Sundolier’s Advanced Industries award helps bring day lighting to buildings around the world

Sundolier Daylight Harvester

More than a skylight, Sundolier enables the delivery of indirect daylight, all day, every day, as long as the sun shines. Sundolier actively manages sunlight through a rooftop system that concentrates and collimates the sun. A powerful 100,000 lumen spotlight provides light for deep core, two-floor or large open space day-lighting. With a computer controlled, two-axis tracking system and one-of-a-kind daylight harvester and luminaire technology, Sundolier maximizes available daylight and delivers it where it’s needed without glare, hot-spots, or hassle.

In 2013, Sundolier was one of a few recipients of Colorado’s Advanced Industry Accelerator (AIA) grant program qualifying for $500,000 in funding to enable growth and establish a strong base for global growth. “This grant enabled private investment of $1 million from which Sundolier invested in operations, streamlined its supply chain, developed best practices for global installations and deployed installations in North Carolina, Virginia, California and Texas,” said Peter Novak, Sundolier’s president and CEO. Amidst expansion in the U.S., sales grew in the mid triple digits in 2014 and Sundolier is continueing triple digit growth rate in 2015. All of this growth was enabled through the support of Colorado’s unique Advanced Industry accelerator grant program.

Sundolier installation at the North Texas food bank

The Sundolier Opportunity

The idea of incorporating natural light into buildings has progressed beyond energy efficiency and aesthetic design. Several studies have concluded that electric light can have unhealthy effects and can cause depression, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and sleep disorders, while natural light has been proven to have a positive effect on health and well being.

While sunlight is an essential ingredient to high performance buildings, delivery of natural light to various work and activity spaces throughout a building can be challenging. Windows are often not capable of providing daylight to core office, education, retail or healing spaces while blinds, curtains and shading devices often reduce or eliminate potential daylighting benefits. As a primary trigger for healthy circadian rhythm, the wrong light at the wrong time disrupts this essential biological cycle.

In addition to the human factors, correctly engineered and delivered sunlight eliminates or greatly reduces electric lighting and related green house gases. Without the need to convert sunlight to electricity and then to electric light, natural light is the most efficient use of sunlight. When natural light is coupled with other renewable energy, near and net zero buildings are achievable today.

A core space in a building void of daylight is essentially a cave, a dead space where it is impossible to grow, thrive and flourish. Any occupied space cannot be transformed from poor to good or good to great without daylight. Additionally, near or net zero buildings with truly sustainable human space cannot be achieved without daylight in the building core.

The Sundolier Solution

Sundolier solves the challenge of introducing natural light to under-lit spaces at a competitive value by offering indirect day-lighting capable of fully lighting 1,000-4,000 square feet of space through one, two-foot diameter roof penetration. Ideal for commercial and office lighting design, as well as healthcare, municipal, and industrial applications, Sundolier is retrofit and specification-ready. And with deep core and two-floor capabilities, a daylighting vision can reach new levels in sustainable building design.

With one circular 2ft.(.6m) roof penetration, Sundolier gathers more light than any other device of similar diameter. In fact, Sundolier delivers a directable 100,000 lumen beam of sunlight taking the “I hope it works” out of the daylight equation often seen with passive window and skylight solutions.

Sundolier at the Hockaday School

Through a Sundolier Daylight Harvester, the power of the sun is captured via an electronic dual-axis digital tracking system that utilizes common drive components for azimuth and elevation. Specialized mirrors create a powerful, collimated beam of sunlight to deliver 100,000 lumens to the interior below. The harvesters offer excellent efficiency, they are built to last, and built for the outdoors. Rated to withstand weather conditions around the world, Sundolier systems are installed in the United States, Africa, Japan and the Middle East.

Advice from a Daylighting Expert

If you’re thinking about bringing daylighting into your space, Peter Novak recommends the following:

DON’T Accept:

  • Status quo in building design and performance.
  • A building designed solely for low operating costs.
  • Mediocre space, demand more; but you also have to be willing to pay more.
  • Delegating the full scope of work for design of a new or retrofit space. Who knows your business better than you and can provide insight into what attributes of the space will allow your business to THRIVE and ultimately assist the communities around you to sustain ever higher levels of performance.

Sundolier at Lightning Hybrids industrial space in Loveland, CO


  • Make conscious decisions to build an excellent space, a high performance space for the primary purpose it is intended to support – work, learning, healing, selling, meeting……
  • Ask if the space will be GREAT or will the space JUST MAKE DO?
  • Confirm that the stakeholders in the building design will help your business achieve beyond your current expectations.
  • Ask yourself if the entrance space and large core spaces with temporary occupancy, that are commonly day-lit, are really the spaces that deserve the most attention and cost? Or is it where the business is done where the most attention and the highest cost should occur?

Contact Sundolier to learn more about how natural light is essential to human and business performance. The Sundolier team will assist you and your trusted partners in creating spaces where working hard and staying healthy is enabled by design – not by hope.