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Advanced Energy has been providing guidance to North Carolina businesses and homeowners since 2004 at the request of our North Carolina utility members: Duke Energy, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and Dominion Energy North Carolina. Select an expert below to submit your question.

Electric Transportation: Jacob Bolin

Jacob Bolin is the program manager of Plug-in NC, Advanced Energy’s statewide electric vehicle program. Since joining Advanced Energy in 2018, Jacob has led numerous electric vehicle initiatives in a variety of areas, including residential, multifamily and workplace charging.

Commercial and IndustrialKim Harrington

Jess Allen has been with Advanced Energy since 2020 and is an energy engineer for the commercial and industrial team. Prior to joining Advanced Energy, Jess worked for eight years in building design, with a focus on mechanical systems for commercial, healthcare and university facilities. While at Advanced Energy, she has gained experience by helping industrial facilities reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Affordable Housing: Lisa Manuel

Lisa Manuel joined Advanced Energy in 2001 and has extensive experience in project and program management, training and event coordination, and administrative assistance. Lisa currently manages SystemVision, Advanced Energy’s affordable housing guarantee program. She also oversees stakeholder planning and training projects for trade ally contractors and government-funded initiatives that focus on affordable and supportive housing, including CARES Act and ARPA funded projects.

Residential: Jonathan Coulter

Jonathan Coulter is a senior technical expert who has been with Advanced Energy since 2004. He has helped in the creation and continual improvement of regional, state and national guidelines (including EPA ENERGY STAR New Homes and DOE Weatherization Standard Work Specifications). Jonathan also lives his professional interests day to day by owning an electric vehicle and living in a low-load home that he built in 2008.

Solar and Battery StorageShawn Allred

Shawn Allred is an electrical engineer for Advanced Energy’s distributed energy resources team. Since joining the company in 2019, Shawn has brought his experience with electric utilities to commission numerous solar fields and battery storage projects in the Carolinas.

Motors and Drives: Kitt Butler

Kitt Butler has worked with the motors and drives team at Advanced Energy for more than 20 years. The team serves commercial and industrial facilities using motors and drives as well as those manufacturing, distributing, repairing and certifying motors and drives. Kitt has experience developing testing, training and consulting programs.