We're an owner-operated Kiwi business and we're incredibly passionate about what we do. Our people are our greatest asset which means we can consistently deliver on workmanship and service. We keep all our services in-house so you'll always be looked after by an invested member of our immediate Lightforce team.
What drives us
Working in a field that excites us and knowing what we do every day has a positive impact on the world in which we live, is a very good feeling. In both our solar or electrical work, collectively reducing the negative impact we have on our planet is of fundamental importance.
Together, with the help and commitment of our customers, we can help drive this positive environmental change by making good choices every day - engaging in sustainable practices and investing in sustainable technologies.
Social & environmental responsibility
Social and environmental responsibility is at the heart of everything we do. This consciousness permeates all aspects of our business - from the strategies and operating systems we have put in place, to the daily eco-efforts employed by of every member of the team.
Putting good energy into a great cause
Every year we get the team together to throw ideas around initiatives we could execute that would make a difference in our communities. That might be gifting of a solar system to a family in need, a community group or school. We vote on the ideas and make a plan to implement them.
The Lightforce Team
We carefully select each member of the team based on skill-set, personality and ability to communicate with our customers and with each other. This means we can deliver consistently high standards of workmanship and service on every job.
Our recruitment process is rigorous but this means we end up with a team that our customers can truly trust - our greatest offering really is our calibre of people.
Luke NuttingManaging DirectorRead bio
Luke NuttingManaging Director
“Understanding people, the way they live, and working out ways we can enhance that experience is an approach that makes complete sense to me.”
After working as an electrician for over a decade, Luke had a vision of starting a solar and electrical company with a difference. To him, this meant making sure every interaction with a customer was personal and every solution specific to the individual’s needs. Having a focus on sustainability and positive environmental change means “doing good” becomes part of that package.
Kat RundleBrand & Marketing Manager - BSc BIOMEDRead bio
Kat RundleBrand & Marketing Manager - BSc BIOMED
Kat, Luke’s better half, has had a pretty varied career. After graduating from Auckland Uni, she worked as a Biomedical Scientist in labs in NZ and London. A big shift to the design industry saw her take on Account and Project Manager roles for various creative agencies in London, Melbourne and Auckland working across Branding, Advertising, Industrial Design, Architectural and Interiors projects.
Her latest role, before being roped into working for Lightforce full time, was in the high-end custom furniture and antique world – this taught her a real appreciation for fine craftsmanship and the importance of attention to detail.
Working with architects and designers alike, Kat understands the level of service and standard of workmanship required to deliver solutions to a very discerning customer.
Ben HessellChief Technology Officer - BEngRead bio
Ben HessellChief Technology Officer - BEng
Ben started his career in the oil and gas industry where he trained as an instrument technician and gained full registration as a qualified electrician during this period. From there he studied Engineering at University in Auckland. Ben has been integral in scoping, developing and building systems that we use every day at Lightforce. He provides technical engineering support and provides training on the systems and processes we use across the business
Ed WhaleProject Manager & EstimatorRead bio
Ed WhaleProject Manager & Estimator
Ed joins Lightforce with over 10 years experience as a foreman, managing teams of electricians and apprentices across a broad range of electrical and solar work. With experience both in New Zealand and abroad, he has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the needs of residential and commercial jobs - from initial quote, through to completion, while running and managing teams on budget and on time.
Amber SanchezFinancial AdministratorRead bio
Amber SanchezFinancial Administrator
Amber has worked in accounting and financial administration in the Electrical world for nearly a decade, so knows how to keep us all in line! Weekends are spent with her horses - competing in events or riding out at Woodhill Forrest and Muriwai Beach. She also has two teenage boys who are basketball fanatics, so when she's not working or riding (or doing all the other things an impressive mother of two does) she's at the basketball courts.
Jake FortySolar Energy ConsultantRead bio
Jake FortySolar Energy Consultant
Having known and worked with Lightforce in various realms in the past, Jake jumped on the opportunity when the position of Senior Sales Consultant came up at Lightforce. He knows solar like the back of his hand and loves being in an industry where the daily grind means doing good. Jake's experience allows him to educate customers, demystifying the process of going solar and give his customers a complete understanding of the offering so they can make highly informed decisions about going solar. Literally any spare time Jake has, he'll be found at Piha or Raglan "sending it" in the surf, as he'd say.
Dan AndersonSolar Energy Consultant - MEng, CEngRead bio
Dan AndersonSolar Energy Consultant - MEng, CEng
Dan has one of those slightly confusing accents you'll take a while to pick - about 46% Kiwi, 44% British and 5% Aussie. Born and mostly raised in NZ, Dan headed to the UK with his family at the age of 14. With a Masters in Engineering from Bristol University and previous roles in Engineering consultancy, Dan is an incredibly indispensable member of the Lightforce team. Just before he joined Lightforce, he cycled across Africa, from Cairo to Capetown, raising money for charity World Cycle Relief. Like most of our guys he loves surfing and golf (surprisingly it's not actually a prerequisite for the role) as well as climbing and squash, but it is his passion for all things solar and renewables that makes him the perfect fit for the Lightforce team.
Rob SimmondsSolar Energy ConsultantRead bio
Rob SimmondsSolar Energy Consultant
Rob has worked in the solar, healthy and sustainable homes industry for many years. He’s passionate about the environment and educating homeowners about the benefits of switching to solar. Rob is reliable, professional and great at keeping the complexities of solar, simple and easy to understand.
