PetersenDean a roofing company that expanded into solar a number of years ago is reaching its 30 year anniversary this year—and its planning big things. Starting in May the company will start rolling out five new offices, most in new states for the company as it plans to double business.
“As the economy continues to recover and solar becomes more affordable, we have seen huge increases in demand across the board with both residential and commercial installations,” said Jim Petersen, founder of PetersenDean. “We estimate that roofing and solar manufacturing has grown about 400 percent from last year and is only going to grow more from here, especially as the costs come down further and more and more municipalities change their energy policies to require solar.”
The company will expand its reach in Texas with a new office and open an office in North Carolina first. In the first year it plans to install 12,000 more roofs and solar arrays than in previous years. Then it will roll out into Georgia, Colorado and Washington over a three-year rollout plan the company said. In all it anticipates adding 4,000 new direct positions. The company already has offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Texas.
“This is a substantial number of jobs for each area,” Petersen said. “We’re talking office workers, installers, and supervisors, to name a few. These are promising, well paying jobs for everyone from the PhD in our research department to our journeymen in the field.”
In making the announcement the company said it also planned to use American-made solar panels and products from SolarWorld, Suniva and KACO, creating roughly 900 additional jobs. “We made a decision at PetersenDean to only source our products from America,” Petersen explained. “It's costing us a little more money to buy these panels and roofing products, but we are supporting the American economy and we are supporting American workers and we're reinvesting those dollars back where they should be. Efforts like this are putting Americans to work by putting American products to work.”
The moves will essentially double the amount of roofs and solar installations PetersenDean installs in a year. Currently the company installs roughly 100,000 roof and solar power systems annually and when it’s done with the expansion it plans to complete more than 200,000 installations annually.
Petersen also expressed support for a solar future without many of the incentives offered today. “Around the country, many solar rebate programs administered by states and utilities have begun to expire or at least are being overhauled. This does not mean that solar is going to die. It’s actually stronger than ever,” he said. “Even without rebates, solar has now reached a point of price competitiveness with the electric utilities in many areas and with grid prices typically rising about 5 percent each year, solar makes a lot of financial sense.”Tweet