About Us

Apadana Solar Technologies provides engineering, procurement, and construction management services across the spectrum of solar energy projects, small to large and simple to complex.  We are a company founded and staffed by engineers, supply chain professionals, and solar energy experts, with a mission to help our customers achieve their social, environmental, and financial goals via clean energy.  We manage solar energy projects from start to finish and pay attention to all of the big and small details to bring the greatest benefit to our customers.

We have built our business based on complete transparency and clarity. We believe that our customers have the right to make educated decisions based on their needs and budget, therefore our engineering team will provide detailed information to each customer about the products and innovative solar solutions and options.  Apadana only specifies the highest quality components and material from proven (Tier 1) suppliers.  We will ensure that you receive the maximum benefit possible through national, regional, and local sustainable energy incentives in order to optimize the financial return and payback time of your solar investment.  We exceed our customers’ expectations by providing high quality and affordable products with the most efficient design.  Careful, robust, and reliable installations are permitted and performed by Apadana LLC, our licensed, bonded, and insured sister company, licensed as both an electrical contractor and building contractor.  Apadana Solar Technologies is not a licensed electrical contractor.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about solar or your potential project, either by phone, email, or our Contact Us form.  We appreciate the opportunity to help make your solar objectives a reality.

John Ehresmann

President, Apadana Solar Technologies

Meet The Team

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John Ehresmann, Co-Founder and President

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Mr. Ehresmann is President of Apadana Solar and leads day-to-day business operations.  He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.  Mr. Ehresmann has 28 years of progressive functional and leadership experience in Engineering, Operations, and Supply Chain Management with Fortune 500 companies including Emerson Electric, Medtronic, and Pentair.  Before joining Apadana he most recently served as Vice President, Global Supply Chain for the $1.5B Flow and Filtration business of Pentair.

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Ahmad Kian, Co-Founder and CEO

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Mr. Kian is CEO of Apadana Solar as well as Co-founder/President of Apadana LLC, and leads strategy and business development for the business.  He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Management of Technology.  Mr. Kian has over 30 years of Engineering, Procurement, Supply Chain, and Operations leadership experience with Fortune 500 companies such as DataCard, Emerson Electric, and TTX.  His passion for efficiency, lean enterprise, and sustainability drives the strategies, objectives, and business direction of Apadana.

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Ehssan Taghizadeh, Co-Founder and CTO

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Mr. Taghizadeh is CTO of Apadana Solar and co-founder and CEO of Apadana LLC.  He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters degree in Microelectronics and Microprocessor Chip Design.  Mr. Taghizadeh brings a unique blend of deep hands-on technical expertise and substantial executive leadership experience to Apadana.  Previous to founding Apadana, he held progressive roles in Technology, Design, Engineering Management, and served as CEO at Comtrol Corporation, Digitiliti, and Heilux.

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Behnaz Beladi PhD, Director of Engineering

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Ms. Beladi is a R&D Scientist for Apadana, LLC, and supports Apadana Solar by vetting and developing key technologies and solutions to bring leading edge sustainability solutions to Apadana’s customers.   She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainability from the Technical University of Vienna. Ms. Beladi has taught and collaborated in the areas of sustainable building design, commercial / utility-scale PV system design and advanced sustainable commercial/industrial HVAC systems. She is Apadana’s head engineer for solar, storage, energy management and control systems and is responsible for supervision of in-house solar designers and managing external professionals. 

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Ameer Kian, Director of Procurement

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Mr. Kian is Director of Procurement at Apadana, LLC, and supports Apadana Solar by managing all material, services, and logistics procurement for the business.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.  Mr. Kian honed his category management and analytical skills at Best Buy and Target before joining Apadana in 2014.

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Mitchell Rogalsky, Engineering Project Manager 

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Mr. Rogalsky recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. He comes to Apadana with a wide range of experience in solar, from heading the development of two solar systems on small satellites to leading the Electrical Team of the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project. Leveraging his multidisciplinary talents he is able to tackle unique challenges with a highly motivated, creative, and adaptable mindset. 

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Lee Stagni, Director Planning, Administration & Communications

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Mr. Stagni brings over four decades of progressive management experience in the technology arena, providing leadership in business unit planning, contracts, customer administration and corporate communications. He holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Nicholls State University. Previous to joining Apadana, LLC, Mr. Stagni held Chief Operating Officer roles with Comtrol Corporation, Green Lites Technologies, and Heilux, and was the Chief Marketing Officer at AmeriData Technologies, Inc. a $2B NYSE listed computer firm.