Meet The Team

Kevin Charap

Division Manager

A construction company is always looking for multi-faceted people who can think on their feet, are willing to make decisions based on experience and knowledge and can serve it all up with incredible people skills – that’s why we have Kevin Charap. As our General Manager, with a focus on design and installation management, Kevin is responsible for all our business operations, construction projects and customer satisfaction.

After earning his B. S. at WSU in construction management and a minor in business admin, Kevin developed his residential skills with a local development company as their Project Manager of residential community development and custom home construction. He also has experience in commercial and industrial estimating and project management.

With this type of resume it’s not difficult to understand that Kevin’s portfolio is growing. With over 300 projects under his belt at NW Wind & Solar he’s managed showcase projects like the Seattle’s Bullitt Center & Aquarium, Issaquah’s Fire Station #72 and zHome, Google’s Kirkland Campus and Net Zero projects for tribal facilities.

On top of all that Kevin accomplishes for us, he and his wife have their hands full with raising two beautiful girls. Toss in a love of the outdoors, fishing, good BBQ and occasional live concert – we think he’s got the balance of work, family and play taken care of.

Kelsey Hurst

Project Administrator / Marketing Manager

Kelsey joined NW Wind & Solar in 2010 with five years of CAD drafting experience already in her quiver. As a drafter, we rely on Kelsey from project inception to completion, often expecting miracles (and getting them), as project realities require real-time changes. She has worked on iconic projects like the Seattle Aquarium, the cutting-edge Living Building, Bullitt Center project and groundbreaking Lake City Court, for being the greenest affordable housing in Washington.

Kelsey loves being a part of an industry that enables everyday people to invest in the future of our environment by purchasing emerging renewable technology.

As if drafting wasn’t a big enough hat to wear, Kelsey also provides bid support, manages our safety documentation and has recently joined our marketing team.

When the day is done, Kelsey spends her time with her son, enjoying outdoor hobbies.

Dallas Anderson, PE

Electrical Engineer

Dallas has a list of creds about as large as the state of Texas! With 17 years of industrial and commercial projects under his belt (several LEED Silver certified), Dallas hasn’t shied away from anything. The more than 600 projects he’s completed are varied, vast and complex. They include armed forces reserve centers, refineries, schools, retail chains, hospital and healthcare facilities.

Dallas’s designing credits include services, power and medium voltage distribution, interior/exterior lighting, voice/data distribution, medical call and fire alarm systems, lightning protection and over-current coordination, arc-flash and forensic studies.

Oh, and by the way, he also comes in with design and installation experience in both PV arrays and small wind towers to the tune of 1MW of installed projects.

Dickson Harding

PV Project Manager

Dickson came to NW Wind & Solar via our parent company SME Inc. of Seattle. Already an experienced electrical journeyman of 13 years, Dickson joined SME in 2008 and moved to our newly formed wind & solar division in 2009. Since that time Dickson continues to be part of our award winning team on projects like the CITC in Bellevue and zHome in Issaquah Highlands.

Home is busy for the Harding’s with five kids in school and sports, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make a point to head to the ocean whenever they get the chance for some seaside relaxation and family fun.

Paul Higuchi

Design Consultant

After a 20-year stint in corporate leadership and executive coaching, Paul took a bold move into renewable energy by accepting a work-trade position with Solar Energy International. Here he learned a hands-on training approach from the best instructors in the industry. Within the year, Paul began his own renewable energy consulting business. Teaming up with Northwest SEED – a non-profit dedicated to promoting renewable energy to Northwest communities – in 2011, he assisted in organizing the citizen committee for a new program in WA, Solarize Northeast Seattle.

During the Solarize project, Paul was introduced to our NW Wind & Solar team and made the decision to join us in 2012. Since then he has co-led other workshops for Solarize WA and NW Wind & Solar’s own NW Solar Now! workshops. In 2013, Paul was an invited speaker at the Snoqualmie Tribal Green Summit in Portland, OR.

