Laurie Hutchinson is a Project Manager at Obsidian Renewables. Laurie oversees the construction process for Obsidian's solar projects from contract to final commercial operation. In project development she manages the interconnection process, land use planning and permitting, contract development and works with EPC contractors on design and documentation. She monitors Obsidian's existing solar plants and oversees operation and maintenance. She has been working in the solar industry since 2007. Prior to Obsidian she worked in solar electric design, construction management and technical sales.
Kendra Hubbard is passionate about helping others and the environment! She currently works in solar distribution, selling solar materials, equipment, and design services to residential and commercial contractors throughout Oregon and beyond. Her past experience includes solar manufacturing and installation, as well as energy efficiency program management for utilities and commercial and industrial clients.
Kendra holds an MBA in Business Management and Organizational Behavior from Marylhurst University, and she received her Bachelor's in Science Degree in Business Management and Marketing from Portland State. She's earned professional certificates from Solar Energy International and volunteers her time mentoring entrepreneurs through the Cleantech Open, as well as various solar entities. She's also a super proud Mom to Will, animal lover, and plans to live off the grid someday.
Eric Hansen is principal owner and general manager at True South Solar, southern Oregon’s largest licensed solar-electric contractor. True South designs and installs turnkey grid-tied, battery backup, and off-grid solar-electric systems for residential and commercial clients. True South’s solar-powered, net-zero office is home to their team of ten employees. Eric lives in Ashland with his family and enjoys doing mountain sports with them.
Brandon Gwinner is responsible for developing and implementing SunModo’s distribution and sales strategies in the west region. Brandon has been with SunModo for 5 years in the solar and renewable energy industry with a track record of being the top producer. Brandon brings to SunModo extensive experience in sales management, customer relations, support, service & lives and works by the golden rule, “Due unto others, as you want done unto you”. Before SunModo, Brandon held sales positions with Verizon and Clear Channel Radio.
Outside of work, he enjoys Snowboarding, Fishing, Camping in the NW, Surfing around the world and spending as much time as possible with his Brazilian wife of 6 years, 2 Year old son Zachary and 8 month old son Noah.”
E2 Solar’s co-founder and Operations Manager, Mike, oversees the daily operations for both residential and commercial projects. With more than a decade of experience in the solar industry, Mike’s passion for solar-based energy independence is only eclipsed by his commitment to renewable energy as the source of our planet’s health and longevity.
Mike has achieved the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV installer certification, the highest level of industry accreditation in the United States. He has advanced knowledge in the area of energy efficiency as an Earth Advantage Institute Sustainable Homes Professional as well as comprehensive training and expertise in solar technology, design principals and performance criteria. When not at work or with Kelli and the dogs, Mike enjoys exploring Oregon’s backcountry with a fishing rod, a camera or both.
Brion got his start in the solar energy industry in 2003 as an installer at Mr. Sun Solar. During his 6 years at Mr. Sun, Brion installed and serviced hundreds of solar thermal systems throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. A skilled craftsman and powerful thinker, Brion is responsible for the vision of Synchro Solar. Today he is the Lead Solar Installer at Synchro. Brion holds both the Solar Heating & Cooling System Installer (STL) License and the Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) License in the state of Oregon and is also a NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Installer.
Abe Fouhy has been working in Renewable Energy for 17 years, he ran the American Hydrogen Association NW which advocated & researched about using hydrogen as an alternative fuel made through renewable energy. During this time as an advocate and researcher & developer he was exposed to renewable energy at workshops, conferences and in installation work. He has been teaching industry about renewable hydrogen for 14 years of this time. He has worked as a wind turbine rebuilder and manufacturer and at ClearEdge Power which built fuel cells in a technical role, transitioning to working as a full time program developer and Renewable Energy instructor at Clackamas Community College. Coinciding with his work in renewables, he also ran an IT company specializing in medium size infrastructure.
Jordan’s exposure into the world of renewable energy started when he interned at Solar Energy International (SEI). His passion and excitement for solar energy began while he was working hands-on during one of SEI’s workshops to provide off-grid power for a farmer in Costa Rica. After spending four years as a lead installer, electrical apprentice, and solar designer, Jordan decided the time was right to found his own business in Portland, Oregon. Jordan is a NABCEP certified installer and also holds a NABCEP Technical Sales certificate. Jordan is also a licensed LRT (Licensed Renewable Technician) in the state of Oregon and a Tax Credit Certified Technician (TCCT), and sits on the board of the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA). Jordan’s passion for solar energy and international development continue as Sunbridge Solar develops local and international solar humanitarian projects every year. He lives in North Portland with his wife and daughter, and in his free time enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, tennis, and traveling.
