In 2008, Pickett Solar was started by the team at Don Pickett & Associates, Inc., a local commercial construction company with 40+ years design-build experience.
Real-World Need is Wake-Up Call
We learned, the hard way, there was a need locally for a solar company that specialized in large commercial installations. You see we had been on the “buying” end for a number of our own commercial projects. But when we searched for a solar company willing to handle larger commercial projects, we ran into roadblock after roadblock. Yes, there were a few companies willing to do the work, but when it came to large commercial installations, they were dabblers. They certainly weren’t up to our standards.
Launching Our Own Solar Company
That’s when we decided to launch our own solar company. We went to work to assemble top tier solar equipment suppliers. Not all solar equipment manufacturers are the same, so it’s imperative to stick with the companies that use superior materials, stand behind their products, and have a proven track record. We pay our bills promptly. This may seem like a small thing, but it’s not an industry standard. Naturally, manufacturers reward us by giving us preferential service and unmatched pricing, which we pass on to our customers.
Gathering the Team
Then we tapped skilled local subcontractors, who are specialists in their respective trades. A roofer is best for mounting a new system to the roof. An electrician is best for wiring it to the structure and connecting to the utility. Most solar companies use technicians who do all of the various tasks. By the way, gathering the best local subcontractors was easy. Via our parent construction company, Don Pickett & Associates, we already had a team of highly-skilled craftsmen who had been with us for years. We treat them very well, as an extension of our family. We also pay them promptly. They reward us by making themselves readily available for our projects, which means we can deliver solar projects to our customers in a timely fashion.
Heading Off Problems
Our deep experience in construction means that we are particularly well suited to serve our customers. When we design a solar system, we quickly spot any issues with the construction of a facility that may adversely affect the installation. Then we resolve problems immediately. This protects the customer from unpleasant surprises during the installation and permitting process.
Because we began our solar company with a real world need for solar energy for our own construction projects, we bring a different perspective to the needs of buyers. With that perspective, we promise to design and install the best solar system available for your hard-earned money.
Mike Pickett, Owner
Mike Pickett heads up Pickett Solar. He leads a talented team of sales staff and instructs them to always be helpful to prospective customers and never to pressure anyone into a sale. Mike tells them, “Solar is a big initial outlay for the corporate buyer. Even though it pays for itself within five years, it’s not right for every company. Your job is to help the company who would significantly benefit from a solar installation.”