Serving Spokane, Eastern & Central Washington, and Northern Idaho
It all started with a vision for something better We’re craftsmanship-obsessed experts, passionate about energy independence for all

About Northwestern Renewables


In 2016, Gavin Tenold was the Inland Northwest’s first and only certified consultant and builder of energy efficient Passive Houses. While working alongside Master Electrician Harlan Heise on these highly technical, custom homes, the two men quickly recognized the region’s vast lack of high-quality solar energy experts. 

Out of this came a vision to combine their collective experience and expertise and bring better solar and renewable energy options to the Inland Northwest, offering the highest quality products and exceptional service, with an unmatched 25-year warranty.

Today, Northwest Renewables is the region’s leader in solar design, solar installation, solar battery systems, electric vehicle chargers, generators, and Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling systems.  With an incredible team of highly-trained and certified experts, Northwest Renewables is raising the bar, and elevating energy independence for homeowners and commercial clients across the Inland Northwest.

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  • Harlan Heise

    Owner and Master Electrician | NABCEP PV Installation Professional

    A second-generation master electrician, Harlan’s career began at the Northwest’s leading sources of renewable power: the hydroelectric dams of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Returning home to Spokane, he partnered in his father’s commercial electrical contracting business, Heise Electric., transforming it into a regional player in the industrial electrical sector.  Harlan founded Northwest Renewables to put his industrial electrical experience to work in the burgeoning solar energy and energy services field.

  • Gavin Tenold

    Owner and General Contractor | Certified Passive House Consultant | PHIUS Certified Builder

    An accomplished builder, carpenter and project manager, Gavin founded Pura Vida High Performance Builders, a leading firm specializing in Passive House energy-efficient construction. Gavin brings special expertise in construction, craftsmanship, project management and the integration of energy systems into high-performance buildings. Gavin sits on the Board of Directors for WA Solar Energy Installers Association (WASEIA), and is Chair of the policy committee. In this role, he works closely with state lawmakers and regulators to craft effective policy that encourages the deployment of distributed energy resources state-wide. Gavin represented the solar installation industry on the State Building Code Council's technical advisory group for the 2021 Commercial and Residential Energy Code updates.

  • Anne Tenold

    Owner and Customer Experience Director

    With more than 20 years of business development experience in insurance, healthcare and software, Anne does everything from consulting with homeowners on their solar energy system to managing Northwest Renewables marketing strategy. As a passionate connector and native Spokanite, Anne has sat on several boards, and is the former Board Chair of the Lands Council. When Anne is not working, she and her family can be found paddle boarding, hiking along the Spokane River and Bluff Trails, camping or enjoying Priest Lake.

  • Brandon Ellison

    Lead Electrician | Battery System Specialist

    With 18 years as an electrician and battery installer, Brandon ensures that our projects meet NEC specifications and mentors each of our apprentices.  Brandon loves to play outside with his wife and daughter, and describes himself as innately curious when it comes to his work, which – combined with his vast experience – has made him a go-to problem solver for Northwest Renewables.  Brandon is a certified installer for Panasonic, Sonnen, and Enphase battery systems as well as Northwest Renewables’ Generac Generators.

  • Max Gorkovchenko

    Lead Solar Designer

    Max is at the forefront of our custom solar energy systems, specifically designing each system for the parameters of the project to maximize solar production for the customer.  With a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Eastern Washington University, Max works with our clients to make sure their sustainability and energy needs are met both now and in the long term.  He loves how unique each project is and being a part of a growing business that’s making a difference in his community.

  • Doug Heise


    Doug brings 35 years of experience in electrical contracting in Washington and Idaho, from residential to large commercial projects. His deep knowledge of estimating and project management brings extra expertise to your project.

  • Rachel Smith

    Office Manager

    As the go-to person at Northwest Renewables for everything from providing HR to IT to assisting with the sales process – as well as making sure the crew has snacks on hand – Rachel keeps Northwest Renewables’ operations running smoothly.  Because of Rachel, our team has everything they need to complete projects efficiently and effectively.  She’s our very own “chaos coordinator,” as she puts it.

  • Jared Diehl

    Homebuilder Project Manager

    Jared handles scheduling, permitting, ordering, QA/QC, and more for Northwest Renewables homebuilder clients.  A graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Business and Sustainability, he is a committed problem solver for all things project management.  An avid climber who is known for providing a dose of comic relief around the office and shop, Jared is passionate about the renewable energy industry and loves working with the team at Northwest Renewables who all share in that passion.

  • George Vedder

    Journeyman Electrician | Lead Mitsubishi Heating and Cooling Technician

    A veteran electrician and HVAC tech, with more than 40 years of experience, George oversees all of our Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling installations.  A true expert of his craft, he’s also a valuable mentor to our newer technicians showing them the tricks of the trade he’s picked up during his extensive career. What George says he loves most about working at Northwest Renewables is the extraordinary group of people on his team and the respect they show for their work and each other.

