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Who we are

One of the area’s most reputable renewable energy companies.

Sugar Hollow Solar has earned a reputation for consistently providing clients with high quality renewable energy systems.


We’ve earned this reputation by following a philosophy that simply won’t let us cut corners.


Our team has over 75 years of combined experience helping residences, businesses, and government go solar.


Our office and shop is located just outside of Asheville in Fairview, NC.


The Team

Graham Horne: Project Manager / Solar Craftsman

Charlie Nimitz: Crew Leader / Solar Craftsman

Chad Colwell: Project Manager / Solar Craftsman

Chavo Krenek: Operations Manager / Solar Craftsman

Lora Paine: Solar Specialist

Cameron Donnell: Utility Relationship Manager / Permit Manager / System Designer

Phelps Clarke: Managing Partner / Sales Manager / Solar Craftsman

Susan Holland: Solar Specialist

Arthur Dougherty: Service Manager, Solar Craftsman

Gracia O’Neill: Energy Efficiency Manager

Ben Yoke: Sales & Design

Douglas Ager: Managing Partner / Business Development

Kevin Foy: Project Manager / Solar Craftsman

Shayne Peninger: Shop and Fleet Manager / Solar Craftsman



NC Electrical License #31324-I

NC General Contractor License #74015

SC Electrical License #M113905

SC General Contractor License #G119816

Mechanical Contractor License #30384

NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional #101913-002550

BPI Certified

OSHA Certified

Living Wage Certified

We’re also members of the WNC Green Building Council (WNCGBC), the North Carolina Sustainability Energy Association (NCSEA), and the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA).



Co-founders Phelps Clarke and Douglas Ager are cousins who grew up at Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, NC. When they were younger, they spent a lot of time exploring the creeks and forests of their great-grandparents land and worked on the farm as part of the 4th generation living there.

Growing up steeped in the beauty of the landscape gave them a sense of its fragility and led them on a sustained search to find healthier ways to interact with the land with the hope of creating a more sustainable future. Because of the support the community gave to their relative’s businesses, Douglas and Phelps saw a real future in trying to use the tools of business to change the energy and business paradigms. They are following in the footsteps of other family members who started sustainable agriculture businesses Hickory Nut Gap Meats and Flying Cloud Farm.