“I believe my job as a technical consultant is to use my solar expertise in such a way, that people can make an informed decision regarding solar electric systems.” Paul’s goal is for NW Wind & Solar to become a 100% referral-based company. “In order to do that we need to excel at making satisfied customers who are happy to send their neighbors and friends to NW Wind & Solar to fulfill their solar goals.”

Devin Malone

Design Consultant

Devin Malone has been making renewable energy projects into reality for over 10 years and on multiple continents. From design and installation of a micro-hydro generator in rural Thailand, to risk analysis of the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive.

Originally from Alaska, Devin graduated cum laude with his B.A. in Environmental and Energy Policy from Western Washington University. While at Western, he campaigned with Students for Renewable Energy to make WWU the first public university in the country to be 100 percent powered by renewable energy. He received his M.Sc. Industrial Ecology from the Delft Institute of Technology in the Netherlands, where he led a team in designing a net zero energy system for a mixed-use commercial site with industrial heritage (Sugar City).

Devin has lived in the United States, Thailand, Bolivia, and the Netherlands; has traveled in over 35 countries; and can greet you in eight languages. He enjoys the outdoors, travel, film and spoiling his nieces, Ava and Lena.

At the end of 2015, Devin joined our team at NW Wind & Solar and he is excited to help the company grow its position as a clean energy leader in the Puget Sound region! He combines his passion for technical and financial mastery with his entrepreneurial spirit to provide our customers with a tailor-made solar or wind energy system and a financing plan to fit their needs.

Max Grinberg

Design Consultant

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Max headed north, after high school, to attend UW. He studied sales and marketing and did independent research that led to the creation of a class focusing on renewable energy. We hired Max right out of college in 2014, we liked his design, renewable energy and sales background and found he has a grasp on the entrepreneurial marketing environment and how our ever evolving marketing may look down the road.

An environmentalist at heart, Max whole heartedly believes the future of our energy production lies in photovoltaic systems and will be dedicating his career to leaving this planet a better place than when he arrived.

Jim Dalton

Solar Lead Foreman and Journeyman Electrician

Managing an electrical business that wired residential new builds and light commercial work for 18 years, Jim decided to try on a new hat at NW Wind & Solar in 2013 and we’re happy he did. Approaching this change with enthusiasm, Jim finds enjoyment in learning a different side of his trade. Jim is a natural born leader and has earned that respect from our team. He assumes our residential field lead position managing multiple crews while producing the highest quality installations and raving customer satisfaction. His reward is garnering copious positive feedback from happy customers.

Josh Ell

Solar Foreman and Master Electrician

Josh is a Master 01 Commercial Electrician with a successful career in field management of electrical projects. Josh has a reputation for having the most organized van, jobsite and the cleanest neatest solar installations on the planet. We scored josh transitioning from a smaller electrical company where he learned valuable project management skills, permitting and material procurement. He essentially managed his own projects start to finish.

Josh joined SME for a more regular work schedule and showed interest in solar while assisting on the Bullitt Center project. We were thrilled to move Josh into a solar foreman role where he’s lead our highest profile commercial projects like the Seattle Aquarium, Google Kirkland, Seattle’s Fire Station 20, Overlake Village in Redmond, Earth Friendly Products in Lacey, Our Lady Guadalupe School in Seattle and countless other small commercial projects.

Josh is married and has a love for performance cars, camping and watching his own meter role backwards from his very own solar installation.

Mariana Hunt

Human Resources and Operations / Safety Administrator

Mariana helps NW Wind & Solar operate smoothly, efficiently and in a legal and professional manner. She’s our detail person. With a background in drafting comment for legislative issues, writing feasibility studies and manuals, Mariana also created training programs and has taught professional seminars.

The scope of her responsibilities at NW Wind & Solar includes operations, payroll, benefits, workers comp, and event planning and safety administrator. As if that isn’t enough to fill out her day, she’s also the Executive Assistant to our CFO, Adam Pinsky.