ARiES Recognized for Providing Jobs and Clean Energy in East Tennessee

Solar power is a booming business worldwide, but local installer ARiES Solar is among the companies recently named to an annual and well-recognized list of North America’s top solar contractors. ARiES achieved a rank of 461 out of 500 solar companies. The Top 500 Solar Contractors List is developed by Solar Power World magazine to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The companies on the list are growing the economy, providing jobs and offering electricity consumers a choice about how they get their power. The list was released July 26. “The companies on this year’s list exude solar-business brilliance, and they deserve to be recognized not only for being great companies but also for how their work positively impacts the environment,” said Kathie Zipp, managing editor of Solar Power World. Solar energy is a renewable resource with great potential to significantly reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a national solar industry association. “We’re proud to be listed as a Top 500 Solar Contractor nationally, and top 10 in Tennessee, for the fourth consecutive year,” said company president Harvey Abouelata. “2016 is a strong growth year for East Tennessee solar installs for us and, added to our expansion into neighboring states, means next year’s listing will be even more impressive.” ARiES employs 14 workers, who installed more than 200 kilowatts of solar in 2015. Since its founding in 2011, the company has installed more than 2 megawatts of solar. ARiES Solar has doubled its revenues in each of the last 4 years and has 1.5 megawatts of...

ARiES Solar welcomes two veterans to staff

Knoxville, Tenn. — ARiES Solar , a Knoxville-based alternative energy installer, announced today that it has added two veteran professionals to its roster.  Jonathan Hamilton and Robert Lang will support the company’s expansion in the Southeast. Hamilton has joined as the firm’s customer service manager. He will apply his extensive project management and recruitment skills to boost ARiES’ sales department, particularly in training new staff the company intends to hire in the coming months. “Jon’s mission is to improve our customer experience,” said Harvey Abouelata, ARiES president. “We pride ourselves on being a turnkey company and he’ll work between our sales and production departments to make sure our customers have the absolute best experience in all phases of the project.” Prior to joining ARiES, Hamilton served as a strategic analyst for the U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Thinking about life after the Marine Corps, my family knew we wanted to come back to East Tennessee where my wife and I grew up,” Hamilton said. “I wanted to find an opportunity to apply what I’ve learned during my career to purposeful work, and I wanted to work with a team committed to adding value to the community. ARiES is doing that by providing clients throughout the region with clean energy solutions that align with their values and interests … Given the pace of technological change, I believe renewable and clean energy will become a norm for homes and business and I want to help make that happen.” He has more than 15 years of organizational leadership, recruitment and project management experience with the Marine Corps. Lang, an electrician,...