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Palmetto - Disrupting the DisruptorsArcTern'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.
October 27, 2020
Expanding Clean Energy From SCMike Switzer interviews Chris Kemper, founder and CEO of Palmetto in Charleston, SC
October 1, 2020
Charleston Solar-Tech Business Raises $29M to Fuel Future GrowthBackers 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.
August 5, 2020
Charleston Firm Continues To Innovate To Address Climate ChangeCharleston-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.
August 5, 2020
Palmetto lands $29 million for residential solar sales software and home energy spendPalmetto, 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.
August 5, 2020
Palmetto Solar Raises $29 Million to Expand to Every U.S. StatePalmetto Solar LLC raised $29 million to expand to every U.S. state and help transition itself from a solar platform to an energy management and utility platform...As Palmetto transitions into operating under an energy management model, they plan to focus on establishing consumer trust early on and developing strong brand awareness.
August 3, 2020
5 Steps Leaders Can Take to Navigate Unexpected ChangePeople are inherently averse to change, yet here we are in uncharted territory where the only constant is change. We are in the midst of a global pandemic and an economic downturn.
July 13, 2020
21 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Improve as LeadersAs a leader, sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and do the dishes, and sometimes you have to put on your captain's hat and take charge...
June 14, 2020
This Won’t Be U.S. Solar’s Best Year Ever—But It’ll Be ClosePalmetto has seen strong growth during the pandemic, says CEO Chris Kemper. Its customer base surged 40% from January to April. One thing that’s helped: Palmetto shifted to a gig economy model well before the crisis, Kemper says. Early on the company’s “members,” as they’re known, primarily had sales experience within the solar industry. In March, Palmetto began marketing itself to new recruits.
June 2, 2020