2013 Top 100 Residential Solar Contractors

When third-party ownership and financing models hit the scene in 2008, they were quickly heralded as one of the most significant innovations for the residential solar industry. They came as the U.S. economy worsened and consumers struggled to keep their mortgages afloat. A number of factors – including the decline in PV prices, technology addressing soft costs and the removal of the ITC cap – have contributed to year-over-year residential solar market growth. But in 2013, the results are in and the evidence is clear: Third-party ownership (TPO) remains the industry darling as it steamrolls into new markets and continues to make solar accessible to average American families. In February, GTM Research released a study predicting TPO could be a $5.5 billion market by 2016.

As the United States begins to follow the rest of the biggest solar markets in the world and move toward a more residential, distributed-generation system, the importance of installers that can handle that burgeoning business become increasingly important. With that understanding, here are the top 100 residential solar contractors in the United States, derived from the Solar Power World Top 250 Solar Contractors list.

Read more about residential solar in this feature: The Sweet Spot Of Residential Solar from OneRoof Energy. 

See other Solar Power World Top 250 Contractor segment lists:
Top 25 Utility Solar Contractors
Top 50 Commercial Solar Contractors

RANK COMPANY TOTAL
MEGAWATTS 2012
TOTAL
MEGAWATTS INSTALLED
EMPLOYEES YEAR FOUNDED CITY STATE UTILITY COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL
1 OneRoof Energy 35 35 90 2010 San Diego CA     Residential
2 Verengo 20.5 45 854 2008 Torrance CA     Residential
3 Vivint Solar 18.21 24.77 750 2011 Lehi UT     Residential
4 American Renewable Energy 12 60 125 2009 Piscataway NJ   Commercial Residential
5 Astrum Solar 12 25 200 2007 Annapolis Junction MD   Commercial Residential
6 Roof Diagnostics Solar 11.89 19.62 304 1994 Wall NJ     Residential
7 Solar Design Tech 11.5 12.5 14 1996 Ogden UT Utility Commercial Residential
8 Haleakala Solar 8.8 48 200 1977 Kahului HI   Commercial Residential
9 Solar Topps 8.2 18.5 52 2009 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
10 Hawaii Energy Connection 7.27 15.4 100 2007 Aiea HI   Commercial Residential
11 American Electric 6.5 10 175 1946 Mililani HI   Commercial Residential
12 Namaste Solar 6 21 80 2005 Boulder CO   Commercial Residential
13 Solar Alliance of America 6 14 68 2009 San Diego CA     Residential
14 Solar Energy World 6 9.2 75 2009 Elkridge MD   Commercial Residential
15 Summerwind Solar LLC 6 10 60 2009 Phoenix Arizona   Commercial Residential
16 Elite Electric 5.2 13.9 49 1979 Riverside CA   Commercial Residential
17 Sullivan Solar Power 4.6 9.12 76 2004 San Diego CA Utility Commercial Residential
18 Island Wide Solar 4.5 10 100 2003 Kailua-Kona HI   Commercial Residential
19 American Solar Direct 8.99 17.084 217 2009 Los Angeles CA     Residential
20 The Solar Company 3.8 12.8 145 2004 Castro Valley CA   Commercial Residential
21 KDH Solar 3.5 5 4 2011 New Orleans LA   Commercial Residential
22 Smart Energy Solar 3 4 80 2005 Corona CA   Commercial Residential
23 Technicians for Sustainability 2.7 8.59 27 2003 Tucson Arizona   Commercial Residential
24 Ross Solar, a ConEdison Solutions Company 2.6 11.6 17 2007 Danbury CT   Commercial Residential
25 Sun Solar Energy Solutions 2.4 5.6 35 2008 Bakersfield CA   Commercial Residential
26 Solar Source 2.33 77.6 45 1984 Largo FL Utility Commercial Residential
27 Sun Valley Solar Solutions 2.2 5.9 50 2006 Chandler Arizona   Commercial Residential
28 SunTrek Industries 2.2 75 40 1991 Irvine CA Utility Commercial Residential
29 Syndicated Solar 2.2 4 50 2009 Greenwood Village CO   Commercial Residential
30 Bonterra Solar 2.1 3.5 40 2009 Honolulu HI   Commercial Residential
31 Sungate Energy Solutions 2.1 5.7 150 2001 San Diego CA     Residential
32 Baker Electric 2.02 5.93 34 1938 Escondido CA   Commercial Residential
33 SunPower by EmPower Solar 2 6.8 40 2003 Island Park NY   Commercial Residential
34 Freedom Power 2 3 32 2004 Shreveport LA   Commercial Residential
35 HelioTek USA 2 8 35 2008 San Diego CA   Commercial Residential
36 South Coast Solar 2 6 40 2007 New Orleans Louisiana   Commercial Residential
37 SunPower by Stellar Solar 2 10 40 1998 Carlsbad California   Commercial Residential
38 Clean Energy Collective 1.84 3.3 30 2009 Louisville CO   Commercial Residential
39 SUNation Solar Systems 1.78 7.24 40 2003 Ronkonkoma NY   Commercial Residential
