Stellar Energy Enters North Carolina Large-Scale Solar Market

  Stellar Energy Enters North Carolina Large-Scale Solar Market

 Leading EPC hires energy veteran, Chris Larsen, and joins the North Carolina
                           Solar Energy Association

Business Wire

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. -- February 28, 2013

Stellar Energy, a leading commercial and utility-scale solar engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) company headquartered in Rohnert Park, CA,
hired energy veteran, Chris Larsen, as Director of Southeast Project
Development. Larsen, who joined the industry in 1996, will be focused on
partnerships with solar developers to build multi-megawatt solar projects.

Larsen earned his bachelor’s in economics from Princeton and master’s in
mechanical engineering from North Carolina State. From 1996 to 2001, he was
the Director of Policy Programs at NC State University's Solar Center,
specializing in distributed generation and utility interconnection issues. He
created and served as the first editor of IREC’s Connecting to the Grid
newsletter which is now in its 14th year and is widely read by the US
renewable energy, utility, and regulatory communities. Larsen has spoken
frequently at conferences and at state utility commission hearings and is the
author of several papers in distributed generation, renewable energy, and
power quality.

“We are excited and proud to have Chris on our team. He brings a wealth of
experience and knowledge of the North Carolina and southeast solar markets.
Chris’s commitment to emerging technologies is perfectly aligned with Stellar
Energy’s desire to work with partners to deploy large-scale solar projects
that will produce clean, affordable, renewable energy, and benefit local
communities,” said Matt Lugar, Stellar Energy’s Senior Vice President of Sales
and Marketing.

Larsen spent almost 10 years with the Swiss engineering group ABB Ltd, leading
the PV inverter design team in their renewable energy R&D laboratory in
Raleigh and working with ABB’s Advanced Power Electronics and Process Controls
groups. Larsen previously served as a board member for both the North Carolina
Sustainable Energy Association and the NC Green Power and was a consultant to
the North Carolina Energy Policy Council.

“Chris has been a tireless advocate for the development of the renewable
energy market in North Carolina, so we are happy to welcome him and Stellar
Energy as new Gigawatt members of NCSEA,” said Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director
of the North Carolina Solar Energy Association (NCSEA).

“Stellar Energy’s commitment to NCSEA supports our efforts to continue to grow
the market in North Carolina through outreach, education, and shaping policy,”
added Urlaub.

A longtime resident of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, Larsen is thrilled
to be directing Stellar Energy’s southeast activities. “Stellar Energy has
been building large-scale solar projects for years and has the experience,
know-how, and purchasing power needed to maximize electricity production and
financial returns of utility-scale solar investments,” said Larsen.

Stellar Energy, which focuses exclusively on solar design and construction,
has been delivering efficient and cost-effective solar systems to commercial,
industrial, government, and utility clients since 2004. It is a subsidiary of
Itochu Corporation, a Global Fortune 500 company that provides one of the
largest bonding capacities in the solar industry. Stellar Energy’s unrivaled
financial stability and design experience will help support the rapid growth
of the utility-scale market in North Carolina.

“Stellar Energy is known for its commitment to solar excellence and will be an
important player in the expanding PV market in our state and region,” added

For more information, please visit or contact Elise
Benoit at

About Stellar Energy

Stellar Energy is a large-scale solar energy integrator with complete design,
engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) management capabilities. With
over 25 MWs of solar PV installations spanning commercial, industrial and
municipal clients, Stellar Energy is one of the top solar EPC firms in the
nation. For more information, please visit

About the North Carolina Solar Energy Association

Founded in 1978, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is a
501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization of individuals, businesses,
government, and non-profits interested in North Carolina's sustainable energy


Stellar Energy
Elise Benoit, 707-992-3212
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