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The process of buying and selling solar involves lots of people. However, one of the most integral steps is the actual installation. At Sungevity, we utilize our Preferred Installer Network (PIN). Our PIN is made up of a group of highly trained, highly experienced and well-established solar installers and contractors. To join the PIN, installers must have passed Sungevity’s rigorous quality controls and adopted Sungevity’s proven installation practices and techniques.

Essentially, what Sungevity has accomplished with the creation of the PIN is to create a widespread network of extremely capable solar installers with local knowledge. Having your installers be part of a local crew means that they are familiar with any local issues and that when the install is complete, they aren’t going to simply vanish. Instead your PIN crew will remain a viable element of the solar community ready to help both you and your friends.

For me, one of the greatest parts of the PIN is that it is proof of the emergence of the green-collar economy. A Pew Institute study reported that the clean energy economy is growing robustly. Between 1998 and 2007, the clean energy economy grew at a rate of 9.1 percent, which is impressive when you look at it in the context of the traditional job market, which grew by only 3.7 percent during that same time period.

So how do these jobs play out in the solar industry? According to the Solar Living Institute, every megawatt of solar installed in the United States employs 10 people for a year. At the rate solar is currently being installed, that is a lot of jobs being created!

-Nat Smith

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.


  1. What is the specific criteria for contractors to be in the PIN? Please advise.
    Heard DK’s talk at the Green Fest yesterday; really terrific!


    Erin P. Gaffey

    1. Hi Erin. So glad you found Danny’s talk interesting. If you’re interested in joining the PIN you can email partner@sungevity.com for more details. Sorry for the wild goose chase, but we need to make sure we have proper NDAs in place 🙂

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