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Home solar installations in North Carolina. Certified Tesla Powerwall Installer. 1,500+ delighted solar customers. B Corp.

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Turn-key commercial solar power solutions for businesses and non-profits in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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HERS ratings, code testing, green program certification, and zero energy consulting for builders in NC and SC.

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Building performance inspections, green certifications, and incentive guidance for multifamily developers across the US.

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Residential Solar

Over the last 18 years we have completed more than 1,500 home solar installations in North Carolina. We’re ready to put the experience to work for you to find the right solar solution for your homes and family. Our process starts with educating you about solar including a free analysis of your home’s solar potential. Then we’ll work with you to design the perfect solar system for your home, energy needs, and budget. After that our 100% in-house team will install your system and you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy 30+ years of blissful clean energy savings. Contact us today to learn how much you can save by switching to clean solar energy!

Commercial Solar

We’ve worked hard for more than 15 years to become North Carolina’s most trusted commercial solar installer. Whether you’re a small business, non-profit, agri-business, or full scale commercial operation, our team is ready to leverage our experience to find the right energy solution for your business. We provide everything from design & engineering to grant writing & financial partnership to make investing in solar as easy as possible. Reach out to us today to get started on a customized energy plan that maximizes your monthly energy savings and the tax credits and utility incentives available for your company.


Builder Energy Services

We help builders create, verify, and sell high-performing homes. As an independent verifier, we support builders during construction to ensure all of their homes meet code and/or achieve green certification. After homes are built, we continue to help builders capture the maximum benefit from their high-performance upgrades by offering sales and marketing training and support. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help make your homeowners happier and increase your revenue.

Multifamily & Commercial Energy Services

Our multifamily & commercial services team provides energy efficiency consulting, testing, third-party verification, and solar energy solutions to multifamily and commercial developers. We provide intelligent, holistic, and effective products and services that save energy, money, and natural resources while keeping your project on track to meet your goals. Reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation where we will identify the perfect certification and incentive strategy for your next project.

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Why Choose Southern Energy Management?

We'd been thinking about solar panels for years, but thought it would be too hard and expensive. Southern Energy made it easy, helped us secure the substantial solar panel rebate from Duke Energy, and now we have almost no power bill! It was a great investment financially and environmentally. I highly recommend the team at Southern Energy Management.
Nicholas J.
21:42 13 Feb 21
We had two solar systems installed by SEM: a 4.3 kW system in 2013 and, after moving to a new house, an 8.7 kW system in 2020. In both cases, we worked with Graham Alexander. He is outstanding. The fact that he's been at SEM for so long says something. This is a great local company and they do an exceptional, professional job. I've recommended them to my neighbors. For our new system, we included one Tesla powerwall, mainly to provide power in the event of outages.
Mark Z.
17:31 10 Feb 21
From beginning to end, SEM has been our partner in creating a solar system that met our needs and satisfied our wants. They were proactive, informative, and responsive in a way we really don't see very often anymore. It was clear that customer and their experience is at the forefront of their consideration at every turn. From the office team to the installation crew we were met with informed and skilled professionals who exceeded our expectations every time.
Sam P.
17:49 09 Feb 21
The SEM folks did a great job with our new residential solar installation. They were very helpful at all stages of the process--analyzing the suitability of a system, designing it, installing it without incident and ensuring it was connected promptly. They were also very helpful in assisting with the rebate process.
Robert M.
17:40 09 Feb 21
Sara was terrific. The team was fast and efficient. Communication regarding the rebate was fantastic - through and frequent. Very, very satisfied.
16:04 09 Feb 21
In the midst of a miserable year, putting solar on our house was an absolute point of light in the darkness. We realized we had contacted Graham at Southern Energy a few years ago and when we called him he had the quote and plan up and ready for us within days. He worked with us to design a system that would meet our needs including the addition of an electric car in the next few years. The whole process from planning to installation to helping us with the rebates was seamless and professional. I recommend solar and this company to anyone who is ready to help make a difference.
west L.
14:16 09 Feb 21
Highly recommend. Southern Energy Mgt has skilled technicians, uses the highest quality equipment, and displays a deep commitment to the environment and community. We're loving our panels, reducing our carbon emissions and saving money over the longterm. It is so satisfying to monitor the system and see real-time the impact we are able to have!
Matt K.
03:53 15 Jan 21
The company is amazing. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They made the process of installing solar panels on my home effortless.
Louis F.
18:14 17 Dec 20
Southern Energy Management provided comprehensive and extremely informed consultation, installation, and post-installation service for our new home solar system. They have an incredibly informed and courteous team of employees that answered questions at every step of the process. They have continued to help us after installation as I learn the system and other facets like rebates and tax advantages. Really a top notch company.
Eugene O.
12:48 09 Dec 20
Installation went as planned. Everyone was easy to work with. Great overall experience.
Bob B.
02:28 24 Nov 20
Great company and people!
Ronald H.
23:16 23 Nov 20
Wonderful team to work with! They did the original (7.44kW) installation at our new house and then did an additional 1.5kW addition this year. They are easy to work with, knowledgeable, prompt and dedicated. Would definitely recommend!
Kyle B.
21:09 13 Nov 20
While we had some hiccups with the project schedule and the install, I was very satisfied with the overall experience and my decision to purchase a Tesla Powerwall. The customer service and communication from the SEM team wer exceptional.I’m considering some future expansion options (additional panels, another PW) and if I move forward, SEM would be my first choice.
Chris F.
18:34 11 Nov 20
Excellent in every respect from sales consulting on our system to system design and engineering to implementation and service follow up we’ve been pleased with SEM. No glitches with the process to get government and regulatory approvals for net metering either! We would strongly recommend SEM and by the way they are just good and high integrity individuals too.
