After traveling extensively and completing a Master of Science degree in Renewable Energy in Europe, Dana returned home to Whatcom County to put down roots of his own. Dana founded Ecotech in 2004 as Whatcom County’s first solar PV contractor. His training as an electrical engineer, his work in off-grid and AC microgrid technology, years of international solar design, and his teaching and consulting experience have made Dana a leader in the field of renewables. Dana has a deep appreciation for the people and landscape that make this area so special. He is passionate about using his background in renewables to build a healthier, more sustainable community. Dana and his wife Amy love exploring, whether it’s other cultures and international foods or discovering new corners of the Pacific Northwest with their two young boys.
If you’ve signed up for a solar evaluation, you'll likely get to meet Ty. He will come out to evaluate your home and explain how solar PV systems and the incentives work. Ty's low-pressure, personable approach brings together his solar training, background in social work, and technical aptitude when exploring the possibilities of solar with you. He is dedicated to designing systems that provide the highest level of performance and reliability. When he's not assessing a roof for solar or designing PV systems, Ty can be found tinkering on a motorcycle in his garage or out riding backroads with his wife Nicole. Ty also serves on the Board of Directors for Work Opportunities and volunteers with programs that serve people experiencing homelessness.
Originally from Australia, Andy met his now wife while volunteering in Mexico and followed her to Bellingham (thank you Alaina!). Andy has a Civil Engineering degree and brings several years of install experience to the team, as well as a passion for being a part of the hands-on implementation of sustainable technology in our community. Andy is stoked to have a backyard like the Pacific Northwest to explore and enjoys refining his already well-refined tastes for fine coffee and good music, preferably at the same time.
Admin, Project Management
If you call or visit us at the Ecotech office, Libby will likely be the first to greet you. Libby is a gifted administrator; her detail orientation and coordination skills ensure that things run smoothly both in the field and at the Ecotech office. From the Pacific Northwest originally, Libby returned to Whatcom County in 2015 after several years of living in Colorado and overseas. Chances are good that if Libby’s not orchestrating events at Ecotech, she and her husband can be found working on their cute craftsman home just north of Bellingham.
Design, Project Management
In addition to designing solar systems Pete handles our project scheduling and equipment purchasing. Pete returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2011 after several years traveling and living abroad, including an exciting stint working with a medical NGO in West Africa. His experience in the trades and background in project management and logistics make him an excellent fit. Pete loves the quality of life and outdoor opportunities we have in Bellingham and is passionate about Ecotech’s role in building a healthy local community. When not working on his Birchwood homestead, Pete can likely to be found playing outside with his wife and two young boys or skiing something in the Cascades.
With over sixteen years in the trades and ten years working as a journeyman electrician, Tim brings a wealth of knowledge in electrical systems and the construction of solar electric systems. Since joining the Ecotech team in 2013, Tim has provided amazing developmental leadership to the crew. Tim is passionate about helping people find creative ways to build healthier lifestyles and has an inspiring story of his own along these lines (ask him about it!). When he’s not up to his elbows in an electrical panel, Tim is all about making memories with his wife and three young kids as they get out to play ice hockey and compete in Spartan races.
An original member of the Ecotech team, John’s experience in solar goes back to Utah in the mid 1980s, where he helped his father install solar hot water systems as part of the family business. John’s veteran leadership and deep understanding of the mechanics of solar are invaluable to the team. In 2014 John took lead in an off-grid solar project at an orphanage in Haiti (see our portfolio for some photos from this adventure). John is passionate about building a more sustainable community and particularly enjoys the role Ecotech plays as a small, locally-owned business. When not installing solar, John can be found ski patrolling at the Mt. Baker Ski Area or in the middle of a fun outdoor adventure with his wife and three kids.
Prior to joining the Ecotech team, Yonk completed coursework and on-site training in solar PV design and installation through Solar Energy International in Paonia, CO. Yonk has a Masters degree in Teaching and spent several years teaching high school science in Washington state public schools, before transitioning to the renewable energy field. He has enjoyed applying his scientific curiosity and love of people to a new career in renewables. Yonk carries a journeyman electricians card and is a regular improv comedy instructor and performer at the Upfront Theatre here in Bellingham.
Coming to Bellingham from Bozeman, Montana, Seth was eager to apply his years of carpentry experience to installing solar. Seth’s quick learning and team-player attitude have made him a cornerstone of the install crew. A memorable job for Seth was the Birthroot Birthcenter, on Broadway Avenue in Bellingham where Seth and his wife will have their first child. Seth is a skilled photographer and enjoys all things in the mountains.