The Whidbey Sun & Wind Team
Kelly Keilwitz is the founder and managing member of Whidbey Sun & Wind. Kelly was raised in Southwest Washington and earned a degree in geological engineering from Washington State University. After a few years in Alaska, a few years in Seattle, and graduate school in Australia, interspersed with liberal doses of adventure travel, Kelly settled on Whidbey Island in 1991.
Kelly is a registered professional civil engineer. His training in renewable energy began in 1999 with Solar Energy International, completing Photovoltaic Design & Installation, Advanced PV, Wind Power, Microhydro Power, Solar Hot Water, Build Your Own Wind Generator, and Solar Home Design courses. Kelly is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, and is the certified WA Electrical Administrator for the WSW Team.
Kelly's home is an example of sustainable remodeling and living techniques. Their renewable energy sources includes passive and active solar water heating and a PV system with battery backup. Coming soon is a high-efficiency, masonry wood heater to utilize the renewable energy growing on the 10 acres around him.
Kelly and his family enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, paddling & sailing and living as sustainably as they can. Kelly is a Mount Baker Ski Patroller, and founding member of the Sustainable Whidbey Coalition. "I live in a beautiful place, within a great island community. I walk to the office, where I get to work with a highly capable, committed, and fun team, providing solutions that make our community and the planet a better place. I can't imagine a better way to live!"
Project Manager 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. Mark is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional. His home in Anacortes features a grid-tied 3.6 kW PV system, as well as solar water heating. When he's not working, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, gardening and playing ultimate frisbee.
Brett Westby, inventory manager, has been with the WSW team since 2007 . He makes sure that everything flows smoothly with every installation. Brett is an alumnus of Solar Energy International, with many courses under his belt. Brett disappears into the mountains and out on the ocean every summer.
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.
Lori Christian is the Office/Financial Manager for WSW. She is also the 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.
Operations Manager 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 across 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 construction industry. Paul is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional. Paul owned and operated his own home inspection business for seven years. When not at work, Paul enjoys living and working on his small family farm.
Electrician Golda Moore works her magic with the wiring for each installation. Golda started her electrical training as a teenager with her father Lance, who is involved with commercial installations for WSW. She is a licensed residential journey electrician, a NABCEP Certiﬁed PV Installation Professional, 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. In her spare time, Golda also writes curriculum for, and teaches continuing education courses for electricians and electrical trainees, including Photovoltaics and Code Update courses. When she is not on the job Golda likes to swim, bike, run, garden, travel, hike, and laugh and make others do the same.
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. There 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.