Christina Danenhower is co-owner of The Solar Company, a Diamond Certified company since 2010. She can be reached at (866) 704-2534 or by email.


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With Christina Danenhower of The Solar Company, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

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Solar Misconceptions

By Christina Danenhower of The Solar Company, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

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Christina Danenhower: Keep on Smilin’

  • The Solar Company team

  • The Danenhower Family (and Dogzilla too!)

  • Christina and daughter, Jacqueline

  • The Danenhowers being honored at a Golden State Warriors game.

  • The Danenhowers with Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

  • The Solar Company received SunPower’s Residential Top Producer of the Year Award in both 2011 and 2012.

  • Christina and friends supporting breast cancer awareness.

  • Switch to Solar, Save Lives!

Christina Danenhower: Keep on Smilin’
"Every endeavor has its obstacles, and sometimes you can get discouraged, but if you just smile and keep a positive attitude, things tend to work out.”

CASTRO VALLEY – When Christina Danenhower was a young woman, she adopted a lighthearted expression that reflected her positive outlook on life, but as time went on, what began as a simple motto developed into a full-blown ideology. “In middle school, I started signing my friends’ yearbooks with the phrase, ‘Keep on Smilin’,’ and it basically became my trademark,” she explains. “As I got older, I started using it more and more, whether signing thank-you cards or sending emails. It really sums up my attitude toward life and the challenges it brings. Every endeavor has its obstacles, and sometimes you can get discouraged, but if you just smile and keep a positive attitude, things tend to work out.”

Christina’s sunny disposition suits her well as co-owner of a solar power contracting firm—a role that was preceded by a rapid chain of transitions. “I had recently quit my job as a cosmetologist to stay home and raise my kids, and I started doing design for my husband Mark’s construction company at the same time,” she tells. Just when Christina was getting adjusted to her new livelihood, however, Mark told her his intention to make a move from construction to installing solar energy systems. “I suddenly found myself going from designing homes to trying to make solar sexy. Talk about a challenge!”

While Christina wasn’t immediately sold on her husband’s new professional foray, it wasn’t long before she became an avid proponent of solar. “We started attending solar energy seminars and meeting all these people who truly believed in it and were excited about it,” she says. “Through learning about solar and speaking to people, I became a believer myself.” Since she and Mark launched The Solar Company in 2004, Christina says her favorite part of the job continues to be the interesting people she meets on a regular basis. “Since becoming involved with solar, I’ve met countless remarkable people from every walk of life, from industry professionals to politicians, athletes and TV personalities.”

Originally from Southern California, Christina migrated to the Bay Area in 1986. While she misses the hot So Cal climate, she says she also appreciates the wealth of diversity the Bay Area has to offer. “Up here, there’s a lot of variety over a relatively small area. There are so many amazing people and innovative businesses that have come out of this area.”

When asked what she would do if she could retire tomorrow, Christina says her first move would be to slow down. “I would take a step back from my crazy schedule to spend time with my loved ones and close friends. I don’t think I’ll ever really retire, because I always have new ideas, but I’d definitely take time to do some of the things I miss before setting out on my next big venture.”

Ask me anything!
Q: Do you have a favorite band or musician?

A: Justin Timberlake.

Q: Have you ever had a conversation with a famous person?

A: Jerry West, the iconic NBA player.

Q: What’s your favorite book?

A: The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?

A: The Golden State Warriors.

Q: What’s your favorite dessert?

A: Either crème brulee or cheesecake—it depends on what mood I’m in!

Q: What country would you most like to visit and why?

A: Italy, because my husband is half Italian and his mother was a first-generation immigrant. She and I had a good relationship, and I’ve always wanted to see where she grew up.

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