Katharine Kent, President of The Solar Store since 1998, is a second-generation Tucsonan with a passion for harnessing and utilizing solar energy. She is a licensed professional engineer in Arizona and a Certified Energy Manager. In addition, she holds dual commercial and residential Arizona contracting licenses in electrical and plumbing with solar.
The systems offered by The Solar Store include the following:
Katharine earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1986. In 1994, she earned an M.S. in Nuclear and Energy Engineering, from the University of Arizona. Her specialization is thermal and electric solar energy and thermal human comfort. Katharine holds three NABCEP certifications as a solar thermal installer, solar PV installer, and PV technical sales.
Katharine completed her Masters of Business Administration at the University of Arizona. Her previous employers include Dow Chemical, the University of Arizona, Peroxidation Systems, Vulcan Chemical and Calgon Carbon. While employed at the University of Arizona, she was awarded the Department of Energy’s Energy Innovation award for work on passive cooling strategies for desert climates. In addition, Ms. Kent was named the Society of Women’s Engineer’s Distinguished New Engineer in 1995. Katharine has been appointed to the Arizona Solar Advisory Council.