Ecolibrium Solar makes list of fastest-growing private companies in the country

Ecolibrium Solar, maker of simple racking solutions for commercial and residential solar, was named to the 36th annual Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

Inc. Magazine ranked Ecolibrium Solar the 443rd fastest-growing private company in the country. To make the list, Ecolibrium Solar grew 989 percent over the past three years, during a period when the economy grew just 6.7 percent.

Ecolibrium ranks No. 22 among energy companies on the Inc. 5000. Many energy companies listed are solar installers, but Ecolibrium is the sole solar racking manufacturer listed. The company also ranked No. 12 among the top Ohio companies named to the Inc. 5000.

“Ecolibrium Solar is honored to be among the outstanding companies in the Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000,” said Jan Willem van der Werff, Ecolibrium Solar’s CEO. “We’re passionate about making solar racking better, simpler and more cost-effective to mount solar panels on every type of roof. I’m grateful to our customers, who have supported and challenged us, to the Ecolibrium Solar team, which continues to create and deliver the simplest and fastest solar mounting technology out there, and to our investors who believed in us from day one and who are ready and look forward to the next wave of growth.”


Ecolibrium’s growth

Ecolibrium Solar’s growth story speaks for itself, with more than 600 MW installed over five years.
The company conducts ongoing product innovation, development and testing at its TUV-accredited R&D lab and offices in Boulder, Colorado. But Ecolibrium is headquartered in Ohio where it originated and remains deeply rooted in the Ohio technology and investment community.

“The Ohio investment community is deeply committed to the businesses it invests in,” says investor and Ecolibrium Board Member Ted Capossela. “Next to looking for healthy financial returns, the long-term success of portfolio companies and creation of jobs in the Ohio region are top priorities. It is this longer view and loyalty that create the success and growth rate like we have seen with Ecolibirum. We look forward to many more years of above market growth rates.”

Ecolibrium is the No. 1 independent manufacturer in the fast-growing rail-less residential racking market and No. 2 in the market when SolarCity’s racking provider is factored in, reports GTM Research. As an independent manufacturer, Ecolibrium provides racking to distributors and solar installers nationwide, helping regional and national installers gain an edge in an increasingly competitive environment. The company offers its EcoX Rail-less Racking System. Rail-less is predicted to see 64 percent growth from 2016-2022.

In commercial low-slope or flat-roof racking, Ecolibrium Solar maintains the No. 4 position with the popular EcoFoot Modular Platform that today has more than 200MW installed. Further growth is expected with the addition of the just launched EcoFoot5D High Density 5-Degree Racking System. The high-density system delivers 18.4 percent more power than 10-degree systems.

— Solar Builder magazine

SolAmerica Energy completes 1.35 MW for MTU America

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MTU America (a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce) held a ceremony on August 9 in Graniteville, South Carolina, to celebrate a 1.35 MW (DC) ground-mounted solar array installed on a 7-acre site. SolAmerica Energy of Atlanta designed and installed the system and will maintain the project for MTU America. The project will generate energy income for MTU America through a Bill Credit Program with South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G), and was financed under an agreement with Key Equipment Finance, a division of KeyBank.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Congressman Joe Wilson attended the ceremony, along with other government and business leaders, and participated in “flipping the switch” with MTU America to officially launch the project.

Speaking on behalf of MTU America, Joerg Klisch, Director of Operations of MTU America, stated, “This is a very exciting project for MTU. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of technology in the power solutions we provide to our customers, and solar projects like this will be an important part of the power mix in the future. SolAmerica has been a valuable partner in making this project a reality.”

SolAmerica Energy develops, finances, and constructs commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic projects. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, SolAmerica Energy has built solar projects for many of the leading companies in the Southeast and has developed projects for nationally recognized investors and owner-operators.

— Solar Builder magazine

Greenbuild Announces Rock Band The Revivalists to Headline Annual Celebration

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(Washington, D.C)—August 17, 2017—USGBC and Informa Exhibitions are excited to announce American rock band The Revivalists will perform at the 2017 Greenbuild Celebration, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Museum of Science in Boston.

