City Electric Supply Teams Up with Solarize Atlanta Winner Creative Solar
Solarize Atlanta is a community-based program that makes it easier and more affordable for Atlanta homeowners and businesses to install solar. For a company to win either the residential or commercial bid proves that they’re one of the best solar installers in the area.
Creative Solar won both. And it’s not the first time they’ve done that, either. Helping people get affordable access to solar in a sustainable, community-focused way has been their primary goal since day one.
“We have a really good track record on Solarize campaigns. Winning both programs again makes solar even more affordable for our communities,” Creative Solar CEO Russell Seifert said. “It just makes us feel really good because now we’re giving middle- and lower-income families affordable access to solar energy, which they may not have had before.”
For CES Marietta, the branch that supplied Creative Solar, they’re proud that one of their largest solar customers is getting recognized and awarded for all their hard work.
“Creative Solar has such a good reputation. Sometimes, that’s hard to find in the solar industry,” said Branch Manager Joe Sherrill. “For them to win the Solarize Atlanta program is good for them, good for us, and really good for the industry.”
CES Marietta Provides Competitive Solar Bids
One reason Creative Solar won the Solarize Atlanta program was thanks to its exceptional team of salespeople, installers, and electricians.
Another reason came down to competitive bids. Competitive bids that Thomas “Tagg” Grimball, an Outside Sales Rep for the CES Renewable Energies Division, made sure to provide.
“We always hear that we’re one of the easiest electrical distributors to work with,” Grimball said. “When we show people what we can do, a lot of them make the switch. It just comes down to price and availability. If we can provide it at a competitive price, people want to buy and deal with us.”
For a community-based program like Solarize Atlanta, pricing is important. After all, Solarize Atlanta is all about making solar more accessible and more affordable.
“We’re working behind the scenes with Russ and Will at Creative Solar. We just want to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible,” Sherrill said. “That’s what it’s all about. We’re excited to find the best pricing for them, so they can pass that onto Atlanta’s residents and business owners.”
For the Solarize Atlanta program, that competitive bid helped procure 1.75 megawatts’ worth of solar energy. That’s enough energy to power nearly 2,000 homes exclusively by solar!
Solarize Atlanta Keeps It Local
For CES Marietta, becoming a solar electrical supplier in Atlanta would not have been possible without the support of the CES Renewable Energies team.
“What we’re doing as a wholesaler is bringing our solar knowledge and expertise to our local teams and helping them serve their local customers,” Grimball said. “Strengthening local relationships with customers and helping our branches grow their business and chase new opportunities is what we’re here for.”
That local aspect is important, not just to City Electric Supply but also to Creative Solar. Many times, solar companies have to gather supplies from distributors in other states. At City Electric Supply, they can just walk into their local branch.
“It’s so important to work with local businesses and local people because you’re creating your own economic development,” Seifert said. “Being able to have the quality of the panel, the local resources, and the flexibility to deal with us over the lifetime of the project have been some of the best parts about working with City Electric Supply.”
And besides just business, it’s also about the future. Atlanta has a 100% clean energy goal by 2035. With people like Sherrill, Grimball, and the entire team at Creative Solar, that goal is achievable.
“It feels good to be a part of the community as well as this groundbreaking opportunity with Solarize Atlanta,” Sherrill said. “We’re helping the city where we live and the city where we play become greener and healthier for everyone. It’s still a work-in-progress, but we have made a lot of progress.”