Carolina Solar Energy II, LLC (CSE) develops utility scale photovoltaic (PV) solar energy projects in North Carolina. 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 over 110MW of solar projects that are currently under construction or already operating in North Carolina.
CSE is dedicated to reducing the cost of solar energy to a level where solar can compete financially with other generation technologies in North Carolina, to bringing economic development to underserved areas of North Carolina, and to increasing North Carolina’s use of green energy. We believe solar will be an important part of the effort to build an affordable and sustainable energy future.
Solar Power World – Top 500 U.S. Solar Contractors List 2015 & 2016
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
Person County Economic Development Commission