2013 Top 250 Solar Contractors

Solar Power World, the industry’s leading source for technology, development and installation news, presents the 2013 Top 250 Solar Contractors list. The list ranks applicants according to influence in the residential, commercial and utility solar-installation markets.

It is these businesses that have fueled the three-year growth of this industry of 227%. The Solar Power World’s Top 250 employ 73,068 people and installed 3 GW in 2012 alone. They have installed 7.8 GW overall. They represent the best across all three segments — utility, commercial and residential — that make this industry so vibrant. In an industry now valued at $11.5 billion, these are the companies that have built it.

We appreciated the candor of the industry leaders and their willingness to share their wisdom with the industry. It’s our collective and individual strength that will keep this industry moving forward, and it’s our honor to bring you a roadmap — from the experts — for success.

RANK COMPANY TOTAL
MEGAWATTS 2012
TOTAL
MEGAWATTS INSTALLED
EMPLOYEES YEAR FOUNDED CITY STATE UTILITY COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL
1 First Solar 763 1505 5,200 1999 Tempe AZ Utility    
2 SolarCity 157 333 3,000 2006 San Mateo CA   Commercial Residential
3 E Light Wind and Solar 146.5 309 360 1998 Englewood CO Utility Commercial Residential
4 Swinerton Renewable Energy 135 237 1,200 1888 San Diego CA Utility Commercial  
5 Quanta Power Generation 117 301.4 465 2008 Greenwood Village CO Utility Commercial  
6 Strata Solar 80 140 502 2009 Chapel Hill NC Utility Commercial Residential
7 Signal Energy 77.9 227.9 171 2005 Chattanooga TN Utility    
8 AMEC 75 97 29,000 1946 Atlanta GA Utility    
9 CSI Electrical Contractors 74 284 700 1990 Santa Fe Springs CA Utility Commercial Residential
10 REC Solar 50.9 167 800 1997 San Luis Obispo CA Utility Commercial Residential
11 Hanwha Q CELLS USA 43 117 48 1999 Irvine CA Utility Commercial  
12 juwi solar Inc. 40.3 106.5 60 2008 Boulder CO Utility Commercial  
13 Arraycon 38.5 118 50 2009 Sacramento CA Utility Commercial  
14 Wilson Electric 37 43 450 1968 Tempe AZ Utility Commercial  
15 OneRoof Energy 35 35 90 2011 San Diego CA     Residential
15 S&C Electric Co. 35 35 2,500 1911 Chicago IL Utility    
16 Your Energy Source 34.03 50 40 1989 Rancho Cordova CA Utility Commercial  
17 DKD Electric 33.16 42 120 1978 Albuquerque NM Utility Commercial Residential
18 Global Energy Services (GES) 30.48 260 4,000 1982 Conshohocken PA Utility Commercial  
19 Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. 29.2 35.3 50 2010 Springfield NJ Utility Commercial Residential
20 Meridian Solar 25 39 30 1999 Austin TX   Commercial  
21 Rosendin Electric 25 85 3,500 1919 San Jose CA Utility Commercial  
22 Tecta Solar 24 55 2,147 2000 Fort Washington PA   Commercial  
23 McCarthy Building Companies 22 48 95 1864 St. Louis MO Utility Commercial  
24 Verengo Solar 20.5 45 854 2008 Torrance     Residential
25 Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA) 20 175 350 2011 Westchester IL Utility Commercial  
26 Martifer Solar USA 20 35 50 2001 Los Angeles CA Utility Commercial Residential
27 Trinity Solar 18.5 73 325 1994 Wall NJ   Commercial Residential
28 Vivint Solar 18.21 24.77 750 2011 Provo UT     Residential
