Jeff Wongstrom is the owner of Thirsty Lake Solar and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. During his college and travel years Jeff worked in many construction industry trades including roofing, concrete forming and pouring, rough and finish carpentry, underground cable installation, painting, and remodeling. In 2006 he completed building an energy efficient off-grid home for his family. Jeff has been certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a Certified Solar PV Installer and is a licensed residential electrician. In addition to these qualifications Jeff has received photovoltaic training from Solar Energy International and has attended numerous safety and training workshops.
Jeff has been designing and installing solar electric systems since 1997. During this time he has also taught the Fundamentals of Photovoltaics online for the University of Montana, worked as a PV Service Technician, and been a member of the Montana Renewable Energy Association.
Jeff has been living with solar electricity and solar hot water both off-grid and on-grid since 1997. Jeff enjoys backpacking, gardening, hunting to put meat in the freezer, projects around the house, and making noise on conga drums. He has traveled to Australia and New Zealand, Central and South America, and around North America including Mexico and Alaska but now is content to stay home (Do something radical—stay home!) with his New Zealander mosaicist wife Sarah, dog Roo, and their chickens. Jeff loves the local independent radio station KGLT which he supports through Thirsty Lake Solar underwriting funding and encourages you to support your local independent radio station.
Thirsty Lake Solar also underwrites Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Public Radio. We also contribute to The Montana Wilderness Association Wilderness Walks program, The Gallatin Valley Land Trust National Trail Days program, The Museum of the Rockies, and The Bozeman Film Festival.
We encourage you to listen to commercial free radio and get out there on the trails!
"Communication by email prompt, clear, answered all questions succinctly. Work was done amiably and completed as estimated. Installer was a fine man to work with in all respects, including knowledge, skill, professionalism.”-Nancy Owens, Basin