A South Dakota company has made the Top Solar Contractors list in the U.S. by Solar Power World. GenPro Energy Solutions, headquartered in Piedmont, SD, ranked in the top 26 in the country for total solar plus storage installed, up from their spot at 93 in 2020. The company reached the milestone despite several challenges in 2020, including worker shortages and supply chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the top ranking, GenPro Energy Solutions, the only South Dakota company to make this list, ranked 195 overall with over 5000 Kilowatts of solar energy installed in 2020. GenPro has ranked in the top companies for eight of the eleven lists compiled by Solar Power World with over 29,000 Kilowatts installed since the company’s founding in 2003.
The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers in the United States. The list ranks solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets by the number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. In addition, companies are grouped and listed by specific services, markets, and states.
“Not even COVID-19 closures and slowdowns could prevent the solar industry from installing fantastic numbers last year, ” said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. ” The Solar Power World team is so glad to recognize over 400 companies on the 2021 Top Solar Contractors list that not only survived a pandemic but thrived in spite of it.”
The U.S. solar industry grew 43% in 2020, installing more solar panels on homes, businesses, and across the country than any other year on record. In addition, the residential market saw an 11% increase, which is remarkable considering the difficulties of maneuvering solar home projects through pandemic precautions.
The federal government passed a two-year extension on the solar investment tax credit (ITC) at the end of 2020, further accelerating solar adoption across all market segments. After installing 19.2 GW in 2020, research firm Wood Mackenzie expects the U.S. solar market to quadruple by 2030.
GenPro Energy Solutions employs 66 full-time workers, with only a portion of the company dedicated to the solar industry. GenPro Energy Solutions has developed a strong reputation nationwide as a leader in diverse energy solutions, including power generation services, energy-efficient lighting and controls, microgrid solutions, and more.
“Each year, the solar industry welcomes hundreds of new and capable companies to the renewable energy industry. As a result, the competition to be named a top-performing contractor is fierce. Two thousand twenty-one highlights the eighth year in a row GenPro is honored in the Top 500 list. While this distinction highlights our ongoing commitment to excellence, it also spotlights every member of the GenPro Team who worked tirelessly to provide their clients the best technologies, solutions, and services available. Finally, an extra special Thank you to all the clients who trusted us to deliver on their projects. Your continued trust ensures GenPro remains a dedicated and dependable partner in the journey to sustainable energy solutions” -Dwight Patterson, CEO.
About GenPro Energy Solutions
Since its inception, GenPro Energy Solutions has grown from a humble solar water pumping distribution company to a leading energy services organization nationwide. The company currently serves over 200 energy-related dealers across North America with locations in South Dakota and Nebraska. Strategic technology expansion with a foundation in quality and trust has been the cornerstone of the company’s success and growth. GenPro can give clients the information they need to plan major projects and then see those plans through to completion with the ability to be both developer and contractor. GenPro serves residential and commercial customers while expanding EPC, Co-Development, and Operations and Maintenance services for utilities, municipalities, and government entities. GenPro’s customers appreciate the custom solutions approach, giving them the best possible technology to meet their future needs.
About Solar Power World
Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development, and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors — including installers, developers, and EPCs in all markets — grow their businesses and do their jobs better.