Charlie Ricketts, CEO, Dakota Solar Energy Charlie Ricketts is the founder and CEO of Dakota Solar Energy. The company was established in 2019 and has become the state’s leading expert in solar energy. Mr. Ricketts has vast experience in the solar industry dating back to 2014 when he left North Dakota to work for Solarcity and Tesla in both Arizona and Texas as a top performing energy advisor and regional energy manager. Prior to his work in solar, he owned a small construction company in Jamestown, ND and spent his early years in Valley City. He has helped thousands switch to solar and his mission is clear – to bring solar power to his home state of North Dakota. In his free time, Mr. Ricketts coaches youth soccer and has a 6 year old son.