Duke Energy’s solar rebate program ‘exceeds expectations’

Almost one year after its launch, Duke Energy’s Solar Rebate Program has paid almost $5 million in rebates to South Carolina customers who have invested in solar power at their residences or businesses. “The response to the rebate program has been fantastic,” said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy’s South Carolina state president, in a press release. “This shows our customers want options to help them participate in a sustainable solar energy marketplace.” The rebate provides $1 per watt-dc for qualified residential customers who install systems up to 20 kilowatts-ac on their property; and for business customers who install systems up to 1 megawatt-ac on their property. That’s on top of the 30 percent federal solar Investment Tax Credit and (for businesses) the opportunity for accelerated depreciation on solar equipment. More information about Duke Energy’s solar programs in South Carolina can be found on the Duke Energy...

ARiES Solar, SMS Energy Group announce working agreement to expand large-scale solar projects in the Southeast

Energy firms to collaborate on renewable power services for commercial, utility customers   Knoxville, Tenn. — ARiES Solar, a renewable energy firm, today announced a working agreement with SMS Energy Group of North Carolina that will expand both firms’ power services throughout the Southeast. Under new venture, SMS will utilize ARiES Solar’s knowledge of the renewable energy industry, particularly in installation of solar PV power, and related financial incentives. The professionals at SMS Energy Group, in turn, are specialists in the construction and maintenance of electrical substations for the electric power industry, which is the fastest growing market for solar energy installation. SMS has also completed several solar PV installations in the Carolinas for both its electric utility and industrial clients. “Given our shared interests, it makes sense as ARiES expands outside its home state of Tennessee that we build a relationship with a partner like SMS, whose utility customers are increasingly understanding the importance of renewable energy to their power generation capabilities,” said Harvey Abouelata, president of ARiES Solar. SMS Energy Group also has operations in South Carolina, which is one of several new target markets for ARiES, as well as Georgia. ARiES will soon open a South Carolina office; it is evaluating the Aiken, Columbia, Greeneville and Spartanburg, South Carolina markets. The office will initially be home to one full-time salesperson, but ARiES expects to hire several more employees there by the end of 2017. “We’ve been in the utility business for 18 years. Throughout that time solar energy is one of the most rapid changes we’ve seen in the industry and we’re glad to be expanding...

We’re hiring in South Carolina!

ARiES will soon open a South Carolina office and we need someone to anchor our presence in the Palmetto State. Are you an outgoing, experienced sales professional with an interest in renewable energy? Read on.     Job Summary ARiES Solar , a renewable energy solutions provider, is seeking a Sales Professional to represent the company in its expansion to South Carolina and surrounding areas. ARiES Solar has a proven record of providing our clients with affordable, innovative, turnkey clean energy solutions. ARiES will soon open a South Carolina office where this position will be based; it is evaluating the Aiken, Columbia, Greeneville and Spartanburg, South Carolina markets. The office will initially be home to one full-time salesperson, but ARiES expects to hire several more employees there by the end of 2017. The Sales Professional is responsible for every aspect of the partnership between ARiES and new clients from initial contact, through explanation of project performance, and project completion/customer testimonial. ARiES prides itself on repeat business and our sales staff must have strong customer relationship development and maintenance skills. ARiES is looking for someone with at least 2 years of commercial sales experience in a fast-paced environment with limited supervision. While not required, experience or interest in the renewable /solar energy industry is a plus. The successful candidate will generate new leads, call on potential clients and increase our client base. Expect to consult with ongoing clients about their maintenance needs, manage requests for services and accurately enter all necessary information for a successful project. ARiES Solar offers an array of products and services that support Economic Development, Energy Independence...