Staff Profiles

David Hughes
President CEO

David started Affordable Solar in 1998 in a rundown Airstream trailer parked in his back yard. He has sold, consulted and managed in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields for more than 20 years. Born in Montreal, David went to school in England and university in Scotland and has degrees in History/Philosophy and Environmental Technology. David’s personal credo is play hard, do good, have fun, and prosper.
Bob Dawson
Chief Financial Officer

Bob joined Affordable Solar in '06 after 30 years experience in the building products industry. In his prior life, he was a CPA after receiving his MBA from Tulane University. Bob managed a variety of functions with Masonite Corporation, a fortune 100 building products company, for 20 years. His tasks included finance and administration, customer service, distribution and information services. "Integrity in a company is the vital criteria for me and, in that respect, Affordable Solar exceeds all of my expectations both in business dealings with customers and relations with employees. Second criteria? It's gotta be fun! If it's not fun, it's work… and I'm too old for that!"
Nestor Tarango
Sales Manager

Nestor Tarango has served in the renewable energy industry since 2004 working with solar companies across the country to promote energy independence and financial security. He is an avid learner, and is working on his Executive MBA at the University of New Mexico. In addition to his studies, Nestor has been a member of Vistage International, an a global executive coaching group, since 2012. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and business at the University of New Mexico. When not in the office he enjoys martial arts and coaching for competition. He was awarded the AKKA Kick Boxer of the Year in 2006, and was a successful amateur fighter competing across the United States and in Mexico.
Jim Kacerguis
Web Manager/IT

As a graduate from the University of Connecticut, Jim utilizes his skills in Management Information Systems to help the computer side of Affordable Solar run smoothly. He has found the job to be challenging and exciting because of the multiple disciplines that he has had the opportunity to work with. Jim finds that working in this environment has helped him to gain a broader knowledge in the solar field, which has helped to increase his awareness in the sustainable frontier. Outside of work, he is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys video games.
Nick Babic
Director, Project Development

With a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin and over 15 years of project coordination, technical sales, marketing, and business development experience, Nick is dedicated to helping his commercial customers arrive at the best possible, cost effective solution to their needs. Nick loves the Affordable Solar culture and our dedication to customer service and teamwork.
Angela Ortiz
Account Manager/Support Analyst

Angela comes to us with over 10 years of customer service and facilities operations experience. She has previous experience from another solar company and has now joined the Affordable Solar team and is excited to continue her career in the solar industry. Angela loves talking with the customers who call in and continues to learn more about solar each and every day. "I love that I learn everyday in my job and get to share that knowledge with my customers."
Patrick Higgins
Account Manager

Patrick has always held an interest in the environment and coming to its aid. After Graduating as Summa Cum-Laude from UNM's College of Earth and Planetary Sciences, with a degree in Environmental Science, Patrick worked at Verizon Wireless. One day, he met an employee from Affordable Solar; from that moment on he was hooked on the company. He has been working with Affordable Solar since 2007 and is NABCEP knowledge level certified. "I really enjoy what I do; every day I come here I'm making an impact." A strong believer in the idea that one person can make a difference, Patrick loves to spend time with his son; and hopes to spend the rest of his career in an environmental or alternative energy role.
Nick Bachicha
Master Chief/Web Specialist

Currently a student at the University of New Mexico with a Graduation date not far in the distance. Nick uses his understanding of technology to help the website and computers at Affordable Solar run to the best of their abilities. Nick has had great experiences with Affordable Solar and has been working with the company on and off for the last five years.
Reme Meck
Design Engineer

A chance internship with Affordable Solar in 2005 opened Reme's eyes to the potential energy in the sun, and he has never looked back. Coming from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied Mechanical Engineering, Reme brings his unique skill set to bear on system design and solar education. Reme has an earnest gusto for solar power systems and a desire to alleviate the energy crunch. In his free time, Reme enjoys rock climbing, reading, and the company of his friends and family.
Derek Fannin
Account Manager

