About Us

SolarWorks was founded in 2006 with a mission to help businesses and residents in Southwest Colorado save energy and money by providing the highest quality solar products and services. We have built a reputation of having an excellent standard of service, close client relations, and in-depth knowledge of the renewable energy industry and solar technology.

Read about SolarWorks in the Press:
Flip the Switch on Electric Co-op
Durango Herald “Dividends Found in Chamber’s Data
Cortez Journal “Green Light on Solar Array

Derek Wadsworth, Owner and Solar Engineer

Derek has over nine years of experience in the solar industry, beginning with a BS degree from St. Lawrence University in Environmental Science & Philosophy. Working as a solar installer his senior year of school, he was able to install PV systems in cloudy upstate New York. After making his way to
Durango, Derek continued his solar education and experience which led to the birth of SolarWorks in 2006.

Now, Derek has a beautiful wife Ginny and son Granite, and enjoys all that Colorado has to offer. He continues to learn and seek higher certifications, sitting for the NABCEP solar exams later this year. Derek is proud to serve the community and the environment, and wakes up with a smile every morning because the sun shines so much in Durango.



Paul Iverson, Lead Installer

Paul comes to SolarWorks with over 15 years of experience as a Master Carpenter. Paul has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Utah, and his analytical mind brought him to carpentry and Durango.

Paul became an expert in Building Information Modeling (BIM), and single-handedly built his energy efficient home in Mancos. Through designing his own home and mechanical system, Paul decided that energy efficient home heating is where his passion and experience had been leading him, so he transitioned into solar installation and design. Paul joined SolarWorks and continues to be involved in home heating design from conception to completion incorporating all his knowledge about solar gain, solar shading, thermal mass, and insulation - the four most important things in building design.

Erik Bell, Installer

Erik has installed over 500,000 DC watts of photovoltaic systems, including both commercial and residential grid-tied systems.  These projects include a 75 kW system, a 60 kW system, as well as a 25 kW flat roof system.  Erik’s expertise includes system design and layout, installation and wiring.  He is NABCEP certified, and joined SolarWorks in 2010.

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