Ron Dorris Electric

Solar Companies – Who is Going To Be Around?

A potential customer “interviewed” me about my company the other day. Instead of diving right into the fun stuff, solar panels, the tax incentives, money saved, the aesthetics, things like this; I was asked, “What happens down the road should there be a need for a repair?” I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t ever remember this being an opening question, ever.

When I meet customers for the first time I have a goal of answering their questions and sharing information with them in a way that allows them to have a better understanding of what solar system ownership really means. A well-informed customer is a very happy customer. I believe we have a ton of very happy customers based upon their feedback, their calls for additional work, and, their referrals of us to the family, friends, and associates.

Back to the customer’s question. First, I paid a sincere compliment for this question. Solar systems last & perform for a very long time. Sometimes there are hiccups. When a hiccup happens what would a customer do? Of course, they would call their solar company. We get calls almost weekly these days from people who are not our solar customer. We ask them why they didn’t call their solar company. Most always the answer is, “They went out of business.” As time moves along I anticipate we are going to get more and more of these calls.

The sad truth is that lots and lots of “solar companies” are out of business. And, for that matter, so are a lot of panel manufacturers. Many of the “solar companies” were actually high powered “sales companies”, in for the very quick kill and then moved on to the “next best thing” after a lot of the early adopters eagerly purchased a system from them. Unfortunately for those customers, they chose a slick sales organization instead of a local, tried and true electrical company that included design and installation of solar systems in their list of equipment and services they offer to their customers. Simply put, the “quick buck” sales companies made the sale and left their customers to suffer the consequences in the not so distant future.

New systems almost always work well for the first 5 to 10 years or so. But, if less than top grade materials are used to install them and hold them up to the elements things are likely going to go bad. Same goes for installation techniques.

Over the years we have been called out to repair some shoddy installations of some VERY WELL KNOWN, highly advertised solar companies.

Back to the original question. I mentioned that I earned my electrical contractors license in 1978. (yep, 40 years ago in July). And, that I did my first alternative energy installation the next year, 1979. So, that makes me what I guess would be called “old” these days. So, what happens if something happens to a system say 10 years down the road? Currently we have 1 electrician in his early 50s here with us. And two more in their early 40s. And one in his 30s and one just getting started in his early 20s.

Same with our office staff. They have ages spread from 50s down into 20s. The staffing plan for longevity is simply to ask people to join us IF, they are a high caliber performer, IF they are truly nice people, and IF working in this industry is their passion and not just a “filler” along the job path. I feel very blessed to say that we have people who are following their passion for this industry and for serving our customer’s needs.

With the depth of talent and their career passion to work inside this industry, and inside this company, we are going to be able to serve our customers, past, present, and future, for a very, very long time. I hope you become one of them, too.

FYI, we design and install solar systems of just a few panels up to systems well over 100 panels, residential, commercial, and agricultural. Call me and let’s discuss what you’d like to do.


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What to Expect from a Mill Valley Electrician

Seems like these days an increasing amount of things are complicated. Navigating insurance, anything governmental, things like this simply don’t make sense and finding a person to resolve issues is quite a challenge. Mill Valley Electrician Ron Dorris Electric completely eliminates this type of experience for you when you need some sort of diagnosis or repair or adding something to your home or business. Read the rest of this entry »


Important Commercial Electrical Services You May Need in Sonoma County

Running a business or owning a commercial property often requires you to outsource some services to professionals who specialize in non-residential facilities. This is especially true when dealing with electrical work. A commercial building may have a much larger power source, which means working with the larger system possesses additional challenges and dangers. If you’re looking for a commercial electric service provider in Sonoma County, here are some services & reasons you should hire an experienced company like Ron Dorris Electric & Solar. Read the rest of this entry »


The Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Commercial Mill Valley Electrician

When it comes to maintaining the electrical service within your Mill Valley business, you can’t hire just any electrician.  You need a Mill Valley electrician with genuine experience, along with an understanding of both the technology and the regulations surrounding commercial-grade electrical systems.

With the right electrical contractor by your side, you’ll be able to provide your employees and customers/clients with superior in-office facilities, while fully complying with all local, state, & national codes.

