Commercial Solar

Commercial Solar Offerings

For our 2017 campaign, we are refocusing our Solarize program on commercial and non-profit properties. We are leveraging the successful passage of CPACE, the energy efficiency and solar financing tool offered by Broome County, with a concerted effort to bring energy independence to the Southern Tier with the help of our three commercial solar installer partners: ETM Solar Works, Taitem Engineering, and Solar by CIR. Solar by CIR specializes in large commercial installation over 200kW for the purposes of our campaign while ETM and Taitem are below 200kW. All are equipped to develop a customized solar system for your property including a ballasted system, roof mounted, ground mounted, as well as off-site systems.

Learn more about the specialization of each installer below and check out their websites for more information. Sign up for a commercial solar site assessment to determine the viability of solar for your property. Below 200kW assessments are at no cost to you.

Below 200kW (small commercial)

Above 200kW

ETM Solar

ETM specializes in solar energy systems. They install solar electric systems and solar hot water heaters on residences and commercial buildings and repair existing solar energy systems. They also sell small wind turbines.

  • ETM is a woman-owned business.
  • They have been in business since 1988.
  • They use what they sell. ETM is solar powered and their website is on a solar powered server.

ETM President, Dr. Gay E. Canough, is one of the founding members of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association and instructor for over 200 Solar Installer courses.

ETM Solar Works started out doing aerospace consulting work (ETM is short for Extraterrestrial Materials). Their main claim to fame in space business was the conceptual design of the Lunar Prospector, a small robotic spacecraft that orbited the Moon in 1998-99. In 1993 they decided to go into the “terrestrial” solar energy business. Since then, they have installed over a 2 megawatts of photovoltaics in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Member: Better Business Bureau, New York Solar Energy Industries Association, Southern Tier Homebuilders and Remodelers Association, and the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.


Taitem Engineering, PC, is a consulting engineering firm based in Ithaca, NY, specializing in —

  • mechanical, electrical and structural design for green buildings
  • commissioning
  • LEED consulting
  • energy studies & energy research
  • solar pv design and installation
  • duct sealing

Their mission is to apply technology thoughtfully for the benefit of the earth and for the living beings that depend on it.

Founded in 1989, the firm is a privately held professional corporation licensed to practice engineering by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of State. Their clients include public and private entities and their projects include buildings in all sectors as well as program- and agency-level support.

Taitem Engineering undertakes consulting services in the area of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineering, commissioning, LEED, energy modeling, sustainability consulting, energy studies, energy research, and specialty contracting services including solar PV installation and Aeroseal duct sealing. The company earned the national R&D 100 award for its work in developing TREAT energy modeling software.

Solar by CIR

CIR Electrical Construction Corporation was established in 1976 in Buffalo, New York.

  • They are one of the fastest growing electrical contractors in Western New York, and are listed as fifth in New York State for bidding public work.
  • They are a privately held, independent electrical contractor signatory to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and proudly affiliated with the National Electrical Contractors Association.

CIR is proud to have first generation owners who worked their way up in the electrical construction industry and highly skilled electricians hired through local unions.  CIR is committed to taking a leadership role on environmental sustainability in the Western New York community.

CIR is capable of completing a wide range of electrical construction projects including commercial and industrial, new builds, additions, design build, remodeling and renovations. They can provide upgraded, energy-efficient lighting or an entire power system with backup generators.

Commercial PACE Financing sponsored by Broome County

The Energize NY Commercial Program helps commercial properties make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings. Through financing called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a property owner opts to pay for energy improvements by authorizing the municipality where the property is located to add a special tax charge to the property for that purpose.

The Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) offers Energize NY Finance to eligible Property Owners in order to provide attractive financing for property improvements that lower energy consumption. EIC is a local development corporation and a New York State nonprofit established specifically to assist municipalities and Property Owners achieve long-term energy savings and/or generate renewable power for use on site.

Information on this page has been taken from Energize NY. Find out even more here.

Commercial Solar Assessment