Borrego Solar celebrates big year in 2014; looks for more in 2015

Borrego Solar Systems Inc. said Feb. 5 that it has a record year in 2014 in which it saw a 40% increase in total megawatts installed from 2013.

Put another way, the total installations from 2014 represent 30% of the company’s total installed capacity over its 35 years in operation. Borrego Solar said that it was among the top commercial developers nationally and also finished the year with leading market positions in its key geographic markets, which are Massachusetts, California and New York.

“The fact that we were able to achieve 40 percent year-over-year growth in 2014 is a testament to the strong team we’ve built and the quality customers we’ve partnered with in the government, education, technology, and waste management sectors,” said Mike Hall, CEO at Borrego Solar. “Customers choose us because we’re solar veterans with a 35-year track record in the business.”

In 2014, Borrego achieved success in top solar markets and across several industries:

  • 17 MW (dc) installation with First Wind, the second largest in Massachusetts;
  • 2.7 MW (dc) installation on Vermont’s only landfill in operation, the state’s waste industry’s largest solar project;
  • 2.4 MW (dc) rooftop installation atop the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on a city-owned convention center in the United States;
  • 8.3 MW (dc) portfolio under Southern California Edison‘s California Renewable Energy Small Tariff program; and
  • nearly 15 MW (dc) of installations that are feeding solar energy to municipalities in Massachusetts.

“This is an exciting time for us and our industry as a whole, because we’ve hit a critical mass,” said David Meyers, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Borrego Solar. “As a result, our customers are more informed, the demand for our services has increased, and we’re hiring nearly 30 percent more staff in the coming year to meet it.”

Borrego currently has 200 MW (dc) of projects under contract and in various stages of development across the country, including:

  • New Hampshire’s largest solar project, a 944 kW (dc) system in Peterborough on the site of the town’s waste water treatment plant;
  • 8.5 MW (dc) in school projects for Thompkins Community College and Houghton College in New York, and Newport Mesa School District in Southern California; and
  • 3.3 MW (dc) project on San Diego International Airport’s Terminal 2, the first LEED Platinum certified commercial airport terminal in the world.

In addition, Borrego said it made a strong entry into the New York market with 33 MW (dc) of installations beginning construction, including 27.25 MW (dc) of projects under PSEG Long Island‘s Feed-in-Tariff program in New York.

Borrego Solar said it continued to focus on establishing and strengthening relationships with key technology and financing partners in 2014. These include an exclusive supply agreement with LG Electronics USA for its market leading high efficiency panels, a continued financing partner in Greenwood Energy, and multiple installations under development with solar energy system owner and operator sPower.

Established in 1980, Borrego Solar Systems is one of the nation’s leading financiers, designers, developers and installers of commercial and utility solar power systems.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.