Chuck P.
18:36 09 Oct 20
Graham and Maddie make a great team. We've only been up and running for 2 weeks so a true review is premature, but the communication and installation went smoothly. Would recommend highly.
Sylvia B.
17:22 06 Sep 20
Professional in sales process, permitting, installation, and ongoing service.
Ted T.
13:44 01 Sep 20
We are exceptionally pleased that we chose Southern Energy Management as our solar provider. From our initial contact to after installation education, the service provided by Southern Energy Management and our primary point of contact, Graham Alexander, has been outstanding. Highly recommended.
Dan D.
20:44 14 Aug 20
We had a solar system installation earlier in 2020 and it has been online now for 3 months. We are extremely happy with all aspects of the ordering, design, installation and operation.From the timing, you will note that the installation took place during 'lockdown' and SEM had good protocols in place for dealing with containment.It's rare for me to give a five star review, but SEM deserve it for a few reasons: First and foremost they were logistically superbly organized to support us through the Duke rebate application nightmare. Brandon and his team were simply outstanding in ensuring that we were briefed, had real time support during, and then, perhaps most importantly, went in to bat for us when Duke's site collapsed and the denied our application. Eventually, Duke accepted that e HAD applied in the right way and the right time, but without Brandon's team that would have been a most painful process. The other reason that I give a five star is that when issues arise, as they always do in a project such as this, issues were resoled easily and quickly. Maddie and her team resolved insurance back and forward (again with Duke :-)) and she was available promptly to tackle questions, updates and to 'make things happen'.All in all, an unqualified recommendation. Oh, and a significant reduction in electricity bills (at least in mid-summer)
Graham B.
13:38 05 Aug 20
I went with SEM not just for pricing reasons (though they were highly competitive), but for their technical expertise, lengthy history in the solar business, and certified B corp status. On top of all this, their extended team is personable, knowledgeable and highly responsive to questions (even after you sign). A strong recommend from a very satisfied customer!
Eliisa Griffin A.
03:59 24 Jul 20
It was great working with Randy Linhart on my proposal. I'd highly recommend him and Southern Energy. The presentation was very professional and informative. Know that you're getting a high quality system if you use them.
Carey V.
16:45 16 Jul 20
Excellent service and quality. any issues we had were taken care of promptly.
19:18 26 Jun 20
Even through COVID-19 Southern Energy Management installed my 22 panel system. They were very professional and safety minded when it came to being in am house during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The team wore masks and wiped everything down as they worked to ensure they didn’t accidentally spread COVID-19. I do Highly recommend Southern Energy Management to anyone considering going Solar.I am looking forward to years of Solar generated energy.
Duane C.
18:03 25 Jun 20
My wife and I have experienced an amazing and gratifying process of acquiring and having solar panels installed. Southern Energy Management did an outstanding making this happen.
sankey M.
13:51 25 Jun 20
The whole process was extremely smooth from the information session to the last detail. The sales rep was knowledgeable, thorough and experienced. I was kept informed of everything that was going to happen and was given choices of dates and times of day. The installers were professional and always on time. They left the place clean and just as they found it. The office personnel was a joy to deal with - they were available for questions and got back to me in a very timely fashion. Southern Management Energy takes care of all the permits, contacting the HOA (if you have one), the county for the permits, and your electric provider. I cannot be happier that I chose SEM for my solar project!!!
O D.
18:07 16 Jun 20
Informative presentation, professional installation, good results. Very happy with Southern Energy.
Gary S.
14:21 10 Jun 20
If you want a professional installations of solar for your house - you need not look anywhere else than Southern Energy Mgmt. Graham and his solar team made my installation so easy from beginning to producing my own energy. I picked Southern Energy to do my install based on their long history & experience in the industry . The installation crew headed up by Rich were top notch and professional. Total install took 3 days and then I was up and producing energy. Kelly my project coordinator communicated with me at every stage and was a pleasure to work with and all the staff returned my emails almost immediately if I had questions. The Solar-Edge monitoring system lets me see in real time how my solar panels are working and and I like being able see how much CO2 emission is saved by my solar panels. I feel confident that 20 years from now - I'll be able to depend on Southern Energy to be there if I need them. Thank you Solar Team! Gwen Belcredi
Gwen B.
23:08 08 Jun 20
Although the process of getting solar was long, Southern Energy Management helped all the way.
sarah S.
18:47 25 May 20
Great technical support, new owner orientation.
Joann H.
14:58 25 May 20
So far, so good with a new set of solar panels and a powerwall battery backup that SEM set up at my home. Nice to drive down costs and be able to management my consumption as well as have emergency backup power to keep water, fridge, and food served for the family. SEM folks are friendly, reliable, and work to get the job done properly with county inspections and power company rebates to boot!
Randy Van B.
18:52 15 May 20
I am a repeat customer of Southern Energy Management and they once again did a great job, start to finish. When my wife and I sold our house and bought another, one of the first calls I made was to SEM to talk about adding solar to the new house. I worked with Graham Alexander to get a quote and coordinate the project. It was too late in 2019 to get the project installed before the end of the year. We arranged for delivery of the panels to occur before December 31st and I paid the initial amount so I could get the 30% tax credit that expired at the end of the year. Maddie O'Beirne was our project manager and she kept us informed every step of the way.At the end of the day, the works was done on schedule and very professionally and was priced competitively.I highly recommend Southern Energy Management to anyone considering solar.
Aubrey M.
15:28 05 May 20
Southern Energy Management was great to work with for our solar install-- we are so happy we went with them as there are a lot of companies out there. They were very communicative, professional, skilled, courteous, prompt- helped navigate the solar rebate and tax credit. We HIGHLY recommend them- you can't go wrong and we are cranking out all kinds of solar power now!! Everyone should have solar- it pays for itself over time and it's the right thing to do!
