2014 Top 100 Residential Solar Contractors

The residential market installed 792 MW in 2013, representing 60% annual growth.

Over the past three years, the U.S. residential solar market has been distinguished by its remarkably consistent incremental growth. On a national level, residential solar has steadily gained steam as homeowner financing options (leases, loans, and PPAs) become more widely available, system costs continually decline, and market participants innovate. Some of the most impactful developments in 2013 included:

  • Evolving Channel Strategies – Residential solar installers and originators spent much effort in 2013 honing their strategies to reach customers. Some announced new retail partnerships (e.g., with Home Depot, Toyota), while others linked up with electricity retailers or local service professionals. We expect to see further diversification of sales channels in 2014, including a number of new partnerships with electricity suppliers, the entry of cable and other home service providers, and potentially an increased role for local banks in solar sales.
  • Financial Innovation – Though its immediate impact is small, the long-term impact of SolarCity’s first securitization of distributed solar assets is likely to be huge. Securitizing pools of residential solar assets can both lower the cost of capital and increase its availability – removing two of the primary historical barriers to growth in the residential sector. In 2014, another residential system owner will almost certainly securitize its own portfolio and, if all goes according to plan, yields on these pools will begin to decrease.

Most notable about 2013 was the Q4 boom, in which installations jumped 33% over the previous quarter – the largest quarterly increase in recent history.

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* Excerpted from SEIA/GTM Research “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2013 Year in Review”

 

 

