About Us

Montante Solar is a full-service developer and installer of commercial and industrial solar energy systems. We are a trusted, single source for companies, municipalities and not-for-profits looking to advance sustainable operations. Our engineering and project management teams work with each client to deliver customized solar solutions that provide an optimal return on investment. Whether you’re a business that is ready to solarize its operations, or a developer seeking a large-scale solar construction partner, Montante Solar is your power partner. We make going solar simple.

Company History

Montante Solar, headquartered in Buffalo, NY, was founded in 2009 by Daniel Montante and Matthew Montante. Initially focused on building commercial rooftop solar projects, Montante Solar was soon developing and constructing the region’s largest and most innovative solar sites. Today the company is active in delivering clients a portfolio of clean energy solutions that are optimized for their unique siting and budget requirements, while maximizing the benefits of a clean, reliable power source.

Montante Solar is an affiliate of Montante Group. Learn more about Montante Group and how it delivers world-class real estate development, construction and solar installation services here.

Our Team

Daniel Montante

Co-Founder & President

 

  • Oversees company operations and strategy
  • Former Director of Mergers & Acquisitions – Greater China at DuPont
  • Board treasurer of NY Solar Energy Industries Association
  • Board of Directors of Artpark & Company, Inc. and Arts Service Initiative of WNY
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Skidmore College
  • M.B.A., Wake Forest University

Matthew Montante

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

 

  • COO of the Montante Group
  • Oversees operations for Montante Solar, Montante Construction, and TM Montante Development
  • 15+ years of experience in real estate and solar development
  • Co-founder of Montante Solar and Montante Construction
  • Led Montante Solar in service and geographic expansions
  • B.A., Skidmore College

Breanna Penque

Vice President of Finance

 

  • Oversees all aspects of the company’s accounting and finance functions
  • Prior finance director for E.W. Scripps
  • Extensive experience in the beer industry, leading finance teams for Constellation Brands and North American Breweries
  • B.S. in Economics, SUNY Fredonia
  • M.S. in Finance, Indiana University

Joshua Gillebaard, P.E.

Director of Engineering

 

  • Oversees electrical design, photovoltaic systems, monitoring and maintenance of systems
  • Extensive experience in network expansion and green energy integration
  • Avian Resource Manager with New York National Guard
  • NABCEP Certified
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo

Katie Soscia

Director of Business Development

 

  • Leads customer engagement, RFP response and contract negotiation
  • Overseen installation of more than 8MW of solar systems in NYS
  • Certified Daily Storm Water Pollution Protection Plan Inspector
  • Expert in complex commercial and industrial solar installation
  • B.A. in Broadcasting and Mass Communication, SUNY Oswego
  • B.S. in Business Administration, SUNY Oswego

Steven Erck

Project Executive

 

  • Oversees all aspects of project delivery, pre-construction through closeout
  • Oversees team of Project Managers, Superintendents and Electricians
  • Montante Group Safety Committee Lead
  • Successfully managed over $200MM worth of projects
  • NYSDEC E&SC Trained Contractor
  • B.S. in Business Administration, SUNY at Buffalo

Jessica Fuchs

Project Manager

 

  • Responsible for overall project success, from initiation to closure
  • SWPP Certification
  • Licensed HVAC and Light Commercial Contractor, City of Buffalo
  • Committee chairperson of NeighborWorks – Buffalo
  • B.A. in Mathematics, SUNY at Buffalo
  • M.A. in Structural Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo

Cameron McLaurin

Project Manager

 

  • Responsible for overall project success, from initiation to closure
  • Former Transportation Construction Inspector with NYSDOT
  • Civil Engineer in Training, NCEES
  • B.A. in Applied Mathematics, SUNY at Buffalo
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo

Proud to be Part of the Montante Group

Montante Solar is proud to be part of the Montante Group family of companies. This group, including TM Montante Development, Montante Construction and Montante Solar, often works in tandem to create seamless experiences for our customers. Though each company works on independent projects, our customers benefit from the broad range of in-house expertise generated from our cooperative business model.