Solar Companies Lining Up for NABCEP Accreditation — the Industry Must Be Maturing


In another sign that the solar industry is maturing, more than 50 solar companies indicate their desire to be accredited by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. California solar provider Renova Solar was the first to be awarded Company Accreditation by NABCEP.

As the solar industry grows, so does the potential for consumer complaints. Solar is starting to appear on Angie’s List, and more standards and best practices are being adopted to ensure consumer confidence.

Now, more companies are being accredited by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), a nonprofit with the mission to develop and implement quality credentialing certification programs.

Following the lead of Renova Solar, which was awarded the first Company Accreditation by NABCEP, more than 50 solar companies have indicated their desire to be accredited and/or have started on the path to receive the designation.

NABCEP has certified over 3,200 solar energy installation and technical sales professionals since 2003. But so far, only three companies have met the rigorous standard and are recognized as NABCEP Accredited PV Installation Companies.

“We’re glad there’s an organization focused on promoting rigorous credentialing,” added Renova Solar CEO/President Vincent Battaglia. “We are proud to be the first, and glad that the industry as a whole is recognizing that it not only provides customer confidence, but a competitive edge in sales.”

“We applaud Renova Solar as the company who led the way to encourage other solar installation businesses to incorporate the highest standards in solar sales and installation,” said NABCEP Executive Director Richard Lawrence. “This accreditation standard is all about consumer confidence in companies that are willing to commit to these best practices.”

Renova Solar, established in 2006 in Palm Desert, is the largest local solar company in the Coachella Valley. Winner of the 2013 Inc. Magazine Hire Power Award for 4th Fastest Growing Solar Company in California, Renova Solar was also named the 11th Fastest Growing Company in the United States in the energy sector.