Ten more solar installers added to Premium ranks of Panasonic Residential Solar Installer Program

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Panasonic Solar Group announced its cross-country expansion of the Panasonic Residential Solar Installer program with the addition of 10 Premium installers located across Panasonic’s three main regions. Over the past six months, Panasonic has promoted more than 16 installers across the country to premium status, enabling more homeowners access to the Panasonic Solar Modules HIT portfolio.

Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program provides value-added benefits and business opportunities to partners who meet Panasonic’s high standard of excellence. The program has seen impressive growth in the last two years, now with 36 Premium installers and more than 150 Authorized Installers.

Companies joining the Premium Installer program in Panasonic’s Western Territory include:

  • Alternate Energy Inc.: Honolulu, HI
  • Solar Optimum: Glendale, CA
  • Sol-Up USA: Las Vegas, NV
  • Sunbright Solar LLC: Tucson, AZ

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“The Western region has been a catalyst for the solar industry in the United States, supportive renewable energy policies and consumer popularity continue to drive further growth in the region,” said David Lopez, Group Sales Manager Solar & Storage, Western Territory, Panasonic USA. “Expanding our Premium Installer partners in the West allows homeowners increased access to Panasonic’s industry-leading technology and warranty.”

Panasonic’s Central Territory will also see an expansion with six new Premium Installers joining the network:

  • Advance Solar & Energy: Fort Myers, FL
  • Energy Consultants Group: Anamosa, IA
  • Good Faith Energy: Houston, TX
  • Whole Sun Design: Bloomington, IN
  • Kapital Electric Company: Bensenville, IL
  • South Texas Solar Systems: San Antonio, TX

“Demand for solar energy is rapidly increasing among homeowners in FL, TX and in the Midwest,” said Jack O’Donohue, Sales and Business Development Manager, Panasonic USA. “The addition of new Premium Installers for the Central Region recognizes these installers’ success in offering Panasonic Solar and Storage solutions to meet the demands of homeowners who value quality, efficiency, and long-term commitment to performance as covered by Panasonic’s Triple Guard 25-year warranty.”

More on the Panasonic Solar Installer program

The Panasonic Solar Installer program is comprised of “Authorized” and “Premium” Installers, and Premium installers are involved in continuous efforts with Panasonic to promote the HIT brand. These installers receive leads generated from Panasonic’s website as well as from the new educational blog “Green Living”.

In addition, Premium Installers are the beneficiaries of cooperative marketing funds provided by Panasonic and are also provided access to Panasonic’s robust Installer Portal that offers additional benefits such as a library of tailored marketing materials and training programs designed to help installers enhance communication with consumers, and ultimately grow their businesses.

“Installers want the best products and tools to give their customers exactly what they need,” said Yessica Castillo, National Marketing Manager at Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “That’s why we’re working with installers who align with Panasonic’s customer-first values and commitment to taking solar to the next level, one installation at a time.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Ten more solar installers added to Premium ranks of Panasonic Residential Solar Installer Program

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Panasonic Solar Group announced its cross-country expansion of the Panasonic Residential Solar Installer program with the addition of 10 Premium installers located across Panasonic’s three main regions. Over the past six months, Panasonic has promoted more than 16 installers across the country to premium status, enabling more homeowners access to the Panasonic Solar Modules HIT portfolio.

Launched in the U.S. in 2016, the Panasonic Solar Premium Installer program provides value-added benefits and business opportunities to partners who meet Panasonic’s high standard of excellence. The program has seen impressive growth in the last two years, now with 36 Premium installers and more than 150 Authorized Installers.

Companies joining the Premium Installer program in Panasonic’s Western Territory include:

  • Alternate Energy Inc.: Honolulu, HI
  • Solar Optimum: Glendale, CA
  • Sol-Up USA: Las Vegas, NV
  • Sunbright Solar LLC: Tucson, AZ

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“The Western region has been a catalyst for the solar industry in the United States, supportive renewable energy policies and consumer popularity continue to drive further growth in the region,” said David Lopez, Group Sales Manager Solar & Storage, Western Territory, Panasonic USA. “Expanding our Premium Installer partners in the West allows homeowners increased access to Panasonic’s industry-leading technology and warranty.”

