Latham, NY, July 28, 2022 — Despite concerns over supply chain interruptions and tariff investigations, the U.S. solar industry saw record solar and energy storage demand in 2021. U.S. Light Energy can attest to this, having one of its busiest years yet. Solar Power World has recognized the company’s installation success by ranking U.S. Light Energy at No. 101 on the 2022 Top Solar Contractors list.
Across all sub-categories in this year’s ranking, U.S. Light Energy has moved up since last year. In 2022 the company ranked at No. 4 on the Top New York Solar Developers list (up from No. 6 last year), No. 15 on the Top Solar Developers list (up from No. 25 last year), No. 20 on the Top New York Solar Contractors list (up from No. 24 last year), and No. 35 on the Top Commercial Solar Contractors list (up from No. 68 last year). The overall ranking on this year’s Top Solar Contractors list is No. 101 – a significant jump from last year’s position at No. 162.
The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by industry magazine 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 services, markets, and states.
“The utility-scale solar market, of course, puts up huge installation numbers each year, but the majority of workers in the industry are constructing projects in the commercial and residential markets, which continue to break records,” said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. “Over 85% of the companies on the 2022 Top Solar Contractors List primarily work in the residential and commercial sectors, and they all reported closing out the last year in a positive light.”
According to data released by energy research firm Wood Mackenzie — before recent federal decisions to prevent additional tariffs on imported solar panels — the United States is expected to install 11 GW less than originally predicted in 2022, due to continued supply chain constraints, price increases and interconnection challenges. Still, a survey of the 2022 Top Solar Contractors class found that 59% predicted their business would increase in the next year, with only 9% assuming business would decrease.
About U.S. Light Energy
U.S. Light Energy is a Latham, New York-based distributed generation energy development company specializing in solar and renewable energy solutions, including community solar, for residential communities and commercial customers. We work on behalf of all interested parties: land and business owners, local authorities (AHJs), engineering firms, product vendors, contractors, and financiers to create distributed energy projects where everyone can participate in creating a better future for our children and our planet.
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, Solar Power World has helped U.S. solar contractors — including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets — grow their businesses and do their jobs better.