Full Spectrum Solar: Green business success story

Posted on April 19, 2011. Filed under: Economic development, Jobs, Solar | Tags: , , |


From an article by Mike Ivey in The Capital Times:

It’s taken a bit longer than planned but a fast-growing Madison-based solar energy company is finally settling into new digs.

On Wednesday, Full Spectrum Solar will celebrate its move to 1240 E. Washington Ave., the former Quality Collision auto body repair shop.

Full Spectrum has been working on the new location for nearly a year, including purchasing the real estate. It was formerly located in the Madison Enterprise small business incubator at 100 S. Baldwin St.

“We started moving in early February but it was a rolling process,” says company co-owner Burke O’Neal. “We did a lot of work ourselves and with small subcontractors, so it took a while.”

The company — which designs and installs solar energy systems on both residential and commercial scales — will “Flip the Switch” on its solar-electric powered awning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Newly-elected Dane County Executive Joe Parisi will offer remarks along with outgoing Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and other renewable energy advocates.

Tours of the new facility will follow from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Founded in 2002, Full Spectrum Solar is owned and operated by Madison-natives and UW-Madison engineering alumni, brothers Burke and Mark O’Neal. Over the past five years, the company has increased sales eight-fold and currently employs 12 full-time and one part-time employee.

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