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07/30/16

  08:33:00 am, by Laurel Hamilton   , 428 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power

2016 Top 500 Solar Contractors: Still on Top!

Solar Power World Top 500 ContractorsIt’s the time of year again when we hold our breath and hope to be included in the Solar Power World Top 500 Solar Contractors list. As more and more companies come into the solar sector it becomes more and more of a real honor to be included in this prestigious list of the best in the industry.

Run on Sun made the cut!

We’d like to thank our friends at Solar Power World for the valuable work they do delivering well-rounded information on the solar industry to the wider public. They also provide a very important service helping our solar community to share information, best practices, and continue to thrive and grow. This is our fourth year running on the list which has been published for the last five years.

Beyond the Top 500 list, Solar Power World also gathered some data about the industry as a whole through their annual survey. Some interesting facts from the results include:

  • Solar continues to provide valuable jobs: Top Solar Contractors employed 133,707 people in 2015, up from 124,967 in 2014.
  • Residential markets provide most solar jobs: 287 contractors worked primarily in the residential market; 154 worked primarily in the commercial market
  • California continues to lead: 130 companies were headquartered in California
  • Many companies are investing in rigorous solar education: 355 companies had at least one NABCEP-certified principal on staff. (Run on Sun is proud to have all principals NABCEP certified)
  • Most solar companies are local businesses: 77% of companies reported doing most of their business within its state of headquarters
  • Many solar companies are small businesses! 119 contractors reported have 10 or fewer employees; 236 reported having between 11 and 50

While the majority of solar electricity is produced at large utility-scale solar power plants, the majority of jobs are actually located with local small to medium sized companies that service residential and commercial clients. 

“No one can deny that local companies are supporting the growth of the industry. Our Top Solar Contractors are the face of the industry—meeting homeowners and business leaders on doorsteps every day.” - Kathie Zipp, Managing Editor Solar Power World

When you support solar, you not only benefit the environment but with many solar contractors you are also supporting small local businesses that provide jobs and put money back into our local economies. It’s nice to know Run on Sun is in good company and that we have great people like the team at Solar Power World backing our efforts to build a clean-energy future for all. Congratulations to all the top 500 solar contractors of 2016! 

Run on Sun having fun at SPW's Intersolar Booth

Run on Sun’s Laurel Hamilton and Josh Sanchez enjoy the Solar Power World booth at Intersolar 2015

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03/18/16

  11:11:00 am, by   , 602 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, Ranting

Run on Sun in the News! - UPDATED!

UPDATE - 3/31 - The Solar Power World Webinar has come and gone, but the good news is that you can watch it anytime by going to the SPW website, register and then watch.  To get started, click on the “Watch Webinar!” button.  The whole event is worth a listen, but if you wish to cut to my presentation, it starts around the 25 minute mark!


Run on Sun Founder & CEO, Jim Jenal, is frequently quoted on topics related to solar power and the nature of the solar industry.  Two media events this month demonstrate that continuing influence.  Check these out…

Solar Power World Webinar:
How to better your solar business - March 30, 11:00 a.m. PDT

Run on Sun has long had a happy relationship with the folks at industry magazine, Solar Power World, having been named to their “Top Solar Contractors” list three years running, but this upcoming webinar is a first for us.  Directed toward other solar installation companies, the one-hour presentation offers the perspective from Jim and two other industry leaders on steps to take to develop a first-class operation.  From the online blurb:

Technology is constantly changing; are you using the right tools to ensure your business is operating as efficiently as possible? The desire for great customer service stays the same; are your offerings and sales techniques making it easy for the customer to go solar?

Join us in a special 1-hour presentation in which several presenters explain:

  • How innovative software can streamline your business
  • Why PACE financing can help enable you to service more customers
  • What best practices are most effective when working with clients (this is Jim’s topic!)

Readers of this blog know that Jim brings a distinct point of view to his writing, and this presentation will certainly be no exception! 

SUNMetrix: Are solar panels worth it?

Solar roofsSUNMetrix is a cool portal that is designed to allow homeowners to gather information about how to go solar, and check out highly rated solar companies in their area.  Headed up by Simone Garneau, and winner of the SunShot Catalyst Business Innovation Contest, we are fans of the concept, and of Simone.  When she contacted Jim about contributing to her upcoming blog post, he was happy to oblige.

The result is Are Solar Panels Worth It? and here’s an excerpt:

In the past decade, the expansion of the residential solar energy market has been nothing short of astonishing. Though it’s still early days, all key market metrics point to continued growth for the coming years…

For most homeowners though, the decision to go solar boils down to a single question: is it worth it?

…Homeowners, frustrated by their ever increasing utility bills, are looking for an alternative that will save them money in the long run. They are also looking for ways to help the environment by producing their own clean energy. Jim Jenal, CEO of the solar company Run on Sun in Pasadena, California knows this firsthand:

“For most homeowners it starts with a desire to save money; however, even for the most cost conscious, the understanding that they are doing something good, sweetens the deal.”

With dramatic price drops in solar equipment, solar energy is more affordable than ever for homeowners considering the switch.

Of course, as we have written in the past, the answer to the question of is solar worth it, is… it depends! (Check out Laurel’s great post on Assessing My Home’s Solar Potential: Step-by-Step to see more of our thoughts on this key point.)

Simone’s post provides lots of good information, along with quotes from other industry experts - check it out by clicking here.

