Jim Roark, Owner

Jim Roark, Owner

Jim founded Roark Solar LLC 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 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.

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!

For over 35 years, Roark Solar has been dedicated to improving the environment one house at a time.

Our services include:

For all of your solar needs, call 941-924-3016 or click for a free estimate!

Now is the time to start controlling your energy costs. Take the first step toward a clean future based upon free, limitless energy from the sun. Proven, cost-effective solar technologies can heat your water, keep your swimming pool warm, and use the sun to generate your electricity .

Solar energy is predictable and socially responsible. A Solar Water Heater can eliminate about one third of your annual electricity bill. A Solar Pool Heater produces no pollution and is the most economical and environmentally friendly way to heat your swimming pool.  A Solar Electric System generates your own electricity and any excess is sold back to your electric company.

  • Residential & Commercial: Providing all of your solar hot water, pool heating and solar electric needs. We also service all major brands of solar heaters.
  • A Reliable Partner: Roark Solar provides environmentally friendly products and reliable solar systems throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1978. We have installed and serviced thousands of solar hot water and pool heating systemsheat pump pool heaters, high efficiency gas pool heaters and pool automation over the past three decades. We are experienced in all aspects of environmentally friendly solar heating system sizing, design and installation, added to a diverse high energy efficient pool product line.
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.