About the Team
We are committed to delivering the highest quality and most cost effective SmartSolar™ technology and service to our valued customers.
"Working with Ken Walden is like premium customer service. Efficient, knowledgeable, responsible, super friendly and HONEST! Now THERE is a combination! Even tho we already have Solar on our home, we had lots of questions about what would it take to put a solar pump on our well. This was not a money maker project for Ken, but still he thoroughly helped us think through all the angles for us to consider and sort out. THAT was worth gold, to get honest answers and excellent information dialed into what we were exploring.
~ Georgia Dow
Grass Valley, CA
Mike Thompson
Founder and Solar Advocate
Mike has spent more than twelve years in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, developing and financing thousands of solar projects. He is responsible for development, prospecting and securing relationships with key partners, managing all aspects of the business and maintaining our critical relationships to ensure the best customer experience. Mike brings a wealth of solar experience and industry knowledge to his position. He currently manages the SunLender financing platform and is a pioneer in solar financing. Previously he served as Director of the Business Development team at Centrosolar America, Inc., spearheading the company’s finance solutions business, where he launched the CentroLease and CentroLoan channel finance programs. These programs were developed through close partnership with SunLender and quickly grew to one of the largest OEM financing programs in the country. Prior to that, he was VP Corporate Affairs at The Ugroup, an M&A advisory and turnaround management firm, where he led the corporate partnering and strategic alliances group for semiconductor and clean technology businesses.
Robert Davey
Founder and Master Builder
Robert is a seasoned construction professional having built and maintained hundreds of solar projects, including some of the largest solar installations in the world. Rob has run his own construction company and has developed commercial and residential solar installations for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Golden Bear Solar team he ran his own contracting company where he managed field operations for numerous large scale solar projects where he oversaw installations and O&M. Rob has specific expertise in recruiting and training the highest quality solar installers in the industry. This is a key component to maintaining our integrity and reliability for every project we build.
Rod Wilson
Founder and Head of Sales
Rod has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of real estate, including remodeling, building, managing and marketing both residential and commercial properties. With a background in funding and managing his own real estate investments and development projects, he understands what is takes to be successful and satisfy the needs of both customers and investors. Rod also spent many years as a sales leader, selling enterprise technology to many large Bay Area companies including HotMail, Etrade and Salesforce.com. In teaming up with Mike and Rob, Rod is able to follow his passion of researching and delivering smart, efficient and healthy home solutions.
Suzy Deline
Solar Advocate & Marketing Guru
Suzy is a Certified Wellness Coach and Fitness Enthusiast with a strong passion for a greener planet. Suzy is a content strategist and marketing manager with more than 15 years of digital marketing experience.
Tanya Melen
Solar Advocate & Marketing Guru
Tanya has been focused on making the world a greener place for over 15 years. Tanya is a landscape designer from Southern California with a focus on sustainable living. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, she designed drought tolerant outdoor living spaces and organic vegetable gardens in Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles Counties.

Her designs have been featured in The Newport Harbor High School and Corona Del Mar home tours. Her in-depth knowledge of sustainable energy products and horticulture makes her an ideal source for energy and environmental consulting in the solar arena.
Our Values
At the heart of our success is a set of core values that are the underpinning of the company’s culture. In every relationship, Golden Bear Solar is committed to the following values:
• Tranparency
• Responsibility
• To serve our clients
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.