Conor has been dedicated specifically to small-scale renewable energy since studying Environmental Economics as a senior at Middlebury College in 2001. In 2004 he completed courses in Photovoltaic Design and Installation and Wind Energy at Solar Energy International in Carbondale, Colorado. While working as the General Manager at Independent Power Systems in Bozeman, MT from 2004-2012, he provided design, installation, project management, service, and general consultation on hundreds of PV systems, both grid-tie and off-grid. In April of 2008 he attained recognition as a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Conor operated his own solar installation company for two years before merging it with OnSite Energy and entering into a partnership with Orion Thornton -his former coworker at IPS- in the beginning of 2014.
Conor worked to create the Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Safety Committee in 2007, which shortly after established an 'Alliance' with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide top-rate training specific to renewable energy system technicians. He served as a MREA board member from 2008-2016, and as the organization's president from 2010-2016. He has on numerous occasions testified before the Montana Legislature as a key proponent for the overall health and viability of the Montana renewable energy industry. From 2013-15, Conor taught the Fundamentals of Photovoltaic Design and Installation course at Missoula College.
In his free time, Conor likes to ski, bike, and climb in the mountains around Southwest Montana, and stays busy with his wife Holcomb raising their two young daughters.
B.S. Degree in Environmental Economics (Middlebury College, 2001)
Photovoltaic Design and Installation Coursework– Solar Energy International, 2004