About Us




Since 2008, Velo Solar has been a leading commercial solar installer in the Southeast. Our engineer led team delivers turnkey solar solutions with a focus on designing a unique data-driven solution that meet your company’s renewable energy requirements.

Don’t think of us as just another solar company

Why Velo Solar CompanyWhen Mark co-founded Velo’s parent company, Empower Energy Technology, we initially set up shop selling commercial grade generators, intent on making sure our customers never found themselves without power. Always striving to keep our clients powered up, we quickly saw an opportunity to provide renewable, reliable energy production solutions through solar PV and to monitor their energy in real-time by developing our proprietary PowerEnfo smart grid software.

So we created two separate businesses – Velo Solar and PowerEnfo. This way we could help our customers produce energy, plus monitor and measure not only their energy production, but also their energy consumption.

We are helping business re:power to a cleaner, greener and more cost effective energy system. With over a 100 years of combined experience we have installed every conceivable configuration of solar PV, battery storage and micro-grid so trust the experts with your renewable energy needs.

Today, we’re one of Georgia’s largest solar EPC firms. And we’re proud to play an integral role in the projects and initiatives that move our city, state, and region further into a sustainable reality. Looking at Atlanta’s famous BeltLine path right outside our windows, it’s fitting to reflect on our past. But for us, it’s not only where we come from, but where we’re going.




Your in-house energy consultants.

Solar Power ConsultationVelo Solar takes a consulting approach to the unique energy needs of our clients, taking into account their timing, company goals and financial realities. We don’t sell solar energy systems, but rather co-design renewable energy solutions for our clients.

The equipment and configuration are just one part of the puzzle (the easy part) and we take care of the hard part, why and how should your business re:power:

  • What services and benefits do you receive from your utility and what opportunities for enhancement exist?
  • How do you manage energy and what are your climate and sustainability goals?
  • Should you take a phased approach that matches your business’s budgeting and capital expenditure approach.

We recognize that solar isn’t one-size-fits-all but we do believe renewable energy will power ALL businesses in the future. Let us help you join the clean energy future today.


Mark C. Bell

Mark C. Bell


Mark is an experienced executive offering 30 years of progressive experience in Business Development and Product Strategy. He possesses wide ranging experience in the fields of Telecom, Engineering, and Energy with such companies as Bellsouth and Cox Communication. Mark was named Top 20 Most Promising Technology Solutions Providers by CIO Review in 2016.

Sharon Lee

Sharon Lee

VP of Sales

Sharon taps over a decade of solar sales experience and having led the creation of a solar division for a leading manufacturing/construction firm. A former Chair of the GA Solar Energy Association, and a charter member of the Professional Women in Building. Sharon loves to spend time with her husband, John and their boys, on the baseball or football field.

Thatcher Young

Thatcher Young

VP of Business Development

With over 5 years in the solar industry and two decades in sustainability, Thatcher is all about practical, economical energy solutions that can deliver real-financial and sustainability results for clients. He leads our behind-the-meter (DG) projects business to create more opportunities for consumers to control their energy. Named Georgia Trend Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2018.

Mary Britton

Mary Britton

VP of Operations

Mary Britton joined Velo Solar as Director of Operations in August 2018, where she was brought on to aid in the cross activities between engineering, sales, and O&M departments. Previously Mary worked with Hannah Solar as their Director of Operations and Maintenance where she helped support a solar portfolio of 300 + MW’s throughout the Southeast.

Sam Saneda

Sam Saneda


Somebody’s got to keep us in line. As Controller, Sam does just that keeping Velo’s finances, office, and quality control smooth as butter. Sam brings more than two decades of financial experience to our company. Every year, Sam and her family go back to her roots in Manchester, England, Go Man-U!

Mike Hodgdon

Mike Hodgdon

Project Director

In 2010, Mike pivoted from commercial real estate to renewable energy development, managing pre-development activities for Element Power, and development services for Nexamp. Since joining the Velo team in 2018, Mike has overseen the construction of 3.5MW of PV solar installations in varied locations nationwide.

John Kostas

John Kostas

Technical Services Manager

John joined Velo in 2016 and is responsible for Operations and Maintenance of solar arrays and programming and installation of PowerEnfo Systems. John’s technical skills keep the electrons following. When not on the road fixing systems, John enjoys time at home with his wife, son, and baby daughter.

Michelle Van Engie

Michelle Van Engie

Project Engineer

Michelle is an Electrical Engineer from Georgia Institute of Technology who is responsible for system designs, engineering and design management, and continuous improvement of PowerEnfo, Velo’s energy monitoring platform. She has previous design and analysis experience with mission critical and higher education facilities, as well as research and office buildings.

Ben Browning

Ben Browning

VP of Construction and Engineering

Ben is Mechanical Engineer from Auburn University and began his career in solar energy by installing his first solar panel in 1994. He understands how solar impacts the grid or 'energy network' and he builds every project as a reliable, safe, energy production project. Ben and his family enjoy hikes in Marietta and cheering the Walker Wolverines.


Velo is always looking for talented men and women to join the solar revolution. If you are interested in a position with us, please complete the form below and include your resume.