  • Patrick Mannhard

    Journeyman Electrician | Lead Solar Installer

    Patrick began installing renewable energy systems after working in organic farming. Now a licensed residential electrician, Patrick can be found flyfishing after work or cooking his famous barbeque chili.

  • Isaac Harmson

    Journeyman Electrician | Mitsubishi Heating and Cooling Technician | Lead Solar Installer

    Isaac has been installing renewable energy systems and Mitsubishi Heating and Cooling systems for more than three years.  Isaac has a BA in Environmental Science from the Evergreen State University.  An avid waterman commonly found on the Spokane River, Isaac is passionate about bringing energy projects to the Inland Northwest, but also working on his “harness tan” when he’s at the job site.

  • Kevin C.

    Commercial Sales Consultant

    Kevin C. joined the NWR team after 25 years in commercial real estate and hospitality management. He is particularly interested in working with solar-curious commercial prospects to maximize government incentives for solar investment, minimizing the net cost of adding renewable energy systems to commercial properties.

  • Bryan Riggs

    Sales Manager | Electrification Consultant

    You can spot Bryan biking to work, biking with his two kids, or if your home is within his route biking to your site visit. Bryan is a pivotal part of our solar design team. He loves the PNW and was born and raised in Spokane, WA. Bryan's devotion to his family, friends, and community helps cultivate the caring culture here at NWR. Bryan believes individuals can collectively help our planet by making active intentional choices for the better.

  • DJ Ingram

    Logistics Manager

    DJ is drawn to the renewable energy sector due to is dynamic and captivating nature. "I firmly belived that our contributions will yield a significant positive impact on our environment." When DJ is not at NWR you can find him exploring the outdoors with his partner and friends via van, bike, hinking, climing, and skiing.

  • Rachael "Reo" Oscarson

    Administrative Assistant

    Rachael is an experienced customer service professional with over 15 years of experience. She is a valuable addition to any team and is often the first face guests see when they enter a business. Rachael is also a busy mother of four who thrives in a fast-paced, hectic work environment. She holds a Bachelor's degree in HR management and a Master's in business administration from Eastern Washington University. Rachael has used her education and experience to start a small family business and co-found a local non-profit organization in Spokane. Her dedication to her family, work, and community is truly inspiring.

  • Machelle York


    Machelle enjoys contributing to the reputation for excllence that NWR has built. When Machelle is not at work she enjoys spending time with her wonderful family.

  • Art Wingfield

    Journeyman Electrician

    Art finds working in the emerging field of renewable energy incredibly interesting and enjoys the commraderie of the peole he works with. Art and his wife love to sightsee, camp, hike, hunt, fish, and enjoy walking around their 10 acres in Elk, WA. Art is a great mentor to our team of apprentices.

  • Seth Greensmith

    Lead Electrician

    Seth enjoys working in an emerging industry, where the technology is constantly evolving. He appreciates working in a culture where people are encouraged to learn. When he's not working, seth enjoys art, video games, and giving back to our community.

  • Joseph Dickens

    Lead Electrician

    Joe appreciates and values the NWR family and loves to work outdoors. Joe's passion is parenting his young son.

  • Joe Ossello


    Joe likes working at NWR because we have a great team environment where everyone genuinely cares about each other. Joe loves being a Dad and listening to music. His free time revolves around his family and friends.

  • The Northwest Renewables Apprentices

    As a registered construction electrician training agent with the Construction Industry Training Council of Washington, Northwest Renewables is actively investing in our region’s future.  Each of our apprentices demonstrates their aptitude on our jobsites and their commitment to their education though their apprenticeship.  We’re proud to have them on our team.

  • Carter Coon

    PV Installer Electrical Apprentice

    Carter likes working outside and with a great crew. When he's not working or fishing, he likes to collect vintage clothes and furniture and taking care of his numerous indoor plants.

  • Kyle Kanzler

    PV Installer Electrical Apprentice

    Kyle enjoys working in renewable energy because "if it's good for the enviornment and saves people money on their bills, then it's good for me!" Kyle enjoys the sense of community he has with his teammates at NWR. When not working Kyle can be found jamming out to good music or at metal shows.

  • Taylor Pitts

    PV Installer Electrical Apprentice

    Taylor enjoys working at NWR because of the great work culture. "We all work well together" When he is not crawling through your attic and walking on top of your roof, Taylor enjoys spending time at home with his family.

