Ecos Energy LLC (Ecos) is a Minnesota-based renewable energy development and services company that develops, owns and operates distributed generation solar projects throughout the U.S. Since 2010, Ecos Energy has developed over 19 megawatts (MW) of distributed generation solar PV projects throughout the U.S., including Minnesota’s largest solar project—a 2.0 MW project located in Slayton, Minnesota. Ecos Energy’s current solar project portfolio generates enough electricity to power over 3,000 homes per year and offsets carbon emissions equal to that of over 5,600 automobiles.
In addition to its existing operating portfolio, Ecos also has over 35 megawatts of solar PV projects under contract throughout the US that are scheduled to achieve commercial operations in 2014 and 2015. Ecos currently owns or is developing solar PV projects in Minnesota, Georgia, Indiana, California, Vermont and Massachusetts. Ecos Energy’s current customers include Xcel Energy, Georgia Power, Pacific Gas & Electric and Northern Indiana Public Service Company.
To create sustainable and economically viable renewable energy generation, while maximizing the creation of jobs and minimizing the impact to the environment.
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. Solar energy embodies this very definition. Solar energy provides an energy resource while requiring nothing other than the sun’s radiation as a fuel source. While not requiring any fuel, solar also emits zero carbon emissions. This equals productive harmony!
At the beginning of 2014, the US solar industry employed more than 142,000 workers. In 2013, US Solar Jobs grew at a rate ten times faster than the national average employment growth. This is a testament to the impact companies like ours has had on the economy. As the cost of solar energy continues to decline, businesses, utilities and the government continue to invest more money into this growing industry. An average solar farm built by Ecos Energy creates enough work for approximately 50 people. Whenever possible, we source as much of our construction labor from the communities in which the solar farms are built.
In 2010 the cost of a solar module (panel) from many manufacturers was over $2.00 per watt. In just over 4 years, that price has dropped more than 65%. Since solar modules account for a large portion of the construction costs of a solar farm, these declining prices have had a staggering impact on the price of solar energy. What was once considered to be too expensive, solar energy has now become competitive with fossil fuels in certain parts of the country with abundant solar resources. In many cases, our company is selling solar power at the utility’s avoided cost. This is what is known as grid parity and is something the renewable energy industry has strived to achieve for years. Not only is solar energy viable, but it’s now cost competitive with its fossil fuel counterparts in many cases.
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Director of Development
Vice President - Development
Senior Project Manager