About the Team
Founder Kelly Keilwitz is the managing member of Whidbey Sun & Wind, LLC. Kelly is a registered professional civil engineer with a background in geotechnical engineering. Kelly's training in renewable energy began in 1999, through Solar Energy International. He has completed the following courses through SEI: Photovoltaic Design & Installation, Advanced PV, Wind Power, Microhydro Power, Solar Hot Water, Build Your Own Wind Generator, and Solar Home Design. Kelly is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a Certified Solar PV Installer. Kelly is also a steering committee member of the Sustainable Whidbey Coalition.
Kelly and his family live next door to the Whidbey Sun & Wind office. His home is a model of sustainable remodeling and living techniques and renewable energy use. Kelly and his family enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, paddling & sailing and living in this beautiful, rural community as sustainably as they can. Kelly is a member of the Mount Baker Ski Patrol, and the Island County Trails Council. "I consider myself very fortunate to live in a beautiful place, have a half-minute commute (if I pause to pet the dog and breathe in the setting), where I get to work with such a capable, committed, and fun group of people, providing solutions that make our customers happy and the planet a better place!", says Kelly.
Lori Christian is the Office/Financial Manager for WSW. She is also the Vice President and a founding member of Solar Installers of Washingtion (SIW). An autodidact and multipotentialite by nature, Lori came to WSW via a winding career path that included stints in early childhood education, independent book selling, and banking -- with time out for homeschooling. She has been with WSW since 2007. "WSW has the BEST customers, staff, and community. Our team takes pride in our mission and that's apparent in the quality of our installations and the gratification of our customers." When not in the office, Lori hangs out with her critters, gardens, dances, snowshoes, kayaks, spins, knits, and indulges her curiosity. She and her household enjoy the clean energy output from a 7.85 kW PV system.
Brett Westby, installer and inventory manager, is a sharp member of the team. He makes sure that everything flows smoothly with the installations. Brett disappears for long periods into the mountains every summer.
Electricians Golda and Lance Moore work their magic with wiring. Golda started her electrical training as a teenager with her father Lance, an electrical contractor/administrator/journeyman. She has since then become a liscensed residential journeywoman, a NABCEP certiﬁed installer, and has worked on many residential/grid-tied installs and commercial and battery back-up projects. “It has been my pleasure working for Whidbey Sun and Wind. Each of us as individuals have had experience in different areas, and have been able to offer this knowledge to the team, and because of that feel valuable. We learn from one another, which makes us a stronger.” Golda has done work in Africa with NGO Solar Aid, doing upgrades and installs for a school, clinic, and community center using a integrated solar power center designed and manufactured by a company Solar Nexus International, that she works with in her spare time. When she is not on the job Golda likes to swim, bike, run, play capoeira, garden, travel, hike, and laugh and make others do the same.
Mark Anderson, joined the WSW team as an installer in January 2010 after completing three Solar Energy International courses: Grid-tied PV, Solar Hot Water, and Advanced PV. Mark has been designing and managing projects for WSW since 2011, and loves helping people reach their renewable energy goals. His home in Anacortes features a grid-tied 3.6 kW PV system, as well as solar hot water. When he's not working, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, gardening and playing ultimate frisbee.
NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™
Paul Dickerson grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Automotive Design. He was part of WWU's solar car racing team that raced accross the US and Australia in 1990 and 1991. Paul has held engineering positions at Boeing and Starbucks Coffee, and also has a significant amount of experience in the constuction industry. Paul owned and operated his own home inspection business for seven years. When not at work, Paul enjoys living and working on his farm with his wife and two children.
NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™
Kyle Collins, born and raised on a roof in South Whidbey, has a strong appreciation for the beauty he grew up with. After spending some time on an off-grid farm, he fell in love with the lifestyle. Currently he aspires to achieve self-sustainability and finds joy in creatively helping others reach their own goals of sustainability. He took the Grid-tied PV SEI course and moved back to Whidbey to start his family farm. When he's not on a roof, in the shop or on the farm, he spends his time with loved ones, usually playing some guitar wherever he ends up.
When Adam Wundrow first moved to Whidbey Island in 2008, he spent six months living in the Maxwelton Creek Cohousing Community in a straw-bale house. Here he discovered renewable energy in practice among the households which included passive solar heating, solar water heating, hydronic in-floor heating, and photovoltaic electricity. Later in 2010 he was able to spend three weeks on Orcas Island at the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead while taking their permaculture design course. There he learned even more about renewable energy and ecological design. He has since been very eager to learn more and to put concepts and ideas he has learned into practice. Adam currently lives on a small biodynamic farm on South Whidbey and enjoys hiking, climbing, and spending time with his two boys, Ian and Ezra.
Mark Smail joined the team as an installer with a great passion for solar. Mark and his wife have lived in a PV powered, off-grid house for seven years. He has earned a Solar Professionals Certificate through Solar Energy International and has achieved a NABCEP PV Entry Level Certificate. Mark's passions aside from solar include skiing, climbing and kayaking. When not installing solar, Mark and his wife can be found skiing and climbing in the greater mountain ranges of North and South America.
NABCEP Photovoltaic Entry Level Certificate #5400417615
Elise King, is WSW’s intern. She is studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Portland and is excited to be learning more about renewable energy and solar power. Elise enjoys sailing, skiing and hiking.