The U.S. solar industry is on the upswing, thanks to a pro-renewables presidential administration and increased concern over climate change. American Sentry Solar has had a front-row seat to this action, with business increasing over the last year. Solar Power World has recognized the company's installation success by ranking American Sentry Solar at No. 200 overall and No. 62 in the Residential Solar Market on the 2021 Top Solar Contractors list.
The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers in the United States. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service, markets and states.
"Not even COVID-19 closures and slowdowns could prevent the solar industry from installing fantastic numbers last year," said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. "The Solar Power World team is so glad to recognize over 400 companies on the 2021 Top Solar Contractors list that not only survived a pandemic but thrived in spite of it."
The U.S. solar industry grew 43% in 2020, installing more solar panels on homes, businesses and across the country than any other year on record. The residential market saw an 11% increase, which is remarkable considering the difficulties of maneuvering home solar projects through pandemic precautions. American Sentry Solar is proud to have been able to continue its mission during the tumultuous year of 2020: to help homeowners save on their energy bills and own their power production. American Sentry Solar was also able to assist small business owners through their Small Business Recognition Program, which was a 2020 initiative to donate $1,000 to deserving businesses across Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. By the program’s end American Sentry Solar had donated over $190,000 to local small businesses, and the Program received national recognition for its charitable and inspiring foundations.
The federal government passed a two-year extension on the solar investment tax credit (ITC) at the end of 2020, which will further accelerate solar adoption across all market segments. After installing 19.2 GW in 2020, research firm Wood Mackenzie expects the U.S. solar market to quadruple by 2030.
American Sentry Solar employs 89 workers who installed 4,668.9KW of solar power in 2020. Since its founding in 2009, the company has installed 21,320KW of solar across Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and the Greater San Antonio Texas Area.