More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and local installer MC Power Companies has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its contributions to the industry. MC Power Companies achieved a rank of 63 out of 450 solar companies on the magazine’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list.
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. In 2017 MC Power designed, engineered and installed 29.43 Megawatts including the Independence Community Solar Farm phase 1 and the largest solar farm in the Missouri in Nixa.
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 MC Power Companies 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.
In 2017 MC Power Companies was ranked 107 on the Top Solar Contractors list for 2016. MC Power Companies employs 60 individuals. Since its founding in 2009, the company has installed 70 MW of solar. MC Power Companies has successfully facilitated multiple projects that range in size from 25kW (kilowatts) to 10.84 (megawatts) these projects range from large scale industrial systems to multi- site municipal systems. In July 2018 MC Power Companies along with the City of Independence completed phase II of the Independence Community Solar Farms with two locations in Independence. This is the second year MC Power Companies has received this honor from Solar Power World Magazine.
“We are honored to be among the top solar contractors in the United States for the second time and look forward to continuing the growth of solar power across the country.” – Tony Ross CEO MC Power Companies