The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractor List Includes Monterey-based Solar Firm
[Monterey, Calif.] July 24, 2018—More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and local installer RP Construction Services, Inc. (RPCS) has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its contributions to the industry.
RPCS achieved a rank of 18 out of 450 solar companies on the magazine’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list. RPCS is also the No. 18 Utility Solar Contractor, No. 3 Solar Installation Subcontractor, and the No. 8 California Solar Contractor.
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, and ranks contractors by kilowatts installed in the previous year. The 2018 list was released on July 24.
“Solar Power World is very excited about the 2018 class of Top Solar Contractors,” said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. “Our 2017 list showed impressive installation numbers after 2016’s huge rush to meet ITC requirements, and many companies were hesitant to show unavoidable installation dips after last year’s high. We’re happy to feature a strong group of thriving U.S. solar installers on the 2018 Top Solar Contractors list. These companies truly are at the top of their markets.”
The U.S. solar market had its biggest year ever in 2016, installing more than 15,000 MW. Although installations in 2017 dropped to 10,608 MW, the total still represents 40% growth over 2015 numbers. The year-over-year downturn can be attributed to the large influx of 2016 projects rushing to meet the anticipated expiration of a 30% federal tax credit that was eventually renewed. Last year also saw uncertainty surrounding potential Section 201 tariffs on imported solar panels, which may have led to delayed or canceled projects.
Despite initial setbacks posed by the Section 201 tariffs, RPCS installed more solar in 2017 than previous years, and is ramping up for a number of exciting projects in the latter half of 2018.
A major highlight of 2017 was the non-residential market growing 28% year-over-year, the fourth straight year of annual growth for commercial, industrial and community solar. In 2017, 30% of all new electric generating capacity brought online in the United States came from solar, second only to new natural gas capacity.
The first quarter of 2018 showed a 13% growth over the first quarter of 2017, and RPCS will continue to contribute to the wave of increasing solar generation. By 2023, more than 15,000 MW of solar is expected to be installed annually.
RPCS employs 66 workers, in addition to local temp labor, who installed 165,777 kW of solar power in 13 states in 2017. Since its founding in September of 2014, the company has installed over 450,000 kW of solar.
RPCS is the distributed generation and utility markets’ provider for Array Technologies DuraTrack® HZ v3 single axis tracker projects. As Array’s trusted partner, RPCS provides complete turnkey project design and mechanical installation services, and installed systems harness energy gains up to 25% higher than fixed tilt systems. RPCS’ deep history and product expertise of the DuraTrack HZ system provides customers with a trusted choice for flawless execution and repeatable success of single axis tracker projects.
“We’re thrilled and honored to have such a high ranking,” says RPCS Chief Sales Officer Alex Smith. “Sincerest thanks to our customers for their continued support. Our place among this list speaks to the relationships we have with our customers and partners, and to our incredibly hard working team.”
RPCS is working with some of the most respected names in the solar industry, and takes pride in establishing lasting relationships with partners. The team has demonstrated the ability to build numerous different projects simultaneously in multiple states and locations, further establishing their commitment to advancing the growth and future of renewable energy.
About Solar Power World
Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors—including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets—grow their businesses and do their jobs better.
Bri Bruce, Director of Marketing
Solar Power World
Kelly Pickerel, Editor in Chief