itek energy https://www.itekenergy.com Power a Thriving Future Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:53:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 From Bellingham Business Journal: Sustainable growth wins out for green energy manufacturer https://www.itekenergy.com/from-bellingham-business-journal-sustainable-growth-wins-out-for-green-energy-manufacturer/ https://www.itekenergy.com/from-bellingham-business-journal-sustainable-growth-wins-out-for-green-energy-manufacturer/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:28:21 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/?p=17717 Bellingham Business Journal recently published an article about Itek Energy’s growth over the last several years, from a smallish local solar manufacturer to a national player with a state-of-the-art facility on Bellingham’s newly re-developed waterfront. Read the full article here.

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Bellingham Business Journal recently published an article about Itek Energy’s growth over the last several years, from a smallish local solar manufacturer to a national player with a state-of-the-art facility on Bellingham’s newly re-developed waterfront.

Read the full article here.

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Itek Modules Installed on Taylor Dock, Thanks to Puget Sound Energy https://www.itekenergy.com/itek-modules-installed-taylor-dock-thanks-puget-sound-energy/ https://www.itekenergy.com/itek-modules-installed-taylor-dock-thanks-puget-sound-energy/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:36:45 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/?p=17672 The Gift of Green Energy On June 27, 2018, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) dedicated the gift of a solar array to the Bellingham community in recognition of Whatcom County’s strong support of the utility company’s Green Power Program. The solar array was placed on the shelter at Taylor Dock, and will help power the lights on the wharf for this popular scenic destination. PSE opted to use locally-made Itek Energy solar modules for the array. Itek’s modules were so local, in fact, that PSE’s Outreach Manager, Nick Hartrich, hatched a unique plan. [Keep scrolling for photo gallery] By Bike and By Sea PSE had chosen local installation company Ecotech Solar to install the array on the Taylor Dock shelter roof. Itek’s manufacturing facility was only a few miles from the installation site. Hartrich and Ecotech owner Dana Brandt put their heads together and thought: why not get some of the modules to Taylor Dock by green means? Rustling up volunteers from the local biking and paddling communities, PSE hosted an event that included transporting the solar modules directly from Itek’s manufacturing facility to the installation site at Taylor Dock via rowboat and bike trailer. Local bike enthusiast Kyle Morris picked the modules up […]

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The Gift of Green Energy

On June 27, 2018, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) dedicated the gift of a solar array to the Bellingham community in recognition of Whatcom County’s strong support of the utility company’s Green Power Program. The solar array was placed on the shelter at Taylor Dock, and will help power the lights on the wharf for this popular scenic destination.

PSE opted to use locally-made Itek Energy solar modules for the array. Itek’s modules were so local, in fact, that PSE’s Outreach Manager, Nick Hartrich, hatched a unique plan.

[Keep scrolling for photo gallery]

By Bike and By Sea

PSE had chosen local installation company Ecotech Solar to install the array on the Taylor Dock shelter roof. Itek’s manufacturing facility was only a few miles from the installation site. Hartrich and Ecotech owner Dana Brandt put their heads together and thought: why not get some of the modules to Taylor Dock by green means?

Rustling up volunteers from the local biking and paddling communities, PSE hosted an event that included transporting the solar modules directly from Itek’s manufacturing facility to the installation site at Taylor Dock via rowboat and bike trailer. Local bike enthusiast Kyle Morris picked the modules up from the factory on his bike trailer, and pedaled them the few blocks to the launching place at Glass Beach. The modules were then divided between rowboats—crewed by members of the WWU Men’s Rowing Team—and Morris’ bike trailer. The modules set out for their ultimate destination accompanied by flotilla of kayaks, a fleet of bicycles, and a lot of sunshine.

Dedication at Taylor Dock

In no time at all, the modules arrived by land and by sea and were unloaded by the Ecotech team to the Taylor Dock shelter. The event culminated in a dedication at Taylor Dock, with local company Mallard Ice Cream providing delicious treats to the crowd. PSE took the opportunity to educate more people about the Green Power Program, and one lucky onlooker went home with a gorgeous bicycle from a free raffle.

All in all, you can say that it was a very Bellingham day. And the community will enjoy the gift of solar energy for many, many years to come.

[Editor’s update: Check out this fun video from PSE of the event!]

