Orion Thornton

Orion Thornton received his first glimpse into the potential of solar electricity while growing up off-grid in Northwest Montana and remains motivated by a desire to promote and educate the public on the benefits of going solar. He has a background in the construction trades and received an A.A.S. Degree in Photovoltaic Design and Installation from San Juan College in 2006, along with North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certification in 2008. 

Since entering into the renewable energy industry in 2004, Orion has designed and project managed over 200 solar PV projects, residential and commercial, grid-tied and off-grid. In addition to operating Onsite Energy LLC, a solar design and consulting company, Orion also resides in a net-zero energy home, powered by solar PV, solar thermal, and wood heat. 

Outside of work he tries to spend as much time as possible in the various Montana wilderness areas.....backcountry snowboarding, backpacking, boating, reading, and soaking in the silence.