Who We Are
For thousands of years, the indigenous Zapotec people of Oaxaca, Mexico, lived a sustainable way of life, developing a culture and lifestyle based on the region’s ideal mix of land, water and sunlight.
Today, we bring the Zapotec spirit to Greater Boston and New England, discovering ways to harness indigenous energy sources that contribute to a sustainable way of life for our region. It’s our mission to engineer the equitable use of sustainable energy for the benefit of our community, environment and the next generation.
Over 20 Years of Solar History in Massachusetts
Zapotec’s name is based on Lyons’ work as a solar contractor in the mid 1990s in Oaxaca, Mexico, where he observed Zapotec people whose forbearers had settled in the region because of the ideal mix of sunshine, water, climate and soil that enabled them to develop a lifestyle that was sustainable. Lyons designed and installed low-cost solar water heaters for homeowners, schools and non-profit institutions.
After leaving Mexico and moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1997, Zapotec Energy was founded as a solo mechanical engineering practice, providing objective advice to a variety of clients to solve their dilemmas related to energy management, conservation and renewable energy production. In 2003, Zapotec Energy began providing design-build services for solar electric systems and solar commissioning services.
In 2007, the firm was incorporated and began to add employees and take on larger projects. Today there are four employees involved in a multitude of renewable energy projects throughout New England. Our specialties are PV design and construction, owner's engineering services, and operations and maintenance. Please visit our services page for more information!