Date: August 19, 2016
Jen Johnmeyer, (417) 260-5474
Sun Solar Captures Top Spot on Fastest-Growing Private Company List
SPRINGFIELD, MO — Springfield’s Missouri Sun Solar recently received multiple accolades in the Top 5000 issue of Inc. Magazine.
The four-year-old company claimed the top spot in Missouri for fastest-growing energy companies, clocked in at number nine for fastest energy company growth in the United States, and is 156 on the top 5000 fastest-growing companies in all sectors nationwide.
The company has previously been named the number-one residential installer in Missouri by Solar Power World magazine.
Founded in 2012 with two employees, Missouri Sun Solar has experienced particularly explosive growth in the
last year, increasing its workforce from 27 employees to 130. Its growth percentage from 2013-2015 was a staggering 2,326.7%.
Its 2015 revenue experienced a similar growth spurt at $9.8 million.
“I am proud of every one of my employees, and consider them family.” CEO Caleb Arthur said. “They have a passion for their work, and for our mission, that is vital in such an important industry. More and more people are realizing the benefits of converting to clean, renewable energy, and our customers have seen a collective energy savings of $80 to $100 million.”
Missouri Sun Solar’s corporate headquarters are in Houston, Missouri. In addition to the main office in Springfield, the company also has offices in Lee’s Summit, Columbia, St. Louis, and recently branched out to Columbia, South Carolina.
For more information about the company, visit www.ussunsolar.com, or call 855-464-6786.
Date: August 5, 2016
Jen Johnmeyer, (417) 260-5474
SPRINGFIELD, MO — Green Circle Projects announces a 30.6 kilowatt array in partnership with Sun Solar at Farmers Park. The 120 solar panel installation will provide approximately 42,000 kilowatt hours of renewable electricity annually. The reduction in carbon footprint as a result of this installation is equivalent to planting 771 trees, replacing seven gasoline cars with a hybrid, taking 168 cars off the road, or avoiding 12 rail cars of coal.
Farmers Park, a mixed-use destination developed by Green Circle Projects, is currently pursuing LEED™ Certification. The recent solar installation compliments a variety of existing strategies for sustainable growth at Farmers Park including; local food from Farmers Market of the Ozarks, community gardens, micro-orchards, low water irrigation system and drought resistant vegetation, white membrane roofing, bicycle storage, and recycling. Also planned for addition to Farmers Park before year end are two new electric car charging stations.
Farmers Park Building 5, scheduled for completion Spring 2017, will feature a similar solar panel installation. The solar energy generated by these arrays will easily cover the energy use for the Farmers Park electric car charging stations while also generating utility savings for the buildings.
Missouri Sun Solar Director of Business Development, Adam Stipanovich, said, “The team at Sun Solar was very excited to partner with Green Circle Projects and Farmers Park on this project. The moment we got the call we knew that this was a project that we had to be involved in. The missions of our two organizations align so nicely that it was a real pleasure to work with the team at Farmers Park. We are very impressed with the forward thinking attitude of Farmers Park and love what they do and provide for the community.”
About Green Circle Projects – Green Circle Projects is a multifaceted development company. Green Circle Projects approaches development as not simply building, but Community Building. Projects range from mixed use developments to famers markets and mountain bike trails in the Ozarks. Environmental stewardship and community are at the core of every project Green Circle approaches. Other endeavors include several projects in the Galloway area and branching out into new markets.
About Farmers Park – A multi-use destination for people and businesses alike, Farmers Park is designed and constructed for low impact and long-term sustainability. Farmers Park serves the Ozarks region as a community-oriented center of activity while supporting local farmers and businesses, with an average of 8k weekly visitors to the park. The Farmers Market of the Ozarks™ offers food grown locally by more than 100 vendors located within a 150-mile radius of Springfield. Visit Farmers Park online at http://www.farmersparkspringfield.com.
About Sun Solar – Sun Solar is a family-owned solar installation company headquartered in Houston, Mo., with offices in Springfield, Lee’s Summit, Columbia, St. Louis, and Columbia, South Carolina. The company installs both commercial and residential systems throughout the state, and is ranked the number-one installer of residential solar systems in Missouri by Solar Power World magazine. For more information about the company, visit http://ussunsolar.com.
