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Introducing a Few of Our Solar Focus Sponsors: Sigora Solar, Standard Solar, and Allied Building Products Corp.

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MDV-SEIA is happy to announce that Sigora Solar, Standard Solar, and Allied Building Products Corp. are a few of our kW sponsors for Solar Focus 2017! These companies are well established in the Mid-Atlantic solar markets and their backing is a valued addition to the sponsorship team for the region’s leading solar conference.

About Sigora Solar

Headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., Sigora Solar is the largest solar provider in the Commonwealth with offices also in Waynesboro, Richmond, and the Manassas/Washington, D.C. area. The privately-owned company launched in 2011, now ranks as one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies. Sigora Solar is the only solar provider in Virginia offering businesses and homeowners solar systems paired with energy efficiency, and no-money-down financing options. Sigora Solar works with customers to reduce their energy bills, sustain the quality of their environment, and shape the future of energy production and conservation.

Q&A

What markets do you operate in?

Sigora currently operates throughout the Virginia Commonwealth, District of Columbia and is expanding into
Maryland.

Tell us a little bit about your company, including how many MWs/GWs of solar is in your East Coast portfolio.

Sigora Solar was founded in 2011 by Andy Bindea. Now Sigora employs more than 80 people through out
the State and D.C. and are the leading residential solar installer in Virginia. We are proud of the organic
growth and success of Sigora Solar. Additionally, with the creation and establishment of Sigora International,
a green utility focused on providing clean, reliable and affordable energy to populations in the developing
world, we hope to bring the benefits of solar energy to communities in desperate need of financial and energy
security.

Solar jobs are now growing at a rate 17x faster than the overall economy and for the first time in history the solar industry employs more people than coal. Tell us a little about how the rate of solar job growth has impacted your business.

Sigora has more than doubled in size in the past year. We employ 80 people throughout [Virginia] and in
D.C. and expect to continue this growth as we expand into other sectors within solar and neighboring
markets.

Has your company made any unique or innovative contributions to solar?

Sigora is proud to have partnered with Dominion and the National Energy Education Project’s Solar for
Students Program and we are very excited about our new partnership with Appalachian Voices to help
revitalize Virginia coal country and convert coal communities to clean energy communities.  

Which policies, incentives, or regulatory changes have had the most impact on your business and what is missing that your company could benefit from?

We are looking at solar from a prospective standpoint. Currently, Virginia solar penetration levels are
extremely low relative to neighboring states. Ideally, we would like to see great penetration of residential,
commercial, community and utility scale solar, as well as more robust energy efficiency programs. We
believe in order to substantively grow the solar industry in Virginia, a renewable portfolio standard would help
catapult the Virginia solar industry to penetration levels seen in North Carolina, Maryland and South Carolina,
as well as create as many as 65,000 new solar jobs with a mere 10% RPS. Additionally, a virtual net
metering community solar program to encourage greater residential penetration for households unable to
install traditional rooftop solar. Finally, a stabilization of the state net metering policy, which would include full
retail net metering, a preclusion of standby charges for any systems smaller than 100kW, a limit on fixed
customer charges to a maximum of $15 a month, an increase of the net metering cap to 5% and
grandfathering for all net metered installations for ten years.

About Standard Solar

Standard Solar, Inc. is a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. Dedicated to making Distributed Generation (DG) solar more accessible to businesses, institutions, governments and utilities, the company is forging the path for clean, renewable energy development through turnkey solutions. With more than 100 megawatts installed, financed or maintained, Standard Solar is one of the most trusted and respected solar companies. Named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for four consecutive years by Inc. Magazine, Standard Solar operates nationally and is headquartered in Rockville, Md. 

Q&A

What markets do you operate in?

We operate nationally in the Commercial Distributed Generation (DG) segment. With in-house access to $300 million in low-cost project capital, Standard Solar delivers superior solar projects—from start to finish. Our extensive team of solar experts guide developers, installers, EPCs, utilities, municipalities, educational institutions, communities and landowners at each step of the solar-project process—from development and to engineering, construction and maintenance. Standard Solar deploys smart money for smarter energy solutions.

