The Shaw Solar Story

Shaw Solar is a full-service solar contracting company based in Durango, Colorado, specializing in grid-tied solar electric design and installation.

John Shaw founded Shaw Solar in 2005, after two decades of both solar and traditional energy system design and installation work in Durango and throughout the Four Corners. Since our inception, the goal has been to provide matchless customer service and to help our clients find the right solutions to their solar goals.

Along with his brother Charles, John installed and commissioned the first grid-tied PV system in La Plata County back in 2001 – part of the world-famous Smiley Building retrofit. Today, we’re proud to have completed over 240 installations in LPEA’s service territory – that’s 1,782 kilowatts (kW) of solar power installed and over 1,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide reduced each year. Those carbon dioxide reductions are equivalent to the savings from taking 398 cars off the road every year or planting 48,399 trees! Additionally, we are saving our clients over $350,000 in energy costs each year for years to come.

Shaw Solar can design, engineer, install, and maintain everything you need to use energy as efficiently as possible in your home or commercial property. We have installed residential systems ranging in size from 1 to 57 kW. Our commercial systems vary in range from a 2 to 204 kW, both single and three-phase. Since John is also a licensed Master Electrician, Shaw Solar can act as both the lead electrical contractor as well as the lead solar contractor on all of our installations – a great cost and logistical advantage for our clients.

Part of the Shaw Solar Crew relaxes for a quick photo at our Solar Garden in Ignacio, in 2014.

The Shaw Solar crew, circa 2009, taking a little break.