Rochester’s Fastest Growing Company Rebrands as GreenSpark Solar

Same Company, New Name – SunCommon NY rebrands as GreenSpark Solar with a strong focus on the Greater Rochester Area.

Rochester, NY – Inspired by the community they serve, SunCommon NY, Rochester’s Fastest Growing Company and number one on Rochester’s Top Workplaces list, is excited to announce its future as GreenSpark Solar. With a focus on independence, both as a company and for Rochesterians, GreenSpark’s spotlight will continue to be on advancing solar energy right here in the Greater Rochester Area, while also expanding its already robust portfolio of renewable energy products for the region.

GreenSpark Solar, loyal to people and loyal to planet, renews its commitment to combating climate change, creating fiercely local, cost-effective, clean energy options. “We feel a strong connection to The Greater Rochester Community, they have been loyal to us and we feel a strong sense of loyalty in return,” said Kevin Schulte, CEO of GreenSpark Solar. “We believe climate change is a global issue and GreenSpark Solar has a local solution that Rochester has embraced.”

Flying under the GreenSpark banner reinvigorates the startup mentality of the 16 year old company. “Our focus will continue to be on solar energy, and this independence grants us the opportunity to broaden our product offering and expand on the electrification of the Greater Rochester Area,” said George McConochie, COO of GreenSpark Solar. “We can also take a step back and look at how we started this company, centered around employee ownership, which allows us to deepen that commitment.”

Schulte, McConochie, and Ernie Pritchard, Director of Customer Service at GreenSpark Solar, started the company 16 years ago this week – April 2nd, 2002, as Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc. (SED). SED got its start in wind energy, expanded its portfolio to include commercial solar energy in 2010, added residential solar energy in 2012, installed its first electric vehicle charging station in 2015, and in 2016 partnered with Vermont-based SunCommon to bring Community Solar to western NY. “We will approach the market with solar, but wanted a new face and a new brand that allows us to include technologies beyond solar energy that will help grow the local economy and advance market-based solutions to climate change,” added Schulte.

While officially launching as GreenSpark Solar today, the GreenSpark Launch Party will be held at the Second Annual RocWorthy Earth Fest on April 28th in the South Wedge on South Ave (between Averill and Hamilton outside of Abundance Food Co-Op). The RocWorthy Earth Fest is a free, family friendly celebration of sustainability where Rochesterians can learn about local initiatives that they can do in their daily lives to go green, support local organizations, improve the local economy, and better our air quality. RocWorthy also features local musicians, food trucks, and plenty of activities for children.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. So what comes after solar panels? Electric car?

    1. Hi Peter, We’re excited about the future electrification of the Greater Rochester Area and plan to be a leader in that field. I don’t think we’ll be manufacturing cars any time soon though! We are regularly installing electric vehicle charging stations now though. Thanks for going solar with us Peter, we appreciate you being part of our growing solar family.

  2. Does this mean you are no longer in any way legally affiliated with SunCommon Vt.?

    1. Hi Wendy, GreenSpark Solar and SunCommon together have helped over 640 people, like you, Go Solar through our Community Solar Arrays. We will continue to work together on the existing arrays and GreenSpark Solar is excited to bring even more Community Solar Arrays to the area.

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