29 Inovateus Solar 18 98 27 2008 South Bend IN Utility Commercial  
30 Sunetric 17 57 140 2004 Kailua HI   Commercial Residential
31 Cantsink Manufacturing 15 40 50 1988 Lilburn GA   Commercial Residential
32 Cenergy Power 15 38 42 2008 Carlsbad CA Utility Commercial  
33 GeoPeak Energy 15 31 50 2009 Somerset NJ   Commercial Residential
34 Innovative Concepts 13 16 11 2009 Fairfield CA Utility Commercial  
35 American Renewable Energy 12 60 125 2009 Piscataway NJ   Commercial Residential
36 Astrum Solar 12 25 200 2007 Annapolis Junction MD   Commercial Residential
37 Roof Diagnostics Solar 11.89 19.62 304 1994 Wall NJ     Residential
38 PsomasFMG 11.6 26.12 30 2009 Huntington Beach CA   Commercial  
39 Solar Design Tech 11.5 12.5 14 1996 Ogden UT Utility Commercial Residential
40 Amberjack Solar Energy 10 20 45 2009 Oakland NJ   Commercial  
41 Baker Renewable Energy 10 20 900 1915 Raleigh NC Utility Commercial Residential
42 FLS Energy 10 25.5 50 2006 Asheville NC Utility Commercial  
43 Ray Angelini 10 100 200 1974 Sewell NJ   Commercial  
44 Solar Electrical Systems 10 30 23 1981 Westlake Village CA   Commercial Residential
45 Resolute Performance Contracting 9.3 15 36 2011 Tempe AZ   Commercial  
45 Baker Electric 9.3 13.6 322 1938 Escondido CA   Commercial  
46 Blue Oak Energy 9 11.4 42 2003 Davis CA Utility Commercial  
47 Haleakala Solar 8.8 48 200 1977 Kahului HI   Commercial Residential
48 Solar Topps 8.2 18.5 52 2009 Tempe AZ   Commercial Residential
49 Advanced Green Technologies 8 58 20 2007 Fort Lauderdale FL   Commercial  
50 AlternateEnergy 8 14 100 1993 Honolulu HI   Commercial Residential
51 Standard Solar 7.92 30 65 2004 Rockville MD Utility Commercial Residential
52 Hawaii Energy Connection 7.27 15.4 100 2007 Aiea HI   Commercial Residential
53 Helix Electric 7.1 108.7 1,317 1985 San Diego CA Utility Commercial Residential
54 New York Light Energy 7 21 24 2009 Latham NY Utility Commercial  
55 PermaCity Solar 7 35 45 2003 Los Angeles CA   Commercial Residential
56 Harmon Electric 6.8 10.6 85 1975 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
57 American Electric 6.5 10 175 1946 Honolulu HI   Commercial Residential
58 vis solis 6.3 9.9 3 2010 Franklin TN Utility Commercial  
59 Namaste Solar 6 21 80 2004 Boulder CO   Commercial Residential
60 Nexus Energy Solutions 6 8 3 2010 Lawrenceville NJ   Commercial  
61 Oak Leaf Energy Partners 6 45 2006 Denver CO Utility Commercial  
62 Regenesis Power 6 10 11 2006 Estero FL Utility Commercial Residential
63 Solar Alliance of America 6 14 68 2009 San Diego CA     Residential
64 Solar Energy World 6 9.2 75 2009 Elkridge MD   Commercial Residential
65 Summerwind Solar 6 10 60 2009 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
66 Broadway Renewable Strategies 5.91 9.45 150 1938 Boston MA   Commercial  
67 National Renewable Energy Corp. 5.5 9 15 2009 Charlotte NC Utility Commercial  
68 Elite Electric 5.2 13.9 49 1979 Riverside CA   Commercial Residential
69 Solect Energy Development 5.2 10.5 20 2009 Hopkinton MA   Commercial Residential
70 Aztec Solar 5 15 70 1980 Rancho Cordova CA Utility Commercial Residential
71 Bombard Renewable Energy 5 65 50 1982 Las Vegas NV Utility Commercial Residential
72 Solar United Network (SUNworks) 5 15 50 2010 Roseville CA Utility Commercial Residential
73 Solular 4.7 10.6 45 2009 Marlton NJ   Commercial Residential
