Alameda, CA – Coming off the biggest year ever for U.S. solar installations, local installer Sustainable Technologies is proud to be named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. Sustainable Technologies achieved a rank of 463 out of 500 solar companies. The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets. The list was released on July 25.
“The 2017 Top Solar Contractors list features 500 of the best solar contractors in the United States,” said Kelly Pickerel, managing editor of Solar Power World. “From solar hotbeds on the coasts to the up-and-coming Midwest solar market, every installer adding even the smallest solar array to the grid is making a positive impact on our communities. We’re proud to recognize these companies and their efforts to bring solar power to U.S. homes and businesses.”
The U.S. solar market installed more than 14,700 MW of solar in 2016, nearly doubling the capacity installed in 2015. For the first time ever, solar was ranked as the No. 1 source of new electric generating capacity additions brought online throughout the year. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predict the cumulative U.S. solar market to nearly triple in size over the next five years. By 2022, more than 18 GW of solar photovoltaic capacity will be installed annually, and Sustainable Technologies will continue to be a major player in adding solar to the grid.
Sustainable Technologies, a small minority-owned business, has installed 320 kilowatts of solar in 2016. Since its founding in 1999 the company has installed 1000 kilowatts of solar. With over 20 years of environmental, electrical and groundwater experience in the field they have found innovative ways to use renewable energy. They have developed a solar pumping system for remediation and agriculture called the VariSun, which can be used on or off-grid.
“It’s been a great year for solar”, says construction manager, James Bauer. “ We’ve enjoyed working with California farmers and addressing their water and energy needs.”