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Welcome everyone to Solar Power World’s biggest and best Top Solar Contractors issue yet. This year we present a great group of 500 solar companies that have worked on projects across North America, from Saskatchewan to Puerto Rico. The companies are grouped by their specific services (construction firms, developers, electrical subcontractors, EPCs, rooftop contractors, solar hot water installers), markets (commercial, off-grid, residential, utility) and regions by 2014 installed capacity. We hope you enjoy seeing how everyone stacks up. We at Solar Power World strive to make sure each Top Contractors list is better than the last, and that’s why this year we turned to our readers for support. A 24-contractor advisory board was established to assist us in verifying installation claims. The 2015 advisory board was essential to ensuring the Top Contractors list is as accurate as possible. We want to thank our board members (see their names on the left), because we couldn’t have done this without them. Each year we receive great feedback from contractors. One notable improvement they suggested involves how we organized the solar hot water installer list. This year’s list is determined by the number of residential and commercial projects installed in 2014, not by BTUs or kilowatts. Contractors received one point per residential hot water installation and two points per commercial installation. The industry is dominated by PV, but solar hot water holds a strong presence in the residential market, and we want to accurately recognize those who work in both. If you have any suggestions on how to improve this issue for next year, please let us know! In addition to our great lists, we also provide insight from contractors and tips on how to build a successful business. After reading this issue, you’ll know how to design a better website, survive the ITC reduction and lobby your local governments. We hope this advice will allow you to thrive in the coming years and build off 2014’s success. Thank you for keeping this industry going! We would be nothing without your dedication to bringing solar power to the world! SPW

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Special to Solar Power World Rhone Resch is the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a co-sponsor of the Top 500 Solar Contractors list.

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Last year, in this very publication, I wrote that America’s solar energy industry was on pace to achieve another record-shattering year. This year, I’m proud to say we did just that and the future is only getting brighter. Today, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in America. There are 20 GW of installed solar capacity in the United States—enough to power more than 4 million homes—and we’re going to double both of those numbers by the end of next year. In 2014, for the first time in history, each of the three major U.S. market segments—utilityscale, residential and commercial—installed more than 1 GW of solar PV systems. This simply wouldn’t be possible without the effort, hard work and creativity of these Top 500 Solar Contractors. Their collective success is so vast that new jobs in the solar industry are being added every day. Solar currently employs 174,000 Americans—more than tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter combined—and our ranks are only going to grow. We’re also increasingly diverse. By 2020, the solar industry has committed to hire 50,000 U.S. military veterans. Women now account for more than 37,500 solar workers across America—21.6% of the industry’s total workforce. To put it plainly, solar has become critically important to both our nation’s energy and economic security. The solar industry pumps nearly $18 billion a year into the U.S. economy. We’re also doing our part to combat climate change, flipping the switch every 2.5 minutes every day on a completed solar project. By 2016, solar is expected to offset more than 45 million metric tons of damaging carbon emissions—the equivalent of removing 10 million cars off U.S. roads and highways or shuttering 12 coal-fired plants. Without question, effective, forward-looking public policies, like the solar investment tax credit (ITC), net energy metering (NEM) and renewable portfolio standards (RPS), are helping to drive solar energy’s remarkable growth. The Solar Energy Industries

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Association (SEIA) was the main force behind the 30% ITC that is the backbone of our national policy today. SEIA also successfully advocated for its extension multiple times. By any measurement, the work of both SEIA in pushing for the ITC and the industry that ran with it, paid off for America. More than 97% of all installed solar capacity in the United States has come online since the ITC was extended in 2006. Today, 20 states have significant solar markets (greater than 100 MW in cumulative capacity). To put that in context, only California had that much solar in 2006. We are providing homeowners, businesses, schools, nonprofits and government officials at all levels with real choices in how they meet their electricity needs. Solar energy empowers consumers, and consumers love solar power. According to recent polls, 9 out of 10 Americans support solar. A Gallup poll, released earlier this year, shows solar as the No. 1 energy choice among a large majority of Americans. That’s real progress. But our work is far from over. Once again, the ITC is due to expire. It’s now more important than ever to join SEIA. To help us in our fight to help save the ITC. To tell members of Congress how important the ITC is to preserving and growing jobs in their districts and states. The solar industry has enjoyed unprecedented growth, and we’re only just getting started. I applaud every one of the Top 500 Solar Contractors for making the solar market the strong, proud industry it is today. SPW

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69 TOP ELECTRICAL SUBCONTRACTORS

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Lobby to keep business booming In North Carolina, lawmakers want to reverse renewable energy mandates and kill solar tax credits. In Nevada, a 3% cap on net metering is frustrating residential installers. In Colorado, the major utility wants to place prohibitive fees on customers going solar. In California, the public utilities commission is considering changes to net metering. Nationally, the ITC is in severe danger. Clearly, solar installers have plenty to do to improve the market and political landscape in which they do work, but how does a political novice begin to make a difference? First, he or she must understand the challenge.

Entrenched interests

Steven Bushong Steven Bushong is associate editor of Solar Power World. sbushong@wtwhmedia.com

For a century, U.S. consumers have received electricity by way of a low-competition utility market. If you’ve ever bought electricity for your house, your selection of power providers was probably limited to one or two utilities. Solar—which generates electricity on your own roof—disrupts the utility-centric model for getting power. Currently, more than 200,000 solar arrays are challenging a standard that once seemed permanent. The problem is that utilities have a longcultivated, entrenched relationship with their local legislators and regulators, two groups that wield tremendous power over the solar industry. Legislators write laws and taxes; regulators approve fees and promote competition within the generation industry, when they deem appropriate. Many of the aforementioned utilities either oppose or don’t understand the rise of distributed solar (though some progressive utilities have embraced the technology). Feeling threatened, they are visiting halls of power and using their lobbying prowess to oppose legislation and policies that would be supportive of our industry. Prudent contractors, which should be any contractor planning to stay open beyond 2017 (when the ITC for residential solar likely disappears), will take an interest in visiting these places of power and shaping the decisions made there, too. Laws and policies impact bottom lines, and your efforts can make a difference. In Tennessee, for example, the comptroller’s office proposed an increase in the tax valuation of solar property from half a

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percent to 33%, the same valuation as wind turbines. A year later, solar advocates had succeeded in reducing the valuation to 12.5%. “[The 33% valuation] was such a deal-killer,” said Mary Shaffer Gill, president of TenneSEIA. “Obviously, we’d love to have it at half a percent, but we felt satisfied with the result.”

Step one The work will continue for advocacy groups across the country because threats to solar business surface all the time. More than a dozen states have issues in contention now, and contractors must bring a dose of their reality—that solar is good, and this is why—to the insular halls of legislators. The most basic way to get involved is to sign up for alerts from regional or national solar advocacy groups, or become a member of one. SEIA hosts a directory of regional chapters on its website, seia.org. “These groups will let you know when your voice will matter most, and they will give you the tools you need to take action,” said Rosalind Jackson, director of external relations at Vote Solar. “It could be a couple clicks, but it will have an impact.”

Tips for effective lobbying Lawmakers are humans. Start from where they are, not where you are, said Jason Rooks, a lobbyist with GASEIA. Politics is local. Tell how solar impacts the lawmaker’s district specifically—focus on jobs and the economy. Put it in writing. Solar is one of 100 special issues. A lawmaker’s bandwidth is limited. Leave reference materials. Don’t forget the staff. They are the gatekeepers. They also write the press releases. Build a relationship. People trust information from people they trust, Rooks said. Get a commitment. When the time is right, ask for support. Polite nods tell you nothing. Additional source: Ohio Environmental Council

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shared an inventory of the solar assets in the state,” Gill said. “With those numbers, we can show the economic impact of the industry here, up and down the value chain. Turning it into a business case is extremely important.” Solar is a big business today. More than $71 billion in solar investment was deployed in the U.S. in 2014, and more than 174,000 Americans are employed in the solar industry, according to SEIA.

in electricity than the typical legislator,” Jackson said. For regulators, she said, “it’s really making the case for rethinking the whole relationship between the customer and the utility and the value local solar power brings to a grid.” For contractors interested in lobbying regulators, IREC has developed a guide specifically for regulators on assessing the costs and benefits of distributed solar (available at tinyurl.com/ IREC-Solar). Bring this with you. But at the end of the day, Jackson said, local and regional issues come down to one stakeholder versus another. “What solar really has going for it is public support and a vision that inspires people,” she said. “You want to report a fact-based case, but also remind regulators about what their consumers want.” Polling consistently puts consumer support for all forms of solar power at over 80%, and support comes from across the political spectrum. The trick is getting policy makers to also see the tangible benefits of the technology. SPW

Regulators Talking to regulators is a bit more nuanced than sharing information with legislators. Whereas a lot of what lobbyists do with legislators is educate, regulators already know the details. Still, their details come from a small group of interests that often have a strong connection to utilities. They are accustomed to a utility-centric electricity model. They need to hear from contractors and others outside their comfort zone. “Regulators are more well-versed

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Let’s talk about your website What would a visitor say about your website? Have you really looked through it lately? Do you have one? Today, a website is most likely the first place people come to learn about your company. A visitor’s experience with your website could greatly impact his or her view of your company and whether they proceed with your service. As an editor, and consumer, I’m constantly exploring websites and working on our own site. I’d like to share some basic best practices to ensure your website represents your company the best way possible.

Eye-appealing and easy to navigate Kathie Zipp Kathie Zipp is managing editor of Solar Power World. kzipp@wtwhmedia.com

Your website is the face of your business. If it looks thrown together, cluttered with information and poorly designed, customers may see your business as unprofessional, inexperienced or even untrustworthy. The best websites are user friendly with a clean, professional design. Start by choosing attractive, high quality photos that reflect the work you do, especially for your homepage. Text color is also important. It may sound obvious, but you want the visitor to be able to read your material. Ensure there is contrast between the text color and the background (no bright yellow on fuchsia!). Make headlines and sections clear by using bolded or larger font. On that note, organization, structure and content should all be catered to your target audience. Consider who you are trying to reach and what kind of information they’re looking for. Then, ensure that information is accessible and easy to find. Most people don’t read websites; they scan them. If they can’t find what they need quickly and easily, they will get frustrated and leave. Structure your content in a hierarchy for easy navigation. Also, when was the last time you checked links on your site? Links that don’t work or take a long time to load can deter visitors. This goes for videos and other multimedia as well.

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either want to learn about what you do or how to contact you. Including clearly marked “About us” and “Contact us” pages is a great way to do this. Then, make sure these pages have adequate information. Your About page should clearly state the services you provide and for whom (this is also something to consider saying on your homepage in a short line or slogan). Other great information to include on your About page is a brief explanation of how and when your company was founded, as well as a company mission statement. It’s also nice to add some faces, whether it’s on the About or Contact page. Headshots with titles and brief bios for key executives and departments, if not your whole company (depending on size), can add a nice human element to a visitor’s experience. Including contact information, such as name and email, is helpful. Specific email addresses to real individuals are always preferable because they can direct people to the right person (I’m obviously overjoyed when companies have a specific media contact). However, if your company prefers to keep this information private, at the very least the visitor should be able to find a general name, address and phone number or contact form under the contact page. But contact forms and info@xyz.com email addresses are only as good as the person checking them. Ensure someone does and responds to all inquiries promptly!

Create content Your website’s focus should be on meeting your audience’s needs, not just selling to them. Quality, consistent content can help attract and engage with your audience. I think, at the very least, it’s a good idea to include a news section and project portfolio. Again, selfishly as a member of the press, I want to see what’s new, and your visitors do too! Sharing releases with updates on projects, changes in your business or anything else new keeps you looking relevant and active. Don’t forget to include a contact for more information on the bottom of every release, if not also on your news page. Including a project portfolio on your website is a great way to demonstrate what

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kind of work you do and showcase your experience. Whether this is accomplished through simple posts, a slideshow, or clickable thumbnails with captions, each project should include the name, location, commissioning date and size. Portfolios I find most impressive include additional project partners and component brands and models. Some great websites even link to more information about the project. I see the next level of content as blogs, videos or other multimedia. If your company has the resources, these can be great tools for attracting and educating visitors. The keys to producing these effectively are to keep them relevant and consistent. Publishing one blog every six months isn’t going to impress anyone, but every month or week could. Consumers are more wary of a sales pitch than ever, so keep your content relevant to your audience. A good place to start is considering your audience’s pain points and creating content to educate them on how to resolve them. Another good place to share educational content is on a “Why solar” or “Solar FAQ” page. One of our industry’s greatest challenges is educating the consumer. Many homeowners and businesses still need to be taught about the benefits of going solar and why it may be right for them. Having a page with FAQs and posts about why solar makes sense or links to additional solar resources helps visitors feel comfortable with the idea of going solar. Delivering this type of relevant content to your audience can help position you as a thought leader and develop trust with visitors. Other things to include on your website include memberships, awards and social media icons (linked!). We want to follow you! These are just some basic tips. There are many aspects of website design and performance I didn’t touch on, such a mobile optimization, but there’s a plethora of additional resources and services available to help you create the best website for your business. Your customers will thank you! SPW  

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Kelly Pickerel Kelly Pickerel is associate editor of Solar Power World. kpickerel@wtwhmedia.com

It’s not pessimistic or unrealistic to prepare for what’s coming. Assuming the federal investment tax credit (ITC) is not renewed by Dec. 31, 2016, all sections of the market will be affected. Specifically, residential solar will see significant changes when the ITC under Section 25D drops from 30% to zero. There are nearly 100,000 solar workers involved with installation in the United States, and many of these are employed by smaller businesses that benefit from Section 25D (the section focusing on residential installations). Without an extension of the residential ITC (which is looking more likely, especially with the lack of movement in Washington), many of these jobs will be lost. While 2017 may seem like a long way out, preparations should have already started. But if you’ve been too focused on the present to concern yourself with the future, don’t panic; there are still steps you can begin now. Solar Power World spoke with Stephen Irvin, president of Amicus Solar Cooperative, and he offered residential installers the tips detailed below. Irvin represents the knowledge base of Amicus’ 34 developer, EPC and installer companies based in 26 states. These are the questions you must ask yourself and the obstacles you must plan for if you want to be a successful company past 2016.

Referrals are your best base for turning a lead into a sale.

Decide what your company means to you

First and foremost, are you happy working in solar? Do you want to stick around? Continued success in this business may not come easily, and you need to be prepared for the road ahead. “It’s very possible some installation companies today are looking to earn all they can from the salmon run that will happen through the end of 2016, and then maybe they’ll close the business down or try and sell their business,” Irvin said.

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“Then there are those who want to be in it for the long haul. It can simply depend on the personal plans of those small business owners.” Once you determine if you want to stay in solar, it’s time to prepare for changes.

Be realistic with your employees You could very well come out the other side of the credit reduction without scrapes or bruises, but business is still unlikely to go on as usual. It’s best to be up-front with your current employees and any potential hires. “Set expectations very clearly with your employees: This is what’s staring us in the face. [We] can’t guarantee what’s even going to happen with the business,” Irvin said. “It’s OK to say they’ll have a job at this pay rate today, installing solar and learning this trade for a year and a half. But after that, no job is safe and this is just the reality of what’s happening in our industry.” But hiring has to happen now, not next year. According to a report from Mercatus, which cited University of Chicago research, because solar’s pool of quality talent is small, outside individuals must be trained, and that takes time. In order to meet 2016’s demand for solar installations, employees should begin training four to six months out, which is right now.

Use your money carefully Do you need to buy new trucks or can you lease them? Do you have to move the company to a larger building this year? Would switching to new management software save time and funds? Make wise decisions with your cash.

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“Ideally, residential contractors who want to remain competitive will partner with banks and financial firms that can offer monthly cash flows for the homeowner which show savings compared to their current utility bill,” Irvin said. Longer term loans could help get them there when the credit goes to zero. A $20,000 residential system amortized over many years is much easier to handle without any incentives up front.

Get creative about marketing Referrals are the best and easiest ways to secure business, but out-of-the-box marketing will help you get over the post-2016 hump. “Get creative about how to get around people and talk about solar,” Irvin said. “Referrals are your best base for turning a lead into a sale.” Attend community festivals, host education nights, try a new advertising campaign—informing customers that solar is affordable even without the Section 25D credit will secure your leadership in the area and bring in sales. But remember, you’ll likely need the financing partners to bring such affordability to those kitchen tables. SPW

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HAVE BUSINESS, WILL TRAVEL Most Top Contractors do work outside of their hometowns, and many go out of state. This is where they do business.

191 California

77 Pennsylvania

107 New York

75 Colorado

94 Arizona

74 Maryland

87 North Carolina

65 Georgia

84 Massachusetts

65 Connecticut

79 Florida

64 Virginia

78 Nevada

59 Delaware 57 Hawaii

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SOLAR WORKERS NRG Energy (No. 18) and SolarCity (No. 3) claim about 10,000 employees each, but 120 companies get the job done with fewer than 10 people.

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= UTILITY CONTRACTOR

= EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

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TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 1

First Solar

Tempe

CA

1999

6,060

3,881.333

1,023.130

2

Mortenson Construction

Minneapolis

MN

1954

3,810

1,275.900

512.920

mortenson.com/solar

3

SolarCity

San Mateo

CA

2006

10,000

1,100.000

502.000

solarcity.com

4

Arraycon

Sacramento

CA

2009

67

642.000

449.000

arraycon.com

5

Helix Electric

Las Vegas

NV

1985

1,500

1,150.000

411.000

helixelectric.com

6

Signal Energy Constructors

Chattanooga

TN

2005

115

691.600

331.000

signalenergy.com

7

Rosendin Electric

San Jose

CA

1919

4,500

798.000

319.000

rosendin.com

8

Swinerton Renewable Energy

San Francisco

CA

1888

1,729

657.000

318.000

swinerton.com

9

Amec Foster Wheeler

Atlanta

GA

1946

40,000

595.000

287.000

amecfw.com

10

Cupertino Electric

San Jose

CA

1954

2,190

940.000

280.500

cei.com

11

HB White Canada

Brampton

Ontario

2005

500

408.000

280.000

hbwhitecanada.com

12

E Light Electric Services

Englewood

CO

1998

945

770.350

279.650

elightelectric.com

13

Alternative Energy Development

Fort Lee

NJ

2008

100

925.610

273.500

aed.us.com

14

Strata Solar

Chapel Hill

NC

2008

176

544.000

250.000

stratasolar.com

15

CSI Electrical Contractors

Santa Fe Springs

CA

1990

700

575.700

214.000

csielectric.com

16

Vivint Solar (now SunEdison)

Lehi

UT

2011

3,289

228.000

155.000

vivintsolar.com

17

McCarthy Building Cos.

