Arctic Solar Ventures earns Better Business Bureau Accreditation

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Arctic Solar Ventures Corporation earns BBB Accreditation

Arctic Solar Ventures is Committed to Promoting Trust in the Marketplace

Anchorage, AK — 9/13/2018 Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV) is proud to announce its recent Better Business Bureau Accreditation. As a BBB Accredited Business, Arctic Solar Ventures is dedicated to BBB’s Standards for Trust, a comprehensive set of best practices for how businesses should treat the public in a fair and honest manner.

ASV applied to become a BBB Accredited Business because for more than 100 years, BBB has helped people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. More than 90 percent of consumers recognize the BBB logo. Displaying the BBB Dynamic Seal shows the community that ASV is a business that upholds ethical business standards.

“We wanted to become BBB Accredited to continue build trust and foster transparency in our community,” said Stephen Trimble, founder of ASV. “We are proud to have met the BBB’s Standards for Trust and look forward to displaying the BBB Seal to show that we are committed to promoting trust in the marketplace.”

Every four seconds, someone researches a business with BBB. Consumers can find ASV’s business profile here to view the company’s letter grade, reviews, request a quote and other information. The new BBB App also lets iPhone and Android users view ASV’s reputation, get directions or call the company right from the app!

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About Arctic Solar Ventures: Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV) is Alaska’s Premium Solar Provider, specializing in grid-direct solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solid-state battery storage. Whether for home, business, or utility-scale, ASV designs and engineers projects to exacting specifications to last 30+ years. Having installed over 600kW of grid-direct solar PV systems, ASV was named a Top Solar Contractor in 2018, is a Certified B-Corp (Triple Bottom-Line business), a Co-Owner of the Amicus Solar Cooperative , and is a Better Business Bureau A+ Accredited Business.

About Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB serving the Northwest which serves more than 14 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Hawaii, Montana and Western Wyoming.

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.

Arctic Solar Ventures Recognized as a 2018 Top Solar Contractor

Arctic Solar Ventures Recognized as a 2018 Top Solar Contractor in Anchorage, AK

The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list includes Anchorage-based solar firm

Anchorage, AK—More than 10,600 megawatts of solar power were installed last year in the United States, and local solar company Arctic Solar Ventures has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its contributions to the industry. Arctic Solar Ventures achieved rankings of 232 and 218 in the residential solar and EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) categories and an overall rank of 422 on the magazine’s 2018 Top Solar Contractors list. Arctic Solar Ventures is the first-ever Top Solar Contractor awardee in Alaska.

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets, and ranks contractors by kilowatts installed in the previous year. The 2018 list was released on July 24.

Solar Power World is very excited about the 2018 class of Top Solar Contractors,” said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. “Our 2017 list showed impressive installation numbers after 2016’s huge rush to meet ITC requirements, and many companies were hesitant to show unavoidable installation dips after last year’s high. We’re happy to feature a strong group of thriving U.S. solar installers on the 2018 Top Solar Contractors list. These companies truly are at the top of their markets.”

The U.S. solar market had its biggest year ever in 2016, installing more than 15,000 MW. Although installations in 2017 dropped to 10,608 MW, the total still represents 40% growth over 2015 numbers. The year-over-year downturn can be attributed to the large influx of 2016 projects rushing to meet the anticipated expiration of a 30% federal tax credit that was eventually renewed. Last year also saw uncertainty surrounding potential Section 201 tariffs on imported solar panels, which may have led to delayed or canceled projects. Arctic Solar Ventures has seen 300% year-over-year growth.

A major highlight of 2017 was the non-residential market growing 28% year-over-year, the fourth straight year of annual growth for commercial, industrial and community solar. Arctic Solar Ventures has seen a large uptick in commercial projects from Homer, Kenai, Anchorage, and Palmer. In 2017, 30% of all new electric generating capacity brought online in the United States came from solar, second only to new natural gas capacity.

The first quarter of 2018 showed a 13% growth over the first quarter of 2017, and Arctic Solar Ventures will continue to contribute to the wave of increasing solar generation. By 2023, more than 15,000 MW of solar is expected to be installed annually.

Arctic Solar Ventures employs 9 Alaskan’s who installed 242.7 kilowatts of solar power in 2017. Since its founding in 2015, the company has brought online nearly 500 kilowatts of solar to-date. The company is a Certified B Corporation and member-owner of the Amicus Solar Cooperative.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by our peers for helping place Alaska solar on the map as a viable and fast-growing market. We have seen continued growth in 2018 and look forward to a strong 3rd and 4th quarter this year”, said founder and CEO, Stephen Trimble.

About Arctic Solar Ventures

Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV) is the premier solar contractor in Alaska, serving residential, commercial, and utility markets. Since 2015, ASV has helped Alaskan’s save on high energy costs through the power of the sun. ASV is a Certified B Corporation and member-owner of the Amicus Solar Cooperative.

About Solar Power World

Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors—including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets—grow their businesses and do their jobs better.