Nancy C.
11:34 17 Apr 20
Thanks to Southern Energy for putting solar panels on the roof. Great process, start to finish.
Martin R.
22:00 15 Apr 20
Got solar with SEM several years ago, and then had them install a Tesla Powerwall a couple of months ago. Fantastic work both times. Very knowledgeable project managers and installers. A great company!
Mark T.
19:40 15 Apr 20
Great experience with Southern Energy Management. Every person I dealt with for our installation (around 38 panels) was professional and friendly, even working in a 100 year old home. I love geeking out on our solar system, and they answered all the questions I could come up with. They also seem to treat their employees well. Highly recommended.
Aris B.
20:54 14 Apr 20
I am very excited to have my solar system up and operating. Working with the SEM team has been such a pleasure. Their enthusiasm and work ethic is such a joy and infectious. I highly recommend this excellent, local company if you are considering solar!!!
Mike P.
14:46 10 Mar 20
Have had two systems installed by Southern Energy Management. Great installation, clean work, sized perfectly! Works as designed!
Dave S.
15:08 15 Feb 20
Just completed all the final steps of my 7 kWh system installation from Southern Energy Management, and this process really could not have been any easier. The folks at Southern Energy Management will take care of your project from start to finish. This is how project management should work everywhere.Mike Neptune got us started helping us figure out what kind of system we could do and whether it made financial sense for us to do it (it did at our house in Durham, not at our house in another location). He did not try to up sell us things that would not work.Dave Anderson will guide you step by step through how things work getting all the engineering stuff done. Dave really went above and beyond to make sure that our weirdly complex system went in without any hassles or problems.Maddie O’Bierne managed all the interconnection stuff, permitting, insurance, and making sure that you avoid any and all problems with Duke Energy. She made it such that I didn’t have to think about any details that would derail this thing.Brandon Pendry guides you through the process of getting your Duke Energy rebate and he made sure I got my full rebate. I do not envy him the task of dealing with those people, but he does so cheerfully.All in all, probably the best team I could have asked for. Thanks a bunch guys.
Benjamin W.
14:59 12 Feb 20
I could not be more impressed and grateful for the team at Southern Energy Management. While I am still planning my installation, the team have gone above and beyond to help me plan. They are extremely clear about the process, upfront about all the costs, and steps, and the support every step of the way is superb. They are professional, kind, and caring - they go beyond just service!As part of the process, there is the application for the Duke Energy rebate program. This year, there was a severe glitch in the system at the application step, and the team at Southern Energy Management have gone way beyond my expectations to support me and all of their clients in the midst of this error. They have no responsibility to take for the errors and poor service of Duke Energy, but have done everything in their power to support me and my application, and to fight on my behalf for the rebate. I'm overwhelmed with gratitude and beyond impressed. If you are looking for not only a service provider, but a partner to support your solar installation, look no further!!
Bart E.
11:00 09 Feb 20
very easy to work with. Gave full information, so there were no surprises and I felt fully informed. I highly recommend them for your solar needs. They went the extra mile to give individualized service for our particular situation.
Lois B.
22:26 23 Dec 19
Southern Energy installed a 9.3kW system on my house. I got several quotes and theirs was the best price/performance. The panels are very sensitive and even generate small amounts of energy when it is raining. Their people Sara, Alex, Sam and Brandon managed presales, construction, permits with Duke and the town, metering and rebates smoothly and with no effort required on my part. The system comes with a metering portal so I can see throughout the day how much I am generating and consuming. The energy I generate but don't use gets credited back at retail price to Duke, so I don't need a battery. My next project will be to install Nest thermometers and smart lights to reduce my energy consumption as close as possible to my generating capacity.
Lars E.
00:11 19 Dec 19
Received excellent service from Dave Anderson and others through the entire process. Everyone was very knowledgeable and are true professionals. I am very happy with my solar panels and my decision to use Southern Energy Management.
Donna F.
18:40 15 Dec 19
The personnel at Southern Energy Management were awesome to work with from the beginning to the completion of the project installing solar panels on our roof. They answered questions quickly and were always available for us. A truly wonderful experience and we're very glad we did it! Even better is decrease in electrical bill!!
Judy L.
00:45 10 Dec 19
I am pleased with the addition of 10 new solar panels plus adding optimizers to my older panels, a new inverter & addition of snow guards to the panels on the upper roof. The technicians were all friendly, timely & kept me informed of the progress of project.
Suzy L.
03:04 30 Nov 19
Only good things to say! Every person we worked with listened to our questions and concerns. Sara M, solar residential specialist and salesperson, was patient, thorough, punctual. Maddie, project manager, held our hand through the process, making the required interaction with Duke seamless, and clarifying every step we needed to act upon. Davison engineered the installation. He is a caring problem solver, and took the time to meet with builder Jeff in order to optimize the layout and esthetics of the conduits. Carie, bookkeeper, was prompt, precise, and helpful. As I said, only good things to say! Thank you, Southern Energy Management!- Inge & Clay (Hillsborough, NC)
Inge De B.
22:27 26 Nov 19
We had a solar installation done in late August. Everyone from the install techs to the office staff were great and super easy to deal with. After speaking to some friends that used another company (multiple inspection fails and no guidance on the Duke rebate plan), I’m happy that we went with SEM.
Joe M.
15:40 15 Nov 19
Happy to reduce our carbon footprint with a 30 panel installation and a Tesla Powerwall designed and installed by our friends at Southern Energy Management. Great service from SEM and they are sticking with us with excellent service to make sure we understand how this system works, and how we get our rebate from Duke. Highly recommended!
Gregg W.
