[Business Spotlight] Renu Energy Solutions
Renu Energy Solutions was founded by president and CEO Jay Radcliffe in 2010 and is based in Charlotte. Renu now has an office in Jamestown (located at 115 E. Main St., Suite E) to better serve the communities in the Triad. Marketing manager Hannah Wiegard said 2010 was around the time where solar energy became an affordable resource for homeowners and businesses.
“We found that it was just the perfect time to be a part of the solar revolution in the Carolinas,” Wiegard said.
Wiegard said Renu Energy primarily offers photovoltaic (which means uses the sun’s energy to produce power) electric systems for homes and business.
“So, it’s solar panels made up of solar cells,” Wiegard said. “The principle is really simple: the sun shines every day, and we can harness that free fuel and free energy resource to power homes and businesses. Instead of taking all of the energy we need from the grid, we can actually generate our own power with solar panels on our roofs (or grounds).”
Wiegard wanted to clarify that solar customers stay connected to the grid, but use their solar power first. She said this is the basic way that solar saves money on monthly bills. Though they are not the only solar energy provider in the Triad, Wiegard said Renu prides itself in the approach it takes with educating potential clients about solar energy. Wiegard said Renu Energy has performed “hundreds and hundreds” of installations “within about a two-hour radius of Charlotte” since they have been founded.
“Our activity in the Triad is picking up,” Wiegard said. “We just want folks to know that we are available to provide this service.”
Wiegard said there is no better time than now to go solar. She said the best well-kept secret of Renu Energy is how much the technology has improved and in-turn, brought the cost down recently. Wiegard said good candidates for solar energy are the buildings whose roof faces the closest South. However, Wiegard said the best way to find out if you are a good candidate for solar energy is to have an assessment done by Renu’s solar technology professionals.
“We are a company with a pretty manageable size with 25 employees,” she said, “and every one of us is dedicated to seeing solar expanse, helping customers produce their own power and purchase a resource that is going to serve them well for decades.”
Wiegard said there are special incentives given to those who choose to go solar, namely a 30 percent federal tax credit for homeowners and businesses. Wiegard said all consultations are free and those interested in the Triad should visit Will Grant, the main solar energy consultant, in Jamestown.