Kokosing construction company jumps into solar industry by acquiring Third Sun Solar


Athens, Ohio-based Third Sun Solar LLC is being acquired by fellow Ohioan, Kokosing Industrial, a subsidiary of Kokosing, Inc., one of the largest family-owned construction companies in the country. The business will be operated as Third Sun Kokosing Solar, a full-service solar installer that also focuses on energy storage, EV infrastructure, efficiency and electrification as well.

Kokosing’s primary business lines include industrial, transportation, pipelines, water/wastewater, and marine work in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. This new Third Sun Kokosing Solar will have an expanded footprint across Kokosing’s existing infrastructure in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland. Previously, Third Sun was mainly focused on residential and C&I work in Ohio.

“We started our solar business with the mission To Accelerate the Shift to Clean Energy,” recalls Geoff Greenfield, co-founder of Third Sun Solar. “As demand for solar skyrockets it has become clear that now is the time to scale our company to take on the climate challenge head on. With the strength and resources of Kokosing behind us we can scale our impact much faster than continuing on our own.”

Greenfield will stay with the organization, taking the position of Director of Solar Strategy. No changes to Third Sun Solar’s historic team, offices, or services are planned other than the centralization of accounting and general administrative services to Kokosing’s Corporate HQ.

The Third Sun business will benefit from the breadth of engineering, project management, and craft-labor knowledge among Kokosing’s ~3,500 team members. Kokosing provides an enhanced career path and a solid compensation package, to help retain and attract quality, well trained solar pros.

“This acquisition moves us forward in our journey to bring high-quality solar installations to an even bigger market across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic with improved experiences for our team and for our customers alike,” stated Brady Phillips, a 22-year Kokosing team member.

Kokosing President and co-CEO Brett Burgett says that entering this growing sector is an exciting new chapter for his family’s 71-year-old construction company: “Kokosing has a long history of diversification, and after watching solar move from the early adopters to the mainstream, now is the right time to add it to the services our company offers. We have a proven track record building conventional energy generation projects and building clean energy projects is a natural progression for us.”

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