Taylor Dock Event Photo Gallery

All photos by the author. Click a photo to view it in the gallery.

Picking up Itek modules from the factory. Headed to the launch site at Glass Beach, about 2 blocks away. Loading up the rowboats! A flotilla of paddlers accompanied the rowboats for the journey. Rowboats were crewed by the WWU Men's Rowing Team. Heading to Taylor Dock The modules arrive at Taylor Dock by bike trailer as the crowds begin to gather. kayak, PV, solar module, green transport Modules arrive at Taylor Dock by bike and sea,lation site. Green power! Guestbook Install of the final panels on Taylor Dock Taylor Dock Install

 

 

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Fun Friday – 1.21 Gigawatts https://www.itekenergy.com/fun-friday-1-21-gigawatts/ https://www.itekenergy.com/fun-friday-1-21-gigawatts/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:06:17 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/?p=17631 Ever-Increasing Solar Capacity It would be an understatement to say that solar power has been growing in popularity as an energy source over the last several years. In 1996, the total capacity of installed photovoltaics in the United States was 77 megawatts. In 2018, according to SEIA, the United States reached 55.9 gigawatts of installed photovoltaic capacity. So what does one do with 55.9 gigawatts of energy? “1.21 Gigawatts!?!” In the summer of 1985, a very specific unit of energy burst onto the American consciousness and never quite left it. In Back to the Future, an iconic science fiction film from the mid-1980s, teenager Marty McFly is trapped in the 1950s and needs to harness 1.21 gigawatts of energy in order to power his way back to the decade of Reeboks and MTV. McFly and his eccentric pal, Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, rack their brains to come up with a way access that much energy at once. Great Scott! So, while in 1955 the only way Doc Brown could harness 1.21 gigawatts of energy was—[spoiler alert]—a bolt of lightning, the good people at Buzzfeed have since come up with 11 things that can actually make 1.21 Gigawatts of power. And yes, solar panels are […]

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Ever-Increasing Solar Capacity

It would be an understatement to say that solar power has been growing in popularity as an energy source over the last several years. In 1996, the total capacity of installed photovoltaics in the United States was 77 megawatts. In 2018, according to SEIA, the United States reached 55.9 gigawatts of installed photovoltaic capacity.

So what does one do with 55.9 gigawatts of energy?

“1.21 Gigawatts!?!”

In the summer of 1985, a very specific unit of energy burst onto the American consciousness and never quite left it.

In Back to the Futurean iconic science fiction film from the mid-1980s, teenager Marty McFly is trapped in the 1950s and needs to harness 1.21 gigawatts of energy in order to power his way back to the decade of Reeboks and MTV. McFly and his eccentric pal, Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, rack their brains to come up with a way access that much energy at once.

Great Scott!

So, while in 1955 the only way Doc Brown could harness 1.21 gigawatts of energy was—[spoiler alert]—a bolt of lightning, the good people at Buzzfeed have since come up with 11 things that can actually make 1.21 Gigawatts of power. And yes, solar panels are on the list.

The exact number of solar panels needed to generate 1.21 gigawatts would vary depending on the wattage of the panel, but the current installed solar capacity in the U.S. of 55.9 gigawatts would power 46 time-travel jaunts in the DeLorean.

Great Scott! Where would you go?

1.21 gigawatts

 

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Addie Goes To OSEC! https://www.itekenergy.com/addie-goes-osec/ https://www.itekenergy.com/addie-goes-osec/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 22:04:09 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/?p=17619 A perspective on the Oregon Solar Energy Conference (OSEC) from a new set of eyes on the solar industry, Itek Account Specialist Addie Yake. Addie Shares Her OSEC Experience: One of the most enjoyable things about entering the solar industry has been witnessing the positivity and excitement generated by the people who work within it every day. This was strongly in evidence at the OSEC! I have attended conferences in various industries, and found that the OSEC group was unusually welcoming, educational, and ready to take me under their wing. In my current role as Account Specialist at Itek, I work with many of the same names every day, and had the chance to meet face-to-face with several of those people in Portland. I really enjoyed the opportunity to develop even stronger relationships with our customers, and am eager to see everyone again. It was also exciting to learn about all the different aspects of the solar industry, as well as different products and projects that people were working on.  I was reminded of how much I still have to learn and it inspired me about new directions to extend in my research. I was particularly moved to learn about […]

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A perspective on the Oregon Solar Energy Conference (OSEC) from a new set of eyes on the solar industry, Itek Account Specialist Addie Yake.

