Cape Fear Solar Recognized Nationally as a Leading Solar Company in NC

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Cape Fear Solar Recognized Nationally as a Leading Solar Company in NC

The Solar Power World Top 500 Solar Contractors List includes a Wilmington-based solar firm, which employs 19 local professionals

WILMINGTON, NC, August 2, 2016 – Solar Power World, the industry’s leading business-to-business publication, announced the release of its 2016 Top 500 Solar Contractors list and Cape Fear Solar Systems is in the Top 5 residential rooftop contractors in all of North Carolina, which is the #3 state in the country for installed solar, and #1 in the Southeastern North Carolina and Wilmington.

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 consumers a choice where they get their power. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service (construction firms, developers, electrical subcontractors, EPCs (Engineering, Procurement, Contractor), rooftop contractors), markets (commercial, residential, utility) and states by 2015 installed capacity. 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.

Cape Fear Solar Systems, LLC employs 19 workers, who installed 653 kW of solar in 2015. Since its founding in 2007, the company has installed 2,130 kW of solar. The company installs on average 2 solar systems each week.

Cape Fear Solar Systems, LLC 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 Cape Fear Solar Systems, LLC — firms doing the work to bring clean energy to the public.

Other interesting facts about the 2016 Top 500 Solar Contractors list include:

  • 231 identified themselves as EPCs; 171 identified themselves as rooftop solar contractors
  • 287 worked primarily in the residential market; 154 worked primarily in the commercial market
  • 130 companies were headquartered in California
  • 355 companies had at least one NABCEP-certified principal on staff
  • 77% of companies reported doing most of their business within its state of headquarters
  • 119 contractors reported have 10 or fewer employees; 236 reported having between 11 and 50

 “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.”

About Solar Power World

Solar Power World (SPW) is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped solar contractors—including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets—grow their businesses and do their jobs better. SPW is published by WTWH Media in Cleveland, Ohio.

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