Derek comes to Affordable Solar with a variety of different work experience. He is a dedicated, resourceful self-starter with a positive attitude and strong work ethic. A native of Albuquerque, Derek is inspired to expand this company and help to grow the renewable energy industry globally. Affordable Solar is an outstanding place to work with a family of great representatives that have an ultimate goal at the forefront.
Drew Swope
Account Manager

Hailing from Cloudcroft, New Mexico, Drew began his days with Affordable Solar in the warehouse in early 2010. Making his way up the ranks, Drew joined the sales force in late 2010. Now with 2 years under his belt, Drew is a Wholesale Account Manager and currently holds a NABCEP Certificate of Knowledge. On his free time Drew enjoys spending time with his family and watching/playing competitive sports.
Anthony Raniere
Product Procurement

Anthony comes to Affordable Solar with a wealth of industry knowledge that he gained by working with Conergy for over 5 years. Bringing a fun, light-hearted attitude to an already relaxed atmosphere, he has become a key asset to the team for both strategy and decision-making.
Neil Wenderoth
Outside Sales

After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Economics, Neil spent 3 years working in sales & marketing for Major League Soccer. Neil then moved into wholesale mortgage distribution, working for Bay Equity in San Francisco, CA where he gained invaluable knowledge of the distribution business. When Neil moved back home to Albuquerque, New Mexico, he was looking for a more rewarding industry to take part in which lead him to Affordable Solar where he has worked since the beginning of 2011.
Jeff Franchell
Account Manager

Throughout Jeff's career in sales, he has learned that the most important product he can offer is service and a dedication to satisfying customer’s needs. He's been aware of the sun’s power from an early age, but today he's helping others harness this energy to their benefit. If you're looking for some fun conversation, give Jeff a ring.
Tim McGivern
Regional Sales Manager

Tim manages key accounts, works outside sales and business development. Prior to joining Affordable Solar in 2012, he spent three years as Albuquerque-metro sales director and shareholder at Positive Energy, Inc. Tim became interested in solar in his prior career as a real estate sales and development professional and was an early advocate for bringing large-scale solar integration to Albuquerque. He is advanced certified in SunPower sales and design, a licensed New Mexico real estate broker, former board member of the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico district council-member of the Urban Land Institute and Congress for the New Urbanism. He has an MA from North Carolina State University and BA, Duquesne University, majoring in English and Economics.
Angela Anderson, CPA
Operations Manager

Angela was previously the partner in charge of consulting services for the Rocky Mountain region for national CPA firm, serving several “Clean Tech” clients. Angela chose to join Affordable Solar Group because of the fantastic leadership she experienced in the management team. Angela is constantly at work at improving our operations and streamlining our processes. “Working with such a motivated, purpose-drive group of professionals is refreshing and inspiring!!!”
Ray Lopez
Warehouse Manager

Ray was an integral part of the sales team at Palms Trading Company for 7 years. He also coached for St. Pius X high school. Once Ray had an opportunity to join Affordable Solar, he never looked back. Ray has been with our company for almost two years and “it’s been a blast”. Ray especially enjoys everyone that he works with and is blessed to have wonderful people around him. As a native New Mexican, he appreciates our precious abundant resource, the sun. Ray is excited about the possibility of continuing his career in this wonderful industry of solar. If you ask Ray what he loves best, he would answer “spending time with his two-year daughter, family and friends”.


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Common Support Questions

What size or type of system do I need?

Every system depends on the amount of energy you want to produce. To help you with this, we have a System Sizer to help you find a system that is right for you!

How much does solar cost?

It depends on the size of your system. We have a Solar Finanacial Calculator to help you with a cost estimation.

What is the return on investment with solar?

Your Return on Investment (ROI) will depend on utility, state, and federal rebates available in your area. Visit DSIRE to find the rebates and incentives available in your area.

Do you have a printed catalog?

No. Pricing in the solar industry is fluid and constantly changing, so by the time a catalog ships to you, prices and products would likely be out of date. However, we take pride in our large database of online products and information.

Customer Comment

"I was very very happy with my shopping experience. The item arrived when promised. It was packed properly and undamaged. The product has worked as advertized. The support staff was very helpful. I found the item at the lowest price of any other site. I have plans to buy other items in the future." -DS