Raised in Troy, Rodney learned the value of hard work from his parents and grandparents. After
graduating from Troy High School, he earned an engineering degree from Cornell University, and
now owns and operates the Empire Solar Store on Brunswick Road. Through Empire Solar, Rodney has created local, green jobs and donated services to various local organizations. Rodney and his wife, Jolene, are raising their two boys just down the road from their store.
Rodney is an adjunct professor at HVCC, where he teaches photovoltaics, and at Skidmore College, where he teaches environmental studies. He is currently working on a book on solar power for the new green economy. Prior to starting his own business, Rodney was a software and systems engineer, helping businesses and governments use technology to improve customer service, increase safety, and enhance efficiency.