team

Dana Brandt

OWNER, FOUNDER

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.

Ty Chang

PV DESIGNER | with Ecotech since 2015

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 houselessens.

Libby Chartier

ADMINISTRATOR | with Ecotech since 2015

You know the saying, “if you want something done, ask a busy person?”, Libby is that person on our team. She’s a gifted administrator, and 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 adventuring with their family or chasing their (very fast) children around the back yard.

Riley Clark

PROCUREMENT SPECIALIST, DESIGNER | with Ecotech since 2018

Riley was originally hired-on as Ecotech’s project manager in 2018, and has since stepped into a hybrid role that focuses on procurement, as well as some niche design & sales work. He came to us from Itek Energy, where he held the role of Sales Account Manager. During his tenure at Itek, Riley rubbed shoulders with enough Ecotech staff to realize that it was a perfect fit for his environmental passion and skillset to thrive. As Ecotech’s first employee from the Granite State (our NH staff count is now at three!), Riley loves spending time outdoors, as well as the wonderful community–both environmental and recreational–that we have all built in Bellingham. In his free time, Riley loves spending time with his wonderful wife and daughter, and following local birding tips that only sometimes lead to a sighting. He is on the board of directors of Camp D&D Peru, which is a Peru-based non-profit that helps build sustainable and thriving communities in and around Lima. Lastly, if you ever want to talk about the joys of maple syrup, or to hear a legitimate New Hampshire / Maine accent, Riley is your guy.

Andy Davis

PV DESIGNER | with Ecotech since 2015

A native Australian, 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.


Evan Day

ELECTRICIAN, SITE LEAD | with Ecotech since 2019

Born and raised in the pacific northwest, Evan is stoked to be playing a part in helping families in our community move toward more sustainable energy options. Evan brings years of solar install experience to the team and a broad understanding of all the electrical and mechanical aspects of solar PV. We’re privileged to have Evan’s veteran leadership, his calm presence, and his infatiguable sense of humor on the team. Evan has not one, but two green thumbs and he and his partner have (unofficially) the two cutest munchkins on the Ecotech kid squad.


Pete Day

OPERATIONS LEAD | with Ecotech since 2013

Pete’s job is to ‘make sure everything goes smoothly’. He leads our operations team, and is fondly referred to as Process Pete, because nothing makes him happier than seeing a well thought out process in-action. Pete is a Puget Sound native, returning to Bellingham in 2011 after some years spent living and traveling around the world…including a stint working with a medical NGO in West Africa. His experience in the trades and background in project management and logistics have allowed him to hit the ground running in the solar industry. Pete is passionate about Ecotech’s role in building a healthy local economy, and along with his partner Sarah, can reliably be found chasing their two boys (usually on bikes or skis) down local mountains.

Nick DeSautels

ELECTRICIAN, SITE LEAD | with Ecotech since 2017

Prior to joining Ecotech in September of 2017, Nick worked for the University of Oregon’s Zero Waste Recycling program in Eugene. Becoming a member of Ecotech’s install team was a natural transition for Nick, who is a strong believer in promoting green, sustainable living. As an installer, he cherishes both the exercise and beautiful Bellingham-area views of flora and fauna that his rooftop office affords. Nick seldom leaves behind his binoculars, which he’s been known to use on lunch breaks to spot local birds that call Whatcom County home. As a proud Chamorro—meaning he’s a native of Guam—Nick possesses an infectious enthusiasm for his roots. We are excited to have Nick’s hard-working and full-of-surprises personality on board and may one day even say yes to a bite of his turkey-flavored vegan jerky.

Noah Didehbani

PV INSTALLER | with Ecotech since 2021

All of our employees bring positive energy to the workplace on a daily basis, and Noah, in particular, has a special gift for bringing the stoke and enthusiasm. If you don’t meet Noah onsite, you’ll probably see him at Cornwall Park playing pickleball or frisbee golf, or skiing at Mt. Baker with his partner. Noah also volunteers as a soccer coach at our local Y for 5- and 6-year-olds, and is looking forward to turning his team “into rec league champions.” He moved to Whatcom County from New Hampshire to attend WWU, and has been here since. Noah “constantly feels humbled by this area and feels lucky to be here,” and we feel lucky to have Noah. He’s here to gain experience in the renewable technology sector and to help families reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, and he’s quickly becoming a skilled and respected member of our install crew. 

