36|86 provides experience, exposure to EMN company Solar Site Design

Solar Site Design, an Energy Mentor Network (EMN) company, took the stage to pitch at 36|86 Entrepreneurship and Technology Conference in front of more than a thousand attendees. The company is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Solar Site Design is a collaborative, cloud-based marketplace platform that connects sales-ready solar projects to leading solar companies to drive down customer acquisition costs.

The company was one of 36 companies that competed for the $50,000 FedEx Innovation prize, and while Solar Site Design didn’t end up walking away with the big check, they did succeed in several other ways.

“Solar Site Design was the only cleantech company presenting at 36|86, and it was an honor to represent the solar industry,” said Jason Loyet, Founder.

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The Energy Mentor Network’s goal is to foster the growth of Tennessee advanced energy technologies and startups by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors.

Solar Site Design has been meeting with its mentoring team frequently leading up to 36|86 getting strategic business, marketing and financial guidance by participating in a series of panels and discussions to better prepare them to raise capital and gain traction.

The company’s mentoring team includes Entrepreneur-in-Residence Harvey Abouelata, President of ARiES Solar, Domain Experts Coleman Adams, Managing Director of Crescendo Power, and John Hopkins, a Consultant and Business Mentor.

“Our mentors have been instrumental in advising and discussing our value proposition in the solar industry,” said Loyet.

He went on to say the Energy Mentor Network has better helped Solar Site Design broaden its message to include investors, stakeholders, and more customers.

“We’ve been working closely with ARiES Solar, not just as a mentor, but also as an active, participating member in our commercial marketplace,” said Loyet. “It’s incredible to have customers work with us.”

Solar Site Design will be making an announcement at the Intersolar Conference in San Francisco on July 10 involving a global Fortune 500 company.

“It’ll catapult us into the next step of the cleantech industry,” said Loyet.

Energy Mentor Network Spotlight: Harvey Abouelata

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council is continuing its series of feature stories highlighting the mentors behind the Energy Mentor Network program offering industry specific expertise.

The Energy Mentor Network‘s goal is to foster the growth of Tennessee advanced energy technologies and startups by connecting entrepreneurs with mentors. This gives Tennessee yet another advantage in grabbing its more than fair share of the $1.3 trillion global advanced energy market.

The Energy Mentor Network is run by the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council in partnership with Launch Tennessee.

In broad strokes, the Energy Mentor Network pairs mentors with promising new companies and entrepreneurs through a structured program involving panel presentations and mentoring sessions.

The purpose of the program is to develop quality startups. After completing the program, startups will have an investable pitch deck, a rock solid business model and a plan to establish more traction. These tools will position Tennessee’s entrepreneurs to raise capital, request other funds like SBIR grants, and scale their company.

Harvey Abouelata, President of ARiES Energy (Credit: ARiES Energy)

Harvey Abouelata, President of ARiES Energy (Credit: ARiES Energy)

This week TAEBC is highlighting mentor Harvey Abouelata. He serves as the President of ARiES Energy.

Harvey has worked on a variety of renewable energy projects for Wampler’s Farm Sausage and most recently a 1.37 MW solar installation for Appalachian Electric Coop – the first utility-scale community solar project in the state – which was officially unveiled in early January.

He also has extensive experience in business management, business planning, strategy, sales, marketing, promotions, public relations, and new technology brand identity with concentration in the renewable energy field.

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While being involved in the solar industry, he has succeeded in bringing millions of dollars in grants to local companies and the State of Tennessee.

At ARiES, he oversees business operations and management, marketing strategy, and overall customer satisfaction. In recent history, Harvey was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at a privately owned Knoxville company where he oversaw the sales, product development, and marketing of residential and commercial products and services for solar PV and thermal design. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for another renewable energy company launch.

Since graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1984, he has been helping businesses launch, reorganize, and bring new technologies to market. Harvey excels at setting up successful sales, marketing, business plans and economic development strategies for companies, as well as executing public outreach and education.

TAEBC is still accepting mentors for the Energy Mentor Program. If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit the “For Mentors” section of the Energy Mentor Network portion of TAEBC’s website.