Legend Solar basks in the glow of mounting awards, national recognition

Legend Solar headquarters in Washington, Utah, May 27, 2016 | Photo by Brett Barrett, St. George News

ST. GEORGE  — Legend Solar, one of the fastest-growing solar power providers in Utah, received national recognition this month from QuickBase, formerly a division of Intuit and one of the leading low-code app development platform companies, adding to Legend Solar’s growing list of accolades close to home and beyond.

The company, which co-founders Shaun Alldredge and Shane Perkins started out of a car in St. George in 2012, was honored as “Small Business of the Year” during the 2016 QuickBase Customer Awards, presented at Empower 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this month.

“This fast-growing solar company went from $800,000 in revenue per year to $800,000 in revenue per month and was able to manage that rapid growth with a scalable QuickBase infrastructure,” the award announcement says. “The company’s apps manage a single workflow for all clients across sales, projects, and invoicing, allowing management to focus on driving new business.”

An architectural rendering of Legend Solar Stadium. A $10 million grant from Legend Solar will fund a major renovation of the heretofore Hansen Stadium at Dixie State University. The donation was announced in April 2016 | Image courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News
An architectural rendering of Legend Solar Stadium. A $10 million grant from Legend Solar will fund a major renovation of the heretofore Hansen Stadium at Dixie State University. The donation was announced in April 2016 | Image courtesy of Dixie State University, St. George News

Closer to home, Legend Solar was recently honored by Dixie State University in St. George as one of five “Businesses of the Year” named during its traditional Dixie Awards ceremony. In their category, the awards recognize businesses that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the school – a commitment that is indisputable in Legend Solar’s case in light of its recent $10 million donation to the university announced in April.

The donation, designated to fund the first phase of renovations to the school’s football stadium and installation of solar power on campus, was applauded by Dixie State President Richard Williams. He said it would single-handedly change the landscape of the campus and the City of St. George and create immeasurable opportunities for both the school and the region.

St. George Mayor Jon Pike called the donation “huge” for the area, anticipating its fruits will demonstrate the university’s commitment to sports as well as academics, attracting more students specifically and people in general to the area.

Read more: Legend Solar Stadium; $10 million donation to fund Dixie stadium renovation

“These awards reflect the commitment of our employees to provide the best solar power solutions for our customers,” Perkins said of the QuickBase and Dixie awards. “We are incredibly honored to receive both of these awards and are grateful for the success we’ve had in achieving our goals.”

And there may be more coming for the entrepreneurial company. Earlier in April, the global professional services organization EY, comprised of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, named Legend Solar’s co-founders among finalists representing 21 Utah companies in its “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the Utah region.

EY’s news release said the Utah region finalists range from the automotive, beauty, education, health care, and technology industries and listed four things they all have in common:

  1. They are all leading socially responsible businesses
  2. They believe that work should be fun and meaningful
  3. They see challenges ahead for social natives
  4. They love doing business in Utah

The winner will be determined by an independent panel of judges appraising the entrepreneurs and announced at a June 4 gala at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

About Legend Solar

According to its news release, Legend Solar has set the bar as Utah’s premier and fastest-growing provider of solar power for businesses and homes since 2012. The company launched in St. George and now provides services throughout Utah with expansion underway in Nevada and Oregon and planned in Arizona, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The company is an Elite Dealer for SunPower, which, according to Legend Solar’s news release, is one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable energy companies that manufactures the highest efficiency solar panels available today with the industry’s best 25-year combined product and power warranty.

Legend Solar ensures that customers receive the best value for their installation by customizing the system to meet each family’s needs, according to its release. The company helps customers take advantage of appropriate tax credits and provides them with aggressive financing options, so homeowners can afford to get into solar power today. With the advantages of being a SunPower Elite Dealer, it said, lead time for installation is shorter than industry averages.


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  • voice of reason May 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I still think there is something awful fishy about the business. The growth levels and revenue streams they claim reminds me of the meteoric rise (and spectacular crash) of the dot-com era. It is simply unsustainable.

  • Bob May 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    they must have friends in high places…

  • Common Sense May 30, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Actually, voice of reason, you should do your research. Southern Utah is the perfect place for solar power. Yes, the panels are expensive. Yes it does take some time to pay off your investment. Typically If you were to spend “X” amount to power say your house it would probably take you up to 10 years to pay it off. However, the latest solar panels are expected to last up to 50 years. Can you imagine no power bill for 40 years?

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