Spotlight: Austin Winecoff
Spotlight on a Solar Pro: Austin Winecoff
This spotlight on a solar pro is Austin Winecoff. Austin threw himself with purpose toward the solar industry this year, and then stumbled onto Renu. Having discovered a passion for helping expand renewable energy while studying Sustainable Business and Sustainable Technology at Appalachian State University, he called the entire page of Google results for solar installers in Charlotte in pursuit of an internship.
He’s pleased he found Renu, where he gets along with the folks he works with and gets to help advance clean energy for the sake of those all over the world and future generations.
Once he came on board for the internship, Austin got some exposure to the office work related to solar and a lot of experience in the field, where the panels meet the shingles. Austin’s glad to have landed an internship with a local company instead of a national solar company from somewhere else, because he’d rather be around people who are locally-minded and follow a procedure that focuses attention on clients and the community.
He can tell the solar business is booming in the Carolinas, but at the same time he’s learned the ins and outs of the industry and he’s not shy to share his strong views on what should be done in the Carolinas to encourage more solar, saying, “It’s a shame that we’re hearing that parts of the South Carolina market are reaching a cap on solar net metering – the state government needs to bring the state into the 21st century. The North Carolina legislature should bring back the state tax credit!”
When not advocating for solar to be made even more affordable, or working on a roof, Austin likes cold locally-brewed IPAs, mountain biking and water activities like wake boarding and kayaking, being around dogs and tuning into Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Go Panthers!
Frequently Asked Questions About Solar for Your Home:
How exactly does going solar and a solar system itself work?
How many solar panels do I need for my home?
Roof-size/available space: When we look at the size of your roof and the space available, we gather data that tell us the maximum number of solar panels your home or site can hold and we even consider shading. We use a software “Suneye” which takes a 360 picture of your roof and we use this photo to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar.
Energy Usage: When we determine energy usage we look at your past electrical bills from over the course of a year to make sure your system isn’t too big or too small.
Your Budget: We take your budget seriously and most importantly, we want you to be satisfied with our services. We take your feedback on how much you want to spend so that we can size your system appropriately.
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