Solar Power World releases the 2022 Top Solar Contractors List

Despite concerns about supply chain disruptions and tariff investigations, the U.S. solar industry saw record demand for solar and storage in 2021. The residential market in particular grew by 30%, which is reflected in the higher installation numbers registered this year by the Top Solar Contractors class. Solar Energy Worldthe leading business-to-business publication in the solar industry, today released the 2022 Top Solar Contractors List, the most recognized annual list of solar contractors in the United States working in the utility, commercial and residential markets.

“The utility-scale solar market, of course, generates huge installation numbers every year, but the majority of industry workers build projects in the commercial and residential markets, which continue to break records,” said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Energy World. “Over 85% of the companies on the 2022 Top Solar Contractors List operate primarily in the residential and commercial sectors, and all reported closing in a positive light over the past year.”

According to data released by Wood Mackenzie – ahead of recent federal decisions to prevent additional tariffs on imported solar panels – the United States is expected to install 11 GW less by 2022 than originally forecast, due to ongoing supply chain restrictions, price increases and interconnection challenges. Still, a survey of the 2022 Top Solar Contractors class found that 59% predicted their business would increase in the coming year, while only 9% expected the number to decline.

Companies on the 2022 Top Solar Contractors List also see future growth opportunities in energy storage sales. Only 8% of the Top Solar Contractors surveyed do not yet install energy storage. Data from Wood Mackenzie shows that the United States will have installed 10.5 GWh of energy storage by 2021, a new record. The 2022 Top Solar + Storage Installers List featured more solar contractors than the previous edition.

“It’s easy to worry about the current state of the industry, especially with legislative battles and delivery concerns making the news every day,” Pickerel said. “That’s why every year we like to take a moment to reflect on the performance of many solar companies across the country. We are very proud to recognize over 400 companies on this year’s Top Solar Contractors List that are still finding ways to come out on top.”

‘s team Solar Energy World once again recognizes two exceptional companies as Greenest Contractor and Most Progressive Contractor of the year. Four individuals were also chosen as Top Solar Champions, taking home top honors for their advocacy, installation progress, design proficiency and community building. View all winners of 2022 here.

Companies on the top solar contractors list are grouped and ranked by specific service (developer, electrical subcontractor, EPC, installation subcontractor, installer, sales partner), market (commercial, residential, utility) and lists installed capacity by 2021 (in kWDC).

Here are some ways to interact with the 2022 Top Solar Contractors List:

Lists of contractors by market:

Lists of contractors by service:

Individual lists of contractors in all 50 states and 3 districts/territories:

Other Interesting Facts About the 2021 Best Solar Contractors List:

  • The 2022 Top Solar Contractors class was installed in all 50 states last year, plus Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
  • The Top 5 states for installations were California, Illinois, Texas, New York, and Florida.
  • 89% of the leaders perform practical installation services, 86% carry out development or design, 85% offer sales, 75% carry out electrical work and 32% offer internal financing.
  • A survey sent to all leaders found that energy cost savings are still the number one reason customers choose solar, with power security and a desire to be green rounding out the top picks.
  • 92% of respondents said they have seen shortages in the past year, with modules (49%), electrical hardware (24%), inverters (15%) and batteries (12%) being the hardest products to obtain.
  • 33% of respondents have used alternative sources for products in the past year, including hardware liquidators and online marketplaces such as Facebook and eBay.

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