The Whidbey Sun & Wind Team
Back (L-R): Kyle, Paul P., Mark (former project manager), Brett, Adam, and Paul D
Front (L-R) Garrett (former installer), Golda, Patricia, Lori, and Kelly
Front (L-R) Garrett (former installer), Golda, Patricia, Lori, and Kelly
Kelly Keilwitz is the founder and general manager 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 around Seattle, and a stint of 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. He started his renewable energy education with Solar Energy International in 1999, completing Photovoltaic Design & Installation, Advanced PV, Wind Power, Micro Hydro 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 & his family try to live as sustainably as possible. Their renewable energy sources include passive solar space heating, solar water heating, and a PV system with battery backup. They utilize the renewable energy growing around them in a high-efficiency, masonry wood heater. Much of their food is harvested from what they or their neighbors grow, or that nature provides.
Kelly and his family enjoy various outdoor recreations. Kelly ski patrols at Mount Baker, and loves to “earn his turns”.
"I live in a beautiful place, within a great 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!"
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.
Electrician 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.
Project Manager Paul Poechlauer joined the WSW team in 2018 after six years as a CO2 laser engineer. Paul moved to Whidbey Island in 2012 to begin his transition to living a more sustainable lifestyle. He and his wife Sara built their own small, straw-bale house outside of Langley, including a solar water heating system. Paul is excited to develop his knowledge and skills with all types of renewable energy, and is eager to help others achieve their goals of implementing their own renewable energy projects. Outside of WSW Paul is mainly engaged with completing his house build, continually expanding his garden, and tinkering on various projects around the homestead.
Lori Christian has been the Financial Manager for WSW since 2007. She was our former Office Manager and is also the past president and a founding member of Solar Installers of Washington (SIW).
Lori’s role at WSW is changing, but she's still around doing the financial stuff. She has an accounting degree from CSU-Global and is completing her Enrolled Agent certification with the IRS.
When not in the office, Lori hangs out with her critters, gardens, dances, enjoys her grandsons, 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.
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.
Installer and Electrician Trainee Adam Wundrow, has worked for Whidbey Sun & Wind since 2011. He 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 a 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.
Patricia M. Ohoma has been the Office Manager for WSW since 2018. She moved to Whidbey Island in October 2015 from Pennsylvania where she was born and raised. She received degrees in both Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies from Westmoreland County Community College. In 2017 she a started a small business, Sound Tech Solutions, to troubleshoot and help others understand their electronic devices better. Artistic by nature, she also designs and sells unique, handmade greeting cards locally under the name My Fairy Card Mother. Patricia came to WSW after working in various admin and customer service jobs on the Island. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her cat, Skye, going dancing with friends, nature photography, gluten-free baking, being creative, reading, cross stitch, singing, and learning more about graphic design.