How the Founders of Service 1st Energy Solutions Turned 25 Years of HVAC Experience into 3 Megawatts of Solar Energy

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When HVAC expert veterans entered the world of energy efficiency, a novel concept was born, combining weatherization with solar power to create truly efficient spaces. It was with this concept that a local company broke the barriers of traditional solar sales, installing over 3 megawatts of solar energy.

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We wanted to create a new way of looking at solar. It’s hard to envision and often sell energy efficiency when customers can’t truly understand the benefits.

After over 25 years in the HVAC business, Las Vegas native, Tim Fromhart, never suspected he would be operating one of the most successful solar energy companies in Las Vegas. In 2010, he opened the doors of Service 1st Energy Solutions, providing home Energy Audits, HVAC sales and repair, and weatherization options.

Service 1st Energy Solutions saw the potential of emerging solar technology, finding its way to over 860,000 homes in the U.S. With rapid growth in sight, Tim Fromhart established a new method of solar system sizing, looking at full home energy efficiency, starting with HVAC units that monopolize at least 50% of energy consumption. Improving HVAC first, and then focusing on weatherization such as insulation, radiant barrier and solar attic fans, allowed for a decreased system size, saving consumers thousands of dollars and providing a reliable energy efficient space for years to come.

With this concept a long term solution was born. Service 1st Energy Solutions established a unique selling proposition that appealed to mass consumers, educating them on proper solar system sizing and installation, a method now referred to as Reduce before you Produce. This idea was just the beginning though, to better enhance the buying experience Tim Fromhart designed an actual studio that houses all components of these fully efficient packages, allowing customers to touch and visualize these pieces together. A Design Center is now part of the Service 1st model, giving consumers new insight to the evolving market of solar power.

“We wanted to create a new way of looking at solar. It’s hard to envision and often sell energy efficiency when customers can’t truly understand the benefits,” says Fromhart. “Our Design Center allows customers to see exactly what they’re getting. We have financial tools that offer a thorough breakdown of our energy efficient products showing payback periods, return on investment, energy produced and monetary savings. It’s really a more efficient way to do business overall.”

Now, Service 1st Energy Solutions is growing tremendously, having doubled its employees to over 40 people since 2012, helping to stimulate the growth of the Las Vegas economy. With continual focus on solar energy efficiency, Service 1st Energy Solutions is spreading solar throughout Las Vegas one property at a time.

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About Service 1st Energy Solutions
Service 1st Energy Solutions specializes in energy efficient packages including HVAC upgrades, weatherization options and solar power for both Las Vegas residences and commercial businesses. With over 25 years of experience serving southern Nevada, Service 1st Energy Solutions focuses on educating consumers about energy efficient solutions. Installations completed by Service 1st Energy Solutions include over 15,000 solar panels that are currently generating over 3 megawatts of solar power to the Las Vegas area.

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