Team Bios

Paul Lyons, PE, President
Paul Lyons, PE, President
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Originally from a place with more snow than sun, Paul Lyons has come a long way in the solar industry. Working on solar projects for over twenty years in local New England and overseas in Haiti and Mexico, Lyons has extensive experience in solar design, consulting, management, and installation. He has led all of Zapotec’s previous and current projects, and continues to play a key role in bringing together communities, developers, and contractors to create a solar future in Massachusetts. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and is a member of the American Solar Energy Society and Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

Paul Lyons is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and a NABCEP certified Solar PV System Integrator. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven, and an M.A. in Geography from Boston University.

Ella Willard-Schmoe, Design Engineer, Project Manager
Ella Willard-Schmoe, Design Engineer, Project Manager
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Ella graduated with a B.S. in physics from Haverford College in 2009, and completed her master’s degree in solar energy engineering at UMass Lowell in December 2013. Her master’s thesis covered the design, construction and assessment of a rotary desiccant dehumidification system powered by excess solar thermal energy. Ella has a thorough understanding of photovoltaics and heat transfer, as well as a strong background in general analysis. In April 2014, she passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Ella is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional.

Aaron King, Design Engineer
Aaron King, Design Engineer
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Aaron received his M.S. in Energy Systems from Northeastern University and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. His studies have covered a broad spectrum of sustainable energy related fields, including renewable energy technologies, building efficiency and sustainable design, as well as environmental politics and utility regulation. He gained valuable experience while interning at Boston area companies, such as Sustainable Energy Advantage, EnerNOC, PowerOptions and LUX research. Aaron passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in December 2015.

Abby Barnicle, Office Operations Manager
Abby Barnicle, Office Operations Manager
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Abby graduated in May 2015 from Stonehill College with a B.A. in English.  Prior to working at Zapotec, she completed several communication internships in the environmental and clean energy industries with organizations such as the MA Department of Energy Resources, the New England Water Innovation Network and the Natural Resources Trust of Easton. Abby is an active member of Net Impact Boston's leadership team, an association committed to empowering local professionals to make a positive social, environmental and economic impact. Over the last few years, Abby has learned more about clean technology, innovation and the importance of energy efficiency initiatives.

Norman Hallissey, Design Engineer
Norman Hallissey, Design Engineer
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Norman earned his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in energy engineering from UMass Lowell.  His studies focused on solar energy systems including design, assessment, and analysis. Norman completed an internship with Zapotec Energy during the summer 2016 session and has since continued with the firm as a Design Engineer.

Tanner Cobb, Solar Engineering Intern
Tanner Cobb, Solar Engineering Intern
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Tanner received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel in May 2011, and is currently working towards his M.S. in Energy Systems at Northeastern University. Tanner has an extensive background in engineering and communication, which includes passing his Fundamentals of Engineering exam and receiving a Solar Professional Certificate from Solar Energy International. In addition to his M.S. degree, Tanner is expected to earn a Certificate in Engineering Leadership from The Gordon Institute, a partner of Northeastern University. He has been interning with Zapotec Energy since August 2016.