Bizwatch: Grid Feeders, Inc.
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business Name: Grid Feeders
Date opened: Jan. 1, 2006
Owner: Satcom Resources, LLC
What good or services do you provide? Grid Feeders supplies customers with integrated clean-tech energy solutions. We provide heat via solar thermal hot water applications, or generate electricity using renewable technologies such as solar photovoltaic electric, wind turbine electric, micro-hydro electric, and fuel cell systems. We design, get hardware for, and install systems using either our own installation teams or customer supplied technicians.
Grid Feeders is focused on delivering smart energy alternatives; systems that deliver an economic payback for the user. Customers also choose our systems to reduce their carbon footprints, gain independence from the power company, or create a reliable power source in areas where power is either unreliable, difficult to get, or just plain not available.
Finally, Grid Feeders is an educational and informational resource.
If you are building a new structure, Grid Feeders can conduct an on-site energy evaluation that gives, in an easy-to-read proposal, what renewable technologies would be best suited for the building and what a reasonable return on your investment would be.
A renewable energy system not only works to reduce or offset your power bill throughout the life of the home, it can also help builders meets standards imposed by Eagle County’s ECObuild or other “green” programs.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Our recipe of hard work and integrity has achieved a five-year growth rate that recently earned us a place on Inc. Magazine’s INC 500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies. We’re passionate about quality and obsessed with customer service.
We’re a high energy group with a technical track record that is second to none. The difficulty in visiting our remote sites has helped us develop an awareness of getting things right the first time.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? Integrity, excellence, diligence, responsiveness, service and value are the standards by which we measure ourselves.
What can your customers expect from you? Customers who contact Grid Feeders can safely assume it will be the last call they have to make regarding renewable energy.
Customers who have a renewable energy solution built by Grid Feeders can be comfortable with the knowledge that their system is composed of the highest quality hardware available and engineered to provide reliable energy for many years to come.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience. Our roots are in the communications industry where we have been creating networks globally since 1990. We’ve built Internet backbone and air traffic control networks for entire countries, specified the equipment for space missile defense programs, and won contracts on for complicated satellite simulators for military programs. We put together 137 systems in 24 hours to restore communications in the Gulf when Hurricane Katrina struck, and have installed more Internet cafes in western Africa than was thought possible.
Grid Feeders started when one of our networks was suffering from intermittent power. We solved that problem by installing a solar energy source. Noticing the similarities to our existing business and intrigued with the potential of this new technology, we analyzed the technology and the market further. Based on this research, Grid Feeders was born.
Our team’s education ranges from economists and accountants to engineers and computer scientists. We also have artists, political scientists, writers, physicists, and teachers. We even have a few without any degree whatsoever, but the collective team is where the brain power really comes from.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? Richard and Matthew traveled to Denver to meet with a Brazilian client about product outsourcing and ended up with an invitation to visit Sao Paolo, Brazil as representatives of the Colorado solar industry!
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