Addie Shares Her OSEC Experience:

One of the most enjoyable things about entering the solar industry has been witnessing the positivity and excitement generated by the people who work within it every day. This was strongly in evidence at the OSEC!

Addie Yake and Adam Flanagan at Itek's OSEC booth.

Addie Yake and Adam Flanagan at Itek’s OSEC booth in Portland, Oregon.

I have attended conferences in various industries, and found that the OSEC group was unusually welcoming, educational, and ready to take me under their wing.

In my current role as Account Specialist at Itek, I work with many of the same names every day, and had the chance to meet face-to-face with several of those people in Portland. I really enjoyed the opportunity to develop even stronger relationships with our customers, and am eager to see everyone again.

It was also exciting to learn about all the different aspects of the solar industry, as well as different products and projects that people were working on.  I was reminded of how much I still have to learn and it inspired me about new directions to extend in my research. I was particularly moved to learn about the wide array of solar-inspired charitable projects that people are involved in, and it is especially gratifying to learn about them from the very people that I serve at Itek every day! Everyone was working on truly amazing things, and all had the same motivation of improving the impact that humans have on our environment.

I’m so happy I had this experience, and can’t wait for next year!

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Dave McCarty of Itek Energy Awarded Manufacturing Executive of the Year for 2018 https://www.itekenergy.com/dave-mccarty-of-itek-energy-awarded-manufacturing-executive-of-the-year-for-2018/ https://www.itekenergy.com/dave-mccarty-of-itek-energy-awarded-manufacturing-executive-of-the-year-for-2018/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 17:19:59 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/?p=17576 Last Thursday evening, Seattle Business Magazine held the 2018 Washington Manufacturing Awards, honoring excellence in manufacturing throughout the Evergreen State. One man in particular stood out as a “game changer” in his industry—David (or Dave) McCarty, Chief Operating Officer of Itek Energy. Dave was honored and touched to be awarded Manufacturing Executive of the Year for 2018. Since joining Itek Energy in 2015, Dave has seen the company through significant growth and many changes. Itek’s workforce received extensive workforce development training in 2017, thanks to a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. Dave was excited to oversee this implementation, declaring that, “This process has been well documented to increase manufacturing capacity, strengthen supply chains, attract investment and create new opportunities for growing markets and developing new high-technology jobs.” Dave’s commitment to lean manufacturing has resulted in a culture of continuous improvement at Itek, which he plans to continue into the foreseeable future. Under Dave’s leadership, Itek Energy has moved into a new 48,000 square-foot facility, adopted efficiencies that have cut scrap and rework by eighty percent, and pioneered ways to reuse materials—adding an extra layer of green to this already green industry.     Dave was joined at the […]

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Last Thursday evening, Seattle Business Magazine held the 2018 Washington Manufacturing Awards, honoring excellence in manufacturing throughout the Evergreen State. One man in particular stood out as a “game changer” in his industry—David (or Dave) McCarty, Chief Operating Officer of Itek Energy. Dave was honored and touched to be awarded Manufacturing Executive of the Year for 2018.

Since joining Itek Energy in 2015, Dave has seen the company through significant growth and many changes. Itek’s workforce received extensive workforce development training in 2017, thanks to a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. Dave was excited to oversee this implementation, declaring that, “This process has been well documented to increase manufacturing capacity, strengthen supply chains, attract investment and create new opportunities for growing markets and developing new high-technology jobs.”

Dave’s commitment to lean manufacturing has resulted in a culture of continuous improvement at Itek, which he plans to continue into the foreseeable future. Under Dave’s leadership, Itek Energy has moved into a new 48,000 square-foot facility, adopted efficiencies that have cut scrap and rework by eighty percent, and pioneered ways to reuse materials—adding an extra layer of green to this already green industry.

