In 2008, Keith and his family 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. The company has always offered electrical work to their solar clients, so in 2016 they established West Seattle Electric to meet the demand for high-quality electrical work, especially for small projects, for everyone. In 2017, they decided to merge the two companies - West Seattle Electric and Solar was born! Now with a staff of 11, and their first company service van, they continue to follow the company philosophy of a Family Run Small Business: offer the best products, use the highest installation standards and charge reasonable rates.
They strive to maintain a sterling reputation of 100% Customer Satisfaction by employing honest people, setting manageable schedules and delivering premium quality work - both electrical and solar. Every employee on the team delivers every single day. By anticipating common installation issues and fully educating their customers, they guarantee jobs that have no frustrations, no bait and switch -- and no financial surprises.
Founder, Owner, Chief Project Designer, Solar Sales
Keith Hughes is a proud veteran and active member of the West Seattle business community. He has more than 30 years experience as a general contractor, and 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.
Keith leads all of the Solar 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.
Contracts, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Taxes, Licenses....Lin does it all! She works closely with our Office and Project Managers to make sure your invoices are clear and understandable. She also answers the office phone and schedules solar site surveys.
Electrical Estimates and Project Manager
Ryan spent the first 7 years with our company as the installation manager. He has now transitioned into performing all of our electrical estimates and managing the electrical staff. He answers the electrical phone, sets appointments and answers questions. 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 is also a Licensed Electrical Apprentice.
Solar Manager, Marketing and Advertising
Amy will be your go-to person throughout your solar project. She manages the Utility and State paperwork, inspections and monitoring systems. 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 20 years experience in administration and ofﬁce management. She has a degree in Graphic Design and is in charge creating our marketing materials and advertising.
Casey is the newest addition to our team. She works closely with Ryan to make sure the daily work orders are ready each morning for the team and schedules the needed inspections. She sends out client invoices, working closely with Lin to ensure they are accurate. She also work with Amy and Jay to maker sure all solar clients are scheduled and repair work is finished.
Solar Installation Manager
Once your project is designed and the parts are delivered; it’s Jay’s job to lead the team that gets the job done right: on time and on budget. He has been with our company off and on since the beginning and has helped to install many of 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. Jay also personally does all the trouble-shooting for our systems, both the panels and the inverters.
Solar Consultant/Install Crew
Mark was our Solar Installation Manger for over 7 years and now works with Jay to make sure your system is runs perfectly all the time. He has relationships with all of our manufacturers and works directly with them on warranty fixes and replacements - so you don't have to.
Master Electrician/Electrical Administrator
Your solar 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 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 us since 2010. She is our only EV Charging Station installer and when not on a solar job, she helps the rest of the electrical team on projects.
The Rest of the Team
Darrell Handy, Licensed Electrician
Dave O'Dell, Licensed Electrician