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Leading The World Towards A Clean Energy Future

Palmetto believes that all consumers should be able to choose energy from renewable resources as a right, not a privilege. Our proprietary technology, marketplace model, and consumer mobile application are designed to simplify and democratize access to clean energy, making it easy and affordable for homeowners to make the switch to solar energy - and other renewable and smart technology offerings as the Palmetto Energy Marketplace expands. The Palmetto Energy Marketplace helps homeowners quickly estimate utility costs saved by switching to solar, and work with a team of local solar experts to design and install a system that matches their needs. Palmetto Protect, the industry’s first system-agnostic solar energy monitoring system, ensures these homeowners receive comprehensive, long-term and robust customer support. Leading the world towards a clean energy future is at the heart of everything we do. It is the north star that guides and enables us to have a positive impact on the people, environments, and communities we serve. Through renewable resources, we can improve the way our communities are powered, drive sustainable economic development, and provide ongoing job opportunities. Our employees and partners are committed to integrity in action, fairness in conduct and respect for all. We believe in the future of clean energy to help save our planet.
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Imagine: your power on your terms, no blackouts or “fluctuating rates”, lifetime savings and support. Now imagine whole communities powered by solar, and the impact that could have on our natural environments. By switching to clean energy, imagine all you can save. We do. Every day.

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Our Founding Story

Palmetto was founded in 2010 by Chris Kemper, who, after years working for some of the world’s leading organizations on climate change, realized that stopping climate change would not be possible without changing our energy system quickly and on a massive scale. Kemper reimagined the business model for solar energy installs: stripping out costs and accelerating the buying process through tech-enabled tools and a decentralized marketplace of sellers and builders. Through Palmetto, Kemper has aligned stakeholders -- including policymakers, investors, business leaders and consumers --- in a shared mission of leading the world toward a clean energy future. Since 2010, Palmetto has grown to help over 10,000 people across 23 states (and counting!) make the switch to solar.

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11+ Years of Solar Energy Savings

Since 2010, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners throughout the world access clean, solar energy solutions. Now, we’re expanding across the United States, so homeowners from north to south, east to west, can save time, money and resources with Palmetto’s end-to-end solar energy solutions.


Founded in London

Completed first clean energy project in India

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In the news | 12.21.20 | Chris Kemper


3 Steps to Becoming a More Sustainable Business

It's a long game, but one worth playing.

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In the news | 12.14.20 | Penny Bauder

Thrive Global

5 Things We Must Do To Inspire The Next Generation

Take small actions that add up to a big impact — Recycle and take kids to the recycling yard so they can see how items are processed. Participate in beach sweeps or community clean up days. As part of my series about what we must do to inspire the next generation about sustainability and the environment.

Thrive Global

In the news | 11.23.20 | Chris Kemper


The Remote Work Revolution: How to Embrace Change, Work Freely and Do More

In the age of Covid-19, the work-from-home phenomenon has become a reality for anyone who can do their job with decent internet.


In the news | 10.27.20 | Tom Rand


Palmetto - Disrupting the Disruptors

ArcTern's recent ivestment in Palmetto, a residential solar and energy services platform, is about a whole lot more than putting more panels on more rooftops.


In the news | 10.01.20 | Mike Switzer


Expanding Clean Energy From SC

Mike Switzer interviews Chris Kemper, founder and CEO of Palmetto in Charleston, SC


In the news | 08.05.20 | Eric Wesoff

PV Magazine

Palmetto lands $29 million for residential solar sales software and home energy spend

Palmetto, a Charleston, S.C.-based software company focused on home energy spend, landed $29 million in Series B funding from investors including Evergy Ventures, Arctern Ventures, Shell Ventures, Greycroft, Lerer Hippeau, Box Group, Falkon Ventures and the Leto Family Office. Greycroft led Palmetto’s Series A round in 2018. Palmetto is a software and fulfillment platform focused on helping consumers understand their energy finances. The startup pairs homeowners with solar power and energy storage providers and looks to improve the ease of financing and installation.

PV Magazine

In the news | 08.05.20 | Mary Katherine Wildeman

The Post and Courier

Charleston Solar-Tech Business Raises $29M to Fuel Future Growth

Backers include Greycroft Partners, which was part of previous round of funding in 2018. Will Szczerbiak, a principal with the New York-based firm, said in a statement that Palmetto has “the best platform to bring renewable energy products and services to market. 'The potential for rooftop solar and the electrification of homes in the U.S. is huge and the competitive landscape is fairly fragmented with just a few dominant players,' said Robert Linck, chief investment officer at Shell Ventures.

The Post and Courier

In the news | 08.05.20 | David Dykes

Greenville Business Magazine

Charleston Firm Continues To Innovate To Address Climate Change

Charleston-based Palmetto, a software, energy-focused company, said it has completed a $29 million Series B raise with investors from a range of sectors including energy, financial technology and software.

Greenville Business Magazine

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Track Your Savings with the Palmetto App

The Palmetto App puts solar energy savings in the palm of your hand. Track system performance by day, week, or month. With an intuitive user dashboard and one-click customer support, it’s easy to track your goals and boost your results.
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Real-time solar monitoring

Optimize your system performance with Palmetto Protect. Coverage options include active professional monitoring, exclusive service discounts, and dedicated customer support.

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Clean Energy Learning Center

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The New Utility Revolution

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The Combined Environmental Impact of Going Solar with Palmetto

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Our Company

How and Why Palmetto is Leading the US into a Clean Energy Future