RANK COMPANY OVERALL RANK CITY STATE YEAR FOUNDED EMPLOYEES PRIMARY SERVICE TOTAL
MEGAWATTS INSTALLED
TOTAL
MEGAWATTS 2013
1 SolarCity 4 San Mateo CA 2006 5000 Rooftop Contractor 567 280
2 Vivint Solar 17 Provo UT 2011 1600 EPC 99.053 58.26
3 RGS Energy 24 Louisville CO 1978 300 EPC 235 31
4 Verengo 28 Torrance CA 2008 1050 Rooftop Contractor 61.2 25.4
5 Trinity Solar 34 Wall NJ 1994 251 EPC 93.886 22.038
6 Alternate Energy 45 Honolulu HI 1993 60 Developer 267.856 14.689
7 Solar Universe 46 Livermore CA 2008 93 Rooftop Contractor 37 14
8 NRG Home Solar 48 Wall NJ 2010 503 Rooftop Contractor 29 13.5
9 Bland Solar & Air 55 Bakersfield CA 1985 35 Rooftop Contractor 48 12
10 Fun In The Sun Solar 56 Orlando FL 1998 33 Solar Hot Water Contractor 42 12
11 KDH Solar 60 New Orleans LA 2006 5 Rooftop Contractor 13.964 10.452
12 RevoluSun 65 Honolulu HI 2009 25 Developer 45 9.8
13 Solar CenTex 67 Harker Heights TX 2012 8 Rooftop Contractor 18.6 9.6
14 Hawaii Energy Connection 68 Aiea HI 2007 90 EPC 26 9.276
15 American Solar Direct 71 Los Angeles CA 2009 436 Rooftop Contractor 17.084 8.99
16 Summerwind Solar 72 Phoenix AZ 2009 60 Rooftop Contractor 25 8.5
17 Smart Energy Solar 74 Corona CA 2005 120 Rooftop Contractor 8.32 8.32
18 Solar Energy World 77 Elkridge MD 2009 45 Rooftop Contractor 16 7
19 Haleakala Solar 78 Kahului HI 1977 148 EPC 54.652 6.652
20 Solar Source 81 Largo FL 1984 45 EPC 83.716 6.118
21 Sunline Energy 82 San Diego CA 2011 32 Construction Firm 6.4 6.1
22 Baker Electric Solar 91 Escondido CA 2007 79 EPC 26.549 5.608
23 A1 Solar Power 92 Van Nuys CA 1986 115 Developer 37 5.6
24 Namaste Solar 95 Boulder CO 2005 65 EPC 25 5.5
25 Sun Valley Solar Solutions 96 Chandler AZ 2006 85 EPC 20.575 5.377
26 Sullivan Solar Power 97 San Diego CA 2004 100 Developer 19.685 5.194
27 GCI Solar 99 Huntington Beach CA 1986 150 Rooftop Contractor 15 5
28 The Solar Company 100 Castro Valley CA 2004 170 Rooftop Contractor 12.845 4.933
29 Sun Solar Energy Solutions 109 Bakersfield CA 2008 38 Rooftop Contractor 7.12 3.811
30 GRID Alternatives 111 Oakland CA 2001 140 Non-Profit Contractor 14.899 3.591
31 Stellar Solar 113 San Diego CA 1998 49 Rooftop Contractor 14 3.5
32 Native 115 Austin TX 2007 63 Rooftop Contractor 8.46 3.46
33 Solar Alliance of America 118 San Diego CA 2009 44 Rooftop Contractor 8 3.2
34 Fidelity Home Energy 120 San Diego CA 1991 150 Rooftop Contractor 12.861 3.134
35 American Electric Co. 121 Honolulu HI 1946 150 EPC 9.4 3.1
36 SunHarvest Solar 125 Phoenix AZ 2009 12 Electrical Subcontractor 10 3
37 Planet Solar Incorporated 126 Santa Barbara CA 2008 53 Construction Firm 9 3
38 Puget Sound Solar 128 Seattle WA 2001 32 EPC 3.25 3
39 Ross Solar Group 129 Danbury CT 2007 26 EPC 14.5 2.9
40 SUNation Solar Systems 131 Oakdale NY 2003 40 EPC 9.914 2.742
41 Smalley Heating & Cooling 132 Topeka KS 1996 2 Rooftop Contractor 16.905 2.7
42 Horizon Solar Power 133 Hemet CA 1998 182 Rooftop Contractor 7.36 2.7
43 Third Sun Solar 135 Athens OH 2000 19 EPC 8.402 2.609
44 Clean Energy Collective 136 Boulder CO 2009 60 Developer 5.34 2.57
45 Stealth Solar 138 Phoenix AZ 2010 48 Rooftop Contractor 9.75 2.5
46 Joule Energy 139 New Orleans LA 2010 50 EPC 7.5 2.5
47 The Boston Solar Company 141 Woburn MA 2011 85 EPC 3.1 2.5
48 EmPower Solar 142 Island Park NY 2003 56 Rooftop Contractor 9.411 2.423
49 SunVest Solar 143 Pewaukee WI 2009 6 Developer 5 2.373
50 ADR Solar Solutions 144 Los Angeles CA 1994 20 EPC 16.38 2.35
51 Herca Solar 145 Oceanside CA 2004 35 EPC 12 2.3