23:19 30 Sep 19
Second house we built in two years and, though new to solar the first time, it was a must have then and again on the new house. Great service from start to finish with Southern Energy. Held our hand through the process and helped get the rebates and tax credits that really reduced the cost. Ran herd on the local energy supplier to smooth the installation of the required metering and hardware. Great orientation to the system apps and monitoring to actually see the savings on a daily basis. Twice the happiness on two installations! Highly recommended. In fact I have several folks who have installed on my experience and are as happy!!
Jeff K.
22:49 30 Sep 19
Professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and my powerwall 2 works as advertised, I"m a happy camper!
Kris V.
17:05 18 Sep 19
I had the most amazing experience with Southern Energy Management from the first contact through the end. They were super friendly, flexible, supportive, helpful and knowledgeable. I cannot recommend them enough, there aren't more stars to give. I am so glad I went solar and that I did my research. I have zero reservations about using them or recommending them. The whole process took from May through August from first contact and discussions to up and running and complete. I understand my system, it's abilities, my energy usage, and what a difference I am making. If you are seeking the Solar route - use this company! They're local, stand behind their work and products, and are a certified B Corp (you'll find out what that means if you don't already know)
Nicholas Von H.
19:17 17 Sep 19
The entire experience was excellent from design to installation. I was very impressed with everyone that worked on my installation.
Paul F.
18:59 16 Sep 19
Great company well known all across our state for doing good work.
Stephen W.
20:01 12 Sep 19
Just went "live" in July. Installation went smoothly, staff very communicative, professional, responsive and easy to work with: they make it easy to go solar!
20:35 15 Aug 19
Great to work with! From start to finish they took care of everything... evaluating our energy needs based on historical data, getting ARB approval in our community, system install, initiating the meter swap out, and system orientation. They were always quick to answer questions and have even followed up after we went "live" to make sure we didn't have any other questions.
Paula V.
17:28 14 Aug 19
So proud to be part of the Solar Tribe! Southern Energy Management was a pleasure to work with on my residential solar installation. The entire project went well and the SEM team kept me well informed throughout the process. This is the team you want for solar in NC!
Scarlett H.
17:45 28 Jul 19
SEM has great team who work with you to determine an optimal solar solution. Its been great working with them for my home solar solution and their post implementation support is outstanding. I would highly recommend them.
Prem R.
19:11 18 Jul 19
Staff was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subject matter. Very responsive when contacted with questions or problems. Our solar installation is working very well. A good company to do business with.
Robert W.
18:33 18 Jul 19
I contacted a number of Solar Companies for an off grid project where I'd need solar to provide 100% of my power needs and most all other companies I contracted told me they couldn't manage the difficult demands of my project including boat rides to the site in later winter to an island. Graham and the Southern Energy team did a great job despite me being on the coast and the demands of the job. They were able to get 2 Tesla batteries quicker than Tesla said they could and met all the deadlines I set. Once the system was up and running we had an issue with one of the batteries which required multiple site visits by Southern Energy's team and their pro tech Levi who can fix anything. After it was found out that 1 of the batteries was faulty Tesla sent a new one quickly to replace the likely damaged one and Southern Energy was quick to make the change and service any issues we ran into on this difficult build. I would highly recommend them especially on any difficult jobs like mine.
Michael R.
17:40 18 Jul 19
An excellent company from planning and installation to customer support. I would highly recommend these folk to anyone looking to go Solar.
Peter W.
15:59 18 Jul 19
Strongly recommend!
arunima B.
19:48 12 Jul 19
We had Southern Energy Management install a solar system on our house in Raleigh and went live in April of 2019. They did a great job: explained things well, guided us through the application and rebate process, did the installation on time and on budget, and were in all ways a pleasure to deal with. The system is functioning as expected, and we are very pleased.
Jerry H.
09:01 12 Jun 19
SEM was really fantastic throughout the whole process! I had received another quote from Brio and wanted a second opinion so I called SEM and they came out and did a site review. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and upfront with the total cost and I was particularly impressed with the fact that they did not try to push me into buying the system unlike Brio. The installation took a little longer than I had hoped but that was mainly because it was during Christmas and the New Year. They made sure that I was prepared to apply for the Duke Energy rebate right on time and have been great with communication since the installation. So far we are enjoying a great solar array! Thanks!
Andy K.
13:36 11 Jun 19
These folks did a great job installing my solar panels and Tesla POWERWALL. It was a difficult installation due to the design of the house but they worked through each challenge and provided a great finished product. Follow up and communication after the install has been stellar. I would recommend then to anyone. The system is working as expected and is providing great value!
Steven J.
02:33 02 Jun 19
If you are interested in Solar Energy this is the company you want to do business with. Every member of their team is top notch, they answer all of your questions and they stand behind their product and services. What more can you ask for? Highly recommended!
Mitchell D.
14:08 17 Apr 19
Great company. Everyone was a pleasure to work with and everything delivered as promised.
Kyle E.
02:03 26 Mar 19
I can't say enough good things about the folks at SEM. We installed a 10kw system with Tesla Powerwalls back in July. Every piece of the process - sales, project management, install, support - was top notch. You can tell by talking to anyone there that solar is not only their job but also their passion. Highly recommended!
Matt C
22:40 16 Mar 19
Had a great experience with Southern Energy! they were very easy to work with, very professional and project management was great. They were diligent in making sure that we were signed up for the Duke rebate. Would strongly recommend.
Karen H.
