The Greenest Contractor Award recognizes the most environmentally friendly contractors who make their businesses and communities as environmentally friendly as possible.

An individual’s efforts are valuable, but this year’s Greenest Contractors know that the threat of climate change needs to be addressed at the institutional level. Cincinnati, Ohio-based solar EPC Melink Solar has taken its position in the renewable energy market seriously and has adopted company-wide guidelines to help make facilities and employees as environmentally friendly as possible.

“We are honored and proud to be recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly solar companies in the world. And we intend to continue by example to lead our industry and community into a cleaner energy future. ”

-Steve Melink, Founder and CEO, Melink Solar

At the personnel level, the company has promised that every Melink employee will choose the option of clean electricity from their utility company by 2025 and drive an electric vehicle powered by clean energy. In 2019, 57% of Melink employees drove electric vehicles, and many of them are also board members or members of local organizations promoting renewable energy, green living, and general wellbeing, including the Greater Cincinnati Green Building Council, Green Energy Ohio, Sonlight Power, and EV Cincy. The rest of the company has four more years to complete the Melink 2025 Pledge, and Melink will assist employees in that process if they encounter financial obstacles by offering performance incentives, leasing programs and lower market prices for electric vehicles.

Melink also ensures that its plants produce little to no carbon. Both company headquarters are classified as zero energy buildings. The first was retrofitted with geothermal energy, LED lighting and other clean technologies to achieve this status, and the second was built with zero energy consumption in mind. The second HQ uses a patent pending “Super Hybrid Geothermal” HVAC system and 85 kW solar carports with bifacial modules. The carports supply the entire building and 39 additional charging stations for electric vehicles. Melink also has wind turbines on site. From 2018 to 2019, renewable energies produced 94,236 kWh of solar energy and 1,379 kWh of wind energy on site.

Although Melink is in a state with regions devoted to fossil fuel extraction and unfriendly to renewable energy policies, Melink is making southern Ohio and the entire country greener.

The World of solar energy The Top Solar Contractors Awards program is part of our annual list of Top Solar Contractors.