About Kokosing Solar

Your trusted Solar Installer

What began in an attic decades ago has turned into a diverse team of experts passionate about bringing sustainable energy to Ohio and beyond. At Kokosing Solar (formerly Third Sun Solar), we believe our story, our mission, and our people lead to better solar solutions and are what set us apart as a solar installer. Learn more about us and how we can help you go solar today.

Our Mission

Putting people to work to build the clean energy future. Our approach to business is based on core values:

We are passionate about our Safety 24/7 culture. Safety First is paramount in every task we do. We expect every team member to be a safety leader by stopping any unsafe operation and taking personal responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them.

We are passionate about building long-term customer relationships. Our culture allows us to respond to our customers with turnkey solutions and quality results. Our goal is to exceed expectations.

We want team members to be fulfilled, engaged, and supported in an atmosphere that reflects our values and culture. We are committed to inclusion and diversity. Team members who help make us a better company are the core of our organization.

We constantly strive to be the most efficient and best at what we do. Our determination, innovative thinking, and approach to solving challenges drives our continuous improvement efforts. We excel at complex endeavors that engage and grow our team members and organization.

Our business practices are rooted in unwavering morals. We expect our team members to uphold our organization’s beliefs and values through their words and actions by “doing the right thing”.

We believe “None of Us is as Smart as All of Us”. We have a leadership mindset that together we can accomplish anything. We collectively roll up our sleeves and deliver quality results safely, and on-time.

Together with our team members, we invest our time and financial resources in the communities where we live and work. We strive to be socially and environmentally responsible and make a meaningful impact.

We make decisions for the long term. We analyze risk and implement smart strategies that allows us to reinvest profits back into the company and secure resources that help make us a better construction partner and industry leader.

Our Story

About 25 years ago, Michelle and Geoff Greenfield began to build a sustainable home on a piece of rural land in southeast Ohio beyond the utility Grid power. They knew they wanted to go solar but the only solar experts they found were in California.

With the same determination that was driving the rest of their modern homesteading project, the couple poured over the available books and magazines and took on their first solar project for their home at “Hooper Ridge”.  The choices and options seemed overwhelming at first but Geoff patiently gathered information, pushing past the marketing hype to discover what really worked, and how the components would best match up for an “optimized” design.  People who had heard about the Greenfields’ energy independence started coming to them for advice, and Geoff helped install several systems on the weekends, gaining both experience and his first referrals, a key to the company’s future growth.

With a toddler, a baby and a partly finished home,  the Greenfield’s decided to pursue their passion for solar solutions and Geoff left has job with a housing non-profit to go all in on solar.  In 2000, Third Sun Solar was founded in the attic of their home along with a pickup truck and a cell phone.  As the interest in solar grew, so did the company, and today Third Sun Solar has become a respected national leader and a household name in Ohio.

A similar origin forms the roots of Kokosing Inc., founded by Bill Burgett in 1951. Bill Burgett was a farm boy with humble beginnings. In the early days, Bill turned odd jobs into work to feed his family. This work included building and remodeling houses, barns, churches, schools, a milk house, and several small commercial projects. Since 1951, Kokosing grew to be one of the largest family-owned construction companies in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, known for unwavering and exceptional safety and quality. 

As the demand for solar became much more than a rapidly growing solar company could deliver, the Greenfields knew that a giant leap was needed to address the massive energy transition. With a focus on their original mission, the Greenfields sought a partner with the right people, capacity, and values to keep accelerating the shift to clean energy. 

Today, Kokosing Solar combines two stories of hard work and entrepreneurial growth. With aligned values and a focus on people as their core asset, Kokosing decided that solar and clean technology was a natural progression for their solar company. 

In 2022 Third Sun Solar was acquired by Kokosing, Inc. and became Kokosing Solar. We remain the same company we have been for over 23 years, with more resources and improved experiences for our team and clients alike.  

Our Future

In order to keep up with growing demand and fully realize our mission, in 2022 we were acquired by Kokosing Industrial and became Kokosing Solar.   

Kokosing Solar’s 22 plus years of experience in the solar EPC industry as a residential and commercial solar installer will be bolstered with additional resources, leading to improved customer experience. 

We look forward to employing even more individuals in the renewable energy industry as we grow. Providing more clean energy jobs with good pay, good benefits, and a secure future for community members is part of our work to accelerate the shift to clean energy.  

Why Kokosing Solar?

Solar energy is an exciting, rapidly expanding industry. If you look around, you will find many new entrants jumping aboard “the next big thing”. We are not one of them. Kokosing Solar brings more than 22 years of solar installation experience and 71 years of construction experience to homeowners. We have many years behind us as a solar installer, and a bright future ahead; we will be your trusted, long-term partner. Our goal is to create an allegiance that will generate referrals and expansion projects long after many of the newcomers have dropped out. We will get you started with solar, accelerate its financial benefits, and position you for a bright, economical energy future. 

Giving Back

Kokosing Solar makes a special effort to support worthy causes in our community. We enlist the help of our employees and friends in giving financial and volunteer support to the people and organizations that are making a difference.

Kokosing Solar is committed to having an impact in the local communities where we are headquartered and work. One way to demonstrate that impact is through charitable giving or donations. Community requests for donations exceeds the resources available for us to give, so unfortunately we are unable to contribute to every request we receive. Because of this, our company has determined its charitable priorities to be the in the following areas:

Is it possible for a business to be a force for good as the challenges of social progress and climate converge? Join 20-year solar industry expert Geoff Greenfield as he discusses this important subject with a diverse selection of people leading the change the clean energy economy. Guests range from business leaders and policy advocates to the “boots on the roof”: the rapidly diversifying workforce of the clean energy sector.

Reach Out

If you are part of an organization requesting funding in the above areas, please fill out the form below to submit your request for donations. Donation decisions are reviewed quarterly. Third Sun Kokosing Solar management will review and let you know if we can honor your request. Thank you!

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