 

2018 Washington Manufacturing Awards Itek Team David McCarty, Manufacturing Executive of the Year, 2018 Dave McCarty and the Itek Team David McCarty, 2018 Washington Manufacturing Awards Photo courtesy of Seattle Business Magazine Photo courtesy of Seattle Business Magazine Itek Founder John Flanagan and HR Manager Michelle Simmons Dave and Sunday McCarty

 

Dave was joined at the gala by his lovely wife Sunday, his family, and many members of his team to celebrate with him as he accepted this well-earned award. Members of his team joined him on stage as he gave his acceptance speech. He thanked Seattle Business Magazine for celebrating manufacturing, and went on to say that no one achieves an award like this alone. Dave thanked his wife and family for their ongoing support, and John Flanagan for giving him the opportunity to take the reins as Chief Operating Officer, then he turned and indicated the team behind him.

 

Dave joined on stage by his team

Dave thanks his team during acceptance speech.

Dave went on to say:

“All the people up here with me worked a lot of hours and carried a lot of stress . . . and I can’t thank them enough. This really is a dream job for me. Twenty years ago, in an interview, I was asked, ‘What do you want to do?’ I said, ‘I want to be the COO of a manufacturing company.’ . . . The people are what brought me back to manufacturing. They all have their own story, they all have their own background, and they all contribute their own value to the company. I’m lucky to work with a very intelligent, conscientious group of people that are engaged with what they do every day—providing high-quality product to our customers. . . . And it is the reason I was recognized tonight.”

Itek is proud of what Dave has accomplished, and is proud of the team he is leading. Congratulations to Dave and to all the manufacturing firms honored at this year’s banquet!

See Seattle Business Magazine’s article here.

David McCarty, Manufacturing Executive of the Year, 2018

Image Credit: Hayley Young. Photo courtesy of Seattle Business Magazine.

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Does Your Solar Array Need a Spring Cleaning? https://www.itekenergy.com/pollen-solar-array-need-spring-cleaning/ https://www.itekenergy.com/pollen-solar-array-need-spring-cleaning/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:38:08 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/?p=17563 With the beauties of spring comes the pain of pollen. There are many reasons to detest pollen season: allergies, asthma, and struggling to see through a yellow film on your windshield all come to mind. If you have a solar array, you can also add millions of tiny pollen grains obscuring your modules to the list of seasonal annoyances. So, how much of a problem is pollen to your solar array? And what should you do about it?     A Simple Fix The good news is, unlike seasonal allergies, a pollen film on your solar array is an easy fix. In fact, Mother Nature takes care of most of it with her regular springtime rain showers. (Hey, at least there is some reason to be grateful for those April Showers that re-activate our collective Seasonal Affective Disorder.) However pollen is pretty stubborn stuff, and it can be a good idea to rid your solar array of any accumulation before it gets cemented to your modules by the summer sun.   What to Do about Pollen Depending on the placement and accessibility of your solar array, you could take a few different routes. Check out this list of common pollen […]

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With the beauties of spring comes the pain of pollen. There are many reasons to detest pollen season: allergies, asthma, and struggling to see through a yellow film on your windshield all come to mind. If you have a solar array, you can also add millions of tiny pollen grains obscuring your modules to the list of seasonal annoyances.

So, how much of a problem is pollen to your solar array? And what should you do about it?

 

Springtime plants are a source of pollen.

Springtime tulips blooming near Itek HQ. Photo taken by the author.

 

A Simple Fix

The good news is, unlike seasonal allergies, a pollen film on your solar array is an easy fix. In fact, Mother Nature takes care of most of it with her regular springtime rain showers. (Hey, at least there is some reason to be grateful for those April Showers that re-activate our collective Seasonal Affective Disorder.) However pollen is pretty stubborn stuff, and it can be a good idea to rid your solar array of any accumulation before it gets cemented to your modules by the summer sun.

 

Pollen on a car windshield

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What to Do about Pollen

Depending on the placement and accessibility of your solar array, you could take a few different routes.

Check out this list of common pollen producers in Western Washington. Look at the trees surrounding your array to get an idea of peak pollen production time. You’ll want to target your cleaning for shortly after this timeframe. (Don’t live in Western Washington? Here’s a national map of pollen counts.)

A simple rinse with the hose should clear away enough of the pollen, but it is a good idea to do a thorough cleaning of your solar array occasionally to keep up peak production. Since the best production days are those with the longest daylight hours, spring is a good time to do this cleaning, so the modules will be the least obscured during the peak production time of the year.