  • Joseph "JR" Schaffer

    PV Installer Electrical Apprentice

    JR likes the people he works with at NWR and seeing the end results of his team's efforts. When JR is not on top of a customer's roof, he can be found him riding his motorcylce, playing disc golf with friends, or binge watching something amazing with his lovely wife.

  • Aramis Serrano

    PV Installer Electrical Apprentice

    Aramis enjoys working in renewable energy at NWR and is excited about the future of our industry. Aramis is known for his positive and upbeat personality. When he's not at work he enjoys spending time outdoors but more than anything, he enjoys spending time with his family.

  • Jerome "David" Vedder

    PV Installer Electrical Apprentice

    David loves to work at NWR because of the friendly environment that feels like a family. When David is not at work he can be found spending time in the woods offroading, hanging out with his son, his family and his friends. We love having a Father/Son team with George and David.

We Install More Solar in the Inland Northwest than Anyone Else

Inland Northwest Built and Grown

Why Local Matters for You and Your Investment

As Inland Northwest locals, we’re right here to care for your solar investment and make sure your system stays up and running when the unexpected happens. And we’ll still be here down the road to honor our unmatched 25 -year warranty.

We’ve built our reputation by continually showing up--no matter how large or small the job. Our dedication to innovation, safe and timely installation, transparent processes, and commitment to honesty are why our customers continue to tell their friends and family about Northwest Renewables. We live and work in the same neighborhoods you do, so an investment in your community is an investment in our community, too.



    The experts at Northwest Renewables are ready to guide you on your journey to energy independence.

    No-cost consultation with a certified energy professional will help you make an informed decision.

    We’ll help design the right solution for your needs, offer financing options, and provide a roadmap of the installation process.

Here's What You Can Count On With Us

Contact us to begin your journey to energy independence today.
  • Regionally Located

    Unlike most solar energy companies in our region, Northwest Renewables is locally owned and operated. Our founders and employees live and work in the same neighborhoods as you. This means we’re here to care for your investment and make sure your system stays up and running, even when the unexpected happens. And we’ll still be here down the road to honor our unmatched 25 -year warranty.

  • Forward Thinking
    Energy projects are no longer a novelty. Solar panels, battery systems, electric vehicle chargers, generators and Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling systems are all practical, dependable, and trusted technologies that will only become more commonplace in the years to come. Northwest Renewables is trained in these technologies and delivering successful projects on time and on budget day in, day out.
  • Energy Leaders

    We’re the leader in energy power design, consultation, and installation for the Inland Northwest. We’ve earned this distinction through our team’s expertise as clean energy professionals and our proven ability to successfully deliver solutions that fit our customers’ needs.

  • Flexible Financing Options

    We offer flexible financing options through our partners, Numerica Credit Union and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union. We also offer Northwest Renewables’ in-house financing. Qualified customers can finance their energy project no money down and 0% interest. We’ll guide you through the process and answer all of your questions along the way.

  • Unmatched Protection

    Northwest Renewables team — from our designers to our licensed electricians to our apprentices — have been highly trained by our manufacturers so that we may deliver our unsurpassed warranty of up to 25-years on parts and labor, giving you unmatched protection and confidence in your clean energy investment.

  • Independence
    Northwest Renewables provides customized energy independence you can count on. When we work on your home, business, or community project we’re giving you the freedom of always having reliable energy at your fingertips. You can eliminate the worry of increasing power rates and have the comfort of knowing you’ll have the lights on after the next storm of wildfire.
  • “Dealing with Northwest Renewables has been a breath of fresh air, from inception to completion. Each and every employee has been a joy to work with, the quality of product and workmanship first rate, and all promises kept throughout the project.”

    Gordon L.
  • “The crew showed me an error made by the builder that could have caused a fire that I fixed. The project lead regularly updated me on the project timeline.”

    Jeff W.
  • “We've done a lot of home improvements over the years, and NW Renewables is hands down one of the best contractors we have ever worked with anywhere.”

    Brent C.
  • “We have worked with quite a few different contractors; hands down, Northwest Renewables is the best company and crew we've ever worked with.”

    Travis M
  • “Fast and friendly. With every contact, the people at NWR were polite and efficient.”

    Jack T.
  • “They offered a number of alternatives and we altered the plans multiple times. Each time they gave me a very competitive bid.”

    Justin S.
  • “Throughout the process their expertise was invaluable and they managed the project to be as cost efficient as possible. Northwest Renewables, and their team of professionals, are truly experts in the solar installation field.”

    Melissa D.
  • “Their work ethic on building our system was top notch. They did everything they said they would do and the end product is amazing.”

    Melissa F.
  • “I don't hesitate to recommend them for their quality service, professional skills and personal attention to all aspects of their work.”

    Bob B.
  • “This is a company that is knowledgeable and professional selling a product they truly believe in and stand behind.”

    Carolyn J.


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