74 Sullivan Solar Power 4.6 9.12 76 2004 San Diego CA Utility Commercial Residential
75 Island Wide Solar 4.5 10 100 2003 Kailua-Kona HI   Commercial Residential
76 Radiance Solar 4.5 5.6 20 2007 Atlanta GA Utility Commercial Residential
77 Mercury Solar Systems 4.4 54.3 130 1986 Port Chester NY Utility Commercial Residential
78 Solar Liberty 4.1 15 30 2003 Buffalo NY Utility Commercial Residential
80 SKY Renewable Energy 4 14 36 2001 Phoenix AZ Utility Commercial Residential
81 American Solar Direct 8.99 17.084 217 2009 Los Angeles CA     Residential
82 The Solar Co. 3.8 12.8 145 2004 Castro Valley CA   Commercial Residential
83 Hannah Solar 3.5 10.4 20 2008 Atlanta GA   Commercial Residential
84 KDH Solar 3.5 5 4 2006 New Orleans LA   Commercial Residential
85 Monolith Solar Associates 3.5 5.5 39 2009 Rensselaer NY   Commercial Residential
86 PPC Solar / Paradise Power Company 3.45 5 10 1979 Taos NM Utility Commercial Residential
87 Green Circuit 3.06 4 3 2007 Hudson WI Utility Commercial Residential
88 Baja Construction 3 6 140 1981 Martinez CA   Commercial  
89 Berkowatts Electric 3 5 18 2009 Lakewood NJ Utility Commercial Residential
90 Eco Friendly Energy Co. 3 6 2008 San Francisco CA   Commercial  
91 Smart Energy USA 3 4 80 2005 Corona CA   Commercial Residential
92 Herca Solar 2.89 12.89 56 2004 Oceanside CA   Commercial Residential
93 Solis Partners 2.76 10.71 9 2009 Sea Girt NJ   Commercial  
94 Stealth Solar 2.75 3.75 48 2010 Phoenix AZ     Residential
95 Advanced Solar Products 2.7 47 38 1991 Flemington NJ Utility Commercial Residential
96 LightWave Solar 2.7 6.5 40 2006 Antioch TN   Commercial Residential
97 Technicians for Sustainability 2.7 8.59 27 2003 Tucson AZ   Commercial Residential
98 Paradise Energy Solutions 2.61 5.72 50 2009 Gap PA Utility Commercial Residential
99 Ross Solar Group 2.6 11.6 17 2007 Danbury CT   Commercial Residential
100 Independent Energy Solutions 2.5 15 20 1998 Vista CA Utility Commercial Residential
101 Hamilton Solar 2.4 12 25 2009 Reno NV   Commercial Residential
102 Sun Solar Energy Solutions 2.4 5.6 35 2008 Bakersfield CA   Commercial Residential
103 Solar Source 2.33 77.6 45 1984 Largo FL Utility Commercial Residential
104 Axium Solar 2.31 4.7 35 2008 Plano TX   Commercial Residential
105 Rudolph/Libbe 2.2 10 1000 1955 Walbridge OH Utility Commercial  
106 Sun Valley Solar Solutions 2.2 5.9 50 2006 Chandler AZ   Commercial Residential
107 SunTrek Industries 2.2 75 40 1991 Irvine CA Utility Commercial Residential
108 Syndicated Solar 2.2 4 50 2009 Greenwood Village CO   Commercial Residential
109 Bonterra Solar 2.1 3.5 40 2009 Honolulu HI   Commercial Residential
110 Dovetail Solar and Wind 2.1 5.1 37 1995 Athens OH   Commercial Residential
111 Sungate Energy Solutions 2.1 5.7 150 2001 San Diego CA     Residential
112 Baker Electric Solar 2.02 5.93 34 2007 Escondido CA   Commercial Residential
113 Douglass Colony Group 2 47 350 1947 Commerce City CO   Commercial  
114 EmPower Solar 2 6.8 40 2003 Island Park NY   Commercial Residential
115 Freedom Power 2 3 32 2004 Shreveport LA   Commercial Residential
116 HelioTek USA 2 8 35 2008 San Diego CA   Commercial Residential
117 Native 2 5 28 2007 Austin TX   Commercial Residential
118 NRG Energy 2 5 8,000 1989 Princeton NJ Utility Commercial Residential
