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Installing Solar with “Creative Energies”

Creative Energies, a certified solar energy installation company, wants to make the process as painless as possible.


Toby Schmidt – one of the co-owners for Creative Energies. Photo by Dung Hoang.

Creative Energies is a certified solar energy installation company that was founded by Andy Tyson and Scott Kane. Both are former environmental educators from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and were keenly aware of the challenges of climate change and poor air quality. Creative Energies was established in 2000, and since forming, has been actively installing grid connected solar energy systems for a variety of customers in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Creative Energies employs their own in-house electrical engineers, electricians and install teams who bring solar energy online to ranches, homes and businesses like Publik Coffee Roasters on 975 S West Temple in Salt Lake City.

Customers who choose to invest in solar energy tend to do so for different reasons ranging from frustration with utility rates to environmental benefits. In recent years, many companies have sprung up and gotten into the renewable energy game. However, Creative Energies, which has been around for about 16 years, installs and stands by every solar energy system they sell.

Mike Walton of Creative Energies says, “Solar is a very strong and sound investment. It is not similar to purchasing other electronics like a cell phone or laptop. These devices are outdated before the contract with the service provider is over. With solar, a system has a lifespan of 30 years or more.”

Utah residents can usually find themselves basking in sunshine and are therefore in a unique opportunity to utilize the benefits provided by solar energy. Walton says, “Utah is one of the best places in the country to install solar.” Creative Energies has a 5-star rating on Solarreviews.com and on Yelp. They are certified to sell many industry products including those made by SunPower, SMA, Unirac and others. Creative Energies is also a member of the AMICUS group, a solar energy system cooperative organization founded in 2011.

For those interested in a solar energy system, Creative Energies will provide a proposal by taking a thorough look into each individual’s installation needs. For more information visit the Creative Energies website,  or their Utah office at 455 W 1700 S in South Salt Lake.


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