The SunSource Team

Kansas City's leader for solar installation, renewable energy, green architecture and more, SunSource can assist you with all of your residential or commercial building needs. Our experience in many areas within the architecture industry, including commercial projects, environmental design, passive solar design, energy storage, and solar PV systems have positioned us to serve as your sustainable construction, green remodeling, and renewable energy system company.

Aaron Carson - Principal

Architect, LEED AP BD+C

Aaron Carson - PartnerAaron has over a dozen years of experience in the architecture industry, primarily working on large scale commercial projects as the Project Manager or Project Architect. While the scale of commercial architecture is an exciting challenge, his real passion is for renewable energy and sustainable architecture. That pursuit led him to co-found SunSource Inc.

As a student Aaron was fascinated by studies of passive solar design, environmental design and the various building geometries that harness available energy strictly through design, with the macro and micro climates in mind. These principles became the focus of his interest through both his undergraduate degree in Interior Architecture and his Master of Architecture degree.

Now after years of practicing the craft of Architecture in the traditional project delivery method, Aaron is pleased to be able to apply that experience to a new way of construction; one which is driven by energy efficiency and performance but also environmentally conscious practices and good design.


Keith Graepler – Principal

General Contractor, Sustainable Energy Specialist

Keith has a broad-based background in systems design and general construction. He lived in Colorado until 2008 when he moved to Kansas City. He has spent the last 8 years working with Renewable Energy systems design and installation, energy conservation in residential and commercial buildings, lighting system design for energy efficiency and light quality, energy auditing, geothermal GSHP system design and installation, advanced insulation techniques and wall assemblies, potable water filtration system design and installation, and Solar PV System design and installation. He has managed, designed, and supervised installation of dozens of Solar PV systems for a total of over 1.5MW since 2007 in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington.

Motivated by the positive impact that SunSource has on the environment, Keith is passionate about future sustainable development opportunities all over the world!

Keith is a graduate of Solar Energy International. He also has extensive experience in excavation, site grading and drainage mitigation, water and sewer line installation, concrete and foundation work, irrigation system engineering and design, irrigation installation, brown-water pump system design & installation, advanced brown water filter array design & installation, arborist certification, landscape design & installation, custom stone masonry work, plumbing, electrical, and drywall experience.

 

Tracy O'Connell

Architect, AIA, LEED AP BD+CTracy Pic

 

A graduate of Kansas State University, Tracy has been involved in design and construction for over 25 years working on a variety of project types, including single & multi-family residential, mixed-use, commercial, government, and educational projects. 

Sustainable design, energy efficiency, and working with special needs populations have been a constant passions for her throughout her career.  She enjoys creative pursuits, is a founding member of the Wichita USGBC Branch, and has acted the Owner/Buyer for a small retail store selling eco-friendly products. She is currently involved in the local USGBC & AIA chapters, the Kansas City Down Syndrome Guild, Mosaic of Northeast Kansas, and teaches an evening class at the ITT Technical Institute. 

Tracy has an extensive knowledge of design, code requirements, building materials and equipment, and construction coordination which help her projects to progress smoothly and foster client satisfaction.

 

Cassie Ponce

Interior Designer, LEED GA, NAHB CGPCassie Pic

Cassie graduated with a bachelor's degree in interior design and a minor in construction technology from Pittsburg State University.

Her interests throughout school were in sustainable design, and alternative building and design practices. These interests led her to accept internships that focused on reducing a building's carbon footprint through the reduction of the building footprint and through the use of reclaimed building materials. 

Cassie has worked as an interior designer focusing on improving the livability and functionality of spaces. She is excited to be with SunSource and looks forward to incorporating her education and experiences to make a positive inpact in design.

 

 

Michelle Dunagan

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Michelle is excited to learn everything there is to know about living green.  Her childhood trips were spent visiting her grandparents on their farm.  What she learned there, other than how to fish and catch fireflies, was the value of sustainable living – composting, up-cycling, and growing your own food.

She has over 10 years of experience working in an office setting, supporting customers and tenants with their project and living needs.  She believes that honesty and communication are key to the success of a team and of a business.  She is ecstatic to join the SunSource family!    

 

 

Kristen Cowan

Director of Business Development

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Kristen graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2003. She credits a few people for sparking her interest in responsible stewardship - her father, who taught her everything from celebrating Earth Day with planting trees to composting the family's food and yard waste, her mother, who she still gardens with regularly, and her grandparents, who still farm in Mexico, MO. She has a background in business development, sales, health and weight loss, and management. One of Kristen's favorite previous positions was in car sales, selling ULEV and hybrid vehicles. Relationship building is the cornerstone to any successful business, and having returned to Kansas City three years ago, she has focused on exactly that. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and a proudly serves as a Chamber Champion with the KC Chamber.

With a lifelong passion for the environment coupled with a decade of sales experience, Kristen is excited to join the SunSource team!  

 

Amie Clarke

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Who says sustainability has to be all about Birkenstocks and chewing on sticks? Having resided in community-based living environments including Villa Grove, Illinois and Nak Nek, Alaska, Amie adopted a great appreciation for the freedom and camaraderie that lends itself to a low-impact way of life. In her many travels, she encountered humans who value sustainability as a pseudo religion; it’s their way of life. Honestly, Amie is not one of those people, but would like to begin applying some of the practices that she valued in said humans. 


While living in Chicago for six years, Amie reaped the benefits of public transportation and fell in love with biking. This vehicular freedom allowed her to explore a variety of neighborhoods and homes in and around the city.  New initiatives and implementations of live roofs, community and rooftop gardens, shared cars and bikes, bike taxis, beer growlers, grey water procurement and storage, repurposed materials, and solar, to name a few, intrigued her. After moving back to her hometown of Kansas City, she realized her next job had to be something that she valued. With experience in landscaping, working in corn fields, educational sales, marketing and stand-up comedy, Amie is looking to help to make an impact by encouraging education and humor in all realms and is now ready to take a stab at sustainability and solar power.  With a passion in communicating and helping people to better their lives, Amie joins SunSource!

 

Bill Brown

Construction ManagerBill Brown

Bill is a graduate of University of Central Missouri with a Bachelors of Science degree in Construction Management. He has 17 years of residential construction experience including 13 years of leadership experience. He has extensive experience in estimating, procurement, and scheduling. He has completed 30 hours of OSHA training. He is dedicated to customer service and ensuring a positive communication between the field and office. He is an excellent problem solver with strategic and tactical skills, a strong leader who inspires confidence and trust in others and motivates project staff to perform at high levels to consistently meet project expectations. 

  

Greg Hynes

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Solar Installation Foreman

Greg has a strong focus and commitment to excellence for himself and the Sun Source team. As the Solar Installation Foreman, Greg is an expert at communication in the construction field. He spends the extra time needed to effectively communicate with the customer and guarantee the work is of the utmost professional quality. Greg has the leadership skills, motivation, and dedication to go above and beyond the call to completely satisfy the requirements of professionalism and customer needs when SunSource is finished with your project.

Greg has spent the last 4 years as a crew foreman installing over 1,000,000 Watts of Solar Photovoltaic systems in a variety of styles in Kansas and Missouri. Greg's work background includes masonry, excavation, landscaping, and HVAC.