Panasonic’s Central Territory will also see an expansion with six new Premium Installers joining the network:

  • Advance Solar & Energy: Fort Myers, FL
  • Energy Consultants Group: Anamosa, IA
  • Good Faith Energy: Houston, TX
  • Whole Sun Design: Bloomington, IN
  • Kapital Electric Company: Bensenville, IL
  • South Texas Solar Systems: San Antonio, TX

“Demand for solar energy is rapidly increasing among homeowners in FL, TX and in the Midwest,” said Jack O’Donohue, Sales and Business Development Manager, Panasonic USA. “The addition of new Premium Installers for the Central Region recognizes these installers’ success in offering Panasonic Solar and Storage solutions to meet the demands of homeowners who value quality, efficiency, and long-term commitment to performance as covered by Panasonic’s Triple Guard 25-year warranty.”

More on the Panasonic Solar Installer program

The Panasonic Solar Installer program is comprised of “Authorized” and “Premium” Installers, and Premium installers are involved in continuous efforts with Panasonic to promote the HIT brand. These installers receive leads generated from Panasonic’s website as well as from the new educational blog “Green Living”.

In addition, Premium Installers are the beneficiaries of cooperative marketing funds provided by Panasonic and are also provided access to Panasonic’s robust Installer Portal that offers additional benefits such as a library of tailored marketing materials and training programs designed to help installers enhance communication with consumers, and ultimately grow their businesses.

“Installers want the best products and tools to give their customers exactly what they need,” said Yessica Castillo, National Marketing Manager at Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. “That’s why we’re working with installers who align with Panasonic’s customer-first values and commitment to taking solar to the next level, one installation at a time.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Pine Gate Renewables connects 570-MW solar tracker site in South Carolina

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Pine Gate Renewables, a national utility-scale solar developer, owner, and operator, energized its Peony solar project in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, last week. Peony is a 57-MW site spanning 334 acres. It can generate more than 97,400 MWh per year, equivalent to powering over 9,300 homes.

Project partner NARENCO, a leading engineering, procurement, construction, and development firm (EPC), helped install the 175,000 tracker panels on the site. The site features DuraTrack HZ v3 single-axis solar trackers by Array Technologies, mechanically installed by RP Construction Services (RPCS), Array’s trusted partner.

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“The efforts of all parties allowed us to deliver a high-quality project that will generate decades of clean power to South Carolina,” says Andy Giraldo, president of EPC at NARENCO.

“It was a real pleasure supporting NARENCO on this project,” says RPCS Chief Sales Officer Alex Smith. “Peony was a very well executed project and all the great planning, communication, and collaboration with NARENCO leading up to the build came together to ensure a smooth installation.”

RPCS’s latest milestone is completing over 550 MW for over 260 solar energy projects throughout 27 different U.S. states and Canada. Voted a 2018 Top Solar Contractor, the company was recently also named Top 10 Renewable Energy Services Company by Energy CIO Insights.

“We are very proud of the outcome and thankful for the contributions from the teams at PGR and NARENCO,” says Chris Dunbar, CCO at Pine Gate Renewables. “We anticipate this project being a model for our future efforts in South Carolina.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Illinois’ solar energy policy (and job growth) is an example for other Midwest states

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Illinois outpaced 48 states in solar jobs growth in 2018, adding 1,308 jobs in a single year, according to The Solar Foundation’s latest National Solar Jobs Census. The 37 percent increase moves Illinois ahead of other Midwest states in solar employment and established the state’s solar workforce as the 13th-largest in the nation. More impressively, the gains in Illinois come during a year when nationwide solar jobs fell by 3.2 percent.

