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.