Our Story

There’s a milestone or breakthrough nearly everyday at Solar Stik. Whether our Engineering Team designs a new product, our Production Team gets a huge order out the door, or we welcome a new addition to the Team, it’s moments like these that make Solar Stik the company it is. Below are just a few excerpts from the chapters of Our Story.

 

Named to UF’s Gator100 List

June 1, 2016

Named to UF’s Gator100 List

Solar Stik, Inc. is ranked #73 for the University of Florida’s 2016 Gator100, which ranks the 100 fastest-growing, Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses each year. The award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of leading UF alumni entrepreneurs around the world, regardless of their field of study. Stephanie D. Hollis, MD, Chief Operating Officer and cofounder of Solar Stik, is a 2000 graduate of UF’s College of Medicine and a 2004 graduate of their residency training program in Anesthesiology at Shands at UF. She is also a practicing anesthesiologist.

Cooperative venture with SFC Energy

January 1, 2016

Cooperative venture with SFC Energy

Solar Stik enters into a multi-phase, cooperative venture with fuel cell manufacturer SFC Energy. Phase one of the venture provides SFC with logistics, service, and inventory support for SFC Energy’s North American customers. Both Solar Stik and SFC have complimentary capabilities and service similar customers in the hybrid portable power marketplace.

Team grows, celebrates 10 years

December 1, 2015

Team grows, celebrates 10 years

The Solar Stik Team grows to 30 members, and the company celebrates 10 years in the Portable Power industry.

Foreign military sale ANA

August 1, 2015

Foreign military sale ANA

Solar Stik makes a foreign military sale to the Afghan National Army (ANA) and improves the intuitive design of the Inter-Connect system by incorporating color coding for quick identification of connections in the circuit.

REVs deployed at SeaWorld

May 1, 2015

REVs deployed at SeaWorld

Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex deploys two Renewable Equipped Vending (REV) Machines following a successful initial deployment of six prototype REVs at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. The solar-powered machines are selling beverages at the following locations within Sea World: Shamu’s Happy Harbor, Key West; Terrace Garden, Pacific Point Preserve; and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark.

LifeGuard development begins

February 1, 2015

LifeGuard development begins

Development begins on the LifeGuard Battery Cabinet. The LifeGuard is a climate-controlled, backup power supply.

First international trade show

December 1, 2014

First international trade show

Solar Stik attends its first international trade show, FIDAE 2014 (International Exposition of Air and Space). The show is located in Santiago, Chile, and is Solar Stik’s introduction to several new international business partnerships.

New headquarters

June 1, 2014

New headquarters

The 226 campus is open for business! This building—the oldest building in the 200 block of historic West King Street in Saint Augustine—is the completely renovated and restored home of Solar Stik’s headquarters.

Solar Stik AES selected to power U.S. Army’s PSS-G

January 1, 2014

Solar Stik AES selected to power U.S. Army’s PSS-G

Solar Stik’s Alternate Energy System (AES) is selected by the U.S. Army’s Product Manager Electro-Optic/Infrared–Force Protection (PM EO/IR–FP) to power the Persistent Surveillance System–Ground (PSS-G) and Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) programs. The original configurations for the PSS-G and RAID platforms included only a Tactical Quiet Generator (TQG) as the primary power source when used for “independent” operation. The Solar Stik PSS-G AES is designed to seamlessly interrupt the existing power circuit and create a hybrid model that includes the use of the traditional TQG, but it focuses on the power generated by renewables (solar power) as the primary means of daily power generation. This is accomplished through the introduction of a high-efficiency battery circuit. Also in 2014, a Solar Stik Power Solution is adopted by the U.S. Army’s Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) program as the “program of record” power solution for the WARN tower.

Testing at ExFOB

October 1, 2013

Testing at ExFOB

Solar Stik Hybrid Systems undergo further testing by the Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office during the Experimental Forward Operating Base (ExFOB) demonstration. Utilization of Solar Stik Hybrid Systems is expanded in theater.

Entreleadership refocuses company values

March 1, 2013

Entreleadership refocuses company values

Brian Bosley and Stephanie Hollis complete Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership Training and reshape the way Solar Stik is run as a company. The Mission is clearly defined and Leadership refocuses on the company’s original core values: Teamwork, Compassion, Integrity, Quality, and American Made to strengthen the culture at Solar Stik, Inc.

U.S. Army’s REF deploys Solar Stik Systems for testing

October 1, 2012

U.S. Army’s REF deploys Solar Stik Systems for testing

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) deploys Solar Stik Systems for field testing for the following applications: command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR), force protection, field medical, emergency response, archaeology, and more.

