Our Story... so far
June 10, 2019
1.) In the Beginning: We started our small electrical company in February of 1992 after Jim Conlon was laid off from Heritage Electrical in Tewksbury just before they went out of business. Jim believes that he would still be working there for his old boss and friend Carl Bishop (RIP) if Carl could have kept his company alive. In October of the same year, Jim’s son Michael was born.
Back in those
2.) During the
Jim has always believed that Licensed Electricians should be well rounded in their experience due to the fact that our license grants us access to, and expects us to be proficient at, all types of electrical work. The following list is a partial accounting of the other types of electrical work that he performed in the
-Commercial and Industrial service and installation work
-Computer Network Cabling
-Environmental Remediation systems at Superfund sites and polluted gasoline dispensing stations
-Recreational facility service, maintenance, and renovations
-HVAC power and control wiring
-Industrial Loading dock and overhead door equipment wiring
While performing these projects he routinely observed that lack of preventative maintenance was leading to inefficiencies in energy, safety, water, and personnel on a regular basis in most locations.
3.) ZNE: Jim was also very fortunate to have his former boss Carl Bishop working at an Engineering company for Zoo New England in the late
Due to the impression that we made while performing all of these projects Jim was offered the Facility
4.) Fire Prevention (the 1st Crusade): During the early
5.) Lighting: After his Electrical Fire Prevention “crusade” ended, he reluctantly started performing Commercial Lighting retrofits. From 2003 thru 2014 Focus Electrical Corp. completed over 600 lighting projects in all types of commercial facilities. His work at these sites re-affirmed his assertion that most sites are under-maintained if at all. During this time, he attempted on many occasions to convince Business owners and facility personnel to take action to address these inefficiencies, usually with some variation of “it’s not broke so we won’t fix it” was the reply. It became very clear that without utility rebates or some other solution, the status quo would continue.
6.) NESEA: In 2010, Jim attended BE10 (Building Energy 2010) his 1st NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Assn.) annual conference in Boston. He had never experienced such a large, pragmatic group of practitioners of sustainability solutions. This conference has become an annual pilgrimage of sorts, and much of Jim’s academic energy knowledge started here. It was driving through Lowell on his way home from BE13 that he decided to find out how he could use his experience and passion to help implement local solutions. Jim replied to a request on the city of Lowell’s
7.) SCRCx (The 2nd Crusade): In 2013, Jim developed SCRCx (Small Commercial Retro-Commissioning) project. This project was designed to address the inefficiencies due to lack of
Unfortunately, like his 1st crusade, this project consumed him and his resources until he was forced to put it aside and concentrate on “regular electrical work” again.
8.) Solar: It took years of effort, but we finally landed our 1st Solar PV project in 2013 with GoGreen Industries out of Westford. As of June 2019, We have completed over 100 Solar PV installations and many repairs (mostly with Go Green) without incident. Most of our installations have been sub-contract work for larger Solar companies, but we also sell directly to consumers.
9.) A New Era: In 2014, Jim’s son Michael joined the company full time after graduating from Ben Franklin Institute of Technology with a degree in Electrical
10.) Mercier and UML: In 2014 we also started subcontracting to Mercier Electric and Communications primarily at UML. We have successfully completed many projects of all types at most sites around campus since then including solar PV inspection, maintenance, and repair (4 sites); decommissioning Ball hall solar PV; lighting retrofits & replacements (Tsongas arena, Kitson
11.) Guzovsky Electrical: From 2016 to 2018 We subcontracted to Guzovsky Electric to run two 6 month projects. the 1st was a new 52 unit luxury apartment building in Medford. And the 2nd was replacing a fire alarm system in a US Army office building at Fort Devens. Both projects were completed
12.) Sustainability Contracting: Thanks to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, we have been approved as a Clean Energy Employer and now have the privilege of working with our (MassCEC sponsored) new summer intern, Rachel Nadolny, to help us reach our goals. Rachel is a recent Graduate from Roger Williams University with a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Sustainability (she gets it).
Solar energy is booming right now and Massachusetts is leading the country in Energy Efficiency. We are currently involved with numerous programs for solar installations, maintenance, and repairs. We believe wholeheartedly in the potential for Solar Energy (and other Renewables) to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, but it cannot solve all energy problems by itself. Maximizing energy efficiency and adjusting energy consumers
It appears to us that the toughest battleground may be in between our ears. Although the evidence of the need to change our methods of producing and using energy in sustainable ways
It is worth the effort, and it is our only logical choice.
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