The last decade has seen unprecedented growth in solar energy. For entrepreneurs still on the fence about getting in on the next big thing, just consider the recent market demand for solar panels.

Two-thirds of all photovoltaic (PV) solar panels in operation today were installed after January of 2011. That’s over half of all solar panels ever installed…installed after 2010!

At the same time, solar technology continues to improve by leaps and bounds, employment in the solar industry continues to shoot up, and photovoltaic installations continue to contribute more energy to the grid than ever before.

Although the solar power market in states like California and Arizona tends to be especially sunny, the growth in the photovoltaic solar panels industry is truly a worldwide phenomenon. The U.S. solar market grew by more than 100% in 2016 alone, and countries like China and India are becoming very big solar contributors.

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Top Four Solar Power Installation Franchise Opportunities

Get this—solar will become the world’s number one source of electricity by the year 2050, according to the International Energy Agency’s official projections.

Residential photovoltaic solar panels combined with industrial-scale concentrated solar panel facilities are largely driving this dominance. So, what are some franchise opportunities that you should be looking at?

Solar Universe

Solar Universe straddles the line between a marketing outfit and a solar panel installation franchise, as the company provides energy consulting as well as proprietary solar panel installation, according to Franchise Direct.

Franchisees at Solar Universe can help residential and commercial customers install photovoltaic solar panels and locate renewable energy applications and tax credits that can benefit local businesses. REPOWER, the franchise arm of Solar Universe, launched in 2008. Currently, REPOWER is in 13 states nationwide.

GreenTech

GreenTech markets itself as a “client-based” and “forward-thinking” construction company. GreenTech recently started offering franchise opportunities to investors who wanted to offer clients solar radiant systems, daylighting solar tubes and skylights, and photovoltaic panels, as well as decorative lighting.

While GreenTech offers photovoltaic solar panels to residential and commercial customers, its franchise services are more geared towards inspections, consultation, and green home constructions. Like SuperGreen Solutions, GreenTech has partnered with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professionals to improve energy ratings and overall energy efficiency for residential and commercial clients.

EES Consulting

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Consulting (EES) is more purely a solar energy consulting franchise. Franchisees offer executive summaries, property profiles, and carbon footprint reduction strategies to help local businesses and homeowners reduce their utility expenses and go green.

SuperGreen Solutions

SuperGreen Solutions is the only solar panel franchise to earn the backing of the United Franchise Group. The United Franchise Group is “the global leader for entrepreneurs,” and provides unparalleled marketing, advertising, training, and support resources to every new franchisee.

Along with PV solar panels, SuperGreen Solutions’ franchisees offer a wide range of other energy-saving products to residential and commercial customers, such as heating and cooling, LED lighting, water filtration, air purification, EV (electric vehicle) charge stations, and smart energy management systems.

SuperGreen Solutions is ranked number one in its category, according to Entrepreneur‘s Franchise 500 rankings. SuperGreen Solutions is also a Franchise Direct Top 100 Global Franchise award winner, thanks to its commitment to making solar energy a global phenomenon.

SuperGreen Solutions—founded in 2011, when the solar energy market was just starting to really take off—has been on a real growth trajectory since its inception. Entrepreneur magazine has tracked 60% growth among SuperGreen Solutions’ franchise locations over the last three years; that tends to closely parallel the two-thirds growth in solar panel installations since 2010, don’t you think?

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