Development of REV begins

March 1, 2012

Development of REV begins

Solar Stik begins development of the Renewable Equipped Vending (REV) Machine for Coca-Cola. The original Coca-Cola bottling plant in Saint Augustine is converted into a prototyping facility for the development of the machines. The prototypes are unveiled in June.

New production facility opens

October 1, 2011

New production facility opens

The Team gets new quarters…following some major renovations. Solar Stik moves its production facility to 195 W. King Street, and its engineering and executive teams move into 226.5 W. King Street (a.k.a. The White House).

3 kW TQG Hybrid System deployed

March 1, 2011

3 kW TQG Hybrid System deployed

Solar Stik’s 3kW TQG Hybrid System is deployed by the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF).

Haiti earthquake deployment

October 1, 2010

Haiti earthquake deployment

Dozens of Solar Stik Systems are sent to Haiti to provide power following the 2010 earthquake.

CRADA with PM-MEP

March 1, 2010

CRADA with PM-MEP

Solar Stik enters into an agreement with the United States Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) to engineer a “hybrid” power solution that enables a conventional U.S. Army TQG to operate seamlessly and automatically with a battery-based alternative energy system. The objective is to reduce fuel consumption, which in turn reduces the burden of fuel delivery to remote locations, and ultimately saves the lives of soldiers going outside the wire.

Second XC road trip

October 1, 2009

Second XC road trip

Second cross-country road tour! Solar Stik makes stops in 15 states en route to California and back.

Success at JUICE event

May 1, 2009

Success at JUICE event

Despite three weeks of rain, Solar Stik maintains operations using its hybrid power model at the Army Program Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) “GREEN COMMAND POST” Joint Users’ Interoperability Communication Exercise (JUICE). This garnered interest from the U.S. Department of Defense in Solar Stik’s Hybrid Power Systems.

Commitment to American-made components

March 1, 2009

Commitment to American-made components

Glen Flitter Joins the Team. Strategic partneships with domestic manufacturers evolve. A commitment is made to exclusively use American-made components in the Solar Stik System.

Hurricane Ike relief

October 1, 2008

Hurricane Ike relief

Founders Brian Bosley and Stephanie Hollis travel to Galveston, Texas, to provide power to first responders during Hurricane Ike. Solar Stik Systems power emergency communication equipment and other devices critical to maintaining morale and comfort (a.k.a. coffeemakers!).

Florida state EOC adopts Solar Stik products

March 1, 2008

Florida state EOC adopts Solar Stik products

The State of Florida Emergency Operations Command adopts Solar Stik hybrid power platforms to operate all of the state communication trailers used during disaster or emergency deployments.

Iraqi theater deployment

November 1, 2007

Iraqi theater deployment

In response to a priority-one directive issued by USMC Maj. Gen. Richard Zilmer, the United States Army’s Power Surety Task Force acquires Solar Stik equipment for deployment into the Iraqi theater of operation.

Florida county EOCs use Solar Stik products

June 1, 2007

Florida county EOCs use Solar Stik products

County-level Emergency Operations Centers in the State of Florida begin to adopt Solar Stik as part of their disaster-response equipment.

First XC road trip

March 1, 2007

First XC road trip

Inaugural cross-country road trip to demonstrate the Marine Solar Stik to the cruising community on the West Coast.

Marine 100 Systems

October 1, 2006

Marine 100 Systems

Solar Stik tackles the sailboat community, and continues developing the land-based version for terrestrial operators.

First military trade show

March 1, 2006

First military trade show

First military trade show! Solar Stik demonstrates its land-based adaptation of the system at Modern Day Marine in Quantico, Virginia.

Solar Stik makes its debut

June 1, 2005

Solar Stik makes its debut

Solar Stik makes its debut as a company offering the only portable power generator of its kind in the world. The design, research and development, testing, and production all were conducted in a single room…by five team members, two of whom are its founders.

Three original Solar Stiks set sail

June 1, 1998

Three original Solar Stiks set sail

The Solar Stik® is first envisioned aboard small sailboats in Key West, Florida, during the winter of 1997–98. Faced with the need to generate power for refrigeration, communication equipment, and lighting, but challenged by lack of space aboard, the original Solar Stik design is a lightweight, freestanding solar and wind turbine power generation platform mounted to the boat’s transom or deck. Based on that design, three original Solar Stiks were assembled and put into use. Each one logged thousands of miles at sea and produced reliable power aboard in remote anchorages. The self-sufficiency provided by the Marine Solar Stik led one of its creators, Brian Bosley, to adapt the design for use on land, opening a new venue for the product.