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A Man With a Motive

 

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Pave your own trail by taking the road less traveled by…

-Utility Associate: “You have two options sir, pay your bill or don’t pay it”

-Steve Erby: “If I don’t pay, you’ll turn my power off”

-Utility Associate: “Exactly”

After one man noticed that his utility bill had been continuously increasing each month with no obvious explanation, he called his utility company to get some clarification. Except he didn’t get clarification, he got something better. He got a motive to find an alternative source of energy for him and his family so they didn’t have to continue to pay into this monopoly. He turned his blazing obsession to outsmart the utilities into an astonishing passion to share with the world, which ultimately became an extraordinary example of success.

In 2009, Monolith Solar Associates, LLC was born.  The two founders, Mark Fobare and Steve Erby– one a Niskayuna-native, the other a US Army veteran– started the company out of a garage operation in East Greenbush, NY. Since then Monolith Solar has grown to be one of the most successful solar firms in New York State. Both Mark and Steve met through Hudson Valley Community College’s solar program. Mark has a background in engineering, while Steve’s background is in sales. Together they formed an unstoppable team.

 

From left to right: Steve and Mark. Photo credit: Donna-Abbott-Vlahos.
A photo of Steves house. This is the first solar system they ever installed and this is where the company started.
A photo of Steves house. This is the first solar system they ever installed and this is where they started the company out of.

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