St. Louis

MO

1864

1,300

211.500

133.000

mccarthy.com

18

NRG Energy (including NRG Renew & NRG Home Solar) Princeton

NJ

1989

10,000

1,341.000

112.000

nrg.com

19

JE Dunn Construction

MO

1924

2,850

126.000

108.000

jedunn.com

20

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Broomfield

CO

1997

500

141.000

91.000

res-americas.com

21

Baker Electric Solar

Escondido

CA

2007

522

151.056

71.397

bakerelectricsolar.com

22

Gehrlicher Solar America

Springfield

NJ

2010

70

184.592

69.500

gehrlichersolar.us

23

Moss Solar

Fort Lauderdale

FL

2004

430

331.890

63.000

mosscm.com

24

FLS Energy

Asheville

NC

2006

60

175.000

63.000

flsenergy.com

25

S&C Electric Company

Chicago

IL

1911

2,500

132.200

63.000

sandc.com

26

Hanwha Q CELLS USA

Irvine

CA

1999

49

170.640

58.337

q-cells.us

27

Borrego Solar

San Diego

CA

1980

120

161.998

51.204

borregosolar.com

28

Pro-Tech Energy Solutions

Moorestown

NJ

2008

32

100.489

46.000

pro-techenergy.com

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= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

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= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

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Advanced Green Technologies

Fort Lauderdale

FL

2007

25

130.454

43.683

agt.com

30

Sunstall

Novato

CA

2011

26

151.000

43.000

sunstall.com

31

Cenergy Power

Carlsbad

CA

2008

45

107.500

39.500

cenergypower.com

32

Quanta Power Generation

Greenwood Village CO

2008

703

341.032

38.659

quantapower.net

33

A-C Electric Company (A-C Solar)

Bakersfield

CA

1945

200

87.000

37.400

a-csolar.com

34

SunRise Power

Peterborough

Ontario

2009

46

136.724

35.790

sunrisepower.ca

35

Alpha Energy

Phoenix

AZ

1976

2,000

200.000

35.000 alpha.com/solar

36

DKD Electric

Albuquerque

NM

1978

120

95.800

32.800

dkdelectric.com

37

Riggs Distler & Company

Cherry Hill

NJ

1909

1,000

130.000

32.000

riggsdistler.com

38

The Conti Group

Edison

NJ

1906

750

72.200

31.300

conticorp.com

39

NARENCO

Charlotte

NC

2009

22

47.000

31.000

narenco.com

40

AUI Contractors

Fort Worth

TX

1983

250

124.000

30.000

auigc.com

41

REC Solar

San Luis Obispo

CA

1997

156

139.820

28.842

recsolar.com

42

Sunnova

Houston

TX

2013

175

45.486

26.092

sunnova.com

43

Baja Construction

Martinez

CA

1981

100

100.000

25.846

bajacarports.com

44

Inovateus Solar

South Bend

IN

2008

31

151.430

25.080

inovateussolar.com

45

M Bar C Construction

San Marcos

CA

2005

65

202.000

25.000

mbarconline.com

46

Baker Renewable Energy

Raleigh

NC

2009

30

80.000

24.000 bakerrenewable.com

47

Bombard Renewable Energy

Las Vegas

NV

1982

300

100.000

22.931

bombardre.com

48

Greenskies Renewable Energy

Middletown

CT

2008

50

41.794

22.611

greenskies.com

49

Nexamp

Boston

MA

2007

42

46.953

22.086

nexamp.com

50

Clean Focus

Sunnyvale

CA

2008

20

40.000

22.000

cleanfocus.us

51

American Helios Constructors

Owings Mills

MD

2012

25

60.000

21.000

americanhelios.com

52

Watson Electrical Construction

Wilson

NC

1935

700

52.000

20.000

watsonenergysolutions.com

53

Hannah Solar

Atlanta

GA

2008

30

46.900

20.000

hannahsolar.com

54

RGS Energy (Real Goods Solar)

Louisville

CO

1978

200

22.500

17.044

rgsenergy.com

55

Solar Universe

Livermore

CA

2008

600

46.000

17.000

solaruniverse.com

56

Sun Ray Install

West Berlin

NJ

2011

26

56.660

16.400

sunrayinstall.com

57

PsomasFMG

Huntington Beach CA

2009

25

42.230

16.160

psomasfmg.com

58

Peck Solar

South Burlington

VT

1972

120

30.935

16.124

peckelectric.com

59

AES Distributed Energy

Boulder

CO

2009

32

249.058

15.500

aesdistributedenergy.com

60

Cantsink

Lilburn

GA

1988

50

61.000

15.000

cantsink.com

61

J. Ranck Electric

Mt. Pleasant

MI

1986

200

30.040

14.900

jranck.com

62

Bland Solar & Air

Bakersfield

CA

1985

55

62.870

14.220

blandsolar.com

63

GeoPeak Energy

Somerset

NJ

2009

28

50.000

14.000

geopeak.com

  

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= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

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= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 64

Newkirk Electric Assoicates

Muskegon

MI

1961

425

98.331

13.200

65

Standard Solar

Rockville

MD

2004

55

47.143

13.149 standardsolar.com

66

Energy Systems & Installation

Jonestown

PA

2008

30

30.300

12.700

esipowercorp.com

67

Amergy Solar

Piscataway

NJ

2010

70

30.000

12.000

amergysolar.com

68

Smart Energy Solar

Corona

CA

2005

140

20.240

11.920

smartenergyusa.com

69

KDH Solar

New Orleans

LA

2011

27

25.600

11.600

kdhsolar.com

70

Renewable Assets

Richmond

VA

2009

32

42.800

11.500

renewableassets.com

71

Direct Energy Solar

Annapolis Junction MD

2008

500

40.000

11.200

directenergysolar.com

72

Namaste Solar

Boulder

CO

2004

110

37.000

11.000

namastesolar.com

73

Horizon Solar Power

Hemet

CA

1998

540

15.260

10.670

horizonsolarpower.com

74

EnterSolar

New York City

NY

2006

17

17.300

10.500

entersolar.com

75

Carolina Solar Energy

Durham

NC

2007

4

76.000

10.400

carolinasolarenergy.com

76

PetersenDean Roofing and Solar

Fremont

CA

1984

4,000

100.000

10.000

petersendean.com

77

Shorebreak Energy Developers

Irvine

CA

2010

65

35.000

10.000

shorebreakenergy.com

78

NOVA Consultants

Novi

MI

1992

50

25.000

10.000

novaconsultants.com

79

Natural Power and Energy

Scottsdale

AZ

2008

7

37.439

9.984

naturalpowerandenergy.com

80

Radiance Solar

Atlanta

GA

2007

32

40.037

9.558

radiancesolar.com

81

System 3

Carmichael

CA

2001

250

17.054

9.430 system3inc.com

82

Sun Valley Solar Solutions

Chandler

AZ

2006

94

25.800

9.200

svssolutions.com

83

Stellar Energy GP

Rohnert Park

CA

2006

30

34.080

9.032

stellarenergy.com

84

Solect Energy Development

Hopkinton

MA

2009

34

14.500

8.900

solect.com

85

Tecta Solar

Fort Washington

PA

2000

2,200

81.250

8.820

tectasolar.com

86

Solar Source

Largo

FL

1984

45

92.804

8.688

solarsource.net

87

Haleakala Solar

Kahului

HI

1977

180

63.284

8.632 haleakalasolar.com

88

OnForce Solar

Bronx

NY

2008

100

24.600

8.600

onforcesolar.com

89

Summerwind Solar

Phoenix

AZ

2009

26

44.550

8.440

summerwindsolar.com

90

Solar Power & Light

Miamisburg

OH

2010

20

15.000

8.000

splsolar.com

91

Sustainable Energy Developments

Rochester

NY

2002

25

17.000

7.760

sed-net.com

92

Titan Solar Construction

Van Nuys

CA

2011

188

18.000

7.500

titansolarco.com

93

The Solar Company

Castro Valley

CA

2004

180

19.342

7.403

thesolarco.com

94

Bithenergy

Baltimore

MD

2009

28

29.000

7.000

bithenergy.com

95

Solar Energy World

Elkridge

MD

2009

52

23.000

7.000

solarenergyworld.com

96

GCI Solar

Huntington Beach CA

1986

130

22.000

7.000

gcisolar.com

97

SUNworks

Roseville

CA

2010

100

15.000

7.000

visitsunworks.com

98

Oak Leaf Energy Partners

Denver

CO

2005

66.000

6.700

oakleafep.com

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 99

Vision Solar

Provo

UT

2013

150

10.000

6.700

visionsolar.com

100

PermaCity Construction Corp

Santa Monica

CA

2003

15

42.000

6.600

permacity.com

101

SolBright Renewable Energy

Charleston

SC

2009

7

20.010

6.459

solbrightre.com

102

American Solar Direct

Los Angeles

CA

2009

400

23.278

6.452

americansolardirect.com

103

M.B. Herzog Electric

Paramount

CA

1974

150

24.000

6.280

herzogelectric.com

104

Pickett Solar

Fresno

CA

1988

16

15.500

6.150

pickettsolar.com

105

Stellar Solar

Carlsbad

CA

1998

95

35.000

6.000

stellarsolar.net

106

Solar Topps

Phoenix

AZ

2009

60

25.000

6.000

solartopps.com

107

Freedom Solar Power

Austin

TX

2007

60

17.000

6.000

freedomsolarpower.com

108

Hawaii Energy Connection

Honolulu

HI

2007

73

30.031

5.961

hawaiienergyconnection.com

109

Sullivan Solar Power

San Diego

CA

2004

119

24.757

5.937

sullivansolarpower.com

110

Affordable Solar Installation

Albuquerque

NM

1998

100

15.000

5.800

thinkaffordablesolar.com

111

SolarFlair Energy

Ashland

MA

2007

45

12.216

5.780

solarflair.com

112

Rising Sun Solar & Electric

Haiku

HI

1986

200

11.000

5.500

risingsunsolar.com

113

Got Electric

Gaithersburg

MD

2006

10

19.000

5.411

gotelectric.net

114

Resolute Performance Contracting

Tempe

AZ

2011

42

35.900

5.369

resolutepc.com

115

Sun Solar Energy Solutions

Bakersfield

CA

2008

80

12.410

5.300

sunsolarpros.com

116

Fidelity Home Energy

San Diego

CA

1991

80

17.964

5.164

fidelityhome.net

117

Ray Angelini

Sewell

NJ

1974

250

100.000

5.000

raiservices.com

118

So-Cal Solar

Lancaster

CA

2005

50

50.000

5.000

socalsolarinc.com

119

Blue Oak Energy

Davis

CA

2003

52

40.000

5.000

blueoakenergy.com

120

Island Pacific Energy

Honolulu

HI

2007

13

30.000

5.000

islandpacificenergy.com

121

SunSmart Technologies

Gladstone

MO

2012

25

16.000

5.000

sunsmartusa.com

122

German Solar Corporation

London

Ontario

2009

35

12.000

5.000

germansolarcorp.com

123

NRG Clean Power

Canoga Park

CA

1987

120

11.000

5.000

nrgcleanpower.com

124

German Energy Alternatives

London

Ontario

2004

25

7.500

5.000

geainc.ca

125

Positive Energy Solar

Santa Fe

NM

1997

75

11.222

4.965

positiveenergysolar.com

126

Alternative Energy Systems

Chico

CA

2003

63

10.000

4.900

solarenergyforlife.com

127

Boston Solar

Woburn

MA

2011

130

9.629

4.848

bostonsolar.us

128

Revolve Solar

Austin

TX

2012

103

8.329

4.700

revolvesolar.com

129

Efficient Energy of Tennesse

Knoxville

TN

2009

20

10.911

4.600

eetenn.com

130

Clean Energy Collective

Louisville

CO

2009

106

12.730

4.503 easycleanenergy.com

131

South Coast Solar

New Orleans

LA

2007

42

25.000

4.400

southcoastsolar.com

132

Dovetail Solar and Wind

Athens

OH

1995

26

10.500

4.299

dovetailsolar.com

133

GEM Energy

Walbridge

OH

2009

10

13.500

4.100

gemenergy.com

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THE 2015 TOP 500 SOLAR CONTRACTORS IN NORTH AMERICA

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 134

Complete Solar Solutions of California

San Mateo

CA

2009

73

135

Solar Electrical Systems

Thousand Oaks

CA

1981

136

Milholland Electric

El Cajon

CA

137

A1 Solar Power

Van Nuys

138

Meridian Solar

139

10.000

4.027 completesolar.com

25

115.000

4.000

solarelectricalsystems.com

1990

35

10.000

4.000

milhollandelectric.com

CA

1986

499

9.527

3.927

a1solarpower.net

Austin

TX

1999

25

40.000

3.900

meridiansolar.com

American Electric

Honolulu

HI

1946

185

13.300

3.900

americanelectrichomes.com

140

Hawaii Energy Smart

Maui

HI

2009

8

8.400

3.900

hawaiienergysmart.com

141

Harmon Electric

Phoenix

AZ

1975

75

20.508

3.872 harmonsolar.com

142

Enver Solar

Tustin

CA

2013

145

5.832

3.804

enversolar.com

143

Paradise Energy Solutions

Gap

PA

2009

50

11.670

3.760

paradisesolarenergy.com

144

GRID Alternatives

Oakland

CA

2001

200

17.874

3.645

gridalternatives.org

145

SunVest Solar

Pewaukee

WI

2009

5

8.500

3.524

sunvest.com

146

Sunpro Solar

Lacombe

LA

2007

42

5.381

3.520

gosunpro.com

147

Consolidated Solar Technologies

Albuquerque

NM

2008

51

25.000

3.500

gocstsolar.com

148

Solaris Energy Solutions

Carolina

Puerto Rico 2014

110

3.500

3.500

solarispr.com

149

Alternate Energy

Honolulu

HI

1993

80

273.359

3.446

alternateenergyhawaii.com

150

Vista Solar

Santa Clara

CA

2008

20

10.216

3.369

vista-solar.com

151

Sea Bright Solar

Ocean

NJ

2003

65

8.500

3.265

seabrightsolar.com

152

Monolith Solar Associates

Albany

NY

2009

56

11.500

3.250

monolithsolar.com

153

Alder Energy Systems

Mt. Pleasant

SC

2008

10

6.000

3.250 alder-energy.com

154

Pfister Energy

Hawthorne

NJ

2005

27

30.000

3.200

pfisterenergy.com

155

Herca Solar

Oceanside

CA

2004

35

17.300

3.100

hercasolar.com

156

O3 Energy Solutions

Dallas

TX

2011

7

7.200

3.100

o3energysolutions.com

157

Vanguard Energy Partners

Somerville

NJ

2008

35

61.000

3.000

vanguardenergypartners.com

158

American Made Solar & Wind

Brownsville

TX

2005

50

56.000

3.000

ausasolar.com

159

Renova Solar

Palm Desert

CA

2006

101

6.750

3.000

renovasolar.com

160

Kurios Energy

Manteca

CA

2010

30

5.000

3.000

kuriosenergy.com

161

Maui Solar Project

Kahului

HI

2008

18

5.000

3.000

mauisolarproject.org

162

Suncrest Solar

Salt Late City

UT

2013

200

5.000

3.000

suncrestsolar.com

163

Apex Solar Power

Queensbury

NY

2007

70

44.200

2.923

apexsolarpower.com

164

Joule Solar Energy

New Orleans

LA

2009

65

8.000

2.902

joule-energy.com

165

ReVision Energy

Portland

ME

2003

81

10.000

2.900

revisionenergy.com

166

Arizona Solar Solutions

Phoenix

AZ

2003

125

6.500

2.880

az-solarsolutions.com

167

CB Solar

Des Moines

IA

2013

10

4.290

2.880

cbsolarinc.com

168

OneRoof Energy

San Diego

CA

2011

108

11.087

2.865

oneroofenergy.com

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THE 2015 TOP 500 SOLAR CONTRACTORS IN NORTH AMERICA = UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 169

EcoMark Solar

Denver

CO

2010

70

4.343

2.793

ecomarksolar.com

170

Sunvalley Solar

Walnut

CA

2007

15

6.468

2.713

sunvalleysolarinc.com

171

SUNation Solar Systems

Oakdale

NY

2003

55

12.699

2.684

sunationsolarsystems.com

172

Superior Solar Systems

Altamonte Springs FL

1984

27

77.595

2.653

superiorsolar.com

173

Longhorn Solar

Austin

TX

2009

40

5.775

2.549

longhornsolar.com

174

Empire Renewable Energy

Phoenix

AZ

2010

15

19.500

2.500

solarbyempire.com

175

Renewable Energy Massachusetts

Cambridge

MA

2010

2

11.000

2.500

remenergyco.com

176

Sunsense Solar

Carbondale

CO

1990

15

7.300

2.500

sunsensesolar.com

177

Granite State Solar

Boscawen

NH

2008

11

3.000

2.500

granitestatesolar.com

178

Ross Solar Group

Danbury

CT

2007

26

16.980

2.490

rosssolargroup.com

179

McWire Electric

El Cajon

CA

1999

45

8.000

2.400

mcwireelectric.net

180

Lifestyle Solar

Fresno

CA

2008

40

6.400

2.400

lifestylesolarinc.com

181

Sustineo

San Diego

CA

2007

9

134.000

2.346

sustineocorp.com

182

Independence Solar

Cherry Hill

NJ

2007

6

17.300

2.300

independencesolar.com

183

Arise Solar

Clovis

CA

2007

50

8.221

2.263

arisesolar.com

184

Sunline Energy

San Diego

CA

2011

48

8.650

2.250

sunlineenergy.com

185

EmPower Solar

Island Park

NY

2003

70

11.300

2.213

empower-solar.com

186

American Solar & Roofing

Scottsdale

AZ

2001

58

29.300

2.200

americansolarandroofing.com

187

Newport Power

San Clemente

CA

2008

9

11.200

2.200

newportpower.com

188

Axium Solar

Plano

TX

2008

30

9.400

2.200

axiumsolar.com

189

Auric Solar

Midvale

UT

2010

26

7.010

2.200

auricsolar.com

190

Ambassador Energy

Murrieta

CA

2008

21

5.100

2.200

ambassadorenergy.com

191

Electric Distribution & Design Systems Garland

TX

1976

6

4.600

2.200

garlandtxsolarcontractors.com

192

NATiVE

Austin

TX

2007

50

10.500

2.100

buildnative.com

193

Intermountain Wind and Solar

Salt Lake City

UT

2008

80

9.500

2.100

intermtnwindandsolar.com

194

Lighthouse Solar Texas

Austin

TX

2007

35

5.900

2.100

lighthousesolar.com

195

American Solar Power

Glendale

CA

2009

34

5.500

2.100

asolarp.com

196

Robco Electric

Las Vegas

NV

1997

49

4.300

2.100

robcosolarlasvegas.com

197

Energy Concepts

Sapello

NM

1991

11

4.000

2.100 eccsolar.com

198

Missouri Sun Solar

Houston

MO

2012

25

6.365

2.065

missourisunsolar.com

199

Solar Choice Solutions

Westlake Village

CA

2007

43

235.000

2.000

solarchoicesolutions.com

200

Independent Energy Solutions

Vista

CA

1998

30

38.000

2.000

indenergysolutions.com

201

RWD Consultants

Camden

NJ

2004

14

15.000

2.000

rwdconsultants.com

202

SunHarvest Solar

Phoenix

AZ

2009

30

13.100

2.000

sunharvest-us.com

203

JEH Solar

Lafayette

LA

2009

8

10.000

2.000

jehsolar.com

  

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THE 2015 TOP 500 SOLAR CONTRACTORS IN NORTH AMERICA

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 204

SunFusion Solar

San Diego

CA

2010

30

9.280

2.000

sunfusionsolar.com

205

Solar Solution

Washington

DC

2009

23

7.000

2.000

solarsolutionllc.com

206

LuxLight Solar Energy

Lodi

CA

2001

15

5.000

2.000

luxlightsolar.com

207

West Coast Solar

Brentwood

CA

2007

30

5.000

2.000

westcoastsolar.com

208

Photonworks Engineering

Honolulu

HI

2003

40

11.000

1.953

photonworks.com

209

Nova West Solar

Fresno

CA

2005

22

7.677

1.927

novawestsolar.com

210

Kopp Electric Company

Toms River

NJ

1994

40

4.850

1.900

koppsolar.com

211

Creative Energies

Lander

WY

2001

18

4.875

1.875

cesolar.com

212

A1A Solar Contracting

Jacksonville

FL

2010

25

2.410

1.822

a1asolar.com

213

Sunpro Solar

Wildomar

CA

2008

60

6.056

1.817

sunpro-solar.com

214

Central California Solar

Tulare

CA

2009

23

3.656

1.805

ccsolar.com

215

Alternative Energy Services

Sanford

FL

2007

9

6.000

1.800

wearesolarpower.com

216

Infinity Solar Systems

Pearl River

NY

2007

36

4.000

1.800

infinitysolarsystems.com

217

New York State Solar Farm (NYSSF)

Modena

NY

2007

30

2.900

1.800

nyssf.com

218

CIR Electrical Constrution Corp.

