Champions of Change
Peter Marte is the founder and CEO of Hannah Solar—located in the heart of Atlanta—and has worked diligently over the last six years throughout the state of Georgia to develop a solar market where none existed only a few short years ago. He has been very active on the policy side of the industry as vice-chair of the Georgia chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) which has built consensus and support for solar within the state by working with many stakeholders, including the Public Service Commission, local utilities, and the legislature. This work has been a team initiative with competitors, suppliers, and clients coming together, the result being solar adoption growing from less than 500KW (kilowatts) in 2009 to over 840 MW (megawatts) being approved for the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative to be built by 2016. The solar industry in the state now exceeds $300 million annually and Hannah Solar has grown to become the largest solar integrator in the region, as well as being the largest integrator of Electric Vehicle Charging Station Equipment. Coupling the synergies between the two rapidly growing clean energy industries is a focus of Peter's and the leadership team at Hannah Solar. Peter is a NABCEP certified Solar PV Installer and an engineering graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy.