The Man Behind The Ideas

Who is Kevin King, and what is his background in the solar industry?

Well, here is a bit about his passion for not only the solar industry but the world around him. 

Prior, to his current focus on Solar Tools USA, Kevin was the co-owner and co-founder of EvenGreen Technology (EGT Solar). It was the largest design-build Solar and Energy Efficiency Company in Idaho. The company had multiple offices across Southern Idaho and was voted in the Top 500 solar companies by Solar Power World for over five years. 

Alongside EGT Solar, Kevin additionally owned Gem State Solar and EGT Leasing a solar leasing program for nonprofits, schools, and churches. He holds certifications for multiple types of lithium chemistry batteries and has been awarded a US Patent for the invention of his tools used in the solar industry.

Kevin additionally demonstrates his passion for the solar industry through countless hours he donates to multiple areas of the Idaho community and state legislature.

Kevin is a co-founder and current board chair of the Idaho Clean Energy Association (ICEA) a local nonprofit that is dedicated to advancing Idaho’s independence and economy through growing our clean energy industry. They provide a voice for policies and programs to promote Idaho’s clean energy resources in order to maintain reliable, affordable energy and grow our economy. ICEA was also recognized for the proclamation by the Governor of Idaho for National Clean Energy Week.

He is the appointed spokesperson for the ICEA in legislative actions, which has led to the successful passing of 2 Idaho State Laws that promote the growth of renewable energy. He is also the lead intervening party on behalf of the ICEA in support of renewable energy dockets that are presented by the P.U.C. (Public Utility Commission). Kevin is a co-writer on Idaho’s current net metering tariff alongside Idaho Power and a contributor in the creation of the Idaho State Department of Building Safety permitting guidelines and plan review process for renewable energy.

Kevin was a guest speaker in the first public climate change forum at the Idaho State Capital. He has been requested as a public speaker from elementary to collegiate level classes and has been an advisor for the development of curriculum for renewable energy courses at CWI (College of Western Idaho).

He was a member of the Boise School District Sustainability Board from 2015-2016 and participated as a mentor in Meridian Chamber of Commerce’s YEA program to a high school student interested in the renewable energy industry.

Kevin is also a veteran of foreign wars and served his country during the time of September 11th and the subsequent Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom War. During his 8 years of service in the United States Marine Corps, he received numerous awards and recognition for going above and beyond, including multiple Navy Achievement Medals, Meritorious Mast Awards & Letters of Commendation.

Kevin’s biggest accomplishment is that he married his high school sweetheart (Melissa) and has weathered 22 years and counting of life together. We ask Melissa her thoughts on how it has been walking alongside Kevin through the years and this is what she said;

“Yes, I do think he is pretty great by default, but on a more serious note, I truly admire the level of passion he puts towards everything he sets his mind to. He is passionate about his profession, his community, his country, his faith, and his family. I have had the privilege of supporting and cheering him on through many amazing things. What I think is the most admirable about Kevin is that he is truly humble about all that he has accomplished and gives all the credit to The Man Upstairs.

We think Kevin is pretty great over here at Solar Tools USA. More than that, we hope it helps each of our customers realize what a goldmine of information you each have available at your fingertips!

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