At Amicus Solar Cooperative, it is our members that make us special. Our members are not just solar installers, they are organizations committed to the cause of bettering our environment through renewable energy. They have an average of 15 years in the solar industry and are active in their surrounding communities.
Joule Solar Energy is one of Amicus Solar Cooperative’s 36 member owners. Founded in 2009, Joule is based in Southern Louisiana, with staff in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. According to Julian Thomas, a co-founder of Joule Energy, Joule was founded “to build a profitable company that improves the world. I wanted the ability to wake up each day and pour everything I got into my work without feeling exhausted. I love this business, our employees and the work because I can see the difference we’re making together and it just gives me more energy to pour into Joule.”
Over their 6 years of operation, Joule has installed solar power for over 1,400 households in the region. Joule also serves the commercial market and has installed solar power systems for entities such as the Jackson Municipal Airport and Ole Miss University.
One reason for Joule’s success is their customer focus. Joule brands itself as the leading local expert on solar, giving homeowners all the information they need to make an informed choice to go solar. Past customers have described Joule’s consultants as friendly and informative without being pushy.
The average client rating for Joule’s Solar Energy Specialists is 95 out of 100 based on a recent survey. In addition, Joule has a number of positive third-party ratings on several sites. At Solar Reviews, a site specifically geared toward finding quality solar installers, Joule has a rating of 5 out of 5 based on 10 reviews. Angie’s List gives them an A rating with 57 reviews. Yelp awarded Joule a 4.5 out of 5 with 7 reviews. And finally, Joule has an A+ rating with the BBB, which means 97+ points out of 100.
Another factor in their success is the quality of industry knowledge you will find at Joule. They have more NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Electrical Practitioners) certified solar specialists than any other installer in Louisiana. NABCEP is the highest and most comprehensive certification in the solar field.
Hiring employees with this level of certification shows Joule is willing to invest in quality workmanship and has not simply jumped onto the solar tax credit train for the short term without real knowledge or expertise. According to Joule’s satisfaction survey, the rating of their Installation Team is 92 out of 100.
Joule also shows its commitment to renewable energy, and their longevity as a business, by diversifying their service offerings. Aside from the residential and commercial solar markets, Joule upgrades the lighting systems in commercial buildings to LED lighting. This diversification will allow Joule to stay in the renewable energy industry for the long haul, no matter what happens to tax credits for solar installations. Moreover, Joule supports the commitment to renewable energy as the only net-zero solar company in the Gulf South region.
Another way Joule demonstrates its quality as a business is by their dedication to the community. The company encourages team members to participate in community blood drives and events, such as the St. Baldrick’s Event to raise money for childhood cancer research,. They even match their referral bonuses with donations to local charities.
Furthermore, Joule is a certified B Corporation, which means they believe in running their businesses for the good of the world, not just the good of the shareholders. They demonstrated this mission when they won two distinctions in the Green Games, a local sustainable business competition sponsored by LifeCity. The Green Games supports organizations in the Greater New Orleans area seeking to improve their social and environmental impact.
It is not difficult to see why Joule is a successful and enduring business. They have shown their strengths as an honest, knowledgeable and compassionate company. Amicus Solar Cooperative is proud to name Joule Solar Energy as one of its member owners.