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Robert Blake

FOUNDER & Solar outreach |

Robert “Bob” Blake is a graduate student in the Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership program at Metropolitan State University. He is a tribal member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians, and the Founder and CEO of Solar Bear. He is passionate about spreading the word of renewable energy through communication, cooperation and collaboration. 

Robert works with Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light’s Just Solar program to recruit solar garden subscribers and develop MNIPL’s solar workforce program. He completed the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Spring 2018 Solar Training Academy.


Earl Wilson

Operations Manager |

Since graduating from the University of Minnesota, Earl has gained extensive experience in the non-profit sector, and has most recently developed a passion for the solar industry. 

Earl serves as an active member of the NAACP St. Paul Chapter's Environmental Climate Justice committee, and became involved with Solar Bear after attending the Just Solar Standards seminar which was co-hosted by the committee. He is eager to contribute to the many movements that Solar Bear supports–social justice initiatives, environmental restoration, and the United States’ transition to a renewable energies future.


Randy Thompson

Master Electrician

Randy Thompson is Solar Bear’s primary electrician and has been a Master Electrician since 1992. He also has experience in cellular tower construction. Randy attended his undergrad at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, and since has worked in the field. As of 2012, Randy started his own business called U.S. Wiremen (License Number: EA719794), an electrical contracting company. Randy understands the entrepreneurial spirit and is committed to helping Solar Bear better the world through solar energy.


Pippa Dobbyn


A Senior at Macalester College, Pippa is currently Solar Bear’s intern focused on community outreach and engagement. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus on Biology and minoring in Food and Agriculture. In the past, she has worked with the Sierra Club, an agronomy lab at UMN, and Macalester College as a teaching assistant. She will graduate this spring and is eager to take the skills she is learning at Solar Bear and apply them to working with new communities supporting food and agricultural developments in the Twin Cities.

Solar Bear is Licensed in the State of Minnesota