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About Roark Solar

Take a moment and meet Roark Solar and Environmental Equipment’s Staff

Jim Roark - Roark SolarJim Roark, Owner– Jim founded Roark Solar in 1978.  He is a Florida State certified solar contractor, CVC56710 and a state certified pool contractor, CPC1458076. His solar heating experience spans over 35 years, but he isn’t your ordinary solar contractor. For starters, he holds a university degree in physics and actually taught physics before entering the solar industry.

Jim’s experience as a physics instructor made him a perfect fit to train solar technicians and sales representatives. He joined Aquatherm Industries as one of the manufacturer’s first few employees in 1976. While trained as a physicist, Jim advanced through the marketing side of the company, becoming national sales manager within a short time. During his time with the young manufacturing company, sales increased ten-fold, from just $500,000 in 1976 to more than $5 million two years later.

This sort of success demanded extensive travel, and Jim decided to leave Aquatherm Industries in 1978 to spend more time with his family. But he didn’t stray far; becoming the Aquatherm Industries dealer for Sarasota and Manatee counties. Today, over 35 years later, Jim and Aquatherm Industries are still going strong. Jim still personally reviews the sizing and design specifications of every Roark Solar System.



Ken Jones, Partner. Ken supervises and services Roark Solar and Environmental Equipment’s commercial heat pump, gas heater and automation sales. He is a nationally licensed Certified Commercial Pool Operator and has a Florida Gas License, 29989. He has over 30 years of experience working in all phases of commercial pool heating, service and automation. Ken is also an authorized service representative for many major swimming pool equipment manufacturers, including Aquatherm, Hayward and Goldline pool automation systems, to name just three.

Ken has a background in electronics and builds geothermal heat pumps. His extensive knowledge in commercial pools, pool heat pumps, salt chlorine generators and pool automation systems allows us to handle any swimming pool technology application.



Eric Peters, Installation Supervisor. Eric has ten years of experience in all phases of solar energy systems installation and service. He has completed the Florida Solar Energy Center’s Technical and Service Training for solar pool heating and solar hot water systems, together with FSEC technical training for photovoltaic (solar electricity generation) systems. He is also an Aquatherm, AET, and Goldline warranty and service technician.

Eric’s greatest strength is his ability to communicate and work with customers. Eric’s knowledge, attention to detail, and dedication to all of our customers has assisted in making Roark Solar a continued success.


And just what, exactly, does all this experience mean to you?

It means peace of mind because you’re dealing with a company driven more by after-the-sale technical and engineering concerns than by a simple desire to make the next sale. Specifically, you can expect:

    • Straight answers
    • Correct system sizing for your unique needs and site factors
    • Realistic expectations of system performance
    • Correct plumbing installation and system hydraulics
    • The most advanced, safe and trouble-free systems available today

So give us a call at 941-924-3016, or click the big green button and complete our short estimate request form, and experience the Roark Solar difference….. You’ll be glad you did!

We will install and service your solar hot water, pool heating and solar electric in Sarasota, Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, North Port, Englewood, Parrish, Palmetto, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch,  and Manatee County.


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He fixed up the solar hot water and the solar for the pool. We had a local company install solar heating for our pool, then the following year we had solar panels installed to heat the water.  This job did not go well so we inquired with this company to find out what they did wrong.

Roark Solar is a BBB Accredited Solar Energy System Designer in Sarasota, FL