Celebrating 15 Years of Leading the Solar Revolution
September 12, 2022
We’re thrilled to lead the solar revolution!
We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings in our founder’s garage 15 years ago. Since then, we’ve planted roots from Austin, Texas, westward to Colorado, and onto the eastern shore: Florida, Virginia and North Carolina.
Along the way, we started our recruitment process to hire the right people for the right positions. Nearly 900 employees have joined our family to deliver solar solutions that exceed your expectations and share the same vision.
Of course, the real heroes in this story are our 15,000 customers. They’ve led the solar revolution alongside us by putting solar (and increasingly backup power) on their homes and businesses. Furthermore, they’ve recommended our services by leaving reviews and making referrals.
Read on to learn more about the folks on our team. They show up every day ready to go above and beyond for you. Of course, we’ll discuss how you can join the celebration this month with special rewards from us to say THANKS!
“We have been serving and growing the solar community in Texas and beyond since 2007. As we like to say… leading the solar revolution!”Adrian Buck, founder and chief installation officer
Over a decade ago, Freedom Solar CEO Bret Biggart recognized an unmet consumer need for solar in his hometown: Austin, Texas.
He found Adrian Buck, and a partnership dedicated to quality craftsmanship and people-first service flourished. For 15 years, we’ve cultivated a reputation for leadership, integrity and education in the solar energy sector.
Our customers’ adoption of solar over 15 years has made a substantial impact on the environment. We’re seeing national rewards, too.
In August 2022, the historic Inflation Reduction Act passed. It increased The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) to 30% and extended it for 10 years. This federal recognition of alternative energy’s benefits proves how American hearts and minds are changing in favor of environmental protection.
15 Years of Outsized Impact: The Solar Revolution
Freedom Solar customers are changing their own lives and the planet, and we’re just getting started.
The number of solar arrays we’ve installed since 2007 will help customers save $745,850,000 on utilities over their solar’s lifetime. These installations’ environmental impact helps avoid over 1.7 billion pounds of carbon dioxide.
How so? They power homes with renewable energy instead of fossil fuel-based electricity. That’s like taking 167,055 cars off the road or planting 12,819,781 trees!
Every person who goes solar takes control of their power and energy costs and safeguards our collective future for generations. Look what we’ve already accomplished together!
And thanks to our customers and their trust, we’ve also been able to grow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, we’ve provided an energy alternative to thousands of homes and businesses that were spending all their time indoors. We also offered many solar jobs and hired technicians, customer service representatives and back-office staff to keep up with the growing solar power demand accompanying the pandemic.
Meet the Solar Revolution Warriors Who Make It Happen for You
You’ve met at least a few of the dedicated world-changers on Team Freedom Solar. However, you may not know why they’re here doing what they do.
We want to tip our hats to our incredible employees! They live and breathe our values, make the complicated world of solar look easy and go the extra mile so you feel right at home with us. Here are a few of their stories.
Our People and Their Stories
Energy Consultant Ritz has spent the past four years empowering customers and teammates to lean on one another and grow the U.S. solar revolution. “In my experience as a woman in a male-dominated industry, I learned quickly that culture matters,” said Ritz. “Having teammates that have your back, and are always willing to lend a helping hand doesn’t just make things ‘easier’ – it makes me want to go that extra mile.”
“I work in the solar industry to keep the planet livable for my kids,” said CMO Sherren. Actually, being environmental protection advocates while empowering homeowners is the main reason many of us are part of the solar industry. And that’s especially true for those with kids because we feel duty-bound to protect their future.
“I studied Energy and Environmental Engineering for 5 years,” said Customer Accounts Manager Team Lead Matthew. “While I know much about fossil fuels/carbon-based fuels, I believe renewables, especially solar, is a critical source of clean energy to propel our world into a cleaner future.”
Our team showcases the business of sustainability through higher education. To boot, some have over a decade of wisdom in the industry.
Jerry, Energy Consultant and Veteran, found his outlet for empowering homeowners to use the power of nature. “As an extreme sport and outdoor adventurist, nature’s raw power is on constant display. Harnessing this raw power is precisely what Freedom Solar does, so as a military Veteran, I decided to make energy independence for Americans my new mission.”
Across the board, employees noted a driving reason for working at Freedom Solar is our company culture. “I knew this was the company I wanted to work for. Excellent culture focused on family values,” said Energy Consultant Michael.
Our collective mission has created a family bond among employees, and we feel that with our customers, too. At Freedom Solar, your title doesn’t dictate your value. Our CEO, Bret, encourages everyone to speak up for things they believe in.
There’s no “bottom” of the leaderboard here. And that’s only one of the many reasons making this company a great place to work for.
“From Colorado to Florida, we’re blending the Freedom way with local expertise to help more people discover the best damn solar technology and service, period.”bret biggart, ceo
Our Special Offers to Celebrate You This Month
For new customers: In honor of our 15 years, you’ll receive $1,500 off your solar system when you go solar with us in September. It’s our biggest sale of the year! Thanks to the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, you can claim your 30% Solar ITC for the 2022 tax season. That means your wallet and the environment both benefit from your investment in solar.
For existing customers: We couldn’t have accomplished 15 amazing years of changing how people power their lives without you. Tell us why you chose to go solar, and we’ll send you a FREE limited-edition shirt! Please complete the survey by Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
In past years, the awards we’ve received have honored us. With them, we want to reassure you of our commitment to providing excellent solar services!
2016 Fastest-Growing Companies in Central Texas
The Austin Business Journal ranked Freedom Solar as Austin’s fourth fastest-growing company. This annual contest ranks companies based on revenue growth during the past three years. It also yields one of the best business intelligence sources around, especially for job-seekers, service providers and investors.
Freedom Solar Power Ranked on Esteemed 2016 Inc. 5000 List
Bret Biggart, Freedom Solar CEO, was part of the Esteemed 2016 Inc. 5000 list. The list recognizes people playing outside roles in the Austin-area economy.
Top Local Company for Environmental Responsibility & Sustainability
Freedom Solar won the Intel Environmental Responsibility & Sustainability Award, which is for those who advocate environmental responsibility.
Residential National Dealer of the Year
SunPower honored Freedom Solar as the “Residential National Dealer of the Year” and “Residential Regional Top Producer of the Year” for our outstanding performance as a master dealer in 2017.
Freedom Solar Recognized in ABJ Fast 50 for Third Year in a Row
Freedom Solar was honored to be recognized in the annual ABJ Fast 50 (2017) for the third year in a row.
Fastest 50 Growing Companies in Central Texas
The Austin Business Journal named Freedom Solar the 15th fastest-growing company in 2017. The award highlights companies with outstanding revenue growth for the past three years.
Freedom Solar Named Top Workplace in Central Texas
Freedom Solar was named No. 11 in Greater Austin Top Workplaces in 2020, in the small companies category.