Board of Directors & Staff

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. 

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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 the Director of Clean Energy Solutions 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.


Alex Nephew-Vice President

For the past several years, Alex, with Brown & Brown insurance, has worked alongside the construction community with insurance services. Being presented with a few unique opportunities to benefit members of the renewable energy community, he helped to create a Renewable Energy Team where he specifically focuses on solar. His local company now works with almost every facet of the renewable energy industry with the goal to connect different parties together and help grow the industry! Making connections and furthering the industry is critical. “The solar industry needs advocacy and knowledge to help improve the already growing niche within renewable energy. We need to connect with each other to maintain one voice. I am constantly educating myself and growing more each day; whether I am listening to podcasts, reading articles, or gathering information to further my knowledge of the industry.” We need to be thinking of issues like “End of Life” for PV modules now as “the solar industry is going to explode in the next 10 to 20 years and the need for solar + storage is going to grow. We need to be ready for what comes next and I look forward to” being a part of the solution.

Jay Larson-Treasurer

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.


Bill Beineke-Secretary

William, retired from working with the Federal Government, has spent 20 years self-employed as a mediator/facilitator. In pursuing his goals for solar he researched his installation and studied many YouTube videos on the topic. William is committed to solar on a personal level and will increase enthusiasm amongst the board. With his experience as a mediator/facilitator, he will add his skills in communication to further assist the organization.


Joy Fryer-Board Member

Joy Fryer currently serves as the product and services manager for renewables at Avista Utilities giving her the opportunity to work on customer facing solar projects, big and small. This includes oversight of Avista's Solar Select program, using the generation from the state’s largest solar array located in Lind, WA, and smaller scale projects owned by individual customers.


Richard Hartung-Board Member

Richard is a consultant on retail banking, a freelance writer focused on sustainability, and an investor in sustainable startups. He has installed solar and organized a neighborhood group to promote solar. He also serves on the boards of the Jane Goodall Institute, the Centre for a Responsible Future and the YMCA. He has a BA from Pomona College and an MBA from Stanford University.

Chris Muench-Board Member

Chris has been an industrial professional for over 30 years starting his career in Germany as a Software Architect for Siemens. In 1996 he moved to Redmond to manage the relationship between Siemens and Microsoft, then joining Microsoft as a manager for Windows Embedded.  He started his own company focusing on the industrial IoT in 2009. He is very passionate about zero carbon and climate improvement with his goal to have his home carbon neutral by 2025. Last year he installed a large Solar System with battery backup on his home and was stunned by the fact how little these systems are integrated with other energy management systems. His hope is to not only extend the usage of Solar in Washington by working with partners and the legislative but also drive innovation and integration of Solar with other energy production, storage, distribution, and consumption systems.


Pedro Valverde-Board Member

Pedro has 30 years of work experience as an electrical power and renewable energy engineer. Fifteen of those years were focused on sustainable design consultation (including LEED compliance and solar power installations) on new and existing facilities for Native American communities in the lower 48 States. The other fifteen years were spent working in technical consultation regarding planning, design, and construction inspection of electrical power systems for new and existing facilities. “It seems like a position where one could contribute in combating climate change promoting the use of solar energy instead of fossil fuels.”


Eric Wilson-Board Member 

Eric presently holds employment with CapStone Solar, most often as a commercial and utility-scale bid specialist working directly with electricians to provide them with designs that are field ready as well as with customers to provide financial models and price points. Eric attended Western Washington University, where he received degrees in energy policy and management and environmental science.

Chantal Stevens-Executive Director

Chantal has over 25 years experience as a nonprofit executive director, including 8 years at the helm of Sustainable Seattle and over 10 years with the Community Indicators Consortium. She also held leadership positions at the King County Auditor's Office and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and served on various boards and commissions including the Puget Sound Consumer Coop (PCC) and on the Issaquah Planning Commission.  Her areas of expertise include performance management, strategic planning, sustainability and placemaking.  She holds a BS, MMA and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, all from the University of Washington.

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