Buffalo

NY

1976

155

1.986

1.760

solarbycir.com

219

Stronghold Engineering

Riverside

CA

1991

150

15.469

1.755

strongholdengineering.com

220

RevoluSun

Honolulu

HI

2009

40

57.000

1.750

revolusn.com

221

Air Wind & Solar

Stephenville

TX

2010

35

8.000

1.750

airwindsolar.com

222

Sky High Energy

Phoenix

AZ

2009

18

6.750

1.750

skyhighenergy.com

223

SunGreen Systems

Irwindale

CA

2009

10

4.855

1.700

sungreensytems.com

224

Sun Light & Power

Berkeley

CA

1976

58

18.000

1.659

sunlightandpower.com

225

Clean Solar

San Jose

CA

2007

36

5.534

1.600

cleansolar.com

226

Complete Energy Solutions

Elk River

MN

2009

8

4.600

1.600

completeenergy.biz

227

Fresco Solar

Morgan Hill

CA

2006

15

3.800

1.600

frescosolar.com

228

Atwood Electric

Sigourney

IA

1977

26

2.300

1.600

atwoodelectric.com

229

Solare Energy

San Diego

CA

1989

30

4.258

1.537

solareenergy.com

230

Solis Partners

Sea Girt

NJ

2009

15

13.500

1.500

solispartners.com

231

RER Energy Group

Reading

PA

2009

15

8.600

1.500

rerenergygroup.com

232

Scudder Roofing Sun Energy Systems

Marina

CA

2007

15

7.500

1.500

scuddersolar.com

233

Aztec Solar

Rancho Cordova

CA

1980

40

7.000

1.500

aztecsolar.com

234

Cosmic Solar

Vista

CA

2005

14

7.000

1.500

cosmicsolar.com

235

Maximo Solar Industries

Aguadilla

Puerto Rico 2009

53

6.250

1.500

maximosolar.com

236

Solarponics

Atascadero

CA

1975

35

5.000

1.500

solarponics.com

237

Synergy Power

Midvale and Alpine UT

1999

11

5.000

1.500

synergypowerpv.com

238

Valley Pro Electric

Phoenix

2009

12

5.000

1.500

valleyproelectric.com

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 239

Innovative PowerSystems

St. Paul

MN

1991

8

4.950

1.500

ips-solar.com

240

Zia Suns Green Construction

Las Cruces

NM

2013

8

2.000

1.500

ziasuns.com

241

Zing Solar

American Fork

UT

2007

75

2.000

1.500

zingsolar.com

242

A&R Solar

Seattle

WA

2007

26

2.859

1.453

a-rsolar.com

243

Border Solar

El Paso

TX

2008

12

5.345

1.410

bordersolar.com

244

Sun First Solar

San Rafael

CA

1984

26

15.000

1.400

sunfirstsolar.com

245

Palomar Solar

Escondido

CA

2009

16

3.000

1.400

palomarsolar.com

246

PEP Solar

Phoenix

AZ

1978

29

8.000

1.384

pepsolar.com

247

North State Solar Energy

Forest Ranch

CA

2002

25

3.500

1.300

northstatesolarenergy.com

248

SunRenu Solar

Scottsdale

AZ

2008

25

3.500

1.300

sunrenu.com

249

All Energy Solar

St. Paul

MN

2009

50

3.100

1.300

allenergysolar.com

250

Solar Electric Power Company (SEPCO) Stuart

FL

1994

11

8.444

1.250

sepco-solarlighting.com

251

Sunergy Systems

Seattle

WA

2005

20

4.700

1.250

sunergysystems.com

252

Artisan Electric

Seattle

WA

1997

26

3.000

1.250

artisanelectricinc.com

253

Magic Sun Solar

Loomis

CA

2010

12

3.030

1.228

magicsunsolar.com

254

CBS Solar

Copemish

MI

1992

12

60.000

1.200

cbssolar.com

255

Vis Solis

Franklin

TN

2010

5

11.000

1.200

vis-solis.us

256

Sol Reliable

Valley Village

CA

2008

50

6.000

1.200

solreliable.com

257

Terra Steward

La Mesa

CA

2004

23

6.000

1.200 terrasteward.com

258

Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort

Rancho Cordova

CA

1984

115

5.000

1.200

sierrapacifichome.com

259

Sunlight Solar Systems

Salt Lake City

UT

2008

10

5.000

1.200

sunlightsolar.pro

260

Connector Electric (CE Solar)

Upland

CA

1989

7

4.700

1.200

connectorelectric.com

261

Greenbelt Solar

Austin

TX

2009

13

3.060

1.200

greenbeltsolar.com

262

Highlight Solar

San Jose

CA

2011

11

3.000

1.200

highlightsolar.com

263

Casey Electric

Tell City

IN

2000

10

1.500

1.200

caseysolar.com

264

Solar-Ray

Orlando

FL

2003

8

6.500

1.166

solar-ray.net

265

Yes! Solar Solutions

Cary

NC

2009

24

3.000

1.150

yessolarsolutionsnc.com

266

That Solar Guy

Murrieta

CA

2010

22

1.750

1.150

thatsolarguy.com

267

Zager Global

Deerfield Beach

FL

1989

32

2.649

1.133

zagerglobal.com

268

Planet Earth Solar

San Clemente

CA

2012

6

4.027

1.130

planetearthsolarenergy.com

269

Black Rock Solar

Reno

NV

2007

15

5.115

1.106

blackrocksolar.org

270

Southern Energy Management

Morrisville

NC

2001

67

21.000

1.100

southern-energy.com

271

Endurance Solar & Engineering

Boulder

CO

2009

6

2.900

1.100

endurance-solar.com

272

Puget Sound Solar

Seattle

WA

2001

35

4.459

1.097

pugetsoundsolar.com

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 273

Lighthouse Solar Hudson Valley

New Paltz

NY

2009

10

2.746

1.090

lighthousesolar.com

274

Solar Symphony Construction

Escondido

CA

2012

26

2.154

1.089

solarsymphony.com

275

NC Solar Now

Raleigh

NC

2010

15

2.500

1.080

ncsolarnow.com

276

Bonterra Solar

Honolulu

HI

2009

22

5.470

1.020

bonterrasolar.com

277

Skytech Solar

San Francisco

CA

2008

13

2.642

1.010

skytechsolar.com

278

New Day Solar

Murrieta

CA

1997

14

6.703

1.003

newdaysolar.com

279

Atlasta Solar Center (ASC)

Grand Junction

CO

1979

15

10.000

1.000

atlastasolar.com

280

Belmont Solar

Gordonville

PA

2002

4

10.000

1.000

belmontsolar.com

281

Nu Energy Solutions

Sylvania

OH

1998

18

10.000

1.000

nuenergysolutions.net

282

SolareAmerica

Malvern

PA

2010

5

10.000

1.000

solareamerica.com

283

Northern Pacific Power Systems

Santa Rosa

CA

2010

15

8.000

1.000

northernpacificpower.com

284

Arizona Solar Wave & Energy

Mesa

AZ

1999

4

5.000

1.000

arizonssolarwave.com

285

Sierra Solar Systems

Carson City

NV

2005

10

5.000

1.000

sierrasolarsystems.com

286

Kingspan Energy

Jessup

MD

2009

4

4.000

1.000

kingspanenergy.com

287

Able Energy

River Falls

WI

2010

15

3.000

1.000

weknowsolar.com

288

NW Wind & Solar

Seattle

WA

1972

110

3.000

1.000

nwwindandsolar.com

289

CM Solar Electric

San Diego

CA

1999

15

2.000

1.000

cmsolarelectric.com

290

Simply Solar Systems

Hamlin

NY

2010

6

1.800

1.000

simplysolarsystems.com

291

Slingshot Power

Los Altos

CA

2012

36

1.200

1.000

slingshotpower.com

292

Solargaines

Baltimore

MD

2009

35

1.857

0.991

solargaines.com

293

Built Well Solar

Wantagh

NY

2001

16

6.990

0.990

builtwellsolar.com

294

Bella Energy

Louisville

CO

2005

13

12.470

0.957

bellaenergy.com

295

Technicians for Sustainability

Tucson

AZ

2003

30

11.600

0.938 tfssolar.com

296

Ace LLC Solar

Pulaski

TN

2009

15

1.693

0.918

acellcsolar.com

297

Solar Impact

Gainesville

FL

2007

9

7.095

0.907

solarimpact.com

298

Advanced Energy Systems

Eugen

OR

2004

15

15.000

0.900

aesrenew.com

299

Pro Solar Hawaii

Kailua-Kona

HI

2003

6

3.300

0.900

prosolarhawaii.com

300

Global Efficient Energy

Fort Worth

TX

2011

282

3.000

0.900

globalefficientenergy.com

301

New England Clean Energy

Hudson

MA

2006

21

2.789

0.894

newenglandcleanenergy.com

302

AMECO Solar

Paramount

CA

1974

20

10.678

0.878

solarexpert.com

303

Kasselman Solar

Albany

NY

2014

30

3.000

0.875

kasselmansolar.com

304

You Save Green

Albertson

NY

2010

15

2.864

0.864

yousavegreen.com

305

Geoscape Solar

Livingston

NJ

2008

35

4.000

0.850 geoscapesolar.com

306

Altenergy

Charlottesville

VA

2005

26

2.400

0.850

altenergyinc.com

307

Sol-Up USA

Las Vegas

NV

2009

18

1.464

0.838

solup.com

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THE 2015 TOP 500 SOLAR CONTRACTORS IN NORTH AMERICA = UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 308

Jamar Power Systems

Santee

CA

1984

50

3.524

0.835

jamarpower.com

309

LightWave Solar

Nashville

TN

2006

30

9.200

0.833

lightwavesolar.com

310

Texas Solar Outfitters

Houston

TX

2010

22

3.240

0.820

texassolaroutfitters.com

311

Capital City Solar

Roseville

CA

2002

25

7.000

0.800

capitalcitysolar.com

312

Innovative Solar

Sun City

FL

1993

15

5.000

0.800

flsolarproducts.com

313

Eco Estates International

Austin

TX

2013

56

3.000

0.800

ecoestates.us

314

AWS Solar

Los Angeles

CA

2007

9

2.000

0.800

aws-solar.com

315

Solar Sales of Michigan

Davison

MI

2003

16

1.520

0.800

solarsalesofmichigan.com

316

Energy Consultants Group

Anamosa

IA

2008

6

1.100

0.800

ecgllp.com

317

American Sentry Solar

Bel Air

MD

1993

40

1.849

0.799

americansentrysolar.com

318

IES Texas Solar

Stafford

TX

2014

5

2.000

0.795 iestxsolar.com

319

Tennessee Solar Solutions

Chattanooga

TN

2007

17

7.500

0.786

tennesseesolarsolutions.com

320

Florida Power Services

Tampa

FL

2007

4

3.900

0.785

fpssolar.com

321

Pinnacle Exteriors

Allentown

PA

2010

12

1.235

0.777 pinnacle-exteriors.com

322

Mass Renewables

Bellingham

MA

2009

7

3.170

0.770

massrenewables.net

323

ZeroBase Energy

Ferndale

MI

2009

28

2.000

0.765

thezerobase.com

324

Green Power Energy

Annandale

NJ

2009

15

3.000

0.750 greenpowerenergy.com

325

Missouri Solar Applications

Jefferson City

MO

2008

20

2.500

0.750

mosolarapps.com

326

Kenergy Solar

Washington

DC

2009

12

2.200

0.750

kenergysolar.com

327

Cromwell Solar

Lawrence

KS

1982

26

2.000

0.750

cromwellsolar.com

328

A.M. Sun Solar

Atascadero

CA

2004

15

3.500

0.740

amsunsolar.com

329

Solarado Energy

Salida

CO

1997

21

3.021

0.730

solaradoenergy.com

330

El Paso Green Energies

Colorado Springs

CO

2009

8

1.600

0.726

elpasogreenenergies.com

331

Helios Solar

Kalamazoo

MI

2009

15

1.037

0.704 helios-power.com

332

California Solar Electric Systems

Ojai

CA

2002

22

6.000

0.703

californiasolarelectric.com

333

Western Solar

Bellingham

WA

2008

12

2.100

0.691

westernsolarinc.com

334

Southern Solar Systems

Huntsville

AL

2007

15

2.500

0.689

southernsolarsystems.com

335

Legend Solar

St. George

UT

2010

25

1.525

0.682

legendsolarteam.com

336

Cost Less Energy

Yakima

WA

1979

19

1.885

0.665

costlessenergy.com

337

Great Canadian Solar

Edmonton

Alberta

2009

8

1.100

0.660

greatcanadiansolar.com

338

Windfree Solar

Chicago

IL

2008

10

1.500

0.650

windfree.us

339

Mountain View Solar and Wind

Berkeley Springs

WV

2009

19

6.650

0.646

mtvsolar.com

340

Independent Power Systems

Boulder

CO

1996

25

27.671

0.643

solarips.com

341

Potere Solar

Rancho Mirage

CA

2008

15

2.700

0.625

poteresolar.com

342

EC Company

Portland

OR

1962

600

15.000

0.600 e-c-co.com

  

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THE 2015 TOP 500 SOLAR CONTRACTORS IN NORTH AMERICA

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 343

Simpler Solar Systems

Tallahassee

FL

1980

12

3.600

0.600

simplersolar.com

344

GreenBrilliance

Sterling

VA

2007

125

3.000

0.600

greenbrilliance.com

345

Florida Solar One

Fort Lauderdale

FL

2008

16

2.725

0.600

floridasolarone.com

346

Novel Energy

Rochester

MN

2012

15

0.800

0.600

novelenergysolutions.com

347

California Solar Electric

Grass Valley

CA

2000

14

3.686

0.594

californiasolarco.com

348

Earth Wind And Solar Energy

Chicago

IL

2008

10

2.270

0.580

earthwindandsolarenergy.com

349

Go Solar Group

Salt Lake City

UT

2011

16

1.325

0.575

gosolargroup.com

350

Thames Solar Electric

Denver

CO

1981

3

2.500

0.550

thamessolar.com

351

Texas Solar Power Company

Austin

TX

1996

16

8.000

0.530

txspc.com

352

Solar Service

Chicago

IL

1977

12

1.477

0.530

solarserviceinc.com

353

YellowLite

Cleveland

OH

2009

9

1.165

0.524

yellowlite.com

354

Ultra Solar & Wind Solutions

Ocean City

MD

2010

4

2.100

0.520

ultrasolarandwind.com

355

Solar Sale USA

Atlanta

GA

2010

15

1.150

0.515

solarsaleusa.com

356

Energy Conservation Solutions

Mooresville

NC

2011

5

0.888

0.510

energyconservationnc.com

357

Sunlight Solar Energy

Bend

OR

1988

47

4.000

0.500

sunlightsolar.com

358

Power Production Management

Gainesville

FL

2009

15

3.000

0.500

powerproductionmanagement.com

359

2K Solar

Middletown

NY

2007

6

2.000

0.500

2ksolar.com

360

Greenwired

Redway

CA

2004

11

2.000

0.500

greenwired.com

361

Progressive Power Solutions

Orem

UT

2006

13

2.000

0.500

ppswest.com

362

Cape Fear Solar Systems

Wilmington

NC

2007

12

1.625

0.500

capefearsolarsystems.com

363

Ecohouse Solar

Columbus

OH

2008

5

1.500

0.500

ecohousesolar.com

364

California Home Solar

Los Angeles

CA

2012

15

1.200

0.500

cahomesolar.com

365

Simply Solar Of Maryland

Edgewood

MD

2009

6

1.200

0.500

simplysolarofmaryland.com

366

Hardt Electric

Chicago

IL

1973

45

1.000

0.500

hardtelectric.com

367

InSite Energy

Jacksonville

FL

2012

10

1.000

0.500

insitenrg.com

368

Southern Light Solar

New Bedford

MA

2013

8

0.900

0.500

southernlightsolar.com

369

Solar States

Philadelphia

PA

2008

10

0.850

0.500

solar-states.com

370

Linear Solar

New Orleans

LA

2013

12

0.750

0.500

linearsolar.com

371

Green Energy EPC

San Diego

CA

2011

10

0.700

0.500

greenepc.com

372

Energy Independent Solutions (EIS Solar)

Pittsburgh

PA

2008

12

2.796

0.483

eissolar.com

373

PowerLutions Solar

Lakewood

NJ

2006

15

4.000

0.480 powerlutions.com

374

Pure Power Solutions

Healdsburg

CA

1993

15

3.800

0.455

purepowersolutions.com

375

PurePoint Energy

Norwalk

CT

2007

7

1.100

0.450

purepointenergy.com

376

ReNu Energy Solutions

Charlotte

NC

2010

18

1.325

0.436

renuenergysolutions.com

377

Roof Power Solar

Rich Hill

MO

2011

3

0.913

0.435

roofpowersolar.com

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= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

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TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 378

SunBlue Energy

Sleepy Hollow

NY

2009

11

0.849

0.435

sunblueenergy.com

379

Solar Smart Living

Sunland Park

NM

2008

10

5.300

0.434

solarsmartliving.com

380

Solar CenTex

Harker Heights

TX

2012

10

0.751

0.432

solarcentex.com

381

GenPro Energy Solutions

Piedmont

SD

2003

19

1.460

0.430

genproenergy.com

382

Energy Concepts

Hudson

WI

1994

5

4.000

0.426

energyconcepts.us

383

Smart Energy of New England

Columbia

NH

2008

6

1.950

0.425

smartenergyne.com

384

Green Conception

Burbank

CA

2011

10

1.300

0.413

greenconception.com

385

True South Solar

Ashland

OR

2010

10

1.150

0.412

truesouthsolar.net

386

PPC SOLAR

Taos

NM

1979

9

6.000

0.409

ppcsolar.com

387

Solar Watt Solutions

Carlsbad

CA

2009

10

1.231

0.405

solarwattsolutions.com

388

Stellar Energy Contractors

Wheat Ridge

CO

2008

30

1.300

0.400

energycontractors.com

389

Solora Solar

Yakima

WA

2011

5

1.200

0.400

solorasolar.com

390

Southard Solar & Construction

Denver

CO

2008

12

1.100

0.400

southardsolar.com

391

Hire Electric

The Dalles

OR

1935

20

1.835

0.377

hiresolar.com

392

Innovative Energy

Breckenridge

CO

1992

10

2.000

0.370

renewablepower.com

393

Renewable Energy

Timonium

MD

2002

35

1.850

0.364

renewableenergysolar.net

394

Energy Solution Providers

Florence

AZ

2002

8

4.050

0.360

energysolutionsolar.com

395

Solar Trek

Ocala

FL

1981

20

2.960

0.360

gosolartrek.com

396

IQ Power

Sanford

FL

2009

25

1.400

0.360

iqpower.net

397

South Sound Solar

Olympia

WA

2007

14

1.100

0.360

southsoundsolar.com

398

SunWork Renewable Energy Projects

Milpitas

CA

2005

4

0.600

0.360

sunwork.org

399

Second Generation Energy

Bellingham

MA

2006

6

3.433

0.356

sgegroup.com

400

Brightstar Solar

Marlborough

MA

2009

8

0.912

0.356

brightstarsolar.net

401

Good Energy Solutions

Lawrence

KS

2007

18

0.800

0.350

goodenergysolutions.com

402

Cool Blew Solar & Electric

Peoria

AZ

2006

40

0.500

0.350

coolblew.com

403

Green Earth Solar

Knoxville

TN

2010

8

1.867

0.347

greenearthsolar.net

404

EFS Energy

St. Louis

MO

2011

10

0.445

0.345

efsenergy.com

405

Maryland Solar Solutions

Owings Mills

MD

2008

7

0.800

0.340

marylandsolarsolutions.com

406

Peka Solar and Renewable Energy

Naples

FL

2011

22

12.000

0.338

pekasolar.com

407

Custom Solar and Leisure

Tucson

AZ

2007

7

1.195

0.337

customsolarandleisure.com

408

Hyperion Energy Solutions

Bellville

OH

2012

3

3.270

0.330

hyperion-es.com

409

Gunn Electric

Pineville

LA

1954

22

1.612

0.329

gunnsolarenergysystems.com

410

Exact Solar

Yardley

PA

2005

4

0.727

0.327

exactsolar.com

411

ARiES Energy

Knoxville

TN

2011

10

0.640

0.327

ariesenergy.com

412

Evergreen Sun Power

Centennial

CO

2009

65

0.582

0.326

evergreensunpower.com

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THE 2015 TOP 500 SOLAR CONTRACTORS IN NORTH AMERICA

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 413

Morton Solar

Evansville

IN

2003

7

1.150

0.320

mortonsolar.com

414

Skyline Energy Savers

El Dorado Hills

CA

1988

15

0.640

0.320

SkylineSavers.com

415

Brilliant Harvest

Sarasota

FL

2009

7

0.857

0.311

BrilliantHarvest.com

416

SRI Energy (Srinergy)

Novi

MI

2010

6

1.600

0.307

srinergy.com

417

Carbon Vision

Shaker Heights

OH

2010

5

3.075

0.305

carbonvision.com

418

Mark Syder Electric

San Diego

CA

1976

25

10.500

0.300

marksnyderelectric.com

419

Arizona Energy Pros

Phoenix

AZ

1981

10

4.200

0.300

aepros.com

420

Black Platinum Solar & Electric

Phoenix

AZ

2008

3

1.700

0.300

blackplatinumsolar.com

421

Solar Connexion

Blacksburg

VA

1993

6

1.100

0.300

solarconnexion.com

422

G6 Power Solutions

Des Moines

IA

2014

2

1.000

0.300

g6powersolutions.com

423

Earth Electric

San Jose

CA

2009

8

0.637

0.286

earth-electric.com

424

SOLARgeneration

Kingston

NY

2005

7

1.640

0.285

solargeneration.net

425

Golden West Energy

San Diego

CA

1985

10

1.000

0.275

goldenwestenergy.com

426

Michigan Solar Solutions

Commerce Twp.