119 South Coast Solar 2 6 40 2008 New Orleans LA   Commercial Residential
120 Stellar Solar 2 10 40 1998 San Diego CA   Commercial Residential
121 Bella Energy 1.91 9.42 16 2005 Louisville CO   Commercial  
122 Clean Energy Collective 1.84 3.3 30 2009 Boulder CO   Commercial Residential
123 SUNation Solar Systems 1.78 7.24 40 2003 Oakdale NY   Commercial Residential
124 Ontility 1.62 5.21 30 2009 Houston TX   Commercial Residential
125 Everyday Energy 1.5 3.9 18 2009 Carlsbad CA   Commercial Residential
126 Photonworks Engineering 1.5 3.61 40 2009 Honolulu HI   Commercial Residential
127 Sunsense Solar 1.5 4 12 1990 Carbondale CO Utility Commercial Residential
128 Sunspot Solar Energy Systems 1.41 4.01 17 2009 Las Cruces NM   Commercial Residential
129 Arise Solar 1.4 3.16 42 2007 Clovis CA   Commercial Residential
130 Planet Solar 1.4 4.5 21 1983 Santa Barabara CA   Commercial Residential
131 Carbon Vision 1.37 1.92 6 2009 Shaker Heights OH Utility Commercial  
132 Border Solar 1.3 1.9 17 2008 El Paso TX   Commercial Residential
133 Horizon Solar Power 1.3 4.66 95 1998 Hemet CA   Commercial Residential
134 Solar Impact 1.3 4.7 8 2007 Gainesville FL   Commercial Residential
135 Arizona Energy Pros 1.2 3.5 18 2009 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
136 Clark EcoEnergy 1.2 3.1 5 2010 Lancaster PA   Commercial  
137 ESI 1.2 10.2 59 2008 Jonestown PA Utility Commercial Residential
138 Independent Power Systems 1.2 8 40 1996 Boulder CO   Commercial Residential
139 McWire Electric 1.2 30 32 1999 El Cajon CA   Commercial Residential
140 Mercury Mo-Dyne 1.2 170 15 1979 Honolulu HI   Commercial Residential
141 PEP Solar 1.2 12 12 1978 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
142 Longhorn Solar 1.14 1.85 30 2009 Austin TX   Commercial Residential
143 Carlson Solar Technologies 1.1 2.4 18 2008 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
144 Nova West Solar 1.1 4.1 10 2005 Fresno CA   Commercial Residential
145 SunGreen Systems 1.1 1.61 6 2008 Irwindale CA   Commercial Residential
146 Newkirk Electric 1.05 71.26 375 1961 Muskegon MI Utility Commercial Residential
147 Alliance Energy and Mechanical 1 4 31 2006 Murrieta CA Utility Commercial Residential
148 Atlasta Solar Center 1 10 12 1979 Grand Junction CO   Commercial Residential
149 Creative Energies 1 3.5 13 2000 Lander WY   Commercial Residential
150 Go Green Electric 1 2 11 2008 Denver CO   Commercial Residential
151 Got Electric 1 7 10 2006 Gaithersburg MD   Commercial Residential
152 Planet Earth Solar 1 1 4 2012 San Clemente CA   Commercial Residential
153 Pontchartrain Mechanical 1 1.3 155 1972 Metairie LA Utility Commercial Residential
154 RER Energy Group 1 6 15 2009 Reading PA   Commercial Residential
155 RMK Solar 1 6 20 2010 Wyomissing PA   Commercial Residential
156 Sundance Power Systems 1 5 26 1995 Weaverville NC   Commercial Residential
157 Energy Concepts Solar 0.9 0.9 15 1991 Sapello NM   Commercial Residential
158 Greenline Energy 0.9 5 5 2011 Hempstead NY Utility Commercial Residential
159 Sunline Energy 0.86 0.3 5 2011 San Diego CA   Commercial Residential
160 VB Engineering 0.83 2 10 2008 boca raton FL   Commercial Residential
161 Clean Solar 0.8 2.68 30 2007 San Jose CA     Residential
162 SunVest Solar 0.8 3 4 2009 Pewaukee WI Utility Commercial Residential