Erik Gulda

PV INSTALLER | with Ecotech since 2022

We really like Erik’s response to “Why did you choose to work in solar?” To paraphrase, Erik is here because “you need to be the change you want to see.” Erik previously installed solar in Michigan, so brings a proven skillset and fresh perspectives to the table, as well as a great attitude and long reach on the roof (he shares the title of Ecotech’s tallest installer). He graduated from Northern Michigan university with a degree in history and environmental science, and has worked both as a wildland firefighter, and as a glazier. He’s also a verified audiophile, and doesn’t hesitate to serenade the crew with his favorite hits from the early 2000s when he’s on the job. On that note, our field crew is always happy to take music requests as they install your system!

Robert Harvey

ELECTRICIAN, SITE LEAD | with Ecotech since 2018

As a native Washingtonian, Robert has a serious appreciation for our state’s natural resources along with a resume that puts his passion for stewardship into focus. He has a BS in environmental science from Western Washington University and, after college, Robert worked for the City of Bellingham as an Aquatic Invasive Species Inspector and as an Environmental Technician for the Northwest Straits Commission. Robert has solid problem-solving skills and experience working through complex environmental problems–tools that translate well to installing solar, as we strive to ensure that every aspect of an install is well thought out and executed. When not on a roof, Robert can be found taking laps on the Shuksan arm or scoping the surf breaks on the Olympic peninsula.

Jens Krosby

PV INSTALLER | with Ecotech since 2022

Jens (pronounced “Yens”) is originally from New Mexico, and brings a tenacious work ethic, a commitment to the craft, and a keen sense of fashion to the team. He grew up skiing Taos, so he has some skills riding the steeps (as well as an ability to ski on rocks barely covered by snow). Naturally, Jens loves taking advantage of all Mt. Baker has to offer once the white stuff starts to fall. Jens came to Bellingham to attend WWU, earning a BA in Environmental Policy. He doesn’t just bring a smile to our face on a daily basis; he is also a goal-oriented installer who finds great satisfaction in building tangible things–including solar arrays–that make the world a better place. 

Hannah Kuehl

WAREHOUSE AND SERVICE TECHNICIAN | with Ecotech since 2022

Hannah came to the Pacific Northwest from the east coast after hearing (on repeat) how amazing the area is. After 4 years on the “best” coast, Hannah is still happy with her decision and we’re excited to have her onboard! Before joining Ecotech, Hannah worked seasonally in outdoor education & recreation therapy, and also worked as an EMT for a few years. She spent this last year (2021-2022) living in her van and traveling across the US. Hannah’s excited to be on the team given her interest in the renewable energy field, and is going to be a real asset as we continue to refine our warehouse and service operations. Just like all of us on staff, Hannah likes to spend time outside and specifically enjoys running, biking, skiing, and playing pickleball. She also loves a good game of cribbage, which presents a great opportunity for both Pete and Riley to be humbled as they all perfect the art of one of the world’s greatest card games.

Matt Motylewski

PV INSTALLER | with Ecotech since 2022

We had the absolute pleasure of meeting Matt in his previous capacity as an employment specialist at Work Opportunities, where he provided excellent support to one of our employees who helps keep our office clean on a weekly basis. Matt originally came to Bellingham to join the WWU men’s rugby team, so he’s got some serious durability, which really comes in handy when working long days in the field. Matt is a hard-working person who shows up every day with a great attitude and a genuine desire to learn and perfect the skilled trade of solar PV installation. In his spare time, you can find him biking, spending time outdoors with his partner, or hiking with his furry friend Kuma. 

Rufus Muckala

SERVICE MANAGER | with Ecotech since 2021

Every company has a ‘swiss army knife’ employee, and we think we may have gotten the sharpest one in the bunch when we hired Rufus. Rufus came to us from CityMac Bellingham, where he was store manager (he has also managed–-and continues to support-–parts of his family’s small business in Minnesota). Armed with a strong technical background and can-do attitude, Rufus has been a remarkably quick study on the ins and outs of solar technology and has taken our service team to the next level in terms of efficiency, resolution time, and organization. He continues to engineer and implement process improvements that make Ecotech a well-oiled machine. Rufus and his partner have done some serious globetrotting, and are constantly researching and making plans for their next overseas adventure, though travel plans are on hold temporarily as they eagerly await the arrival of…twins!