Tell us a little bit about your company, including how many MWs/GWs of solar is in your East Coast portfolio.

Overall our portfolio is excess of 100 MW. Company was incorporated in 2004 to develop residential projects in the then nascent MDV market. We did our first commercial project, the roof of DOE headquarters, in 2008 and first DC and MD PPA in 2009/10.

What opportunities and challenges do you see for solar on the East Coast?

The biggest challenge for solar nationally, including the East Coast, is the Section 201 trade case. Since the International Trade Commission (ITC) must deliver its recommendation(s) to President Trump by November 13th, we likely will not know the outcome by the time of the Solar Focus conference.

How does your company plan to be involved in influencing the solar industry over the next few years?

Standard Solar has always been actively involved in policy activities, both nationally and in our service territories — especially in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. We will remain actively involved. We encourage other MDV-SEIA members to support the industry’s efforts with new state policy efforts aimed at growing the markets in each state to benefit the ratebase and modernized the grid.

Solar jobs are now growing at a rate 17x faster than the overall economy and for the first time in history the solar industry employs more people than coal. Tell us a little about how the rate of solar job growth has impacted your business.

In the past year, we have added several new employees. However, the greatest employment impact has been with the growing number of subcontractors we have added as our business has grown.  

Has your company made any unique or innovative contributions to solar?

Over the past ten years Standard Solar has been extremely active in influencing the solar policy in the MDV region. We recognize innovation is needed constantly. We innovate at levels of a project lifecycle and market, from development through design, financing, construction and operations. One recent technology innovation is our work with implementing one of the first commercial microgrids with solar in the nation.

Which policies, incentives, or regulatory changes have had the most impact on your business and what is missing that your company could benefit from?

For Standard Solar, the extension of the federal tax credit through 2021 is the most impactful policy change in recent years. The most needed change in the MDV at this point is regulatory assistance that will enhance the value of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia SRECs.

Any final thoughts you’d like to share?

All of us need to stay focused on the trade case. Once the ITC announces its recommendation, SEIA will lead an all-out effort to get President Trump to understand the potentially huge job losses and other negative impacts that an extremely negative outcome might have on the solar industry and the American economy. When that time comes later this fall, SEIA will need your help to get this message across.

Members of MDV-SEIA have much to be proud about, in a few short years all of the state markets have grown to mainstream and are positioned to grow much further to meet the call of state officials for increased in-state clean energy generation at predictable costs.

About Allied Building Products Corp.

Allied Building Products Corp. (Allied) was established in Jersey City, NJ in 1950 as a family-operated roofing and custom sheet metal fabrication business. Today, Allied operates 208 locations coast to coast, maintains a fleet of more than 2,785 vehicles, and employs more than 3,500 committed individuals.

Q&A

What markets do you operate in?

Allied Building Products Solar Division operates nationally out of over 200 warehouse locations, with solar specific locations in California, New Jersey, Hawaii, Connecticut and Minnesota.

Tell us a little bit about your company, including how many MWs/GWs of solar is in your East Coast portfolio.

As a national wholesaler of building materials since the 1950s, Allied naturally entered the solar products distribution business as an extension to existing infrastructure of warehousing and just in time delivery services with flatbed and boom trucks for solar contractors. Allied’s offering of a full line of leading solar products coupled with these existing logistics services means faster project turnaround for both residential and commercial projects.

What opportunities and challenges do you see for solar on the East Coast?

The uncertainty of pending trade actions against foreign manufactured solar products poses quite a challenge both for Allied and its customers. Planning and allocation conversations are key to best manage customer expectations regarding pricing and availability. Allied’s ability to have dedicated account managers work closely with contractors has been vital through this period of uncertainty. Let Allied be your virtual warehouse and share the planning burden with you.

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