Small Business Owner Becomes First Business To Join Solar Share

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

As one of the first entrepreneurs to launch a small business in Chattanooga’s revitalized M.L. King district, Andie Seller’s Bettieville on MLK became Chattanooga’s first business to participate in Solar Share as a way to support Chattanooga’s environmental stewardship.

“After seeing promotions for EPB’s Solar Share and learning more about the value of community solar on their website, I found out how affordable participating in renewable energy can be,” Ms. Sellers said. “Now I get to be a part of something really cool and support Chattanooga’s environmental efforts.” 

Ms. Sellers became a Solar Share “Leader” after licensing eight panels at EPB’s community solar power generation facility on Holtzclaw Avenue. These panels are expected to offset 62 percent of her average power use. Launched in July 2017, Solar Share gives Chattanoogans a new choice for clean, renewable energy that lowers the barriers to solar power generation. 

“I’m proud of Andie’s commitment to support Chattanooga’s growing downtown economy and environmental stewardship,” said EPB Commercial Energy Analyst Neal Potter. ”Bettieville on MLK represents how any business – large or small – can support our community by choosing their level of participation in renewable energy, whether it’s a couple of panels or to offset their entire energy needs.” 

Following a corporate career, Ms. Sellers pursued her dream of collecting and selling clothing and other items that reflect the “vintage” and “rockabilly” lifestyles by launching Bettieville on MLK adjacent to the growing UTC campus. While living in Oregon, Ms. Sellers became aware of the growing interest in solar power generation. 

“I questioned why more people in Chattanooga didn’t adopt solar power,” Ms. Sellers said. “But after learning about the barriers, and how EPB is lowering them, I knew I wanted to be an early commercial supporter of Solar Share.”    

To learn more about Solar Share, click here.


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