Northwest Electric and Solar LLC is a full‐service commercial and residential electrical contractor with a focus on clean energy including solar plus storage, electric vehicle charging, and energy efficiency. We take on electrical jobs of any size.
NWES is located in a solar powered office and shop 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), Western Washington and install solar statewide.
NWES has built strong relationships and reputation based on experience, craftsmanship, creativity and professionalism. We offer competitive prices and always meet electric and building code standards.
Meet the Owner: Derek White
Owner and CEO Derek White started the company in 2011 putting to use ten years of electrical experience with Seattle City Light and private firms. Derek started as an apprentice, then journeyman electrician. He received solar training in California where he was certified in solar PV (photovoltaic) design and installation. Most recently, he became a Master Electrician. Derek built the company from scratch based on his experience, knowledge and superior customer service along with his passion for solar energy. Derek says, “I have found another love in my trade … free electricity from the sun!”
Derek is responsible for our standard practice of building systems better than “to code” ensuring that our field crews use best practice in each solar installation or electrical project we complete. Derek is the main point of contact for inspectors and utilities; he often finds himself teaching them 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 the project done faster and less expensively. We can help improve your site’s energy efficiency by finding ways to reduce the usage of watts to lower your electric bills and help you go green.
In appreciation of our customers, NWES selected Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond to receive a donated solar system to be installed in early 2019 which will inspire future fundraising campaigns to help Little Bit get to net zero electricity.
Meet the Team
NWES team includes office manager Jeramy, bookkeeper Rebecca, administrative assistant Theresa, solar designers Ian and Josh. Ian is NABCEP certified in Solar PV Sales and manages the solar installation crews, inspections and schedules.
Solar representatives include Bret Turner and Sam Smith. Originally from Edmonds, WA, Bret got his solar start in California in 2005 and brought a wealth of solar project management, design and installation knowledge to setting up the NWES solar program. Bret is happy to be back home in Edmonds. An Olympia native, Sam got his MBA focusing in sustainability and subsequently entered the Solar industry in 2011 working for SolarCity and Tesla in the San Francisco Bay Area. Returning to WA in 2013, Sam became part of the NWES team and is passionate about helping people find their solar solution.
Solar PV Program Manager
NWES electricians and solar installers work every day out in the field at customers’ project sites. They stop by the office on a regular basis to pick up supplies, attend safety meetings, or share lunch. With 18 crews, each week we install two or more solar systems, 10 to 20 electric car chargers and accomplish around 15 other electrical projects ranging from quick fixes to complete electrical wiring of new buildings.
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 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.
Involved Locally: Find us at Community Events
NWES table at Shoreline Home Improvement Fair.
Solarize booth at Issaquah Fairmers Market.
NWES booth at Sustainamania in August 2018.