Robert Nuese is an officer of Sphere Solar Electric and the California affiliate of Sphere Solar Energy. He is a licensed general and electrical contractor with more than 35 years’ experience in building construction. Originally a surfer from San Diego, he’s lived in Sonoma County California for 44 years and holds a degree in Mathematics. For more than 15 years he worked in essentially every building trade on new construction and remodeling. His impetus for changing over to solar installation was partly to learn something new, and largely because of a clear understanding that if we don’t stop using fossil fuels quickly, our children and grandchildren will suffer. For the last 19 years, his sole focus has been the design, installation, and maintenance of solar electric systems. Before joining Sphere, he operated his own business, Healdsburg Solar Electric. As the owner of Healdsburg Solar, Robert built 60 systems, designed, obtained the permits, and did the bulk of every stage of the work. One of these projects (the largest PV system in Sebastopol) includes arrays on 13 buildings. He’s also assisted other installers with design and drew the electrical diagrams for dozens of other systems. Most of the systems he’s built are grid inter-tied. Many include battery storage and several have backup generators while five have the ability to track the sun. When not building solar systems, Robert likes to walk, visit with friends, write, make music, and especially to be with the love of his life, Heidi.