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Meet the President - Katharine Kent

Owner of Our Successful Southern Arizona Solar CompanyKatharine

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:

  • Passive and active solar hot water systems
  • Tankless hot water
  • Radiant floor heating
  • Solar electric systems for remote or grid tie systems
  • Solar Attive Fans

Katharine’s Educational Background

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’s Accomplishments

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.

Client Reviews

    Leon was a terrific technician!

    “Leon was a terrific technician. He did a wonderful job installing the necessary sensor in the heat exchange room. We have a noticeable difference in our hot water.”

    - Stephen W.
    We are so pleased!

    “The service for our pool heater repair was WONDERFUL.”

    - Suzanne C
    Their installers are first class

    Excellent Engineering, Installations and Support. We are 10 year+ clients of the Solar Store.

    - Edward C
    GO SOLAR!

    GO SOLAR! We are happy with the end result. Solar Store recommended putting our panels on top of a stand-alone shade structure over our RV space instead of on the rooftop. It's unlike any other solar installation in our neighborhood. 

    - Nadya L
    Professional, knowledgeable and friendly.

    “The tech was on time with his mask on, professional, knowledgeable and friendly. their price was the best i could find.”

    - Robert P.
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