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!

Jim Dalton

Solar Superintendent 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 Superintendent position, managing multiple crews while producing the highest-quality installations and raving customer satisfaction. Jim also fulfills our warranty division and juggles various project management duties in our main office. In his spare time Jim enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors.

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.

Nick Field


Apprentice, Nick Field, started in construction as a teenager and boasts a background in plumbing, electrical, and, of course, solar! But that didn’t keep him from attending college in Santa Barbara where he studied political and environmental science, not to mention marine biology. A man of many talents, Nick also became a surf instructor for Santa Barbara Community College and UC Santa Barbara. Joining NW Wind & Solar in 2017, Nick brings a vast amount of experience from his previous employment with both Solar City and Tesla Energy. “I enjoy every day in solar because it’s exciting and always evolving,” says Nick. “It’s a clean energy source that can bring power to people, businesses, cities, and even Third World countries.”

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

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.

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 a year, Paul began his own renewable-energy consulting business. Teaming up in 2011 with Northwest SEED (now Spark Northwest) — a non-profit dedicated to promoting renewable energy to Northwest communities — Paul assisted in organizing the citizen committee for a new program in Washington, 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 Washington, as well as NW Wind & Solar’s own NW Solar Now! workshops. In 2013, Paul was an invited speaker at the Snoqualmie Tribal Green Summit in Portland, Oregon.

“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.”

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.

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.

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.