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At Sugar Hollow Solar, we value the power of community, client relationships and, well… friendships. We are committed to listening, communicating, and installing quality solar systems that work well for homes and businesses. Ask us a question, get a site consultation, find out what services we offer, or just call or text Ben Yoke at (828) 702-1207. We are here to help and look forward to becoming your solar energy partner.
We brought our solar pathfinder to this site when the builders were clearing the lot so we could give them a better idea of which trees to cut for the best solar window. Once the house was built, we installed an 8.4 kw grid-tied PV system which uses an SMA secure power supply to provide a limited amount of backup power when the grid is down and the sun is shining.
This 7.5 kw system was our first project in Biltmore Forest. It employs enphase microinverters to mitigate the effects of partial shading from all the large mature trees on the property. It will reduce their monthly power bill by approximately $75.
This 5.5 kw grid-tied PV system was one of our early projects, and it is located on Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview. It provides half of the power consumed by a family of 5 living in this energy efficient home.
We installed this ground mounted grid-tied PV system with battery backup for a new home in Black Mountain. It will offset a large portion of the home’s electricity usage and provide solar power for critical electrical loads during power outages.
This custom home in Mills River stays warm thanks to a combination solar, wood, and propane radiant floor heating system. Tubing is embedded in the slab on the ground floor and in Warmboard plywood panels on the second floor. We call this setup “wood by winter, solar by summer” and the propane is really only needed if no one is around to stoke the fire.
This project brought some challenges because the roof on the south side is nearly flat, and we were wary of loading up the roof since it was an old house. With the help from our engineer, we used a ballasted system more commonly done in commercial applications. It will reduce the monthly power bill by approximately $75.
We helped these homeowners reduce their energy bills with a 9.2 kilowatt grid-tied pv system and a solar pool heating system.
Power from this off-grid cabin comes exclusively from a 1.5 kw PV array buffered by a bank of 4 Trojan T-105 batteries. A Magnum 4024 inverter provides standard AC power for most of the loads, but a DC fridge, DC emergency lighting, a DC powered solar hot water & heating system, and a gravity water system take care of the other essentials.
We installed this net-metered 8.4 kilowatt system in the fall of 2014. It offsets a significant portion of the Fairview Animal Hospital's electricity. If the quick payback materializes, they are planning to double the size of the array in the future.
We are proud of our latest commercial installation on the newly renovated 32 Banks Avenue in downtown Asheville. Building owners Darrah and Zack Noble had us commission the work in 2 phases. It provides power for the building that houses Buxton Hall Barbecue, Vortex Donuts, and The Banks Avenue Pub.
We installed this three-phase solar edge system in October 2015. It has 198 panels and will off-set over a third of the building's electric bill. When owner Dr. Wetzel approached us about the project, his primary motivation was to lower the building's carbon footprint. Thanks to tax credits and accelerated depreciation schedule, he also benefitted from a solid return on his investment.
This 40 kilowatt ground mounted array is only the latest from a savvy investor and energy entrepreneur from our home town. With the help of a REAP grant from the USDA - available to many businesses in Western North Carolina who install solar - the investor was able to get close to 80% off of the overall price of the system.
The English family has been dairy farming in North Cove, NC for four generations. They have been leaders in their community in implementing new farming techniques and recently started making cheese. This 4 collector solar hot water system helps reduce operating costs for this process. We were selected to design and install the system the non-profit Mountain Valleys RC&D.
Check out the new look of Sylva Smiles as seen from the Asheville highway. This 12.54 KW system was sized to fill the roof and offsets a significant portion of the building's energy use. They also invested in energy efficiency measures including the installation of a new Steibel-Eltron heat pump water heater.
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“Very professional and Honest.”
– Hans Doellgast, Jade Mountain Builders
“I am delighted to offer an unqualified recommendation for you, your company and your work. I have been interested in solar power my whole life. I love the idea of using renewable energy and when the opportunity seemed right I went for it. You were recommended to me by a very competent construction supervisor. Since our initial contact I have been 100% satisfied. Your careful explanations, your commitment to details, and your work ethic were especially appealing. The job was completed ahead of schedule; there were no surprises, and the costs were very reasonable. We appreciate the professionalism of your crew. We are totally satisfied. Hope Sugar Hollow is a huge success.”