40 Everyday Energy 1.5 3.9 18 2009 Carlsbad CA   Commercial Residential
41 Sunspot Solar Energy Systems 1.41 4.01 17 2009 Las Cruces NM   Commercial Residential
42 Planet Solar Incorporated 1.4 4.5 21 1983 Santa Barabara CA   Commercial Residential
43 Horizon Solar Power 1.3 4.66 95 2008 Temecula CA   Commercial Residential
44 Arizona Energy Pros 1.2 3.5 18 1977 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
45 Independent Power Systems 1.2 8 40 1996 Boulder CO   Commercial Residential
46 McWire Electric 1.2 30 32 1999 El Cajon California   Commercial Residential
47 Mercury Mo-Dyne 1.2 170 15 1979 Honolulu HI   Commercial Residential
48 Longhorn Solar 1.14 1.85 30 2009 Austin TX   Commercial Residential
49 Carlson Solar Technologies 1.1 2.4 18 2008 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
50 Nova West Solar 1.1 4.1 10 2005 Fresno CA   Commercial Residential
51 Atlasta Solar Center 1 10 12 1979 Grand Junction CO   Commercial Residential
52 Sundance Power Systems 1 5 26 1995 Weaverville NC   Commercial Residential
53 Energy Concepts 0.9 0.9 15 1991 Sapello NM   Commercial Residential
54 Sunline Energy 0.86 0.3 5 2013 San Diego CA   Commercial Residential
55 Clean Solar 0.8 2.68 30 2007 San Jose CA     Residential
56 Cosmic Solar 0.7 4.5 10 2007 Vista CA   Commercial Residential
57 SunTalk Solar 0.66 1.66 45 1996 Denver CO   Commercial Residential
58 JBC Solar 0.65 2 14 2008 Athens TN   Commercial Residential
59 Peak Solar Designs 0.6 0.6 3 2006 Salida CO   Commercial Residential
60 SunPower by Positive Energy Solar 0.6 4.6 62 1997 Santa Fe NM Utility Commercial Residential
61 Energy Independent Solutions (EIS Solar) 0.512 1.88 11 2008 Pittsburgh PA   Commercial Residential
62 Brightside Solar 0.5 0.5 6 2009 Woodbridge CT   Commercial Residential
63 Cape Fear Solar Systems 0.5 1 10 2007 Wilmington NC   Commercial Residential
64 Enchanted Solar 0.5 0.5 6 2011 Albuquerque NM   Commercial Residential
65 Luminalt 0.5 2 21 2004 San Francisco CA   Commercial Residential
66 Mr. Sun Solar 0.5 2 7 1980 Portland OR   Commercial Residential
67 Winter Sun Design 0.5 2.5 18 2005 Edmonds WA   Commercial Residential
68 YellowLite 0.5 0.5 10 2009 Cleveland OH Utility   Residential
69 A1A Solar Contracting 0.49 0.78 11 2010 Jacksonville FL   Commercial Residential
70 DPI Solar 0.4 1.2 6 2006 McMinnville OR   Commercial Residential
71 Florida Power Services 0.4 3 4 2007 Tampa Florida   Commercial Residential
72 PowerLutions Solar 0.4 2 10 2008 Lakewood NJ   Commercial Residential
73 Elemental Energy 0.36 0.36 3 2010 Portland OR   Commercial Residential
74 Hire Electric 0.3 1 18 1935 The Dalles OR   Commercial Residential
75 Sol-Up USA 0.27 0.27 10 2009 Las Vegas NV   Commercial Residential
76 Beehive Technical Services 0.25 0.25 6 1989 Las Cruces NM   Commercial Residential
77 Robco Electric 0.25 1 50 1997 Las Vegas NV Utility Commercial Residential
78 Yes Solar Solutions 0.25 0.25 9 2009 Cary NC   Commercial Residential
79 Southface Solar Electric 0.23 1.5 12 2008 Phoenix AZ   Commercial Residential
80 Southard Solar & Construction 0.22 0.22 4 2008 Denver CO   Commercial Residential
81 Harrimans Inc-Solar Energy Systems 0.21 1.87 17 1969 Venice FL   Commercial Residential
82 Built Well Solar 0.2 2.8 15 2001 Wantagh NY   Commercial Residential
83 Greenbelt Solar 0.2 0.3 20 2009 Austin TX     Residential
84 Stellar Energy Contractors 0.2 0.4 9 2008 Denver CO   Commercial Residential
85 Renova Solar 0.18 1.5 42 2006 Palm Desert CA   Commercial Residential
86 San Diego Solar Install 0.18 0.18 5 2009 Winchester CA     Residential
87 Solar-Fit 0.17 1.6 24 1975 Holly Hill FL   Commercial Residential
88 South Sound Solar 0.125 0.3 10 2008 Olympia WA   Commercial Residential
89 Affordable Solar Contracting 0.12 2 2 1993 Wahiawa HI     Residential
90 Coastal Solar 0.12 0.35 9 1986 Ventura CA   Commercial Residential
91 Earth Electric 0.1 0.1 3 2009 San Jose CA   Commercial Residential
92 Honeycomb Solar 0.1 0.1 4 2012 Pittsburgh PA     Residential
93 Patriot Roofing and Solar 0.1 0.25 15 1995 Carlsbad CA     Residential
94 Vanguard Energy .1 .25 15 2011 Wappingers Falls New York   Commercial Residential
95 American Solar 0.09 0.1 6 1986 Jacksonville FL     Residential
96 Electric Distribution & Design Systems 0.09 2.4 4 1982 Garland TX Utility Commercial Residential
97 Belmont Solar 0.08 0.5 5 2002 Gordonville PA   Commercial Residential
98 Sustainable Solutions Partners 0.07 2 15 2003 Pomona CA   Commercial Residential
99 E.E. Solar 0.06 5 5 2001 Farmingville NY Utility Commercial Residential
100 COST LESS ENERGY 0.04 0 8 1979 Yakima WA     Residential
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