About Us

Established: 1960

Headquarters: Chico, California

President & CEO: Frank Vanskike

Markets Served: Residential, Commercial, Agricultural, Municipalities

Licensing: CA #454345, NV #45459A, AZ #R0C245114, OR #212108

Industry Organizations: Solar Energy Industries Association®, Independent Electrical Contractors, Western Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, Valley Contractors Exchange,

Geographic Areas of Service: California, Nevada

Leadership Team: Frank Vanskike, President & CEO | Chris Officer, Vice President of Operations | Charlene Bellante, Vice President of Finance | Norm Nielsen, Director of Business Development

Energy Efficiency Across All Operations

We deliver high-performance electrical and solar energy projects that generate energy and increase efficiency across operations. We are the leader in electrical design-build contracting services as well as the planning, engineering, and installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar, storage, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems.

Customers return to us for new projects and expansions, and many have been doing business with us for decades.

Long-term Value for Our Customers

Wherever we can, we focus on the complementary integration of solar and other energy sources for our customers' facilities. We're keeping pace with the latest improvements in storage, advanced inverters, energy efficiency, demand response and the smart grid as we drive toward cleaner, more reliable, and affordable energy systems. Every project we install creates longterm value for our customers in many ways.

Longtime Solar Installation Expertise and Innovation

We've been installing solar energy systems since the 1970s and bring decades of valuable knowledge to your project. If you choose us for a solar project, we'll always be around for maintenance, upgrades, and other needs.

Solar Projects That Save Millions and Achieve Greater Energy Independence

Our PV solar projects include the famous Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, which boasts one of the largest rooftop installations in the country, and Butte Community College, the first college in the nation to achieve grid-positive solar generation. We're proud of both of these accomplishments, which have been recognized by local and national news media.

Proactive on Legislative and Regulatory Changes

We recognize that technology, market forces and our customer expectations are outpacing traditional utility and regulatory processes. Chico Electric is proactive on both the legislative and regulatory sides of the energy business to ensure the best customer value.