21:17 15 Feb 19
My experience with Southern Energy has been incredibly positive. I had started working with another contractor initially and after doing some more research ended up dropping them and reaching out to Southern energy. I'm glad I did and every step of the process has gone smoothly. It is a fairly long, cumbersome process but they seem to do quite a bit to make it as simple as possible. I now have a fully functional system that is delivering at or above the promised level of performance. Everyone I've worked with, from sales to project management to installer, has been professional and helpful. I even had a guy from the rebate team return an email (from home) on Christmas Day! So I strongly recommend anyone with a roof that gets quite a bit of sun call SEM and get a solar estimate!
Paul-Laurie N.
18:56 05 Feb 19
Everything went as planned. They did an excellent job. Highly recomended.
Mark S.
18:18 22 Jan 19
Great team to work with. Our energy rating and solar installation were timely and efficient so now, we are too!
laurie C.
20:28 18 Jan 19
Southern Energy Management installed a solar system at our home this past fall, and the experience was terrific from start to finish. First, I interviewed four different companies. SEM's representative was by far the most forthright about what could be done. Others tried to sell me a system that was inadequate for my house, but MORE expensive than the one we ended up with. Second, the installation team was courteous and friendly to a person. Finally, the follow-up has been very professional. The SEM team coached us through the process of applying for the Duke rebate; they taught us how to monitor our system; and they, too, monitored the system to make sure it was working well. In sum, SEM is a thoroughly professional company that cares about its customers and works hard WITH you to achieve an outcome that you will be happy with.
Pamela C.
15:47 07 Jan 19
Highly recommend! This company is very easy to work with and they made the entire process so easy and painless. They are very professional and reliable. Everyone we engaged with was friendly and helpful.
Kimberly Hickey B.
15:46 30 Dec 18
We hired Southern Energy Management to design a solar system for our home. I cannot say enough good things about this company. I would absolutely hire SEM again and recommend them to anyone interested in solar.I was originally concerned that our home may not be suitable for solar based on orientation and available square footage. They listened to our concerns and answered all our questions. SEM was able to design a system around our physical constraints and even provided us with various options.Everyone we communicated with was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The installers were respectful and courteous. The project manager we worked was thorough and detailed. The energy specialist educated us on solar and designed a system that was conducive to our homes needs. The bookkeeper was patient and understanding when one of our payments was lost in the mail. Anytime I needed information or a question answered, someone was always an email or phone call away.We are 100% satisfied with SEM and with our solar installation.
Ben S.
20:42 16 Dec 18
Recently added to PV panels. Job was completed as scheduled with SEM taking care of all paperwork associated with Duke Energy. Follow-up was completed to ensure everything was working properly especially the monitoring application. Crew was extremely knowledgeable , courteous, and professional. All in all, everything one could expect was done. Would have no reservations recommending SEM highly.
Joe H.
00:22 28 Nov 18
I spoke with Mike about the possibility of using solar panels to get power to a small barn we are going to have. Although he wasn't in our area, he still educated us on solar energy and its benefits. This is exactly what we needed and it feels good to have someone who is willing to help!
Matt W.
20:04 26 Nov 18
This is our second time working with this company. They are extremely knowledgeable. All the staff are friendly and courteous. Their work is top-notch and extremely professional.
Jeanne C.
22:30 15 Nov 18
Excellent customer education and service by a professional team.
trish H.
20:23 13 Nov 18
If you've been considering going solar, do it by the end of 2018!So I got quotes from 4 solar companies--and after all this research, it became obvious to me that the best choice was Southern Energy Management. Here are my reasons:1. They were the only company that told me that they would GUARANTEE the current Duke Energy Rebate for installing solar. Everyone else told me they hoped I would get it, but they could not guarantee it (it would be at my own risk to assume I would get it). Southern Energy Management said that if I did not get the rebate, they would refund me the money that I would have gotten for the rebate.2. They use Solar Edge monitoring (see included image which is a screenshot from my phone) so I can monitor my energy input/output/use. They are not the only company that has this, but some of them do not have this monitoring.3. They had the lowest price! The most expensive quote I got was $8000 more than the quote from Southern Energy Management! That's a HUGE difference. It pays to do your homework and get more than one quote.4. They are a local business that has been around since 2001. They aren't going anywhere--and they have a business model that is not just based on solar alone. This is helpful because solar becomes more and less popular based on current tax incentives and rebates. Half of their business is doing building certifications for new construction (on their energy efficiency and whatnot). So even when the solar rebates/tax incentives are lower, they will still be in business.5. They were the only company I remember that also GUARANTEED our solar performance. They give us an estimate of the performance with our initial quote. So if our installed panels don't perform as well as they expect, they will replace the panel(s) or pay us the difference (I can't remember the exact terms of the guarantee).They have been great to work with and I highly recommend them.So now is the best time in history in NC (so far) to install solar because there is both a huge rebate from Duke Energy (ours was $4,560) AND the federal tax credit of 30% of the cost. So our net (out of pocket) cost for our system was about $12,000. We personally chose to do a 2-year same as cash financing they offered and are setting aside $500 each month so when our 24 months are up--We have the $12,000, plus the rebate money from Duke ($4650) and the Federal tax credit (about $6700).So our energy bill is drastically reduced during this time (and beyond)--so some of the savings from our solar panels are literally helping pay for the cost of the system! Eventually, the system will have more than paid for itself (I'm thinking 7-10 years, depending on the performance of our system and how much Duke Energy raises electricity costs over those years).We get net metering through Duke Energy, which means that credits we send to the grid can be used later at at 1:1 ratio. They reset the credits every year in May, so you don't want to over produce, because they won't pay you for the excess energy if you produce way more than you use. Southern Energy Management helped us determine the best size system for our home after reviewing our electric bills.So I talked to an employee at Southern Energy Management yesterday and he said that through the end of 2018 they can still GUARANTEE the Duke Energy rebate. So if you've been thinking about going solar, I would recommend you do it now! Also, they told me that if you tell them that I referred you, that you get $250 off your system as well (just give them my name-Tamara)!
