About Us

Our top priority is ensuring that our customers are supplied with reliable solar systems of the highest quality. Our staff of renewable energy professionals go to great lengths to meet customer needs and expectations.

National Solar Technologies Installation Process

Since 1997, National Solar Technologies (NST) has been an industry leader in the field of engineering and building solar electric power systems. NST is based out of a 34,000 square foot facility in suburban Buffalo, NY.  NST systems are built to last and engineered for reliability in all types of climates and locations around the world. Our attention to detail when developing our systems allows for high reliability in austere environments. NST believes that making sure our customers are supplied with the most reliable system is our #1 priority. We go to great lengths to ensure that the systems we provide meet customers’ expectations for reliability, quality and longevity.


NST has provided thousands of solar energy systems to a wide variety of government agencies as wells as the commercial/industrial sectors. We understand the needs and quality-level our customers expect.  Notable customers include: The US Army, US Marines, US Airforce, US Navy, US Dept. of State, US Federal Highway Administration, Defense Intelligence Agency, NY State Parks, NY State Office of General Services, General Motors, Sallyport Global, Bechtel, SAIC, and many more.  To date, National Solar Technologies has over 10,000 systems deployed across 20 countries.

Meet the team

Paul Vargovich Jr.

NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional

Paul Vargovich boasts over 22 years at National Solar Technologies, where his pioneering work in New York’s solar industry has marked him as a leader. As a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, his expertise is globally recognized. Paul has led high-profile projects for clients like the US Army, Homeland Security, Marine Corps, and the Department of State, as well as various state and local governments. His academic background includes engineering from New Mexico State University and international business from SUNY Buffalo. As company President, Paul also contributes to engineering efforts, focusing on system design, power production, and equipment specifications.

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Jim Bodecker

Director of Business Development
National Solar Technologies

Jim Bodecker is a seasoned professional with a background in commercial insurance, solar energy, real estate, & development. Since embarking on his professional career in 2002, Jim has demonstrated a knack for driving growth and forging strong business relationships. In 2016, he expanded his portfolio to include real estate, where he has since been leveraging his knowledge to facilitate property transactions with a keen eye for detail. Two years later, in 2018, Jim ventured into the solar energy sector, specializing in both rooftop and ground-mount solar projects. His focus primarily lies in the business and development aspects of his projects, where he skillfully applies his extensive experience in finance and permitting to navigate the complexities of the industry.

Matt Smith

Director of Sales

Matt received his BS in Marketing from Niagara University in 2015 and his AAS in Business Management from NCCC in 2013. Matt enjoys spending his time with his wife Stephanie, son Chase, and daughter Madelyn. In his free time, he likes to golf, play basketball, and ride dirt bikes.

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Kyle Bukolt

Solar Sales Associate

Kyle is a 2014 graduate of Buffalo State where he earned a degree in Public Communication. Kyle lives in Cheektowaga with his wife Samantha, son Easton, and daughter Maisie. He spends his free time coaching hockey and baseball. Kyle’s favorite hobby outside of coaching is fishing and favorite place to visit is Allegany State Park.

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Sue Granata

Office Administrator

Susan Granata has been with National Solar Technologies for 20 years. Ms Granata administers daily accounting duties as well as office administration. Susan is well-versed in the requirements of commercial insurance, payrolls, and project accounting.

Keith Burtis

Director of Marketing

Keith has been in the digital marketing game for more than a decade. His passion for the environment and belief that we can all do better brought him to the NST team. When Keith is not being a keyboard warrior you can find him on the baseball field coaching his travel team from Mathewson McCarthy Baseball.

Matt Smith at National Solar Technologies
Why Choose Us?

Experience. Integrity. Reliability.