power industry in the 1990’s after a long tenure in the high tech semi-conductor and biotechnology facility construction field. He wanted to apply his technical design/build contracting expertise in the renewable industry to affect a positive change, while building a local company in his community, which would offer employment and career opportunities to like-minded professionals.
Scott earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UC San Diego, holds a NABCEP certification, and has lectured on and taught high-tech construction practices and solar PV technical concepts to education institutions, including Stanford University and state-recognized electrician apprenticeship programs.
While not at work, Scott spends countless hours on the soccer field coaching and volunteering to pass along the game to younger generations while still actively playing to stay fit. If Scott isn’t on the soccer field, he spends time with his wife and two kids in the outdoors — camping, mountain biking, free diving, and surfing.
Dave Brill, Operations
Dave grew up in Santa Cruz and has more than 10 years of experience in electrical construction, eco-building, and photovoltaic solar. Certified as a General Journeyman electrician, Dave has proven himself highly skilled in project management delivering safe, on-time, and on-budget projects in the commercial and residential solar and electrical markets.
Recent projects include off grid and large-scale commercial solar PV installations, electrical and communications for the biotech industry and public works sectors, and residential electrical in eco-homes built with Rastra.
Stuart Davis, P.E., Electrical Engineering & Design
Stuart Davis grew up in San Jose and Los Gatos, California. Stuart went to college at The University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated in 2002. After graduating he moved to Santa Cruz. Prior to working at Sandbar, Stuart was employed at REgrid Power, RGS Energy, and Sunetric. He recognized that renewable and sustainable energy was going to an important and necessary shift, worldwide.
Stuart realized that solar was his new career path, and was thrilled to be apart of Sandbar for its great reputation, quality people, and to be apart of a locally, growing company. On Stuart’s spare time he likes to surf, play soccer, play music, and loves to spend time with his son. An interesting fact about Stuart is that he was a project engineer for 3.5 MW in Fremont Union High School District.
August Materazzi, Residential Solar Consultant
Originally from New England, August studied outdoor adventure-based education, earning a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire. He ventured to California 12 years ago, seeking a milder climate and a more progressive culture.
August began his career in the solar industry seven years ago as an installer for a small local company. He signed on with Sandbar in early 2015, conducting pre-installation site audits, and is currently a member of the Residential Consulting team. Customers appreciate his past hands-on experience and his honest, down-to-Earth demeanor. He is committed to raising awareness in reducing the negative impact humans have on our planet’s resources, both in his personal life and in his career.
An avid musician, August plays guitar, African drum, and mandolin, and is particularly fond of blues, jazz, classic rock, and bluegrass. He also has over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry, and as a former part-time private chef, can still be persuaded into crafting a hearty and healthy feast on occasion. He enjoys exploring the local mountains for secret hiking spots, and assisting his wife in coordinating private retreats.
Liam Smith, Residential Solar Consultant
Liam grew up in central north New Jersey where he earned a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources with a minor in German from Rutgers University. During his senior year, Liam spent a semester studying as a transfer student at California State University Monterey Bay where he fell in love with the area and all it had to offer. After moving back east and graduating, Liam spent some time interning at a wildlife refuge but quickly found a professional home in the solar industry as he has always been enthusiastic about reducing our carbon footprint on the planet and building a more sustainable future. Liam was lucky enough to find a job working for a solar company in Monterey that allowed him to move back out west, and has been living here ever since!
After spending a few years as a solar and energy storage consultant for other companies, Liam finally found a home with Sandbar in the fall of 2019. He prides himself on an educational approach to helping homeowners go solar and is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure all their questions are answered before making a decision.
Liam is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, hiker, bird watcher, and loves spending time with family and friends. He is always trying to learn new things and improve upon his existing skillset.
Alicia Moss, Project Development
Alicia Moss grew up in Sonoma County and moved to Santa Cruz in 2007. Alicia has worked in Santa Cruz during the summers in college, and absolutely loved the area. She knew she had to live here once she graduated college. Alicia attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and received her degree in Environmental Management and Protection. Prior to Sandbar, she has worked for a local non-profit and then a special district on voluntary programs; for landowners that were interested in implementing on-the-ground habitat restoration, fire protection, water conservation and water quality improvement projects.
Alicia really enjoyed the project administration components of her past jobs and wanted to expand on that more while continuing projects that are both environmentally and economically beneficial to communities. Alicia’s education and work experience has been focused in the conservation of natural resources and the solar industry interested her. She decided to make a career change to solar because it fits her interests and the experience she will gain at Sandbar Solar & Electric. On Alicia’s spare time she likes to be active and be outdoors. Her favorite activities are roller derby, mountain biking, beach volleyball, basketball, camping, and backpacking.
Tyler Wear, Residential Crew Lead
Tyler Wear joined Sandbar in the fall of 2014. Tyler was raised in central North Carolina, where he proudly claims his roots, he found himself traveling west after graduating with a BS degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008. He settled in Santa Cruz California in 2010 and soon found himself installing Solar PV systems. With a passion for the environment and lifelong learning, he attended course work at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, California, preparing for more technical positions in the field.
In the past, Tyler has worked for several Bay area solar integrator. Focusing on residential solar projects, Tyler has installed hundreds of systems to date and is always excited to exceed customer expectations during the construction process. Having worked in different capacities within the solar and electrical contracting field, he brings knowledge from a variety of installation and design experiences both residential and commercial. Continually expanding his horizons he is currently pursuing an Energy Management degree from Cabrillo College in Aptos California. Tyler currently holds a California General Electrician Certification and is a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Certified PV Installation Professional. When he is not working, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing and climbing.
CA General Electrician #161274, NABCEP CERTIFIED PV Installer #PV-101913-002736
Cale Garamendi, Commercial Project Development
Cale earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from San Francisco State University. He also holds a Class B general contracting license in California. He is both OSHA-30 and NABCEP technical sales certified. During the majority of his 13 years in the solar industry Cale has been responsible for developing commercial projects throughout California. He is tasked with providing strategic management and leadership in business development, lead generation, and marketing activities with a focus on structuring strategic partnerships and penetration of new market segments.
Cale is a 5th generation Californian. He grew up in the foothills where he came to love the outdoors. His passion for travel and language learning led him to spend nearly 3 years in rural Ecuador and Northern Spain. Athletics was a big part of Cale’s youth, culminating at UC Berkeley where he played football and rugby.
Bryan McFarland, Commercial Construction Manager
Bryan McFarland grew up in New England where he cultivated a sense of family and a will to work wicked hard. He met his wife in Montana where they traveled the country seeing music. Traveling solidified the importance of taking care of each other and the planet. Settling in California, he began working in solar in 2008, becoming a certified General Electrician in 2012. Bryan can now be found on a work project or with Laura raising their two wild boys.
Liam Ryan, Commercial Construction Manager
Liam has been in the Solar industry for 12 years. He attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he graduated in 1999 with a BA. He is also certified as a NABCEP certified installation professional, Certified General Electrician, and holds a California C-10 contractor’s license. Before working for Sandbar, Liam worked for RGS Energy as a Lead Installer, Service Technician, and Construction Manager.