Who We Are
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Creative Energies' purpose is to lead communities into a clean energy future.
The Creative Energies team is made up of a community of solar technicians and craftspeople. We care deeply about our customers and pride ourselves in helping them make well-considered decisions about their energy choices. Our vision is to inspire healthy communities through innovative energy choices. We are engaged in our communities throughout Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho and place a high value on living in a beautiful part of the country, time spent outdoors, and balanced healthy lifestyles. We strive to be a model of progressive business practices and a voice in local and regional renewable energy policy and education.
Creative Energies brings 20 years of experience to solar installations for homeowners, businesses, and organizations. We are a Certified Benefit Corporation operating out of net-zero energy offices and for every solar array we install, we donate to solar energy grants.
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Creative Energies is a community of adventurous solar craftspeople who care deeply about the work we do and our impact on the environment. We are engaged in our communities, live healthy outdoor lifestyles, and strive for a healthy life-work balance. Creative Energies is devoted to the mountain regions in which we work, live, and play.
Solar for Good
Creative Energies is a Certified B Corporation and committed to business for good. B Corp companies focus on using the power of business as a force for environmental, social, and economic good. Essentially, it means we care about a lot more than just profit.
NABCEP Certified Solar
We pursue progress and are dedicated to our craft of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. We are solar industry experts with Creative Energies team members who are North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
20 Years of Solar Experience
Creative Energies is a community of adventurous solar craftspeople who care deeply about our customers and the environment. We are engaged in our communities, live healthy outdoor lifestyles, and try to balance the needs of work and family. We practice what we preach by operating out of net-zero energy offices that utilize energy-efficient and passive solar designs, and photovoltaic systems. Many of our team members have renewable energy on their own homes. Creative Energies is devoted to the mountain towns in which we work, live, and play. Creative Energies is a member of Amicus Solar Cooperative, sharing best practices and aggregating purchasing power with this group of best-in-class regional solar providers.
Our company’s history began in 2000 when Creative Energies’ founders, Andy Tyson and Scott Kane, collaborated about how to make a difference in regards to climate change and as regional air quality was growing worse and our country's dependence on oil. As former environmental educators with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Scott and Andy knew it was time to change our nation's energy production methods. In March of 2001, they launched a renewable energy installation business, Creative Energies.
At the end of the 20th century, great advancements had been achieved in renewable technologies. Solar, wind power, hydropower, 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, dove into the training and gained valuable experience installing renewable energy projects for residential, commercial, and public organizations.
In the first eight years of business, we offered services in many 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, it 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, and public facilities as well as off grid solar power. Today, we are a focused, dynamic company with offices in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho. Our steady growth in the renewable energy market has extended our areas of operation throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
Net Zero Energy Offices
Creative Energies' offices in Wyoming and Salt Lake City are both nearly net zero energy. In Salt Lake, we have converted a former print shop to be a modern and energy efficient office and warehouse. Lighting upgrades, improved insulation and a 23 kW solar power system combine to allow this 50 year old building to provide all of its own electricity though it does use natural gas for supplemental heating in the winter.
Our office in Lander, WY, a 70 year old ranch house, 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 4kW solar PV system, the building produces more energy than it uses annually. Water conservation and a healthy indoor environment are also priorities in our buildings.
Community of Solar Craftspeople
Creative Energies is a community of solar craftspeople. 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 time for family and friends. We have come together to sustain the beauty of the world that we share.
Creative Energies is devoted to the mountain regions in which we work, live, and play. Giving back and participating in our communities is incredibly important to Creative Energies. We support local nonprofits that engage in renewable energy advocacy, environmental and social justice, and causes that reflect our team members' passion for the outdoors.
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.