ARiES Solar hires 3 ahead of South Carolina expansion

Production, sales teams expand to support firm’s record growth Knoxville, Tenn. and Greenville, S.C. — ARiES Solar , a Knoxville-based alternative energy installer, announced today that it has added three employees. Justin Parrish is the company’s first South Carolina representative, while Thomas Rose and Tim Chapman join ARiES’ Knoxville headquarters. “We are adding staff to provide our growing customer roster with the unmatched customer service ARiES Solar is known for,” said Harvey Abouelata, ARiES president. “Justin’s knowledge of the South Carolina market is key to the success of our first expansion.” South Carolina is ARiES’ first expansion market outside of its home state of Tennessee. Justin Parrish was previously with a South Carolina solar sales company. As a sales representative, he will be responsible for all of ARiES’ South Carolina clients, and provide input on company growth and new hires in the future. He is based in the Greenville area. “I joined ARiES because I am truly passionate about clean energy and very excited to join a team that is making such a difference in energy independence,” said Justin Parrish, ARiES sales representative. “ARiES has developed a great resume of providing clean energy solutions in Tennessee, and I am anxious to help continue that great work here in South Carolina with our favorable incentives. This is a growing economy with vast opportunities for South Carolina businesses.” Thomas Rose has been named managing director of key accounts for ARiES Solar . He worked extensively with major companies and the U.S. Department of Energy in the energy efficiency and lighting industries prior to joining ARiES. “Tom, as a former business owner,...

SolarReviews names ARiES Solar to Top 100 Residential Solar Installers

ARiES Solar has again been recognized by SolarReviews as one of the site’s top residential installers. A big part of that is due to reviews from our fabulous customers — we thank you! You may recall this summer we received a Top 500 award from Solar Power — but Solar Reviews is a bit different in a GOOD way for small, local businesses like us! Here’s what they have to say about the Top 100 program: For a couple of years now SolarReviews has provided data to the Solar Power World Top Installers List and we will continue to do so. However, we thought that because reviews score is only one thing considered in these lists … some of the small and medium sized installers that were recording much higher levels of customer satisfaction were being overlooked. We congratulate these companies and the contribution they are making to the solar industry. ARiES was one of only two Tennessee companies to be ranked nationally on the list and we ranked second in Tennessee. Again – many thanks to our customers who’ve taken the time to leave us a review. Haven’t reviewed us yet? You can leave your review at the ARiES Solar  SolarReviews profile page....

Appalachian Electric powers up TN’s first utility scale community solar array!

Update: See a timelapse video of the entire Appalachian Electric array construction in New Market, TN   After months of work, ARiES partner Appalachian Electric Cooperative today officially powered on its 1.37 megawatt community solar installation in New Market, Tennessee. It’s the first utility-scale community solar project in the state. “Today is a milestone in the life of our co-op – completion of its first renewable generation resource,” said Robert Drinnon, president of AEC’s board of directors. “Careful planning and oversight brought us here. Resources were leveraged for the good of the AEC membership.” More than 200 of the cooperative’s members have already subscribed to some 700 of the array’s solar panels. Subscriptions to the panels are through the Co-Op Community Solar Program and are open to residential and commercial members of the cooperative. AEC members subscribe to the generation output of individual solar panels, rated at 145 watts each, for a one-time cost of $125. John and Joan Barnhill were the first AEC members to subscribe through the program. The couple had planned to put solar on their home, but did not want to sacrifice the decades-old shade trees that blocked significant sunlight from reaching their roof. Individuals like the Barnhills, as well as those who rent or otherwise cannot own their own solar are some of the greatest beneficiaries of a community solar program. In addition, by leveraging the economies of scale, members reap all the environmental and sustainability benefits of solar generation at a much lower cost than the typical home install. For more details on the project, see our Utility Community Solar page. You can also follow...

Join us in Aiken, South Carolina for a USDA REAP grant workshop Dec. 15

ARiES Solar helped Wampler’s Farm Sausage install a gasification system with a REAP grant ARiES Solar has secured more than $7 million in grants for our clients. Join us in Aiken, South Carolina on Thursday, December 15, 2016 to find out how A USDA REAP grant can provide up to $500,000 for improvements to your rural small business or commercial farming operation. REAP grants can pay for 25% of the costs to install a solar energy system that can save you thousands on utility bills. Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as: High efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) Insulation Lighting Cooling or refrigeration units Doors and windows Electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor Loan guarantees on loans up to 75% of total eligible project costs are also available. These offers can be combined with the 30% Investment Tax Credit on renewable energy as well as other incentives from your state or utility provider. In South Carolina, both SCE&G and Duke offer solar incentives. Check out our list of incentives for more information. The REAP grant application process is highly competitive. Join ARiES and a local USDA representative at Aiken Technical College to learn more about the process and how we can help! You’ll also learn the basics of solar energy including: incentives, installation, warranties, maintenance, financing and more! EXTENDED: Breakfast will be provided, but space is limited. RSVP by December 5  December 9 at...

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...