PARADISE, PA—Solar power is a booming business worldwide, but local installer Paradise Energy Solutions is among the companies recently named to an annual and well-recognized list of North America’s top solar contractors. Paradise Energy Solutions achieved a rank of 144 out of 500 solar companies – 3rd in the state of Pennsylvania.
The Top 500 Solar Contractors List is developed by Solar Power World magazine to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The companies on the list are growing the economy, providing jobs and offering electricity consumers a choice about how they get their power. The list was released July 26.
“The companies on this year’s list exude solar-business brilliance, and they deserve to be recognized not only for being great companies but also for how their work positively impacts the environment,” said Kathie Zipp, managing editor of Solar Power World. Solar energy is a renewable resource with great potential to significantly reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a national solar industry association.
Paradise Energy Solutions employs 68 workers, who installed 5.26 MW of solar in 2015. Since its founding in 2009, the company has installed 18 MW of solar energy. Within the past year, Paradise Energy Solutions has grown from 48 employees to 68 employees and continues to increase installed capacity year over year by 30-40%. With increased growth in 2015 and 2016, Paradise Energy Solutions has also moved into several new, larger locations in their Ohio, Western Maryland, Western New York and Pennsylvania locations.
Paradise Energy Solutions works amid a burgeoning business market. The U.S. solar market is expected to grow 119% this year, according to global research firm GTM Research. While a majority of solar electricity is produced at large, utility-scale solar power plants, the greatest number of solar jobs are located with companies like Paradise Energy Solutions—firms doing the work to bring clean energy to the public.
“No one can deny that local companies are supporting the growth of the solar industry and the economy as a whole,” Zipp said. “Our Top Solar Contractors are the face of the industry—meeting homeowners and business leaders on doorsteps every day.”