Date: March 16, 2016
Jen Johnmeyer, (417) 260-5474
Missouri Sun Solar Hits Major Employment Milestone, Expects Continued Growth
SPRINGFIELD, MO — For almost a year now, the solar industry has seen tremendous growth throughout Southwest Missouri and the company leading the charge is Missouri Sun Solar. With gross revenues of just under $24 million last year, the company has tripled its staff to 101 people in just nine months, with 90% of those new jobs being based in the Springfield area.
“We never expected to grow this fast,” said Missouri Sun Solar CEO Caleb Arthur. “The interest in solar here has been phenomenal and we are continuing to grow and add more positions every day. Both homeowners and businesses are beginning to realize the money-saving benefits of going solar and are jumping on board in record numbers.”
Although technically headquartered in Houston, Mo., the Springfield office is by far the largest in the company and is the de facto HQ. It serves the entire Southwest Missouri region, including Joplin, and even serves the mid-Missouri area in and around Columbia.
“We don’t really see our growth stopping anytime soon,” Arthur said. “Congress just renewed the 30% federal tax credit for solar last December, which means the industry has five more years to take advantage of it before it is phased out. This benefit has already worked to drive down solar prices by over 70% in the last eight years and we expect the industry will grow even more before it’s gone.”
In addition to the federal tax credit, some utilities, such as Empire District Electric in Joplin, are also offering free cash incentives for customers who choose to install a solar system on their home or business. These incentives also have a sunset date, but help to further incentivize the move to solar, bring prices down and boost growth.
However, despite the incentives, the company is already positioning itself to be successful and self-sufficient once they are gone.
In January, Missouri Sun Solar launched a new division called Smart Energy Solutions, whose purpose is to conduct home energy assessments and provide energy efficient improvements before a solar system is installed. This means that not only will the home be more comfortable year-round, but it will require less energy and therefore, a smaller solar system, which saves money.
“Not only will Smart Energy Solutions help us become self-sufficient and keep prices stable after the incentives are gone, it also means we are going to be hiring and training even more people,” Arthur said. “Not only that, but our expansion into Kansas City and Columbia, South Carolina will also require we hire more help.”
The tremendous growth in solar is expected to carry forward nationwide this year and industry experts predict 2016 will outperform 2015 in the number of systems installed. Although too early to tell, this is a trend that appears to be tracking the same throughout Missouri.
Date: January 18, 2016
Jen Johnmeyer, (417) 260-5474
Missouri Sun Solar Launches New Division
SPRINGFIELD, MO— As the solar industry continues to expand, Missouri Sun Solar has decided to launch a new division of its company that will complement its core business and help keep solar affordable for the average, middle-class family when utility rebates and other incentives are no longer available.
Called Smart Energy Solutions, the new division will specialize in making homes more energy efficient through the use of professional energy audits and home improvement measures. It will work in concert with the solar side to make homes more comfortable and to reduce the size of solar system needed, thereby reducing the cost.
“This is a way for us to be able to stand on our own and keep solar affordable for the average family without the help of utility rebates or federal assistance,” said Missouri Sun Solar CEO Caleb Arthur. “While those are great incentives that are really helping to drive prices down and build our industry, they won’t always be there. It is our responsibility to make sure that opportunity isn’t wasted and that we are able to stand on our own once that assistance has been phased out.”
Smart Energy Solutions is already operational and expects to add 20 more jobs by the end of the year.
“This is really a perfect match,” said Arthur. “Solar is a renewable energy source and when you pair it with home energy efficiency, not only do you make the customer’s home more comfortable year-round and the price of the solar system more affordable, you further reduce their carbon footprint. It’s really the best bang for your buck and a win-win situation for everyone.”
The company’s energy auditors will be fully certified by the Building Performance Institute (www.bpi.org), which is the recognized industry standard for home energy efficiency assessment and safety. In addition to supplementing the solar side, Smart Energy Solutions will also offer energy assessments and energy efficient home improvements as a separate service to the public.
