San Francisco based, Recurrent Energy, is a solar energy provider who is growing both inside and outside the US despite tough market conditions. The experience gained in more mature and competitive markets is aiding Recurrent in emerging market here in the U.S.
Difficult market conditions for Recurrent include:
- In the US, solar is still emerging, even in the most supportive of states, California.
- In Europe, solar has several strong and established players and a US company is seen as a late to the party with limited experience. In addition, local regulations make it challenging for companies to enter the market.
- Targeting US multinationals with real estate in Europe. Since Recurrent Energy is a US based company it speaks the language of US business and leverages the truism “that all business is local”.
- Partnering with European solar companies for project management and installation to handle local issues and activities. Recurrent Energy maintains the relationship management, does design and handles purchasing portions of the value chain.
With its large installation experience in Europe, Recurrent Energy can now position itself in the US as the local with deep experience to beat out other local competitors with only small project experience. It can also win over foreign competitors trying to break into the US who will not have Recurrent’s local connections.
Recurrent, for example, was awarded in early May 2009 the project to develop and operate for the City of San Francisco the largest California photovoltaic system with nearly 25,000 solar panels.