As we discussed in this blog post, follow Itek Energy’s Module Cleaning Guidelines for safety and the best results in cleaning your array. If climbing up and down ladders isn’t your thing, many solar contractors also offer cleaning packages.

 

What Happens If I Skip It?

Ideas on this vary, though it is generally agreed that the impact to production is minor. The benefits of regular cleaning, however, are hard to dispute. Like with any chore such as lawn mowing or vacuuming your car, if you maintain it regularly, it takes less effort each time to get a good result.

There are monetary rewards, as well. Depending on the terms of your solar program, the savings can be anywhere from $20 to a few hundred dollars in a season. So it really depends on what’s important to you. At the end of the day, it’s about what makes you happy.

Our team at Itek Energy welcomes the chance to assist you with questions on your solar journey. You can contact us via our website or call 360-647-9531 to speak with a member of our team.

Cleaning a solar array of pollen and other debris.

Itek Energy employees cleaning Itek’s community solar array.

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Itek Energy Pilots US’ First Reusable PV Module Packaging Takeback Program https://www.itekenergy.com/itek-energy-pilots-us-first-reusable-pv-module-packaging-takeback-program/ https://www.itekenergy.com/itek-energy-pilots-us-first-reusable-pv-module-packaging-takeback-program/#respond Fri, 30 Mar 2018 21:22:05 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/?p=17579 As part of a commitment to environmental stewardship, Itek Energy is piloting the first reusable PV module packaging takeback program in the United States. Looking for ways to improve shipping practices and increase the security of their product during transit, Itek adopted the European-designed EckPack system. IDENTIFYING THE OPPORTUNITY This system uses a sturdy black polypropylene piece which fits to each corner of the module. The corner pieces act as spacers as well as corner protectors. The pieces stack like Legos®, preventing the modules from coming into contact with one another and getting damaged in transit. The corners work well for the purpose, and are made of recyclable material, but they offered a further benefit. Itek also noticed that approximately 90% of the polypropylene corners were undamaged and reusable after the initial use. Recognizing the opportunity, Itek implemented a return and reuse program that has proven very popular with customers. “We wanted to develop a program to enable solar installers to easily and efficiently return the packing corners for reuse,” says Evan Bush, Special Projects Coordinator at Itek Energy. “Our goal was to reduce waste and inefficiency, without adding a burden to our customers.” Bush sent out communications to customers to gather […]

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As part of a commitment to environmental stewardship, Itek Energy is piloting the first reusable PV module packaging takeback program in the United States. Looking for ways to improve shipping practices and increase the security of their product during transit, Itek adopted the European-designed EckPack system.

Reusable PV module packaging

EckPack Corners and sturdy, reusable pallets protect Itek PV Modules during shipping.

IDENTIFYING THE OPPORTUNITY

This system uses a sturdy black polypropylene piece which fits to each corner of the module. The corner pieces act as spacers as well as corner protectors. The pieces stack like Legos®, preventing the modules from coming into contact with one another and getting damaged in transit.

The corners work well for the purpose, and are made of recyclable material, but they offered a further benefit. Itek also noticed that approximately 90% of the polypropylene corners were undamaged and reusable after the initial use. Recognizing the opportunity, Itek implemented a return and reuse program that has proven very popular with customers.

“We wanted to develop a program to enable solar installers to easily and efficiently return the packing corners for reuse,” says Evan Bush, Special Projects Coordinator at Itek Energy. “Our goal was to reduce waste and inefficiency, without adding a burden to our customers.” Bush sent out communications to customers to gather feedback about such a program, and received an enthusiastic response.

HOW IT WORKS

Local participating customers are issued large totes that arrive with their shipment of PV modules. These totes can easily be taken to installation sites and used to store the corner pieces as they are removed from the modules prior to installation. The customer then simply swaps out a full bag for an empty one when they pick up their next order. For customers not close enough for will-call, Itek has established a relationship with Oak Harbor Freight Lines to provide pick-up and return of reusable packaging.

Totes to store PV Module corners for Itek's takeback program.

Totes filled with corners for Itek’s takeback program.

The program has been in place for approximately six months, and in that time, Itek has reused around 40,000 pieces – keeping over 5,000 pounds of plastic out of the waste-stream and ensuring that non-reusable pieces are responsibly recycled.

