Our Focus

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Solar Systems

We design, install, and troubleshoot Solar systems for tying into your present utility service to run your meter backwards.

Battery Backup

Do you want a solution to run your critical loads when the power goes out? A battery backup paired with solar might be the fit for you.

Generators

Do you want to run all of your loads (AC, well, water heater & more) when the power goes out? A whole house generator might be the solution for you.

Off-Grid Solar

Looking to go completely off the grid? Do you need a solar well pump? We can help! We design, install, consult, and troubleshoot Off-Grid Solar systems.

Wood Heating

There’s nothing like a toasty fire in your living room when it’s cold outside, listening to the pop and crackle of the blaze, or watching its flames dance and sway.

Terry Hufft started Top Hat Chimney Sweep in 1978 after getting laid off from his position as a millwright at Publisher’s/Times Mirror mill, now Sierra Pacific, in Burney, CA. He began by servicing stoves and cleaning chimneys. In 1988 he gained a CA contractor license to do installation work. Over time, Terry became a dealer of wood, gas, and pellet stoves. Around 1993, he began to work with alternative energy systems before utility-tie solar systems were an option or law. He had focused on electronics and radio in college, and had always found the systems fascinating and intriguing. Back then, even though there was a lot of good quality equipment that would last for decades, most systems that were built were kind of pieced together (a lot of off-grid systems still are), instead of in the solid, clean built-to-last manner that we see in most systems today. 

In 2002, the name Top Hat Energy officially was born as a division of Top Hat Chimney Sweep, and TopHatEnergy.com went online. The website began to grow significantly in 2007 in the area of education and resources, significantly increasing in 2009, and again in 2012. Utility inter-tied systems were uncommon in 2002, having not been in effect for very long. Top Hat Energy is listed with the CEC as a dealer and installer. Top Hat Energy is also licensed with the state of CA as a C-10 electrical contractor, necessary for installing solar, wind, and hydro. Top Hat Energy became a privately held corporation in early 2011. Over the years, Terry’s 4 sons, Jeremy, David, Jon, and Ben, gained experience working with him, and at present, all 4 of them work with the company. Top Hat Energy installs off-grid and utility tied solar, wind, and hydro systems. They also still have roots in their beginnings – they service and install wood and pellet stoves, and have a showroom in Redding, CA. (See services section) Terry’s wife, Kathy, has served as the office manager from the beginning. Top Hat Energy has been steadily working to gain a good reputation with the public, installing solar in northern California, and international sales in solar equipment and kits. They believe in taking prompt care of the customer and educating themselves and the public in the advancing world of alternative energy, primarily solar.

Our Team

Terry Hufft
Terry Hufft
Owner / CEO
Kathy Hufft
Kathy Hufft
CFO
Jeremy Hufft
Jeremy Hufft
VP / System Design / Sales
David Hufft
David Hufft
Off-Grid Specialist / Off-Grid Tech
Jon Hufft
Jon Hufft
Senior Field Manager / System Design
Brandon Lawson
Brandon Lawson
Project Management / System Design / Permitting / Fleet
Chris Wellock
Chris Wellock
Crew Foreman
Chris Lawson
Chris Lawson
Site Superviser
Pete Miles
Pete Miles
Showroom / Off-Grid Specialist / Sales
Tom Turner
Tom Turner
Site Checks / Permitting / Showroom
Ty Cazet
Ty Cazet
SGIP / Videography / Photography / Marketing / IT
Zack Albertson
Zack Albertson
Grid-Tie Diagnostics Tech / Installer / Email: Service@tophatenergy.com
Travis Ussat
Travis Ussat
Grid-Tie Diagnostics Tech / Installer / Email: Service@tophatenergy.com
Gabe Youngblood
Gabe Youngblood
Wood Heat Division Tech / Solar Site Checks / Email: Stoves@tophatenergy.com
Seth Lunsford
Seth Lunsford
Installer
Connor Hufft
Connor Hufft
Installer
Beau Burton
Beau Burton
Installer

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