Hartland Electric, founded in late 2004, is growing quickly with the achievements of 2009.
Jeffrey W. Lakatos, Master Electrician and Certified Solar Installer at Hartland Electric LLC, said, "Our company is now doing as much solar business as anyone else in Michigan. We continue to educate others in the industry, securing Hartland Electric as a installation company with practical experience and training to give even the solar contracting companies a place to turn for real hands-on experience. I know that this has always been an electrician’s work from day one."
He said the company believes in keeping Michigan workers working in Michigan with Michigan manufacturing and Michigan products whenever it can.
Hartland Electric LLC currently has 10 employees, is female-owned and hires veterans as they return home from the war looking for work in solar installations.
"Although we contract out the engineering and equipment, Hartland Electric does the site survey and installation," Jeffrey said. He plans to hire more workers next year when he gets into the design and equipment supply business for both commercial and residential projects. He has met with community colleges, high schools, nonprofit organizations, training schools, and representatives from state level groups, as well as the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to assure the inflow of trained solar installers for what he's certain will be large growth in the industry.
One reason for his certainty is DTE Energy's SolarCurrents program, which pays residential and commercial customers $2.40 a nameplate watt if the DTE customer installs a solar system on their home or business. The customer gets to use the power, and DTE pays them .11 cents a kilowatt hour; so DTE can claim it as its own solar production.
Jeffrey agrees with those who understand Michigan has unique advantages when it comes to solar power production. Solar really does work in Michigan. Don’t wait and get caught in the rush for renewable energy. Schedule your appointment today.