Northwest Electric and Solar LLC is a full‐service commercial and residential electrical contractor with a focus on clean energy including solar photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, electric vehicle charging, and energy efficiency. We take on electrical jobs of any size.
Our solar powered office is in Kenmore just off State Route 522 (NE Bothell Way). We work throughout the Puget Sound area (including Seattle, Eastside, King County, Snohomish County, Pierce County) and install solar statewide.
Our company is built on the strong relationships we’ve developed and the reputation we’ve earned, a reputation that is based on customer service, quality craftsmanship, experience and professionalism. We pride ourselves in offering the highest quality service at competitive prices as well as meeting electric and exceeding electric and building code standards.
Here at Northwest Electric and Solar (NWES) we install solar photovoltaic systems for residential and commercial projects. We believe in using the top of the line technology and customer service to provide the best experience possible as we all strive forward to a cleaner and energy independent future.
Meet the Owner: Derek White
Owner and CEO Derek White started the company in 2011 putting to use a decade of electrical experience he had accumulated with Seattle City Light and private firms. Derek started as an apprentice, then journeyman electrician, and has been certified as a solar PV design and installation professional. Most recently, he became a Master Electrician. Derek built the company from scratch based on his experience, knowledge and passion for superior customer service and solar energy. When Derek first began his venture into solar, he knew it was a match made in heaven. Derek will tell anyone he can about the benefits of going solar, which he can speak of first hand having gone solar on both his business and home. “I have found another love in my trade … free electricity from the sun!”
Derek is responsible for setting the standard of excellence here at NWES, ensuring that our teams build system better than “to code” by using the best, not simply adequate, methods and products in all our projects. Not one to sit back and wait for the industry to keep up with where he thinks it should be, Derek has built strong relationships with the local jurisdictions and utilities. He’s held multiple classes at our offices teaching inspectors and utility professionals about the latest advances in technology, particularly his knowledge of interconnection of Tesla’s Powerwall battery system.
Derek grew up in Kirkland and now lives with his wife and three children in a solar-powered home not far from the office. “I have always had a passion for my work and take great pride in what I do. I seek long-lasting relationships with customers, contractors and inspectors.“
As an electrician and solar installer, Derek says NWES can get your project completed as quickly as possible while delivering the highest quality final product and experience. We can help improve your site’s energy efficiency by finding ways to reduce the usage of watts to lower your electric bills, help you go green, and achieve your goals of energy independence. Watch this Better Business Bureau (BBB) video featuring Derek White of Northwest Electric and Solar.
In appreciation of our customers, NWES selected Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond to receive a donated solar system which will inspire future fundraising campaigns to help Little Bit get to net zero electricity. Read the Redmond Reporter news coverage.
Meet the Team
Here are some of the other faces and names you’re likely to talk with at our Kenmore. Jeramy Harstad (Office manager) works closely with Cheryl Sorenson (Accounting), Theresa Thulin (Administrative Assistant) and Alex Sheridan (Warehouse Manager) to keep all our operations running smoothly.
On the electrical and service side of the company you’ll find Adam Stryker (Residential Manager), Jeff Laszewski (Service Manager) and John Edwards (Commercial Manager) working hard to make sure you’re receiving the best quality service possible.
In the energy division of the company you’ll find Ian Robinson (Energy Program Manager). Ian is a NABCEP certified Solar Professional and manages the energy division of the company addressing everything related to solar and battery installations. Assisting Ian in the office you’ll find Drew Hubler (Solar Support Specialist) and Manuel Larrain (Solar Design Specialist). Drew handles all permitting, utility and customer coordination; while Manuel designs all PV systems using the latest 3D and drone modeling software available. Joan Schrammeck (Community Outreach) helps with the website, special events and fairs (when they resume after Covid) and is well-connected in the world of WA solar energy. Last but definitely not least, our Solar Sales Technicians, Sam Smith, Dane Lennon and James Vogel will likely be your first points of contact for any new solar PV or energy storage project.
Electricians and electrical apprentices make up the rest of the team. They stop by the office on a regular basis to pick up supplies, attend safety meetings or share lunch. but the bulk of their time is at the job sites. Each week, we install between 6 to 10 solar systems, 8 to 16 Powerwall home backup batteries, 10 to 20 electric car chargers, and take on about 10 or more other electrical projects.
Solar PV Program Manager
Experience and Expertise
- Journeyman Electrician on-site for every solar installation; solar specialist oversees inspection
- Journeyman goes through 4 to 5 year apprenticeship program
- Combined solar experience of over 40 years
- Vast experience working with local utilities including Seattle City Light, member of PSE Contractor Alliance Network and Registered SnoPUD Contractor
About the Office
Exemplifying net zero energy, our Kenmore office features solar PV systems on the roofs of both the office and the shop, two electric vehicle charging stations (one for Tesla, one for other vehicles including the NWES Nissan Leaf), LED lighting, ductless heat pump, and polished concrete floor.
If you drive a Tesla or other plugin electric vehicle, we invite you to stop by to fill up your tank with solar electricity, meet the team including canine mascots Olaf and Einstein, and enjoy a cup of coffee during business hours.
NWES table at Shoreline Home Improvement Fair.
Solarize booth at Issaquah Farmers Market.
NWES booth at Sustainamania in August 2018.