February 28, 2018
Leading the Solar Charge for Agriculture
The rankings are in--and CalCom Solar is proud to claim the #1 spot for commercial solar installations for customers in PG&E’s service area, the largest in the state. The company was ranked #7 overall for solar installations among more than 1,200 solar installers who do business in California, according to the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).
CEO Dylan Dupre credits his team for their hard work installing more than 50 MW of large-scale solar farms and projects for agricultural businesses in 2017. “CalCom Solar has achieved this level of success with a solution-oriented approach. Rather than reacting to the small problems, we respond with process solutions, so that interconnection issues are solved at a high-level. We actively seek opportunities to work proactively with customers, utilities, advocacy groups, and public utilities commission. This approach ultimately benefits our customers, CalCom Solar, and the industry,” stated Dylan Dupre.
The market for solar has boomed over the last several years, bolstered by a 55% decrease in solar prices over the last five years, according to SEIA. But 2017 was a rocky year as the national climate for solar policy created confusion in the market. The Section 201 Trade Case loomed over the industry for much of 2017, tightening the supply of modules. CalCom Solar weathered the storm with an unwavering commitment to the industry – and long-term supplier relationships that kept projects on track.
Commercial and residential solar installations were down for the first time in more than a decade in California. The market is expected to grow steadily over the next several years. Source: SEIA
Now that the case has been settled, industry insiders expect steady growth over the next few years while the federal investment tax credit (ITC) is at its highest. The 30% ITC will sunset over the next few years, down to 26 percent in 2020 and 22 percent in 2021. After 2021, the ITC for commercial and utility-scale projects will drop to a permanent 10 percent, while residential credits will drop to zero.
California continues its #1 position in the solar industry, and now is a prime time for businesses, agricultural concerns and public agencies to go solar. If you’re considering a commercial solar project, contact us for more information.