Why Aurora?

Our History….

More solar power hits the Earth in one hour than humans use for an entire year.  This has been the idea behind decades of slow innovation towards harnessing the sun’s power.  In essence, the sun is a source of boundless energy that we have used in a variety of ways from drying clothes to growing food.  And now in our modern world of energy dependence, we can use the sun for powering our ever-growing need for electricity.  

In 1994, Dr. Fariborz Mahjouri, PE started a company with the concept that one day solar energy would be a much more dominant form of power sourcing.  Under the name Thermomax USA/Thermo Technologies, the company designed and installed hot water systems to prove the concept of solar as an energy source alternative- an early, useable form of what we know solar power to be today. 

In 2007 Thermo Technologies and Aurora Energy LLC merged and the Aurora Energy, Inc. brand was created to design and install both solar thermal and electric systems.  From 2007 to 2016 Aurora Energy continued to design and install a wide variety of residential and commercial solar systems.

Today, Aurora exclusively designs and installs commercial solar.

With over 25 years’ experience in solar system engineering, the team at Aurora has seen it all!  We have come across a wide spectrum of challenges over the years.  With hard work, innovative ideas and thinking outside the box, we  have worked through these challenges to provide our customers a great product with excellent service, driving more 21st century energy production with each installation.  

Aurora looks to the future as better technologies and ever-changing energy needs shape the way we produce power

Our Leadership

Ghashang Navabi

President/Business Manager

Ghashang Navabi is the President and Business Manager for Aurora Energy. Ghashang oversees contract administration, invoicing, payroll and purchasing for the company.

Prior to her time with Aurora Energy, Ghashang was the owner of Columbia Design Studio providing interior design services to Commercial and Residential Customers. She holds a MS in Architecture from the Technical University of Berlin.

Dr. Fariborz Mahjouri


Dr Fariborz Mahjouri is the CEO of Aurora Energy, Inc. He was Vice President of MDV-SEIA from 1998 to 2008. He was a member and served on Standards Committees for ASHRAE, IEEE and SEIA. Fariborz has over 30 years of experience in all facets of business development, corporate strategy, marketing, international sales, and academia. He has an uncommonly broad knowledge base, with particular expertise in the areas of solar energy, management, and real-time computer simulation technologies.

Dr. Mahjouri established the first internet based solar energy business in 1995. He taught at Johns Hopkins University, Howard Community College, the University of Minnesota, and the Technical University of Berlin. Fariborz holds an MS degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, and an M.S., Electrical Power Engineering from Technical University of Berlin. He is a registered Professional Engineer in District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional.

Michael Ryan

VP, Operations

Michael Ryan is the Vice President of Operations at Aurora Energy, Inc. Michael began his career in solar installing with the Aurora Energy team in early 2009. He has successfully installed hundreds of systems in the Baltimore – Washington region servicing residential, commercial, agricultural, and government clients. Michael’s areas of expertise include: project budgeting & estimation, system performance modeling, contract negotiation, PV system design & specification, utility interconnection & permitting, and system commissioning. Michael earned his B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Frostburg State University and has held a NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certificate since 2011. 

Jason Brennan

VP, Project Development

Jason Brennan is the Vice President in charge of Project Development at Aurora Energy.  Jason is a Project Development Manager with over a decade of experience in challenging commercial projects. He began his career in solar energy installing with the Aurora team in early 2007. Jason is responsible for all phases of proposal and project development; included with these responsibilities are annual and project budgeting, contract preparation, installation planning, preparation of shop drawings, and labor schedules. Jason earned his M.A. in Education and B.A. in Liberal Arts & Science at Virginia Tech.

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