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Remembering Jeff Skelskie

Here is Jeff, next to his electric-powered truck, proudly displaying that it was electric-powered. Photo courtesy of Solarfest.

Green Energy Times Team

We at Green Energy Times(G.E.T.) want to take some time to remember and appreciate Jeffrey Wayne Skelskie, 70, who passed away at his home on February 17, 2019.

Jeff started his battery company, Special Services, as a Saab, Jaguar, Volvo, and Porsche mechanic, but he turned it into a distributor business for wire and cable connections. His knowledge of both batteries and solar power was extensive, and he spent a lot of time educating people in seminars on battery maintenance. He became known as the “battery doctor” for diagnosing battery bank problems for off-grid homes. He was known for his precision custom cables and wiring of battery banks that were said to look like works of art.

For years, Jeff and his wife, Wenda Luff, volunteered at Sugarbush Resort in Waitsfield as adaptive ski instructors. This, however, was just one instance of his helping others.

He was involved with SolarFest since the 1990’s, as a member of the Board of Trustees, advisor, technician, educator, exhibitor, and all-around participant in the fun. Most recently, he ran the information table at the 2018 SolarFest and offered guidance for 2019 planning. The SolarFest team said that Jeff’s knowledge and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

In years past, Skelskie dedicated a lot of time to the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) with Tour de Sol, as he clearly believed in doing all he could to help us transition to a fossil-free sustainable future. He was in charge of setup and takedown of the various stops on the Tour de Sol, and he helped with Junior Solar Sprints for many years. He received the NESEA Service Award for his contributions.

Pictured is Jeff’s Chevy S-10 truck that he converted to run on battery power. It was 120-volt DC, and he used it as a power source at many venues, including the Garlicfest in Orange, Massachusetts. He ran power for off-grid stages at Pete and Toshi Seeger’s Clearwater Festivals.

Jeff and Wenda voluntarily helped G.E.T. with distribution in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts for many years, spreading the word on clean energy. He was always willing to provide assistance and believed in our mission. Jeff proudly kept a copy of every edition since G.E.T.’s inception in 2009. We valued his help immensely.

He will be missed greatly by all those whose lives he touched. The funeral service was held on February 23rd. There will be a short graveside committal on May 11th at 3:00pm in Rochester, VT at Woodlawn Extension Cemetery.

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