Great Northern Solar / Chris LaForge
Great Northern Solar is a full-service provider of residential and commercial solar electric systems. Our base is in Wisconsin, but we partner with a network of installers spread throughout the Midwest, including Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, and Iowa. For more than 29 years the company has offered turnkey custom designs and engineering support.
Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and is a NABCEP certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional. He has been an instructor with the Midwest Renewable Energy Institute since 1993 Teaching advanced Photovoltaic (PV) design and installation and is an IREC Certified Master Trainer (TM) in Photovoltaic Technologies. Christopher was the primary curriculum developer for the MREI Photovoltaic courses at the Institutes inception.
Christopher has training for contractors, administrators, project managers and the public. Clients have included the city of Minneapolis Minnesota, Hennepin and St. Louis County in Minnesota, the Madison Area Technical College and several other colleges. He has trained many electrical contractors in the greater Midwest and beyond.
Master Trainer for NASS (North American Solar Stores)
NASS is a network of professional businesses that have "brick and mortar" locations and showrooms that you can visit to discuss solar options. They are committed to improving the standards in the solar industry and making it easier to learn about and purchase solar energy solutions. As traditional fossil fuel based energy providers continue to increase utility rates, it may be time to consider installing your own power plant using solar panels. Solar Energy is fast becoming a great choice for homeowners and small businesses. All members of the Solar Store network take part in ongoing training offered at the NASS Solar Training Institute in Madison, WI. Members can stay current with all of the latest technology and installation techniques. If you are interested in learning more about the greener alternative and environmentally preferred energy choice with solar energy systems please give Chris LaForge a call at (715) 774-3374.
Education and Training at all levels – Educators, Contractors, Administrators, Architects, Engineers, Civic Leaders and the general Public. Consulting services for System Design, Engineering and Commissioning and Maintenance.
Solar Panels - Solar Electric - Solar PV - Solar Hot Water - Solar Thermal
Solar Site Analysis - Solar Installation - Solar Energy Contractor
Solar Incentives Consulting - Solar Space Heating - Solar Power
Products & Services
As a part of the North American Solar Stores (NASS) network we share their commitment to make solar energy and solar panel systems easier to understand for our members and our consumers. The confusion surrounding the incentives and tax credits combined with the lack of reliable guidance from contractors has created a need for a dependable, trusted source for solar purchase. This is what being a NASS member store is all about. Ongoing education and access to the best manufacturers with the buying strength of NASS allows Great Northern Solar to pass the best advice and solutions on to our customers. We are ready to help buyers make solar buying decisions that they will be happy with and that deliver as promised.
Great Northern Solar has been Designing and installing systems since 1988. Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and is a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer (ID# 041704-24). He has been an instructor with the Midwest Renewable Energy Institute since 1993 Teaching Advanced Photovoltaic (PV) design and installation and is an ISPQ certified PV instructor. Christopher has been the primary curriculum developer for the MREI Photovoltaic courses since the Institutes inception and is an ISPQ Affiliated and Independent Certified Master Trainer.
For nearly three decades Great Northern Solar has been deploying renewable energy systems for both the grid-intertie and off-grid markets.
Great Northern Solar advocates for clean energy production and works with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners and the Northern Futures Foundation.
Certifications / Affiliations
ISPQ Certified PV Master Trainer
NASS (North American Solar Stores) member
Kyocera, Solar World, Suniva, REC (solar panels)
SMA, Fronius, Enphase, Kaco, OutBack Power, Magnum Energy (solar inverters)
Unirac, Iron Ridge (solar hardware)
Hours of Operation
Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NASS Twitter - http://twitter.com/#!/NASolarStores
NASS Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/NorthAmericanSolarStores
NASS Google+ - https://plus.google.com/NASolarStores
NASS You Tube - http://www.youtube.com/user/NASolarStores
Visit the Great Northern Solar Website