Palmetto creates solar business incubator program for aspiring entrepreneurs
Palmetto announced the launch of the Build+ program, a 12-month incubator initiative designed to help aspiring clean energy entrepreneurs start their own solar installation businesses with Palmetto. The program is open to solar and electricity professionals with a minimum of five years of experience in solar installations. Applications are now being accepted in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Texas and must be submitted by 11 p.m. ET on September 10 to be considered for the 2021 inaugural program.
“If the US is to meet its clean electricity targets by 2035, it will require nearly a million trained solar workers in this country,” said Chris Kemper, Palmetto chairman, founder and CEO. “The Build+ program is Palmetto’s contribution to helping achieve this critical national goal and securing a more robust US clean energy sector. We strive to empower entrepreneurs to reduce pressure on start-up costs, improve operational integration and reduce execution risk. Palmetto can help aspiring solar entrepreneurs while expanding our own supplier base and improving the quality of the industry.”
Build+ is designed to address key solar entrepreneurship challenges including: capital investment requirements, managing unique cash flow issues, obtaining licenses, obtaining insurance, forming an entity/company, overseeing payroll and accounting, recruiting, marketing, compliance/legal concerns, and procurement of tools and equipment. Graduates of the program are eligible for partner financing, cash flow incentives, install-ready jobs, and client referrals to ensure business success.
Kemper continued, “To accelerate clean energy adoption, it is imperative to accelerate the creation of human infrastructure – the hundreds of thousands of qualified professionals who will literally build our clean energy future.”
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