CUSTOMER RESPONSE

Pete Day from Ecotech Solar in Bellingham lauds the program as, “… a great way for us to close the gap on reducing single-use plastic in our operations and contribute to a working ‘reuse’ model. In short, it’s an effortless process that keeps a hefty amount of plastic employed!”

Itek has also reengineered their shipping pallets to increase durability and reusability, and is working out the details of a pallet return program for its customers, as well.

“The system is set up to make the return of pallets and EckPacks easy and infrequent,” says Patrick Daly of Olympia-based South Sound Solar. “Itek’s program further exemplifies their commitment to creating a truly renewable industry.”

For more details about this program, contact Evan Bush, Special Projects Coordinator at 360-647-9531 x118.

Reusable pallets for Itek's takeback program.

Pallets specially designed for re-use.

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Getting to Know Addie Yake https://www.itekenergy.com/getting-to-know-addie-yake/ https://www.itekenergy.com/getting-to-know-addie-yake/#respond Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:14:18 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/?p=17403 Itek is thrilled to welcome Addie Yake to our team as Account Specialist! Customers calling in to Itek Energy are hearing a new voice on the line. Meet Addie Yake. Friendly, calm, and competent, Addie is here to help. Meaningful Work Originally from Lake Tahoe, California, Addie comes to us most recently from Portland, Oregon. Addie has a history of being attracted to jobs that are meaningful. Itek, she says, caught her attention as an interesting place to work not only because of the environmental aspect, but also “because Itek feels like a significant part of the Bellingham community.” At Itek, Addie looks forward to developing strong relationships with customers. She loves working with people and orchestrating chaotic details into smooth harmony. Addie spent over 5 years as a licensed Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, training cohorts of 4 dogs at a time in guide work, and matching them to potential owners—people who were visually impaired and met the qualifications for owning a guide dog. She would also travel to various regions to check on placements, help matched pairs overcome challenges, and help to assess and train new potential guide dog handlers. Other notable interludes in her career include a stint at […]

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Itek is thrilled to welcome Addie Yake to our team as Account Specialist!

Customers calling in to Itek Energy are hearing a new voice on the line. Meet Addie Yake. Friendly, calm, and competent, Addie is here to help.

Meaningful Work

Originally from Lake Tahoe, California, Addie comes to us most recently from Portland, Oregon. Addie has a history of being attracted to jobs that are meaningful. Itek, she says, caught her attention as an interesting place to work not only because of the environmental aspect, but also “because Itek feels like a significant part of the Bellingham community.”

At Itek, Addie looks forward to developing strong relationships with customers. She loves working with people and orchestrating chaotic details into smooth harmony. Addie spent over 5 years as a licensed Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, training cohorts of 4 dogs at a time in guide work, and matching them to potential owners—people who were visually impaired and met the qualifications for owning a guide dog. She would also travel to various regions to check on placements, help matched pairs overcome challenges, and help to assess and train new potential guide dog handlers.

Other notable interludes in her career include a stint at Microsoft, traveling the globe for a tunnel boring machine manufacturer, and getting drenched during internship with the Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. Addie went through the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College, and while we have yet to see her corral a herd of runaway PV modules, we know she’d be up to it.

Settling In

Addie is new to Bellingham and is taking advantage of our local terrain to hone her mountain biking skills. When not assisting customers at Itek or shredding mountain biking trails, Addie can be found making functional art on her potter’s wheel or hiking through the PNW wilderness with her husband and their adorable hound, Junebug. Their cat stays home.

Welcome to Itek, Addie!

