Our Team

Meridian Solar features a diverse team of industry leaders with a combined seventy-five years of experience in the field. Our dedicated and highly trained staff includes multiple North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), including one of only two inaugural NABCEP Certificants in the state of Texas. A common trait within our employees is a passion for solar technology, therefore keeping up with the latest trends and new developments is not a chore, it’s a way of life. We believe in what we do, and it shows in our work.

  • Andrew McCalla

  • Founder, President & Director

Andrew founded Meridian Solar in 1999 in an effort to fill the regional need for high-quality renewable energy system design and installation. As one of two inaugural NABCEP qualified installers in Texas, Andrew’s technical expertise is the foundation for Meridian’s “Quality without Compromise” mantra. Andrew has previously served on the board of the Texas Solar Energy Society and the Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association. Andrew graduated from the University of the South.

  • Mark Begert

  • Executive Vice President & Director

Mark Begert currently serves as Executive Vice President and Director of Meridian Solar responsible for business development, corporate development, and financing strategy. Mark served as Chief Financial Officer from June 2008 to April 2011. Mark joined the company to develop the business strategy and to help execute Meridian Solar’s shift from a residential and commercial solar installer to a leading Engineering, Procurement, and Construction company focusing exclusively on solar in the commercial, public and utility-scale market segments. Mark graduated from Harvard University.

  • Tony Gust

  • Vice President, Construction

Tony manages both the construction and engineering department of Meridian Solar. Tony has over 10 years of PV and solar thermal project management experience. He has managed the installation of over 5.2 MW of grid-tied solar generating applications in various venues. Tony has an ability to coordinate complex projects from conception and financing, to construction and commissioning. Now as VP Operations for Meridian Solar, Tony manages the construction department and is responsible for all construction operations and day-to-day construction management business.

  • Tommy Jacoby

  • Vice President, Design and Engineering

A NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™ since 2006, Tommy formerly served as a Utility Power Plant Project Engineer for SunPower, and prior to that provided consulting services under his own engineering practice—Jacoby Solar Consulting—on commercial-scale, grid-tied and off-grid solar PV and storage systems. Tommy has over 2,000 hours of experience teaching PV system design and installation, and served as a PV Technical Editor for SolarPro Magazine. Tommy holds a BS degree from the University of California, Berkeley and brings 13-years of design and engineering success to Meridian.

 

  • Travis Moller

  • Director of Business Development

Travis has more than a decade of experience in the solar industry. He is a NABCEP Certified PV System Installer and has an in-depth understanding of commercial scale design criteria, financial analysis, and financing mechanisms in the rapidly expanding US solar market. Travis earned a Bachelor in English from the University of Texas at Austin and an AAS in Photovoltaic Design and Installation.  Travis also holds a Masters of Finance with an Energy Concentration from Tulane University.

  • Bennett Ford, PE

  • Senior Engineer

Bennett Ford is the Director of Engineering at Meridian Solar. Bennett is a NABCEP Solar PV Installation Professional and has worked in the photovoltaic industry since 2007, focusing on structural and electrical design, constructability, and project finance. Prior to Meridian, Bennett was General Manager of a design and manufacturing company producing MIL-SPEC and ASTM-Standard products. Previously, Bennett held roles in forensic structural engineering, MEP construction, and metal fabrication. Bennett received a M.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas and a B.S. from Texas A&M University.

  • Charles Gildon

  • Procurement & Project Manager

Charles is the Procurement & Project Manager of Meridian Solar. He joined Meridian in June 2009 to support the construction team shift from a residential and commercial solar installer company focusing exclusively on solar and the commercial, public and utility-scale market segments. Charles has over 10 years of professional experience in Electrical, Manufacturing & Semiconductor industries. He has served as ILS Coordinator for a National Semiconductor organization, and has served as Inside Sales for a Regional Electrical organization. Charles has also worked with several large manufacturing companies as a distributor and direct sales.

  • Joe Schmitz

  • Project Manager

Joe has been the Project Coordinator for Meridian Solar since May of 2009 and a Project Manager since December of 2013. Joe achieves operational and financial objectives by implementing quality standards and by forecasting requirements, scheduling expenditures, and initiating corrective actions. Joe also has several years’ experience as a construction coordinator and general contractor. Joe attended St. Edwards University where he studied business.

 

  • Joshua Mauldin

  • Account Manager

Joshua Mauldin is an Account Manager at Meridian Solar. In 2015, he received his Master’s in Business Administration with a focus on Finance from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Joshua is a 2010 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he majored in Chinese. With a background in Information Technology, Joshua’s previous experience was with market leaders such as Dell and AIG.

  • Heather House

  • Inside Sales Representative

Heather is on the Business Development team at Meridian Solar, and investigates new project leads that not only harvest the maximum potential of solar energy but also saves the client money on their utility bills. Heather has a background in international sustainable development. She holds an M.Sci in International Cooperation Policy from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and is completing her thesis for a M.Eng in International Material Flow Management for Trier University of Applied Sciences (Environmental Campus Birkenfeld). She also has a BA in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Oklahoma.

  • Becky Frank

  • Accountant & HR

Becky joined Meridian’s Accounting team in 2011 and has advanced to become our head Accountant, Office Manager, and HR Administrator. Becky brings 10 years’ experience working in the construction industry. She led the implementation of our current construction accounting program. However, her most rewarding role at Meridian Solar is Party Planner and Snack Procurer. Becky is also participating in our Project Management Office and training to become a Project Manager.

  • Eric Kay

  • Master Electrician

Eric joined Meridian in 2007. He has 20 years of experience as an electrician, and 10 years of photovoltaic experience. He has been a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional since 2008 and holds electrical licenses on behalf of Meridian in Arizona, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Eric oversees quality control in construction, coordinates local utility requirements, contributes design ideas, and assists in training goals. Eric holds a degree from Western Connecticut State University.

  • Jerry Bishop

  • Service Manager

Jerry Bishop is the Service Manger of Meridian Solar. He joined Meridian in December of 2014 in an effort to manage the tactical support of customer systems and to create an O&M support strategy to maximize the long term performance of current and future customers. Jerry has over 10 years’ experience in Solar and Semiconductor Capital Equipment service support. Jerry has been awarded a MBA from the University of Phoenix.

  • Liz Garcia

  • Administration

Liz joined Meridian Solar in 2011. She is in charge of all administrative duties and is the first face you see when you walk into the office.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Kameron, and watching her perform in theater plays and dance. Liz also helps the accounting department by assisting Becky with daily duties. Prior to Meridian, Liz worked for Balcones Shred.

Our Construction Team

  • Alex Petrovich

  • Construction Superintendent

  • Jay Robillard

  • Construction Superintendent

  • Louis Botello

  • Construction Superintendent

  • Ben Storts

  • PV Foreman

  • Anthony Linford

  • PV Foreman