Board of Directors

Solar Washington's Board of Directors is comprised of industry professionals, solar supporters and others who volunteer their time to help the organization with its mission to provide educational resources and opportunities. It is a working board where members engaged in the organization's programs and activities as well as general oversight. Board members serve two year terms and are elected by the current Solar Washington members and sponsors.

Current Board Members

 

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Jack Newman-President

Jack is a Certified Renewable Energy Professional with the Association of Energy Engineers, and serves as President of the Board of Directors for Solar Washington. Working as a senior sustainability consultant with Säzän Environmental Services (SES), Jack specializes in net zero energy consulting services for high performance buildings, which includes renewable energy, battery storage and microgrid project development. With a focus on energy resiliency for tribal and indigenous communities, Jack is committed to helping the industry become free of fossil fuels. He would like to help Solar Washington engage new audiences on behalf of Washington State's rapidly changing solar industry.

 

Bart Hansen-Vice President

Bart Hansen is a Key Accounts Manager at Clark Public Utilities based in Vancouver, WA and has been with the utility for twenty years. He has spent the last six of those years managing the residential net metering programs hand been an advocate for solar in the community. Bart also sits on the Vancouver City Council.

 

Jay Larson-Secretary

Jay's long time interest in solar energy led him to earn a Master’s Degree in Solar Energy Engineering in Sweden. Not only is it a cool technology harnessing free energy, it has great potential to have a lasting impact for the environment as well as having a positive impact on the social-economic statuses for developing countries and developing communities. Based in his native city of Spokane, he is currently working with PCI Renewables Inc. as a sales & design engineer and desires to see a greater implementation of renewables in our state.

 

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Chandra Romel-Treasurer

Climate change is one of the biggest threats to planet Earth and the expansion of solar energy as a means to offset carbon emissions from fossil fuels is a crucial step in reversing the effects of global warming and pollution. Chandra volunteered for Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network where she gained a deeper understanding of how solar energy works and began teaching people how to go solar in their homes, churches, and businesses. Having relocated to Richland, WA in 2016, Chandra has established relationships with local solar contractors and is plugged into the local climate community through Tri-Cities Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Go Green Tri-Cities, and other up-and-coming grassroots organizations.

 

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Kelly Magalsky

Kelly is currently the Director of Products and Services for Avista where he leads a team devoted to developing new customer energy choices, including renewable programs. He previously led Avista’s solar initiatives and customer experience efforts as well as developed Avista’s business process improvement program. His experience includes launching the largest community solar program in WA (2015) and the largest shared commercial array in WA (2018) as well as oversight of Avista’s net metering. Kelly has a BS in Engineering from Montana Tech and an MBA from EWU and holds a Certificate in Utility Management from Willamette University.

 

Kevin Moens

Kevin Moens is a Lead Solar Technician at Seattle-based A&R Solar. He received an Associate of Applied Science in Renewable Energy Technology, worked one year as a wind technician, completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming, and then continued his education with a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies at Western Washington University.

 

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Suzy Oversvee

Suzy Oversvee is the New Energy Initiatives Program Manager/Senior Program Manager at Snohomish County PUD based in Everett, WA. She has nearly 12 years of experience in designing and implementing conservation and renewable energy programs at Snohomish PUD.

 

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Sarah Vorpahl

Sarah Vorpahl is a Senior Energy Policy Specialist specializing in distributed energy resources at the Washington State Department of Commerce based in Olympia. She is currently working on issues regarding equity and low income households as part of implementing the Clean Energy Transformation Act, the state's new clean energy standard that passed in the 2019 legislative session. Sarah has a doctorate in emerging solar cell technology from University of Washington where she worked at the Clean Energy Institute. After graduation, Sarah turned to policy and received a congressional science policy fellowship where she worked as a climate advisor for Senator Bernie Sanders covering a broad portfolio including climate, energy and agriculture.

 

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Edwin Wanji

Edwin is the owner and founder of Sphere Solar Energy, a Seattle-based solar company that is in its fourth year of business. He has worked intentionally to build a diverse team from various backgrounds whose skill sets create balance and allow his company to produce individualized systems of the highest quality. In 2018 alone, his company has installed over 650 kW of solar in communities across the state and continues to be committed to participating in opportunities to give back to both our local and global communities. As minority business owner who is passionate about expanding the use of solar energy, Edwin bring an important perspective to the Board believing that solar should be affordable, particularly for historically disadvantaged communities in our region. This is an important strategy toward building regional environmental sustainability and health. His background working with the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative offers a broader lens of equity and social justice to the development of policies and projects that impact the ability of our local communities to access solar. 

 

Patrick Nugent, Executive Director

Patrick-Nugent.jpgPatrick has nearly 15 years experience in the nonprofit sector concentrating his efforts on environmental causes including renewable energy. He has a BA in History and Political Science and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.


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