Kaitlin Borstelmann is happy to be a part of the team at CED Greentech's flagship Pacific Northwest location, providing solar equipment and proactive solutions to local solar installers across OR and WA. She holds a NABCEP PV Technical Sales certificate and has completed Solar Energy International's Advanced Solar Design Course.
Working in the solar industry the past 9 years, more than 6 of which have been in Oregon, she has developed experience in operations management, strategic sales and business development at the local and national levels.
Her extracurricular solar time is spent coordinating and facilitating local women's networking events and projects. When not solar-ing, she adventures around the PNW through riding and racing bicycles, hiking and camping.
Charlie Coggeshall is a Policy Analyst with Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a national leader in community solar development and services. Though CEC is based in Louisville, Colorado, Charlie works out of Portland, OR, engaging in regulatory and legislative activity throughout the country, including here in Oregon. Prior to joining CEC, Charlie was a Renewable Energy Manager for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), a 501c3 advocating for clean energy development and enabling policies in the Southeastern United States'. Prior to SACE, Charlie supported the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy for over four years in developing technical solar policy reports such as the SunShot Vision Study, and the design and implementation of federal funding opportunities, such as the Rooftop Solar Challenge. Charlie enjoys spending free time with his wife and son exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific NW.
Mark Farrell has spent the last 5 years selling solar photovoltaic equipment for integrators, a distributor and a manufacturer. He is a NABCEP Certified Technical Sales professional and enjoys promoting solar energy at every possible opportunity. He sees our country's transition to renewable energy as a challenging yet important step to securing economic opportunity for all - in Oregon, the US and globally.
Rikki serves as the Policy Director for Renewable Northwest, overseeing the development and implementation of a four-state policy agenda to support the responsible development of renewable energy. Before joining the Renewable Northwest team in September 2016, Rikki worked as the director of Environment Oregon for three years. In this role, Rikki advocated for environmental protections at the local, state, and national levels, including developing the legislative concept, and advocating in support of, Oregon’s community solar program. Previously, Rikki worked as a community organizer in California, New Mexico, and Texas, shaping strategies and leading campaigns to limit global warming pollution. Rikki holds degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Florida. Rikki serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA) and volunteers with the Mazamas Mountaineering Center’s Basic Climbing Education Program. In her spare time, you can find Rikki hiking trails across the Pacific Northwest or in her garden in Southeast Portland.
Jon is a program manager with thirteen years of experience in the solar industry. He started his career in solar as the Executive Director of OSEIA, where he served for six years. At OSEIA, Jon worked with industry professionals to increase membership, craft policy, and lobby on behalf of solar companies in Oregon. Jon is now at REC Solar where he is developing a new community solar business unit. He has held leadership roles as a senior developer and program manager in the development of over 100MW of PV projects and is experienced in the full range of project implementation tasks required to move solar projects from early stage origination, to financing, construction, and O&M. Jon has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
Kevin Keene manages sales for SolarWorld, in OR, WA, NV, UT, ID, MT, AK and Canada. With 20+ years in professional sales roles, Kevin joined SolarWorld in 2008, as it is the perfect confluence making a difference for our ecology and economy.
In addition to being an OSEIA board member, Kevin also belongs to the Solar Washington, Solar Installers of Washington, US Green Building Council, SolarNV, Utah Clean Energy, Utah Solar Association.
Pat Schellerup, EC Company’s Solar Program Manager, has been Involved with the development and construction of over 25MW of Solar Capacity. He has developed and built PV Systems in Oregon, California, Washington, Hawaii, and Louisiana. Pat currently holds General Contractors licenses in Oregon, Louissiana, and Hawaii. Pat was Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Solar Industry Association (OSEIA), in 2011, and its chairman and president in 2012. He has worked on solar policy issues with the state legislature and PUC, and participated in the development of OSEIA’s “Visor” (Vision to Integrate Solar in Oregon” white paper, and has been a speaker and panelist at the “2011 NW Solar Expo” in Portland Oregon, “The Future Energy Conference 2012” in Portland Oregon, and at the “Alternative Energy Festival, 2013” on the island of Molakai, Hawaii. He is currently seeking reelection to the OSEIA Board of Directors to continue working on technical and policy issues that affect the industry in the state.
Nick Armstrong currently holds the position of Regional Vice President of Operations in the Pacific Northwest Region for SolarCity. He has specialized in the solar industry for over 8 years of his 16 year career in the electrical industry. He currently holds a Master Electrician License in 19 states providing electrical supervision and consulting on installations across the United States for SolarCity. In addition to his board position with OSEIA, he has held a board position in the past with the Area 1 Inside Electrical JATC were he supports the educational curriculum, students and the board in operational decisions. His expertise specializes in the operational practices from sales, design, installation and interconnection processes in the solar industry.
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