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Inside the numbers

Illinois’ solar employment grew to 4,879, the Census shows, moving Illinois ahead of Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Missouri as strong state policy and rapidly declining solar costs attracted new jobs and investment to the state. The Future Energy Jobs Act of 2016 was an important driver of new solar jobs and investment in Illinois. The Path to 100 Act, announced last week, will ensure that renewable energy job growth in Illinois will be sustained.

“Illinois is poised to be one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the nation and the Path to 100 Act will be a key to its success,” said Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “As evidenced by these new jobs numbers, markets follow smart policy. The opportunity is ripe here in Illinois to build on the foundation established by the Future Energy Jobs Act and cement the state as a national clean energy leader.”

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The Path to 100 Act is sponsored by Illinois Rep. Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest) and supported by an alliance of industry and advocacy partners. The bill will ensure that Illinois sustains its existing renewable energy success and meets its current policy goal of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. The Path to 100 Act also moves Illinois toward the goal of 100 percent clean and renewable energy by expanding the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 40 percent renewable energy by 2030.

The Path to 100 Act will help create more than 25,000 additional clean energy jobs by driving the procurement of an estimated 6,000 MW of new utility-scale solar, 6,500 MW of new wind, and 7,500 MW of new residential, commercial and community solar in Illinois by 2030.

“The solar jobs growth we saw in 2018 is just the beginning, the industry is ready to create tens of thousands of new clean energy jobs in the coming years,” said Lesley McCain, executive director of the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA). “Sustaining that success, however, requires state policy that fits this rapidly growing market. The Path to 100 Act will ensure we don’t miss a critical opportunity to reach our clean energy goals and continue attracting new businesses to Illinois.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Solect Energy renews partnership with New England’s largest energy buying group

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Solect Energy, a full-service commercial-scale solar developer and installer in Massachusetts and PowerOptions, the largest energy-buying group in New England, renewed their multi-year partnership this week. Solect will continue to lead PowerOption’s Small Systems Solar program, which provides savings and certainty for local communities, state owned buildings and not for profits. The completed projects to date are estimated to save $20 million for PowerOptions members.

The Small Systems Solar program provides competitively priced and pre-negotiated contract terms for solar systems less than 300 kilowatts (kW), and reflects the benefits of leveraging the potential for multiple projects across the consortium made up of more than 400 nonprofit and public entities. The program will provide savings for members and a hedge against future cost increases over the life of the 20-year solar power purchase agreements (PPA).

“Solect has a proven track record, and our members continue to provide positive feedback,” said Cynthia A. Arcate, President and CEO of PowerOptions. “Being a local company who has worked with hundreds of commercial and institutional customers, Solect understands our members’ needs and are adept at maximizing the potential for each project.”

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The partnership is well timed to help public and non-profit organizations across Massachusetts as the Commonwealth rolls out its new solar energy incentive program (named SMART) with specific “adders” that significantly lower electric costs for the end customer, and it includes additional incentives for public entities. In addition, these organizations can take advantage of state grant opportunities like the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Leading by Example (LBE) grant program which delivers further incentive and direct savings for state entities that commit to clean energy initiatives. Solect is also a certified prime contractor for energy management for the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM).

Example: Salem State University

In a first of its kind project, Salem State University recently leveraged their PowerOptions membership by contracting with Solect for three solar energy systems (totaling 387 kW). As recently announced by the state, Solect also helped the University apply for the Leading By Example grant program. Salem State received the first grant from the 2018 LBE Solar Program which reduces the price of their PPA by $.03/kWh. In total, the solar energy systems will save as much as $1 million over the 20-year life of the projects. As a DCAMM Certified contractor, Solect manages all aspects of the projects from design engineering through installation and commissioning.

“We are proud to partner with Solect and PowerOptions in bringing more solar power to the university,” said Tara Gallagher, Sustainability Coordinator at Salem State University. “We are grateful that, as a Massachusetts state agency, we were able to take advantage of a seamless and streamlined process through collaborating with Solect and PowerOptions.”

— Solar Builder magazine