Keith Bonarrigo is the founder of the Green Go Solar Project.
He grew up and attended high school in Ipswich, Massachusetts. From there he continued moving west to Colorado for snow and later to California chasing better waves and warmer water.
He spent several years in San Diego, exploring Baja Mexico to surf, as well as studying graphic design and digital imagery, which was in its infancy at the time. In 1997 he moved to Seattle, studying 3D computer animation and ultimately securing a position working with 3D modeling/Inverse Kinematics at a nearby game company.
Soon after he accepted a job offer from a multimedia company in Peru. He moved to the coastal town of Huanchaco/Trujillo, where he spent his later twenties. He continued his 3D work, managed a local bar, and served as a guest speaker for the 3D animation program at the University of Lima. He later pursued other possibilities in Florianopolis, Brazil where he continued his computer work as well as training and competing with the Rilion Gracie JiuJitsu team. Upon returning to the Northwest, he started his own web/ecommerce consultancy where he maintains a position to this day.
Keith became interested in renewable energy and ultimately studied under/befriended Mike Nelson – life-long renewable energy advocate, designer, and legislator as well as head of the award-winning Zero Energy Technology program in Shoreline, Washington. The two began experimenting with panel designs to address/change the notable lack of power to most residents of San Juanico – Baja Sur, Mexico. Keith had been drawn to its legendary surfing reputation and it had since become a regular destination for him. Their concept and designs evolved over time, prototypes were built and then placed into the community for testing.
Keith is our primary field instructor, linguist, community liaison, and program coordinator. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese and has limited communication ability in Thai and Bulgarian. He is 43 years old and splits his time living between Portland Oregon, White Pass Washington, and Baja Mexico. He enjoys many hobbies – among them are surfing, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, martial arts, travel, and language.
Feel free to contact Keith here.