MISSION

Soluz works to advance the global transition to sustainable energy, with a special commitment to increasing access to electricity using solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.


COMPANY OVERVIEW

Soluz, Inc. is a Massachusetts corporation committed to advancing sustainable energy in developing or emerging market countries. Our core expertise is in the utilization of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology to increase access to clean electricity in both rural and urban areas.  Soluz pursues its mission through two divisions:

  • Soluz's product division Is operated through our subsidiary Soluz Honduras, S.A. de C.V., a corporation and social enterprise based in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Central America. Soluz Honduras imports and supplies solar PV products and systems for both rural off-grid PV markets and urban grid-tied PV markets.  The off-grid PV solutions serve customer needs where there is no access to an electrical utility grid providing first time access to electricity is the objective.  The urban grid-tied PV markets are now emerging with the recent significant decline in PV costs where the objective is reducing utility bills and providing back-up power.

  • Soluz's consulting division Provides advisory services to international institutions assisting efforts that advance the global transition to sustainable energy especially to increase access to energy.  Clients include the public sector, typically the multilateral development banks (the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank)  as well as NGOs, and private sector companies engaging in the global transition to sustainable energy.


OUR TEAM

Richard Hansen
Senior Consultant and President of both Soluz, Inc & Soluz Honduras

Richard founded Soluz Inc., a Massachusetts corporation in 1993 and then established Soluz in Honduras in 1994 to commercialize PV for rural electrification.  Richard is a pioneer in the application of PV technology combined with micro-finance to increase energy access in rural areas of Honduras, having introduced PV technology in the country starting in 1989 under a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. Richard has provided advisory services for major institutions including USAID, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank in Bangladesh, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nepal, Nicaragua, the Philippines, and elsewhere. He has also been an invited speaker in countries ranging from Argentina and Honduras to Senegal and the Philippines. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts and a master's degree in business administration from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

Oscar Aguilar
Senior Adviser with Soluz Honduras

Oscar is responsible for coordinating with the electric utility, and other government agencies related to energy in Honduras.  He provides engineering services for grid-tied PV projects.  With over 30 years of experience in the electrical sector, Oscar has worked for ENEE, the national utility in charge of distribution, and for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) on rural electrification projects. He has performed many consulting assignments for clients including the World Bank, USAID, and UNDP. Oscar has an electrical engineering degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and a master’s degree in power engineering from the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

 

Andres Carbajal
General Manager and Vice-President of Soluz Honduras

Andres is responsible for our operations in Honduras that deliver PV systems and related financing. Having worked with Soluz for over a decade, he is an expert in the field of PV systems for rural areas having been responsible for the implementation of thousands of PV systems. Andres brought to Soluz Honduras over a decade of experience working in several micro-finance programs in Honduras. Andres studied Business Administration at UNITEC.

 

Isabel Chavez
Customer Credit Manager of Soluz Honduras

As Credit Manager of Soluz Honduras, Isabel is responsible for organizing, directing, controlling and monitoring operations related to providing Microfinance for solar products and systems.  Isabel has brought to Soluz Honduras over 15 years’ experience working in several micro-finance institutions in Honduras.

 

 

Alejandro Lobo
Accounting Manager of Soluz Honduras

Alejandro has two decades of experience in accounting for commercial companies in Honduras. He is knowledgeable in tax law and has extensive experience in internal controls.  He holds a degree in public accounting from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras.

 

 

 

Mirian Sabillon
Customer Service Soluz Honduras

Mirian is in charge of customer service for the Soluz Honduras distribution channel partners supplied from the San Pedro Sula warehouse. She has extensive experience in sales, including over a decade with Soluz Honduras.

 

 

 

 

Williana Aquino
Program Manager of Soluz, Inc.

Williana was born in the Puerto Plata area of Dominican Republic and lived in a PV-powered house until she was ten years old, when she immigrated to the Boston area. Quickly becoming bilingual and bicultural, she studied at University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in environmental science. Later, she worked as a home energy advisor, helping homeowners in Massachusetts reduce their energy consumption. This led her to a personal journey of reducing her own consumption and inspiring others to do the same. She supports Soluz, Inc.’s cross-border energy access work with the Energy Access Foundation on the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti).