About Us

Inspired Solutions. Power for the Generations.  These statements represent EcoLogical Energy Systems’ commitment  to renewable energy and the positive environmental impact and lifestyle changes offered by our products.  By educating our clients and providing excellent customer service, EcoLogical Energy Systems hopes to become a knowledge center in our community for emerging renewable technologies.

Team Bios:

Marti Morenings

Marti Morenings, EcoLogical Energy Systems Founder

Marti Morenings founded Universal Companies, an international distribution company for spas and resorts, in 1982 and currently employs over 100 people at the company’s headquarters near Abingdon, Virginia. From her experience in the spa industry, Marti saw the inherent connection between personal and planetary wellness. With this in mind, she initiated the first sustainability program of its kind in the spa industry, hiring a full-time sustainability specialist who not only implements environmental measures internally but also assists customers with spa greening while encouraging the company’s 500+ vendors to reformulate, redesign, and implement their own sustainability action plans. This eco-agenda has generated a positive ripple effect throughout the company, as well as throughout the spa industry.

With 27 years of experience owning and operating a successful company in addition to her fervent passion for a healthy planet, Marti founded EcoLogical Energy Systems to help create a similar ripple effect in the Tri-Cities. By partnering with local, state, and federal agencies, Ecological Energy Systems offers education, assessment, and economical solutions for residential and commercial energy saving applications.
Nick Safay, LEED AP +Homes

Nick Safay, LEED AP +Homes, Vice President of Marketing

Nick is EES's marketing and community outreach specialist. He networks with local agencies, educational institutions, trade associations and governments to advocate for and increase awareness and education of renewable energy, energy efficiency and other energy related matters. Nick has worked as an environmental marketer, program director for a green building training center and even as a field technician conducting residential single family and multifamily energy audits. Educated in Brattleboro, VT at The School for International Training with a Master's Degree focusing on Sustainable Development, Nick enjoys giving presentations, developing business opportunities and volunteering on the professional level, currently serving on the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association Board of Directors and the Town of Abingdon's Sustain Abingdon Committee and has been a longtime active member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Having worked for local organizations like Appalachian Sustainable Development, Rural Action Incorporated and People Incorporated of Virginia, Nick is always open to working with other organizations with shared interests and develop initiatives that will not only open markets for EES, but also strengthen the communities EES works in.
Teresa Estep

Teresa Estep, Financial Administrator

EcoLogical Energy Systems would like to introduce its newest team member to the renewable energy movement, Teresa Estep. Teresa is the new Financial Administrator for EcoLogical Energy System.

Teresa holds a B.A. Degree in Business and Economics, with a concentration in accounting, from Emory and Henry College. She brings over twenty years of accounting experience, as well as, business management experience.

Teresa gained her interest in business and accounting early, having worked as a business co-op student in high school. This is where she was exposed to many facets of small business and accounting.

After graduating college Teresa entered the corporate world, working as an accountant for a locally owned corporation, The United Company, getting many years exposure to diversified companies, ranging from the coal industry to a hydroponic tomato farm, to a co-generation plant.

Teresa says “she looks forward to learning about renewable energy, the new challenges of being financial administrator, and being part of a growing team that is dedicated to educating and serving their customers in the renewable energy movement”.
Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards, General Manager

Scott is EES's General Manager and oversees all the daily functions of the business from project development to installations and finance. He takes great pride in ensuring EES clients are well informed in each step of the sales and installation processes to ensure an exceptional experience for our customers.

Scott is a highly decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he was an Avionics program manager for F-15 fighter jets before retiring as a Service Connected Disabled Veteran. During his military career, Scott spent more than 5 years in overseas locations supporting operations in Europe, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. After military retirement, Scott owned and operated an environmental services business in a large metropolitan area for nearly ten years.

Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and brings a wealth of both operations and business experience to the EES team. In his spare time, Scott enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his three children.
Michael Morenings

Michael Morenings, Installation Manager

“Mickey” leads EES's installation teams in the field as well as working with EES supplier, electrical, utility and client partners to ensure all installations run as smoothly as possible with the highest quality and attention to detail. See our Customer Satisfaction video to hear our clients praise the installation process! Mickey has been an active leader with Washington County Virginia Fire and Rescue for over 15 years. He has been involved in fire service since 1991 and an Emergency Medical Technician since 1992. Throughout his fire training, Morenings has been trained to identify and safely correct hazardous home situations. This training has sparked an interested in renewable energy systems as a safe alternative to other forms of heating and cooling. Mickey has successfully completed installation trainings in Solar PV and Solar Thermal as well as Wind systems. When not climbing on roofs and directing installations, Mickey enjoys woodturning and fishing of all sorts and Mickey is recently a happy dad!
Freddie Lewis

Freddie Lewis, Lead Installation Technician/Solar PV Foreman

Freddie has been with the EES team since January 2012. Freddie is a long-time firefighter with the Virginia Washington County department. Freddie brings his safety and electrical knowledge to everyday practice in the field on the installations EES conducts. Freddie enjoys fishing, hunting and volunteering with his son's school football team.
Michael Hardin

Michael Hardin, Lead Installation Technician

Michael brings his local knowledge of building and safety practices to the EEs team as one of EES's lead installation technicians. Michael enjoys utilizing these skills bringing solar power to the tri-cities region and recently passed the NABCEP Solar PV Entry Level exam. Michael is a volunteer firefighter and just recently had a new addition to the family with the birth of his family's second child!
Brandon Miller

Brandon Miller, Solar PV Monitoring/Communications Technician

Brandon has been with the EES team since the fall of 2012. Brandon is a member of the United States Marine Corps and served in Iraq and has traveled to other parts of the world working on electrical maintenance for helicopters. Brandon is currently enrolled in Virginia Highlands Community College's electrical program to become a certified electrician and recently passed the NABCEP Solar PV Entry Level Achievement exam.
Zach Witt

Zach Witt, Installation Technician

Zach joined EES in May 2015 after graduating Appalachian State University’s Appropriate Technology Program, in Boone, NC, focusing on renewable energy technologies. While in school, Zach also worked with Appalachian Voices as an Energy Efficiency Research Assistant and brings years of experience and education in construction and building science and has passed the NABCEP Entry Level PV Achievement Exam. Zach and his wife Caitlin are both Abingdon natives who still live in Washington County with their baby daughter.
 

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