Tamara M.
19:50 07 Nov 18
We had a great experience with Southern Energy Management. Every member of the team is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They took care of all the paperwork with Duke Energy and Durham County, and provided the instructions and paperwork we needed to apply for the rebate with Duke Energy. Our system looks great and we love our low electric bills. Special kudos to Graham Alexander, who answered all our questions, gave us expert advice, and seamlessly guided the process from start to finish. We highly recommend this company.
Claudia F.
19:56 31 Oct 18
Nothing but good things to say about Southern Energy Management and my solar installation. From the initial sales contacts through planning and installation to final turn-up and performance monitoring, Southern Energy was outstanding. Highly recommended!
Tom P.
12:46 30 Oct 18
Great company to work with. Process was very clear and well-organized. They handled all the permits and paperwork flawlessly.
Garrett R.
20:24 03 Oct 18
My wife and I decided it would be nice not to have an electric bill when we retire (about 2 years from now). We did our research and landed on Southern Energy Management. Everything from their initial evaluation of our property, to their proposal, to the completed job has been first class. We cannot praise them enough. If you are seriously considering going solar, you won't do better than SEM. We have since bought a 3-year old Nissan Leaf and have eliminated 80% of our gasoline usage (still have our Toyota Camry for trips over 85 miles). And best of all, we are not even paying for the electricity to charge the car.
James R.
16:03 28 Sep 18
The folks at SEM were patient, helpful, and professional. They worked with me until they could design a system that met my needs. I highly recommend!
Jeff G.
15:19 14 Sep 18
Southern Energy was great to work with. We just completed building a new home with solar planned in from the beginning. Southern Energy provided great advise and assistance with design and planning. Installation was completed on time and they have been very responsive to any questions we've had. The SolarEdge online monitoring system works great and it's fun to watch power production and consumption rates throughout the day.
Alan W.
13:59 05 Sep 18
Graham Alexander and all the team at Southern Energy Management did an excellent job placing solar panels on our house, working with Duke Energy to get a rebate and also getting the federal tax credit. Kelley was always prompt, pleasant and efficient as was the team on site. I have referred a number of friends to Southern Energy so they can enjoy investing in solar and getting the long term benefits.
Jack C.
02:28 04 Sep 18
A+. Smart. Nice. Work very hard. Tell the truth and then do what they promised. Easy to talk with them; they return mail/phone calls on weekends! They actually behave, not just talk, as a TEAM. I would not shop for price on a $30K investment with a life of 25 years. Nonetheless I think their competence justifies every dollar; I did not find their price non-competitive.
Michael S.
19:38 21 Aug 18
Awesome service! Absolutely LOVE my new solar installation!!
Brayden Z.
23:01 30 Jul 18
We had a 17kW system put in back in February of this year. It has been amazing coming close to 100% renewable energy for our house. And the panels look awesome. The crew at Southern Energy (Thanks Kelley, Graham, Brinson, Davison and all the other folks we worked with!) did a great job installing and making it look like the panels belong there. I’m looking forward to the day when the roof is the solar panel, and it has the same or higher efficiency as what we just had installed. I can’t recommend Southern Energy Management enough!
Warren K.
12:17 26 Jul 18
Excellent contractor in every way!
Rebecca P.
11:45 06 Jul 18
Southern Energy Management demonstrated that they're a skilled and knowledgable solar installer. From my first interaction with Graham, they showed that they understand solar energy and met all of my requests. Kelley and the Project Management team were very organized and kept me well informed throughout the permitting and planning process. Then, Sam and his installation crew continued the great service with a careful and professional installation. I would highly recommend Southern Energy Management for their knowledge, professionalism and skill. Thank you to Southern Energy Management for my new solar system, which is performing exactly as expected.
Dawson R.
15:09 05 Jul 18
I purchased a 6KW system from Southern Energy Management in December 2012 and it went live in February 2013. David Churn was my sales representative and he did a great job of working with my wife and I.The installation team was very professional and was always on time and kept the area clean. We reduced our energy bill over 60%. The app to track usage also alerted me to a problem with our heating system by showing the increased usage during a cold spell.The only delay in the project was due to Duke-Carolinas getting out to certify the system.I highly recommend SEM.
David M.
17:49 04 Jul 18
After getting quotes from several local solar installers and then waiting till the time was right for us we went with Southern Energy Management. The process went very smoothly and Graham was able to address all of our concerns and demands with a system that meets our needs. I'd recommend them to anyone interested in exploring solar!
18:00 29 Jun 18
Everyone we dealt with at Southern Energy was very friendly and very professional, from the first consultation and estimate through the install and orientation. Help our environment and make a smart investment in solar panels!
Kurt B
16:43 27 Jun 18
if Southern Energy Management had ten stars i would have to rate them above that. great company to do business with. had several companies come out to give estimates and found out Southern was the best on price and knew they were not out to sell me short. the installation crew were excellent. not one bad word out of their mouths and enjoyed working together no matter what needed to be done. John Conklin my sales rep. explained everything that would be done how it would be done and the time frame it would be done. and it was done as he said. also Kelly at corporate that headed up my project was the same. she kept me informed on what was happening and the timing of when it would be done also. i knew what my system would cost and there was no up sales involved of anything i did not need. the other companies tried to sell me on stuff i did not need and said it was included in the price of their low cost system. but i soon found out i would be paying big time for it. my system is working great and doing what they said. the inspectors that came out said that i had a top notch installation and that it was the best they had seen. the tech that came out to change out my meter was really impressed with the way my system looked and asked many questions about who installed it. he said he has seen a lot of fly by night companies come through and have really ripped people off. every question he had i had the answer for. he said Southern informed me well about solar energy. check into Southern if you are looking for a great company with great people and has been in business to know whats going on. one day im gonna ride down and check out the company first hand to meet the ones i talked to on the phone.
darrell B.
