Top 9 Notable 2020 Moments

top 9 solar moments in 2020

We can all agree that 2020 was a rough one. It did however teach us resiliency as we all pushed through challenges that we may not have known we could ever make it through. And it forced us all to reinvent how to do business in ways that keep our employees, families, and customers safe.

Most industries took a huge hit this year, including solar and other energy industries. However, unlike the oil and gas industry (which took a sharp downturn in 2020), the solar industry is already climbing back.

Just look at the numbers for this year! Despite the early setbacks, solar accounted for 43% of all new electricity generating capacity added in the U.S. through the third quarter this year, beating out all other generation technologies. In addition, there was an estimated 43% growth for the solar industry in 2020.

As a company, we were grateful to be able to continue growing and providing valuable jobs in unprecedented times like these. So in honor of our achievements this year, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the milestones we accomplished as a company.

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1. Installed solar on 8,500 homes

Let’s start with the fact that homeowners continued to choose us as their solar installer this year.  This year alone we installed solar on over 8,500 homes, bringing our grand total since 2008 to 18,000 homes.

That means our customers have contributed over 64,000 kilowatts of installed capacity to our nation’s solar power capability in 2020. Curious what this means in terms of electricity generation?

Well in just one year, all of our customers could power over 7,000 concerts with 80,000 seating capacity! Want to know what else our customers’ roofs could power? Concerts, sports events, DisneyWorld, and more? Find out.

And in terms of helping out the environment, this is the equivalent of avoiding over 86,000 tons of CO2 and planting about 900,000 trees.

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2. Made the Inc. 500 list

In August of this year Sunpro made the Inc. magazine annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Coming in at no. 372 on this list thanks to our three-year growth of 1,235%.

The Inc. 5000 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy, recognizing Sunpro Solar as one of the nation’s fastest growing solar companies.

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3. Made the Vet100 list

Following up to the Inc. 5000 list, Sunpro made the annual Vet100 list in December, which acknowledges the nation’s fastest growing veteran-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. This ranking is composed of honorees who have also landed on the iconic Inc. Magazine 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S and created in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). Both distinctions are considered hallmarks of entrepreneurial success.

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4. Expanded to 6 additional states

This year we also grew into 6 states, for a total of 17 states! It’s pretty impressive considering Sunpro started out with one location in Louisiana in 2008.

To date, we expanded to 8 territories during 2020 and counting. The states we’ve added to our family this year are North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Arizona, and Virginia. We’re not stopping there, so be on the lookout in 2021 for Sunpro Solar coming to your area!

Want to know if we’re in your region? Check it out.

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5. Provided 2,537 jobs

2020 was a hard year for almost every industry, with a devastating impact on the workforce. However, while 2020 hit the oil, gas and coal companies hard, the solar industry stayed strong. A NY Times article predicted in August of 2020 that “industry executives and analysts expect the renewable business to continue growing in 2020 and next year even as oil, gas and coal companies struggle financially or seek bankruptcy protection. This prediction is holding to be true as 2020 comes to a close.

This gave us the unique opportunity this year to keep growing and hiring new people. In fact, we hired 2,537 people just this year.

If you’re interested in working for us in 2021, check out openings.

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6. Paid out 3 million from our referral app

Not only did we provide jobs to the workforce, we also helped you all make some extra money using our referral app.

Since the referral app was launched in 2018, we’ve paid out over $4 million! In fact, just in 2020 alone, we’ve paid out over $3 million, making 2020 our most successful year for the referral app ever.

One of the reasons it’s become so successful is how easy it is to use and start making money. We’ve also added some new features this year. One of our most active and successful users has made more than $8,000 so far just for telling his friends and family about solar energy.

Want to know more? Download and learn more.

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7. Ranked top solar contractor by Solar Power World

Back in July, Sunpro was recognized as one of the top 5 residential solar contractors in the U.S. by Solar Power World’s 2020 annual Top Solar Contractor List. This marks the fifth consecutive year that we have been recognized by Solar Power World.