MI

2007

7

1.150

0.264

michigansolarsolutions.com

427

Elemental Energy

Portland

OR

2010

7

0.752

0.260

elementalenergy.net

428

Save a Lot Solar

Oakland

CA

2008

5

0.649

0.255

savealotsolar.com

429

Unique Solar

San Diego

CA

2012

8

0.430

0.252

uniquesolar.net

430

GC SOLAR

Bellevue

WA

1992

6

1.650

0.250 gcsolar.com

431

RBS Solar

Los Angeles

CA

2010

3

1.000

0.250

rbssolar.com

432

South Texas Solar Systems

San Antonio

TX

2007

10

0.750

0.250

txsolarsystems.com

433

Cinnamon Solar

Campbell

CA

2012

8

0.500

0.250

cinnamonsolar.com

434

Sunshine Solar Services

Fort Lauderdale

FL

2007

4

1.200

0.245

sunshinesolarservices.com

435

Moore Energy

Southampton

PA

2008

15

3.209

0.242

mooreenergy.net

436

Clark EcoEnergy

Lancaster

PA

2010

4

3.762

0.240

clarkecoenergy.com

437

Winona Renewable Energy

Winona

MN

2010

2

0.546

0.239

winonarenewableenergy.com

438

Fire Mountain Solar

Mt. Vernon

WA

2001

8

1.300

0.230

firemountainsolar.com

439

Newport Renewables

Newport

RI

2010

10

3.500

0.225 nptre.com

440

Urban Solar Group

Boca Raton

FL

2009

10

1.000

0.225

urban-solar.com

441

Powell Energy and Solar

Moorestown

NJ

2009

5

1.000

0.220

powellenergyandsolar.com

442

Carlson Electric

Hayward

WI

2004

5

0.410

0.211

gosolarwi.com

443

Green State Power

Greensboro

NC

2008

4

1.100

0.200

greenstatepower.com

444

Sawmill Solar Electric

Ridgecrest

CA

2010

3

0.500

0.200

sawmillsolarelectric.com

445

Semper Solaris

San Diego

CA

2013

80

0.400

0.200

sempersolaris.com

446

Solar Advantage

Tampa

FL

2012

5

0.400

0.200

solaradv.com

447

MiEnergy Saskatoon Saskatchewan 2014

7

0.250

0.200

mienergy.ca

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 448

Pennsylvania Solar Energy

Canonsburg

PA

1999

5

0.708

0.198

449

Solar-Fit

Holly Hill

FL

1975

25

1.600

0.194 solar-fit.com

450

EcoLogical Energy Systems

Bristol

TN

2009

9

1.200

0.183

yourecoenergy.com

451

Nor Cal Solar Services

Aptos

CA

2006

4

0.300

0.180

norcalsolarservices.com

452

Texas Green Energy

College Station

TX

2007

4

0.967

0.175

txgreenenergy.com

453

Clean Energy Design

Osterville

MA

1996

5

2.200

0.160

cleanenergydesign.com

454

Appalachian Renewable Resources

Knoxville

TN

2010

1

1.300

0.150

arrtn.com

455

High Desert Electric

Gardnerville

NV

2005

10

0.750

0.150

highdesertelectric.com

456

US Renewable Energy Development (dba American Patriot Solar Community)

Las Vegas

NV

2009

10

0.300

0.150

apsolar.com

457

Accelerate Solar

Charlotte

NC

2012

12

0.315

0.147

accelerate-solar.com

458

ES Electrical Construction

Penryn

CA

1998

5

0.666

0.146

eselectricalinc.com

459

California Sun Systems

Los Angeles

CA

2006

6

1.100

0.143

csssolar.com

460

Tick Tock Energy

Effingham

IL

2006

3

0.360

0.143

ticktockenergy.com

461

T Squared Power

Midvale

UT

2012

22

2.665

0.140

tsquaredpower.com

462

Main Street Solar

Fincastle

VA

2008

5

0.416

0.136

mainstsolar.com

463

Sun Dollar Energy

Raleigh

NC

2011

3

0.325

0.135

sundollarenergy.com

464

Maine Solar Solutions

Portland

ME

2012

4

0.279

0.131

mainesolarsolutions.com

465

Construction Art

Afton

TN

1991

10

1.000

0.120 constructionart.us

466

CalSun Electric & Solar Systems

Paso Robles

CA

2010

3

0.650

0.120

calsunelectric.com

467

Agile Remodelers

Tustin

CA

2013

7

0.113

0.113

agileremodelers.com

468

Run on Sun

Pasadena

CA

2006

3

0.512

0.112

runonsun.com

469

Wray Electric

Ellensburg

WA

1991

5

0.332

0.111

wrayindustries.com

470

Sunstore Solar

Greer

SC

2007

15

7.000

0.105

sunstoresolar.com

471

ECS Solar Energy Systems

Gainesville

FL

1977

10

5.000

0.100

ecs-solar.com

472

Solarwerks

Chicago

IL

2008

3

1.100

0.100

solar-werks.com

473

Peak Solar Designs

Salida

CO

2004

4

1.000

0.100

peaksolardesigns.com

474

Ocean Solar

Northfield

NJ

2011

1

0.600

0.100

oceansolar.com

475

GR56 Energy Solutions

Oshawa

Ontario

2010

8

0.430

0.100

gr56energysolutions.ca

476

Solar Advantage

Metairie

LA

2012

12

0.300

0.100

mysolaradvantage.com

477

Clean Footprint

Cape Canaveral

FL

2012

10

0.117

0.100

clean-footprint.com

478

Green Sun Energy Services

Middletown

NJ

2010

9

0.430

0.098

greensunnj.com

479

Wright-Way Solar Technologies

Tyler

TX

2003

3

0.897

0.087

wright-way.com

480

SolarNorcal

El Dorado Hills

CA

2007

5

0.875

0.087

solarnorcal.com

481

Ozark Solar

Springdale

AR

2007

4

0.417

0.082

ozarksolarenergy.com

482

SolarSmith

Savannah

GA

2007

3

0.250

0.080

mysolarsmith.com

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THE 2015 TOP 500 SOLAR CONTRACTORS IN NORTH AMERICA = UTILITY CONTRACTOR = EPC

= RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= OFF-GRID CONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= SOLARREVIEWS PRE-SCREENED SOLAR PRO

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW PRIMARY RANK COMPANY CITY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED WEBSITE MARKET MW IN 2014 483

Entech Electronics

Dallas

TX

1996

6

0.215

0.080

entechel.com

484

Collegiate Solar

Buffalo

NY

2009

15

0.160

0.080

collegiatebuildersinc.com

485

YouVee Solar

Ridgecrest

CA

2011

2

0.125

0.075

youveesolar.com

486

Solar Quest USA

Hollywood

FL

2009

10

0.100

0.075

solarquestusa.com

487

Solar Universe of NEPA

Mountain Top

PA

2009

2

0.671

0.073

solaruniverse.com/nepa

488

New Dawn Energy Solutions

Markham

Ontario

2006

3

0.500

0.070

newdawn-es.com

489

Power Home Solar

Mooresville

NC

2014

16

0.069

0.069

powerhomesolar.com

490

Wayne's Solar

Ormond Beach

FL

1983

20

0.750

0.061

waynesolar.com

491

R and C Construction Solar

Greenville

SC

2007

4

0.300

0.060

rcconstructionsolar.com

492

Asheville Solar

Asheville

NC

2012

6

0.100

0.060

ashevillesolarcompany.com

493

Current Electric

Brookfield

WI

1983

45

0.539

0.057

currentelectricco.com

494

Frederickson Electric

Port Townsend

WA

1974

13

0.312

0.055

fredelectric.com

495

Alternative Energy Southeast

Lilburn

GA

2007

6

0.150

0.053

altenergyse.com

496

Power Star Solar

Orange County

CA

2007

105

0.472

0.052

power-starsolar.com

497

Osceola Energy

Albuquerque

NM

2009

9

0.310

0.050

osceolaenergy.com

498

Sun Commercial Solar

Cape Coral

FL

2004

1

1.750

0.045

suncommercialsolar.com

499

Sound Solar Systems Kronau Saskatchewan 2010

5

0.100

0.045

soundsolar.ca

500

American Solar Enterprises

3

14.000

0.040

thesolardr.com

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

How has smarter inverter technology changed your relationship with utilities? We’ve installed hundreds of solar inverters and worked with utilities across North America to bring largescale projects to market. We know utilities have a need for grid control—grid management is the primary role of that business—and advancements in inverter technology are meeting that need and making solar more attractive to utilities. In fact, utilities typically require inverters with grid control functionality for interconnection. New inverter technology lets utilities bring more solar online because it stabilizes the effect of intermittent solar energy. Projects with advanced inverters can better provide reactive power compensation when the utility needs it. Looking forward, renewable energy assets integrated with storage capabilities presents a great opportunity to meet utilities’ needs from coast to coast.

-Ben Fischer, president and CEO, Signal Energy (No. 6 Overall) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

First Solar

1

Tempe

CA

1999

6,060

3,881.333

1,023.130

2

Mortenson Construction

2

Minneapolis

MN

1954

3,810

1,275.900

512.920

3

Arraycon

4

Sacramento

CA

2009

67

642.000

449.000

4

Helix Electric

5

Las Vegas

NV

1985

1,500

1,150.000

411.000

5

Signal Energy Constructors

6

Chattanooga

TN

2005

115

691.600

331.000

6

Rosendin Electric

7

San Jose

CA

1919

4,500

798.000

319.000

7

Swinerton Renewable Energy

8

San Francisco

CA

1888

1,729

657.000

318.000

8

Amec Foster Wheeler

9

Atlanta

GA

1946

40,000

595.000

287.000

9

Cupertino Electric

10

San Jose

CA

1954

2,190

940.000

280.500

10

E Light Electric Services

12

Englewood

CO

1998

945

770.350

279.650

11

Alternative Energy Development

13

Fort Lee

NJ

2008

100

925.610

273.500

12

Strata Solar

14

Chapel Hill

NC

2008

176

544.000

250.000

13

CSI Electrical Contractors

15

Santa Fe Springs

CA

1990

700

575.700

214.000

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5OO

TOP 25

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 14

McCarthy Building Cos.

17

St. Louis

MO

1864

1,300

211.500

133.000

15

NRG Energy (including NRG Renew & NRG Home Solar)

18

Princeton

NJ

1989

10,000

1,341.000

112.000

16

JE Dunn Construction

19

Kansas City

MO

1924

2,850

126.000

108.000

17

Renewable Energy Systems Americas

20

Broomfield

CO

1997

500

141.000

91.000

18

Gehrlicher Solar America

22

Springfield

NJ

2010

70

184.592

69.500

19

Moss Solar

23

Fort Lauderdale

FL

2004

430

331.890

63.000

20

FLS Energy

24

Asheville

NC

2006

60

175.000

63.000

21

S&C Electric Company

25

Chicago

IL

1911

2,500

132.200

63.000

22

Hanwha Q CELLS USA

26

Irvine

CA

1999

49

170.640

58.337

23

Quanta Power Generation

32

Greenwood Village

CO

2008

703

341.032

38.659

24

Alpha Energy

35

Phoenix

AZ

1976

2,000

200.000

35.000

25

DKD Electric

36

Albuquerque

NM

1978

120

95.800

32.800

  

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TOP 50

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

When it comes to the long-term nature of solar arrays, how do you deal with the temporary nature of commercial businesses? To meet the needs of today’s dynamic businesses, REC Solar offers flexible solutions. With backing from Duke, one of the largest energy companies in the country, we offer financing that helps businesses save money right away on solar, with no money down. Our $225 million financing fund deploys PPAs specifically for businesses. Businesses pay only for the energy they use and retain the flexibility to move or transfer the PPA to a new tenant. This long-term flexibility has been critical to reduce risk for our customers and drive stronger solar adoption. REC will continue to roll out more business-centric financial packages to help the commercial market share in that success.

-Al Bucknam, CEO, REC Solar (No. 41 Overall) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

HB White Canada

11

Brampton

Ontario

2005

500

408.000

280.000

2

Baker Electric Solar

21

Escondido

CA

2007

522

151.056

71.397

3

Borrego Solar

27

San Diego

CA

1980

120

161.998

51.204

4

Pro-Tech Energy Solutions

28

Moorestown

NJ

2008

32

100.489

46.000

5

Advanced Green Technologies

29

Fort Lauderdale

FL

2007

25

130.454

43.683

6

Sunstall

30

Novato

CA

2011

26

151.000

43.000

7

Cenergy Power

31

Carlsbad

CA

2008

45

107.500

39.500

8

A-C Electric Company (A-C Solar)

33

Bakersfield

CA

1945

200

87.000

37.400

9

SunRise Power

34

Peterborough

Ontario

2009

46

136.724

35.790

10

REC Solar

41

San Luis Obispo

CA

1997

156

139.820

28.842

11

Baja Construction

43

Martinez

CA

1981

100

100.000

25.846

12

M Bar C Construction

45

San Marcos

CA

2005

65

202.000

25.000

13

Baker Renewable Energy

46

Raleigh

NC

2009

30

80.000

24.000

14

Bombard Renewable Energy

47

Las Vegas

NV

1982

300

100.000

22.931

15

Greenskies Renewable Energy

48

Middletown

CT

2008

50

41.794

22.611

49

Boston

MA

2007

42

46.953

22.086

16 Nexamp

52

17

Clean Focus

50

Sunnyvale

CA

2008

20

40.000

22.000

18

Hannah Solar

53

Atlanta

GA

2008

30

46.900

20.000

19

Sun Ray Install

56

West Berlin

NJ

2011

26

56.660

16.400

20

PsomasFMG

57

Huntington Beach

CA

2009

25

42.230

16.160

21

Peck Solar

58

South Burlington

VT

1972

120

30.935

16.124

22

AES Distributed Energy

59

Boulder

CO

2009

32

249.058

15.500

23

Cantsink

60

Lilburn

GA

1988

50

61.000

15.000

24

GeoPeak Energy

63

Somerset

NJ

2009

28

50.000

14.000

25

Standard Solar

65

Rockville

MD

2004

55

47.143

13.149

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Dole Plantation, REC Solar

TOP 50

Wahiawa, Hawaii 187 kW

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

COMMERCIAL PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

= EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 26

Energy Systems & Installation

66

Jonestown

PA

2008

30

30.300

12.700

27

Renewable Assets

70

Richmond

VA

2009

32

42.800

11.500

28

Namaste Solar

72

Boulder

CO

2004

110

37.000

11.000

29

EnterSolar

74

New York City

NY

2006

17

17.300

10.500

30

Shorebreak Energy Developers

77

Irvine

CA

2010

65

35.000

10.000

31

Natural Power and Energy

79

Scottsdale

AZ

2008

7

37.439

9.984

32

Radiance Solar

80

Atlanta

GA

2007

32

40.037

9.558

33

Sun Valley Solar Solutions

82

Chandler

AZ

2006

94

25.800

9.200

34

Stellar Energy GP

83

Rohnert Park

CA

2006

30

34.080

9.032

35

Solect Energy Development

84

Hopkinton

MA

2009

34

14.500

8.900

36

Tecta Solar

85

Fort Washington

PA

2000

2,200

81.250

8.820

37

OnForce Solar

88

Bronx

NY

2008

100

24.600

8.600

38

Solar Power & Light

90

Miamisburg

OH

2010

20

15.000

8.000

39

Sustainable Energy Developments

91

Rochester

NY

2002

25

17.000

7.760

40

Bithenergy

94

Baltimore

MD

2009

28

29.000

7.000

41

SUNworks

97

Roseville

CA

2010

100

15.000

7.000

42

Oak Leaf Energy Partners

98

Denver

CO

2005

4

66.000

6.700

43

PermaCity Construction Corp

100

Santa Monica

CA

2003

15

42.000

6.600

44

SolBright Renewable Energy

101

Charleston

SC

2009

7

20.010

6.459

45

M.B. Herzog Electric

103

Paramount

CA

1974

150

24.000

6.280

46

Pickett Solar

104

Fresno

CA

1988

16

15.500

6.150

47

Freedom Solar Power

107

Austin

TX

2007

60

17.000

6.000

48

Got Electric

113

Gaithersburg

MD

2006

10

19.000

5.411

49

Resolute Performance Contracting

114

Tempe

AZ

2011

42

35.900

5.369

50

Ray Angelini

117

Sewell

NJ

1974

250

100.000

5.000

  

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

What could be the impact of affordable storage on the home-solar market? Over the course of the last 10 years we have seen tremendous improvements in the efficiency of solar modules and inverters as well as decrease in price; however, storage and its affordability weren’t feasible for most consumers. With improvements in technology, especially in the battery/storage sector, this option will be more mainstream and benefit not only the end-users but also utilities. In past years, it was not uncommon for Californians to have rolling brownouts, especially during summer months. With affordable storage, those homeowners would be able to maintain their quality of life and protect themselves from those issues.

-William Chen, COO, GCI Solar (No. 96 Overall) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

SolarCity

3

2

Vivint Solar (now SunEdison)

3

San Mateo

CA

2006

10,000

1,100.000

502.000

16

Lehi

UT

2011

3,289

228.000

155.000

Sunnova

42

Houston

TX

2013

175

45.486

26.092

4

RGS Energy (Real Goods Solar)

54

Louisville

CO

1978

200

22.500

17.044

5

Solar Universe

55

Livermore

CA

2008

600

46.000

17.000

6

Bland Solar & Air

62

Bakersfield

CA

1985

55

62.870

14.220

7

Amergy Solar

67

Piscataway

NJ

2010

70

30.000

12.000

8

Smart Energy Solar

68

Corona

CA

2005

140

20.240

11.920

9

KDH Solar

69

New Orleans

LA

2011

27

25.600

11.600

10

Direct Energy Solar

71

Annapolis Junction

MD

2008

500

40.000

11.200

11

Horizon Solar Power

73

Hemet

CA

1998

540

15.260

10.670

12

PetersenDean Roofing and Solar

76

Fremont

CA

1984

4,000

100.000

10.000

13

Solar Source

86

Largo

FL

1984

45

92.804

8.688

14

Haleakala Solar

87

Kahului

HI

1977

180

63.284

8.632

15

Summerwind Solar

89

Phoenix

AZ

2009

26

44.550

8.440

16

Titan Solar Construction

92

Van Nuys

CA

2011

188

18.000

7.500

17

The Solar Company

93

Castro Valley

CA

2004

180

19.342

7.403

18

Solar Energy World

95

Elkridge

MD

2009

52

23.000

7.000

19

GCI Solar

96

Huntington Beach

CA

1986

130

22.000

7.000

20

Vision Solar

99

Provo

UT

2013

150

10.000

6.700

21

American Solar Direct

102

Los Angeles

CA

2009

400

23.278

6.452

22

Stellar Solar

105

Carlsbad

CA

1998

95

35.000

6.000

23

Solar Topps

106

Phoenix

AZ

2009

60

25.000

6.000

24

Hawaii Energy Connection

108

Honolulu

HI

2007

73

30.031

5.961

25

Sullivan Solar Power

109

San Diego

CA

2004

119

24.757

5.937

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TOP 50

Rancho Santa Fe, California 5.64 kW

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

RESIDENTIAL PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

= EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 26

Affordable Solar Installation

110

Albuquerque

NM

1998

100

15.000

5.800

27

SolarFlair Energy

111

Ashland

MA

2007

45

12.216

5.780

28

Rising Sun Solar & Electric

112

Haiku

HI

1986

200

11.000

5.500

29

Sun Solar Energy Solutions

115

Bakersfield

CA

2008

80

12.410

5.300

30

Fidelity Home Energy

116

San Diego

CA

1991

80

17.964

5.164

31

SunSmart Technologies

121

Gladstone

MO

2012

25

16.000

5.000

32

NRG Clean Power

123

Canoga Park

CA

1987

120

11.000

5.000

33

Positive Energy Solar

125

Santa Fe

NM

1997

75

11.222

4.965

34

Alternative Energy Systems

126

Chico

CA

2003

63

10.000

4.900

35

Boston Solar

127

Woburn

MA

2011

130

9.629

4.848

36

Revolve Solar

128

Austin

TX

2012

103

8.329

4.700

37

Clean Energy Collective

130

Louisville

CO

2009

106

12.730

4.503

38

Complete Solar Solutions of California

134

San Mateo

CA

2009

73

10.000

4.027

39

Solar Electrical Systems

135

Thousand Oaks

CA

1981

25

115.000

4.000

40

Milholland Electric

136

El Cajon

CA

1990

35

10.000

4.000

41

A1 Solar Power

137

Van Nuys

CA

1986

499

9.527

3.927

42

American Electric

139

Honolulu

HI

1946

185

13.300

3.900

43

Hawaii Energy Smart

140

Maui

HI

2009

8

8.400

3.900

44

Harmon Electric

141

Phoenix

AZ

1975

75

20.508

3.872

45

Enver Solar

142

Tustin

CA

2013

145

5.832

3.804

46

GRID Alternatives

144

Oakland

CA

2001

200

17.874

3.645

47

Sunpro Solar

146

Lacombe

LA

2007

42

5.381

3.520

48

Consolidated Solar Technologies

147

Albuquerque

NM

2008

51

25.000

3.500

49

Solaris Energy Solutions

148

Carolina

Puerto Rico

2014

110

3.500

3.500

50

Alternate Energy

149

Honolulu

HI

1993

80

273.359

3.446

  

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How has demand for off-grid solar changed in recent years? Most solar PV arrays installed in the past five years were grid-tied, without storage. Times are changing. Utilities are implementing time-of-use metering, meaning electric rates vary throughout the day. At the same time, storage equipment continues to increase in capacity and reliability, while coming down in price. As a result, 40% of the residential PV we installed last year included battery backup systems. Our locale does not have time-of-use metering yet, but homes here are prepared to go off-grid with solar and batteries during times of high energy cost. Every year we see a growing demand for off-grid and hybrid solar systems, and technology is keeping pace.

-Colin Williams, vice president, Mountain View Solar (No. 339 Overall) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= DEVELOPER

=ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

Solar Electric Power Company (SEPCO)

250

Stuart

FL

1994

11

8.444

1.250

2

Belmont Solar

280

Gordonville

PA

2002

4

10.000

1.000

3

Sierra Solar Systems

285

Carson City

NV

2005

10

5.000

1.000

4

ZeroBase Energy

323

Ferndale

MI

2009

28

2.000

0.765

5

Mountain View Solar and Wind

339

Berkeley Springs

WV

2009

19

6.650

0.646

6

Simpler Solar Systems

343

Tallahassee

FL

1980

12

3.600

0.600

7

Thames Solar Electric

350

Denver

CO

1981

3

2.500

0.550

8

Greenwired

360

Redway

CA

2004

11

2.000

0.500

9

Mark Syder Electric

418

San Diego

CA

1976

25

10.500

0.300

10

Sunshine Solar Services

434

Fort Lauderdale

FL

2007

4

1.200

0.245

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Cesena Residence

Alpine, California 10.8 kW

(Photo credit: Baker Electric Solar)

We have increased productivity and decreased soft costs with specific process improvements. First, we reduced customer cycle time by about 15%. We eliminated unnecessary sales process steps and re-sequenced others. We identified inefficiencies with an exhaustive two-day “value stream mapping” exercise with key staff. We also invested in exceptional labor and system designers. These extremely qualified designers draft systems that quickly move through the permitting process. Finally, constructability is key for the installation crew. We make sure plans are clear and accurate. Our well-trained crews also obtain all required project documentation while on site. This helps minimize back-end soft costs, as our administration team has exactly the documents they need to close out projects quickly and accurately.

