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Strata Solar is committed to providing superior work standards for its employees, high-quality service for its customers and environment-friendly procedures. We feel honored to be awarded the following:

  • 2013 The Grant Thornton North Carolina 100

Companies demonstrating the tenacity, grit, staying power and business acumen required to be one of the 100 largest privately-owned businesses in the state certainly are.

The Grant Thornton North Carolina 100® ranks the largest private companies in our state and celebrates the essential role played by private companies in the Carolinas for over 25 years.

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  • 2013 Green Plus Award

The Green Plus Medium-Sized Business pf the Year recognizes exemplary sustainability leadership in companies with more than 50 but fewer than 500 employees. “We are honored to be receiving this wonderful award,” said Cathy Wilhelm, Co-Founder & CAO, Strata Solar. “We have worked very hard to integrate best practices across our business, and to see those efforts reflected in our winning the Green Plus Medium-Sized Business of the Year Award is very inspiring,” Wilhelm continued. “We have big plans to do even more work company-wide this year and this award will be a further motivator and a source of pride for all of us,” Wilhelm concluded.


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  • 2013 Strata Solar earns full Green Plus Certification joining 75 businesses around the country.

“Our Green Plus Certification is a badge we wear proudly at Strata Solar.  As an organization, we spend every hour working hard to increase our nation’s renewable energy portfolio, and our Green Plus Certification demonstrates that we live and breathe this philosophy – both in the field and in our workplace,” says Cathy Wilhelm, co-founder and Chief Administrative Officer of Strata Solar.

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  •  2013: #5 Utility Scale Solar Provider and #6 Overall Solar Provider in the US by Solar Power World September 2013

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  • 2012: #30 in 100 Top Solar Contractors by Solar Power World

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  • 2012 Clean Energy Awards awarded by The NC Sustainable Energy Association


“Strata Solar has shown time and again its commitment to putting North Carolinians back to work,” said Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director of NCSEA. “By focusing on training and developing valuable skills in our growing clean energy workforce of men and women across the state, Strata has provided long-term employment opportunities for hundreds of individuals.”

“It’s a privilege to be recognized among North Carolina’s leading renewable energy businesses,” said Markus Wilhelm, CEO of Strata Solar. “With hard work and the support from organizations like NCSEA, Strata has been able to develop new business opportunities and create many long term jobs in rural communities.”



Award for Business Innovation
   Google, Loyd Ray Farms, Duke University and Duke Energy of the Carolinas
Individual Leadership Award
   Vincent Davis, Duke Energy

2012 Business Leadership Award
   Strata Solar, accepted by founder and CEO Markus Wilhelm

Community Leadership Award
   The City of Asheville

Legislator of the Year – NC Senate
   Senator Neal Hunt

Legislator of the Year Award – NC House of Representatives
   Representative Tom Murry

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  • 2011 Business of the Year (Mid-size) awarded by Chapel Hill- Carrboro Chamber of Commerce


Chapel Hill, NC – The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce announced the 2011 Business of the Year award winners on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at its Annual Meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill.

“These enterprises are recognized as outstanding Chamber member businesses that have shown growth, innovation of product, exemplary customer service, response to adversity, and contribution to the community,” said Aaron Nelson, Chamber President and CEO.


The winners for each award are as follows:


The 2011 Chair’s Award for Public-Private Partnership is awarded to Bernadette Pelissier, chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

v  The Progress Energy 2011 Sustainable Business of the Year is Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

v  The 2011 Chamber Ambassador of the Year is Helen Antipov of Comfort Keepers

v  The 2011 Business of the Year (Small), presented by Polaris IT Solutions, is Showroom Shine.

The 2011 Business of the Year (Mid-Size), presented Harrington Bank, is Strata Solar.

v  The 2011 Business of the Year (Large), presented by Fidelity Investments, is a tie between 3 Birds Marketing and Carolina Brewery.

v  The 2011 Non-Profit of the Year, presented by Time Warner Cable Business Class, is Community Home Trust.

v  The recipients of the 2011 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award are The Employees of UNC Health Care.

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