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Dividend Solar Creates “Solar Freedom” Package with SolarWorld and Enphase

March 19, 2015 | By Business Wire News


Dividend Solar has partnered with SolarWorld and Enphase Energy to create the Solar Freedom package, combining the companies’ three leading products to offer a high-quality solution for going solar. This partnership is being unveiled as part of the Solarize South Carolina program, which has launched in Charleston and its neighboring communities and is rolling out across the state this spring.

Dividend Solar, the residential solar loan provider that offers the $0-down EmpowerLoan™ to homeowners, is the leading sponsor of Solarize South Carolina, a group-buy program that is accelerating the spread of solar across the Southeast. By partnering with SolarWorld and Enphase to bring together SolarWorld’s high-quality solar panels and Enphase’s microinverter system, Dividend Solar can offer an American-driven package to all South Carolinians.

“We are proud to introduce the Solar Freedom package with SolarWorld and Enphase, combining our low-cost loan financing with leading system components to create a best-in-class option for homeowners,” says Steve Michella, CEO of Dividend Solar. “Together, we can offer a one-stop solution for homeowners in South Carolina who want the peace-of-mind of hassle-free financing combined with the highest-quality systems.”

Dividend Solar’s $0-down EmpowerLoan™ includes the benefits of a solar lease or PPA – operations and maintenance, warranty management, performance guarantees and production monitoring – with the significant financial upside of solar ownership. With low-interest rates, no out-of-pocket expenses and a streamlined application process, the EmpowerLoan™ provides a simplified path to solar ownership and maximizes the economic benefits of going solar.

SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar producer for 40 years, is expanding its presence in the Southeast as part of Solarize South Carolina. With 25-year warranties that created the standard for the industry, SolarWorld stands behind the quality of its panels on every installation.

“Through this partnership, residents of South Carolina can enjoy solar power’s cost savings while tapping the technological quality of the leading U.S. solar manufacturer and owning their systems,” says Ardes Johnson, U.S. Vice President of Sales for SolarWorld. “SolarWorld is excited to help accelerate the growth of solar in South Carolina.”

Enphase is the world’s leading microinverter systems provider and recently expanded its Enphase Energy Services offering with the acquisition of the assets from Next Phase Solar to further expand its operations-and-maintenance platform. In addition to offering its products, Enphase will provide training and support to the local installers in the Solarize South Carolina program.

“Enphase is pleased to provide our leading microinverter solar system and expertise to the South Carolina market as part of the Solarize program,” says Jeff Loebbaka, Enphase Energy Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and Support. “By partnering with Dividend Solar and SolarWorld, we can deliver outstanding solutions and service, and make the choice to go solar easier than ever.”

Solarize South Carolina is run in partnership with SmartPower, a national nonprofit that works to turbo-charge energy efficiency and renewable-energy efforts by helping local communities go solar. SmartPower operates the award-winning Solarize program in states across the U.S., and was recently awarded the “Project of Distinction Award” by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) as part of its Solarize Connecticut program.

The local utilities in South Carolina are supporting the Solarize program as well; SCE&G is a supporter of Solarize South Carolina as a way to provide additional benefits for its customers. “The work that is being done by Solarize South Carolina will give SCE&G customers another clean energy option and help to advance solar across the state as intended by the Distributed Energy Resource Program Act that was signed into law last year,” said Danny Kassis, SCE&G VP Customer Relations and Renewables. “SCE&G is already leading the country in reducing coal-fired generation in favor of clean energy. Our support and investment in solar is also an important part of this effort to create a balanced energy portfolio that will serve our customers for the future. We are excited to see this innovative and award-winning program come to South Carolina.”

Solarize South Carolina is holding its initial launch event on Thursday March 19th at the Rotary Club of St. Andrews in Charleston. To learn more, visit

About Dividend Solar

Dividend Solar is a leading solar financing company that partners with local installers across the U.S. to offer its $0-down EmpowerLoan™. With performance guarantees, warranty management and system production monitoring included with every loan, the EmpowerLoan™ offers a better, simpler way for solar ownership.

About SolarWorld

SolarWorld is a solar pioneer, one of the world’s largest solar-technology producers and the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer for 40 years. In its technology, manufacturing, performance, service and environmental track record, the company is a solar industry leader.

About Enphase Energy

Enphase Energy delivers microinverter technology for the solar industry that increases energy production, simplifies design and installation, improves system uptime and reliability, reduces fire safety risk and provides a platform for intelligent energy management.

Dividend Solar Press Contact
Phil Meachin, 415-805-7009


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