- Mike Teresso, president, Baker Electric Solar (No. 21 Overall)

EPCs

TOP 50 SOLAR EPCS

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014

58

1

Mortenson Construction

2

Minneapolis

MN

1954

3,810

1,275.900

512.920

2

Helix Electric

5

Las Vegas

NV

1985

1,500

1,150.000

411.000

3

Signal Energy Constructors

6

Chattanooga

TN

2005

115

691.600

331.000

4

Rosendin Electric

7

San Jose

CA

1919

4,500

798.000

319.000

5

Swinerton Renewable Energy

8

San Francisco

CA

1888

1,729

657.000

318.000

6

Amec Foster Wheeler

9

Atlanta

GA

1946

40,000

595.000

287.000

7

Cupertino Electric

10

San Jose

CA

1954

2,190

940.000

280.500

8

HB White Canada

11

Brampton

Ontario

2005

500

408.000

280.000

9

Strata Solar

14

Chapel Hill

NC

2008

176

544.000

250.000

10

McCarthy Building Cos.

17

St. Louis

MO

1864

1,300

211.500

133.000

11

Renewable Energy Systems Americas

20

Broomfield

CO

1997

500

141.000

91.000

12

Baker Electric Solar

21

Escondido

CA

2007

522

151.056

71.397

13

Gehrlicher Solar America

22

Springfield

NJ

2010

70

184.592

69.500

14

S&C Electric Company

25

Chicago

IL

1911

2,500

132.200

63.000

15

Borrego Solar

27

San Diego

CA

1980

120

161.998

51.204

16

Pro-Tech Energy Solutions

28

Moorestown

NJ

2008

32

100.489

46.000

17

Advanced Green Technologies

29

Fort Lauderdale

FL

2007

25

130.454

43.683

18

Cenergy Power

31

Carlsbad

CA

2008

45

107.500

39.500

19

Quanta Power Generation

32

Greenwood Village

CO

2008

703

341.032

38.659

20

A-C Electric Company (A-C Solar)

33

Bakersfield

CA

1945

200

87.000

37.400

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 21

SunRise Power

34

Peterborough

22

Alpha Energy

35

23

The Conti Group

24

Ontario

2009

46

136.724

35.790

Phoenix

AZ

1976

2,000

200.000

35.000

38

Edison

NJ

1906

750

72.200

31.300

Inovateus Solar

44

South Bend

IN

2008

31

151.430

25.080

25

Baker Renewable Energy

46

Raleigh

NC

2009

30

80.000

24.000

26

Bombard Renewable Energy

47

Las Vegas

NV

1982

300

100.000

22.931

27

American Helios Constructors

51

Owings Mills

MD

2012

25

60.000

21.000

28

Hannah Solar

53

Atlanta

GA

2008

30

46.900

20.000

29

Peck Solar

58

South Burlington

VT

1972

120

30.935

16.124

30

GeoPeak Energy

63

Somerset

NJ

2009

28

50.000

14.000

31

Newkirk Electric Assoicates

64

Muskegon

MI

1961

425

98.331

13.200

32

Standard Solar

65

Rockville

MD

2004

55

47.143

13.149

33

Energy Systems & Installation

66

Jonestown

PA

2008

30

30.300

12.700

34

Renewable Assets

70

Richmond

VA

2009

32

42.800

11.500

35

Namaste Solar

72

Boulder

CO

2004

110

37.000

11.000

36

NOVA Consultants

78

Novi

MI

1992

50

25.000

10.000

37

Radiance Solar

80

Atlanta

GA

2007

32

40.037

9.558

38

Sun Valley Solar Solutions

82

Chandler

AZ

2006

94

25.800

9.200

39

Stellar Energy GP

83

Rohnert Park

CA

2006

30

34.080

9.032

40

Solect Energy Development

84

Hopkinton

MA

2009

34

14.500

8.900

41

Tecta Solar

85

Fort Washington

PA

2000

2,200

81.250

8.820

42

Solar Source

86

Largo

FL

1984

45

92.804

8.688

43

Haleakala Solar

87

Kahului

HI

1977

180

63.284

8.632

44

OnForce Solar

88

Bronx

NY

2008

100

24.600

8.600

45

Solar Power & Light

90

Miamisburg

OH

2010

20

15.000

8.000

46

Titan Solar Construction

92

Van Nuys

CA

2011

188

18.000

7.500

47

The Solar Company

93

Castro Valley

CA

2004

180

19.342

7.403

48

GCI Solar

96

Huntington Beach

CA

1986

130

22.000

7.000

49

PermaCity Construction Corp

100

Santa Monica

CA

2003

15

42.000

6.600

50

SolBright Renewable Energy

101

Charleston

SC

2009

7

20.010

6.459

  

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North Brunswick Target

North Brunswick, New Jersey 658.8 kW

(Photo credit: Greenskies Renewable Energy)

Third-party financing for PV has opened the market to opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t have been there through traditional purchasing programs. This provides the developer an opportunity to work with site hosts and help create the best suited financial program that works best for all parties. These financing options, along with federal, state and utility incentives, help to make PV adoption a much easier process.

- Michael Silvestrini, President, Greenskies Renewable Energy (No. 48 Overall)

DEVELOPERS

TOP 50 SOLAR DEVELOPERS

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014

62

1

First Solar

1

2

Vivint Solar (now SunEdison)

3

Tempe

CA

1999

6,060

3,881.333

1,023.130

16

Lehi

UT

2011

3,289

228.000

155.000

NRG Energy (including NRG Renew & NRG Home Solar)

18

Princeton

NJ

1989

10,000

1,341.000

112.000

4

FLS Energy

24

Asheville

NC

2006

60

175.000

63.000

5

Hanwha Q CELLS USA

26

Irvine

CA

1999

49

170.640

58.337

6

NARENCO

39

Charlotte

NC

2009

22

47.000

31.000

7

REC Solar

41

San Luis Obispo

CA

1997

156

139.820

28.842

8

Sunnova

42

Houston

TX

2013

175

45.486

26.092

9

Greenskies Renewable Energy

48

Middletown

CT

2008

50

41.794

22.611

10

Nexamp

49

Boston

MA

2007

42

46.953

22.086

11

Clean Focus

50

Sunnyvale

CA

2008

20

40.000

22.000

12

RGS Energy (Real Goods Solar)

54

Louisville

CO

1978

200

22.500

17.044

13

PsomasFMG

57

Huntington Beach

CA

2009

25

42.230

16.160

14

AES Distributed Energy

59

Boulder

CO

2009

32

249.058

15.500

15

Amergy Solar

67

Piscataway

NJ

2010

70

30.000

12.000

16

EnterSolar

74

New York City

NY

2006

17

17.300

10.500

17

Carolina Solar Energy

75

Durham

NC

2007

4

76.000

10.400

18

Shorebreak Energy Developers

77

Irvine

CA

2010

65

35.000

10.000

19

Natural Power and Energy

79

Scottsdale

AZ

2008

7

37.439

9.984

20

Sustainable Energy Developments

91

Rochester

NY

2002

25

17.000

7.760

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 21

Bithenergy

94

Baltimore

MD

2009

28

29.000

7.000

22

Oak Leaf Energy Partners

98

Denver

CO

2005

4

66.000

6.700

23

Vision Solar

99

Provo

UT

2013

150

10.000

6.700

24

Island Pacific Energy

120

Honolulu

HI

2007

13

30.000

5.000

25

Clean Energy Collective

130

Louisville

CO

2009

106

12.730

4.503

26

GEM Energy

133

Walbridge

OH

2009

10

13.500

4.100

27

Enver Solar

142

Tustin

CA

2013

145

5.832

3.804

28

SunVest Solar

145

Pewaukee

WI

2009

5

8.500

3.524

29

Monolith Solar Associates

152

Albany

NY

2009

56

11.500

3.250

30

O3 Energy Solutions

156

Dallas

TX

2011

7

7.200

3.100

31

OneRoof Energy

168

San Diego

CA

2011

108

11.087

2.865

32

Renewable Energy Massachusetts

175

Cambridge

MA

2010

2

11.000

2.500

33

Missouri Sun Solar

198

Houston

MO

2012

25

6.365

2.065

34

Air Wind & Solar

221

Stephenville

TX

2010

35

8.000

1.750

35

Sky High Energy

222

Phoenix

AZ

2009

18

6.750

1.750

36

RER Energy Group

231

Reading

PA

2009

15

8.600

1.500

37

Vis Solis

255

Franklin

TE

2010

5

11.000

1.200

38

Belmont Solar

280

Gordonville

PA

2002

4

10.000

1.000

39

Nu Energy Solutions

281

Sylvania

OH

1998

18

10.000

1.000

40

Northern Pacific Power Systems

283

Santa Rosa

CA

2010

15

8.000

1.000

41

Kingspan Energy

286

Jessup

MD

2009

4

4.000

1.000

42

CM Solar Electric

289

San Diego

CA

1999

15

2.000

1.000

43

Bella Energy

294

Louisville

CO

2005

13

12.470

0.957

44

Ace LLC Solar

296

Pulaski

TN

2009

15

1.693

0.918

45

ZeroBase Energy

323

Ferndale

MI

2009

28

2.000

0.765

46

Novel Energy

346

Rochester

MN

2012

15

0.800

0.600

47

Sunlight Solar Energy

357

Bend

OR

1988

47

4.000

0.500

48

ReNu Energy Solutions

376

Charlotte

NC

2010

18

1.325

0.436

49

SRI Energy (Srinergy)

416

Novi

MI

2010

6

1.600

0.307

50

Carbon Vision

417

Shaker Heights

OH

2010

5

3.075

0.305

  

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Residential Installation

Bakersfield, California 11.2 kW

(Photo credit: Bland Solar & Air)

As utility rates increase annually over the years, the cost of solar decreases, so year after year, going solar keeps yielding a better ROI. To reach our customers, we run TV and radio advertisements while attending home shows and trade shows for branding opportunities. However, our biggest asset for marketing is our state-of-the-art showroom. It’s a one-stop shop for anyone to come in and get a hands-on learning opportunity to better understand solar as a technology and financial investment. We don’t do any door-to-door selling or telemarketing. We are a firm believer in the “no hassle” sale and encourage homeowners to come talk to us on their time, not us talking to them on ours.

- Glenn Bland, CEO and president of Bland Solar & Air (No. 62 Overall)

ROOFTOP

TOP 100 ROOFTOP CONTRACTORS

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

SolarCity

3

San Mateo

CA

2006

10,000

1,100.000

502.000

2

Solar Universe

55

Livermore

CA

2008

600

46.000

17.000

3

Bland Solar & Air

62

Bakersfield

CA

1985

55

62.870

14.220

4

Smart Energy Solar

68

Corona

CA

2005

140

20.240

11.920

5

KDH Solar

69

New Orleans

LA

2011

27

25.600

11.600

6

Direct Energy Solar

71

Annapolis Junction

MD

2008

500

40.000

11.200

7

Horizon Solar Power

73

Hemet

CA

1998

540

15.260

10.670

8

PetersenDean Roofing and Solar

76

Fremont

CA

1984

4,000

100.000

10.000

9

Summerwind Solar

89

Phoenix

AZ

2009

26

44.550

8.440

10

Solar Energy World

95

Elkridge

MD

2009

52

23.000

7.000

11

American Solar Direct

102

Los Angeles

CA

2009

400

23.278

6.452

12

Stellar Solar

105

Carlsbad

CA

1998

95

35.000

6.000

13

Sullivan Solar Power

109

San Diego

CA

2004

119

24.757

5.937

14

Sun Solar Energy Solutions

115

Bakersfield

CA

2008

80

12.410

5.300

15

NRG Clean Power

123

Canoga Park

CA

1987

120

11.000

5.000

16

Revolve Solar

128

Austin

TX

2012

103

8.329

4.700

17

South Coast Solar

131

New Orleans

LA

2007

42

25.000

4.400

18

Complete Solar Solutions of California

134

San Mateo

CA

2009

73

10.000

4.027

19

Milholland Electric

136

El Cajon

CA

1990

35

10.000

4.000

20

A1 Solar Power

137

Van Nuys

CA

1986

499

9.527

3.927

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 21

Harmon Electric

141

Phoenix

AZ

1975

75

20.508

3.872

22

Renova Solar

159

Palm Desert

CA

2006

101

6.750

3.000

23

Maui Solar Project

161

Kahului

HI

2008

18

5.000

3.000

24

ReVision Energy

165

Portland

ME

2003

81

10.000

2.900

25

EcoMark Solar

169

Denver

CO

2010

70

4.343

2.793

26

SUNation Solar Systems

171

Oakdale

NY

2003

55

12.699

2.684

27

Lifestyle Solar

180

Fresno

CA

2008

40

6.400

2.400

28

Arise Solar

183

Clovis

CA

2007

50

8.221

2.263

29

Sunline Energy

184

San Diego

CA

2011

48

8.650

2.250

30

EmPower Solar

185

Island Park

NY

2003

70

11.300

2.213

31

American Solar & Roofing

186

Scottsdale

AZ

2001

58

29.300

2.200

32

Intermountain Wind and Solar

193

Salt Lake City

UT

2008

80

9.500

2.100

33

Robco Electric

196

Las Vegas

NV

1997

49

4.300

2.100

34

SunHarvest Solar

202

Phoenix

AZ

2009

30

13.100

2.000

35

JEH Solar

203

Lafayette

LA

2009

8

10.000

2.000

36

SunFusion Solar

204

San Diego

CA

2010

30

9.280

2.000

37

Solar Solution

205

Washington

DC

2009

23

7.000

2.000

38

West Coast Solar

207

Brentwood

CA

2007

30

5.000

2.000

39

Nova West Solar

209

Fresno

CA

2005

22

7.677

1.927

40

Kopp Electric Company

210

Toms River

NJ

1994

40

4.850

1.900

41

A1A Solar Contracting

212

Jacksonville

FL

2010

25

2.410

1.822

42

Sunpro Solar

213

Wildomar

CA

2008

60

6.056

1.817

43

Infinity Solar Systems

216

Pearl River

NY

2007

36

4.000

1.800

44

CIR Electrical Constrution Corp.

218

Buffalo

NY

1976

155

1.986

1.760

45

RevoluSun

220

Honolulu

HI

2009

40

57.000

1.750

46

Clean Solar

225

San Jose

CA

2007

36

5.534

1.600

47

Complete Energy Solutions

226

Elk River

MN

2009

8

4.600

1.600

48

Solare Energy

229

San Diego

CA

1989

30

4.258

1.537

49

Aztec Solar

233

Rancho Cordova

CA

1980

40

7.000

1.500

50

Cosmic Solar

234

Vista

CA

2005

14

7.000

1.500

51

Solarponics

236

Atascadero

CA

1975

35

5.000

1.500

52

Synergy Power

237

Midvale and Alpine

UT

1999

11

5.000

1.500

53

Valley Pro Electric

238

Phoenix

AZ

2009

12

5.000

1.500

54

Zing Solar

241

American Fork

UT

2007

75

2.000

1.500

55

A&R Solar

242

Seattle

WA

2007

26

2.859

1.453

56

Border Solar

243

El Paso

TX

2008

12

5.345

1.410

  

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TOP 100 ROOFTOP CONTRACTORS

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014

66

57

Sun First Solar

244

San Rafael

CA

1984

26

15.000

1.400

58

PEP Solar

246

Phoenix

AZ

1978

29

8.000

1.384

59

Artisan Electric

252

Seattle

WA

1997

26

3.000

1.250

60

Sol Reliable

256

Valley Village

CA

2008

50

6.000

1.200

61

Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort

258

Rancho Cordova

CA

1984

115

5.000

1.200

62

Greenbelt Solar

261

Austin

TX

2009

13

3.060

1.200

63

Highlight Solar

262

San Jose

CA

2011

11

3.000

1.200

64

Yes! Solar Solutions

265

Cary

NC

2009

24

3.000

1.150

65

Southern Energy Management

270

Morrisville

NC

2001

67

21.000

1.100

66

Puget Sound Solar

272

Seattle

WA

2001

35

4.459

1.097

67

Lighthouse Solar Hudson Valley

273

New Paltz

NY

2009

10

2.746

1.090

68

NC Solar Now

275

Raleigh

NC

2010

15

2.500

1.080

69

Skytech Solar

277

San Francisco

CA

2008

13

2.642

1.010

70

New Day Solar

278

Murrieta

CA

1997

14

6.703

1.003

71

Atlasta Solar Center (ASC)

279

Grand Junction

CO

1979

15

10.000

1.000

72

Arizona Solar Wave & Energy

284

Mesa

AZ

1999

4

5.000

1.000

73

Simply Solar Systems

290

Hamlin

NY

2010

6

1.800

1.000

74

Slingshot Power

291

Los Altos

CA

2012

36

1.200

1.000

75

Built Well Solar

293

Wantagh

NY

2001

16

6.990

0.990

76

Technicians for Sustainability

295

Tucson

AZ

2003

30

11.600

0.938

77

New England Clean Energy

301

Hudson

MA

2006

21

2.789

0.894

78

Kasselman Solar

303

Albany

NY

2014

30

3.000

0.875

79

You Save Green

304

Albertson

NY

2010

15

2.864

0.864

80

Sol-Up USA

307

Las Vegas

NV

2009

18

1.464

0.838

81

Texas Solar Outfitters

310

Houston

TX

2010

22

3.240

0.820

82

Capital City Solar

311

Roseville

CA

2002

25

7.000

0.800

83

Innovative Solar

312

Sun City

FL

1993

15

5.000

0.800

84

Eco Estates International

313

Austin

TX

2013

56

3.000

0.800

85

Solar Sales of Michigan

315

Davison

MI

2003

16

1.520

0.800

86

American Sentry Solar

317

Bel Air

MD

1993

40

1.849

0.799

87

IES Texas Solar

318

Stafford

TX

2014

5

2.000

0.795

88

Mass Renewables

322

Bellingham

MA

2009

7

3.170

0.770

89

Kenergy Solar

326

Washington

DC

2009

12

2.200

0.750

90

El Paso Green Energies

330

Colorado Springs

CO

2009

8

1.600

0.726

91

California Solar Electric Systems

332

Ojai

CA

2002

22

6.000

0.703

92

Western Solar

333

Bellingham

WA

2008

12

2.100

0.691

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 93

Legend Solar

335

St. George

UT

2010

25

1.525

0.682

94

Independent Power Systems

340

Boulder

CO

1996

25

27.671

0.643

95

Potere Solar

341

Rancho Mirage

CA

2008

15

2.700

0.625

96

California Solar Electric

347

Grass Valley

CA

2000

14

3.686

0.594

97

Go Solar Group

349

Salt Lake City

UT

2011

16

1.325

0.575

98

Solar Service

352

Chicago

IL

1977

12

1.477

0.530

99

Energy Conservation Solutions

356

Mooresville

NC

2011

5

0.888

0.510

100

2K Solar

359

Middletown

NY

2007

6

2.000

0.500

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Rio Rancho Project

Rio Rancho, New Mexico 3.4 MW (Photo credit: Sunstall)

When we ask new clients how they found us, most often we hear that a past client referred them. To get referrals, you must deliver a high-quality service on time and on budget. It’s easy to be cheap, but if you put high quality over price, it’s a marathon, not a sprint, to become the valued partner of developers and EPCs. Even though we are a licensed electrician, we have always focused on the mechanical part of solar installation. Keeping a narrow focus has helped us build expertise beyond what our competitors can offer. Still, as new prospects enter the market all the time, it is key to communicate your value proposition on all channels.

