Who We Are
Based in Northern California in beautiful Sonoma County, Operant Solar was founded to address a significant problem in residential solar: unreliable, expensive, and insecure monitoring and control of distributed generation sites. Operant’s founders have extensive backgrounds in solar energy, RF/microwave technology, and software development; we recognized both the problem and the leading edge technologies that can solve it.
Dave Bass, General Manager
Dave has extensive General Management experience, leading product delivery organizations of 500+ employees and $300M+ revenue. He also has a broad background in marketing and engineering management, enabling him to establish focused product strategies and deliver products on time with sustainable returns.
Dave has a BSEE from the University of Illinois, and an MSEE from Stanford.
Randy King, Chief System Architect
Randy is an innovative R&D engineering manager with broad experience in solar and communications technologies. He is at ease in high stress, fast paced environments with emerging and multiple responsibilities. Randy is a veteran of both large companies and start-ups, having founded and led a software development services company, and also grown a solar startup that was eventually bought by Vivint Solar. Randy has filed many patents.
Randy has a BS in Physics from the University of Oregon, an MSE in Applied Mathmatics from the University of Washington and an MSE in Engineering Management from NTU.
Rod Sugiyama, R&D and Manufacturing Manager
Rod has 20+ years of engineering management and 14 years of R&D program leadership. He has cross-functional expertise and experience in leading purchasing, manufacturing and design engineering teams to achieve best in class results. He is comfortable managing all aspects/phases of programs: mechanical, software, test and electronic hardware development through production ramp. He has managed remote sites and organizations of 5-60 people.
Rod has an AS in Electronic Technology from SRJC and a BSEE from Cal State University, Sacramento.