Outside of work, Rob enjoys spending time with his young family, mountain biking and playing golf
Rob WhiteElectrician & Senior Solar TechnicianRead bio
Rob WhiteElectrician & Senior Solar Technician
Rob has been with Lightforce from the very beginning. He has worked as a residential and commercial electrician for 15 years as well as having installed over 3,000 solar system NZ-wide. Rob's ability to lead teams and take care of operations for Lightforce makes him an invaluable member of the team.
Jonjo MahonElectrician & Senior Solar TechnicianRead bio
Jonjo MahonElectrician & Senior Solar Technician
Jonjo is one of our Senior Solar Technicians, an electrician with 16 years experience across residential, commercial, industrial electrical and solar, Jonjo is well travelled having worked in the UK and Australia. With his extensive experience, Jonjo is a great team leader managing solar installs to efficiently and consistently deliver a high standard of work. When he's not making things happen at Lightforce, you're likely to find on the football field or at the boxing gym around the corner from Lightforce.
Dave BurnhamElectricianRead bio
After completing his apprenticeship in New Plymouth, Dave eventually ended up in London working as a Sound Engineer in 80's and 90's with the likes of Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, Joe Cocker and Paul Oakenfold to name a few. Dave is a bit of a legend and has some great war stories from these days. He was also in his own band and still owns 7 guitars, his prides and joy. Dave is one of our most experienced sparkies and is also Electrical Inspector.
Conner WilliamsElectricanRead bio
Not only is Conner a skilled electrician, with experience in both residential and commercial electrical work, he's a great guy to have around and our customers tend to agree. Conner has built his own camper van and has seen more of NZ than most of us. Like lots of our guys, Conner is a keen surfer and when he has time to spare he's off on some sort of mission in the van with the board in the back.
Shaun LongmoreElectricianRead bio
Shaun came onboard as an apprentice and was incredibly quick to pick things up. Now a fully qualified electrician, Shaun excels when it comes to new and emerging technologies as well as electronics. In his spare time he builds and races drones...and is yet another keen surfer like most of the guys on the team!
Louis SmithElectricianRead bio
Louis is the life and soul of any party and keeps the team entertained. A dedicated and hard worker who always keep spirits high. We constantly get fantastic feedback from customers about Louis’ great attitude and incredibly personable character.
James SmithElectricianRead bio
James came to us as a qualified plumber and is now well on his way to being a fully qualified sparky. James’s work ethic is admirable, an incredibly hard working guy who can install solar at a pace that is nothing short of impressive. James hasn’t had a sick day in over 3 years and has never been late to a job. His work is consistently of a high standard and he is a dedicated and quick learner with seriously high energy!
Jerry MarElectrcianRead bio
We met Jerry in 2018 as a barista making our morning coffees at the roastery next door - he was also working as a personal trainer at the time. Jerry approached us to see if he could embark on an apprenticeship with Lightforce and we were please to offer Jerry the position and he is progressing incredibly well. He’s also just an all-round, decent guy and a pleasure to have on the team.
Ralph LangooSenior Solar Advisor - Residential & CommercialRead bio
Ralph LangooSenior Solar Advisor - Residential & Commercial
Ralph is one of our Senior Solar Advisors, a key member of the team bringing a seriously good attitude and an awesome sense of humour to the Solar office. If you ever have the pleasure of chatting with Ralph, you'll see what we mean. He's passionate about solar and about life, a salt of the earth kind of guy and a true asset to our team. When he's not training our Solar Advisors or taking customers through our solar offering, you'll find Ralph spending quality time with friends and family and entertaining his 8 year old daughter.
Sam RisbrookSolar AdvisorRead bio
Sam RisbrookSolar Advisor
Sam has just completed his third year of a double major, Energy & Finance, at the University of Otago. Sam's passion for renewables and the future of energy is palpable, if you ever get to speak with him you'll see what we mean! Sam gets stuck into anything on the sporting front in his spare time, a real team player and definitely a "people person", you can guarantee Sam will find common ground with anyone he meets.
Mariya IrshadSolar AdvisorRead bio
Mariya IrshadSolar Advisor
Mariya came to Lightforce with an MBA in marketing and is now proving herself as one of our very engaging and knowledgeable Solar Advisors. An incredibly positive and genuine person, Mariya is a joy to have around. She also has a real knack for getting people talking and our customers love chatting with her as much as we do! A lover of the great outdoors, on weekends you'll find Mariya exploring out in nature.
Cam MacCarthySolar AdvisorRead bio
Cam MacCarthySolar Advisor
After spending some time working in Broadcasting, Marketing & Sales, Cam realised his true passion lies in the ability to impact people’s lives in genuinely positive ways.
He took on an Ambassador role at World Vision followed by role as NZ Lead for BurnBright - a not-for-profit organisation offering leadership training and wellness programs for students year 5 through 12.
Coming onboard with Lightforce was a natural progression for Cam who also sees Solar as a way to not only help kiwis save money but also lead more sustainable lives. He's a pretty impressive young guy who genuinely believes in doing good for others.
Kieran RuffleTechnical SupportRead bio
Kieran RuffleTechnical Support
Kieran is studying Electrical Engineering and is Ben's right hand man here at Lightforce. As our youngest team member, Kieran is not only invaluable with his tech support he also gets roped into sorting out almost any tech issue for the more senior members of the team - he's only 19 so that means pretty much all of us!
Bear NuttingClient Liaison ManagerRead bio
Bear NuttingClient Liaison Manager
Bear Nutting is the Lightforce Client Liaison Manager - she has been with Lightforce from 8 weeks of age. Originally from somewhere between Hamilton and Ngaruawahia (origin unknown), Bear will be the first to eagerly greet you when you visit the showroom. She is demanding and needy but is proving her ability and worth as enthusiastic CLM...so we're keeping her on.