F&W Electrical Contractors
F&W Electrical Contractors Inc. is a full service electrical contractor providing services to a variety of customers. In addition to electrical distribution, areas of expertise include: airfield lighting, sports lighting, traffic signalization and highway lighting. The company and its employees demand excellence in the day-to-day operations, always keeping in mind the hard work and dedication that the company was founded on. Call F&W Contractors or visit their website today!
Local Solar Professional Earns Industry’s Most Prestigious Certification
James L. Freasier, Jr., CEO of F&W Electrical Contractors, Inc. has earned the solar industry’s leading recognition of installation expertise from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®), and is now a NABCEP Certified PV Installation ProfessionalTM. NABCEP is the most highly respected and well established national certification organization for renewable energy professionals. Designation as a NABCEP PV Installation Professional is widely recognized to be the most important and meaningful certification of its kind in the solar industry.
PV is short for photovoltaic. PV systems produce electricity from sunlight. Most people have used a solar powered calculator or garden light, and seen solar panels on roadside signs, but PV panels can be configured to produce enough energy to power a home, school, business, or even serve as a small power plant feeding electricity into the grid. As the cost of PV systems has declined sharply over the last few years, more and more households, municipalities, and companies are “going solar.” NABCEP is a mark of quality assurance that the consumer can use to know that they are choosing a qualified contractor.
“Receiving NABCEP’s PV Installation Professional Certification is personally very satisfying,” said Mr. Freasier. “More important it means I can offer my customers the added confidence of knowing that their photovoltaic system installations will be completed to the highest standards in the solar industry.”
To earn his NABCEP certification, Mr. Freasier was required to first document relevant education and experience related to PV system installation. Then he had to pass a rigorous exam that covers the breadth of the multi-craft knowledge, skills, and abilities required to competently design, install, and maintain PV systems. The exam assesses knowledge on subjects as diverse as electrical and mechanical system design, job site safety, the National Electrical Code, roofing and construction techniques, and system maintenance and troubleshooting.
“One thing you can be assured of when hiring a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional is that your project won’t be their first,” said Richard Lawrence, Executive Director of NABCEP. “Anyone who makes the considerable effort required to earn NABCEP certification has documented their training and experience as part of the eligibility process. They have also made a very real commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. I am delighted to welcome James Freasier of F&W Electrical to the ranks of the industry’s leading solar professionals.”
After twenty years experience in electrical construction, renovations and upgrades, James Freasier, Sr. and his business partner founded F&W Electrical Contractors Inc. in 1985. The focus of the business was being a quality specialty contractor, providing superior high voltage and electrical distribution services to private sector and governmental entities.
In 1991, Mr. Freasier’s son, James L. Freasier, Jr., after gaining eighteen years management and supervisory experience in the electrical service and installation industry, established his own company, JLF Electric, Inc. JLF specialized in airfield distribution and lighting and became recognized as an area industry leader in the highly complex and specialized field.
When the opportunity arose for Mr. Freasier, Sr. to purchase his partner’s share of F&W in 1994, JLF merged with F&W resulting in the business being owned completely by the Freasier family. Since that time, James L. Freasier, Jr. has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer being responsible for all day-to-day activities of the company. In 2005, F&W acquired Comal Electric, which added traffic signalization and highway lighting to the list of F&W’s specialties.
The company is now a full service electrical contractor providing electrical services to a variety of customers, with revenues averaging approximately $16 million per year for the last five years. In addition to electrical distribution, areas of expertise include: airfield lighting, sports lighting, traffic signalization, highway lighting and now the design, installation, and maintance PV systems (photovoltaic).
Year to date for 2017, approximately 62% of the company’s revenues were derived from airfield lighting projects, 10% from sports lights and underground distribution, and 28% from traffic signalization and highway lighting. These projects occur throughout the State of Texas and other locations in the south central United States. Since F&W has been under its current ownership, the company has completed more than 100 airfield lighting projects for the F.A.A., Texas Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense, various municipalities, and school districts.
Looking to the future, F&W sets goals for continued growth without sacrificing customer satisfaction. F&W strives to keep the same dedication to its employees by offering many benefits not typical to the construction industry, thus providing an exceptional working environment. The company and its employees demand excellence in the day-to-day operations, always keeping in mind the hard work and dedication that the company was founded on.