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work completed by solar installers big and small across the United States. Produced annually, the list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets, and ranks contractors by kilowatts installed in the previous year.

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8. Ranked largest residential solar company in Texas

Then in August, Sunpro was named one of the fastest growing solar companies in Texas, according to Solar Power World’s Top Contractor List. Not only that but we were also named the largest residential solar installer in the state.

The solar energy market in Texas exploded in the last few years, including in 2020, and is expected to be the fastest growing energy source over the next few years. According to the state grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), solar developers are expected to add 3.5GW of capacity from new utility-scale solar projects this year and 5.5GW in 2021.

Read the press release.

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9. Donated solar to Joy Junction homeless shelter

And rounding out the top ten, Sunpro, along with our Unirac partner, gave solar back to the community. In November Sunpro and Unirac donated and installed solar energy panels that will power facilities for Joy Junction, a homeless shelter in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Joy Junction provides assistance to the homeless population and underserved families and individuals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Unlike other shelters in the area, the organization believes that no one should be turned away and that families should be kept together.

In light of COVID-19, many in the community were left vulnerable and without the means to self-quarantine or shelter-in-place; a situation that causes a significant draw on the resources Joy Junction needs to do its work — dramatically more than pre-pandemic.

The donated solar installation will make sure that hundreds of dollars every month are used to support Joy Junction’s efforts in the community and not diverted to pay for electricity costs. Solar power provides a cost-saving solution for the shelter that will last long after the pandemic has passed.

Read the press release.

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And the love keeps pouring in…

With over 8,500 installs this year, we couldn’t be more grateful for the homeowners that decided to go solar with us. And the feeling is mutual. Here are just a few of the reviews we’ve received this year.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ –  SC Smith, August 17, 2020

I went with Sunpro…. and couldn’t be happier, over the years I’ve reviewed many solar companies, most are contractors that provide nothing but a manufacturer warranty and disappear after the sale.  Sunpro was the 1st that covers it all themselves.  All of my interactions with my rep were friendly and professional. I’ve even referred several friends to them as well And will continue to do so (hey at $1,000 per sold referral… cant beat that!!)

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Glenn Brisby, September 22, 2020

I decided to go with Sunpro because of the great reviews they had on google. Joseph came out and was very knowledgeable and informative helping us create our solar system. The process went fast, from the consultation to getting the approval from our HOA. We set a date and the roofers installed our small solar system in under 4 hrs. Orlando was very responsive and kept us informed throughout the whole process. We are very happy with our system, it looks great. And we already got compliments on it. We can’t wait to start saving money on our electric bill.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Ronald Bedford, July 27, 2020

I couldn’t be more thankful to Miguel and the hard workers of Sunpro Solar. The initial information inquiry and questions were answered promptly and Miguel came over to my house to talk to my wife and I about the whole setup when we were free. When the commitment was made to go solar, he stayed in contact along the way and would find out all the answers to any questions I had within a few hours or day at the most. The Electric Co-op dragged their feet a bit and days turned to months, however Miguel stayed on top of the paperwork train and made sure that anything he could do on his side to ensure max efficiency was completed. The setup was very fast and the workers as well as electricians were professional and friendly. The efficiency of my house was performed and useful information was passed to me to improve on my energy usage. I have now had Sunpro for several months and will easily say that I would not go to any other solar company. Solar is the road to take in NM and Sunpro is the best vehicle to get you there!

P.s. Ground mount panels make a great sunshade for my free range chickens.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Darius Goodin, December 2, 2020

Recently the SunPro Team came out to do my panel installation.  They showed up when they were suppose to and ready to work.  They reviewed my initial design and saw were they could move more of the panels to the south side of the house which would increase my production.  They made the plans and consulted with their engineer and he agreed.  They completed the install with no problem and improved the my planned output potential.  I would recommend them highly.

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Can’t wait to see what 2021 brings!

Overall, 2020 has been a wild ride and we couldn’t have done it without every single person involved. Considering how much we’ve accomplished in 2020, we can’t wait to see what 2021 holds for us and all of you.

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