163 Abbott Electric 0.76 0.76 4 2007 Denton TX   Commercial Residential
164 DCS Energy 0.76 4 4 2006 Colchester CT   Commercial Residential
165 EnterSolar 0.71 7 9 2006 New York NY   Commercial  
166 Cosmic Solar 0.7 4.5 10 2005 Vista CA   Commercial Residential
167 Second Generation Energy 0.69 2.35 13 2008 Hopedale MA   Commercial Residential
168 SunTalk Solar 0.66 1.66 45 1996 Denver CO   Commercial Residential
169 JBC Solar 0.65 2 14 2008 Athens TN   Commercial Residential
170 Sunquest Solar 0.65 0.65 8 2007 Bullhead City AZ   Commercial Residential
171 Earth Wind And Solar Energy 0.6 1 10 2008 Chicago IL Utility Commercial Residential
172 Harvest Energy Solutions 0.6 1 15 2006 Jackson MI   Commercial Residential
173 Innovative Power Systems 0.6 3 10 1991 St. Paul MN   Commercial Residential
174 Peak Solar Designs 0.6 0.6 3 2004 Salida CO   Commercial Residential
175 Positive Energy Solar 0.6 4.6 62 1997 Santa Fe NM Utility Commercial Residential
176 Energy Independent Solutions 0.512 1.88 11 2008 Pittsburgh PA   Commercial Residential
177 Brightside Solar 0.5 0.5 6 2009 Woodbridge CT   Commercial Residential
178 Cape Fear Solar Systems 0.5 1 10 2007 Wilmington NC   Commercial Residential
179 Enchanted Solar 0.5 0.5 6 2011 Albuquerque NM   Commercial Residential
180 Folium Energy Development 0.5 4 5 2010 Addison TX Utility Commercial  
181 Luminalt 0.5 2 21 2004 San Francisco CA   Commercial Residential
182 M.I.T Electrical 0.5 3 12 1986 Sherman Oaks CA   Commercial Residential
183 Mr. Sun Solar 0.5 2 7 1980 Portland OR   Commercial Residential
184 Renewable Energy Alternatives 0.5 2 20 1997 Chicago IL   Commercial Residential
185 Sachs Electric 0.5 30 .5 700 1925 Fenton MO Utility Commercial Residential
186 Scudder Solar 0.5 2.2 14 2007 Marina CA   Commercial Residential
187 Solarponics 0.5 3 25 1975 Atascadero CA Utility Commercial Residential
188 Winter Sun Design 0.5 2.5 18 2005 Edmonds WA   Commercial Residential
189 Yellowlite 0.5 0.5 10 2009 Cleveland OH Utility   Residential
190 A1A Solar Contracting 0.49 0.78 11 2010 Jacksonville FL   Commercial Residential
191 American Solar & Alternative Energies 0.4 0.7 10 2009 Cumming GA   Commercial Residential
192 DPI Solar 0.4 1.2 6 2006 McMinnville OR   Commercial Residential
193 Florida Power Services 0.4 3 4 2008 Tampa FL   Commercial Residential
194 Onyx Solar 0.4 6 30 2005 New York NY   Commercial Residential
195 PowerLutions 0.4 2 10 2008 Lakewood NJ   Commercial Residential
196 Sierra Solar Systems 0.4 3 10 2005 Las Vegas NV   Commercial Residential
197 US Solar Roof 0.4 1 40 2011 Denison TX   Commercial  
198 Southern Solar Systems 0.38 1.5 10 2007 Huntsville AL   Commercial Residential
199 Elemental Energy 0.36 0.36 3 2010 Portland OR   Commercial Residential
200 Power Production Management 0.35 1.9 12 2009 Gainesville FL   Commercial Residential
201 BITHENERGY 0.32 30 6 2009 Baltimore MD Utility Commercial  
202 Hire Electric 0.3 1 18 1935 The Dalles OR   Commercial Residential
203 Sol-Up USA 0.27 0.27 10 2009 Las Vegas NV   Commercial Residential
205 Beehive Technical Services 0.25 0.25 6 1989 Las Cruces NM   Commercial Residential
206 Robco Electric 0.25 1 50 1997 Las Vegas NV Utility Commercial Residential
207 Yes! Solar Solutions 0.25 0.25 9 2009 Cary NC   Commercial Residential
208 Southface Solar Electric 0.23 1.5 12 2008 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