17:50 14 Jun 18
I’m very pleased with the team at Souhern Energy Management (SEM), from the conceptual design of my system through the installation and setup. It’s been a very positive experience. Although my house is a 3 hour drive from their office, SEM provided great support during the presale design process, onsite survey and engineering design, and a very efficient and professional installation. The installation crew was a pleasure to work with. The system is performing exactly as proposed. I’m eagerly awaiting my backordered Tesla Powerwall to add to the configuration.
Joel D.
02:04 29 Apr 18
The entire experience working with SEM was seamless. Graham and the entire staff were amazing and always followed up on any questions or concerns. They showed up when they said they would, cleaned up behind themselves. Very easy to recommend them to anyone looking to go solar.
Chris O.
20:17 24 Apr 18
My experience with Southern Energy Management for home installation of 16 solar panels could not have been more seamless. Start to finish the process was handled seamlessly between front office staff, sales people and on-the-ground workers. Installation itself only took 1.5 days. I am very satisfied with the service and my new energy producing panels.
Neftali S.
15:50 17 Apr 18
Very knowledgeable staff helped us understand Solar Energy production. They did a clean, efficient and tidy installation. They helped every step of the way with paperwork and permits. Handled the interface with Duke Energy well. We were up and running ahead of schedule, so our contribution to the environment is underway! Thank you SEM!
Karl K.
16:32 05 Apr 18
We are more than happy with the whole experience of having solar installed from Southern Energy, from the initial consultation to follow up meetings after the installation. They were never pushy during our initial inquiries and always available to answer questions. Now the panals are up and running and we are enjoying getting all our power from the sun!
Simon E.
16:27 29 Mar 18
SEM completed my first project with them in 2010. I just had another great experience with them on my new house in Downtown Raleigh. They did a great job, communicated well with the General Contractor and Architect, and kept on top of the schedule. I'm still a very pleased customer!
Scott P S.
17:54 20 Mar 18
My second installation with Southern Energy Management - another successful project! The house on the left was built in 2010, certified Gold under NAHB Green Building program. SEM did the rating, and provided/installed both PV and Solar Thermal which powered both domestic water heating and a radiant heat floor. That home has a HERS score of 7.I just completed construction of a new home next door and SEM was the only contractor I even considered for my solar because the first experience was so good. They didn't disappoint this time either. They worked well with my GC, and kept things on schedule. They were quick to answer questions, and helpful in every way. I definitely recommend them every chance I get!
Scott S.
19:52 19 Mar 18
SEM did a good job for us. The sales experience was informative and low pressure, the price was fair, and the installation was tidy, professional, and timely. Also, they handled all the interconnection paperwork with zero issues. The explanation of the components and the monitoring platform after the installation was complete was somewhat cursory, but that's a minor area for improvement against what was overall a very good experience. Would recommend.
Jeff W.
17:38 16 Mar 18
My experience in working with the Southern Energy Management team has been great. The team kept in constant contact with us throughout the entire process from the installation of the Solar panels prior to home closing, providing updates on the rebate program, and system orientation and overview. The Solar Edge app works great as well to help keep tabs on how Solar Energy is coming in and out of the home.
Landon F.
23:04 05 Mar 18
Working with southern energy was a great experience and I would recommend them to anyone looking to install a solar system. The installation went very smoothly and their team was focused on making sure the installation was very clean and done correctly. I've had the system for 6 months now; we have had zero problems, and I still love checking the energy output each day, and watching our energy bill drop by %90 is nice too!
Jay J.
13:38 28 Feb 18
We had a great experience with Southern Energy Management. The evaluation visit was excellent, installation painless, and now we are making electricity! We found the whole experience to be easy and professional. Highly recommend the people and their product.
A. Malcolm C.
19:56 09 Feb 18
Southern Energy installed 18 bi-facial panels and custom solar structure to create a shade structure over my deck. In addition, they installed the inverter and coordinated with Piedmont Electric Co-op.The only major mishap was the breaking of an all glass panel during install. They pulled it out and ordered a replacement immediately, but it did delay the project by a week and a half or so.Though the install took a bit longer then twice as long as scheduled, they did get the job done within 3 weeks. It was a custom install in tight quarters. So, the extra time was half expected.They did a great job with handling the paperwork and inspection.I’ll continue to use Southern Energy for future projects, such as my Powerwall install.
CapN 2.
19:48 30 Jan 18
Southern Energy did what they said they would do (actually, even a bit more), at the price that was quoted, in the timeframe that was quoted. The installers were professional and courteous. Couldn't be happier.
Matt H.
15:09 23 Jan 18
Very professional and easy to work with.
Ed T.
