CalCom Solar rebrands as CalCom Energy to target agriculture, water and utility markets

CalCom Energy | June 27, 2018

CalCom Solar expands on its leadership in solar for agriculture and water with a name change indicative of the company’s long-term strategy. CalCom Energy, launching this week with a rebranded web site and identity, more aptly reflects the company’s focus on providing integrated energy solutions to the agriculture, water and utility markets. “We’re at a crossroads where the water-energy-food nexus is intricately intertwined,” explained Dylan Dupre, president & CEO of CalCom Energy. “We are more than just a solar company. We are developing innovative distributed energy solutions to reduce the energy-dense activities of food production, drastically decrease water use, and ultimately shrink our carbon footprint. Our name change reflects our commitment to this work.” CalCom has been at the forefront of renewable energy in California, earning a spot in the prestigious Inc. 500 Top 25 for two years running. The company leads the industry in the number of commercial solar interconnections in PG&E’s territory.

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PRNewswire | August 18, 2023

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Google | September 08, 2023

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