Mike was first recommended to us by our son-in-law who was impressed with the work Mike did for Ohio State University. We feel happy to have found him, and are passing his business card along to our friends.
Mike is reliable, honest, hard working, and meticulous. Mike returns texts in a timely manner and is punctual. We can’t say enough good things about Mike as a person and as a professional.
We are new to the Columbus area, and have been happy to find someone like Mike that we can depend on!
Jim and Jolene G.
Watt 1 Electrical Systems was recommended on Next-door, the free social network for neighborhoods and communities to share information about service professionals etc. Michael installed hardwired Ring Video Doorbell and a lighted camera for us. He is professional and courteous and his electrical skills are awesome. This installation was made complicated by an old and defunct intercom system/doorbell and Mike had to do some rewiring to get our new doorbell to work properly. We will call Watt 1 for all of our electrical work from now on!

Sallie and Charlie C., New Albany
I took delivery on a new Tesla in November 2018 and decided to have a 240W outlet installed in my garage to facilitate charging the car. I went on Tesla’s website and looked for their recommended electricians, and Watt 1 was right there near the top of the list.

I called the number listed and spoke directly with the owner, Michael Watkins. Mike was very nice and was able to meet me at our home the very next day to survey our property and determine what was necessary to install the charger in my garage. He was able to provide a ballpark estimate of the cost and time involved on the spot and provided a written estimate the following week and we scheduled a time for him to do the installation.

Michael arrived as promised and completed the work as estimated. The charger works beautifully. He is a very kind persona and was very easy to work with throughout the process. I would recommend Michael and Watt-1 for anyone who’s looking for this kind of work.

Milt L. , November 2018
Michael Watkins of Watt1 Electrical Systems handled the outdoor security lighting at our commercial
office building on 5th Ave. in Grandview.  I received a quote and Michael’s time frame on when he would start the project.   The project was completed efficiently and on budget.  Myself and the tenant are very happy with the completed project.  Thanks Michael !

Rob E., November 2018

If you are looking for an electrician to install the necessary electrical outlets and power for your Tesla, contact Watt 1 Electrical Systems.

The owner, Michael Watkins, did an excellent job of preparing our garage to charge our new Tesla. He installed a new standard NEMA receptacle (outlet) and, because we did not have enough current to charge our Tesla and keep the rest of our house running without interruption, he installed a new 400-amp panel. He obtained the permits and coordinated the work required by our local city electrical inspector and the AEP electrician to finish the job in one day.

We were pleased with his work and recommend him to anyone looking for an electrician to provide the expertise needed to ready a garage for an electric car.

R Cooper
Gahanna, OH November 2018

I used the services of Michael Watkins’ Watt 1 Electrical Systems. I was most pleased with his work. Michael was very knowledgable about his work, including non standard items such as a solar panel system which we have installed in our home. Michael worked quickly and professionally and did an excellent job laying things out well, and leaving everything neat and orderly when he was finished. Everything worked as it was supposed to, and Michaels estimates on the length of our time without electrical power was very accurate. Michael was also good to his estimate. There were no surprises.

Overall I was most impressed with Micheal’s work, and I recommend him without reservation.

Jim D., Columbus, OH

Mr. Watkins recently installed a Tesla wall connector in our garage prior to delivery of our long-awaited Model 3.  I benefited from a colleague’s experience of having gotten an estimate from Mr. Watkins and being so positively impressed by him, but reluctantly going with another provider who was a friend of her husband at her husband’s insistence.  That installation was done incorrectly and ended up costing twice what it should have cost in dollars and many times what it should have been in time and inconvenience.  In contrast, Mr. Watkins’s personal professionalism and technical expertise were apparent from the first moment he arrived to determine an estimate of the needed work. He was timely for both the estimate and the installation, and he left the work areas at least as clean as they were prior to the installation.  He had to navigate around way too much stuff stored in our basement in order to run the needed line from the breaker box to the precise location on the garage wall for the unit, yet he did so graciously and located the wall unit in the perfect location vis-à-vis where the Model 3 is now parked.  The unit works flawlessly and Mr. Watkins made the entire process as smooth as it could possibly have been.  Mr. Watkins will be our first call for any future electrical needs in our residence. We cannot recommend Watt 1 Electrical highly enough.  Keith V. – Columbus, OH

