Solar

Akeena Solar Grows to Meet Demand

With Akeena Solar’s recent hiring of a Fresno-based solar energy integrator and system designer, Akeena will assume the backlog of Jeff Brown, and hire his team of ten solar electric employees formerly with Solahart All Valley Energy Systems.

Akeena, Brown and Solahart All Valley Energy Systems entered a non-compete agreement assigning Akeena the solar electricity segment and Solahart All Valley Energy Systems the solar pool and solar hot water segments. The company, which expects to generate revenues of $2 million to $3 million, has begun operations in Central Valley of California. “According to the California Energy Commission,” said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Akeena Solar, “Fresno has been experiencing a 70 percent compounded annual growth rate since 2004 of the photovoltaic market segment. We believe demand in the Fresno area will continue to grow, particularly in light of expected continuing escalation of California electric rates.” Akeena will install solar electric systems in residences and small businesses from a base in Fresno and surrounding areas. Jeff D. Brown, 44, has 25 years of solar industry experience and will join Akeena as Regional Director, leading the company’s expansion initiatives in central California. Brown is on the board of the California Solar Energy Industry Association (CAL SEIA) and has been a leader in the state’s solar initiatives. “Akeena’s patent-pending proprietary technology will provide additional cost and aesthetic competitive advantages,” said Brown.