In 2000, Creative Energies’ founders, Andy Tyson and Scott Kane noticed a problem. Climate change and regional air quality were becoming worse and our country was hooked on foreign oil. As former environmental educators with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Scott and Andy knew it was time to change our nations’ energy production methods.
At the end of the 20th century, great advancements had been achieved in renewable technologies. Solar, wind power, hydro power, and geothermal achieved incredible leaps in efficiency, cost and reliability. Although these technologies were on the rise, competent renewable energy providers were scarce. Scott and Andy, with the addition of Toby Schmidt, a fellow NOLS instructor, received the training and gained the experience to install renewable energies.
In the first eight years of business, we offered services in all forms of renewable energy; solar for mountain cabins, wind power for remote ranches, solar hot water heating, passive solar home design, ground source heat pumps and micro-hydroelectric systems. If it reduced conventional fuel use, is was a good thing.
Among those renewable energy technologies, a clear winner arose. Grid connected solar electric (photovoltaic) systems became more reliable and more cost effective than any of the other options. We narrowed our focus to specialize in solar energy. Today our focus is on residential, commercial, public facilities as well as off grid solar power.
Today, with eighteen full-time staff and up to a dozen seasonal solar installers, we are a focused, dynamic company with head quarters in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Our steady growth in the renewable energy market has extended our areas of operation throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
Creative Energies is a community of solar craftsmen. We care deeply about our customers and pride ourselves in helping you make well-considered decisions about your energy choices. We are engaged in our communities, live healthy lifestyles and promote family. We have come together to sustain the beauty of the world that we share.
Zero Net Energy Offices
Creative Energies offices in Wyoming and Salt Lake City are both zero net energy. In Salt Lake, we have converted this former print shop to be a modern and energy efficient office and warehouse. Lighting upgrades, improved insulation and a 25kW solar power system combine to allow this 50 year old building to provide all of its own electricity.
Our office in Lander, WY is entirely zero net energy. Due to energy efficient and passive solar design, a ground source heat pump for heating and cooling, a solar hot water system and a 3kW solar PV system, the building produces more energy than it uses annually. Water conservation and healthy indoor environments are also priorities in our buildings.
We are also certified installers of many industry products, including SunPower, SMA, Xantrex, Unirac and more.
Creative Energies suffered a tragic loss in April of 2015 when three employees, including one of the company’s founders and owners, were killed in a small plane crash in central Idaho. The pilot of the plane also perished. Rusty Cheney, AJ Linnell, and Andy Tyson all worked in Creative Energies’ Idaho office. Andy was one of the business’ founders and owners. They died in the course of their work, visiting a remote ranch to plan a solar power system.
All three of these men chose to work in solar energy for reasons of principle. Each found purpose and reward in helping people and businesses to choose renewable sources for their energy needs. Rusty used his mechanical engineering background and warmth of personality to help customers navigate technical questions to make values-based decisions. AJ may have been the most experienced solar installer in the Northern Rockies. He brought a level of craftsmanship to solar work rarely seen in this new field and set the standard for our newer installers. Andy’s spirit of adventure and ambition led Creative Energies, and perhaps more broadly, the whole community, in real progress toward expanded use of renewable energy in our region.
Links to the obituaries of Rusty Cheney, AJ Linnell, and Andy Tyson and news about the accident.