What do you do at Western Solar? What does your average day look like?
In the most basic terms, my role at Western Solar is to install both racking and solar modules on rooftops, and mounting and wiring the related electrical equipment associated with the system. I spent over three years as a rooftop installer before transitioning to an electrical apprentice and now a licensed residential electrician. I am responsible for making sure that systems are installed to all best practices as well as local, state, and national electrical and structural codes. I oversee installations from the plan review stage all the way through the final commissioning and customer orientation. One thing I have gotten really good at over the past two years is troubleshooting non-functioning systems.
What’s your favorite part about working here?
My favorite part about working for Western Solar is the camaraderie among all the installers. A lot of us have worked together for a long time and have developed a solid bond. Nobody wants a coworker to have to work harder than anybody else, so we all step up to make sure we are getting the job done to the highest standards.
What’s your biggest achievement to date (either personal or professional)?
I feel my biggest achievement in life was making a successful life transition from the east coast to Bellingham. I grew up in North Carolina, and after a brief stint installing solar in Nashville, Tennessee, I moved to Bellingham to continue to pursue my lifelong passion of mountain biking.
How do you typically spend your time outside of work?
If I’m not at work, you can almost certainly find me at the trails. I have been riding and racing downhill and freeride mountain bikes since I was in middle school. Bikes have impacted the majority of my life decisions, and I live to ride. I currently just finished up my first full season racing the entire Cascadia Dirt Cup Enduro series in the professional category and finished 11th overall.
And finally, while this may be cliche — what’s your favorite quote?
“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”