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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

Kim Harrington has been with Advanced Energy since 2019 and currently serves as the project manager for our commercial and industrial team. Working with our subject matter experts, Kim coordinates facility energy assessments, schedules and implements ISO 50001 cohorts and facilitates trainings on a range of commercial and industrial topics.

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: Aaron Kienow

Aaron Kienow has been a building performance analyst with Advanced Energy since 2022. He is a certified RESNET HERS and Energy Star Rater. He works closely with Habitat for Humanity organizations across the state in Advanced Energy’s own energy efficiency affordable housing program, SystemVision. He is also an adjunct instructor at Central Carolina Community College in its Building Construction Technology program.

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.