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Conti Solar takes a competitive approach to
subcontracting. The company has strict requirements for its subs. "These projects are
not technically complicated, but often they
have very aggressive schedules," Harrington
says. "We look for contractors that have
extensive experience, safety records and
access to the labor resources needed to keep
the projects on schedule and drive costs
down. Conti can bring a lot of value to large
portfolios due to these strategies."
When evaluating new vendors, "We're
looking for best price and value," he says.
"Our prequalification process looks into the
aspects of the company's financial health,
operational success, safety and culture. It's
important to us that companies are a good
fit culturally. We see our subcontractors as
partners and we want to work with organizations that see value in that."
Conti Solar keeps its staff up to date with
constant training. "Everyone's OSHA 30,
first aid/CPR and NFPA 70E trained,"
Regional Manager Sean Harrington
says. "Conti is a learning organization
and encourages participation in industry
educational opportunities. We are always
encouraging our team members with webinars and spending time in our internal
meetings discussing new technologies or
having vendor presentations. Being in a
fast-moving industry we have to remain
on the leading-edge of technology and
"This training keeps Conti Solar's
employees attentive throughout the
day," he notes. "It's not just do the work
and go home. We encourage the team to
remain intellectually curious, which keeps
people engaged and responsible for the
outcomes of the projects."
Harrington is a longtime veteran of construction and began working in the commercial and industrial general construction
industry in 1998. "I first entered into the
residential and commercial solar market
in 2008 and distributed generation solar
power plants in 2012," he recalls. "I joined
The Conti Group in 2016."
He notes that Conti Solar maintains a
well-organized work environment. "There
are significant core cultures that flow down
from Conti Group," he says, noting that
these include being quality-driven and
dedicated to the project's success. "Conti has
never not completed a project, no matter
the situation. We focus on the client first."
The Conti Group's parentage has nurtured a strong focus on safety, which is
managed at the project level. "We have an
in-house safety department that is managing our safety plan and the expectations
coming from our owners," Harrington says,
noting that the department also oversees
the safety of its subcontractors.
Conti Solar's strong focus has kept the
company safe. "Today, we have 25,000
self-performed hours in the first three
months of 2018 with zero recordables,"
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ture, underground and overhead distribution circuit upgrades and also includes the
equipment needed to interconnect into the
local grid," he explains.
Conti Solar and its project team had to
overcome many challenges with site logistics, harsh weather and vendor management to keep the projects on schedule.
In the end, the company's hard work was
rewarded, and projects successfully met
completion. Conti will build more Eversource solar facilities. "There's five additional projects that are going to start in April,"
Harrington says, noting that the five other
will provide an additional 11 megawatts
of clean solar power and are expected to be
completed by the end of June.
Conti Solar expects to build
250 MW of solar projects
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The company is seeing impacts on its market with the recent tariffs on solar modules,
steel and aluminum. "The indecision and
threat of the tariffs were impacting the
market," Harrington reports. "Any tariff, on
any industry, is not an optimal situation,
but our industry is moving forward and
expects to continue to see growth across the
"The solar industry," he asserts, "has
reacted without much of a downturn. Our
revenue goals for 2018 remain unchanged
and we see many of the markets that we are
currently working in continuing to integrate
renewables and adding battery storage.
"The company plans to grow into new
markets. As of today, we have constructed in
11 states and are pursuing work in 10 more.
We're closing in on a 50 percent footprint
across the country."