 

Itek Community Solar Array — Bellingham, WA

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Follow-Up to Itek’s Initial Assessment of the 201 Trade Case https://www.itekenergy.com/follow-up-to-iteks-initial-assessment-of-the-201-trade-case/ https://www.itekenergy.com/follow-up-to-iteks-initial-assessment-of-the-201-trade-case/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:37:46 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/follow-up-to-iteks-initial-assessment-of-the-201-trade-case/ In the weeks following the ruling on the Section 201 Trade Case, Itek has established an ongoing channel of communication with the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The USTR is part of the Executive Office of the President and is the agency responsible for developing and recommending US trade policy, as well as conducting trade negotiations. The USTR is responsible for overseeing the deployment of the solar tariffs and has the authority to make changes if deemed necessary for the tariff to have the intended affect – supporting US solar cell and solar module manufacturers. Itek has confirmed that all modules imported into the United States after February 7, 2018 are subject to a 30% tariff, including imports from Canada, Mexico, and other “preferred-trade countries”. The impact of this tariff on the national solar market is still developing. In Washington State, Itek does not expect the tariff to negatively impact the strong solar growth in the next year. The tariff-free 2.5 gigawatts of solar cell imports that are allowed each year under the tariff (the tariff year will be tracked from February 7th to February 6th of the following year) will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There are […]

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In the weeks following the ruling on the Section 201 Trade Case, Itek has established an ongoing channel of communication with the United States Trade Representative (USTR). The USTR is part of the Executive Office of the President and is the agency responsible for developing and recommending US trade policy, as well as conducting trade negotiations. The USTR is responsible for overseeing the deployment of the solar tariffs and has the authority to make changes if deemed necessary for the tariff to have the intended affect – supporting US solar cell and solar module manufacturers.

Itek has confirmed that all modules imported into the United States after February 7, 2018 are subject to a 30% tariff, including imports from Canada, Mexico, and other “preferred-trade countries”. The impact of this tariff on the national solar market is still developing. In Washington State, Itek does not expect the tariff to negatively impact the strong solar growth in the next year.

The tariff-free 2.5 gigawatts of solar cell imports that are allowed each year under the tariff (the tariff year will be tracked from February 7th to February 6th of the following year) will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. There are safeguards in place that will protect U.S. manufacturers from any misuse or violations of the intended function of this quota.

After review, Itek does not expect the tariffs to negatively impact our material supply or our continued expansion into the national solar market. Itek invested millions of dollars in a new facility in 2017 prior to the tariff ruling, and we are continuing to invest after the ruling, doubling our capacity in the first part of 2018.

We are confident that the ruling on this case, and the continued oversight by the USTR, will support Itek’s continued development with a strong foundation in Washington State and expansion from that foundation into other regions of the United States.

 

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201 Trade Case Outcome — Itek’s Initial Assessment  https://www.itekenergy.com/201-trade-case-outcome-iteks-initial-assessment/ https://www.itekenergy.com/201-trade-case-outcome-iteks-initial-assessment/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:46:41 +0000 https://www.itekenergy.com/201-trade-case-outcome-iteks-initial-assessment/ On Monday, in response to the 201 Trade Case, the President levied tariffs on imported solar modules and on solar cells above an annual cap of 2.5 GW. Many people have asked how this will affect Itek. We are still evaluating the details of the ruling as they become available, and until the full details are available next week, we won’t have a detailed prediction. However, Itek has worked hard to establish itself on solid ground, to continue to grow through the fluctuations that come with the solar industry. That is not going to change. The sun will still shine, and we will still create a product that can harnass that energy. The Washington solar industry has always been incredibly supportive of Itek and we are confident that, whatever the outcome, solar will remain strong in Washington. These are links to the official statement and to a fact sheet from the US Trade Representative in the Office of the President, which is the information we have to work with at this time. We may have further updates as more information becomes available. White House Statement and Trade Representative – https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/january/president-trump-approves-relief-us Factsheet – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/fs/201%20Cases%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf  

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On Monday, in response to the 201 Trade Case, the President levied tariffs on imported solar modules and on solar cells above an annual cap of 2.5 GW.

Many people have asked how this will affect Itek. We are still evaluating the details of the ruling as they become available, and until the full details are available next week, we won’t have a detailed prediction. However, Itek has worked hard to establish itself on solid ground, to continue to grow through the fluctuations that come with the solar industry. That is not going to change. The sun will still shine, and we will still create a product that can harnass that energy. The Washington solar industry has always been incredibly supportive of Itek and we are confident that, whatever the outcome, solar will remain strong in Washington.

These are links to the official statement and to a fact sheet from the US Trade Representative in the Office of the President, which is the information we have to work with at this time. We may have further updates as more information becomes available.

White House Statement and Trade Representative – https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/january/president-trump-approves-relief-us

Factsheet – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/fs/201%20Cases%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf

 

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