- Helge Biernath, president and CEO, Sunstall (No. 30 Overall)

CONSTRUCTION

TOP 20 CONSTRUCTION FIRMS

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014

68

1

Arraycon

4

2

Alternative Energy Development

3

Sacramento

CA

2009

67

642.000

449.000

13

Fort Lee

NJ

2008

100

925.610

273.500

JE Dunn Construction

19

Kansas City

MO

1924

2,850

126.000

108.000

4

Moss Solar

23

Fort Lauderdale

FL

2004

430

331.890

63.000

5

Sunstall

30

Novato

CA

2011

26

151.000

43.000

6

AUI Contractors

40

Fort Worth

TX

1983

250

124.000

30.000

7

Baja Construction

43

Martinez

CA

1981

100

100.000

25.846

8

M Bar C Construction

45

San Marcos

CA

2005

65

202.000

25.000

9

Sun Ray Install

56

West Berlin

NJ

2011

26

56.660

16.400

10

Cantsink

60

Lilburn

GA

1988

50

61.000

15.000

11

J. Ranck Electric

61

Mt. Pleasant

MI

1986

200

30.040

14.900

12

Resolute Performance Contracting

114

Tempe

AZ

2011

42

35.900

5.369

13

German Energy Alternatives

124

London

Ontario

2004

25

7.500

5.000

14

CB Solar

167

Des Moines

IA

2013

10

4.290

2.880

15

Newport Power

187

San Clemente

CA

2008

9

11.200

2.200

16

Scudder Roofing Sun Energy Systems

232

Marina

CA

2007

15

7.500

1.500

17

Zia Suns Green Construction

240

Las Cruces

NM

2013

8

2.000

1.500

18

Zager Global

267

Deerfield Beach

FL

1989

32

2.649

1.133

19

Linear Solar

370

New Orleans

LA

2013

12

0.750

0.500

20

Green Earth Solar

403

Knoxville

TN

2010

8

1.867

0.347

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CSI maintains an in-house electrical engineering staff that actively participates in on-going education as well as code-specific courses and discussion groups. Our lead engineers maintain their knowledge by attending local courses on the NEC that are led by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These courses cover both in-depth discussions on the code and insight into upcoming changes. In addition, our engineers participate in monthly meetings with the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI). These meetings help promote a better understanding of how the local inspectors view/interpret the code and give our team an opportunity to discuss these views directly with the AHJ representatives to ensure a smooth process for upcoming projects.

Kona Solar-Terra Ontario, California 1.97 MW

(Photo credit: CSI Electrical Contractors)

- Steve Watts, CEO, CSI Electrical Contractors (No. 15 Overall)

ELECTRICAL SUBCONTRACTORS

TOP 20 ELECTRICAL SUBCONTRACTORS

TOTAL MW OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

E Light Electric Services

12

Englewood

CO

1998

945

770.350

279.650

2

CSI Electrical Contractors

15

Santa Fe Springs

CA

1990

700

575.700

214.000

3

DKD Electric

36

Albuquerque

NM

1978

120

95.800

32.800

4

Riggs Distler & Company

37

Cherry Hill

NJ

1909

1,000

130.000

32.000

5

Watson Electrical Construction

52

Wilson

NC

1935

700

52.000

20.000

6

System 3

81

Carmichael

CA

2001

250

17.054

9.430

7

SUNworks

97

Roseville

CA

2010

100

15.000

7.000

8

M.B. Herzog Electric

103

Paramount

CA

1974

150

24.000

6.280

9

Got Electric

113

Gaithersburg

MD

2006

10

19.000

5.411

10

Granite State Solar

177

Boscawen

NH

2008

11

3.000

2.500

11

McWire Electric

179

El Cajon

CA

1999

45

8.000

2.400

12

Electric Distribution & Design Systems

191

Garland

TX

1976

6

4.600

2.200

13

American Solar Power

195

Glendale

CA

2009

34

5.500

2.100

14

Casey Electric

263

Tell City

IN

2000

10

1.500

1.200

15

NW Wind & Solar

288

Seattle

WA

1972

110

3.000

1.000

16

Pro Solar Hawaii

299

Kailua-Kona

HI

2003

6

3.300

0.900

17

YellowLite

353

Cleveland

OH

2009

9

1.165

0.524

18

PPC SOLAR

386

Taos

NM

1979

9

6.000

0.409

19

Gunn Electric

409

Pineville

LA

1954

22

1.612

0.329

20

Sawmill Solar Electric

444

Ridgecrest

CA

2010

3

0.500

0.200

  

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How do your PV and solar hot water specialties work together?

2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

Rozman Residence

Encino, California 14-kW solar PV system, 650-sq. ft thermal solar for pool (Photo credit: Titan Solar Construction)

HOT WATER

Solar pool heating uses customizable solar panels (roof-, ground- and structure-mounted) to circulate water pumped from the pool through the panels to heat the water, and back to the pool again. Solar pool heating replaces natural gas (or electric power), and decreases reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels that produce carbon dioxide and accelerate global warming. A solar thermal pool heating system can warm pools and spas and extend customers’ swim season—all without utility heating costs. By collecting free heat from the sun and transferring it to a home’s water supply, a solar water heating system can significantly reduce or even eliminate customers’ water heating bills.

-Omar Melo, director of corporate strategy and development, Titan Solar Construction (No. 92 Overall)

TOP 25 SOLAR HOT WATER

2014 COMMERCIAL 2014 RESIDENTIAL OVERALL CITY RANK* COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES SOLAR HOT SOLAR HOT RANK WATER INSTALLS WATER INSTALLS 1

Solar Source

86

2

Superior Solar Systems

3

Haleakala Solar

4

Solar Trek

5

Largo

FL

1984

45

7

820

Altamonte Springs

FL

1984

27

7

421

Kahului

HI

1977

180

6

392

395

Ocala

FL

1981

20

6

390

Solar-Fit

449

Holly Hill

FL

1975

25

5

337

6

Aztec Solar

233

Rancho Cordova

CA

1980

40

12

220

7

Pro Solar Hawaii

299

Kailua-Kona

HI

2003

6

100

1

8

IQ Power

396

Sanford

FL

2009

25

0

193

9

Alternate Energy

149

Honolulu

HI

1993

80

1

180

10

Wayne's Solar

490

Ormond Beach

FL

1983

20

0

150

11

Solar Quest USA

486

Hollywood

FL

2009

10

15

100

12

Hawaii Energy Connection

108

Honolulu

HI

2007

73

0

117

172 87

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2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

2014 COMMERCIAL 2014 RESIDENTIAL OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY STATE FOUNDED EMPLOYEES SOLAR HOT SOLAR HOT RANK WATER INSTALLS WATER INSTALLS 13

ReVision Energy

165

Portland

ME

2003

81

9

74

14

Arizona Solar Wave & Energy

284

Mesa

AZ

1999

4

0

80

15

Innovative Solar

312

Sun City

FL

1993

15

0

80

16

American Sentry Solar

317

Bel Air

MD

1993

40

0

80

17

Solar Electrical Systems

135

Thousand Oaks

CA

1981

25

12

50

18

Renewable Energy

393

Timonium

MD

2002

35

4

53

19

Sun Light & Power

224

Berkeley

CA

1976

58

27

1

20

Titan Solar Construction

92

Van Nuys

CA

2011

188

5

40

21

Atlasta Solar Center (ASC)

279

Grand Junction

CO

1979

15

5

25

22

Baker Renewable Energy

46

Raleigh

NC

2009

30

8

16

23

ReNu Energy Solutions

376

Charlotte

NC

2010

18

0

29

24

NC Solar Now

275

Raleigh

NC

2010

15

0

25

25

Apex Solar Power

163

Queensbury

NY

2007

70

7

9

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BY STATE Each state has its own unique solar market, and the contractors on our list represent most of them. We’ve published the top 13 states from which our contractors applied, and we have highlighted a company in each one to see what they’re doing and what the rest of the industry can learn from them.

Recognizing local solar businesses doing the job right A&R Solar

Sustainable Energy Developments

Paradise Energy Solutions Pickett Solar

Vision Solar

AES Distributed Energy

SolarFlair Energy

Pro-Tech Energy Soutions Solar Energy World

Yes! Solar Solutions

Natural Power and Energy

Cenergy Power Sullivan Solar Power

Axium Solar

Florida Solar One

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ARIZONA

5OO 2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOP 15 ARIZONA CONTRACTORS

How is your relationship with Arizona utilities? We have a dichotomous relationship with utilities: On the one hand, we work directly with excellent, professional people in their renewables and interconnection teams, but equally it is no secret that a number of policy initiatives advanced by Arizona’s utilities in recent years have been expressly anti-distributed generation. Whether competitive renewable energy providers serving to reduce the net energy use of consumers should in fact have the right to do so—an opinion we hold by our very existence— is a complex question that energy regulators across the country are going to have to adjudicate. Their decision will ultimately determine whether we see continued adoption of solar systems for homes and businesses, or whether utilitycontrolled solar farms are the sole opportunity for continued U.S. solar growth.

- Rob Dallal, CEO, Natural Power and Energy (No. 79 Overall)

2014 ARIZONA STATS • 394 solar companies • 9,200 solar jobs • 247 MW installed capacity • $624 million investment

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Kellond Elementary School Tucson, Arizona 279 kW

(Photo credit: Natural Power and Energy) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL RANK COMPANY CITY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

Alpha Energy

35

Phoenix

1976

2,000

200.000

35.000

2

Natural Power and Energy

79

Scottsdale

2008

7

37.439

9.984

3

Sun Valley Solar Solutions

82

Chandler

2006

94

25.800

9.200

4

Summerwind Solar

89

Phoenix

2009

26

44.550

8.440

5

Solar Topps

106

Phoenix

2009

60

25.000

6.000

6

Resolute Performance Contracting

114

Tempe

2011

42

35.900

5.369

7

Harmon Electric

141

Phoenix

1975

75

20.508

3.872

8

Arizona Solar Solutions

166

Phoenix

2003

125

6.500

2.880

9

Empire Renewable Energy

174

Phoenix

2010

15

19.500

2.500

10

American Solar & Roofing

186

Scottsdale

2001

58

29.300

2.200

11

SunHarvest Solar

202

Phoenix

2009

30

13.100

2.000

12

Sky High Energy

222

Phoenix

2009

18

6.750

1.750

13

Valley Pro Electric

238

Phoenix

2009

12

5.000

1.500

14

PEP Solar

246

Phoenix

1978

29

8.000

1.384

15

SunRenu Solar

248

Scottsdale

2008

25

3.500

1.300

www.solarpowerworldonline.com

7/23/15 7:31 PM


CALIFORNIA

5OO 2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOP 50 CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS

Why is the California agricultural market a good solar business opportunity?

Sundale Vineyards Tulare, California 1.130 MW

(Photo credit: Cenergy Power) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL RANK COMPANY CITY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

First Solar

1

Tempe

1999

6,060

3,881.333 1,023.130

2

SolarCity

3

San Mateo

2006

10,000

1,100.000 502.000

3

Arraycon

4

Sacramento

2009

67

642.000

449.000

4

Rosendin Electric

7

San Jose

1919

4,500

798.000

319.000

5

Swinerton Renewable Energy

8

San Francisco 1888

1,729

657.000

318.000

6

Cupertino Electric

10

San Jose

1954

2,190

940.000

280.500

7

CSI Electrical Contractors

15

Santa Fe Springs

1990

700

575.700

214.000

8

Baker Electric Solar

21

Escondido

2007

522

151.056

71.397

9

Hanwha Q CELLS USA

26

Irvine

1999

49

170.640

58.337

10

Borrego Solar

27

San Diego

1980

120

161.998

51.204

11

Sunstall

30

Novato

2011

26

151.000

43.000

12

Cenergy Power

31

Carlsbad

2008

45

107.500

39.500

13

A-C Electric Company (A-C Solar)

33

Bakersfield

1945

200

87.000

37.400

14

REC Solar

41

San Luis Obispo

1997

156

139.820

28.842

15

Baja Construction

43

Martinez

1981

100

100.000

25.846

  

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California’s agricultural market has proved to be recessionproof, growing 28% since 2008. Meanwhile, utility rates continue to rise. As of January 2015, PG&E charged a rate of $0.217 per kWh, an increase of 30.3% from 2008. Competitive financing options have continued to proliferate for California farms looking to go solar, with the cost of capital for solar loans and tax leases currently averaging between 4 to 6%. When all of these positive factors converge with heightened competition among solar integrators for a piece of the California agriculture market, more and more California growers will deservingly be the recipients of solar systems that offer very attractive utility savings.

- William Pham, CEO, Cenergy Power (No. 31 Overall)

2014 CALIFORNIA STATS • 2,226 solar companies • 54,700 solar jobs • 4,316 MW installed capacity • $11.773 billion investment

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CALIFORNIA

5OO 2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOP 50 CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS

How will the drought in California impact the solar industry? The drought in California has forced agricultural operations to become more reliant on ground water, which must be pumped out of the ground with wells. In many cases these wells are going deeper and need large 200- to 400hp motors. This increased pumping has amplified their electric utility cost. The added utility cost coupled with the introduction of meter aggregation has spurred farmers’ interest in investing in solar projects. Meter aggregation allows farmers to install one large solar array that will produce kilowatt hour credits that are then applied to multiple meters in the adjacent area.

- Mike Pickett, president, Pickett Solar (No. 104 Overall)

76

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Vander Woude Dairy Merced, California 1.1 MW

(Photo credit: Pickett Solar) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 16

M Bar C Construction

45

San Marcos

2005

65

202.000

25.000

17

Clean Focus

50

Sunnyvale

2008

20

40.000

22.000

18

Solar Universe

55

Livermore

2008

600

46.000

17.000

19

PsomasFMG

57

Huntington Beach

2009

25

42.230

16.160

20

Bland Solar & Air

62

Bakersfield

1985

55

62.870

14.220

21

Smart Energy Solar

68

Corona

2005

140

20.240

11.920

22

Horizon Solar Power

73

Hemet

1998

540

15.260

10.670

23

PetersenDean Roofing and Solar

76

Fremont

1984

4,000

100.000

10.000

24

Shorebreak Energy Developers

77

Irvine

2010

65

35.000

10.000

25

System 3

81

Carmichael

2001

250

17.054

9.430

26

Stellar Energy GP

83

Rohnert Park 2006

30

34.080

9.032

27

Titan Solar Construction

92

Van Nuys

2011

188

18.000

7.500

28

The Solar Company

93

Castro Valley 2004

180

19.342

7.403

29

GCI Solar

96

Huntington Beach

1986

130

22.000

7.000

30

SUNworks

97

Roseville

2010

100

15.000

7.000

31

PermaCity Construction Corp

100

Santa Monica 2003

15

42.000

6.600

32

American Solar Direct

102

Los Angeles

2009

400

23.278

6.452

33

M.B. Herzog Electric

103

Paramount

1974

150

24.000

6.280

34

Pickett Solar

104

Fresno

1988

16

15.500

6.150

35

Stellar Solar

105

Carlsbad

1998

95

35.000

6.000

www.solarpowerworldonline.com

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CALIFORNIA

5OO 2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOP 50 CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Fisheries building San Diego, California 173 kW

(Photo credit: Sullivan Solar Power)

A slowdown in California home building has decreased new residential solar installations. How has this affected your solar business? Even with the slowdown, last year was still the best year for rooftop solar in California, and this year is far outpacing last year’s demand. There are two major incentives that are expiring: the current favorable net-metering arrangement with San Diego Gas & Electric, and the 30% federal tax credit. This is creating an urgency and pushing homeowners considering solar to adopt it this year. This means a solar gold rush in our local marketing in San Diego. We are looking to hire 40 new employees over the next two months to meet the continued increased demand for residential and commercial solar power in Southern California.

- Daniel Sullivan, president, Sullivan Solar Power (No. 109 Overall)

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= EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL RANK COMPANY CITY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 36

Sullivan Solar Power

109

San Diego

2004

119

24.757

5.937

37

Sun Solar Energy Solutions

115

Bakersfield

2008

80

12.410

5.300

38

Fidelity Home Energy

116

San Diego

1991

80

17.964

5.164

39

So-Cal Solar

118

Lancaster

2005

50

50.000

5.000

40

Blue Oak Energy

119

Davis

2003

52

40.000

5.000

41

NRG Clean Power

123

Canoga Park 1987

120

11.000

5.000

42

Alternative Energy Systems

126

Chico

2003

63

10.000

4.900

43

Complete Solar Solutions of California

134

San Mateo

2009

73

10.000

4.027

44

Solar Electrical Systems

135

Thousand Oaks

1981

25

115.000

4.000

45

Milholland Electric

136

El Cajon

1990

35

10.000

4.000

46

A1 Solar Power

137

Van Nuys

1986

499

9.527

3.927

47

Enver Solar

142

Tustin

2013

145

5.832

3.804

48

GRID Alternatives

144

Oakland

2001

200

17.874

3.645

49

Vista Solar

150

Santa Clara

2008

20

10.216

3.369

50

Herca Solar

155

Oceanside

2004

35

17.300

3.100

www.solarpowerworldonline.com

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COLORADO

5OO 2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOP 20 COLORADO CONTRACTORS

How have emerging industries in Colorado and other states changed your business? Continued cost declines in solar PV deployment, coupled with progressive policies enabling virtual and community net metering, present opportunities to increase the addressable market for distributed solar in the U.S. and abroad. Together with AES’ market leadership and experience with batterybased energy storage, we also see ways to participate in the behind-the-meter solar plus storage market—estimated to have an annual market value of over $1 billion by 2018. Evolving regulatory regimes in states such as New York and California are encouraging distributed energy services providers to work with utilities to meet customer needs for energy cost reduction, security of supply, convenience and control, and sustainability.

- Rob Masinter, COO, AES Distributed Energy (No. 59 Overall)

2014 COLORADO STATS • 387 solar companies • 4,200 solar jobs • 67 MW installed capacity • $212 million investment

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Campus Village Apartments Denver, Colorado 243 kW

(Photo credit: AES Distributed Energy) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

E Light Electric Services

12

Englewood

1998

945

770.350

279.650

2

Renewable Energy Systems Americas

20

Broomfield

1997

500

141.000

91.000

3

Quanta Power Generation

32

Greenwood Village

2008

703

341.032

38.659

4

RGS Energy (Real Goods Solar)

54

Louisville

1978

200

22.500

17.044

5

AES Distributed Energy

59

Boulder

2009

32

249.058

15.500

6

Namaste Solar

72

Boulder

2004

110

37.000

11.000

7

Oak Leaf Energy Partners

98

Denver

2005

4

66.000

6.700

8

Clean Energy Collective

130

Louisville

2009

106

12.730

4.503

9

EcoMark Solar

169

Denver

2010

70

4.343

2.793

10

Sunsense Solar

176

Carbondale

1990

15

7.300

2.500

11

Endurance Solar & Engineering

271

Boulder

2009

6

2.900

1.100

12

Atlasta Solar Center (ASC)

279

Grand Junction

1979

15

10.000

1.000

13

Bella Energy

294

Louisville

2005

13

12.470

0.957

14

Solarado Energy

329

Salida

1997

21

3.021

0.730

15

El Paso Green Energies

330

Colorado Springs

2009

8

1.600

0.726

16

Independent Power Systems

340

Boulder

1996

25

27.671

0.643

17

Thames Solar Electric

350

Denver

1981

3

2.500

0.550

18

Stellar Energy Contractors

388

Wheat Ridge 2008

30

1.300

0.400

19

Southard Solar & Construction

390

Denver

2008

12

1.100

0.400

20

Innovative Energy

392

Breckenridge 1992

10

2.000

0.370

www.solarpowerworldonline.com

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FLORIDA

5OO 2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOP 20 FLORIDA CONTRACTORS

Residential installation Hollywood, Florida 10.4 kW

(Photo credit: Florida Solar One)

Does the Florida solar rebate help or hinder the solar market? = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

Moss Solar

23

Fort Lauderdale

2004

430

331.890

63.000

2

Advanced Green Technologies

29

Fort Lauderdale

2007

25

130.454

43.683

3

Solar Source

86

Largo

1984

45

92.804

8.688

4

Superior Solar Systems

172

Altamonte Springs

1984

27

77.595

2.653

5

A1A Solar Contracting

212

Jacksonville

2010

25

2.410

1.822

6

Alternative Energy Services

215

Sanford

2007

9

6.000

1.800

7

Solar Electric Power Company (SEPCO)

250

Stuart

1994

11

8.444

1.250

264

Orlando

2003

8

6.500

1.166

8 Solar-Ray 9

Zager Global

267

Deerfield Beach

1989

32

2.649

1.133

10

Solar Impact

297

Gainesville

2007

9

7.095

0.907

11

Innovative Solar

312

Sun City

1993

15

5.000

0.800

12

Florida Power Services

320

Tampa

2007

4

3.900

0.785

13

Simpler Solar Systems

343

Tallahassee

1980

12

3.600

0.600

14

Florida Solar One

345

Fort Lauderdale

2008

16

2.725

0.600

15

Power Production Management

358

Gainesville

2009

15

3.000

0.500

16

InSite Energy

367

Jacksonville

2012

10

1.000

0.500

17

Solar Trek

395

Ocala

1981

20

2.960

0.360

18

IQ Power

396

Sanford

2009

25

1.400

0.360

19

Peka solar And Renewable Energy

406

Naples

2011

22

12.000

0.338

20

Brilliant Harvest

415

Sarasota

2009

7

0.857

0.311

  

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The bounty is plentiful for those lucky enough to win the rebate lottery for their customers, but the work is generally completed within a few months and then the phone stops ringing. Now that the rebate is over, the survivors will be those who invested in the future without a rebate. All in all, the rebate falls into the category of easycome-easy-go. Contractors who did not bank over the past five years are likely to not make it through the next couple of years with low electrical rates, no leasing options and very few people willing to accept decadelong payback periods. This spells a mostly cloudy forecasts for the Florida solar industry.

