Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 118
Institutional | HANNAH SOLAR GOVERNMENT SERVICES
HANNAH SOLAR'S MILITARY BACKGROUND QUALIFIES IT FOR A RANGE OF PROJECTS. BY JIM HARRIS
t did not take long for retired U.S. Army
Col. Dave McNeil to decide on the next
phase of his life after he left the military
in 2009 following 30 years of service.
During the last portion of his military
career, which included serving as a deputy
base commander at Fort Polk, La., and as a
commander at Fort Dix, N.J., McNeil saw the
Army embrace solar photovoltaic (PV) systems as an energy source. This observation,
as well as McNeil's background and degree
in electrical engineering, naturally led him
to solar energy as a private-sector career
option. "Engineering was my other love,
and I wanted to specialize in solar energy,"
In 2010, McNeil founded Hannah Solar
Government Services (HSGS) and almost
immediately began working on PV design
and installation projects for the military
and other government clients. "As a base
commander, I understand all of the requirements of working in a military facility," he
adds. "Having this insider's point-of-view
makes it very easy for me to go onto a base
with my crew and work seamlessly with the
rest of the base operations."
In addition to McNeil himself, HSGS's staff
includes a number of other people with
military experience. Roughly 30 percent
of the company's employees are veterans.
"We've built a crew primarily around veterans who have the same type of background
» HSGS has worked on projects ranging from the Centers for Disease Control (top) to Pearl Harbor (bottom).
* Projected 2018 evenue: $20 million
* Headquarters: Charleston, S.C.
* Employees: 30
* Specia y: Solar photovo aic ystems
"If you can do military work,
you can easily do commercial
- Dave McNeil, president and CEO
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that I do and who understand military
requirements," he says.
The Charleston, S.C.-based company
works both as a prime Contractor to the
government and commercial clients as well
as a subcontractor to energy service companies and general contractors. In addition to
its work for the government and military,
HSGS installs PV systems for retail and other