About Us

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Our Organization

GabEnergy was registered in March 2014 in BC as a nonprofit society under the name, Gabe Energy Society. GabEnergy started as a community-minded initiative to bring solar equipment to Gabriola Island residents. It has now grown into a vibrant enterprise that provides solar PV expertise and equipment to individuals, businesses, organizations, and municipalities across BC.

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Our Mission

GabEnergy’s mission is to actively seek ways to broaden knowledge and spread news about the application and economics of solar energy. We do this through information sharing, workshops and partnering with local organizations and contributing equipment and design for community solar PV systems.

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Our Vision

GabEnergy’s vision is to actively promote the use of solar energy to reduce our carbon footprint, replace our dependence on traditional energy sources, and facilitate energy independence.

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Projects Completed
1700 +
PV Modules Sold
450 +
kW installed
50000 +
$ in energy saved

Meet the Team

Bill McCaugherty
Director & President

Bill has an engineering background and has had a long time interest in energy conservation and renewable energy. He lives in a self constructed energy efficient hybrid home on Gabriola Island, which currently generates more electricity than it consumes on an annual basis.

Dave Neads
Director & Vice-President

Dave designed and installed his first solar array in 1986 living off-the-grid with his wife, Rosemary, in West Chilcotin-Precipice valley. The next 27 years Dave developed a solar business designing and installing systems in the region. Moving to Gabriola in 2013, he was a founding member of GabEnergy. As a GabEnergy board member, Dave gives workshops, 1 day courses & presentations on “Solar made Simple” .

Hans van Kessel
Director & Secretary/Treasurer

Hans is a former science teacher, an author of several Canadian science textbooks including a book on solar energy for high school physics students and a founding member/director of GabEnergy. He installed his first solar system in the early 1980s in Alberta and is about to install a second solar PV array at his home on Gabriola.

Julie Sperber
Logistics Coordinator

Julie moved to Gabriola in 2007 and is currently studying NonProfit Managment at SFU. ``Being able to share information, help build community capacity and to be part of an organization that has accessible and sustainable models for the future is truly a rewarding opportunity.”

Our Sales Associate Team
Dave Neads
GULF ISLANDS
Darrin Boyko
GABRIOLA & VANCOUVER ISLAND
Bill Irwin
NORTHERN BC INTERIOR
Jennifer Eastwood & Allan Stradeski
SOUTHERN BC INTERIOR