About CSE

Company Snapshot

Carolina Solar Energy (CSE) develops utility scale photovoltaic (PV) solar energy projects in the Southeastern US. Since 2004 CSE has provided design, financing, construction and operation management to a diverse customer base of commercial, nonprofit, utility and government clients. CSE has developed almost 500 MW of solar projects, many of which are currently under construction or already operating.

CSE is dedicated to reducing the cost of solar energy to a level where solar can compete financially with other generation technologies, bringing economic development to underserved areas, and increasing the regional use of green energy. We believe solar is an important part of the push to build an affordable and sustainable energy future.




Solar Power World – Top 500 U.S. Solar Contractors List 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018

NC Sustainable Energy Association Award – Individual Leadership (CEO Richard Harkrader) 2014

NC Sustainable Energy Association Award – Individual Leadership (CEO Richard Harkrader) 2013

Canadian Solar Environmental Impact Award for Person County Solar Park I 2010

City of Raleigh Environment Award for Pioneering Efforts 2009

NC Sustainable Energy Association Award – Renewable Energy Business of the Year 2009

NC GreenPower Award for First NC Grid Tied PV Solar System 2008

Southeast Green Power Summit Trailblazer Award (CEO Richard Harkrader) 2003


Memberships and Board Positions

NC Sustainable Energy Association (Richard Harkrader past Board Member / Board Chair)

NC Clean Energy Business Alliance (Carson Harkrader Board Member)

Solar Energy Industry Association



“The City of Raleigh’s first major solar development was in a partnership with Carolina Solar Energy. CSE worked very effectively
with our staff and City Council to effect a successful project that encouraged the City to embark on a larger, more robust renewable energy program. Their professionalism, knowledge and commitment to the solar industry are well documented and we look forward to future projects with them. A valuable part of their project work was the utilization of personnel resources from TROSA – Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers – a very positive rehabilitative commitment that supports the City’s broader sustainability goals.”

Julian B. Prosser, Jr.
Assistant City Manager
City of Raleigh


“The relationship that Person County has developed with Carolina Solar energy has produced great benefits for all parties. Through their vision and expertise Person County today has three magnificent photovoltaic facilities that produce approximately five megawatts of clean, renewable energy- helping our community¬† send a strong and wonderful message to our region and state. For us Carolina Solar Energy has been an excellent partner bringing a perfect balance of renewable energy expertise, engineering and installation abilities and¬†financial and business knowledge. We recommend Carolina Solar Energy to all who call. ”

James E. [Jim] Stovall
Former Chairman
Person County Economic Development Commission