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Solar Energy Partners is Helping Create a Sustainable Future for All Americans

The adoption of solar energy is gaining momentum in the United States. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar-generated electricity accounted for 43% of all new electricity-generating capacity in the US in 2020. This was the largest share of new generating capacity for solar energy.

Currently, about 19.2 GW of solar photovoltaic cells are installed in America, which powers more than 17.7 million American homes. It is predicted that the U.S. solar industry will quadruple in market share in the next 10 years.

The future is solar. Aiming to leverage the rise of solar energy, Solar Energy Partners (SEP) is helping increase solar capacity in the US by offering an exclusive solar solution.

Offering Energy Solutions to All Americans

Solar Energy Partners aims to spread the use of cost-effective and clean energy throughout the United States. Since its launch in 2019 in Turlock, Ca., it has begun to expand its services to other states.

California proved to be the best place to establish the company, as the state aims to be 100% free of carbon-generating energy by 2045.

Brian Hutchings, co-owner of SEP, hopes that more homes will utilize solar energy in the near future. The company is currently working on a higher volume of projects to help states meet their renewable energy goals. Hutchings says Solar Energy Partners is a major solution for households, though many Americans remain unaware that the country faces a problem regarding a lack of renewable energy sources.

Homeowners also don’t realize how much money they can save by shifting to solar energy. Solar Energy Partners plans to roll out its energy solutions to all states to help all Americans save on electricity costs.

According to Hutchings, the mission of SEP is to change the lives of as many Americans as possible.

Witnessing a Steady Growth

The consistent growth in the adoption of solar energy in the US has allowed SEP to steadily scale. The company expects to double its growth by the end of 2021, despite many economic challenges due to COVID-19.

David Madrid, the company’s co-founder, says that SEP turned down an opportunity to claim $500,000 from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Given that Solar Energy Partners has continued to grow, Madrid says that their refusal to claim their PPP loan will allow other businesses to receive more help.

Solar Energy Partners already had more than 2,000 accounts after it was established. According to Madrid, they expect that number to reach 5,000 by the end of the year. Its sales force is expected to quadruple, from 500 to 2,000.

As SEP continues to scale, more customers will be able to reap the benefits of clean energy at an even more affordable price.  Madrid says that while electric companies may charge an average of 32 cents per kilowatt, SEP charges only 18-19 cents. He adds that there are also no additional fees for installation and maintenance, and all solar solutions come with a 25-year guarantee. When homeowners opt to have a battery installed as a backup, the cost rises to only 22 cents per kilowatt.

Solar energy is expected to become even cheaper when more households adopt the technology.

Providing Jobs despite the Recession

While the COVID-19 pandemic has left many businesses struggling to remain afloat, SEP has instead expanded to Texas, Colorado, and Florida. The Founders say, “The fact we have been able to build our business during a pandemic show that consumers are seeking a solar provider they can trust that can provide customized solar installations.”

This has also allowed SEP to continue providing jobs amidst a global recession. The company hired 1,000 new independent sales representatives in 2020.

The biggest challenge for SEP is in finding qualified independent sales representatives who can be trained in a short span of time. Madrid explains that though the company receives almost 6,000 resumes monthly, about 80% are immediately turned down.

Madrid says that many of the new sales representatives are workers from the entertainment industry, who proved that they could easily transition into sales. COVID-19 restrictions had made it difficult for entertainment companies to continue their production, and many of their workers willingly pivoted to new careers.  Madrid states the benefit of hiring sales representatives from the entertainment industry is that they are natural storytellers.

Madrid describes this new breed of sales representatives as able to “tell a compelling story and interact on a personal level with people, across the board.” He adds that SEP has been “lucky to come across some really innovative thinkers,” whose talents can be utilized in the solar arena.

Looking towards a Sustainable Future

Various economic challenges do not hinder SEP from fulfilling its mission. “Electricity is a necessity in our society,” says the Founders. “We felt that there was an opportunity amid the economic downturn, and those that felt the need to make a change to a different career resonated with what we were doing.” This is why SEP has restructured its training program. The company wants to utilize the strengths and talents of individuals from other industries and refocus those towards the solar arena. Hunt explains that this is perhaps why the company was able to expand despite the recession.

The recession has also propelled Solar Energy Partners to double down on its goal of providing renewable energy across the United States. SEP doesn’t merely intend to sell solar energy solutions. The company aims to help save the environment while providing homeowners cheaper energy alternatives to help them face the recession.

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