Our Company

Imagine a Cleaner Future, Powered by Solar

Palmetto is leading the world into a clean energy future by making it easy for homeowners across the United States to switch from fossil fuels to solar energy. Our end-to-end approach takes the guesswork out of solar savings, guarding individual and natural resources from unnecessary waste. Leading the world towards a clean energy future is at the heart of everything we do. It’s our north star that guides us to perform sustainably and ethically as we sell, design, finance, build and maintain residential solar systems across the country. It enables us to have a positive impact on the people, environments and communities we serve by providing economic development and 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

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 5,000 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.

2010

Founded in London

Completed first clean energy project in India

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In the news | 12.21.20 | Chris Kemper

Inc.

3 Steps to Becoming a More Sustainable Business

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

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Inc.

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

Forbes

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.

Forbes

In the news | 10.27.20 | Tom Rand

Medium

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.

Medium

In the news | 10.01.20 | Mike Switzer

NPR

Expanding Clean Energy From SC

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

NPR

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

Track Your Savings with the Palmetto App

Track Your Savings with the Palmetto App

The Palmetto App puts solar savings in the palm of your hand. Track system performance and energy consumption by day, week, or month. Get real-time alerts, review historical data, and tap into Palmetto’s clean energy incentive programs. 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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Manage your system's performance in the palm of your hand. Activate professional monitoring and access exclusive service discounts to drive peak efficiency.

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