2022: The Year in Review

Leading the Change

2022, what a year of changing the way the world makes and uses energy in North Carolina and beyond.

While scientists were capturing images of the Milky Way, we were busy doing some things of our own. We’re excited to share all the sun & energy saving fun we were up to with the help of our team members, customers, partners, and community in 2022. Enjoy 🙂

Keep reading for a deeper dive into each of our teams’ work and impact in 2022.

Infographic of Southern Energy Management's Builder Services team impact in 2022

2022 Builder Efficiency Industry Highlights

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in HERO Incentives Processed

The HERO Code program expanded to Duke Energy Carolinas territory in NC.

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in 45L Incentives Processed

The 45L Tax Credit was extended with the signing of the IRA.

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2022 Builder Team Updates

Inspections in One Week

A record for our field team 🌟

New Team Members

In the office and out in the field

Team Members Promoted

To Team Leaders in 2022

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Field Team Growth

Leading us to add a full-time Training Manager!

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Homes Certified for ENERGY STAR

Don’t forget! NC is transitioning to ENERGY STAR 3.1 in 2023. Learn More

SHINE On Champs

Recognized for exemplifying our core values last Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall 

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Place Award

by Carly, Robert, and Noah who brought home the GOLD from Rater Fest!

Better Homes Services Launched!

To help builders deliver homes on budget, on schedule, and error-free through HVAC Grading and Air Sealing corrective work.
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Cool Projects from 2022

Lowest HERS Score Without Solar

A tie between Stewart Construction & MilCo properties

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Lowest HERS Score With Solar

By Hagood Homes

Building performance inspector grades HVAC system
Lowest Avg. HERS Score for Builders w/ More Than 1 Home

By Blue Heron Homes

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Most HERO Incentive
Savings Earned

By Pulte Homes

What's Ahead for 2023?

  • Dominion / Piedmont HERO Programs
  • 45L Tax Credit transition to ENERGY STAR 3.1
  • Lower HERS Scores with more traction around solar + energy efficiency services!
  • SEER2 Code Change
Infographic of Southern Energy Management's Solar Services team impact in 2022

What Happened in the Solar Industry in 2022?

NC ranked 4th for solar installed across the country
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The Federal Solar Tax Credit was restored from 26% → 30%
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It was confirmed that the REAP grant will increase from 25% to 40% in 2023
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The Duke Solar Rebate came to the end of its cycle
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Duke Energy Increased Rates in December
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Pink Energy (aka Powerhome Solar) closed shop for good
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New Tesla products, features, & resources!
Powerwall Plus 

We introduced SPAN Panels (or SPANels, if you will) into our services
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Our Tech Support team has been ramping up to support solar homes across NC
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2022 Solar Team Updates

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Field Team Members

We added 4 new Project Managers, a Solar Designer, & a new Solar Educator to the team!

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Operational Team Members

We added 4 new Project Managers, a Solar Designer, & a new Solar Educator to the team!

Team Trip to Frankie's Fun Park

Our solar team had a fun afternoon getting together (on the ground) at Frankie’s Fun Park.

Customer Appreciation
Events Hosted

We got our customers together for a round of cheers & beers at Gizmo locations around the Triangle.

Referral Raffle Events

Your referrals were a huge support in 2022! We said thanks with two B Corp themed giveaways.

Cool Projects from 2022

Solar Systems Installed

with the HBCU Clean Energy Initiative
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Solar Systems

with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
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kW System Installed for AIA

in Raleigh, NC

kW System Installed for Lyons Farm Elementary

in Durham, NC

Solar Rough Ins for New Construction Homes

preparing  new homes for the addition of solar

Energy Efficient Homes Built With Solar

partnering with 37 different builders 

What's Ahead for 2023?

