Adirondack Solar Acquired Masthead

Adirondack Solar Acquired

November 2nd, 2010


Company also achieves Elite Dealer status from Sunpower

RHINEBECK, NY – Hudson Valley Clean Energy (HVCE), New York State’s largest and most experienced solar electric system designer and installer, has vastly expanded its market area with the company’s recent acquisition of the Albany-based company Adirondack Solar.

“Joining forces with Adirondack Solar enables us to expand our territory from the capital district north into the Adirondacks,” said John Wright, vice president of HVCE, a local family-owned business founded in 2002. “We’ve merged two well-experienced solar companies that have proven track records.”

By teaming with Adirondack Solar, HVCE has effectively doubled its service area to include entire Hudson Valley and Adirondack regions of New York. In addition to its zero-energy headquarters in Rhinebeck, HVCE now also operates the Adirondack Solar portion of the business out of its new office at 125 Wolf Road in Albany.

“The merger of Adirondack Solar and Hudson Valley Clean Energy brings together a synergy in offering customers an unsurpassed solar experience,” said Michael Cellini, director of marketing for Adirondack Solar. “This new relationship creates a benefit to customers from Westchester County up to Lake Placid and from the Massachusetts and Vermont borders out to Utica.”

Combined, HVCE and Adirondack Solar’s collective knowledge gives the newly joined companies an unparalleled understanding of the energy needs of New York State customers.

“Unlike other out-of-state solar companies who have merged because of financial reasons, Adirondack Solar and Hudson Valley Clean Energy have merged to reach a broader base of customers in bringing clean renewable energy to the masses,” said Cellini. “No other solar company can offer this strength and experience in knowing the upstate residential and commercial needs.”

HVCE, named Sunpower Dealer of the Year in 2008, also recently achieved the highly honorable status of Sunpower Elite Dealer by the California-based solar panel manufacturer. Out of the 500 authorized Sunpower dealers in the country, only 15 have been designated Elite Dealers.

“The criteria to achieve Elite Dealer status includes operating for at least three years, high customer satisfaction, high sales volume, and high quality control with no violations,” said Wright.

Sunpower designs and manufactures the most high-performing solar photovoltaic systems in the world, and holds 51 percent of the solar market share in New York State.

“We’re very excited, because Sunpower is the only solar panel manufacturer that has such a rigorous dealer checklist and inspection process,” said Wright. “It also positions us to offer the highest-efficiency solar panels in the country.”

HVCE has designed and installed more than 600 solar systems, making them the most experienced installer in New York – yet they are a local, family-owned business. Most recently, HVCE completed the installation of a roof-mounted solar electric system at the Village Green Apartments in Rhinebeck, which will provide 100 percent of the electricity for all of the complex’s common meters, including common lighting and laundry rooms. HVCE also just completed a 50-kilowatt solar installation at the First Baptist Church in Rhinebeck, and earlier this year the business flipped the switch on its biggest project to date: An 80-kilowatt solar system at Garelick Farms dairy company in Rensselaer.

The company’s Rhinebeck headquarters is the first and only zero-net energy building in New York State and the entire Northeast. The carbon-free building generates more energy than it consumes with solar electricity, geothermal heating and cooling and solar hot water.

For more information on how HVCE can help reduce or eliminate your utility costs, call 845-876-3767 or e-mail For customers in the capital district and North Country, contact Adirondack Solar at 866-452-7652. They’ll guide you through every step of the process: from handling all state and utility paperwork, designing and installing the system to your specificities, and servicing your system after installation.