Rob Meyers, South Mountain Company’s manager of energy services, recently attended the Solar Energy Industries Association’s PV [photovoltaic] America conference in Philadelphia, the heart of the largest solar market in the U.S. In fact, Mr. Meyers said in a statement, more solar was installed from Boston to Washington D.C. last year than in the entire state of California.

Mr. Meyers was one of the 3,000 industry professionals learning about the most advanced solar technology available today.

“One of the interesting differences between this and other PV conferences was the strong representation by the accounting, legal and financial communities — reinforcing the fact that solar is no longer a fringe market, but a mature and well-established means of reducing one’s exposure to unstable energy costs,” he said. “There were a lot more suits and red ties than tie-dyes and bearded guys.”

South Mountain Company is an employee-owned architecture, building and energy services firm in West Tisbury, online at