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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Dean Van Vleet-President

Dean is the owner of Solar Forensic Services, a solar module and inverter quality auditing and investigative service, and has worked in the Washington State renewable energy industry for over 20 years. He is also currently serving as the Director of Engineering at PureSolar in Tumwater, WA. In 1997 he joined Trace Engineering (later purchased by Xantrex Technology) to design and launch early grid-tie inverters and off-grid products. In 2007 he joined OutBack Power and helped created a spin off PV module division known as Silicon Energy. He was one of the primary design team members for Silicon Energy’s Cascade double glass PV module. While also working with Silicon Energy, he worked as an Application Engineer for OutBack. In 2011 he was one of the founding members of Itek Energy to bring to full scale PV module production in Washington State and served as their Process Engineering Manager for over 6 years. Dean has used PV and battery backed up inverters at home for over 18 years and recently upgraded his system with a 5kW PV array. Dean has an Industrial Electronics degree from Renton Technical College and has been a SolarWA member for over 15 years actively promoted the expansion of solar energy in Washington State.

 

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Britton Rife-Vice President

Britton joined the Solar Washington Board in January 2016. She currently serves as a Project Associate for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council and Policy & Development Consultant for eFormative Options, LLC. She is passionate about renewable energy and enjoys working on policy, engagement, and outreach efforts with diverse groups of stakeholders.

 

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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.

 

Joan Schrammeck, Solar Washington Board Member

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After a 25+ year career in social justice activism, Joan decided to turn her attention to another of her passions, environmental justice and clean solar energy. After assisting her local community in its Solarize campaign she went on to help several farms and businesses get USDA REAP grants for solar. She now works in community outreach for Northwest Electric & Solar. A supporter of “buy local,” she is also active with her local farmers market and serves on the board of her local rural water district.

 

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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.

 

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Leslie Moynihan

Leslie Moynihan is PSE’s Program Manager for Customer Connected Solar. Prior to joining PSE in 2016, Leslie managed the solar programs at Snohomish County PUD and developed Community Solar at Seattle City Light. Before joining the Washington utility circuit, she worked to create and expand models of solar energy adoption from the non-profit sector, first in Boston and then at Northwest SEED (now Spark Northwest) in Seattle. She is now serving on the Solar Washington Board for the second time. Leslie has a BS in Environmental Studies (Policy focus) and Anthropology from Tufts University.

 

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Jack Newman

Jack has a background in construction management, electric utility program management, solar installation contracting, and renewable energy program management with the International Living Future Institute. He would like to help Solar Washington engage new audiences on behalf of Washington State's rapidly changing solar industry.

 

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Andrew Pugmire

Andrew is the Business Development Director for Platt Electric. He joined the Solar Washington Board to help our state continue to change the way we produce and consume energy. Quality jobs are created by solar installers, electricians, salespeople, distributors, manufacturers, and others. Jobs that inspire people and make a positive impact on the environment need to become more commonplace in Washington state. Andrew has worked with solar companies for the last nine years and has always been impressed with how their businesses positively impact people, neighborhoods and communities. He wants to help Solar Washington create more awareness about solar and renewable energy, to grow the solar industry and to create more jobs.

 

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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 over 10 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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