About - Neighborhood Power
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Neighborhood Power is breaking down barriers every day to provide affordable solar energy solutions to everyone. We employ innovative financing to ensure no customer, who wants solar, is ever refused. You’ll never be turned down for no or bad credit and we’ll never ask for money up front.

At no cost to you, we’ll install our high quality, professionally-designed solar energy equipment at your location, which generates energy for dramatically less than your local utility company.

Most of our customers are saving between 30% – 60%!

It’s a win for You
It’s a win for Us
It’s a win for Our Environment

If you’ve been considering solar power,
now is the right time!
Join Us and Be the Solution.


Stephen Gates

Founder and President

Stephen has been working in the renewable energy industry since 2000. His focus has been to mainstream the broad-scale adoption of solar energy. He has done this by creating projects that produce solar power where it is consumed and by selling this power by the kWh for less than fossil fuel generated alternatives. Stephen has successfully deployed this strategy in the residential, industrial, commercial, municipal and utility market segments and has gained a reputation for finding creative solutions to make renewable energy projects work.

Stephen founded the renewable energy micro utility company, Neighborhood Power, in 2009. With the help of the talented and dedicated team at Neighborhood Power he has successfully developed solar projects, based on 20+ year power supply agreements, on every island in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Arizona, Missouri, New York, Connecticut and Puerto Rico.

Stephen has been featured designing and installing solar energy on HGTV and the Discovery Channel. Stephen and his wife, Deyla, have also been featured in Santa Barbara Magazine, highlighting the couple’s ecological business, home and personal lifestyle.

Stephen studied renewable energy at Cal Poly Pomona’s Regenerative Studies Center and attended the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He also apprenticed with world-renowned ecological designers and visionary business leader from around the world.

Don brings over 25 years of experience from the power and energy industry to the team, including a global vision for energy management. Starting his career at Gates and Hawker Energy that eventually merged into EnerSys, he was instrumental in the development of power systems technology in the defense, aerospace, medical and telecom industries worldwide. Most recently he served as founder, President and CEO of Kokam America, one of the first mass production lithium-polymer cell production facilities in the United States. Don then expanded operations with the help of federal loans and grants into a joint venture between the Dow Chemical Company and Kokam—now Dow Kokam. With Neighborhood Power, he is now focusing once again on the application side and the expanded use of the advanced Li-Ion design he previously commercialized.

Don holds BSc and MSc degrees in Industrial Management from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg MO, is an advisory board member in the College of Business and was awarded the 2006 Distinguished Alumni of the Year.

Don Nissanka


Kimberly Vanderlaan

Chief Financial Officer-Controller

Kimberly has over 20 years’ experience in Finance and Accounting, with an emphasis on renewable energy tax credit planning and partnership accounting for the past ten years.

She began her career with Ernst and Young LLP and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Hawaii and Nevada. She was a Partner with a Regional firm specializing in renewable energy, and has held Senior Management positions in a variety of industries including Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, Manufacturing, Wholesale-Distribution, and Construction.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Major Accounting, from the University of Nevada, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Institute of Management Accountants.

Benjamin has worked in the solar industry for 13 years including positions in government affairs, global supply chain management and new business development. Benjamin has been involved in the sale and purchase of over 185MW of solar products and systems totaling over $500 Million. Benjamin is actively involved in sales to national accounts and Fortune 100 clients. His experience in both sales and operations give him in-depth knowledge of a variety of solar subjects, from solar panel manufacturing and market channels, to pricing and incentive programs across the nation, and overall market dynamics of the solar industry. Benjamin was a founder of several key solar industry and lobbying associations. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah, with further education from the University of California San Diego in Real Estate and Law.

Benjamin Collinwood

Director of National Accounts

Brent Franzel

Sr. Executive Vice President

Brent is a founder and Principal at Cardinal Point Partners, a Washington, D.C. – based government relations firm and he serves as Executive Vice President of Neighborhood Power. He has more than three decades of experience in federal and state government. Brent began his career in 1981 on the legislative staff of then Missouri Governor Christopher S. Bond. In 1986, he was Director of Research and Policy Development on Senator Bond’s first campaign. He served as Legislative Counsel in Bond’s Senate Office and then was Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee on International Finance. He left his political affiliation in 1996 and was a partner in the Washington, D.C. Law firm of Tighe, Patton, Armstrong, Teasdale where he headed the government relations practice. He served as Senior Advisor to the U.S.- ASEAN Business Council from 1996-2006 and Washington representative of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce from 1997-2006, as well as Washington representative of the American Chambers of Commerce in Japan, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia. Brent is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the Duke University School of Law and is one of the founders of Exergonix.

Terry leads the Neighborhood Power Corporation’s Sustainable Energy Resource Division with a wealth of experience in resources and state and federal programs, positioning our clients to receive the most generous state and federal assistance for their projects possible.

Terry was the former Assistant Resources Secretary for the State of California and an appointed member of the Wilson Reapportionment Commission, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Sustainability, Chair of the California State and member of the Regional Community Economic Revitalization Teams, member if the Tahoe Conservancy and Chair of the California Fire Strategy Commission. Terry was the first and only woman to chair The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, one of the Country’s oldest environmental resources governing boards, with oversight of the largest emergency fund budget in California.