— Ralph Johnson, Home Owner
“We had been interested in the ability to apply solar panels to our animal hospital for several years but had not acted on the endeavor due to some of the older designs and technology. Sugar Hollow Solar introduced us to the system we selected and was very thorough in educating us in the new technology. Phelps Clarke met with us and evaluated our location to determine the most advantageous installation. Grey Nelson kept us up to date on every detail of the installation. We are pleased with the professionalism and expertise of these men and their company. Workmanship and site safety were both priorities. Should anyone be considering solar addition to their business or home they should look no further than Sugar Hollow Solar.”
— Doctors Dean Hutsell and Charles Lloyd, The Fairview Animal Hospital
“Sugar Hollow Solar really went the extra mile to make my project work. It presented some challenges as it involved a long run of wire from the panels to the house but it works great and they even planted grass seed over the neatly covered trench. The investment certainly makes more income than a CD and makes be feel better about using my electric heat pump instead of the wood stove. I love reading the output info on the electrical box that informs me of how many TONS of CO2 I have saved from entering the atmosphere. I would definitely recommend Sugar Hollow Solar as I know I can completely trust them to do a high quality job.”
— Kathy Triplett, Home Owner
“My exposure to Sugar Hollow Solar involved Phelps Clarke, a friendly, professional and honest guy. He charged less than he could have and was willing to take time off the clock to educate me about solar energy. Since his visit to replace our hot water system controller – and later to find out why it quit working (turned out rats had severed the line to the sensor) – the company has understandably grown. I will put this company at the top of our list when we install photovoltaic panels. If their guys are all like Phelps, the job will be done correctly and at a reasonable cost. And you’ll get a good attitude in the bargain. I’d give them five stars.”
— Randy Neall, Home Owner
“I manage a statewide solar program, Clean Energy for Us, and refer customers in Western North Carolina to Sugar Hollow Solar. I’ve pointed over one hundred homeowners to this company and haven’t had a single complaint. I recommend Sugar Hollow Solar based on their: -Experience and reputation -Competitive pricing and quality equipment -Expertise and attention to detail -Community and business practices. SHS is a mature and stable company who take pride in every install and deliver the most value to the customer. Thanks SHS for providing your services to us in Western NC!”
— Katie Bray, Clean Energy for Us
“Phelps scheduled an appointment with us within a few days of our contacting him, evaluated our house for solar and talked with us about our objectives in having a solar photovoltaic system installed. He provided information for 2 systems including performance and financial estimates; and helped us decide which system to purchase. He answered all our questions quickly and understandably. Actual installation occurred as promised and took a couple of weeks because of weather delays and a short delay in getting some parts. Phelps, Grey our project manager and Eric and his work crew were a pleasure to work with throughout the project. They were all very enthusiastic, obviously enjoyed what they were doing, and went out of their way to keep us informed of what they were doing. It was obvious that customer satisfaction was a critical part of their operation. At the end of each day they cleaned up the site and at the end of the project the only evidence of their presence was a beautiful set of solar pv panels on the roof. Since installation was completed Phelps has continued to answer my questions promptly. The system is exceeding predicted performance and we look forward to seeing what happens this summer. I am delighted to recommend Sugar Hollow Solar without reservation to anyone who is considering installing solar pv on their home. I found them knowledgeable, professional, courteous, prompt, willing to listen and answer questions, enthusiastic, strongly committed to customer satisfaction and very competitively priced.
— Mike Levi, Home Owner
“I chose Sugar Hollow Solar based on Phelps’s great reputation with area builders and even competitors for his attention to detail and problem solving ability. Prices were competitive.every part of the job was enjoyable, and Phelps’s follow up and patience with my questions in particular. These guys bring excitement to the job and enjoy what they do and it shows in their quality and service. You can look around if you like, but these are the guys to go with!”
– Larry Papula, Home Owner
“We chose Sugar Hollow Solar because of a strong recommendation by our builder, Jade Mountain, and negative experiences with one of his competitors. The competitor pushed a higher priced storage tank that we had to replace in Tennessee because it rusted out. Phelps (owner) was able to explain the reasons behind his suggestions for specific product choices. He was always ready to check out any concerns we had after installation and was prompt in his responses. To a prospective customer, I would say that we have been pleased with the service and we would choose them again. Further, we would choose the same equipment.”