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About Me

Fresno, California-based Tom Cotter is a Solar Expert and Clean Energy Advocate.

Tom Cotter’s career and volunteer work is dedicated to building a stronger economy, healthier families and a more secure future. He has helped homeowners save over $20 million in electricity costs.

He serves as a board member at three non-profits and is an educator, habit coach, ordained minister and public speaker (

Previous career roles include serving as Regional Sales Manager at both RGS Energy and Sunrun and as Adjunct Faculty at Fresno Pacific University. He also worked as a Pastor with Clovis Christian Church for 10 years, beginning in 1996.

Tom Cotter’s recent philanthropic work includes producing the short documentary film “Forest Man,” which chronicles the story of Jadav Payeng, an Indian man who planted nearly 1,400 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli. It was awarded the Best Documentary prize at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival (

Among numerous organizations, Tom Cotter is a Board Member of the Solar Living Institute (, a Board Member for Restore Hetch Hetchy ( and a Board Member, past President & Chairman of the Board of the International Green Industry Hall of Fame (

Tom Cotter earned Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Literature from Ozark Christian College, alongside a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of California in Riverside, and certification from Sandler Training. He is trained and licensed as a Tiny Habits® coach by Dr. BJ Fogg who founded and directs the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University.

Tom and his wife, Christi, have been married for 18 years and have three children. Their home and car in Clovis, California both run on sunshine.

About My Business

More than 35 years ago, RGS Energy – a Real Goods Solar Company – sold some of the very first solar panels to the public out of a small general store in Northern California. Since then, we’ve installed over 22,500 solar energy systems for homes, businesses, schools, government facilities, and utilities across the country, totaling more than 235 megawatts of clean energy.