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September 16, 2019 | Tom Ballard

Solar Alliance announces several significant projects and opportunities

It’s been a whirlwind of announcements in the last week or so for Solar Alliance, the energy solutions provider with a major presence in Knoxville.

In the latest news release (Solar Alliance – Automotive) yesterday, the company announced that it is now a pre-approved certified installer of electric vehicle (EV) chargers for Jaguar/Land Rover, BMW and General Motors. Solar Alliance, which was already an accredited installer for Tesla, now becomes the only pre-approved Qmerit Certified Installer for these four additional brands in Tennessee.

“As a Certified Installer of electric vehicle chargers for Jaguar/Land Rover, BMW and General Motors, we have an incredible opportunity to expand our sales and installation reach,” said Myke Clark, Solar Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer. “Solar Alliance can now connect directly with customers of these automakers and provide a seamless, professional EV charger installation. In combination with our Tesla Accredited Installer status, we are now well-positioned in this growing market.”

The company made two announcements last week, both involving installations in Kentucky.

  • One was the awarding of a contract through the Kentucky Utilities Company’s Business Solar Program (Solar Alliance – Makers Mark Distillery) to build a 200-kilowatt solar system at Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY. The solar facility will provide renewable energy for the bourbon producer. Initial work on the project has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. This is the second project Solar Alliance has worked on under the Business Solar Program. The first was a rooftop solar array built in 2018 for KU’s sister company, Louisville Gas and Electric Company, at the Archdiocese of Louisville’s pastoral center.
  • The other (Solar Alliance – Poultry Farm) was an agreement to build an 80-kilowatt solar system for a poultry producer in the Bluegrass State. The project is being built in partnership with Whayne Supply Company, a Caterpillar dealer. The poultry producer, whose name cannot be released for confidentiality reasons, contracts with distributors such as Perdue Farms which then supplies its products to grocery stores, food service outlets and fast food restaurants.

Vancouver-based Solar Alliance acquired Aries Solar LLC nearly two years ago in a deal with Thompson Machinery Commerce Corporation. As part of that transaction, Harvey Abouelata, Founder of the old ARiES Energy that went through several acquisitions, became Solar Energy’s Vice President for Commercial Solar with the company’s engineering and construction operations located in South Knoxville.

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