For 41 consecutive years, “Best of Philly” has been the recognized mark of excellence in Philadelphia. The coveted award program has been awarded for best cooking classes to best clock repair, from best dog walker to best doula, and this year, for the first time, they added a category for Best Solar Panel Installations.
Mark Bortman, owner-operator of winner Exact Solar explains, “We're proud to be leading and succeeding in a relatively new industry in the northeastern United States. As a small, family-owned business, we understand that it's not only our duty to sell the systems, but also to educate the community and our future customers about the growing benefits of solar energy, the truly historic and remarkable surge in affordability of these systems, and the real feasibility of it right here in the Greater Philadelphia area. If you pay an electric bill each month, then you and your pocketbook can potentially benefit from a solar energy system.”
The facts speak for themselves. Prices of installed solar energy systems have plummeted, down 60% in just the last three years. At the same time, solar panels and other components continue to become more efficient and more powerful. We now have enough solar energy installed in the US to power 3 million homes, and Pennsylvania's neighbor, New Jersey, was 2nd only to California in the first quarter of 2014 in the amount of megawatts of solar electricity installed. Even without state-level incentives, the numbers speak for themselves. Customers lock in a rate for their own, home-generated electricity, that's guaranteed for 25 years, will never go up in price, will never pollute air or water, and that costs about half of what they pay PECO today.
Exact Solar, based in Yardley, PA, is showing that commitment to exceptional customer service, industry-leading products, and high quality installations is the key to success. The listing in the annual Best of Philly® edition of Philadelphia magazine states of Exact Solar: “The experts at this trusted Yardley company will come to your house to determine what type of panel suits it best – water-heating, electricity-
Bortman was pleasantly surprised when he found out his company had won. “Winning 'Best of Philly' is a huge honor in Philadelphia. People watch for these winners each summer and companies covet these awards. It's a tremendous vote of confidence by the editors of Philadelphia magazine, our customers, and our community. And the fact that we now have our own Best of Philly category is great news for southeast PA. As solar becomes more of a commodity, prices will continue to come down and more and more Philadelphians will be able to go solar too.”
Exact Solar is located in Yardley, PA and serves both Pennsylvania (PA) and New Jersey (NJ). Its service area includes southeast PA and south-central NJ. It is one of the only companies with extensive experience in all three types of solar energy systems: solar water heating, solar electric (photovoltaic/