Bright Employee: John Clasby, Vice President, On-Site Generation


John ClasbyWe’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Meet John Clasby, Vice President, On-Site Generation.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?
Bright Power is open to change and is very willing to try new ideas in an effort to constantly improve. From when I started in August, the On-Site Generation department has embraced a different business model, overhauled almost all of our processes, and further adopted the use of project management software. Bright Power is not an organization that is static, and it has certainly helped us during these recent challenging times.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
The On-Site Generation team has adapted and adjusted to a lot of new things in a very short period of time. The team has been able to continue to produce high-quality work during a very difficult time for everyone. Their camaraderie and support have clearly made a difference as we lead these socially distanced lives. I am extremely proud to be a part of this group.

What’s something people might not know about you?
I am a gardener! I grow paw-paw fruit and have started growing peppers. The peppers are actually from the seeds of peppers that have been grown at Bright Power’s New York offices for years. I do a little farm-to-table at my local country club where I provide some of my vegetables and I’m saving the seeds of these special peppers I’m growing so I can plant them again.

What I’d love to know is where those peppers in the New York office came from! 

To keep our solar projects on schedule, you have been visiting solar installation sites regularly while adhering to strict procedures to ensure the health and safety of both fellow workers and your family. Tell us about that experience.
I have adopted a “clean room” mindset to allow me to keep my family, the job sites I visit, and myself healthy and safe. That means I consider everything I come into contact with to be contaminated, so I sanitize everything before and after I visit a job site, go to the grocery store, and such. I am very fortunate to have the physical space at my home to create clear barriers and keep contaminants out. For example, once I get home from a job site, I immediately wash the clothes I was wearing. 

From day one of the crisis, my team has done an outstanding job of taking the recommended safety precautions, following new procedures, and staying informed of the changing local guidelines. A special thank you to Luke Bennett, Operations and Maintenance Manager, and Favio Gavilan, Construction Manager. 

While we are in very uncharted territory here, keeping our job sites safe has always been, and will continue to be our top priority.

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?
Solar photovoltaic (PV) coupled with battery storage. Solar PV is an asset that can help building owners save every day. Battery storage is a huge help in blackouts and provides back-up power. The future of batteries coupled with solar PV is also interesting when you look at time of use metering and peak load shaving. There are also some great incentives to pair the two together.