- Ray Johnson, president, Florida Solar One (No. 345 Overall)

2014 FLORIDA STATS • 398 solar companies • 4,800 solar jobs • 22 MW installed capacity • $63 million investment

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MARYLAND

5OO 2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOP 10 MARYLAND CONTRACTORS

Will new community solar bills expand solar interest in Maryland? We do not think new community solar will expand solar interest this year because the bill just recently passed (in May 2015), and there is no current method to implement community solar in Maryland. Once there is an effective mechanism in place, we do believe homeowner interest will expand for solar power in the Maryland region. That being said, we, along with many other Maryland-based companies, have shown very strong growth of solar deployment throughout the state of Maryland. We are confident that progress will continue to happen with or without community solar systems.

- Geoff Mirkin, Partner/ CEO, Solar Energy World (No. 95 Overall)

2014 MARYLAND STATS • 174 solar companies • 3,000 solar jobs • 73 MW installed capacity • $221 million investment

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Residence

Gaithersburg, Maryland 15.3 kW

(Photo credit: Solar Energy World) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL RANK COMPANY CITY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

American Helios Constructors

51

Owings Mills 2012

25

60.000

21.000

2

Standard Solar

65

Rockville

2004

55

47.143

13.149

3

Direct Energy Solar

71

Annapolis Junction

2008

500

40.000

11.200

4

Bithenergy

94

Baltimore

2009

28

29.000

7.000

5

Solar Energy World

95

Elkridge

2009

52

23.000

7.000

6

Got Electric

113

Gaithersburg 2006

10

19.000

5.411

7

Kingspan Energy

286

Jessup

2009

4

4.000

1.000

8

Solargaines

292

Baltimore

2009

35

1.857

0.991

9

American Sentry Solar

317

Bel Air

1993

40

1.849

0.799

10

Ultra Solar & Wind Solutions

354

Ocean City

2010

4

2.100

0.520

www.solarpowerworldonline.com

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MASSACHUSETTS

5OO 2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOP 10 MASSACHUSETTS CONTRACTORS

How has business changed since Massachusetts’s rebate program ended recently?

Gois Broadcasting Solar Farm Ashland, Massachusetts 1.75 MW

(Photo credit: SolarFlair Energy) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

Nexamp

49

Boston

2007

42

46.953

22.086

2

Solect Energy Development

84

Hopkinton

2009

34

14.500

8.900

3

SolarFlair Energy

111

Ashland

2007

45

12.216

5.780

4

Boston Solar

127

Woburn

2011

130

9.629

4.848

5

Renewable Energy Massachusetts

175

Cambridge

2010

2

11.000

2.500

6

New England Clean Energy

301

Hudson

2006

21

2.789

0.894

7

Mass Renewables

322

Bellingham

2009

7

3.170

0.770

8

Southern Light Solar

368

New Bedford 2013

8

0.900

0.500

9

Second Generation Energy

399

Bellingham

2006

6

3.433

0.356

10

Brightstar Solar

400

Marlborough 2009

8

0.912

0.356

  

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The costs of residential solar continue to decrease and public awareness of homeowners continues to increase, thereby outweighing the reduction and eventual elimination of state rebates at the end of 2014. Much of the success of the Massachusetts residential market has been the promulgation of the Solarize Mass program model wherein targeted local communities organize grassroots efforts for the outreach and education of homeowners. We look forward to utilizing our years of Solarize marketing and sales experience, including the lessons we learned, to continue to grow our share of the Massachusetts residential solar market.

- Matt Arner, President, SolarFlair Energy (No. 111 Overall)

2014 MASSACHUSETTS STATS • 377 solar companies • 9,400 solar jobs • 308 MW installed capacity • $791 million investment

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NEW JERSEY

5OO 2015 TO P S O L A R CO NT R AC TO R S

TOP 20 NEW JERSEY CONTRACTORS

How competitive is the solar businesses in New Jersey? More than 500 solar companies call New Jersey home, making it a mature and extremely competitive environment for EPC firms. Public sector projects are awarded based on a competitive RFP process where price is the deciding factor. On large-scale grid projects, we’ve watched the install price drop below $1.80 per watt. Rooftop solar installations are well below $2 per watt. This is a precipitous drop from a year or two ago when installed prices were $2.50 to $3 per watt. This competition requires us to embrace new system designs and products. Of course, this competition only enhances the value of solar to the end-user, as more efficient, reliable and well-designed systems come online.

- Rich Cooper, president, Pro-Tech Energy Solutions (No. 28 Overall)

2014 NEW JERSEY STATS • 513 solar companies • 7,200 solar jobs • 240 MW installed capacity • $591 million investment

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Rock Solid

Howell Township, New Jersey 9.9 MW

(Photo credit: Pro-Tech Energy Solutions) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

Alternative Energy Development

13

Fort Lee

2008

100

925.610

2

NRG Energy (including NRG Renew & NRG Home Solar)

18

Princeton

1989

10,000

1,341.000 112.000

3

Gehrlicher Solar America

22

Springfield

2010

70

184.592

69.500

4

Pro-Tech Energy Solutions

28

Moorestown 2008

32

100.489

46.000

5

Riggs Distler & Company

37

Cherry Hill

1909

1,000

130.000

32.000

6

The Conti Group

38

Edison

1906

750

72.200

31.300

7

Sun Ray Install

56

West Berlin

2011

26

56.660

16.400

8

GeoPeak Energy

63

Somerset

2009

28

50.000

14.000

9

Amergy Solar

67

Piscataway

2010

70

30.000

12.000

10

Ray Angelini

117

Sewell

1974

250

100.000

5.000

11

Sea Bright Solar

151

Ocean

2003

65

8.500

3.265

12

Pfister Energy

154

Hawthorne

2005

27

30.000

3.200

13

Vanguard Energy Partners

157

Somerville

2008

35

61.000

3.000

14

Independence Solar

182

Cherry Hill

2007

6

17.300

2.300

15

RWD Consultants

201

Camden

2004

14

15.000

2.000

16

Kopp Electric Company

210

Toms River

1994

40

4.850

1.900

17

Solis Partners

230

Sea Girt

2009

15

13.500

1.500

18

Geoscape Solar

305

Livingston

2008

35

4.000

0.850

19

Green Power Energy

324

Annandale

2009

15

3.000

0.750

20

PowerLutions Solar

373

Lakewood

2006

15

4.000

0.480

273.500

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NEW YORK

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TOP 15 NEW YORK CONTRACTORS

WilliamSun Solar Field

How has the streamlining of solar programs into NYSUN impacted your business?

Williamson, New York 1.5 MW

(Photo credit: SED, John Trout)

= EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL RANK COMPANY CITY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

EnterSolar

74

New York City 2006

17

17.300

10.500

2

OnForce Solar

88

Bronx

2008

100

24.600

8.600

3

Sustainable Energy Developments

91

Rochester

2002

25

17.000

7.760

4

Monolith Solar Associates

152

Albany

2009

56

11.500

3.250

5

Apex Solar Power

163

Queensbury

2007

70

44.200

2.923

6

SUNation Solar Systems

171

Oakdale

2003

55

12.699

2.684

7

EmPower Solar

185

Island Park

2003

70

11.300

2.213

8

Infinity Solar Systems

216

Pearl River

2007

36

4.000

1.800

9

New York State Solar Farm (NYSSF)

217

Modena

2007

30

2.900

1.800

10

CIR Electrical Constrution Corp.

218

Buffalo

1976

155

1.986

1.760

11

Lighthouse Solar Hudson Valley

273

New Paltz

2009

10

2.746

1.090

12

Simply Solar Systems

290

Hamlin

2010

6

1.800

1.000

13

Built Well Solar

293

Wantagh

2001

16

6.990

0.990

14

Kasselman Solar

303

Albany

2014

30

3.000

0.875

15

You Save Green

304

Albertson

2010

15

2.864

0.864

  

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The NY-SUN program has been instrumental in allowing Sustainable Energy Developments (SED) to grow. Western New York has a strong presence of small, locally owned businesses and the program, combined with effective pricing and finance tools, has significantly increased our sales and given those business owners a financially sound option to add renewables. With the release of funds for projects greater than 200 kW, we see the construction space as our biggest growth from a megawatt-installed perspective. While SED is a national company and will continue to be so, it has always been our goal to bring economically and environmentally sound projects to our local community, and NY-SUN has allowed us to do just that.

- Kevin Schulte, CEO/ Founder, Sustainable Energy Developments (No. 91 Overall)

2014 NEW YORK STATS • 545 solar companies • 7,300 solar jobs • 147 MW installed capacity • $451 million investment

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How does North Carolina’s allowance for monopoly status for utilities and prohibition of thirdparty sales affect the growth of solar? To date, our company’s growth has been supported mainly by the Renewable Portfolio Standard and the 35% Renewable Energy Tax credit in North Carolina. However, as we look for future growth opportunities in our company, the ability to offer our clients competitively priced, longterm electricity rates through third-party sales of solar energy offers tremendous potential. Like in many other states, the citizens of North Carolina want options for where and from whom they purchase their energy. Allowing qualified companies to compete with the utilities by providing clean, renewable solar energy at stable prices will offer a very desirable alternative for nonprofits, municipalities and many citizens in the state.

- Stew Miller, co-founder and president, Yes! Solar Solutions (No. 265 Overall)

2014 NORTH CAROLINA STATS • 177 solar companies • 5,600 solar jobs • 397 MW installed capacity • $652 million investment

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Gartner residence Durham, North Carolina 6 kW

(Photo credit: YES! Solar Solutions) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL RANK COMPANY CITY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

Strata Solar

14

Chapel Hill

2008

176

544.000

250.000

2

FLS Energy

24

Asheville

2006

60

175.000

63.000

3

NARENCO

39

Charlotte

2009

22

47.000

31.000

4

Baker Renewable Energy

46

Raleigh

2009

30

80.000

24.000

5

Watson Electrical Construction

52

Wilson

1935

700

52.000

20.000

6

Carolina Solar Energy

75

Durham

2007

4

76.000

10.400

7

Yes! Solar Solutions

265

Cary

2009

24

3.000

1.150

8

Southern Energy Management

270

Morrisville

2001

67

21.000

1.100

9

NC Solar Now

275

Raleigh

2010

15

2.500

1.080

10

Energy Conservation Solutions

356

Mooresville

2011

5

0.888

0.510

11

Cape Fear Solar Systems

362

Wilmington

2007

12

1.625

0.500

12

ReNu Energy Solutions

376

Charlotte

2010

18

1.325

0.436

13

Green State Power

443

Greensboro

2008

4

1.100

0.200

14

Accelerate Solar

457

Charlotte

2012

12

0.315

0.147

15

Sun Dollar Energy

463

Raleigh

2011

3

0.325

0.135

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PENNSYLVANIA

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S&C Operations

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 69.3 kW

(Photo credit: Paradise Energy Solutions)

How has the natural gas industry impacted solar in Pennsylvania?

= EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL RANK COMPANY CITY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

Energy Systems & Installation

66

Jonestown

2

Tecta Solar

85

3

Paradise Energy Solutions

4

2008

30

30.300

12.700

Fort Washington 2000

2,200

81.250

8.820

143

Gap

2009

50

11.670

3.760

RER Energy Group

231

Reading

2009

15

8.600

1.500

5

Belmont Solar

280

Gordonville

2002

4

10.000

1.000

6

SolareAmerica

282

Malvern

2010

5

10.000

1.000

7

Pinnacle Exteriors

321

Allentown

2010

12

1.235

0.777

8

Solar States

369

Philadelphia

2008

10

0.850

0.500

9

Energy Independent Solutions (EIS Solar)

372

Pittsburgh

2008

12

2.796

0.483

10

Exact Solar

410

Yardley

2005

4

0.727

0.327

  

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The impact has been mostly positive, although indirect. Experts say natural gas could bring volatility to electricity prices. That’s good for us, as solar pricing is stable in the long term. And according to EIA, natural gas prices tend to increase over time. Solar, meanwhile, is an inflation-proof investment. Natural gas has also put money in some rural landowners’ pockets, allowing them to finance the purchase of a solar array, which provides savings to them in the long term. On the negative side, the natural gas industry has convinced the public that it will solve all of its energy needs— that’s wrong. The legislature tends to focus on natural gas as our “energy answer,” as well.

- Tim Beiler, CEO, Paradise Energy Solutions (No. 143 Overall)

2014 PENNSYLVANIA STATS • 476 solar companies • 2,800 solar jobs • 10 MW installed capacity • $27 million investment

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With wind and other clean sources of energy playing a dominant role in Texas, how do you get people excited about solar? The exciting part of our work at Axium Solar is that most people we talk to are already excited about solar. People who live in Texas know that we have a great solar resource. They want to find a way to harness that abundant, clean energy from the sun to achieve their energy and environmental goals. Texans see solar energy as a way to achieve responsible energy independence and mitigate the risk of rising energy costs. Our real mission is not to generate excitement but to make solar accessible by deploying the right technology at the right price.

- K. Eric Cotney, vice president of sales and marketing, Axium Solar (No. 188 Overall)

2014 TEXAS STATS • 404 solar companies • 7,000 solar jobs • 129 MW installed capacity • $252 million investment

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Lee Elementary Coppell, Texas 358 kW

(Photo credit: Axium Solar) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

AUI Contractors

40

Fort Worth

1983

250

124.000

30.000

2

Sunnova

42

Houston

2013

175

45.486

26.092

3

Freedom Solar Power

107

Austin

2007

60

17.000

6.000

4

Revolve Solar

128

Austin

2012

103

8.329

4.700

5

Meridian Solar

138

Austin

1999

25

40.000

3.900

6

O3 Energy Solutions

156

Dallas

2011

7

7.200

3.100

7

American Made Solar & Wind

158

Brownsville

2005

50

56.000

3.000

8

Longhorn Solar

173

Austin

2009

40

5.775

2.549

9

Axium Solar

188

Plano

2008

30

9.400

2.200

10

Electric Distribution & Design Systems

191

Garland

1976

6

4.600

2.200

11

NATiVE

192

Austin

2007

50

10.500

2.100

12

Lighthouse Solar Texas

194

Austin

2007

35

5.900

2.100

13

Air Wind & Solar

221

Stephenville

2010

35

8.000

1.750

14

Border Solar

243

El Paso

2008

12

5.345

1.410

15

Greenbelt Solar

261

Austin

2009

13

3.060

1.200

16

Global Efficient Energy

300

Fort Worth

2011

282

3.000

0.900

17

Texas Solar Outfitters

310

Houston

2010

22

3.240

0.820

18

Eco Estates International

313

Austin

2013

56

3.000

0.800

19

IES Texas Solar

318

Stafford

2014

5

2.000

0.795

20

Texas Solar Power Company

351

Austin

1996

16

8.000

0.530

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Why are more Utah residents going solar?

Rino Tinto Stadium Sandy, Utah 340.2 kW

(Photo credit: Auric Solar) = EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL CITY RANK COMPANY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

Vivint Solar (now SunEdison)

16

Lehi

2011

3,289

228.000

155.000

2

Vision Solar

99

Provo

2013

150

10.000

6.700

3

Suncrest Solar

162

Salt Late City 2013

200

5.000

3.000

4

Auric Solar

189

Midvale

2010

26

7.010

2.200

5

Intermountain Wind and Solar

193

Salt Lake City 2008

80

9.500

2.100

6

Synergy Power

237

Midvale and Alpine

1999

11

5.000

1.500

7

Zing Solar

241

American Fork 2007

75

2.000

1.500

8

Sunlight Solar Systems

259

Salt Lake City 2008

10

5.000

1.200

9

Legend Solar

335

St. George

2010

25

1.525

0.682

10

Go Solar Group

349

Salt Lake City 2011

16

1.325

0.575

  

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The nation’s seventh sunniest state is largely an untapped solar resource. Still, 3,000 Utah homeowners have switched to solar. When people see solar panels on their neighbor’s roof, they want them, too. But beyond that, power rates continue to climb, pushing homeowners to look for alternatives. We’ve also seen a 50% drop in solar installation cost this decade. When lower costs are coupled with federal and state tax incentives (the Utah residential solar tax credit is $2,000), solar becomes very appealing. When it gets hot in Utah, we’re conditioned to think, “If I want to save money, I have to turn off the air conditioning.” That’s not true. We educate homeowners about real ways to save.

- David Rasmussen, CEO, Vision Solar (No. 99 Overall)

2014 UTAH STATS • 68 solar companies • 1,500 solar jobs • 10 MW installed capacity • $31 million investment

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How do you market solar to homeowners in a notoriously cloudy state? Our solar resource is actually better than Germany’s. Thanks to our state utilities’ netmetering programs our long summer days can build energy credits, which can be offset during the winter. Solar energy systems keep on working on cloudy days too, collecting scattered light and focusing it into power. Washington’s solar production incentive program allows many homeowners to pay off the cost of their systems within several years of purchase. A&R Solar clients often refer to “doing the right thing” as one of their top reasons for installing a solar energy system. If our solar system doesn’t generate as much energy on cloudy days, that’s OK—we still know we’re helping to protect our natural resources.

-Reeves Clippard, CEO, A&R Solar (No. 242 Overall)

2014 WASHINGTON STATS • 131 solar companies • 2,400 solar jobs • 14 MW installed capacity • $48 million investment

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First Hill Streetcar Seattle, Washington 4.2 kW (Photo credit: A&R Solar)

= EPC

= CONSTRUCTION FIRM

= ROOFTOP CONTRACTOR

= DEVELOPER

= NON-PROFIT CONTRACTOR

= SOLAR HOT WATER = ELECTRICALSUBCONTRACTOR

TOTAL MW TOTAL OVERALL RANK COMPANY CITY FOUNDED EMPLOYEES INSTALLED INSTALLED RANK MW 2014 1

A&R Solar

242

Seattle

2007

26

2.859

1.453

2

Sunergy Systems

251

Seattle

2005

20

4.700

1.250

3

Artisan Electric

252

Seattle

1997

26

3.000

1.250

4

Puget Sound Solar

272

Seattle

2001

35

4.459

1.097

5

NW Wind & Solar

288

Seattle

1972

110

3.000

1.000

6

Western Solar

333

Bellingham

2008

12

2.100

0.691

7

Cost Less Energy

336

Yakima

1979

19

1.885

0.665

8

Solora Solar

389

Yakima

2011

5

1.200

0.400

9

South Sound Solar

397

Olympia

2007

14

1.100

0.360

10

GC SOLAR

430

Bellevue

1992

6

1.650

0.250

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ACROSS AMERICA The nation's top solar contractors work from coast to coast. Join us as we tour the country, hearing stories about successful solar businesses.

Just remember to pack your sunscreen and beach towel.

Sunergy Systems Cost Less Energy

True South Solar

Mortenson Construction

CIR Electric

Solect Energy

Innovative Power Systems Windfree

Green State Power Ambassador Energy

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Knowing your customers takes communication and research Fostering customer relationships is critical to maintaining business. Mortenson takes this seriously, even incorporating customer service into its mission statement. We spoke with Trent Mostaert, vice president and general manager of solar at Mortenson Construction (No. 2) to find out how his company gets to know its customers’ needs. How has your relationship with customers been important to Mortenson’s success? Our company’s mission is to create an exceptional customer service experience. I believe that’s the No. 1 factor that’s helped us grow. Last year 100% of our solar projects were from repeat customers. We don’t work with a lot of customers, but we stay focused on those we do and delivering an exceptional experience. We take time to understand their business and how we can add value to their projects. 92

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How do you understand the needs of your customers in solar? Our project team is consistently in contact with them. On a higher level, we set up quarterly business reviews with our clients to understand where they’re trying to go and how we can help them get there, as well as maintain our alignment. Also, each Mortenson businesses does research, from healthcare to sports. Solar is no exception. We did a large survey at Solar Power International, one of the industry’s largest trade shows, to help us understand the industry now and gain some insight into what’s to come. We also

publish what we learn, which helps our customers and others in the industry stay ahead of trends and get out in front of big industry issues. You’re still publishing the results, but what are some of the things you’ve learned so far? We’ve gained insight into how the industry is reacting to the phasing out of incentives and dealing with interconnection issues. We also compare survey data with past ones we’ve conducted. One thing that’s consistent is grid parity; we’re right where we should be. SPW

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Four-man company looks to utility-scale work Will Stewart was a general contractor and his brother-in-law (Tilden Hagan) had studied electrical engineering before they opened Green State Power (No. 444) in 2008. The company, now up to four people, has built 1.1 MW of solar total and 200 kW last year. Green State Power is small, but it has big aspirations. Stewart said it aims to break into utility-scale solar construction, but there's just one problem. “Some of the big guys in North Carolina were in it years ahead of us. Some had contacts in the industry, some came over from Europe,” Stewart said. “The long and short of it is, we were a little late in the game.” North Carolina attracted large companies from across the globe with its 35% tax credit for solar projects. “Investors won't hire you if you haven't built a utility-scale project, and you can't build one until someone hires you,” Stewart said. "It's the chicken and the egg problem." Not to be deterred and unflinchingly realistic, Stewart admitted that he simply wasn’t going to be hired to build a utility-scale project, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t eventually develop and build one himself. By working with investors and other

EPCs, Green State Power has been able to work as subcontractor and co-EPC on projects, building the portfolio necessary to do its own utility-scale EPC work. In the meantime, Stewart has been busy developing his own projects, getting them teed up to sell, directing his own role on the project. “What we’re doing is selling a fully developed project and working under another EPC so we can get that experience on our resume,” Stewart said. A fully developed project includes all the details, such as interconnection paperwork, environmental studies, permitting and even paying the interconnection fee, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When all the details are in order, it’s ready for financing from a tax equity investor. “There is no way a larger developer is going to call us, so we’re building relationships with the investor, who will agree to finance one project,” Stewart said. “They will have an inside knowledge on our role in the project, and hopefully they will have more comfort with us in the future.” Green State Power is in the final stages of closing a sale on its first developed project, a 6.7-MWdc array in Bladen County, North Carolina. SPW

We’re building relationships with the investor.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Overcoming a major obstacle Even the most prepared installation companies never expect to replace an entire portfolio of products. Sunergy Systems experienced this pain when nearly every inverter failed on its newly installed residential systems in the Seattle area. Company founder Howard Lamb explains how the company reacted, survived and reached No. 251 on our list this year.

