About Nickels Energy Solutions

Premier provider of solar energy in Syracuse and the Central New York region

Nickels Energy Solutions, LLC. is fully committed to bringing solar energy solutions to homeowners and business owners in New York state. Our mission is to educate consumers on the environmental and financial benefits of solar energy on their property and provide high quality solar installations.

Founded in Syracuse, New York

Nickels Energy Solutions was founded by Steve and Kevin Nickels – two brothers born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Steve developed a passion for renewable energy while earning his Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). As the company President, Steve manages the design and installation of residential, commercial and ground mounted solar installations. Kevin graduated from Le Moyne College and has worked as a sales professional in Central New York since 2013. Kevin manages the Sales and Marketing activity for Nickels Energy Solutions as the company’s Vice President. Steve and Kevin are supported by a combination of full-time employees and part-time employees (and local interns!) that manage the company’s growing design, sales and solar installation needs.


Steve Nickels

President, Project Design & Management

After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011, Steve immediately found work in the solar industry. Since then, he has installed projects large and small, which makes NES a great fit for residential and commercial solar installations. Prior to founding NES, Steve enrolled in courses at SUNY-ESF. These courses expanded his knowledge for the solar industry and ultimately qualified him to take the NABCEP exam for the Photovoltaic Installation Professional certification in 2014. He passed the NABCEP exam on his first attempt! With this certification in hand, Steve and Kevin could now sell and install solar projects in New York.

Kevin Nickels

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

After graduating from Le Moyne College in 2013, Kevin worked in sales as an Account Executive for Hummel’s Office Plus and then CPS Recruitment. Meanwhile, Kevin spent nights and weekends enrolled in Solar Energy International, which provides online courses for industry-leading technical training and expertise in solar energy. Their Technical Sales course provided Kevin with a thorough understanding of solar technology and the best practices for solar industry sales professionals. In 2017, Kevin qualified to take the NABCEP Photovoltaic Technical Sales exam, which is an elite certification. He passed the NABCEP exam on his first attempt!

Mike Kenney

Solar Project Engineer

Mike Kenney was the first employee hired by NES. Mike met Steve on RIT’s campus and they quickly learned they make an excellent team. Mike’s core responsibilities are project design, permitting and utility interaction. On the design side, Mike has an excellent understanding of how to balance project performance and project aesthetics. We think that our projects simply look nicer than our competitors and Mike is a key reason why. His detailed and thorough permit packages ensure that every permit application is received in a timely manner. We love having Mike as a part of our team because the quality of his work cannot be matched!

Andrew Bonczek

Solar Project Manager

Andrew came to NES from SUNY Morrisville’s Renewable Energy Management program as a Solar Installation Intern. With any new intern or employee, some learning curve is expected. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that Andrew was the exception! We appreciate his attention to detail and how he has the utmost respect for our customers and the installation quality that we require at NES.

Jon Lauer

Solar Project Manager

Jon was our next Solar Installation Intern we brought onto the team from SUNY Morrisville. Since Day 1, Jon has impressed us with his hard work, positive attitude and organizational skills. Jon has worked on all phases of residential solar installations and we look forward to providing him with more opportunities to grow with NES. We continue to add responsibilities to Jon’s workload and he continues to impress us!

Dan Sherlock

Solar Project Manager, Drone Pilot (FAA Licensed)

Dan joined NES as yet another SUNY Morrisville graduate. Dan does a little bit of everything for NES — focusing his time moreso in the office than in the field. On top of that, in 2019 Dan earned his FAA Drone Pilot’s license. We use drones to document projects before, during and after the installation. Dan has embraced his “hybrid” role at NES, which seems to be evolving all the time. And, if you ask Dan, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jesse Symonds

Solar Project Manager

Jesse graduated from… you guessed it: SUNY Morrisville and joined NES in 2019. Jesse arrived to NES already with years of experience and a strong resume. On top of that, Jesse also holds the elite NABCEP Photovoltaic Installation Professional certification. NES was thrilled to add another NABCEP certified member to the team. Jesse’s main focus on a solar installation is the electrical plan. Jesse’s arrival to NES couldn’t have come at a better time!

Aden Orzell

Solar Project Manager

Aden is the most recent hire at NES, starting first as a Solar Installation Intern while completing his degree at SUNY Morrisville. Aden brings a lot of energy to each project and he works closely with Andrew, Jon and Jesse. Aden is always ready to learn from his more experienced teammates — and he is always hungry to take on more responsibility. We look forward to seeing his role at NES grow over time.

Dick Scheutzow

Solar Sales Representative

After spending time in other industries, Dick became attracted to the solar industry because he wanted to be a part of the climate change solution. As a Solar Sales Representative for NES, Dick has been a key piece of the team as he works closely with Kevin on Sales and Marketing initiatives. Dick is a lifelong resident of Central NY and cares deeply about his family, community and customers.