This issue is for you, the industrious and resilient solar contractor, bringing solar to North America. We know it’s not an easy job. Analysts call it the “SolarCoaster,” and skeptics loom. At summer parties, well-intentioned relatives probably asked whether solar really works. Mine did.
“Solar is a success, and it’s becoming more affordable, efficient and reliable every day,” you told them. You shared stories about your latest project, about how it’s exceeding expectations. You argued for solar because you believe in it as a business and a boon to the environment.
The companies featured in the following pages are members of the 2014 Solar Power World Top 400 Solar Contractors list. We admire their dedication to the industry and strong convictions.
In this issue, we set out to do two things: Recognize these successful contractors and share their knowledge with the wider solar community, which will help the whole industry grow.
So how did we develop the Top Solar Contractors list? We invited solar companies to apply for our list through a web-based form during the first half of the year. Companies provided basic information, total megawatts installed and the capacity they added in 2013. We verified the companies and sorted the list based on 2013 installations. In the case of two contractors reporting the same numbers, we sorted by total megawatts installed.
We then divided our Top 400 list 23 ways, first by market segment: Utility, Commercial and Residential. Further, we listed companies by their self-identified category: EPC, Developer, Construction Firm, Rooftop Contractor, Off-Grid, Electrical Sub-Contractor or Solar Hot Water Installer. We also identified some of the most exciting solar states and featured companies located there.
We also share key insights from top contractors and discuss challenges facing the industry. We open with three pieces that will help you hire well, market better and navigate financing. Throughout the issue, we spotlight companies and share their best advice. And we close by touring the diverse regions of the United States and telling their solar stories.
It’s our collective and individual strength that will keep the industry moving forward. Solar Power World is here to recognize the achievements so far and assist the industry as it grows. Congratulations, contractors, and thank you for doing what you do every day. This issue is dedicated to you and your teams.