After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, I read an article about a company using mobile solar generators to provide portable, off-grid power to storm victims. This inspired me to think about designing my own solar generator for off-grid power here in the Pacific Northwest. I knew from my experience as a solar design consultant at Sunergy Systems in Seattle that—despite what it might seem—solar power works here. I began to think of all the needs it could fill: disaster relief, festivals, weddings, athletic events, construction sites, educational facilities, agricultural applications. It’s a quiet, sleek, clean alternative to loud, fuel-guzzling generators and a great way to avoid the hassle and expense of tying into the electrical grid.

My background in residential solar design, my desire to promote and educate others about solar, and the idea of being able to help others during a disaster are what led me to start Northwest Solar Rover in 2013.

I strongly believe in solar and see it as the clear choice for energy independence and greener, more sustainable future.

Jennifer Brantley  

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Jennifer Brantley

Owner and President

Electricity runs in Jennifer’s DNA. Her grandfather enjoyed a long career as an electrical lineman with his local power company; his daughter (Jennifer’s aunt) worked for that same company her whole career. Jennifer’s grandmother (other side of the family) was an electrician on small aircraft during World War II. After four years as a successful real estate agent, Jennifer became increasingly interested in a career that would take her family tradition into a greener and more sustainable future: solar power. In 2008 she studied Solar Design and Installation at Solar Energy International in Paonia, Colorado. She’s worked in residential solar power sales and installations in North Carolina with Honey Electric Solar and in western Washington with Sunergy Systems.

Paul Brantley

Co-Owner and Vice-President

Paul’s background is in foreign languages, writing, and editing. During his five-year stint as editor and graphic designer at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, he became increasingly interested in renewable energy and is excited to be part of a solar startup. At Northwest Solar Rover he works on web design and communications and helps run the business. He currently works as a copyeditor at Amazon.

Tom Honey

Solar Designer and Consultant

Tom Honey is the designer and builder of the Solar Rover. He is a US Navy veteran with a training background in electrical engineering. Tom began Honey Electric Solar (HES) in 1994 to specialize in professional solar energy installations. As owner and operator of HES, Tom has installed and maintains hundreds of solar energy systems—both photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal—throughout North Carolina and Virginia.

In 2009, Tom achieved the NABCEP PV installer’s certification and has recently recertified to the current NABCEP standards. He is an instructor at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he currently teaches the NABCEP entry-level PV technology training course. The course is offered through GTCC’s Continuing Education Department and is part of the North Carolina Back-to-Work Program.

Tom holds electrical contractor licenses in North Carolina and Virginia.