Although the COVID-19 pandemic is the immediate crisis unfolding at present, mitigating climate change is also an urgent issue. Solar PV installation is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. Solar Power World has recognized the efforts of solar contractors across the United States in its 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, where local solar installer Collins Electrical Company, Inc. (CECI) achieved a rank of 90 out of 407 companies.
The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to recognize the work of solar installers big and small. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed during the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service (developers, electrical subcontractors, EPCs, installation subcontractors, rooftop installers), markets and states.
“The Solar Power World team is so pleased to highlight more than 400 companies on the 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, especially during this unprecedented time,” said Kelsey Misbrener, senior editor of Solar Power World. “All contractors featured on the 2020 list reported strong 2019 installation numbers and are continuing to stand tall this year.”
This year’s collection of over 400 Top Solar Contractors is facing obstacles that this industry has never seen before. The first quarter of 2020 was the country’s biggest ever, with 3.6 GW of new solar capacity added. But COVID-19 impacts showed their force in Q2, and Wood Mackenzie is forecasting residential and non-residential markets will see 25% and 38% decreases in year-over-year installation volumes this year. “The silver lining of the current situation seems to be that most solar installations have simply “pushed” into the next fiscal year rather than being cancelled all together. “This should make for a very busy and prosperous 2021” said Craig Gini, CECI Renewables General Manager and Vice President.
In addition to persevering through this turbulent time in history, the 2020 class of Top Solar Contractors is continuing to innovate by adding energy storage to their offerings. Over one-third of this year’s contractors are also featured on the exclusive 2020 Top Solar + Storage Installers list.
Collins Electrical Company, Inc. employs over 400 workers, many of whom have had a hand in installing over 16.5 MW of solar power in 2019. Since its reinvigoration in the solar marketplace in 2010, the company has installed more than 130 MW. “Collins Electrical is proud to be a part of the Top Solar Contractors List,” Gini stated. It’s an honor to be recognized for the hard work and commitment to provide our customers the best possible project. We feel that our electricians are the very best at what they do, and they are the ones who really do the hard work.”
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