02/14/14

  08:00:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 338 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, Solar News, Commercial Solar, Residential Solar

Run on Sun Profiled at Solar Power World - UPDATED

UPDATE - The podcast is now online so should you care to listen to Steven Bushong’s interview with me, you will find it here.


The folks at Solar Power World have a regular feature called “Contractors Corner” where they profile a solar power company and this month they chose Run on Sun!

Solar power world logo

We have been on a bit of a roll with Solar Power World of late.  We were honored to have our small but mighty band featured as one of their top 250 solar companies around the country, and we were quoted at length in their piece on “How to Make Sure Your Business Survives the Solar Frontier." 

Today’s honor takes things to a whole new level.  The piece started with a phone interview (which will be turned into a podcast at some point) and from that, editor Steven Bushong created the article that is featured on both the Solar Power World website as well as their print magazine. 

A point we particularly like is that they picked up on the importance of social media.  Here’s the quote:

To stay current on the solar industry and help with marketing efforts, Run on Sun is plugged into social media much more than most other contractors.

“People who aren’t initiated often think it’s little more than photos of cats and dinners, but we have a well-developed Twitter and LinkedIn presence,” Jenal says. “The NABCEP LinkedIn group has some really smart people who are good at raising issues and answering questions.”

As an outbound marketing source, Run on Sun has amassed more than 20,000 followers on Twitter (@RunOnSun). Jenal says when the company releases blog posts or announcements on social media, the impact is immediate on the company website or blog.

“It’s a way to get our information out there so people can see it,” he says. “That indirectly contributes to leads coming through the door or website.”

Indeed it does - and it contributes to becoming more broadly known in the industry, as Solar Power World has demonstrated. We greatly appreciate the honor.

09/17/13

  07:07:00 am, by   , 262 words  
Categories: Solar News, Ranting

Run on Sun Named One of Top Solar Contractors

Solar Power World, which recently quoted Run on Sun Founder & CEO Jim Jenal at length in a news article, has just announced their annual listing of the Top 250 Solar Contractors in the United States and Run on Sun made the list, coming in at number 234.

We made the list!

 

From Solar Power World’s editorial announcing the list:

These companies have the vision to succeed in an industry dismissed by so many around the world. These companies — these visionaries — are poised to take full advantage of the near-term solar boom that none other than researcher Shayle Kann has predicted for the U.S. industry.

It is these businesses that have fueled the three-year growth of this industry of 227%. The Solar Power World’s Top 250 employ 73,068 people and installed 3 GW in 2012 alone. They have installed 7.8 GW overall. They represent the best across all three segments — utility, commercial and residential — that make this industry so vibrant. In an industry now valued at $11.5 billion, these are the companies that have built it.

Run on Sun award for being a top solar contractorFor a small, regional company like Run on Sun, it is a great honor to be listed among the biggest and best known solar companies in the country.  We are proud of our role in building this industry, and proud to be a voice for making the industry live up to its vision.  After all, you cannot claim to be part of building a sustainable future if you engage in shoddy business practices or stoop to unsavory marketing tricks.

So congrats to all our colleagues who made the list - here’s to continuing to grow an industry we all love!

09/12/13

  10:14:00 am, by   , 446 words  
Categories: Solar News

Run on Sun Featured on Solar Power World

Run on Sun Founder & CEO, Jim Jenal, was quoted at length in Solar Power World’s headline article, How to Make Sure Your Business Survives the Solar Frontier.  The piece by Kathleen Zipp notes that “Thousands of service providers are ready to duel for their place in the industry, making it a bit like the Wild West,” so they tapped several industry experts, including Jenal, for advice on how to make it in a competitive landscape.

From the article:

Jim Jenal, founder of Run on Sun in Pasadena, Calif., says it’s also important to reach out to customers through education. “Utilities have guaranteed customers and a guaranteed return,” he says. “We have neither. Attracting customers requires a strategy to reach out to your audience.”

Run On Sun has chosen to do this through a blog, which has proven to be a priceless asset.

“Our blog is our biggest tool,” Jenal says. “Pretty much all of our commercial clients have come to us at least in part because of the blog. It’s greatly expanded our presence and given us visibility.” Jenal says his company is also about to publish a book to educate potential clients.

Also, blogging has proven to be an effective way to educate the public. “The industry as a whole continues to face a public that is often skeptical of what we offer,” Jenal says.

To overcome that, Jenal says his company puts out honest, straight-forward information about going solar. His team also spends time talking to people on the phone or in-person to answer their questions.

“We do so even when they do not represent a potential sale for us,” Jenal says. “We believe that ultimately the entire industry benefits from a better educated public.”

Some advice can help installers across all market segments grow, particularly certification, quality and choosing the right partners.

NABCEP Certified-Certification Gives You Credibility. Certify your skills so potential clients can be assured of them, rather than just taking your word for it. Jenal says he believed Run On Sun’s skills set it apart from other players. “But to give that claim greater credibility, we sought and achieved North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certification for all three of our owners,” he says.

It has been a busy PR year for Jim who has also been quoted at length in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian and numerous industry publications with Solar Power World being the latest.

Fortunately, you don’t have to just read about it, you can put Jim’s expertise to work for you on your solar project.  Give us a call or click on this link today and speak to the source!

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Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
Run on Sun also offers solar consulting services, working with consumers, utilities, and municipalities to help them make solar power affordable and reliable.

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