13:48 23 Jan 18
No joke here, Southern Energy really gets 5 stars on our install. They installed a 16.5kw solar system on our house about a year ago. Graham Alexander, our salesman was able to engineer a system that allowed us to generate power when the grid is down and gladly accommodated the battery system we supplied. He worked with us to meet our specifications and expectations.The system they engineered reached their expected annual production guarantee after 10 months give or take a few days. We are overproducing by a wide margin and expect to get a check from Duke/Progress for about $700 at the end of our year for the over production. Yep... the power company is paying us.Their installation crew was spot on with roof mounting and hole sealing. We've had no leaks at all. Our basement is quite industrial in nature and their crew's conduit work is like a piece of art.They supplied an egauge internet connected metering system that shows all usage and production. Several friends have bought solar systems and none included this metering system. Using this meter we were able to chase down some loads in the house and reduce usage. It's also nice to show off how much the system is making on my iphone.Southern Energy is an all in one shop meaning that they sell and install. Many of our friends have used other companies that sold the system and jobbed out the work. Invariably they ran into problems with the installers cutting corners and leaving our friends in a lurch. Nothing of the sort with Southern Energy... they are spot on.A little background about our system. We have a farm and are the last house on the line. We frequently have power outages which often last a few hours. The power company will send a text message telling us the power is out and should be on soon. As comical as it now is, the first time this happened, we'd been watching TV when the text message came and looked around to realize that the ceiling fans weren't running... but the TV, computers, and kitchen just kept running. It is great peace of mind to come home and see a few clocks flashing in the house and know that the fridge didn't ever stop running.We have a whole house generator onsite but have not had to use it since this system was installed. The backup system runs about 1/4 of the house and the batteries are recharged by the sun when the grid is down. Additionally one of the grid tie inverters supplied by Southern Energy is able to make 2000 watts of power in the basement to run the freezer down there or sump pump when needed. With the exception of the well pump, we can run indefinitely from solar in a grid down situation.This company really did deliver a great system to us.
Wes J.
13:12 17 Jan 18
Fantastic company! Installed a 6 KW solar PV system on my house five years ago which is working like a charm, saving me money every sunny day. Professional crew, great system.
David K.
18:05 08 Dec 17
The team at Southern Energy Management was a real pleasure to work with. Professional, honest, and did great work for a fair price. I'd recommend them in a heartbeat.
Nick D.
16:40 06 Dec 17
Souther Energy Management did a great job with our solar panels. We are really happy. Everything is working well and the installation went quickly.
Valerie L.
19:03 04 Dec 17
These folks are very professional. Worked with me to develop a proposal that meets my requirements. Installation was flawless: they did what they promised when they promised. Their people were very pleasant, respectful of us and our property, very competent and efficient, and great to deal with. We're extremely pleased with the entire process and with the final product. Recommend SEM without qualification.
Arnie K.
15:28 04 Dec 17
SEM is a dedicated group of professionals who work very hard everyday at their craft - solar energy and energy saving solutions. They are pioneers in the field and their passion is contagious from their leadership right down to their installers and support staff. True professionals.
Mike R.
18:41 22 Sep 17
I have been very happy with our solar system! The system was installed by wonderful folks, everything was explained well to us, all concerns and questions were well addressed, and a year and a half later they still remain responsive to questions and comments. I love monitoring both our energy use and the power generated by the panels using their app. And of course I love both saving money on power and knowing I am helping our environment.
Ann B.
05:24 25 Aug 17
I was very pleased with the services of Southern Energy Management. I interviewed several companies to install solar panels on our house and I am glad that I chose them. Their price was competitive and all installation and services were completed on schedule. They provided expert information and assistance at all stages of the process. They pointed out that since they were not a solar-only company but also worked in other areas of energy management, their company was more likely to be around for the long haul (for maintenance and service) when federal and state solar tax credits might expire. The monitoring software works well and was worth the extra cost and our solar panels have generated somewhat more electricity in the first year than what they projected. I highly recommend Southern Energy Management for installation of home solar panels.
Paul B.
14:28 08 May 17
I only have good things to say about Southern Energy Management. The sales rep came to our home and gave us a thorough breakdown of our costs and future benefits as well as helping us to understand how to file for tax benefits. Their staff were always easy to get in touch with on the phone if I had any questions and they were courteous and knowledgeable.The set-up crew had to install our array under extreme heat conditions yet they never complained and worked long hours. They were always ready to answer any questions I had and knew about all aspects of the array and its workings. I think when a person hires a contractor of any type that is what is needed: people who show up when they say they will, do the work without complaint or delays, treat the owner with respect, and leave the owner with a good feeling that the work was done well.All in all I recommend Southern Energy Management for its attention to customer service and quality of work.
Jeri D.
15:05 05 May 17
We were very happy with the entire process from installation, start up, monitoring and even filing our tax returns to get the full tax credits available at the time. Our electric bills are actually negative now.
John W.
13:51 04 May 17
Outstanding people, service, who use top quality materials. We now make more electricity than we consume. To date we have produced over 4.6 megawatt hours.
Swarm D.
19:43 02 May 17
We have now had solar for a year and I could not be more pleased with its production, its visible appearance on our roof, and the personal attention which the staff gave us throughout the project. I was especially appreciative of Graham's tenaciousness with Duke energy; they certainly tried his patience.
David B.
19:27 02 May 17
These guys go above and beyond to keep my home solar system running well.
Jim R.
15:42 02 May 17
I have had solar panels installed by Southern Energy for almost three years now. The panels have worked perfectly and cover about 75% of my electricity usage.
Cynthia F.
15:04 02 May 17
SEM was wonderful to work with. They worked with me to tailor their services to meet the needs of my solar project. From the work with their engineers to customer service to the installers ....we found the process smooth, efficient and with significant value add. I highly recommend Southern Energy Management.
Kenneth M.
19:22 07 Nov 14
just finished installing solar roof panels. very satisfied with SEM every step of the way, from first info visit to post-installation orientation. Every individual we've met or worked with via email has been professional, thorough, knowledgeable, and friendly. No hesitation in recommending SEM!
Patti R.
13:01 29 May 14
What a great experience! If you are interested in renewable energy, give Southern Energy Management a call!!! They worked with us to create a Photovoltaic (PV) System that fit our needs. Each member of the Solar Team who worked on our project was extremely professional and friendly. The project was completed before the 90 days originally outlined, and all work was on budget! The Solar Team stayed in contact with us during each step of the process. They were great at answering all our questions. Now we are watching our system increase its production of solar energy and watching our use of energy from the grid decrease. Awesome!
Sharon A.
21:50 26 Mar 14

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