Who is kiloWatt Solar?

About Us:

kiloWatt Solar is a Texas-based solar installation company founded by Stewart Masterson and Chris Hayden. Their goal, contribute to building a reliable, sustainable, and clean energy future by helping homeowners and businesses make the shift to solar power. Helping the Texas community become energy independent one roof at a time. Energy independence means harnessing the power of the sun to become a self-reliant energy producer able to power your home or business. Our team believes solar is energy renewed, reimagined, and redefined. The roots of the company run deep within the energy industry with the team’s combined experience of a century. We view solar as a home improvement that is a grown-up investment.

Our Mission:

Help Texas homeowners and businesses become energy independent with solar. Contributing to a reliable, sustainable and clean energy future.  We aim to educate the Lone Star community of the benefits solar energy provides and why investing in solar energy should be apart of their financial future

How We Got Here

We have been in the “green-space” for over 20 years. Beginning as an Austin-based electric vehicle (forklifts and golf carts) developer/ manufacturer of motor controllers & operating systems.  We then entered the residential and commercial electricity brokerage field and over 14 years have established our presence across the Lone Star state and beyond. As “the numbers” for installing solar have improved over the last 5 years, making the switch to energy independence more sense for a growing number of Texas home and business owners. Offering our clients access to the future of energy, from clean energy generation to storage of that energy and using it to power their coming transportation needs, was a logical progression of our roots. 

Meet Our Team

Stewart Masterson

Born and raised in Texas, Stewart is a proud Houstonian having spend most of his life in and around Houston. Having received a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin he returned to Houston to attend Rice University to earn his MBPM.  Following his education he was involved in variety of companies most notably he worked in EV research and development at Dax industries in the early stages focused on developing the motor control systems.  Most recently Stewart has worked the past 13 years running his own energy consulting and brokerage company.  Kilowatt Partners was founded in 2007 tasked with finding and providing customers an energy plan that fit their needs while saving them money. Stewart wanted the company culture to be different from the competition, he wanted Kilowatt Partners to known for treating each client as a part of a family.  If he couldn’t recommend the service to his own family then why be in the business at all? That core value paired with his entrepreneur drive is what sparked the launch of kiloWatt Solar.  Despite his  growing interest in renewable energy when he launch Kilowatt Partners, Stewart wanted to wait for the industry to be advanced in both product development and implementation before entering the market.  After spending years in the R&D side he was excited for the opportunity to offer products and services that will truly add economic value to the majority of households and businesses

  • “Sustainability can be broken into two parts:

    1) Having a household or business that can supply its own energy needs means not being dependent other peoples’ and organizations’ bad decisions. 2) Helping to reduce pollution and improving our lifestyle in the long-term.”

    Stewart Masterson

    Co-Founder

Chris Hayden

A born and raised Texan, Chris earned his degrees from the University of Houston in Entrepreneurship and Finance. After entering the Oil & Gas field as the US operations manager of an international mining company, he shifted his focus in 2017 from fossil fuels to renewables and electric vehicles. Following his wife's advice to chase his passions, Chris began his career in renewables at SolarCity, later acquired by Tesla, as a field energy advisor. After working at SolarCity/Tesla for 18 months, he joined Houston-based KW Solar. As his knowledge base and passion for the field grew, Chris developed a long-term goal of educating Texans on why solar is the next best energy solution for both home and business owners. With a love for the industry and an entrepreneur at heart Chris, left KW to form kiloWatt Solar with his business partner.

  • “My goal is to help the communities realize and achieve energy independence and a more sustainable life.”

    Chris Hayden

    Co-Founder

Laura Masterson

Born and raised in Texas, Laura grew up in the Houston area before leaving Texas to attend the College of Charleston in South Carolina. While working towards her degree Laura was a member of the varsity sailing team, which won multiple national titles during her time on the team. In addition, she was working for Bennett Preservation Engineering in the field of historic preservation and restoration as their business intern. Where got to explore her passion for history as a part of a team working to save it. As away to stay close to her Texas roots she started work as a Kendra Scott campus brand ambassador promoting the homegrown jewelry company from Austin, Texas. Having developed an interest in sustainability and how business can be built on the basis of creating a clean future, her interest in renewables grew. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the College of Charleston, Laura moved back to Texas and started her career with kiloWatt solar.

  •  “My goal, build a clean and sustainable future that improves the environment, and adds financial security to the families and businesses in the communities.”

    Laura Masterson

    Marketing Coordinator