Meet the team
Alternative Power Enterprises Inc. has been in business for the past twenty years and we define our success by achieving the highest level of customer satisfaction possible. Meet the experienced team that makes it all possible.
Leif Juell, owner
Leif Juell is the owner of APE and a NABCEP Certified Installer. He is a long time solar guy, starting APE, Inc. in 1992 in Ridgway, CO. He is dedicated to providing home and business owners with an alternative to standard coal fed utility power.
Leif loves to help people make the switch to clean energy.
Leif speaks fluent German and Norwegian having spent a lot of his childhood in those two countries. He has a BS in Broadcast Engineering, a lifetime FCC license, and spent several years working on electronics on fishing boats in the northwest. Leif spent three years riding his bike around the world before settling in Ridgway, Colorado and starting APE.
Josh Shipley, generator technician and installation manager
Josh Shipley has become a permanent part of our team. Josh is a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional with an extensive background in renewable energy and 20 years of mechanical and building experience. Josh is also our generator technician, servicing generators for our many off grid energy systems that we maintain. In his spare time Josh loves taking off-road Jeep trips with his family, hunting across America, and riding his Harley. Josh is an excellent leader and installation manager, taking the reins and always working well with colleagues and clients.
Mark Smail, project manager, design and sales
Mark's love of renewable energy dates back to when he and his wife lived in a small, PV powered cabin in the Cascade Mts. of Washington State. Realizing that PV even works in the temperate rain forest of the Pacific Northwest, Mark hit the ground running with a strong passion for PV. With 10 years of experience in the solar industry, Mark has gone on to earn his NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification and is now one of our lead project managers. When not working with solar, Mark and his wife spend their time skiing, climbing, and kayaking throughout the deserts, mountains, and rivers of the Southwest.
Jill Markey, Human Resources and Accounting
Jill Markey grew up in Vermont and has always been interested in being green. She fell in love with the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and has made it her home for many years. Jill met Leif while living in Ridgway, and has helped grow APE for nearly 20 years. Jill is always willing to work with customers to make the installation process as seamless as possible. Together, Jill and Leif have two children, and in her spare time loves to travel and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer.
ANDY THOMAN, INSTALLER
After getting a B.S. in Business Administration, Andy moved west to spend a summer in the mountains. Eight years, six mountain towns and different jobs from cooking to construction found him searching for a meaningful career. After taking classes from Solar Energy International, he started working with APE and hasn't looked back. Andy is excited to be in the PV industry and is currently working on getting his NABCEP certification. When off the clock, Andy enjoys skiing, running and biking in the mountains.