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January 2011


Solar Installers

A Green Building Group (AGBG) is a provider and installer of renewable energy systems, such as solar panels and wind turbines. For both renovation and new construction projects, AGBG also offers general contracting services that meet the United States Green Building Council guidelines for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The business specializes in zero-energy and high-performance structures. Based in Madison County, AGBG serves all of eastern Kentucky.


The business is owned and operated by Kentucky natives Philip and Kim Martin. The Martins approached MACED in January 2008 about starting a business selling and installing solar panels. MACED paired the Martins with a consultant who provided one-to-one technical assistance on developing a business plan and a marketing plan. Explains Philip, “Before I even got a loan, MACED helped me develop a business plan. It gave me great knowledge and a solid foundation for running my business and keeping my financials in order.”


By September of 2008 the Martins were ready to launch their business. MACED extended a $15,000 loan to finance the start-up of the business, including the purchase of a truck and trailer, office equipment and tools. MACED continues to provide post-loan support including access to website development consultation and one-to-one support as needed on topics such as cash flow management.


AGBG started operations in January 2008. They have five employees, offer above-minimum wages, and are exploring the possibility of offering health benefits as well. “If I wouldn’t have had that loan from MACED, I couldn’t have started this business,” says Philip.



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