The U.S. solar industry is on the upswing, thanks to a pro-renewables presidential administration and increased concern over climate change. Collins Electrical Company, Inc. has had a front-row seat to this action, with business increasing over the last year. Solar Power World has recognized the company’s installation success by ranking Collins Electrical Company, Inc. at No. 73 in the U.S and No. 12 in California on the 2021 Top Solar Contractors list.
The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers in the United States. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service, markets, and states.
“Not even COVID-19 closures and slowdowns could prevent the solar industry from installing fantastic numbers last year,” said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. “The Solar Power World team is so glad to recognize over 400 companies on the 2021 Top Solar Contractors list that not only survived a pandemic but thrived in spite of it.”
The U.S. solar industry grew 43% in 2020, installing more solar panels on homes, businesses and across the country than any other year on record. The residential market saw an 11% increase, which is remarkable considering the difficulties of maneuvering home solar projects through pandemic precautions.
The federal government passed a two-year extension on the solar investment tax credit (ITC) at the end of 2020, which will further accelerate solar adoption across all market segments. After installing 19.2 GW in 2020, research firm Wood Mackenzie expects the U.S. solar market to quadruple by 2030.
Collins Electrical Company, Inc. employs over 500 workers who installed 16.5 MW of solar power in 2020. Since its founding in 1928 the company has installed 132.97 MW DC of solar. The company is the leader in floating photovoltaics (FPV), also known as Floatovoltaics. Collins Electrical has built the largest FPV in California in 2019 and the largest in the nation as of 2020. Due to an increased demand for energy, photovoltaic systems and components have changed and advanced considerably in recent years. Collins Electrical has highly trained technicians that stay ahead of this fast-changing technology in order to engineer, manage and install these systems for the benefit of its customers, society, and the environment.
“It is an exciting time to be involved in the energy industry” says Wen Luu, Collins Electrical Company, Inc. Renewables Project Executive. “With all the changes in technology, new solar delivery systems, and now the emergence of energy storage systems, you just can’t help but be excited”.
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About Collins Electrical Company, Inc.
Established in 1928, Collins Electrical Company, Inc. (CECI) is a family owned/operated business and one of the top electrical construction and engineering firms in Northern California. With offices in Dublin, Marina, Modesto, Fresno, Stockton, & West Sacramento, CECI maintains specialized focus on all commercial, industrial, institutional, and energy-based markets. As an IBEW Union contractor, CECI upholds a valued reputation for unmatched quality and excellence in design, construction, and project management. Electrical Construction and Engineering Services provided by the company include:
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