I recently installed an EV charging outlet through Watt 1 Electrical Systems for my Tesla. I went with them as they are a Telsa certified electrician and their quote was also comparable to a couple of other electricians I checked with. Michael installed a NEMA 14-50 outlet in my garage. The job also involved running about 50 feet of wiring from my garage to the electrical panel in the basement. The overall quality of the work and materials used were excellent.
I was also particular about getting a permit and inspection for my outlet installation from New Albany. Michael included that for a reasonable cost as well. The inspector was in and out in 5 minutes which is a testament to the professional work that was done.
Overall I am very satisfied with both Michael’s work as well as his pleasant attitude. I am happy to be a reference for Michael’s work as an installer for electric vehicle outlets.
R. Thomas, New Albany, OH


We recently had Michael replace our electrical box (since it was 40+ years old), and wire our garage for new outlets including a 220 for our electric car. Michael not only did the work thoroughly (including cleanup) and professionally, but also did all of the work timely. I would highly recommend Michael for electrical work, particularly with old homes!

Dirk R.


Mr. Watkins did an excellent job installing our Tesla wall connector! He worked diligently and efficiently to complete the job in no time. When he came into our home, the first thing Mr. Watkins did was immediately put on shoe covers- a minor but important detail my wife greatly appreciated. This act reflects his kind nature and professionalism, which he exhibited from beginning to end. I am extremely satisfied with both the service and results. We will be requesting his services for additional projects in the near future!

C. Mills, New Albany, OH


Michael was excellent to work with on getting my EV charger installed. He made everything very easy for me to understand and the process from beginning to end was smooth and efficient.  I’ll definitely contact him if I have future electrical needs. 

Patrick, Columbus,  OH


I found Watt1 to be very prompt in responding to my call for a quote to install an EV charger in our garage. We did not get notice of our vehicle delivery and Michael came very quickly to quote and schedule work. Of all the electricians I spoke with, Michael was the most professional. He installed the charger in a timely and efficient manner.  Moreover, the charger station looks very good as well. It is not easy to find an excellent electrician.  I am happy we did.  

LS, Powell, OH


“Mike was able to work with me and my HOA to get an EV charger quoted, approved, and installed in under a week. He took the time to explain to my building’s management and myself the process. The installation itself only took two days and I did not have to be present other than the first 30 minutes of the first day. The quality of work exceeded expectations.”

Downtown Columbus Condo Customer


“Michael Watkins, of Watt 1 Electrical Systems recently installed the electrical portion of a photovoltaic (PV) installation at AEP’s Dolan Lab in Groveport, Ohio. The installation consisted of one 1.3 kilowatt, pole-mounted PV array, and one 1.2 kilowatt concentrated PV array. The installation is unique and one of the first of its kind. Mr. Watkins was extremely professional and a pleasure to work with during the installation. His professionalism was demonstrated through his deep knowledge of electrical systems, his attention to detail and his ability to perform within the strict safety guidelines at our lab. American Electric Power is extremely satisfied with the electrical work Mr. Watkins performed, and would definitely consider using his services for any other electrical project we may have in the future.”


Chris M. S.


“Dear Michael,

I want to thank you for your support of the 2009 OSU SOLAR DECATHLON TEAM. We absolutely could not have done it without you! I was so impressed with how clean & neat our electrical looked compared to the other teams, and was excited when we were one of the first teams approved for DC Electrical connection. I know we all learned a lot from you, and I hope you also found the experience valuable.”

thanks again,

2009 SD Engineering Team


“Mr. Watkins was extremely important in all aspects of the electrical systems of the team’s house, and without his guidance, the team would not have been able to accomplish their goal.Mr. Watkins is the definition of a professional and patient teacher. His willingness to teach students, in addition to ensuring the safety of all workers, speaks to his great character. Mr.Watkins’ work ethic cannot be questioned as he made the extra effort working all hours to help the team complete and test the house as our deadline neared, and he even made the trip to Washington, D.C. to ensure that the reassembly was conducted properly. Mr. Watkins is a great electrician with an expert knowledge of solar installation, but he is an even better teacher and the team would have been lost without him.”


Lucas M.D.


“Mr.Watkins has proven to be very capable at understanding our design intentions and has been extremely enthusiastic throughout the installation process. He has been a pleasure to work with and the entire team is proud to have him assist us in setting up the Solar Decathlon House in Washington, D.C. for the international competition in October.”


Steve W.