Austin-based solar installer Alba Energy serves Rio Grande Valley to meet growing demand
Editors of the Valley Business Report recently caught up with Alba Energy founder and CEO Graeme Walker to discuss the company’s success since expanding into the region in 2015.
Alba Energy was founded in 2013 in Austin after Walker exited the offshore wind market. “I could see the growth coming here,” he said.
Alba, which has a professional engineer on staff and is licensed as an electrical contractor, approaches every project as the start of a longterm relationship with a customer, reinforced by quality and service.
We do our assessments the way they should be done. We’re very focused on not outsourcing installation. It’s more expensive for us to hire, train and maintain people, but we keep control and that one of the things that sets us apart.”
“We do our assessments the way they should be done. We’re very focused on not outsourcing installation. It’s more expensive for us to hire, train and maintain people, but we keep control and that one of the things that sets us apart,” Walker added.
The local crew, which includes UTRGV engineering graduates, installs solar panels warranted for 25 years.
Large power consumers include cold storage facilities, manufacturers, automotive dealers and fast food chains. “They are getting pressure from their supply chain, which want to see them go more green,” as an indicator of corporate responsibility, Walker said.
“One of main reasons we are in the Valley is the opportunity for PACE financing, which is private money administered through county tax assessments.” The PACE mechanism is now in place in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties.
Alba has provided informational best practice training for McAllen city inspectors, “showing them the standards we were held to in Austin, telling them about national solar codes,” which covers things such as distance to roof lines. Alba Energy has installed solar panels at the McAllen EDC office as well as on homes in the region.
“We’ve grown fairly quickly and acquired divisions of other complementary companies,” Walker said. “We are here as a Valley- based company,” noting that Alba gave a verbal commitment to the EDC to grow and sustain growth here.
Read the full Alba Energy interview at http://www.valleybusinessreport.com/wpcontent/uploads/2016/11/VBR_Dec2016.pdf.
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