ASV in the News: The economy of sunshine – Solar boom in Alaska proves prosperous

KTUU multimedia reporter, Beth Verge, recently joined us in the field to document one of our residential projects and interviewed members of our team about the growing solar industry in Alaska. ASV Solar Specialist, Giovanni Good said it best “solar works in Alaska, you should try it!”. We couldn’t agree more.

Read the full article here.

ASV founder joins Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Fall 2018 cohort

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Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV) founder and CEO , Stephen Trimble has been selected to join the Fall 2018 national cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Babson College in Massachusetts. The program is designed to spur small business growth by providing an intensive course structure, mentorship, and advisory services over a three-month period. The goal: creating new jobs and economic opportunity.

Since founding ASV in 2015, the company has built 500kW of grid-direct solar PV systems in Alaska and has been nationally recognized as a Top Solar Contractor in the United States. ASV is also a leader in business innovation as one of only two Certified B Corps (triple bottom-line businesses) in Alaska and as a member-owner of the Amicus Solar Cooperative, a cooperative of solar companies that pool their buying power together and share best practices.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. To date, the program has served over 6,700 small business owners across all 50 states, and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for the alumni of the program.

The Goldman Sachs program is only open to small businesses that have been in business for at least two years, have four or more employees, and have revenues in excess of $150,000 annually. The main focus of the program is the Growth Plan in which participants outline how they are going to increase employment and grow their business. ASV currently employs 9 Alaskan’s.

During the three months of the program, Trimble is on-site at Babson College in Massachusetts for two separate weeks. During the rest of the time, he participates in online courses and in-depth discussion sessions daily, with meetings with his individual advisor, as well. The process began with rigorous diagnostics of ASV, opportunity assessments, and market options; and concludes at the end of November with their Growth Plan and subsequent actions. All expenses are covered by the program.

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ASV in the News: Solar company sets new Alaskan standard

Stephen recently got the opportunity to be interviewed by Katie Stark with the Mat-Su Frontiesman about our Top Solar Contractors award, what it means for the solar industry in Alaska, and about our growth and business values at our of our Palmer, Alaska project sites.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“Most people don’t think of Alaska as a nationally competitive place for solar,” said Anchorage-born Trimble, who started his company three-and-a-half years ago.

Before ASV, Trimble, who was running his own consulting business, didn’t think it was either at first, until out-of-state solar companies began coming to him with interest in starting up projects in Alaska.
His uncle, owner of the Agate Inn on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway, had been using solar to run his business for years.
“He just kept telling me, ‘There’s an opportunity here. There’s an opportunity. You should start a solar company.’ And he would just tell me that for like ten years,” Trimble said.
The entrepreneur in him eventually gave in, and he began to develop an enterprise that not only installs solar panels unique to Alaska, but involves itself heavily in the community as well. ASV engineers every project they do, whether it’s needed or not, according to Trimble. All of their hardware and panels are black to help melt snow more quickly, and the company can also install vertical panels that won’t be covered by or catch snow. 

“We’re not called the Land of the Midnight Sun for nothing,” he said.

Head on over to the Mat-Su Frontiersman for the full read.