Green Festival Speakers

Brandon Leavitt


“Brandon Leavitt is the ‘North Star’ of the solar energy field,” stated Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at a 2009 renewable energy event. Leavitt has guided his company, Solar Service Inc. of Niles, Illinois, to becoming one of the United States’ largest privately owned solar thermal design and installation company specializing in residential, commercial and institutional systems.

Leavitt participated in the first Earth Day celebration in 1970. Studying with renowned architect and visionary Buckminster Fuller, he was inspired to form Solar Service in 1977. That same year he received the first solar contractor’s license granted by Cook County to install the State’s first solar hot water system still in operation today.

Brandon has founded or co-founded numerous renewable energy organizations and events and has presented hundreds of instructional seminars. He often speaks to students of all ages and offers “Lunch and Learn” solar instruction to professional and civic groups. A trusted and proven solar information source, Leavitt frequently appears on local and national television and radio shows, including NPR, and consults with municipalities and state governments.

Today, as Leavitt shares his vision, purpose and motivation with others, Solar Service Inc. continues to grow in size and stature in the business, civic and educational communities.   The cliché ‘the sky’s the limit’ in no way applies to Brandon, who endeavors all to ‘Harvest the Sun.’™