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GroSolar Marks 15 Years in Business

Wilder — After 15 years, GroSolar is growing and is expanding its commercial solar business throughout the Northeast, the West Coast and the Midwest, the chief executive officer of Vermont-based company said last week.

“We used to have residential systems, but we’re now focusing on larger commercial and industrial customers,” said CEO James Resor. “We view getting out of the residential business with some regret — after all residential is growing — but we believe we’re better suited for the directions we’ve gone. Residential is entirely different from what we’re doing and requires different equipment and a larger sales staff.”

GroSolar has completed more than 2,000 solar installations across the U.S., designing and constructing large commercial and utility-scale projects. In Vermont, the projects include Farm-Way in Bradford, Billings Farm in Woodstock, Fletcher-Allen Hospital, the South Burlington Airport for the Air National Guard, Green Mountain Roasters and 10 or so more.

Recent GroSolar projects have been constructed on brownfields or expired landfill land that has limited commercial value but is well suited for solar, Resor said.

“Although we’re doing work all over the country, we’re very committed to Vermont and are about to launch our largest project to date in the state in June,” he said, noting that in deference to the client, he would not disclose the location.

The company recently moved into new offices in Wilder from its warehouse on Old River Road in White River Junction. Being located in the Upper Valley gives the GroSolar easy access to the surrounding New England states and Upstate New York, Resor said.

The company also has offices in Maryland and in other U.S. locations, he said.

The privately owned company was started by engineering husband and wife team Jeff and Dori Wolfe in Strafford in 1998. Starting with residential solar projects, GroSolar expanded to provide residential solar solutions in more than 10 East Coast states and in California, as well as providing distribution services for dealers nationwide.

In 2010, GroSolar sold its residential division and focused on commercial and utility-scale projects. The Wolfes are no longer actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the company.