1. Southern Energy Management
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Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina, Southern Energy Management is a solar power company whose mission is to improve the way people make and use energy while building a prosperous company that supports people and the planet. Southern Energy Management provides both residential and commercial solar services, and has installed over 1,500 home solar systems to date.

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The Good

  • High Quality Equipment
  • Lengthy Equipment Warranty
  • Purchase and Loan Payment Options
  • Solar System Monitoring
  • Referral Program
  • Experience
  • Certified B Corp

High Quality Equipment

Southern Energy Management offers some of the best clean energy equipment on the market. The company sells SunPower solar panels with an incredibly high energy efficiency rating of 22.8, as well as solar panels produced by LG, Hanwha, and Q-Cells. Southern Energy Management installs inverters produced by SMA and SolarEdge, which are each respected brands within the industry. For individuals interested in battery storage, the renewable energy company also offers Tesla Powerwalls.

Lengthy Equipment Warranty

Southern Energy Management offers a 20-year equipment warranty, which is one of the longer warranties available within the industry. This warranty covers the panels and inverter.

Purchase and Loan Payment Options

Southern Energy Management gives its customers the option to either purchase their solar energy system outright or finance it with a loan. Because both of these options lead to solar ownership, the customer will also have the ability to take advantage of any available rebates, tax credits, and other incentives.

Solar System Monitoring

Every Southern Energy Management solar array has the option of coming with a robust monitoring platform to help owners check the energy efficiency and output of their system. This monitoring platform is accessible from any desktop browser or mobile device and allows users to view both system production and home energy consumption in real time. Users can also receive text message or email alerts if a module is down, receive an annual report detailing production and usage levels for the year, measure their environmental impact in terms of trees planted or CO2 emissions offset, and receive weather alerts.

Referral Program

Southern Energy Management offers a referral program to reward its customers and help more individuals take advantage of sustainable energy. which pays customers $250 for each referred family member or friend who invests in a solar array through the company.


Southern Energy Management was founded in 2001, and its longevity as a solar company has allowed its 100% in-house team to develop experience and expertise in the solar industry. In fact, Southern Energy Management is so confident in the team it's built and its time-proven process that the company guarantees the production of all of its solar installs.

Certified B Corp

Southern Energy Management is a true believer in the power of business to create a real and powerful positive change in the world. Based on this belief, the company decided to become a certified B Corporation (B Corp) in 2009. B Corp is a certification for businesses similar to Fair Trade for coffee or LEED for buildings. To maintain its B corp certification, Southern Energy Management is regularly evaluated on its environmental and social performance. In 2017, Southern Energy Management was awarded B Corp’s "Best for the World" label for the environmental category.

The Bad

  • Relatively Short Workmanship Warranty
  • Lack of Leases and Power Purchase Agreements
  • Limited Availability

Relatively Short Workmanship Warranty

While Southern Energy Management's equipment warranty is quite lengthy, the company's workmanship warranty is relatively short when compared to those offered by other top companies in the industry. Southern Energy Management will only cover issues related to labor for 5 years.

Lack of Leases and Power Purchase Agreements

As mentioned above, Southern Energy Management offers purchase and loan payment options, which each come with their own unique set of benefits. However, many consumers prefer to go solar with a lease or a PPA. Unfortunately, Southern Energy Management does not offer these options to help individuals switch to sustainable energy.

Limited Availability

Currently, Southern Energy Management only offers solar energy services in North Carolina and South Carolina. Individuals who are interested in clean energy for their home or business but are located elsewhere will not have the opportunity to work with this company.

The Bottom Line

Southern Energy Management offers a number of attractive features to residents and business owners in North Carolina and South Carolina who are interested in taking advantage of the benefits of renewable energy, including several years of experience, high quality solar power equipment, a lengthy equipment warranty, purchase and loan payment options, system monitoring, and a referral program. However, the company's workmanship warranty is relatively short, and leases and PPAs are not available. 

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