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.

Dallas Anderson, PE

Electrical Engineer

Dallas has a list of engineering credentials about as large as the state of Texas! With over 20 years of industrial and commercial projects under his belt (many of which are LEED Silver certified), Dallas hasn’t shied away from anything. The more than 1,200 projects he’s completed are varied, vast, and complex. They include armed forces reserve centers, refineries, schools, retail chains, residential homes, as well as hospital and healthcare facilities.

Dallas’ design 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; as well as arc-flash and forensic studies.

And by the way, Dallas also has design and installation experience in both PV arrays and small wind towers to the tune of 1MW! It’s easy to see why Dallas is both a valued member of our team as well as an electrical engineer extraordinaire!

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.

Dickson Harding

Project Manager

Dickson came to NW Wind & Solar in 2009 via our parent company, SME Inc. of Seattle. An experienced electrician of 17 years, Dickson continues to be part of our award-winning team, managing projects like the Construction Industry Training Council (CITC) in Bellevue, zHome in Issaquah Highlands, as well as hundreds of residential installs.

Home is busy for the Hardings with five kids in school and sports — but that doesn’t mean they don’t make time to head to the ocean whenever they can for some seaside relaxation and family fun.

Kara Hewlett

Project & Marketing Administrator

Kara brings to the table a combined 25 years of customer service and administrative experience. Although an avid Crimson Tide fan hailing from Mobile, AL, Kara has been proud to call Seattle home since 2010 and is excited to join the Clean Energy Movement here in the PNW. Kara enjoys creating breakthrough customer service experiences and says, “I believe it is important to treat every customer like your only customer.” Kara loves to attend music festivals and concerts whenever possible. You can also catch her gardening or getting away to the ocean and mountains with friends.

Paige Heggie

Design Consultant
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Paige is passionate about Solar Energy and thoroughly enjoys talking to folks about the various benefits. Back in 2006 she campaigned for the state’s Renewable Energy portfolio, and began working in the solar industry in 2012. Paige has launched local educational campaigns, led renewable energy farm and home tours, and lobbied for more solar adoption. She enjoys spending time with family and friends near and far. Activities include: Exploring local parks, volunteering for a regional Watershed Council, and seeking out local art wherever her travels take her. She has lived in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle for the past 2 decades. A member of WISE (Women in Solar Energy) and an ongoing student for her NABCEP and OSHA certifications, she officially joined NW Wind & Solar as a Design Consultant in January 2018.

Mimi Kennedy

Front Office Coordinator

Mimi comes to NW Wind & Solar with over 20 years of customer service experience, 11 of which have been in office administration. Mimi is proficient in working in a fast-paced setting, is a quick learner, and if she doesn’t know how to do something she is not afraid to ask! She is always eager to learn new things.

Her role is to be our customers’ first impression; she is happy to get you to the correct person when needed.

In her downtime, besides being a mother, Mimi is passionate about cooking, loves to shop, and is also an avid reader.

Dan Kyriss

Solar Lead Foreman and Journeyman Electrician

Dan arrived at NW Wind & Solar in 2016, and has logged nearly 20 years in the electrical trade. Dan’s background includes working on high-end custom homes, larger commercial projects, as well as farms and ranches — and he can wire anything from septic tanks and generators, to wells and gates systems, and, of course, solar! What Dan enjoys most about his work is seeing different areas of Washington State, while finding solutions to satisfy his customers. In his spare time Dan enjoys taking road trips and being in the great outdoors with his wife, Misty, and daughter, Olivia.

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.

Jeremy Otero

Design Consultant
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Jeremy sailed his way into NW Wind & Solar the end of 2017. He is a retired Army engineer with an extremely diverse background. After his time in the Army Jeremy went on to receive not one, but two degrees from local colleges. Shortly after his nerdy passions landed him in an event coordinator position for a PNW based board game company. There he organized and oversaw large scale events and demos, often working some of the most prolific conventions in the such as PAX and Emerald City Comic-con. A love of interpersonal communications and discovery took him down the journey of consulting. Eventually pulling into NW Wind & Solar’s port.

Now you can catch him with a booth at the local home show or co-hosting one of our amazing NW Solar Now Workshops. If you’re lucky, maybe you can get one of his coveted personalized in-house designs.

In his free time Jeremy loves to travel whenever he can, having spent several months soaking in the culture of Japan, France, and the Caribbean. Days at home are spent hiking Washington trails, winning board games against the friends and family, or tinkering with computer parts.

Eric Russell

Solar Lead Foreman and Journeyman Electrician

Eric started at NW Wind & Solar in 2015, and has logged nearly 20 years as an electrician. What Eric appreciates most about his job is that he’s giving back to the planet. “I’m all about conservation,” says Eric, “and being involved with solar is a great way to help the environment. Plus, this job is fun, challenging, and has good rewards—I feel like I’m part of a real team.” As a residential foreman, Eric also likes working with a multitude of customers and meeting people from all walks of life. In his spare time Eric enjoys coaching select-club baseball and spending time with his family.

Larry Tomlinson

Solar Design Consultant

Born at the Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs Colorado. Larry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Western Washington University and brings 20 years of project management & sales experience to NWWS. His life Loves include photography, triathlons, hiking and a sweet Terrier named Roxie. Favorite Sports Team? Seattle Seahawks of Course! His Father is a Decorated Air Force Veteran, and his Mother worked for NASA. Two of his passions include the Wounded Warrior Project & 4 Ocean- Global Movement.

Anthony Vargas

Apprentice

Anthony enjoys skateboarding in his free time and exploring new places with his girlfriend Ellen (they love Canada!). He is incredibly excited to be working for a company that contributes to making a difference for a better and more sustainable future and can’t wait to see all the places solar will take him.

Matt Wright

Solar Lead Foreman and Journeyman Electrician

Matt began with NW Wind & Solar in 2014. He has worked as an electrician for service and industrial companies, and also for NW Wind & Solar’s parent company, SME. “I like what I do because I get to work outdoors, and with solar I know I’m helping out the environment.” As a culinary student, Matt has a passion for cooking in his spare time. He also enjoys camping, hiking, and fishing with his wife, Erica, and two children, Calvin and Paige.

Alex van Zuylen

Solar Apprentice

“My job helps contribute to a growing industry that can help make a difference in the world,” says Alex, NW Wind & Solar’s newest apprentice. With a background as a painter, Alex joined NW Wind & Solar in 2017 and has been doing one heck of a job ever since! An avid hiker and soccer enthusiast, Alex juggles his spare time between mother nature and going for the goal, with his faithful canine companion, Copper, by his side.