About Scurfield Solar & Heating:
Ben Scurfield, owner of Scurfield Solar & Heating and a resident of Humboldt County since 1999, has built his business on the education and installation of residential and commercial renewable energy and heating systems. He's proud of the reputation he has built in the area as one of the premier solar & heating installers on the North Coast.
As an educator, Ben taught the Solar Hot Water course at College of the Redwoods from 2006 to 2014. He has also offered educational seminars and hands-on workshops related to energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy and high performance heating systems.
Ben holds a C20 HVAC, C36 plumbing, C46 solar California contractor licenses as well as a EPA section 608 Universal refrigerant recovery license and is a certified BPI building envelope specialist.
Ben has also been certified with the North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the leading non-profit certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry that is supported by the entire industry.
California State License's Include:
C-46 Solar Contractor • C-36 Plumbing Contractor • C-20 Warm Air Heating, Ventilating & Air-Conditioning Contractor
Installation and Service Technician
Craig came to Humboldt County in the late 80's and was stationed in Ferndale serving the U.S Navy. After Craig got out of the military he decided to stay in the area. He started a career in appliance repair that lasted 6 years and had the opportunity to further his knowledge in HVAC working with two local prominent HVAC companies. Since starting to work for Scurfield Solar & Heating he has been very enthusiastic about solar installation and radiant floor systems and has taken solar course work at College of the Redwoods and studied radiant heating design with the Heatspring Institute. He also holds a EPA section 608 universal refrigerant recovery license and has been certified with the North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the leading non-profit certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry that is supported by the entire industry.
Treneil is a recent migrant to California and the United States, residing in Humboldt county since 2013. He is currently studying Photovoltiac/Solar Thermal Technology at College of the Redwoods, with hopes of becoming a green building expert. He is passionate about preserving the integrity of our planet's very fragile Eco-system and he believes that through the full and correct utilization of the abundant renewable energies that exist, our future experiences on planet earth will be one of great joy.
He holds a EPA section 608 universal refrigerant recovery license and has also been certified with the North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the leading non-profit certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry that is supported by the entire industry.
Tyler moved to Humboldt County area 4 years ago from Austin Texas. He studied solar thermal technology and photovoltaic technology at College of the Redwoods where he is currently enrolled in an electrician trainee program. He has a background in construction, with training in sustainable building practices, construction safety, and as a building envelope specialist. Tyler is an outdoorsman, he enjoys fishing and cycling.
Sam has been living in Humboldt county since 2012, having moved here after spending time replanting native wild foods in the Oregon desert. He has always been passionate about human impact on our planet. He studied and holds certifications in solar thermal installation, solar photovoltaic installation, residential wiring and residential construction from College Of The Redwoods. He holds two Occupational Health and Safety certifications as well as a certification in permaculture design.
When Sam isn't on the job you can find him playing with his heavy metal band Dullahan, or promoting other heavy metal and punk rock events at many venues around Humboldt County.
Sales & Marketing
Amber Neilson, Sales & Marketing, brings over twenty-years of program management, media marketing and strategic planning to Scurfield Solar and Heating. Amber’s most recent position as the Sequoia Park Zoo’s Education & Operations Supervisor (2005-2016) provided a terrific opportunity to oversee multiple departments in a fast and dynamic environment. Her greatest achievement at the Zoo was the development of the new Watershed Heroes exhibit- from inception to completion- including grant writing, design planning and coordination of contractors and engineers. Prior to working with the zoo, Amber ran a peer-based multi-media campaign to combat substance abuse among HSU and CR students. Amber’s academic training in Natural Resource Management includes a Master’s in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College (Olympia, Washington) and BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies (1993) from the UC Santa Cruz. Amber is thrilled to join the SSH team as she is passionate about green energy and excited to play a role in the future of Humboldt County’s energy independence.
Julie Froblom joined Scurfield Solar and Heating as Office Manager in August of 2015. Julie brings practical experience to this job from several years of bookkeeping, office and customer service experience. She is looking forward to learning about alternative energy, and all facets of Scurfield Solar and Heating to help our customers in any way possible. She is a graduate from Humboldt State University in Music, and enjoys playing music locally in many venues. You may have seen her playing her saxophone or flute at the Saturday Market, fairs, nightclubs or even musicals.
Ismael has lived in Humboldt County since 2013. Ismael has extensively studied all aspects of print and web design at Cabrillo College, and studied AutoCAD, Photovoltaic, Solar Electric, and Solar Thermal at College of the Redwoods. Ismael speaks fluent Spanish and aspires to some day use his knowledge of solar technology in his native Mexico.