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Our founder Rick Kooi started working in the alternative energy industry as a solar hot water salesman upon graduation from UC Davis in 1981. There wasn't much interest in solar at that time so he went back to school receiving his master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1984, also from UC Davis.
He focused on heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid flow. Soon thereafter he began work in the electric power industry specializing in the qualification of equipment designed to shut down nuclear plants in case of accident. In 1991 Mr. Kooi built his first "spec" house and fell in love with residential home construction. He has been building "spec" homes for the last 17 years. With his interest in energy production and construction, it was natural to integrate the two. As a result he founded Sunriver Solar. Mr. Kooi is a licensed contractor in the State of California. He lives in the Sierra Foothills near Auburn with his wife and two children.