  • We’ll be adding another solar designer to the team (refer a friend or apply here!)
  • Net Metering Updates on the horizon in NC
  • Still able to take advantage of the 30% tax credit for solar and storage
  • Battery storage will continue to be an important factor for home energy stability amid storms and unexpected grid outages
  • We’re now offering SPAN as a product to expand battery storage capacity
  • More potential for IRA rebate money becoming available for home upgrades, like the SPAN panel
  • Our Zero Energy Blueprint program continues to take off as energy rates rise across NC
  • We’ll be installing solar at Eden Village in Wilmington, NC, as well as several more Habitat for Humanity Homes in the Triangle
  • We’ll be launching more resources!
    • Expanding our video resource library
    • Offering group training for sales agents (get in touch with Sam if you’re interested!)

Keep following our newsletters, social, and blog to stay up to date

Infographic of Southern Energy Management's Multifamily Services team impact in 2022

2022 Industry Updates

45L was extended with the signing of the IRA

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Our team was included on the advisory committee for NGBS 2024

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We became a Fitwel Partner & Green Building Initiative Member

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2022 Multifamily Team Updates

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Team Growth

Our multifamily team grew from 8 team members to 14 in 2022 alone! Check out our team’s updated credentials below.

The multifamily and commercial energy services team at Southern Energy Management
RESNET Rater Field Inspectors
NGBS Verifiers
NGBS Master Verifiers
Fitwel Ambassadors
HERS Raters
Green Globes Professional
EarthCraft TA
BPI Building Analysts
BPI Multifamily Building Analyst

Cool Projects We Worked On

NOVEL Edgehill

Two Star Fitwel & NGBS
Nashville, TN
Crescent Communities

Aerial view of Pembroke Student Housing with solar on rooftop

Pembroke Student Housing

NGBS + Solar
Pembroke, NC

East Gate Village II

Our 1st NGBS & ENERGY STAR MFNC Certified Project!
Gordonsville, VA
Surber Development & Consulting

University Place

NGBS + Solar
Chapel Hill, NC
Ram Realty Advisors

What's Ahead for 2023?

  • More hiring & team growth (see open positions here!)
  • Many more LEED commercial projects – previously most of our LEED projects were for multifamily projects
  • Green Globes Renovation/Existing Building Certification under our belts
  • Lots of Fitwel growth! (Healthy building & the “S” in ESG growth)
  • Start working with existing building certifications for Fitwel, Green Globes, & NGBS
    • More renovation projects! (NGBS) → new pathway in existing building certification
  • Preparing for more ENERGY STAR/DOE ZERH projects (45L) 
  • Goal: SEM office LEED Certified
Infographic of Southern Energy Management's B Corp team impact in 2022

Highlights from 2022

  • SEM was named Best for the World in the Environment Category for the 5th consecutive year! Learn More
  • Bob and Maria attended the B Corp Champions Retreat in Philadelphia
  • We also submitted our B Corp Recertification assessment — we’ll keep you posted on our results when we hear back!
Best for the World Environment 2022 Badge

Cool Projects from 2022

Solar Systems Installed

with Habitat for Humanity
(+3 more scheduled in early 2023!)

Pints of Gizmo Beers Brewed

with proceeds benefitting Hope Renovations


with our community partner, Project Pando

B Local Triangle Event

hosted at SEM HQ in Raleigh!

Hours of JEDI Conversations

facilitated by LaShauna Austria from Seeds of Change Consulting 

Hours of
Team Training

through SEM YOUniversity, our internal growth program

What's Ahead for 2023?

  • We’ll hear back about our B Corp recertification status
  • We’re hoping to host another B Local event 
  • Goal: 12 Professional Development Hours for all team members
  • Goal: 2 JEDI Training Courses taken for each team member
  • Goal: Using more of our PTO Volunteer hours (as a company)
  • Our annual B Corp Gift Guide will be coming out again! Here’s the 2022 Guide in case you missed it → 

Stay tuned to see how our impact is growing!

We’ll be launching our 2022 Impact and Transparency Report this Spring. In the meantime, check out our 2021 report if you missed it!

Ready to Get Started?

Reach out to our project teams to share your goals and learn more!