About CB Solar

CB Solar is Iowa’s largest turnkey solar energy contractor. Our goal is to help our customers from start to finish with residential, agricultural, commercial, and non-profit solar power projects.

CB Solar Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa, is owned and operated by graduates of Iowa State University with degrees in Industrial Engineering who have worked with DC energy systems for over eight years. Our team has been involved with designing and installing over 12MW of solar energy projects since 2013. When making the decision to invest in solar energy, CB Solar wants to be your solar partner.

Our Installations Include:

  • 10+ Years of Manufacturer Parts Warranty
  • 25 Years of Power Production Warranty
  • Return On Investment As Low As 5 Years!
  • Maintenance Free Equipment
  • 30-40 Year Lifespan

Our Team

Tyler Bacon

President

Tyler has over ten years of experience in manufacturing and renewable energy. He started his career with a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University in Industrial Engineering. His education and experience in the manufacturing world led him to start CB Solar Inc. Tyler got his start in renewable energy by designing custom electronics and writing software for the control of inverter based energy systems. With years of experience and an intense working knowledge of high voltage and high power DC circuits, Tyler is able to help design and implement renewable energy systems for the customers of CB Solar.

Ben Wollner

Head Engineer

Ben completed his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State with Tyler and continued on to get his Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in renewable energy. His academic work led to a machine that creates major subcomponents of wind turbine blades. He helped start CB Solar after college because he believes nearly everyone will be producing their own energy in the near future, and he wants to help lead the revolution.

Matt Edwards

Controller

Matt has over 20 years of sales, management, and tax accounting experience since earning his degree in business. Prior to joining the staff full time in 2013, he worked for several CPA firms with a specialty in corporate tax. With his tax background, he is an excellent resource for any questions you or your CPA may have about all the solar incentives available. From tax credits to rebates, from grants to solar financing, he can help you with all of the many financial solar benefits afforded to you.

Joel Saunders

Director of Sales & Marketing

Joel has a diverse background, giving him over 2 decades of sales, marketing and business management experience. After working for top media companies like Merrill Corporation and Bertelsmann, Joel started a successful print-media company with locations in Camarillo, California and Toronto, Canada. In addition to his business background, Joel spent several years investigating construction defects and fraud for several prominent California and Nevada law firms.

Mike Leavengood

Project Manager

Mike attended the University of Northern Iowa, and has over 20 years of retail management experience with Kum & Go and Hy-Vee. With his background in management, budgeting, and process improvement he was a great resource to add to the CB Solar team in 2017 as a Project Manager. He is responsible for day-to-day office operations along with communication and coordinating with our customers and vendors. He establishes relationships with our customer to make sure their needs are met as the project evolves. Mike ensures that all projects are delivered as expected and within scope.