Employee Spotlight: Michael Upchurch

Thursday, February 16, 2017

By Erika Schneider, Director of Communications

This month we are  getting to know Michael Upchurch,  a Field Technician for Sundance.

Michael was born in Grayson County, Virginia to parents that were both teachers. Michael has a sister and a brother, as well as 3 nieces and a nephew to celebrate. Currently living in NW Asheville, Michael is on his own, unconventional and enjoying it in his current home, but is considering moving closer to Sundance when his lease is up.

Beginning with Community College and continuing on to Radford University, Michael graduated with a BS in Media Studies, TV and Radio Broadcast Production. In 2009, Michael was living in Austin, TX and took a prep course for solar PV. From there, he gained a certificate in entry-level NABCEP and is studying for full NABCEP certification.

Inspired to work in the renewable energy field by a fatigue of running sound and other audio visual production tasks for corporate people and functions, Michael began to study solar, wind and biofuels. It was really a gut feeling for him that he should make the switch to the industry of renewables and do something that felt rewarding. Solar was the field that beckoned and eight years later he is happy that he made a full career move.

Michael has a passion for the renewable industry and believes in offsetting fossil fuel consumption with renewable energy as much as possible.  With Sundance since last November, Michael has a vision for the planet of environmental preservation, less human impact and world peace!

On to the list!

Three words that best describe you: Real, Honest, Friendly

Last music listened to: Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By

Reading: Life in Double Time: Confessions of an American Drummer

Favorite scent: Florida Orange Groves

Favorite pastime or hobby: Playing my drums

Favorite meal: Thai soup and green chicken curry

Last movie: Silver Streak, 1976. With Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor

Philosophy: The golden rule- do unto others …