Technicians for Sustainability Sets Standards for Sustainable Growth

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Technicians for Sustainability (TFS) is the epitome of solar social entrepreneurship. Not only are they southern Arizona's leaders in solar installation for the past 15 years, they are committed to designing their organization with both their employees and customers in mind. To ensure that shared governance is a priority, that the work is fulfilling and meaningful, and that it is performed at the highest level.

Committed to partnering with their customers as collaborators every step of the way, TFS is dedicated to producing a quality product that will produce the maximum amount of power for years to come. TFS has been a certified B Corp since 2014, which means it meets the rigorous B Lab standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Corp organizations create value for non-shareholding stakeholders, such as their employees, the local community, and the environment.

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For TFS, last year's move to becoming an employee-owned cooperative is a natural extension of their mission from the beginning: to advance sustainability in the Southwest while providing a positive work environment where employees are respected, fulfilled, and connecting with customers at a deeper level. The employees at TFS are some of the most engaged, educated, and honest workers in town. Their model for going solar is six steps, and even has examples of local businesses' solar systems on their website. This structure is definitely working. This year, TFS was recognized by the nonprofit B Lab for the fourth consecutive year for creating a positive environmental impact after undergoing a B Impact Assessment, which measures a company's impact on its workers, community, customers and the environment. Honorees scoring in the top 10 percent set a gold standard for exceptional practices, such as TFS with its implementation of solar energy, reducing transportation impact, and commitment to reducing industry waste and recycling.

TFS is also a partner of the Local First Arizona program SCALE UP, and provides exclusive solar analysis education to participants of this new sustainability training program providing access to financing for projects.

TFS' commitment to quality means that they are booked with projects until next year, but they encourage community members and prospective commercial clients to attend their open house this fall to learn more about solar energy opportunities, explore what’s new in energy storage, and home battery options and other topics about sustainability. For more information, visit http://tfssolar.com/openhouse.

For more information about TFS, contact Nicole Koch, Co-Owner and Director of Outreach at [email protected].