SIW adds new board members


Solar Installers of Washington is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to the Board of Directors: Gavin Tenold of Northwest Renewables, Troy Woody of Hot Solar Solutions, and Shannon Ellis-Brock of Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union. The board provides leadership for promoting the widespread deployment of solar throughout the state. Changes approved by SIW’s membership this fall extended to all members pursuing solar as a commercial venture in Washington the opportunity to serve on the board.  The new members will serve alongside Dana Brandt, Alana Nelson, Jeff Greear, Markus Virta, and Bonnie Frye Hemphill, who continue their board terms in 2019.

Shannon Ellis-Brock joined Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union in 2008, where she serves as Chief Operating Officer. In 2009 she started an energy-efficiency lending program at the credit union.  Through partnerships with local installers, she has expanded the credit union’s loan program to include solar, helping thousands of Washingtonians become solar citizens.  In her quest to save the planet, she has continued to grow the loan programs through grants, and by building long-term relationships.

Gavin Tenold co-founded Northwest Renewables in Spokane in 2016, leveraging his experience in the design, detailing, and construction of Net-Zero Passive Houses.  Prior to his service to SIW, Gavin helped disabled and low-income homeowners access property upgrades as a board member of Rebuilding Together Spokane. Gavin is a member of the grassroots Climate Collaborative, working to solve regional climate resiliency issues. He represented the solar industry as part of the 2018 City of Spokane delegation to Scandinavia to exchange ideas in renewable energy best practice.

Troy Woody used his finance and customer service experience, gained from more than 20 years in the hotel business, to found Hot Solar Solutions, based in Kennewick. Troy has served his community through membership on many boards including the Pasco Chamber of Commerce, Tri-City Visitor and Convention Bureau, Columbia School District board, and the Sunrise Rotary Board.

“I am excited to welcome Shannon, Gavin, and Troy,” says Allison Arnold, Executive Director. “Each of them brings to SIW leadership experience, deep knowledge of solar, and a vision for a robust and growing solar market in Washington.”

The association would also like to thank outgoing board members Jeremy Smithson and Melissa Metcalfe for their leadership and dedicated service to Solar Installers of Washington.

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