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Things are looking up for Fire Cat Solar


Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Canton Home & Garden

Shawn Bangs, owner of Fire Cat Solar of Canton, Minn., stands with his sons Garrett and Tyson next to one of the Fire Cat Solar business trucks. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Business is heating up for Shawn Bangs and his company, Fire Cat Solar, LLC, located in Canton, Minn. As solar energy becomes more popular, Fire Cat Solar is there to help the average person not only understand how the process works but to make the process an easy one.

Bangs, who became an electrical contractor in 1995, has owned and operated Bangs Electric for over 20 years and has expertise in commercial, residential and agricultural fields. As a master electrician, Bangs is required to complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years. While attending these classes he learned about solar energy and “realized a need” for installers.

Fire Cat Solar, which Bangs started in November of 2015, is a subdivision of Bangs Electric, LLC. After installing his first solar energy system in 2013, Fire Cat Solar has completed many others both large and small.

Many of his jobs have been in Goodhue County in Minnesota and as he is licensed in both Minnesota and Iowa, he has completed systems in northern Iowa also.

Bonfe’s Auto Service & Body Repair in St. Paul, Minn., and Sargent’s Nursery, Inc. in Redwing, Minn., are just two of the impressive and professional jobs completed by Fire Cat Solar.

There are many rewards associated with using solar energy, including lowering utility bills and lessening your carbon footprint.

There are grants and tax incentives available for solar panel installation and Fire Cat Solar is able to help customers receive them.

“We take our customers through it, so if the customer wants to apply for any of the grants, we can line our customers up with a grant writer,” says Bangs, noting that there are USDA grants available. This is only the beginning of the service that the company provides.

“We take care of the interconnection agreement between the electric coop or utility company” and “will take care of the building permits and electrical permits,” as well, says Bangs. From there Fire Cat Solar will design and build the system.

Mike Woodley, director of sales for Fire Cat Solar with years of energy experience, has been with the business approximately one year and is a valuable asset to the company. Bangs and Woodley met through associates after word traveled in the business of Bangs designing, manufacturing, and installing an enclosure to contain the wires i .....
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