we love the work that we do.
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.
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.
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
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.
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