Contractors Corner: Midwest developer promotes solar on a national stage

Some may find it surprising that a solar developer based in Indiana is making such an impact on the promotion of solar energy. The Midwest isn’t the quintessential region for solar installations, but the times are a-changin’. As more utilities retire aging coal plants, South Bend’s Inovateus Solar is helping to guide the energy transition

Contractors Corner: Nautilus Solar uses 10th birthday to expand into new markets

A 10th anniversary of a restaurant or even a marriage is a notable event. But in the still-young solar industry, 10 years deserves a special celebration. Nautilus Solar Energy, headquartered in Summit, New Jersey, recently celebrated its decade milestone, and CEO Jim Rice said everyone at the company is very proud. “I feel like in

Contractors Corner: Sunworks ready to compete with the big boys

  Sunworks has a storied past, but this year the California-based integrator found its niche and is ready to expand. Originally known as Solar3D and functioning as a research and solutions provider, a series of installation-company acquisitions (MD Energy, Elite Solar and SUNworks) led to its Sunworks name-change in 2016 and a focus on developing

Contractors Corner: Young company overcomes industry hiccups to finally hit its stride

Infinity Energy might be only two years old, but the residential contractor has expanded at a rapid pace. The company has opened five additional offices beyond its Rocklin, California, headquarters and now employs 150 people and even more contracted salespeople. Infinity Energy was listed at No. 212 on the Solar Power World 2016 Top Solar

Contractors Corner: Superior Solar’s 30-year history paves the way for continued growth

Superior Solar Systems’ start in 1984 makes it one of Florida’s oldest solar companies still operating. Through the years, the company’s focus has shifted from installing solar thermal and pool heating to photovoltaics. Superior Solar (No. 222 on the 2016 Top Solar Contractors list) has seen it all in the last three decades, but Remo Eyal,

Contractors Corner: A diverse workforce excels at bringing solar to Los Angeles neighborhoods

SouthWest Sun Solar’s workforce is one of the most diverse in the country. And that’s helpful, as the solar installer’s territory of mostly Southern California (and parts of Northern California) has an especially ethnically varied customer base. Hieu Nguyen, executive director of SouthWest, said his company’s diversity hiring efforts relate specifically to the communities in

Contractors Corner: Passionate installer seeks out passionate solar customers

For 15 years, Southern Energy Management (SEM) has been passionately bringing solar to very appreciative customers in the Carolinas and Virginia. “I enjoy seeing people when they buy a solar system and you turn the switch on,” said SEM co-founder and president Bob Kingery. “It’s this thing that people wanted for a long time. They

Contractors Corner: Canadian EPC installs in the freezing Arctic Circle to bring solar to diesel-country

  Many in the solar industry claim to be green-minded and passionate about their jobs. The question is: Are they passionate enough to travel over 2,500 miles from their warm homebase into the arctic tundra just to install a 15-kW system? Green Sun Rising talks the talk and walks the walk, installing solar in its

Contractors Corner: Swinerton excels at large-scale solar

  Swinerton Renewable Energy had a lot to worry about surrounding the ITC extension. The company’s bread and butter—multi-megawatt, utility-scale solar projects—was at risk of losing its monetary advantage, bringing Swinerton’s work to a standstill. Once the extension came through at the end of 2015, senior vice president and general manager George Hershman was relieved

Contractors Corner: SunPower by EmPower Solar

  The successful evolution of EmPower Solar has been a constant focus for CEO David Schieren. When the company formed in 2003, it planned to install energy storage, but participation in a Dept. of Energy Solar Decathlon competition led Schieren and COO Greg Sachs to realize the more dependable effectiveness of solar technology. Solar became