Montana Busch - President and CEO
Montana Busch is the President and CEO of Alternative Energy Southeast, Inc. (AES). Montana founded AES when he was only 20 years old, a few years after he realized he wanted to pursue a career in renewable energy. Because of early adopters and pioneers like Montana, solar power has been able to achieve grid-parity in 48 states, including Georgia. Montana is a dedicated advocate for the global adoption of clean energy. He is a well-known solar specialist in the southeastern region where he has worked extensively with regulators, utility companies, code enforcement officials, labor unions, solar advocates and other electrical contractors in order to advance the solar industry. Montana graduated from North Carolina State University with an education in Renewable Energy and Green Building Technologies. He also graduated as a Journeyman Wireman from a 5-year apprenticeship and training program with the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and he is licensed in Georgia as a non-restricted Electrical Contractor. Having performed new construction and retrofit electrical work for hospitals, data centers, office buildings, high rises, factories, and homes has allowed Montana to cultivate a comprehensive knowledge base of a wide variety of electrical systems. His background gives AES an exceptional insight into project design and quality assurance. Montana also serves as Co-Chairman of the Georgia Solar Energy Association.
Tim Blackwell - Business Operations Manager
Tim Blackwell’s commitment to clean energy spans over two decades. In 2001, Tim founded OneWorld Sustainable, Georgia's first renewable energy company that quickly expanded to include energy efficiency options as well as educational and international outreach initiatives. In 2003, his company created Georgia’s first interactive solar educational program for public schools using PV systems installed on school grounds as learning tools. These interactive PV systems encourage student interest in renewable energy and serve as a gateway into the broader issue of global sustainability. Tim’s international outreach work includes developing business linkages with Africa-based solar energy companies as well as donations of PV systems throughout East Africa and the Caribbean. Tim was co-founder of the Georgia Solar Energy Association of which he acted as Vice-Chair for several years. He has worked with several non-profit organizations to help develop Georgia’s solar infrastructure and promote financial incentives for those who add solar to their energy mix. Tim joined Alternative Energy Southeast in 2018. As Business Operations Manager, his primary responsibility is to oversee company operations and initiate changes as needed. Tim also manages Human Resources and assists with materials procurement, project scheduling, and permitting. Tim offers AES a unique and valuable perspective based on exhaustive years in the solar industry.
Elizabeth Jones - Senior Administrative Assistant.
Elizabeth Jones is a Georgia native. She graduated with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Management (with a specialization in Human Services Non-Profit) from Shorter University. Elizabeth is currently finishing graduate coursework and research for a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design. She is the winner of the 2019 John W. Linley Scholarship. As a community leader and grant writer, Elizabeth was awarded the 2019 National Council for Preservation Education “Communicating the Value of Historic Preservation” grant for stewardship efforts at Zion Hill Cemetery Monroe, Georgia. While working for Nissan USA as an Ownership Loyalty Manager, Elizabeth was awarded the 2015 Nissan Best Practices Award at the OLM Summit for innovative policies and procedures with Electric Vehicle customers. Elizabeth continued working with EVSE, delving into service and installation operations, and she began working with solar installations in 2016 as a project coordinator. She joined Alternative Energy Southeast in 2018, as the company’s Senior Administrative Assistant.
Aaron Scranton - Solar Consultant
Aaron Scranton has been working as a Solar Consultant with AES since 2014. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College in 2011 and has been involved in building renovation and energy efficiency ever since. While at AES, Aaron has designed more than 1,000 solar PV and battery backup systems, with over 200 of those having resulted in executed contracts. These contracted projects range in size from small residential systems to a sophisticated 642kW commercial installation that required 16 different sub-sections installed across three different buildings. Aaron excels at setting realistic system performance expectations with his clients. He is very detail-oriented and uses his talents to optimize system design and output in accordance with customer goals. Aaron proficiently optimizes system designs to maximize the ROI for his clients. Aaron is a very effective communicator and is often called upon for public speaking engagements and Q&A sessions. Aaron is a very effective communicator and is often called upon for public speaking engagements and Q&A sessions. He also takes the lead role in managing Solarize campaigns for AES. Aaron has a natural aptitude for teaching and practices a consultative sales technique that relies on building customer trust through expertise and AES’s solid reputation. Aaron is of the firm belief that if it makes sense to the customer and delivers what they are looking for, they will become a satisfied and long-term AES client.