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We were recently invited to meet with the Evan Leonard, the Vice President of Artisan Electric. We got to see them in action, installing solar panels on a home right here on Vashon – SO fun! Read on to learn more…

VH: From where do you hail?

Evan: I’m originally from Memphis, TN but I’ve lived all over. I moved to Vashon in 2010 after a five year stint in Japan.

VH: How did you land on Vashon?

Evan: I started visiting in the 90s with my family while I was attending PLU in Tacoma. It seemed like an impossibly idyllic agrarian community at the time. It still feels that way. I spent a summer on the island after grad school volunteering on a farm, and just really fell in love with the place.

Artisan Electric Vashon

VH: Tell us all about your business.

Evan: Artisan Electric is a full service residential and commercial electrical contractor specializing in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. We do a lot of residential electrical service as well as solar on the island.

My partner Jason Williams and his wife Jen started Artisan in 2007, before solar had taken off in the US. We’ve now installed just over 200 solar systems on the island, including a few commercial installations.

VH: What inspired you to do solar?

Evan: Climate change. Pretty simple.

VH: What is your superpower?

Evan: Staying healthy. I haven’t called in sick in over five years, knock on wood.

Artisan Electric Vashon

VH: When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?

Evan: Vashon Farmer’s Market, Island Center Forest, Vashon Roasterie, and berry picking if there is a variety in season.

VH: What’s next for Artisan?

More service electricians serving the island; commercial EV charging stations; utility-scale community solar projects. We are putting a lot of effort into expanding the electrical service and efficiency side.

VH: What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s? 🙂

Japanese woodcut stencil calendars from the 1950s.


Thanks Evan!  If you’d like to learn more – please visit Artisan Electric’s website.

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