Lauren Perler

PV INSTALLER | with Ecotech since 2019

Lauren’s strong work ethic and relentlessly positive attitude quickly made her a key part of the Ecotech field crew. After earning a degree in Environmental Science from Washington State University, Lauren served in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer providing training on sustainable agriculture techniques. Siri, Lauren’s pup, found her in West Africa, made the journey home with her, and has subsequently become a part of the Ecotech family. Lauren is an avid snowboarder, and has done her time as a lifty at Hood Meadows and Mt Baker Ski Area (much respect!). Lauren helps us stay organized and efficient in the field, and has an uncanny knack for anticipating what needs to happen next on a jobsite. We’re thankful to have Lauren on the team!

Jack Pflueger

PV DESIGNER | with Ecotech since 2022

Jack grew up in Bay City, WI, and came to Bellingham to attend WWU. After graduating, he moved to San Diego and started working in the solar industry in a project management capacity before moving back to Bellingham in 2014 to start a brewery (take a bow, Jack). Jack officially restarted his career in solar with us in 2022 and has high hopes for solar plus storage impacting how we handle energy needs as a community. When we asked Jack about a solar project that stands out as particularly memorable or fun, his answer was, “The one I’m currently working on.” With a BS in Industrial Design, he’s in his element when applying problem solving, material science, and design methods to each project he’s involved with and is always looking forward to “the next one.” Jack has been racing sailboats for over 15 years, and loves living in a community that celebrates outdoor stewardship and recreation.

Yonk Reinemer

SENIOR ELECTRICIAN, SITE LEAD | with Ecotech since 2014

Prior to joining the Ecotech team, Yonk completed coursework and on-site training in solar PV design and installation at Solar Energy International’s renowned training and certification campus 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 electrician card and is a regular improv comedy instructor and performer at the Upfront Theatre in Bellingham.

Andy Schene

PROJECT MANAGER | with Ecotech since 2022

A lot of folks in town know Andy from his previous role as a City of Bellingham building inspector. We hired Andy on as our project manager shortly after Ecotech installed a system on his home in the spring of ‘22. He brings an intimate understanding of building code and construction to Ecotech that lends itself well to working with local builders, homeowners, and business owners. Andy was raised in Whatcom County and studied Environmental Science & Resource Management at the University of Washington. He and Kelsey (his highschool sweetheart) have two awesome kids and a deep, homegrown appreciation for this community. One last thing: Andy has a depth of boating experience–and some entertaining stories from the high seas–that makes for some pretty good conversation!

Cory Tarilton

PV INSTALLER | with Ecotech since 2020

Cory has a keen eye for detail and has been a key player in bringing fresh perspective and process refinement to our field crew and office operations. Prior to joining Ecotech, Cory was crew lead for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest fisheries program, and a patroller and avalanche mitigation specialist at the Mt. Baker ski area. For Cory, solar represents an opportunity to intentionally move away from traditional utility models and engage in farsighted planning. He’s been able to enact this vision and put his solar chops to use at his own Whatcom County off-grid homestead, as well as at Ecotech. One of Cory’s first installs with us was a 118kW ground mount on Guemes Island. Squaring-up a quarter acre array is no easy task, but it’s just one example of how Cory has concretely left his mark on our growing solar community.

Amanda Webber

ADMINISTRATOR | with Ecotech since 2022

Amanda started working with us in June of 2022 after moving to Washington from Connecticut, and working a winter at the Mt. Baker ski area. Amanda has a degree in Business Administration, and puts it to good use as our front line administrator. She’s likely the first smiling face you’ll be greeted by if you get in touch with us to begin your solar journey, and also helps direct existing customers’ calls to the right Ecotech staff subject expert. Amanda’s efficiency, organization, and attention to detail keep the quickly growing wave of interest in solar and storage a rideable one for the rest of the office, and we’re so lucky she’s a part of the team. When not administering everything at Ecotech HQ, Amanda is an keen outdoor adventurer, multi-modal crafter, and–-quite unexpectedly (especially to her)–-a newly initiated cat lady.

John Wilkins

SENIOR ELECTRICIAN, SITE LEAD | with Ecotech since 2013

An original member of the Ecotech team, John’s experience in solar goes back to Utah in the mid-1980s, when 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.