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 the previous year.
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. Despite these conditions, SWT Energy continued to grow installing just over 400 kW of capacity.
Since it’s founding in 2006, SWT has installed more than 1,300 kW of solar capacity in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and the Dakotas. The company is seeing long awaited growth in demand with nearly a third of installed capacity coming in the last year alone.
Company President, Randy Schantell said of this growth, “For al long time the market for solar power in Nebraska was lagging behind the rest of the country, it looks like more people have realized this technology is affordable and it works.”