TAG Names Pete Marte of Hannah Solar Georgia Smart Energy Professional of the Year

Ron Steiger (on right), TAG SES, presents the 2014 Smart Energy Person of the Year Award to Pete Marte of Hannah Solar

December 10, 2014, Atlanta, GA – The Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Energy Society last week named Pete Marte of Hannah Solar as Georgia’s Smart Energy Professional of the Year. The award was presented as part of a gathering on December 5th to celebrate spectacular achievements in the energy industry by individuals, company and governments throughout Georgia.

Mr. Marte, CEO and Founder of Hannah Energy, is co-founder of the Georgia branch of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and serves today as a board member and co-chair. He also served as a board member of the Georgia Solar Energy Association (GSEA).

Mr. Marte built Hannah Solar, named after his daughter, now aged 9, from the ground up. Today Hannah Solar has installed over 30MW of solar in the southeast and is the largest solar installer based in GA. As part of the solar industry, he worked hand and glove with many of the stake holders, such as the Georgia Public Service Commission, to advance the regulatory and legislative landscape for solar. The result was the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative which, in three short years, has taken the state from unknown to the 7th in the nation for solar installations. Mr. Marte was honored in 2014 by the White House as a Pioneer of Change for his work in solar energy.

Sanjoy Malik, the runner-up and CEO of Urjanet, has made his mark on Atlanta as a leading innovator in technology. Companies he has founded include Synchrologic, Air2Web and Urjanet. The first step to reducing energy consumption, a financial and ecological goal of companies large and small, is to benchmark current energy spend…and that requires good data. Mr. Malik’s Urjanet delivers that data. Now, with his innovations, it is also investing resources to determine how energy data will play a role in new markets including home automation systems and electric vehicles.

Other awards that night were given to the City of Valdosta for Smart Energy Government Entity of the Year and Advanced Control Systems for Smart Energy Company of the Year.
The evening opened with comments from Janet Joseph, Executive Director of the Heating Energy Assistance Team, Inc. H.E.A.T. provides one-time emergency heating fuel assistance to families in need throughout Georgia. Smart Energy Society selected H.E.A.T. as the beneficiary of its inaugural charity fund raiser. From now through December 31, for every $25 contributed, donors will receive a chance to win 4 box seats at the Atlanta Hawks vs Philadelphia 76érs on January 31st.

The Smart Energy Society is sponsored by Oglethorpe Power and Deloitte.

For more information on the Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Energy Society, the Awards Ceremony and the H.E.A.T. fundraiser, please visit www.tagonline.org/chapters-and-societies/smart-energy/ or contact Joseph Santoro, Associate Director of External Affairs, Technology Association of Georgia, at 404-526-6049 or Joseph@tagonline.org.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 25,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 34 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.

Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.


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