About Sunny Energy

The Sunny Energy Story

In early 2008 the solar industry started taking off. The promise of affordable, clean energy along with government incentives created a big wave of residential solar. It was clear homeowners wanted clean energy, on their terms. They wanted to break free from utility hikes and get smarter about their energy use. It caused the launch of hundreds of solar companies all trying to capture a new market. Many were over-promising, under-delivering and going out of business so fast homeowners had nowhere to turn for the warranties they were guaranteed. It didn’t take long for the solar industry to get a bad reputation.

We knew there was a better way – so we started Sunny Energy. We don’t want to be the biggest solar company. We want to be the best. So, we don’t do things the easy way – we do them the right way.


When it comes to our customers, the right way is educating them about what solar is – and isn’t – so they can make the right decision for themselves. It’s taking the time to get to know our customers, understand their goals and reasons for wanting solar, and building a system designed to meet those goals instead of simply selling the same system to everyone. It’s finding the best technology – not just the name brands. Though we have those too! It’s leadership in the industry so we can help shape regulations and the future of creating, storing, and monitoring your own clean energy. It’s about taking the extra time, care, and using only the best quality products to install your system so you can enjoy your system for decades to come without damaging your roof. It’s about maximizing a homeowner’s ROI, not our company’s revenue. And it’s about building a sustainable business that’s here for the long-term, not the quick money. Company profits are not the main goal, but they should be the result of good business practices.

Our four founders are industry-leading experts who know business operations, industry regulations, design and construction, installation and customer service. Solar industry leaders Joe Cunningham and Chris Wood joined master electrician and construction experts Terry Rials and Jake Stainbrook in 2014 to create a better solar experience – Sunny Energy.

It did not take long for the four founders to agree on and focus on the company’s pillars of sustainability and success:

  • Invest in People: Hire local, qualified employees, offering competitive salaries and bonuses, substantial benefits, 401K with profit sharing.
  • Insist on Quality: Select high-quality, highest value products for our customers.
  • Put Customers First: Provide exceptional customer service, starting with the employee and consumer education on the values of solar done correctly, and by practicing the same.
  • Continually Improve: Reinvest profits in R&D, quality and process improvements and our employees.
  • Be Ethical: Maintain an ethical business and environmental conscience.
  • Be a Good Neighbor: Invest in our community by helping to improve the business of solar, improving student educational programs and assisting organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Mom’s Pantry.

With offices in Arizona and California, Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair.

We’re proud to be named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine, have a 5-star rated business online, recognized as an A+ Better Business Bureau company, and a company that has been voted best solar company by the communities we serve.

But the real test of our success is our customer recommendations. Time and time again we have the honor of being asked to help our customers’ friends, families and neighbors too.

So what’s next? We continue to focus on our pillars of sustainability and success, providing the best customer service on the market, bringing the most cutting-edge technology to our customers, and continuing to find smarter ways to create and manage energy so that we can protect the world we live in today for generations to come.

We are Sunny Energy. Let us show a better way to go Solar.

Award Winning, Industry Leading, Customer Preferred

Meet the Owners


Joe Cunningham

Director of Operations

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Terry Rials

Director of Field Operations

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Chris Wood

Director of Business Dev.

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Jake Stainbrook

Operations Manager

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Meet the Team

Charley Lane

Service Technician

Chad Lafferty

Service Technician

Jimmy Allen

Appointment Coordinator

Sherilyn Soto

Assistant Project Manager

Kristina Preston

Project Coordinator

Joe Corbett

Lead Designer

Robert Colony

Safety Manager

Michael McCaffrey

Manager, Customer Support

Taylor Candley

Customer Service Representative

David Martin

Appointment Coordinator

Joe Cunningham

Special Programs

Mark Summers

Senior Manager Finance and Accounting

Andrea Brancati

Marketing and Communication Specialist

Bahram Emami

DER Integration Engineer

Nina Perry

Documentation Compliance Manager

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