Why Look for The Most Experienced Commercial Electrician You Can Find

There’s simply no substitute for experience.  When an electrical contractor has decades of experience working on projects both large and small, it’s the client who truly benefits.   Some of the benefits of partnering with the right Mill Valley electrician include:

  • High-capacity electrical systems capable of handling all the technology and equipment in your building while still leaving room to grow in the future without straining your system.
  • Superior lighting design, including the latest in innovations, along with full installation to ensure everything looks beautiful & functions well when the lights come on.
  • Communications and data cabling, needed to keep your computers, tablets, and smart phones connected to the internet, along with electrical-bearing systems such as Power-over-Ethernet cabling.
  • Automation systems which can bring the latest in state-of-the-art electrical control to your building.  You can save money while using computer controls to create optimal environments for everyone throughout the workday.
  • Security, including motion detectors, time clocks, photo cells, and more to control outdoor security lighting and camera systems for your observational needs.
  • Three-phase electrical systems, needed to power commercial & industrial equipment, which residential-focused electricians are often not qualified to deal with.
  • Solar power options, including on-roof panel installations, which can substantially reduce your reliance on the municipal power grid while saving money every month.

Plus, of course, you’ll know that one of the most valuable aspects of your on-site infrastructure is being handled by experts who truly know what they’re doing.  You’ll have superior systems capable of lasting for  decades, while passing any inspections with flying colors.

Choose Ron Dorris Electric & Solar As Your Mill Valley Electrician

With nearly 40 years of experience serving the Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties, Ron Dorris Electric & Solar has been picked time and time again by local businesses who need the best in electrical contracting services.  Contact the Ron Dorris team today at 415-381-0215 for a full consultation on your needs.


What to Expect from Commercial Electric Services in Sonoma County

There is no shortage of commercial electric contractors in Sonoma County, which can make it difficult for a business to know who they can trust with their vital infrastructure.  After all, electricity is truly the lifeblood of a modern business.  From the overhead lights to the cash registers to their network/data center, a company experiencing electrical problems is going to have a very hard time maintaining business as usual.

If you’re in need of better commercial electric services in Sonoma County, we’ve got some tips to help you separate the truly great contractors from all the rest.

What to Look for When Choosing Commercial Electric Contractors in Sonoma County

  1. Local Service

In most situations, it’s better to stay local for your electrical services even if a contractor further away is ostensibly offering a better deal.  You’re likely to find that the travel costs quickly eat away at any extra savings and response time can be costly. Our existing customers know how fast we respond to the electrical needs in emergency situations and for planned projects as well. Further, with our list of electrical customers who have hired us repeatedly that is available to you, it’s far easier to do the due diligence about who we are and we can do for you.

  1. Significant Years of Experience

Electricians come and go often; the churn rate is constant in this industry.  Accordingly, one of the surest signs of a great electrical contractor is simple longevity.  An electrical contracting company which has managed to stay in business for decades is clearly one which has a strong base of regular clients and support from satisfied past customers.  Plus, those years of experience means they’re far more likely to have experience in whatever area you need.

  1. Referrals and Testimonials

Often, there’s no better way to evaluate the quality of an electrician than by talking to their past clients.  A high-grade contractor should have a list of customers who will be happy to provide testimonials. We do!  Be wary of those who don’t want to discuss their past customers’ experiences.

  1. Strong Warranties

Will they stand by their work?  Do they offer extended warranties at little or no cost?  Will they fix mistakes for free?  This is another clear area of differentiation.  Strong warranty and repair policies aren’t just a matter of financial security for you, it’s a way for the contractor to say, “We really believe in the quality of our offered products and services.”

Turn to Ron Dorris Electric & Solar For Top-Quality Commercial Electric Contracting in Sonoma County

We’ve been in business since 1978 with an extensive list of satisfied clients.  Contact us today at 866-231-6542 [866-NO SHOCKS] OR 707-578-0678 to learn more!


Use a Licensed Electrician in Marin County and Reap the Benefits

Many home and business owners tend to cut corners when it comes to using certified and licensed contractors. They simply cannot justify the extra cost. On the other hand, prudent owners in Marin County understand the need to use a California licensed Electrical Contractor when it comes to electrical work. Certainly, you can expect to pay a little more by using a licensed electrician, but the benefits you reap vastly outweigh the few extra dollars spent. Here is why:

Reliability – Many people can “make things work” when it comes to electricity. This does not mean these fixes are safe, up to code, or covered by insurance in the event of a failure. Our Certified Electricians are very well trained in the nuances of electrical systems. They have at least 4,000 documentable hours of training and experience before they can take the test for the very first time.

