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Accelerate Solar

Accelerate Solar is a family owned solar energy systems provider based out of Charlotte, North Carolina that custom engineers, designs, installs, and interconnects systems in the Charlotte, Asheville, Winston Salem, Greensboro, and Raleigh areas, as well as, throughout North Carolina. Our goal is to make domestic renewable energy more accessible by offering solar energy at a more affordable rate than many others in the industry, without sacrificing high quality service.

Business type: Contractor/Installer
4209 Stuart Andrew Blvd Ste G
Charlotte, NC 28217-1585
United States
(877) 997-7652

Appalachian Energy Center

The Appalachian Energy Center (AEC) at Appalachian State University conducts energy research and applied program activities in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, forecasting and modeling, economic development, and policy analysis in a multi-disciplinary environment that leverages the expertise of faculty, staff, and students from across the University as a resource for private industry, local, state and federal governments, and non-profits. Through its outreach programs and research, the Appalachian Energy Center provides benefits to communities and citizens across the state, including the creation of new jobs and businesses, and increased investment and income.

Business type: Other (non-financial)
ASU Box 32131
Boone, NC 28608
United States
(828) 262-7514

Carolina Solar Energy, LLC

Carolina Solar Energy (CSE) builds and operates utility scale solar PV projects in the Southeast.

Business type: Contractor/Installer
400 W Main St Ste 503
Durham, NC 27701-3295
United States
(919) 682-6822

Everblue Training Institute

Everblue is a training provider specializing in skills and certification related to the green economy. Curriculum includes energy auditing, renewable energy, green building and corporate sustainability.

Business type: Other (non-financial)
8936 N Pointe Executive Park Dr
Huntersville, NC 28078-4809
United States
(800) 460-2575

FLS Energy, Inc.

FLS Energy is among the largest, most successful solar energy companies in the Southeast. We offer engineering, installation and financing solutions for utility scale solar hot water (solar thermal) and solar electric (photovoltaic) energy systems. Our mission is to make solar mainstream.

Business type: Contractor/Installer
130 Roberts St
Asheville, NC 28801-3129
United States
(828) 350-3993

Gexpro

Distributor

Business type: Distributor
2101 Westinghouse Blvd Ste 104
Raleigh, NC 27604-2477
United States
(801) 974-4771

Innovative Solar Systems, LLC

Innovative Solar Systems is a leader in the design, development, and construction of utility scale solar farm projects.

Business type: Project Developer
1095 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803-1891
United States
(828) 215-9064
Meeting Minutes
Topics

PR Committee Meeting - Feb 5

http://www.seia.org/content/public-relations-committee

Roll call/Antitrust

Andy Kattel, GE

Tori Clifford, Yingli

Dawn Brister, Sun Edison

Ingrid Ekstrom, Sunpower

Laura Abram, First Solar

Jared Blanton, Brightsource

Ellen Pressley, DuPont

Cate Powers, Recurrent

Will Brent, Weber Shandwick

Alison Mickey, CPF

Mona, Sam, Ken, Susanna - SEIA

Chair: Ingrid Ekstrom, SunPower Corporation

Vice Chair: Alison Mickey, Clean Power Finance

 

Roll call/Antitrust (Ken)

 

SEIA 2014 PR Priorities and Calendar Review (Ken)

  • State Jobs Numbers release - Feb 11

    • Arizona is a little problematic

  • March - SMI Q4/YE

    • Starting prep

  • 2014 Plan

    • primary goal: support fed, state advocacy

      • Fed: groundwork to extend ITC, looking for opty to enact commence construction

      • State: NEM in nearly every state, focused priority states but nimble

      • China Trade - want a negotiated settlement. Sending memo to members laying out position, activities, and solutions today

      • Firefighter Safety - LA in CBS did story yesterday

  • --> Ken to send send update for SOS, China Trade memo and CBS story

 

National "Shout Out For Solar” Day Report (Ken)

  • Set records on social media, website, enthusiasm

  • gained 30+k likes on facebook to 70+k

  • 1500 likes on album

  • 3 mil reach on twitter

  • most traffic of any week

  • Obama shout out for solar during SOTU

  • Congress, statement of support in congressional record

  • state support in MA, CA

  • Environmental/Corps supported

  • 50 mil americans heard or saw something positive about solar for a 2k investment

  • Sunpower’s post was very popular on their page

 

I LIKE SOLAR App update: ilikesolar.org (Susanna)

 

  • FB last year reached out to us about supporting solar/promoting residential adoption

  • Using the idea of social proof -- if your neighbor has solar, you are three times more likely to get it/get it three times faster

  • People who have solar can sign up and “solarize” their profiles

  • Also adds them to a database which will be displayable on company websites to show friends and friends of friends who like solar

  • About to launch first test

  • Beta launch in December/subsequently debugged

  • Link has been sent around, please test - ilikesolar.org

 

Task Force Updates

  • New Task force on NEM

    • EEI messaging

    • Help low income americans go solar

    • Allison - how high income consumers subsidize low income users in current socialized system

  • Enviro Issues/Power Plants

    • Looking for documentation - not enough research done to be able to make the kinds of determinations that people are questioning us about. Looking for sources;

    • Looking for help on New Yorker article

    • Land use research to help quantify land use for energy resources

  • America Supports Solar – Call Friday, no update

  • Fire Safety — Call Friday, no update

 