Ms. Gorton is a practicing California government and Public Relations attorney, and served as Governor Pete Wilson’s counsel and campaign lawyer and worked closely with federal agencies as the administrator of 1.2 billion dollars of Federal assistance programs before becoming the US PR and Government relations attorney for Wirsol Solar International. She was a principal in The California Group and past board member of CCA consultant, CCA consulting group–LEAN Energy US– she has received numerous awards, including the National Performance Review Award by the Office of the Vice President, Who’s Who in American Women, numerous Environmental Innovation and Rural Economic Development Awards. Terry has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, San Diego Magazine as a “woman to watch” and the Los Angeles Times.

Terry Gorton

Ken Barnes

General Counsel

Ken Barnes is the founding member of the Barnes Law Firm and enjoys a nationwide practice. Ken received his B.A. with honors from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law where he was on the editorial staff of the Urban Lawyer. Ken is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Missouri and Kansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Southern District of Illinois, the District of Colorado and the District of Oklahoma. In addition, Ken has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in numerous state and federal courts throughout the country. Ken has been successful in representing a wide range of areas of law, successfully arguing cases nationally. With the backing of his firm, Ken represents Neighborhood Power as General Counsel. Ken is also active in many civic and professional organizations. He is a member of the Missouri Bar, the American Association of Justice, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys where he has been elected by his peers to serve on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors. Ken has received the AV Preimenent rating with Martindale-Hubbell, has been listed in Super Lawyers, named Top Lawyers in Missouri and Kansas and has twice been named one of the Top 40 Under 40 lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Heather is an experienced Human Resource and Organizational Development professional who has been helping job seekers, human resource professionals, business owners, leaders and managers for more than 10 years. She is passionate about helping both businesses and individuals transform from the status quo to a state of strong and effective communication, optimal productivity, engagement and overall happiness in the workplace.

Heather is a graduate of Hawaii Pacific University, with her business degree in Human Resource Management. Further, she holds the Professional of Human Resource (PHR) certification. When she is not working, you can find Heather serving her community, surfing, practicing yoga and spending quality time with family and friends.

Heather Patterson

Director of Talent Development

Debbie Dioquino

Project Finance Manager

Debbie has 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry with emphasis in lending and regulatory compliance. She began her career in San Diego after graduating from the University of San Diego with her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She relocated to San Jose to work with a large national bank and later moved to Idaho where she worked for a community bank for 10 years. Debbie was the Senior Vice President of Compliance and Bank Services, responsible for the bank’s compliance functions and several administrative departments.

Nikolay has over 10 years of experience working in the Finance and Accounting, with the last five being in the renewable energy industry.

Nikolay began his career as a Financial Trainee with Merrill Lynch. Following Merrill Lynch, he was the Business and Operations Manager for Independent Solar Developers.

Nikolay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from California State University, San Bernardino, a Business Administration degree from College of the Desert.

Nikolay Kolev



Our team shares an energetic and entrepreneurial spirit. We take great pride in bringing innovative energy solutions to the businesses and communities we serve. We also understand that the environmental impact of energy production is one of the greatest challenges of our planet. We are committed to doing our part to alleviate this impact by making the switch to solar simple for our customers.

NPC provides a process that is not only simple, but quick and easy. With our three innovative option choices including the System Purchase, The Financed System Purchase and the Simply Purchase Solar Power Plan, we make going solar simple and affordable. We founded Neighborhood Power Corporation with the mission to help millions of energy users adopt solar power to protect themselves from rising electricity costs and to preserve the environment. We have assembled some of the most talented and experienced people and partners to be on our solar team.

At NPC we look forward to saving you money with solar made simple.


Energy makes our lives better. Since electricity became widely distributed it has increased quality of life across the globe BUT at the same time it has grown to account for the majority of humans pollution output. This is the problem Neighborhood Power Corporation set out to help solve, how do we continue to benefit from electricity without the environmental impacts. When we discovered that enough energy hit the earth in a single HOUR to run the entire global economy for a full year, we realized that distributed solar energy was a great place to start! Our team is also exploring and developing Hydrogen technologies, Energy Efficiency Technologies and Transportation solutions.

Energy is a common thread that runs through all of the issues facing the modern world. Solve the Energy problem and we get a lot closer to solving:

The Water Problem

Currently it requires as much as 7 gallons of clean water to generate 1 kWh of dirty energy. But with ample supply of clean renewable energy we can provide clean water all over the planet from any source.

The Population Problem

It has been demonstrated all across the globe that when cultures receive low cost plentiful electricity several key things happen; infant death rates plummet, education levels increase especially for women, more time is freed up for higher pursuits and magically population growth rates begin to decrease rapidly and exponentially from one generation to another.

The Food Problem

There is more than enough food currently produced on the planet to feed every person alive today. The reason so many go hungry is a lack of energy. With enough clean renewable energy all this food can be distributed and stored properly to provide for all.

The Pollution Problem

The production of electricity accounts for the highest % of global pollution. The mercury and other noxious outputs from coal fired power plants pollute our food supplies, drinking water and air. The legal amounts of Strontium 90 constantly streaming out of properly functioning nuclear power plants has been proven to bioaccumulate in the bones and teeth of humans downwind from them creating cancer clusters and the world has seen the effects of malfunctioning nuclear power plants in Japan.

If you’ve been considering solar power, now is the right time!