Date: November 24, 2015
Jen Johnmeyer, (417) 260-5474
Missouri Sun Solar CEO Caleb Arthur Elected President of State Solar Energy Association
SPRINGFIELD, MO— Missouri Sun Solar is pleased to announce that its CEO, Caleb Arthur, was elected president of the Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association (MOSEIA) during its annual meeting last Thursday and Friday. MOSEIA is the statewide trade association that represents the interests of Missouri’s solar industry and provides its members with training and resources to develop their business.
Arthur takes over for former MOSEIA president Rick Hunter, CEO of Micro-grid Solar in St. Louis, and is joined by Bob Solger, owner of the Solar Design Studio in Kansas City, who was elected vice president of the association. Arthur will serve a single term of two years, upon which time another MOSEIA member will be elected.
As president, Arthur will lead MOSEIA through a critical election year for the solar industry both in Missouri and throughout the nation. The 30 percent federal tax credit for solar systems is up for renewal at the end of 2016. Ensuring that Missouri legislators are educated and informed about the benefits of this tax credit to both the industry and the state in terms of job creation and investment, is one of his top priorities as president. In addition, Arthur says he will work closely with Renew Missouri, a non-profit renewable energy advocacy association based in Jefferson City, to pass legislation that will strengthen and protect the gains solar has made
Arthur Elected President of MOSEIA throughout the state. Finally, Arthur says he will work to provide better training and additional resources to MOSEIA members.
MOSEIA has played a critical role in the development and growth of the solar industry in Missouri by helping to pass state’s first renewable energy standard, Proposition C, in 2008 and by challenging Empire District Electric’s resistance to this mandate, eventually winning a five-year legal battle that ended up with the Missouri Supreme Court ordering the utility to abide by the voter approved measure.
Date: October 26, 2015
Jen Johnmeyer, (417) 260-5474
Greenfield Superintendent -– (417) 637-5323
Greenfield School District Goes Solar, Expects $2.5 Million Savings
SPRINGFIELD, MO— In an move becoming ever more common among public schools, Greenfield, Mo., School District Superintendent Jeff Davis announced today that the school board had approved a plan to partner with Missouri Sun Solar to purchase and install a 376 kilowatt solar power system at its two main facilities in an effort to save money and raise funds.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this deal,” said Davis. “We did our homework and looked at what we would save using solar versus what we would pay by keeping the status quo. The numbers don’t lie and after examining the cost of installation vs. the savings we could realize, the decision was clear.”
Missouri Sun Solar owner and CEO Caleb Arthur was also pleased with the deal. “This is a win-win situation for everyone involved,” he said. “Not only are we helping a school district save money, we are providing them with sustainable and reliable power system and source of revenue that will last the next 30-40 years. What other power system can offer these benefits?”
The estimated cost of the system is $676,000 and is one of the largest of its kind in the state. To help pay for it, the district will take advantage of $125,000 worth of free cash rebates from Empire District Electric as well as a low interest loan from the Department of Energy available to schools seeking to go solar. Loan payments will be made with the savings the district realizes and the break-even window will be less than 10 years. The system itself will produce power for 30-40 years, leaving 20-30 years’ worth of savings.
“What most people don’t realize is that the price of solar systems have come down over 50 percent since 2010. When combined with the incentives available, it’s no more expensive for schools or businesses than building a new facility or purchasing new equipment. The only difference is that a solar system appreciates in value by providing the owner with cash savings throughout the life of the system,” said Arthur.
In addition, the school district also opted to purchase and install $100,000 worth of ultra-efficient, long-lasting LED lighting from Missouri Sun Solar for installation in all classrooms, which will save labor hours in continually replacing old lighting and further reduce the district’s costs for the new solar system.
In total, the district expects to offset 85 percent of its total electric bill and save $2.5 million. “We are a small school district in a small town. This is the best way to not only raise new funds for the district, but also to provide a solid foundation of revenue for the future,” said Davis. “For every cent our electric bill goes up, it costs us $2,000-$3,000. With electric prices continually rising, we have shielded ourselves from a growing expense that continually eats away at our limited budget. Therefore, it becomes an avoided cost instead of one we have to continually adjust for and it’s accomplished without any financial impact to our community.”
For more information regarding solar power, its costs and its savings, visit www.MissouriSunSolar.com or call (417) 413-1786.