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About Sugar Hollow


Hi there, we're Sugar Hollow Solar.

Mostly, we install solar.

We also focus on energy-upgrades that give you maximum ease, comfort, and sustainability -- like EV chargers, radiant flooring, and energy efficiency.

Sugar Hollow is for forward-thinkers, believers-in-humanity, and dreamers who are also doers.

"It's just nice to know you're quietly doing something to keep your side of the street clean."

- Adam Hinrichs, homeowner


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Built on heritage. Built for the future.

When our great-grandparents moved to Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, NC in 1916, they knew they’d found home.


A lot’s changed since then. A pound of coffee costs more than 14 cents, canned beer exists -- and our basements aren’t sooty from shoveling coal for our own furnaces.

But a few things remain true:

Home is a feeling -- and coal is still dirty.

We’re here to transform your home into the clean, comfortable and high-performing sanctuary of your dreams.

All while lowering your utility bills and raising the resale value.

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Who we are

Our vision: a safe, clean, sun-powered world

Sugar Hollow Solar is your source for no-fuss, tried-and-true, energy-smart upgrades for your home, small business, farm -- or that random outbuilding you want to spin pottery and listen to John Prine in.


Everything we offer is designed to bring you more comfort, security, and savings.


People hire us for:


  • Solar electric AKA solar panel systems
  • Energy efficiency
  • Battery backup for solar panel systems
  • EV charger installations
  • Radiant heating
  • Repair & service for solar electric systems, solar hot water, and radiant heat boilers


Learn more about our services by clicking here.


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

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The Team

Graham Horne: Project Manager / Solar Craftsman

Charlie Nimitz: Crew Leader / Solar Craftsman

Chavo Krenek: Operations Manager / Solar Craftsman

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

Jake Feltenberger: Sales & Design

Douglas Ager: Managing Partner / Business Development

Kevin Foy: Project Manager / Solar Craftsman

Shayne Peninger: Shop and Fleet Manager / Solar Craftsman

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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).

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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.

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Read our latest news & more

Check out our blog for the latest Sugar Hollow News

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"Very professional and honest."

– Hans Doellgast, Jade Mountain Builders

"In a word, FANTASTIC. Whenever you hire a contractor you're taking a chance they treat your job as a priority. There was never any question about that with SH. In fact, the project manager on my job was simply outstanding."

Barbara Walker, Home Owner

"From the initial visit to the final wrap up the company communicated well even as they moved the project from one department to another. The guys who did the installation came when they said they would and kept the site clean. I cannot think of a single negative point."

Philip Wiehe, Home Owner

"Since our initial contact I have been 100% satisfied. Your careful explanations, your commitment to details, and your work ethic were especially appealing. We appreciate the professionalism of your crew. We are totally satisfied. Hope Sugar Hollow is a huge success."

— Ralph Johnson, Home Owner

"Should anyone be considering solar addition to their business or home they should look no further than Sugar Hollow Solar."

— Doctors Dean Hutsell and Charles Lloyd, The Fairview Animal Hospital

"Sugar Hollow Solar really went the extra mile to make my project work. I love reading the output info on the electrical box that informs me of how many TONS of CO2 I have saved from entering the atmosphere."

— Kathy Triplett, Home Owner

"I am delighted to recommend Sugar Hollow Solar without reservation. I found them knowledgeable, professional, courteous, prompt, willing to listen and answer questions, enthusiastic, strongly committed to customer satisfaction and very competitively priced.

— Mike Levi, Home Owner

"These guys bring excitement to the job and enjoy what they do and it shows in their quality and service. You can look around if you like, but these are the guys to go with!"

- Larry Papula, Home Owner