TFS is proud to work with a number of local and national organizations, both for- and non-profits dedicated to making our community a better and more sustainable place.
We partner with nonprofits, industry associations, and other organizations that support solar as a meaningful energy resource. These associations include:
Amicus was founded in the fall of 2011 when a small group of friendly solar installation companies decided it was time to form a special organization where independent businesses could support each other by sharing best practices and pooling their buying power. Amicus is a purchasing cooperative that is jointly owned and democratically managed by its member companies.
Certified B Corporations are committed to higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. By joining the B Corp community and going through the certification process, TFS is able to support and help grow a movement we believe in. A movement that believes corporations and businesses are not only instruments of social change but have a responsibility to support our communities.TFS is proud to be a Certified B Corporation.
Local First Arizona (LFA) is a statewide non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona.
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.
AriSEIA is a chapter of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and represents solar industry members and solar advocates. The group’s focus is on education, professionalism, and promotion of public policies that support deployment of solar technologies in Arizona.
NABCEP is a national certification organization for professional installers in the field of renewable energy. Their installer certifications have been developed in accordance with the certification’s fields best guidelines, and serve to show the installer’s professional commitment to upholding the best practices in the field of renewable energy.
Technicians For Sustainability has NABCEP Company Accreditation, as well as certified installers in both PV Installation, and also Solar Hot Water Installation.
TFS proudly partners with the leading suppliers and manufacturers in the industry to ensure only the best components go into your solar system. Our unbiased analysis of the various products in the marketplace allows us to provide custom recommendations based on what’s optimal for your unique installation.
Solar PV modules produce electricity when bathed in sunlight; they have no moving parts and make no noise. TFS installs photovoltaic (solar) modules manufactured by SunPower and LG Solar. Both have excellent reputations for quality products, strong environmental records, and exemplary corporate governance histories. Both manufacturers have a linear power performance warranty.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, SunPower has the highest panel efficiency commercially available for residential applications. SunPower’s high-efficiency panels generate up to 50 percent more power per unit area than conventional solar panels, which makes them a great option when roof space is limited. These panels are uniquely attractive with an all-black appearance.
SunPower offers 95% of rated power for the first five years, and -0.4%/yr after that, with a full manufacturer’s warranty for 20 years, including all labor, testing, materials, etc. not just performance. LG offers a warranty on 97% of rated power for the first year and -0.7%/yr after that with a full manufacturer’s warranty for 10 years.
LG Solar, a division of LG Electronics with headquarters and manufacturing plants in South Korea, began producing solar modules in 2010 following 20 years of research and product development. LG Solar’s MonoX modules meet TFS’s high standards for great efficiency, long-term reliability, and rated energy output.
Hanwha Q Cells CO., Ltd.
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. is one of the world´s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers for its high-quality, high-efficiency solar cells and modules. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ). With its diverse international manufacturing facilities in South Korea and Malaysia, Hanwha Q CELLS is in a unique position to flexibly address all global markets.
REC is a leading vertically integrated solar energy company. Through integrated manufacturing from silicon to wafers, cells, high-quality panels and extending to solar solutions, REC provides the world with a reliable source of clean energy. REC’s renowned product quality is supported by the lowest warranty claims rate in the industry. REC is a Bluestar Elkem company with headquarters in Norway and operational headquarters in Singapore. REC employs around 2,000 employees worldwide, producing 1.5 GW solar panels annually.
Inverters are the brains of your system; they operate silently and interface seamlessly with the utility grid. Primarily, they turn the DC electricity from your solar panels into AC electricity, which is compatible with your household appliances and the utility grid.
At TFS we install SMA, Enphase, Fronius, and PVPowered grid-tie inverters. All of these manufacturers produce high quality equipment backed by 10-year or greater warranties. The choice of which inverter to use in any given system rests primarily with matching the solar electric (PV) system size to the most appropriately sized inverter.
SMA Sunny Boy grid-tied inverters are known for their reliability, modular expandability, high efficiency, and ease of operation. SMA inverter’s compact size and economical price make a nice option for various sizes of residential systems, and for adding a bit more power to an existing solar installation.
Enphase Energy has introduced the solar industry’s first microinverter system. These inverters make it so that shading has less of an impact on system production. An Enphase microinverter attaches to each PV module, which allows us to monitor each module independently.
Enjoy the peace of mind provided by back-up power during outages, maximize your savings from solar, and take advantage of tax credits with a battery storage system. TFS offers a range of battery solutions including the Tesla Powerwall, LG SolarEdge, and Pika Energy.
Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars. Today, Tesla builds not only all-electric vehicles but also infinitely scalable clean energy generation and storage products. Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better.
Pika Energy is the U.S.-based manufacturer of the Pika Energy Island™ home energy management system. This includes powerful smart batteries, islanding inverters and solar optimizers in one. Notably, Pika Energy partners with Panasonic to produce the Harbor™ smart lithium-ion battery.
LG Chem is leading the chemical industry in Korea. The company has built the global network for production, sales and R&D not only in Korea but also in main bases across the world and has provided globally competitive products including ABS, polarizers and EV battery cells, raising its global position as a material supplier.