209 Southard Solar and Construction 0.22 0.22 4 1987 Longmont CO   Commercial Residential
210 Winona Renewable Energy 0.22 0.22 2 2010 Winona MN   Commercial Residential
211 Harrimans Inc-Solar Energy Systems 0.21 1.87 17 1969 Venice FL   Commercial Residential
212 Built Well Solar 0.2 2.8 15 2001 Wantagh NY   Commercial Residential
213 Greenbelt Solar 0.2 0.3 20 2009 Austin TX     Residential
214 SolareAmerica 0.2 1.2 5 2010 Malvern PA   Commercial Residential
215 Stellar Roofing and Solar 0.2 0.4 9 2008 Wheat Ridge CO   Commercial Residential
216 Renova Solar 0.18 1.5 42 2006 Palm Desert CA   Commercial Residential
217 San Diego Solar Install 0.18 0.18 5 2009 Winchester CA     Residential
218 Solar-Fit 0.17 1.6 24 1975 Holly Hill FL   Commercial Residential
219 AmmEn Design 0.16 1 1 2010 Grand Rapids MI   Commercial Residential
220 Synchro Solar 0.16 0.55 6 2009 Portland OR   Commercial Residential
221 ARiES Energy 0.15 0.2 8 2011 Knoxville TN   Commercial Residential
222 Texas Green Energy 0.15 0.6 4 2007 College Station TX   Commercial Residential
223 Electronic Telemetry & Power Conditioning 0.14 0.14 7 2002 Rolling Hills Estates CA   Commercial  
224 Texas Solar Outfitters 0.14 0.5 11 2010 Houston TX   Commercial Residential
225 Michigan Solar & Wind Powered Solutions 0.13 0.4 3 2007 Commerce MI Utility Commercial Residential
226 South Sound Solar 0.125 0.3 10 2008 Olympia WA   Commercial Residential
227 Affordable Solar Contracting 0.12 2 2 1993 Wahiawa HI     Residential
228 Coastal Solar 0.12 0.35 9 1986 Ventura CA   Commercial Residential
229 Solar Greenergy 0.11 2.66 58 1975 Warminster PA   Commercial Residential
230 Earth Electric 0.1 0.1 3 2009 San Jose CA   Commercial Residential
231 Green State Power 0.1 0.5 5 2008 Greensboro NC Utility Commercial Residential
232 Honeycomb Solar 0.1 0.1 4 2012 Pittsburgh PA     Residential
233 Patriot Roofing and Solar 0.1 0.25 15 1995 Carlsbad CA     Residential
234 Run on Sun 0.1 0.25 3 2006 Pasadena CA   Commercial Residential
235 Vanguard Energy .1 .25 15 2011 Wappingers Falls New York   Commercial Residential
236 American Solar 0.09 0.1 6 1986 Jacksonville FL     Residential
237 Electric Distributon & Design Systems 0.09 2.4 4 1986 Garland TX Utility Commercial Residential
238 ES Electrical Construction 0.09 0.5 5 1998 Penryn CA   Commercial Residential
239 Belmont Solar 0.08 0.5 5 2002 Gordonville PA   Commercial Residential
240 Sustainable Solutions Partners 0.07 2 15 2003 Pomona CA   Commercial Residential
241 E.E. Solar 0.06 5 5 2001 Farmingville NY Utility Commercial Residential
242 Cost Less Energy 0.04 0 8 1979 Yakima WA     Residential
243 Current Electric Co. 0.04 0 35 1983 Brookfield WI Utility Commercial Residential
244 Sustainable Technologies 0.04 0.6 1999 Alameda CA   Commercial Residential
245 Stewartstown Electrical Service 0.02 0.51 10 2004 Stewartstown PA     Residential
246 Sunnyside Solar 0.02 0.1 5 2008 Louisville CO     Residential
247 EcoVantage Energy 0.004 0.03 1 2001 Weatherford TX Utility Commercial Residential
248 Valverde Energy 0.004 0.05 5 1997 Taos NM   Commercial Residential
249 310 Solar Energy 0.003 2.2 9 2012 Albuquerque NM   Commercial  
250 AMECO Solar 0.8 8.9 15 1974 Paramount CA   Commercial Residential
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