Velo Solar Announces Addition of Sharon Lee to Sales Team

ATLANTA, GA February 1, 2020—Velo Solar, the market leader in data-driven, technically excellent solar solutions, is accelerating the shift to the clean energy future by adding new executives with solar expertise to its team.

Sharon Lee, VP of Sales 

Sharon Lee, VP of SalesAs vice president of sales, Sharon Lee can tap into over a decade of solar industry experience in her consultative sales efforts for rooftop solar, storage and microgrid initiatives. From aiding in developing over 17 megawatts of a corporate-owned solar energy portfolio, to spearheading the emergence of the solar division of a leading manufacturing/construction firm, Lee brings a wealth of experience to Velo Solar.

Further, Lee has been involved in the GA Solar Energy Association, serving on the board of directors as the marketing chair, organizing the annual conference, as well as vice chair and ultimately, chair of the organization in 2015. She is also a charter member of the Professional Women in Building chapter of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, a member of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and Women in Solar Energy (WISE).

Lee earned her B.S. degree in communications with double minors in marketing and psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, after spending three years at the University of Tennessee in the pre-health curriculum. Lee is the mom of two boys, ages 13 and 10. She and her husband, John, spend most of their free time at the baseball or football fields, unless they can steal away for a quick round of golf.




About Velo Solar:

Co-Founded by Mark Bell, Velo Solar is the only commercial solar systems firm offering a 3-tiered, scalable energy solution comprised of solar PV and PowerEnfo,  the VS smart grid energy software. Today,  Velo Solar is one of Georgia’s largest solar EPC firms. 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. We are so much more than solar.

Ariel view with 575 solar panelsTo grow an extra story on your luxury mid-rise apartment building, add solar.

That’s what The Baxly did, working with the city of Savannah to gain enough green credits through solar and other features, including a vegetated courtyard, to upgrade its six-story building to a seven-story one.

That’s about 45 additional luxury apartments, with rents starting at $1,549 a month plus utilities for a studio. The Baxly houses 275 apartments in all.

There was no further tax incentive for the solar, said Emanuel Neuman, co-founding principal of Spandrel Development Partners, which developed the mixed-use project.

“For us it was enough to get the additional density and the potential to have cost savings with our common area utility bill,” he said.

The rooftop solar array is the largest solar array of any multi-family building in the Savannah Downtown Historic District, covering nearly a full block of roof space on Indian Street in the new Power Plant District just east of the Talmadge Bridge.

Atlanta-based VeloSolar installed the 575 panels, which will produce enough electricity to power about 22 average homes, said H. Britt Lothridge, director of sales. At the Baxly it will heat, cool and light common areas such as hallways and the amenities like the heated saltwater pool, wine storage and tasting lounge, co-working space, and tool and craft shop.

Velo used Boviet 320-watt panels manufactured in Vietnam for the rooftop solar farm.

VeloSolar focuses primarily on small utility grade projects as well as commercial systems, such as The Baxly, Lothbridge said.

“As far as Savannah goes we recently completed an install on a roof of a newly constructed hotel and we did two installs for J.C. Lewis Ford (Hinesville & Statesboro),” he wrote in an email.

With the success of The Baxly, New York- and Charleston-based Spandrel Development Partners is looking at putting solar on a project in Raleigh now.

“We think that if we can build it, and if it can be accretive, meaning it doesn’t necessarily cost the project money, but it’s net neutral because of the money that it reduces your electricity bill and any tax credits that go along with it, we want to do it every time we can,” Neuman said.

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Written by Mary Landers, 9/15/20

Here are 8 things you need to know.

By using solar power, your business saves on electricity you now buy from the grid. Less utility-provided power means lower power bills. When you invest in solar power, you control a meaningful portion of your energy use. And, depending on conditions, you may recoup your initial solar system investment in as little as three years. Because solar power systems can last over 30 years, you’ll see savings for many years. Here are the things you need to know when deciding whether solar is right for your business.

  1. Can I use solar to power my business?A solar system can power your entire business’ electrical systems, including lights, cooling systems, appliances, and equipment. But, remember that solar PV only produces power during the day. Your business probably needs power at night, too. While you can offset a significant portion of your electric power needs with a solar PV system, you’ll first need to consider how much sun exposure your building has, your daily energy consumption patterns, the condition of your roof, your current utility rate, and more.
  2. What size solar system do I need?Velo Solar will visit your site and evaluate the installation location for space and the amount of shade/sun. We also review your energy use. System size is usually determined using available space, energy demands and budget. Solar systems can offset a significant portion of your current energy costs and, in some cases, generate additional electricity that your utility will buy back from you, albeit usually at a reduced rate. Depending on utility buy back opportunities, we aim to offset 20-50% of your annual electricity costs. We also can help you evaluate your energy use and shift high-consumption activities to daylight hours using advanced monitoring technology.
  3. How long does a solar system last?Your system will continue to generate electricity for 25 to 30 years, although production declines 25% to 30% as the solar panels age. In the summer, high temperatures and humidity also can decrease output. Weather factors are considered when designing your system.
  4. What happens to my system during a power failure?If there’s a power failure, unless you have an independent energy storage system attached to your solar array, you will lose power. This is a safety precaution to protect utility technicians from being electrocuted as they troubleshoot power failures. The solar system only operates when grid power goes down if your system includes a battery backup designed to provide power to your home or business’s critical loads in such instances.
  5. Will I know if the system is producing electricity?Your inverter includes a display, which shows electricity production. Velo Solar also will set up a system that monitors your total energy usage and solar PV system output, then provides the information to you online. We can even install a display system in your operations center or lobby that informs anyone passing by about solar production, net energy usage and associated carbon offsets.
  6. Does a solar system require maintenance?Solar systems are very low-maintenance because they have no moving parts. Periodically, they may require cleaning to remove dirt, leaves and debris. Our PowerEnfo smart grid software monitors the activity levels of your solar system, so if something malfunctions, we can take action immediately to get you back up and running in no time.
  7. Are there incentives available?In addition to utilities’ buy-back programs and tax incentives offered by state and local governments, the IRS offers a business energy tax credit of 30% of the cost of a commercial solar system. You may also qualify for an accelerated equipment depreciation (MACRS) schedule. Check with your tax professional. Sometimes, depending on state and local incentives, the combined savings on rebates from government and utility companies can pay as much as 60% of your system installation cost. Our initial proposal will include these potential financial options. Click here to find policies and available incentives by state.
  8. What is Georgia Power’s current solar program?Georgia Power offers a solar energy purchase program to encourage new opportunities for solar development in the state. To learn more, click here.

energy resiliency and continuity (ERC)Velo Solar has formed a joint venture with Indigo Energy to offer Velo’s solar expertise to Indigo’s established distribution system for a range of energy products.

Indigo Energy, formed in 2000, is a national distribution network for petroleum and biofuels. In forming this partnership with Velo Solar, Indigo will diversify its energy offerings to include the fast-growing renewable resource of solar. The name of the new joint venture will be Indigo Solar.

John E. Mansfield, Jr., CEO of Indigo Energy, said Indigo’s customers have a strong interest in energy management and excellent potential locations for solar installations. The warehouses and retail outlets that Indigo serves require large amounts of energy to operate. By offering solar installation from Velo’s experts, Indigo can help these customers reduce their monthly operating overhead.

“This is where the future is headed and we want to be a part of it,” Mansfield said.

Velo offers solar installation, engineering and other energy management tools that commercial operations can use to reduce their electricity costs. Velo President Mark Bell said partnering with Indigo for marketing these services is a natural fit.