Soluz works to advance the global transition to sustainable energy, with a special commitment to increasing access to electricity using solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.
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.
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.
Senior Consultant and Vice President of 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.
General Manager 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.
Diana Solis is a Senior Consultant with Soluz, Inc. who draws upon her extensive experience with the government and private sectors to advance access to electricity in Latin America. Diana also holds the position of Director of Institutional Relations with Soluz Honduras, S.A. de C.V. She is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Educated as an Industrial/Mechanical Engineer, Diana has been active in the field of energy and rural electrification for over 20 years. A leader in the field of solar electrification, she entered this field when she was contracted by Enersol Associates Inc., a US NGO that led the introduction of PV technology for rural electrification in Honduras. On that mission, she became co-founder and Executive Director of ADESOL Honduras, Enersol’s affiliate based in Tegucigalpa. In 1998 Diana moved to San Pedro Sula to advance solar PV in the private sector as General Manager of Soluz Honduras. She led Soluz’s pioneering pilot project that rented PV systems with financing from several investment funds. This pilot achieved the rental of 2,000 solar home systems.
In 2003 Diana returned to her home city of Tegucigalpa and became Executive Director of the Honduran Association of Small Producers of Renewable Energy (AHPPER). In 2004 as a representative of the Honduras GVEP initiative, supported by World Bank, she helped initiate a solar rural electrification program within Rural Infrastructure Project (PIR). She was then named coordinator of the “Program for Rural Electrification with Solar Energy” (PROSOL), funded by the World Bank/GEF and implemented by the Honduran Government’s Honduran Social Investment Fund (FHIS). The PROSOL project was completed in 2015 and Diana subsequently returned to Soluz.
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.
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.
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.
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).