SunPower by BlueSel Recognized as a 2018 Top Solar Contractor in New England

August 1, 2018

We are so proud to announce that the Solar Power World Top Solar Contractor” list includes our very own SunPower by BlueSel. More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and our BlueSel installers were recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its contributions to the industry. We are thrilled that our company achieved a high rank out of 450 solar companies on the magazine’s 2018 Top Solar Contractor 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.

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 SunPower by BlueSel 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.

SunPower by BlueSel employs specially trained solar specialists who work tirelessly to help our clients reduce, if not eliminate their utility bills. Since 2009, SunPower by BlueSel has installed hundreds of solar energy systems throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. Under the leadership of Wally Cole and Michael Tanghe, BlueSel has become New England’s premier choice for solar energy systems. BlueSel offers the “hometown feel” of being locally-based and privately-owned while, at the same time, offering SunPower panels that are nationally recognized. SunPower panels are the most efficient, most durable panels available with the Best-in-Class warranty. It truly is the best of both worlds.