There’s nothing we enjoy more at Upgraded Living than watching a homegrown business take flight, and we’ve had the distinct pleasure of watching Sean McCreary and his company Urban Design Solar, do just that over the past year. Having built some of the most recognizable commercial solar energy systems around town – including Skyway Tools and Creative Composition on the Skyway, Star Liquors on Nord Avenue, and Armstrong Cabinets near the airport – their business has become known for completing large scale projects in surprisingly short periods of time. What they’ve learned while working on these larger projects has carried over into providing the same efficiency for smaller residential projects as well, making these long wait times to see the benefits of solar power a thing of the past.
As with any building project, theres no shortage of footwork when installing a solar energy system. There are assessments to be made, permits to be pulled, building codes to be followed, mounds of paperwork to be filed, and so much more. Each home or business is its own unique project with its own set of variables, and each step in the process presents a potential delay in completing the project. Experience makes all the difference here, and the team at Urban Design Solar certainly has plenty of that. By completing their homework on properties online ahead of time, they’re able to advise the property owners of potential delays and how to fix them before starting the project. ensuring that all steps in the process go as smoothly and stress-free as possible. Equally important, they even have a PG&E expert on staff to make sure that finazaling paperwork at the end of the project is breeze.
To say they love a good challenge would be an understatement, as they often take on predicts that other solar energy contracts were having issues with or couldn’t complete in the timeframe necessary. Most recently, they completed their second largest project to date, a massive commercial system for a customer whose original contractor had failed to put everything together in the necessary timeframe. Contacted by the customer just prior to taking off for the weekend, Sean and his team worked diligently to get the project ready for install over the following 72 hours. BY Tuesday morning, they were approved for install and on the job site working, achieving the customer’s original timeline. The story isn’t an anomaly either, as it has been a similar situation they’ve helped a number of customers out of.
With 111 different solar projects completed in the last year alone, Urban Design Solar is making its mark on the local solar energy scene by providing great value alongside excellent customer service, and proof of this can be found on Yelp! Carrie Welch writes, “Sean and his team were great! They were prompt, professional and courteous. They worked efficiently (with all the proper tools at hand) and even totally cleaned up after themselves. I can highly recommend them for your next job, big or small. If you are looking for a contractor who goes above and beyond – you’ve just found them!” Jame L. of Chico writes “When I decided to look into putting solar on my house, I first contact several solar companies to see who could offer the best deal. Sean from Urban Design nSolar was the first to show up and had a design and bid for me within 24 hours. He answered all my questions and didn’t pressure me to go with his system. All the other solar companies took weeks to get back to me and were way more expensive. After signing with Sean, his crew were able to start the job right away. Sean dealt with all the permits and worked with me on the design. Sean goes the extra mile to make sure his customers are treated right. He also referred me to a few different lending institutions that offer great solar loans…. I have already recommended Urban Design Solar to my coworkers as they top-notch. Thanks Sean and crew!”