About Innovative Solar

Innovative Solar Utility (ISU) has over thirty years of design and engineering experience. Within an industry evolving as rapidly as the solar industry, it is essential that we forecast the changing needs of our customers well in advance. We achieve this by anticipating future changes to the UL requirements, collaborating with our customers, and identifying patterns and regulatory changes within the industry. ISI uses the latest innovations in engineering and manufacturing technology to expedite the development of our products. We sincerely value the relationships we build with each and every one of our customers, and look forward to bringing the market the most innovative, distinguished, and dependable solar products available. All of our products exceeds to the latest UL guidelines and requirements.


Innovative Solar’s leadership was fostered through the knowledge and skills acquired through working for highly respected Fortune 500 corporations. Our team is composed of seasoned industry veterans with decades of EMS and solar manufacturing experience. The unmatched vision and experience of ISI’s executive committee members have significantly contributed to the rapid growth and strategic direction of the solar industry.

Jim Peplinski - CTO

Jim led a creative engine for 11 years, prior to founding Innovative Solar Inc. He was behind all solar concepts and designs including a complete portfolio of Balance Of System products resulting in US patent (8687848 B2) at a Solar/EMS manufacturer. Jim completed and delivered over 100 semi-conductor equipment designs and products supporting demanding tier 1 customer requirements.

Robert Bennett - President

Prior to Innovative Solar, Rob ran operations for 5 years at a leading Solar concepts and design manufacturer and has over 20 years of experience holding key leadership positions in marketing, operations, sales, business development and engineering supporting OEM and EMS industries.

Ben Castillo – Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development

Ben has over eleven years of solar industry experience most of it on the inverter side as a Technical Trainer for the Solar Academy, he specialized in Technical Sales and Marketing with a focus on Residential and Commercial systems. Also, Ben worked in the Service organization in utility-scale service sales, later transitioned to a Head of Marketing role. Before that, he worked as a trainer for AT&T / Bell Labs Lucent Technologies, where his specialties included environmental health and safety, employee development, fiber optics, and central office back-up power systems. A California State University-Chico alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

Kevin Afshar – Head of Sales North America

Kevin has been specializing in Electrical BOS and working with Rob and Jim since 2010. His emphasis on providing a total electrical solution from LV to MV, both AC and DC, has earned him a strong and reliable reputation in the Solar industry. Attention to detail, creative ideas, and understanding the big picture has contributed to the growth and evolving solutions, including problem solving, that ISI has become known for.