Energy Mentor Network needs YOU to help grow TN startups!

Starting last year, ARiES President Harvey Abouelata committed to mentoring a Tennessee-based energy startup through our membership in the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council.

Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council


As a mentor, Harvey was paired with Solar Site Design, a cloud-based content management platform that offers customer acquisition and project development for solar professionals.  Solar Site Design was founded in January 2013 by Jason and Samantha Loyet. They have participated in multiple startup accelerator programs and the company was chosen as a winner of the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

ARiES would not be where it is today without help from the Knoxville entrepreneurial community — lookin’ at you Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, Pecha Kucha, Startup Day and many more! So we take paying it forward pretty seriously.

TAEBC’s mentor program welcomes a wide range of mentors who have varying amounts of time to devote to the program (Usually about 1-5 hours a week). They don’t just need energy company founders — Mentors are also asked to serve based upon experience  raising capital, growing successful companies or as marketing, finance, or technical experts.

TAEBC still has openings available – be a mentor like Harvey! Check out the program at