Meet the Team

Eric Shenholm, Michele Ratte, Anya Bredbeck and Helpers

We are a locally owned, family run, company located in southern Vermont. We specialize in solar photovoltaic electric installation and cold climate air to air heat pumps.

Eric Shenholm, Owner Saxtons River Solar, pictured in front of a solar arrayEric Shenholm

Founder/Proprietor of Saxtons River Solar Electric LLC (SRSE), Main Installer, Consultant.

Eric began his career in solar electric in northern Vermont in the 1970s.  He then spent many years in the building and renovations field.  Eric returned to solar technology in 2011, starting Saxtons River Solar Electric, LLC (SRSE). That year he also formed a neighborhood community solar project called, The Saxtons River Solar Collective, which is installed in the back meadow of his property, and now serves nine families (55kW).

In response to customer requests for pairing solar electric with heat pumps for heating and cooling, Eric completed the highest level of professional training to install heat pumps.

  • Elite Contractor for Fujitsu Heat Pump Installations
  • EPA Certified Refrigeration R410-A Technician, Type 1 and Type 2
  • Partner-installers for Green Mountain Power’s Air-Source Heat Pump Program

Michele and TillyMichele Ratté

Co-Proprietor of Saxtons River Solar Electric, LLC, 
Manager, Chief Multitasker 

Michele owned and operated a high-end fashion business for more than ten years, based on her invention of a unique textile printing method.  She applies the knowledge from that experience to running the SRSE office and interacting with the many people that make up the life of a business.

Michele is also a professional fine artist: printmaker and sculptor. 

Tilly is the company Corgi. She is a devoted advocate for renewable energy and “anything edible”.  She is the real boss.  

Anya Bredbeck, Lead Installer, Saxtons River SolarAnya Bredbeck

Lead Installer

Anya, Eric’s daughter, has been working in the trades for ten years, and installing solar electric and heat pumps for three years. She recently earned an EPA Type 1 Certification for heat pump expertise. She lives in Westminster, Vermont with her family.

  • EPA Certified Refrigeration Technician, Type 1

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