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Details on how Sunwealth’s Solar Impact Fund looks to scale commercial solar


Sunwealth is an innovative clean energy investment firm looking to bring commercial solar to scale with its Solar Impact Fund. The fund offers investors two compelling ways to invest – via tax equity or a bond offering – in the vastly untapped commercial solar asset class.

Sunwealth seeks to create wider-reaching social and environmental impact – without sacrificing finan-cial return – by combining commercial solar projects for credit-worthy businesses, municipalities, and non-profit organizations into a single investment vehicle.

The first tranche in the fund is comprised of six projects providing renewable solar energy to fire departments, schools, and businesses in New York and New England, including Sika Sarnafil’s U.S. headquarters in Canton, Mass., and the Montessori School of Northampton, Mass. All six projects were recently placed in service, and to date the Solar Impact Fund has exceeded performance expectations.

The second tranche, with a bond offering of $1.5M and tax equity offering of $1M, will include nine additional projects to build on the Solar Impact Fund’s initial success.

“Commercial solar is built on proven technology, high technical potential, and is a driving force in the decentralization, de-carbonization, and democratization of our energy grid,” said Jonathan Abe, Chief Executive Officer at Sunwealth. “The Solar Impact Fund provides investors with a simple, transparent, and predictable investment. They know which projects they are funding and can track the measurable impact they are delivering.”

The Fund’s first two tranches will produce more than 1,691 metric tons of carbon offsets per annum, over $2,115,000 in energy savings for power purchasers, and generate more than 50 job years for so-phisticated positions among locally-based solar firms.

Sunwealth invests alongside its investors by owning and operating each project within the Solar Impact Fund. The firm’s technology-driven insight paired with a proprietary underwriting process identifies high-performing projects that can generate meaningful financial returns. The standardized and pooled-project approach dramatically reduces transaction costs and gives investors access to a diverse set of projects that combat climate change and strengthen communities through job creation and access to clean energy.


— Solar Builder magazine

LEED enhances human health

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All over the world, promoting wellness is a priority for employers, builders and city planners alike. Building green using LEED, and other GBCI-administered rating systems such as SITES, enables us all to live, learn, work and play in environments that enhance human health both indoors and outdoors.
LEED has an entire credit category in the rating system for the indoor environment: Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ), which includes prerequisites and credits for design and construction projects, interiors, homes and existing buildings. When it comes to residential, LEED-certified multifamily and single-family homes are designed to deliver a healthier and safer place for residents by providing cleaner indoor air. As of early 2017, more than 112,000 residential units have earned LEED certification. Also, teams are focusing on designing neighborhoods that are more walkable, green and community-promoting, with tools like LEED for Neighborhood Development.
Energy-efficient buildings also help reduce pollution and improve outdoor air quality in major industrialized areas, making LEED a critical tool in reducing smog. Cities are embracing the power of green building to mitigate the effects of climate change and make air healthier and fresher for their citizens.
For office buildings, a healthy indoor environment with clean air and access to daylight makes a big impact on employee engagement. Studies show that LEED-certified buildings demonstrate increased recruitment and retention rates, as well as increased productivity benefits for employers. As global green construction continues to double every three years, the driving factors include not just client demand and environmental regulation, but an increased awareness of the health benefits to occupants.
Learn more about applying sustainable building strategies to human health with this session being held at all three Greenbuild events:
Performance-based IAQ evaluation in LEED v4—a pilot
Greenbuild China: Tues., October 17, 3:15–4:15 p.m.
Greenbuild India: Fri., November 3, 3:30–5 p.m
Greenbuild Boston: Fri., November 10, 8–9 a.m.
In 2016, USGBC tasked a working group with exploring state-of-the-art approaches to evaluating and monitoring the air in our indoor spaces. The group’s work is now complete and available for use in a new LEED pilot credit. Participants will learn about the pilot credit requirements and how to apply it to their LEED projects, as well as participate in a discussion with two experts from the working group, both offering a unique perspective on evaluating indoor air in China.
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