Durability – A job well done will last for years without degrading. Use of a certified electrician means that you will not be making the same repair in a couple of months or even years. In short, the use of our well-trained, certified electricians actually pays for itself in the number of service calls that do not have to be made. Not to mention aggravation you won’t suffer through when the “good deal” electrical work fails prematurely.

Safety – Most importantly, a California licensed Electrical Contractor, such as ourselves ensure that any repair or installation work done by us is up to the State & National Electrical codes and therefore are as safe as can be. Poorly installed wiring can result in short-circuits that lead to fires or electrocution. The small amount of extra money for this type of work is easily worth the peace of mind that it brings.

Residents who are in need of a licensed  contractor who employs fully certified electricians and others who are enrolled in state approved training programs  should contact Ron Dorris Electric & Solar. All our electricians are fully certified and our trainees are supervised by one of our Certified Journeymen Electricians. Please contact us on our website,, or call us directly at (866) 667-4625 for more information.

The Benefits of Choosing Local Electricians

Hiring expert local electricians for your electrical projects is vital. An electrical issue arising from the service of quack electricians can put your family at risk of electric shocks, fires, and aggravating outages. Experience, licenses, and insurance are critical elements to include in your list of “must haves” when contracting with a company.

Localized Experience

It is one thing for electricians to have general experience, and it is quite another to have experience in a certain region. We have been doing work in our area since 1989. We have experience with the dozens of building departments and what they require which results in projects that are completed sooner, for less money due to getting the project completed properly the very first time.

Verifiable Testimonials

Like everything these days, you can find out about us on the internet. Our web page is meant to be very easy to navigate and not bore you to tears or worse. However, while that is good [and very easy] we feel you need to have more available to you if you want it. We have many, many customers that you can contact to inquire about their experiences with us. I say experiences as we have a ton of repeat customers that we have worked with over all these years. Let us know and we’ll supply you with as many names and numbers as you’d like.

Easy Communication

Speaking to someone from your area is easier since you can make references to similar things. You know the same malls, stores, towns, and likely some of the same people.

All of us here at Ron Dorris Electric & Solar are a solid team of highly experienced electricians & support staff who are excited to be able to attend to all your residential and commercial needs. Give us a call on 866-667-4625 today or reach out to us through our web page to experience premier service.

Local Electricians Do a Better Job

There are times when you might want to upgrade specific things in your home, build on a new addition, remodel a kitchen or bathroom to provide more living space. With this in mind, you will have to get all the right permits, and you also will have to find local electricians who are trustworthy and licensed to get the job done right the first time. Read the rest of this entry »


We Provide Commercial Electric in Sonoma County

Are you looking for a company that provides commercial electric in Sonoma, Marin, & Napa Counties? Many customers only call electricians when they have an emergency. However, you need to have an experienced electrician on your speed dial at all times. When you build a rapport with an electrician, he will conduct regular inspections in your business or your home, too, and spot problems.

A good electrician familiarizes himself with your building’s system and discovers emerging situations before they turn into major problems. An electrical contractor deals with critical systems that affect almost every aspect of your business &/or your home and can detect possible causes of major damage and inconveniences, as well as prevent fires from malfunctions.

When hiring an electrician, you should ask about the following:

Up-to-date education

If the electrician comes from a reputable company, he will need to attend regular courses that keep him at the top of his game and be prepared to handle commercial & residential electric in Sonoma, Marin, & Napa Counties. Moreover, regular training ensures that he learns the National Electrical Code & the California Electrical Code, both of which are updated every three years.

Pulling permits

In most counties, a permit is required when customers are doing a significant electrical job. The cost of obtaining one should be included in the electrician’s bid, but you should ensure that it is. The permit comes with an inspection to make certain that the electric work meets code.


California Contracting Law requires the companies are Electrical Contractors and that electricians are either certified or in an approved training program. Check whether your electrician’s license is current or expired is a smart thing to do. Type CSLB into your search engine. There you can check the status of any contracting firm’s license.

Are you looking for commercial electric or residential electric  in Sonoma, Marin, & Napa Counties? Be sure to get in touch with Ron Dorris Electric & Solar by calling 707-578-0678.