52 Missouri Sun Solar 146 Houston MO 2012 42 Developer 4.3 2.3
53 Planet Earth Solar 147 San Clemente CA 2012 8 Rooftop Contractor 3.364 2.264
54 ReVision Energy 148 Portland ME 2003 65 Rooftop Contractor 7 2.25
55 Revolve Solar 151 Austin TX 2012 100 Rooftop Contractor 3 2.2
56 Enchanted Solar 152 Albuquerque NM 2011 10 Construction Firm 2.83 2.2
57 Hudson Solar 159 Rhinebeck NY 2002 45 Rooftop Contractor 8.5 2
58 Positive Energy Solar 161 Santa Fe NM 1997 58 Electrical Subcontractor 7 2
59 Everyday Energy 163 Carlsbad CA 2009 28 EPC 6 2
60 NRG Clean Power 164 Canoga Park CA 1989 80 Rooftop Contractor 6 2
61 McWire Electric 165 El Cajon CA 1999 47 Electrical Subcontractor 5.6 2
62 Milholland Electric 166 San Diego CA 1990 40 Rooftop Contractor 5 2
63 South Coast Solar 167 New Orleans LA 2008 30 Rooftop Contractor 8 1.999
64 Solar-Fit 168 Holly Hill FL 1975 22 Rooftop Contractor 6.6 1.9
65 Texas Solar Outfitters 171 Houston TX 2010 17 Rooftop Contractor 2.24 1.74
66 Arise Solar 173 Clovis CA 2007 55 Rooftop Contractor 4.8 1.7
67 Renova Solar 175 Palm Desert CA 2006 56 Rooftop Contractor 3.5 1.7
68 Longhorn Solar 176 Austin TX 2009 51 Rooftop Contractor 3.195 1.676
69 Nova West Solar 178 Fresno CA 2005 20 Rooftop Contractor 5.75 1.64
70 Clean Solar 179 San Jose CA 2007 44 Rooftop Contractor 3.934 1.606
71 Southern Energy Management 183 Morrisville NC 2001 48 Rooftop Contractor 20 1.5
72 Hawaii Energy Smart 185 Maui HI 2009 8 Rooftop Contractor 4.5 1.5
73 Second Generation Energy 186 Hopedale MA 2008 6 Construction Firm 3 1.5
74 EPCON Solar 187 Phoenix AZ 2008 50 Electrical Subcontractor 1.686 1.385
75 PEP Solar 188 Phoenix AZ 1978 15 Rooftop Contractor 12 1.384
76 SunFusion Solar Electric 190 San Diego CA 2010 30 Rooftop Contractor 7.28 1.3
77 Bonterra Solar 192 Honolulu HI 2009 20 Rooftop Contractor 4.8 1.3
78 Grasshopper Solar 198 Toronto ON 2009 25 EPC 1.75 1.2
79 Central California Solar 200 Tulare CA 2009 19 EPC 1.805 1.155
80 Independent Power Systems 201 Boulder CO 1996 25 EPC 9 1.1
81 Solare Energy 204 San Diego CA 1989 20 Electrical Subcontractor 2.68 1.018
82 Pinnacle Exteriors 208 Allentown PA 2010 10 Rooftop Contractor 3.7 1
83 Fafco Solar 210 Cape Coral FL 1974 20 Rooftop Contractor 3 1
84 Progressive Power Solutions 211 Orem UT 2006 13 Rooftop Contractor 3 1
85 Alpenglow Solar 217 Park City UT 2010 15 EPC 2 1
86 COST LE$$ Energy 219 Yakima WA 1979 11 Rooftop Contractor 1.225 1
87 Honeycomb Solar 220 Pittsburgh PA 2012 4 Rooftop Contractor 1 1
88 Staten Island Renewable Energy 221 Staten Island NY 2009 4 Construction Firm 1 1
89 Built Well Solar 223 Wantagh NY 2001 15 Rooftop Contractor 6 0.98
90 21st Century Power Solutions 224 Catonsville MD 2009 18 Construction Firm 3 0.9
91 Lifestyle Solar 227 Fresno CA 2008 40 Rooftop Contractor 4 0.85
92 Magic Sun Solar 228 Loomis CA 2010 10 Construction Firm 1.8 0.85
93 New York State Solar Farm 230 Gardiner NY 2006 15 Developer 1.233 0.803
94 Palomar Solar 232 Escondido CA 2009 12 Rooftop Contractor 1.9 0.8
95 Ultra Solar & Wind Solutions 234 Ocean City MD 2009 4 EPC 1 0.765
96 New England Clean Energy 235 Hudson MA 2006 19 Rooftop Contractor 2.52 0.739
97 Artisan Electric 236 Seattle WA 2007 30 Rooftop Contractor 1.2 0.735
98 Mass Renewables 237 Bellingham MA 2009 4 Construction Firm 2.4 0.72
99 Plan It Solar 241 Grass Valley CA 2001 14 Construction Firm 0.78 0.672
100 Gunn Solar Energy Systems (Gunn Electric) 242 Pineville LA 1950 24 Electrical Subcontractor 0.72 0.654
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