James Shomar ’13 MSE, ’12, is the CEO of Solstice Power, a company he started in Whitman’s Couri Hatchery. The company is developing the Solstice Hybrid System, an on-site solar power system capable of providing electrical, heating and AC power for a third of the cost of conventional solar systems.
Solstice Power was profiled in Inc. magazine and won the Fetner Prize in Sustainable Enterprise for its potential to create a positive impact on society and the natural environment. Shomar met with former NY 24th Congressional Rep. Dan Maffei to discuss changes to the nation’s incentive structure and the future of the energy industry. He recently partnered with the IBEW Local 43 Training Facility to beta test the system.
Solstice Power was awarded $10,000 at the 2014 Emerging Talk demo day and was recently selected as a semi-finalist for the 43North competition, which is part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, designed to drive new economic opportunities in Western New York.
Shomar credits his MSE coursework, specifically the accounting and organizational behavior classes, for providing a foundational core and helping him understand the basics of how his business should work. The hands-on experiences throughout the program and the flexibility to work on his own business as part of the entrepreneurial field experience course contributed significantly to the success he has had and will undoubtedly continue to achieve.