A division of O’Connell Electric Company, Rochester Solar Technologies is Upstate New York’s premiere solar panel installation provider. We specialize in providing cost effective solutions from routine solar installations to complex and challenging electrical power systems. We have the equipment, technical resources and infrastructure in place to satisfy every objective of your solar project—from residential to commercial to distributed generation utility-grade solar facilities. Our engineering staff, certified technicians, installation and test equipment, management expertise, and financial strength guarantee project success.

In 1968, Walter T. Parkes purchased O’Connell Electric. His objective was to build the company into a full-service electrical contractor through diversification of service offerings and the pursuit of unique, challenging projects. The approach paid off. Walt’s philosophy laid the foundation for the company we are today, a corporate culture that fosters innovative thinking and strategic action.


After working together on several projects in 2006, RST came under the O’Connell banner. Our combined strengths—RST’s solar electric photovoltaic (PV) know-how supported by O’Connell’s electrical construction background and financial strength—allow us to bring comprehensive solar solutions to market.


At Rochester Solar Technologies, safety is always job one. Under O’Connell’s leadership, safety management, education, and training exist at every level of the company and for each project.

The extensive training and continuing education our technicians and managers receive sets O’Connell apart from the competition. We hold memberships and certifications with all key solar renewable energy agencies and associations, including: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NYSERDA, and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners NABCEP – The “gold standard” for photovoltaic certifications.

Today, O’Connell Electric and Rochester Solar Technologies maintain better than industry averages across key workplace safety indicators including our Experience Modification Rate and Total Recordable Incident Rate.


Rochester Solar Technologies utilizes one of the best trained, most experienced workforces in the country to provide renewable energy solutions for our customers – the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

All of our electricians are members of the IBEW, one of the largest unions of organized men and women of over 750,000 active members spanning the United States and Canada. Members participate in a rigorous training program that teaches them the skills to become certified electricians and instills a strong sense of pride, integrity and craftsmanship in each and every technician.

Collaborating with some of the most skilled craftsmen in the renewable energy industry allows Rochester Solar Technologies to maintain the reputation that we have worked so hard to develop – delivering cost effective renewable energy solutions quickly and reliably and being the premiere solar installers of Upstate New York.