What happened? Some inverters were immediate failures, others happened three months into operation. We were right on top of it, getting in touch with the inverter manufacturer (an established power electronics company that had added a solar division). They were doing a lot of

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reacting on the fly as they came out with multiple software fixes. We would go to the other houses that were doing OK and perform the firmware upgrade. Through this whole process, you fix one thing and then it would shine the spotlight on another issue. It finally came to the point where that company ended up doing a complete recall. We had to work out arrangements with a different manufacturer to replace all of the inverters. We spent almost half a year trying to work with this one company to finally

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get a reliable product, then we spent another half a year where we went to every customer's location and just replaced the inverter completely. We had been experiencing about 20 to 25% growth every year. We were spending so much time focusing on the problem that we saw zero growth that year. How did the customers react? They were really concerned that their inverters were failing, but they were also feeling relieved that we were constantly in communication with them. We had an immediate response; we let them know we were on top of this. It was just an inconvenience to the customer. There was no charge to them. For customers that had their systems down for a longer period of time, we compensated them for any loss of utility savings. We had to bear a lot of the brunt of it. Right now, we probably get 30% of our business from referrals, and a lot of those people who are referring customers were part of that inverter replacement process. They trust us because we stuck with it all the way through. What did you learn from the situation? Once bitten, twice shy. Now we're very hesitant with new products. If it's a new product and there's a customer who requests it, we have to decide internally if we still want to follow through or let the customer go to another installer in the area that feels comfortable with it. It's a challenge with the microinverters. The thought of having a new, non-long-term field tested product up on the roof and underneath the solar array—after the experience we went through—is very scary. You don’t know what's going to happen eight years from now. We're definitely a lot more hesitant when there's a new product that comes out. This experience could have sunk a lot of installation companies. We did the best we could to take care of our customers. SPW

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SANFORD, FLORIDA

Expanding into PV without incentives Back when IQ Power (No. 396) formed in Florida in 2007, solar PV wasn't even on its radar as an install option. The state had no solar incentives, and there were no PPAs available. So the company focused on solar hot water systems and has installed 1,840 units since its founding.

Over the years, IQ Power added solar pools, solar attic fans and other renewable energy products to its offering, but the company never ventured into PV. Solar technology itself was more expensive, and solar thermal was a lot easier to sell, said owner Ivy Gilbert.

It was an $8,000 investment versus a $30,000 investment for PV. But times change. In 2012, spurred by the commotion surrounding PV elsewhere in the country, Gilbert put a solar PV system with battery backup on her own house. She had made a habit of using her house as a test center for the products she sold, making sure she only offered products she believed in. “I was extremely happy with the result,” Gilbert said. “I saw the results on the electric bill, and I wanted technology that would help me during hurricanes when the grid wasn’t offering energy. I have been able to use that on several occasions.” Now solar pricing has dropped low enough that customers can get a

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good ROI without incentives, especially in the sunshine state. In response, IQ Power has changed its business model. Where 70% of its business two years ago was solar thermal, it’s now 70% photovoltaics, said general manager Lloyd Notley. With the addition of PV, the company has had to adjust its sales process, said Notley. With solar PV came new time frames for sales people and new technology for installers. A solar hot water system could be sold and installed within a week, but a PV system can take several weeks to a month. Installers who were fluent in plumbing now had to work with electric cables. “It was a pretty hard transition,” Notley said. “We really had to put ourselves into it and understand what we were getting into.” The other major difference between now and just a few years ago: education. “Other states are endorsing PV so much that the word is starting to spread,” Gilbert said. “Because word is spreading, and people want to reduce their consumption and dependency on utilities, we’re out there educating the public. With education comes knowledge, and with knowledge comes good decisions toward solar for our clients." SPW

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Contractor hires a valuable workforce Ambassador Energy (No. 190) isn’t the largest solar installer (21 employees and 2.2 MW installed last year), but the Murrieta, California-based residential EPC is making a big difference to some very deserving Americans. Military veterans make up the majority of Ambassador’s staff and President Kelly Smith said she couldn’t be more pleased. “I wish we were bigger so we could help more people,” she said. “If you think about the military, you’ve got logistics, you’ve got people out there doing the hard part and working in inclement conditions—all the things that make them a really good solar installer.” Ambassador Energy was first introduced to the high-quality workmanship of veterans through its separate NABCEP training and testing division. The company offers solar education for everyone—even competing solar contractors. The Veteran Asset (TVA), a non-profit looking to help military veterans find careers in the renewable energy sector, approached Ambassador Energy for training, and Smith said she wanted to immediately take advantage of their talents on Ambassador Energy’s own installation crew. She cites veterans’ discipline, respect and standard operating procedures (SOPs) as welcome additions to the company. “They’re very used to their standard operating procedures. We’ve adapted

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transformed our warehouse.” Each of Ambassador Energy’s 11 hired veterans started as installers, and many have been promoted in a short amount of time. Smith said most advancement in the industry comes from within, and military veterans have the skillsets to work their way up the solar ladder. “If you look at all the different service branches, there’s going to be a high number of people who are physical. The solar industry is pretty physical,” Smith said. “A very large percentage of the military is the people with boots on the ground, and in solar we need a lot of boots on the ground. Many times their talents far exceed just panel passing.” While hiring capable installers has been a priority industrywide, the need for good sales teams is just as crucial. Smith said previous military recruiters are perfect for those positions.

She also said service members often have a lot of experience with “office work,” whether it’s designing through AutoCAD or completing administrative tasks. “I’ve seen the inside of places like Camp Pendleton, and I see the jobs they do there. It’s run like a business,” Smith said. “There’s an admin, keeping calendars. There are people at desks pushing papers around. We [in solar] have all this admin stuff—there are rebates, NEMs (net energy metering), all this administrative work. The things they’re doing in the military, they could easily do for a company in solar.” When looking for future employees, Smith said military veterans will be at the top of Ambassador Energy’s call list. It’s also been great to be a beta test for TVA and its project of getting veterans hired in renewable energy jobs. “As business owners, we can definitely say that this works,” Smith said. “These guys really are great, and this is what has happened to us and why you, other solar companies, should hire them too. It’s been a wonderful thing.” SPW

These guys really are great, and this is what has happened to us and why you, other solar companies, should hire them too. It’s been a wonderful thing. to try and help them work within our organization better,” Smith said. “If they don’t see an SOP in place, we’ve encouraged them to write one. They’ve

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Solect Energy employees gather at their Hopkinton, Mass., headquarters in May for a Sun-Safety Training session in conjunction with The Melanoma Foundation of New England.

HOPKINTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Partnership encourages safe work under the sun Massachusetts-based Solect Energy (No. 84) founder and CEO Ken Driscoll discusses the company’s unlikely partnership with the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE). How did you come to partner with the MFNE? Our partnership with the Melanoma Foundation of New England was quite serendipitous. The foundation was looking for a location to host their Boston Marathon runners, and we were looking for a charitable organization that we could help and give back. We also happened to be based in Hopkinton, which is where the marathon starts. It was this coincidental engagement that has grown into a partnership to help each other educate about the power of the sun.

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More companies are investing in the health of their employees. Why do it? Our people are our greatest asset. Solect strongly believes in a “people, planet, profit” philosophy. The people part of that means taking care of our employees, customers and partners. We’re committed to our employees and to building a culture of excellence through creating a work environment that inspires healthy habits, innovation and teamwork. What are some practical health tips for solar installers? The following is a list of tips that we give employees prior to working and encourage them to practice: • Keep your shirt on. • Wear a hat with a brim or a flap

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that covers the ears and back of the neck. Wear sunglasses with a UV protection (both UVA and UVB light) rating of 100%. Stay in the shade whenever possible, during your breaks and especially at lunch time. Use a high factor sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on any exposed skin. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Schedule an annual skin exam with a dermatologist. Check your skin regularly for any unusual moles or spots. See a doctor promptly if you see anything that is changing in shape, size or color, itching or bleeding. SPW

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Finding longevity in local solar Eric Pasi, vice president of business development at Innovative Power Systems (No. 239), has been with the company for nearly eight years, since he graduated from the University of Minnesota. But the St. Paul company goes back much further. Pasi explained how Ralph Jacobson founded IPS in 1991 with a goal to help customers save money and lead the local transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable power. “Minnesota spends about $20 billion each year to import coal, gas and oil,” Pasi explained. “We believe the state should invest that money locally into construction and infrastructure that benefits our local economy. Since I joined IPS, it’s been exciting to watch solar develop into a full-fledged industry to help achieve that.” After 24 years and over 700 projects, IPS has played a major role in bringing renewable energy to Minnesota and the upper Midwest area. Jacobson was recently honored by the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) with its first lifetime achievement award (named after Jacobson) for his longterm commitment to renewable energy and the solar industry. He’s worked with legislators, regulators and utilities to craft renewable energy policy. By doing so, he’s created opportunities in solar for himself and others. Pasi explained that Minnesota is relatively progressive—the first state to enact a net-metering policy in the early 1980s. By 2020 Xcel Energy must generate 31.5% of its power from solar, while other investor-owned utilities in the state must hit 26.5%. Xcel has been a strong proponent of solar and renewables in the state, carrying expertise from its experience in New Mexico and Colorado. Minnesota’s rebate program in the 2000s and the 2013 Solar Jobs Act have also helped spur the industry. “Governor Mark Dayton is extremely committed to renewables,” Pasi said. “There was a recent push by the state house to try and repeal some solar  

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legislation, and he stood strong and vetoed that part of the energy bill so solar didn’t lose ground.” A recent poll from the Minnesota Environmental Partnership also found strong public support in the state for renewables. About 90% of residents support renewable energy and solar specifically, Pasi said. Other than state support, Pasi attributes the company’s longevity to its perseverance through lean times and creativity. “We’ve developed innovative financing programs for homeowners, businesses and non-profits to help them move forward with projects they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to take on,” he said. “We’re leading with our experience, contacts and existing customers, which is a huge asset for us,” Pasi added. “We’ve stayed committed to solar PV in a market where it wasn’t all that popular five or ten years ago.” IPS also works closely with other hometown solar companies such as panel manufacturer tenKsolar. Even when it’s challenging, Pasi said he enjoys the business. “I like sharing my passion, whether it’s with the people I’ve been in touch with for years or new faces,” he said. “I enjoy both the economics and stewardship aspects of solar, and seeing those resonate with customers too. I’m excited about the future of solar in Minnesota and the United States.” SPW

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Cost Less Energy (No. 336) has been in business in Yakima, Washington, for 36 years, consistently staying ahead of the curve. It hopped from one emerging industry to the next before confidently settling into solar a decade ago. Manager Don Mills said early adopters have been key to business as his company (originally known as Sights and Sounds) moved from installing cable television in 1979 to cell phones in the ‘90s and finally renewable energy today. “We started off before most people in our area heard of cable TV,” he said. “We started by giving people something they wanted. A lot of times, it’s an early adopter thing—just people who wanted it or will pay a little more for it.” Yakima is located near the center of Washington state, so often Mills’ storefront was the nearest place to find these futuristic technologies. He kept a stock of VCRs, beta players, cell phones and more for anyone interested. Since the store was the go-to spot for the latest technology trends, customers would come in with suggestions on products, and that’s how Cost Less Energy was introduced to energy efficiency products and renewable energy. Biodiesel was the company’s first major undertaking. “We stocked and sold that, had some really good results,” Mills said. “People would come into our store to do their biodiesel class or buy their biodiesel processor, and they’d look around and ask if we had solar panels. After a few people asked about it—of course early adopters— here we are selling solar panels.”

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Business transformed in the ‘90s to “anything that could save people money on their energy bill,” and Mills said today about 90% of Cost Less Energy’s sales comes from solar. Its storefront also helps gain customers, as it is one of the only places in the region where people can come in and see major brands of solar products and systems up close. “[Staying ahead of the curve] has been our forte. It’s been really fun,” Mills said. “We’ve got a lot of wonderful customers that would bring ideas to us. We just took off with it. We’ve been doing solar longer than anything. It’s gone from early adopter to mainstream, and that’s what we really like.” Originally installing maybe one system a month, Cost Less Energy has graduated to one or more a week and expects to hit the commercial market this year. Even if the ITC drops at the end of 2016, Mills said he’s not worried about business slowing down. “We think we might be in sort of an early adopter phase again,” he said. “People need to be reacquainted with something that might cost a little more, but there are benefits over time. Because that has been our modus operandi for 36 years, we’re not worried about it.” SPW

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Even small businesses should get political SEIA has long urged contractors to lobby their local governments and help keep solar on the upswing. Oregon contractor True South Solar (No. 385) was among the companies to answer. True South Solar joined others in the state’s solar organization (OSEIA) this year to propose four solar bills, ranging from extending Oregon’s feed-in-tariff and renewable energy tax credit to recommending community solar. Unfortunately, the bills were defeated, but Eric Hansen, general manager of True South Solar, said they learned a lot and are ready to start the next battle. “[Solar installers have] been the beneficiaries of preexisting tax credits

and incentives, and we’ve been able to build our businesses around them over the last five years or so,” Hansen said. “Now it’s really important to get more involved. We saw a great effort [in Oregon]. If nothing else, we learned a lot. We really circled the wagons and flushed out a lot of key players and built a lot of relationships that now we need to develop further. Now it’s just systematically implementing new plans that’ll bring a lot better results.” Hansen said a successful social media campaign for solar in Oregon really brought everyone together as a state. While the bills didn’t pass, it was great to see how power increased with numbers.

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”I really think our jobs depend on it,” Hansen said of lobbying. “Staying in touch with our representatives is huge, especially if we have to negotiate with utility rate increases or demand charges or anything that could kill small-scale solar. We have to have those relationships before we come to the table. We know that we’re up

small contractor wouldn’t allocate at least part of a staffer’s position toward policy. We all need to be involved. It needs to be something in our workday. The earlier, the better.” SPW

money and power. We need the power of the people, which is ultimately greater than the money and the power that the utility companies have.” Allocating resources to lobbying is important, even for a small contractor, Hansen said. He estimates he personally spends 15% of his time helping with legislative work with OSEIA, and True South Solar plans to make a bigger contribution this year and in the future. All contractors should try to help in some way—even if it’s just stuffing envelopes. “Five years ago I read about a company in Boulder, Colorado, that had a dedicated policy member of their staff. It seemed crazy to me to be able to have the resources to do that,” Hansen said. “Now it seems crazy to me that even a

We need the power of the people, which is ultimately greater than the money and the power that the utility companies have. against a lot of money and power, and it’s going to take a grassroots effort. We’re not going to be able to win on

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BUFFALO, NEW YORK

Selling solar to skeptics within the company CIR Electric (No. 218) has worked with electricity for nearly 40 years. Recently it won a GM contract to power robots in a $1 billion engine factory overhaul. It has worked for Verizon installing backup generators at its facilities, among countless other commercial- and industrial-scale projects. But work with solar? Between the harsh Buffalo winters and an already successful business model, the idea was slow to take off, especially within a conservative

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company. Despite company-wide skepticism, CIR took a leap of faith into the solar market. It was up to CFO Jeff Pedro, renewable project coordinator Ashley Regan, business development manager Darin Harzewski and NABCEP-certified designer Tracy Almeter to convince colleagues and counterparts that solar was a sustainable business. There was risk involved, but CIR was already an established company, ready with labor, trucks and ongoing relationships with vendors. And, Almeter said, they already knew a lot about solar technology. “At a basic level, when you’re talking about a solar PV project, you’re talking about electricity,” Regan said. “No one thinks of it that way. [Union electricians] are laying conduit, they’re pulling

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CIR installed solar on 20 additional homes within a subdevelopment. More recently, CIR Electric worked with national solar installers as a subcontractor, including work on a 1.1-MW project for Bausch &

wire, they’re connecting back to the grid. All of that is electrical work.” The company’s first solar job

People didn’t understand the technology. They thought they would need batteries. They didn’t think they’d get money back from the utilities. was a 5-kW system on a net-zero home built by local organization People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH). Through an existing relationship with Natale Builders,

Lomb in Rochester, New York. “This project was truly an eyeopening experience within CIR,” Regan said. “We were able to turn the naysayers within the company

into solar yes-men.” Three CIR employees have added solar to their own houses, including electrician David Naus. He installed a 28-panel, 7.8-kW ground-mount system in his backyard last November. “A lot of people come over to my backyard and learn about it,” Naus said. “People didn’t understand the technology. They thought they would need batteries. They didn’t think they’d get money back from the utilities.” Naus’ latest electric bill was $17. He said Buffalo gets as much sun as Orlando, Florida, and the cool weather is better for solar technology. It sounds like he’s sold, and so are many other skeptics at CIR Electric. SPW

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Illinois Uber drivers powered by solar While electric vehicles don’t necessarily always rely on solar power, Chicago contractor Windfree (No. 338) often makes the two work hand-inhand. Working with its partner Green Wheels (an Illinois auto dealership that sells and leases electric vehicles), Windfree installs electric vehicle charging stations and usually customer conversations turn to solar. “More often than not if someone is putting in a charging station, they’re thinking about solar,” said Bryan Tillman, director of operations at Green Wheels. “They’re thinking, ‘How can I make my energy even cleaner?’” Tillman and his team have built relationships with Chicago municipalities that have decided to make their city vehicle fleets all electric. Green Wheels has even partnered with Uber to lease all-electric cars to local

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drivers. While municipalities usually pay for electric charge stations, Green Wheels provides the charge stations for Uber drivers. They are reimbursed for the electricity drivers use through car lease payments. Green Wheels and Windfree have installed charge station areas all over Chicago, many at existing solar sites. Tillman said the public’s response has been more than what his team hoped for, and he sees it as a catalyst for both electric vehicles and the solar market. “There is expected to be thousands of people in our fleet of electric cars each year, so that’s thousands of impressions,” Tillman explained. “Curious passengers are having conversations with drivers about how they’re riding in an allelectric vehicle, often powered with electricity from solar. The drivers tell

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us how amazed people are that these electric vehicles are running thousands of miles every year, just like their traditional cars, and how quiet they are. They see the availability of the charging stations around town and start to view electric vehicles as a possibility for them. Because of this, the Uber drivers who are going electric have had a good experience, and we anticipate their passengers will give them ratings as good as, if not better ratings than, the rest of the Uber drivers!” Tillman attributes increasing interest in electric vehicles and solar to a growing knowledge base of the importance of zero emission options, especially in city centers. “Municipalities and other organizations are starting to understand climate change and health impacts of poor air quality and realizing they need to show leadership in doing what’s best for society,” he said. SPW

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HONOLULU, HAWAII

Environmental stewardship goes beyond installing solar

The beaches of Hawaii are worldrenowned, but like all natural wonders they are subject to the harms of human impact. When Honolulu solar contractor RevoluSun (No. 220) saw trash collecting on a local beach, it stepped in to help. In 2009, just two weeks after opening its doors for business, it partnered with the Hawaii Surfrider Foundation to host a cleanup of Sandy Beach on Oahu’s east side. It was such a success, the partners have made it an annual July event. Each year, RevoluSun staff members and volunteers remove about 900 lbs of trash from the shoreline. This includes everything from plastic bags, polystyrene from packaging, fishing nets/rope, batteries and even smaller items like bottle caps, cigarette butts and microplastics. “Our goal is always to walk the walk of sustainability,” said Revolusun Chief Innovation Officer Eric Carlson. “We 110

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believe in being stewards of Hawaii’s environment, so not only do we provide solar power and smart home innovations, we strive to participate in as many community stewardship efforts like this as possible. This allows us to give back by physically getting dirty and being caretakers of this place we love so much. It allows our community and clientele to see that we don’t just sell renewable energy and talk about caring for the environment, we live that lifestyle.” RevoluSun provides free T-shirts and lunch to thank cleanup participants. Carlson said the time and expense of running the event is worth it. “Participating in something like this is part of our company philosophy of cleaner, smarter living,” he said. “It’s a way to connect personally with the more than 5,500 RevoluSun customers we have already connected to solar power. We don’t

RevoluSun donated a mobile sand-sifter for beach cleanup in 2013. The device can remove smaller items like microplastics, which have become a paramount issue in the marine environment, killing more than 100,000 mammals and 1 million birds every year.

look at this beach cleanup as an expense, but a way to give back.” The event is now in its sixth year. Each time, RevoluSun strives to improve organization so that more people can volunteer and more trash can be removed from Hawaii’s beautiful shoreline. SPW

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