Interjection from Ken

  • NARUC meeting next week

  • Have full-page ad in baseball gameday magazines

 

State Policy Update  (Carrie)

  • Taking advantage of gubernatorial campaigns to build list

  • Leg activity will happen quickly

  • Many commissions are trying to get some things done before the end of their term

  • MA - Net Metering legislation filed - will want customer examples, solar success stories for press outreach

    • need western, south eastern positive stories (solar company went bust)

  • NY - Shared solar bill; long-term plan for net metering

  • NC - Bad talk on rates, value of solar. in next 4-6 weeks, spread good news

  • OH - Anti RPS movement still working

  • CO - good showing at net metering public meeting

  • Message that solar doesn’t benefit low-medium income customers is prevalent. need more stories to combat this message; CAP research useful. need examples - solar on apartment buildings, jobs for everyone

  • We’re at the ready for AZ/CO and some priority states, need longer-term (march) what do we want to do around some of the gubernatorial campaigns

    • Ken - we have some talking points, we can send them around - can be a starting point

    • Ingrid - impacts all of us

    • asking for help from folks that also work in the space

 

Open Discussion

 

 

Staff: Ken Johnson, VP Communications SEIA, 202-556-2885;

Susanna Murley, Director of Digital Media SEIA, smurley@seia.org

 

SEIA Antitrust Reminder

SEIA is a trade association of competitors.  Thus, compliance with antitrust laws is essential.  It is extremely important that you avoid any communications with other member companies that might be construed to involve any competitively sensitive matters, including the following topics:

 

*   Prices or costs of producing a product

*   Terms and conditions of sales or purchases

*   Limits on production or product lines

*   Allocating customers or territories

*   Marketing plans

*   Analysis or projections of industry conditions unless specifically approved in advance by counsel

*   Refusing to deal with a customer or supplier or agreeing to treat a customer or supplier in a certain way

*   Bidding for, or solicitation of, particular customers or suppliers

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SEIA PR Calendar: http://www.seia.org/2014-seia-pr-committee-calendar

February

5: 2014 BCSE Factbook release

9-12: NARUC Meeting (DC)

11: State Jobs numbers (Solar Foundation)

17: Presidents’ Day (SEIA Closed)

Company Earning Statements

March

Solar Market Insight Year End

18-19: SEIA Board Meeting/Lobby Day in Phoenix, AZ

Company Earning Statements

 

North American Roofing - Energy Services Group

North American Roofing - Energy Services Group are commercial roofers with over 30 years of experience. We also install and develop projects for commercial roof mounted PV Systems.

Business type: Contractor/Installer
41 Dogwood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806-2208
United States
(800) 551-5602

North Carolina Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center provides research, technical assistance and training in a variety of renewable energy and solar technologies, including photovoltaic (solar cell) systems, concentrating solar systems, passive solar heating and daylighting, solar hot water and solar process heat and space heating and cooling. The mission of the North Carolina Solar Center is to advance the use of renewable energy resources to ensure a sustainable economy that protects our natural environment, encourages energy independence, and lowers energy costs for consumers.

Business type: Other (non-financial)
NC State University
Campus Box 7401
Raleigh, NC 27695-7401
United States
(919) 515-3480

Rebark Enterprise, Inc.

Rebark Enterprises, Inc. offers solar energy systems for both residential and commercial customers in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. We have more than 25 years of experience as a Solar Energy Systems & Solutions Specialist, Electrical Contractor and Building Construction Company.

Business type: Contractor/Installer
207 Parkknoll Ln
Cary, NC 27519-6615
United States
(919) 801-1158

Schletter Inc

Schletter is a manufacturer of solar mounting systems for ground and roof mount applications in residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar PV systems.

Business type: Manufacturer/Supplier
1001 Commerce Center Drive
Shelby, NC 28150
United States
(520) 289-8741

ScottMadden

ScottMadden is a management consulting firm with over 30 years of experience serving energy clients. Our practice areas include Energy, Clean Tech & Sustainability, and Corporate & Shared Services. Our Clean Tech & Sustainability practice helps our clients effectively navigate through the quickly changing energy landscape. Cleaner sources and better use of energy are an important part of the future of the energy business. to succeed, these new technologies must be run like a business and integrated into the increasingly complex energy industry.

Business type: Project Developer
2626 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27608-1043
United States
(919) 781-4191

Smartech International LP

Smartech International is the North American distributor or Steinbach replacement diaphragms and PTFE sheet material for PV Laminators.

Business type: Distributor
3120 Latrobe Dr Unit 260
Charlotte, NC 28211-2174
United States
(704) 362-1922

SOLARHOT

SOLARHOT designs, manufactures and supplies solar heating systems for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. We manufacture the most extensive line of solar heating products in the US. With in-house design services we can supply your most demanding needs.

Business type: Manufacturer/Supplier
1105 Transport Dr
Raleigh, NC 27603-4146
United States
(919) 439-2387

Greentech Media

The U.S. solar industry could be on the verge of an industry-transforming decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It's the next chapter in the SolarWorld-inspired Chinese solar panel trade case and anti-dumping claim.

While the U.S. solar industry and its industry organizations could be looking for solutions and negotiated settlements, the self-appointed generals of this important battle are instead electing to auto-micturate. I guess the solar industry gets the leaders it deserves. And today's solar voices are Jigar Shah of CASE and Frank Asbeck of SolarWorld.

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