West Seattle Natural Energy only employs the best installers and electricians. Our eight- person team is comprised of full-time and on-call employees who share the highest standards of excellence. This camaraderie is especially evident when the WSNE staff unites to donate time, skills and materials to great causes such as Master Builders Ramp-a-thon.
We maintain a sterling reputation of 100% Customer Satisfaction by employing an honest sales force, setting manageable schedules and delivering premium quality installations. Every employee on our team delivers every single day. By anticipating common installation issues and fully educating our customers, we guarantee jobs that have no frustrations, no bait and switch — and no financial surprises.
Founder, Owner, Chief Project Designer
Keith Hughes is a proud veteran and active member of the West Seattle business community. For more than 30 years as a general contractor, Keith helped build and remodel Seattle’s rich architectural landscape. He also served as an IT infrastructure engineer for Seattle’s prestigious Swedish Medical Center for more than a decade. The love of science and attention to detail it takes to design, manage and install complex technical projects on such a massive scale helped Keith move forward with his true calling: bringing renewable energy to the Paciﬁc Northwest.
In 2008, Keith opened West Seattle Natural Energy, LLC, a company dedicated to the design and installation of Renewable Energy Systems including Solar PV and Small Wind Energy Systems.
Keith leads all West Seattle Natural Energy projects. He manages or consults on all of the site surveys, answers customer questions and designs custom installations. Keith’s signature projects enhance the lines of the site’s architecture while maximizing energy production and efficiency.
Keith is a member of:
- Master Builders of King and Snohomish County
- American Solar Energy Society
- American Wind Energy Association
- Northwest Eco-Building Guild
- Solar Washington
- Northwest Solar Group
- Sustainable Seattle
- American Legion Post 160, West Seattle
- Rotary Club of West Seattle
- West Seattle Veterans Center
Keith serves on the Lake Washington Technical College Advisory Committee for Emerging Technologies. He is a professional speaker on the subject of renewable energy.
Sales and Project Manager
The first step to installing a quality solar system is to meet with a member of our sales staff and find out what kind of system is right for you. Ryan spent the first 7 years with our company as the installation manager. He has now transitioned into sales and project management. He manages the ordering of parts and supplies and manages the installation board. Ryan has more than 10 years of general contracting experience including design and installation of Solar PV, Solar Hot Water and Small Wind Energy Systems. He is a former Merchant Marine Engineer and current member of the Marine Fireman’s and Electrician’s Union Local 8888. He is also a Licensed Electrical Apprentice.
Once your project is designed and the parts are delivered; it’s Mark’s job to lead the team that gets the job done right: on time and on budget. He has been with our company since 2010 and has helped to install over 200 systems. Not only does he quality check your system as it goes in, he meets with the inspector and utility representative after it is done to complete the process. Mark also personally does all the trouble-shooting for our systems.
Office Manager, Marketing and Advertising
Amy will be your go-to person throughout the project. She manages the Utility and State paperwork, inspections and monitoring systems and keeps Keith, Ryan, Mark and the rest of the team on schedule. When you have questions, she’ll have answers and can ensure the right person on the team responds to you as quickly as possible. Amy has more than 15 years experience in administration and ofﬁce management. She has a degree in Graphic Design and is in charge creating our marketing materials and advertising.
Lin keeps West Seattle Natural Energy in good standing with our manufacturers, vendors and contractors. When parts, supplies and installation partners arrive on your doorstep at the same time, your project installation stays on time. Lin ensures that your invoices are always easy to understand. Lin can also help arrange ﬁnancing through Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, Umpqua Bank and Generations Credit Union. These partners specialize in solar home improvement loans and have offered to deliver ﬁnancing options to WSNE customers.
Your solar or small wind energy system will convert clean, renewable, natural energy into electricity that contributes to the Utility Grid in your neighborhood. Properly wiring residential and commercial systems takes a master’s touch, focus and attention to detail. Sim Guth has mastered the art of this specialized installation.
Sim is a Master Electrician with the State of Washington and an NABCEP Certiﬁed PV Installer. She has been working with West Seattle Natural Energy since 2010.
The Rest of the Team
Bob Hughes, Sales
Bob has over 20 years sales experience and has been with WSNE since 2014.
Kyle Bartz, Install Crew
Kyle has over 10 years of electrical experience and has been with WSNE since 2015.
Phil Fountain, Install Crew
Phil is the newest member of our crew and has been with WSNE since 2015.