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Meet The Team

Ben Scurfield Owner

Ben Scurfield


Ben Scurfield, owner of Scurfield Solar & Heating and a Humboldt County resident since 1999, built his business on the education and installation of residential and commercial renewable energy and heating systems. He's proud of the reputation he’s built in the community as one of the premier solar and 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 C20 HVAC, C36 Plumbing, C46 Solar, C10 Electric California Contractor licenses as well as an 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.

California State Licenses Include:

  • C-10 Electrical Contractor
  • C-46 Solar Contractor
  • C-36 Plumbing Contractor
  • C-20 Warm Air Heating, Ventilating & Air-Conditioning Contractor
Team Member Matt

Matthew Schang

Operations Coordinator

Matt moved to Humboldt in 2013 to take up a position with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) as a recruiter. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC San Diego, where he graduated from John Muir College. His passion for the environment and green technologies has played an active role in his employment. After his work at the CCC, he went on to work for members of the local solar and green technology industries including Sunfrost and Westhaven Solar before coming to work for Scurfield Solar and Heating.

Team Member Scott

Scott Messina

Project Coordinator

Scott moved to Humboldt County in 1995, has plenty of extended family in the area and appreciates its ideal climate. Scott's moved toward energy self-sufficiency for years: he drives an electric vehicle, has a solar system paired with on-site storage, and even integrated his hot water with his heating system himself. 

Scurfield Solar & Heating installed Scott's battery system and our work left an impression on him, so he chose to work with us when the opportunity came about. With more than 20 years of security experience working with every trade you can think of as well as learning by observing, modifying, monitoring, and controlling systems and methods, Scott acquired numerous trade certifications and is constantly training to learn more.


Brian Parrott

Energy Consultant

Brian came to Humboldt in 1992 to study at Humboldt State University and has been here ever since raising his two boys in Trinidad. Brian values teaching others about energy efficiency to save money and hopes to help our community be good stewards of the planet. He brings decades of sales experience and successful communication skills to the Scurfield team.

Team Member Reed

Reed Neely-Mangos

Installation and Service Expert

Born and raised in Humboldt County, Reed Neely-Mangos' father mentored him from an early age to be mechanically inclined. As a young child, Reed loved to take apart and reassemble electronics to learn how they function. While working as automotive service writer/technician at his family’s locally-owned automotive business, he became skilled in working on all things mechanical. He furthered his skill set while working as a stone mason with a local Humboldt County construction firm. In his free time, Reed likes to hike with his two children and enjoy time together at the river.

Team Member Elijah

Elijah Harreld

Installation Expert

Elijah came to Humboldt for work back in 2016 and stayed for his love of the weather and geography. He has a knack for efficiency and self-independence, and hopes to channel those traits into off-grid living one day. Elijah brings electrical and roofing knowledge and experience with him to the Scurfield team.

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Forrest Novotny

Installation Technician

Forrest moved from New Hampshire to Humboldt County in 2009 . While attending Humboldt State University for environmental science, he developed a passion for appropriate technology, renewable energy systems, and regenerative agriculture. He brings experience from the HVAC, electrical, plumbing and automotive industries to our team to help us move forward to a cleaner and more sustainable future.


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