Barry Cogbill

Some call Barry Cogbill the hardest working person in clean energy in Sonoma County. Wearing several different hats, Barry is passionate about solar and energy efficiency. He got his start in clean energy by installing swimming pool solar heating systems in the early 1990’s. He moved into the financial industry in 1992 and has been a Santa Rosa resident since 1999. Barry installed solar on his home in 2003, and that led him back to the clean tech industry. Since then he has become a full time solar advocate and champion of energy efficiency. Barry serves on the Board of Directors of Solar Sonoma County and chairs the Vendor Committee of the project. In this capacity, he is a liaison between the local installation community and the Department of Energy, and works with the County of Sonoma to ensure the success of the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program. He is also the co-chair of the North Bay Chapter of Efficiency First, a building performance non-profit agency, striving to make homes more healthy, comfortable and energy efficient. Barry has established relationships with several local companies specializing in each facet of conservation and clean energy production. He formed a company called Pathways Energy to work with property owners to develop and execute a comprehensive action plan to reduce their energy consumption, conserve water, and install renewable energy systems. He conducts free clean energy seminars each month in Santa Rosa. RSVP at www.cleanenergyseminars.com. Barry’s overarching desire to in inspire property owners to investigate their clean energy options and become part of the clean tech revolution. He can be reached at barry@pathwaysenergy.com.


The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for 20 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

ACCREDITED BY IREC - Registered Provider of NABCEP

NABCEP Registered Provider Photovoltaic Associate.small Logo-ASES-Chapter IREC Solar Training