Montana Busch - Founder and CEO
Montana Busch is the CEO of Alternative Energy Southeast (AES). He founded AES in 2007 when he was only 20 years old. Mr. Busch also serves as the Co-Chairman of Georgia Solar Energy Association, a non-profit whose mission is to educate and advocate to make solar energy more accessible in Georgia. Because of solar advocates like Montana Busch solar energy has grown exponentially in Georgia over the past decade.
Mr. Busch is a renowned solar specialist through and through. He has been working closely with lawmakers, commissioners, utilities, code enforcement entities, and other solar advocates since his company's inception. 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 program and he is licensed in Georgia as a non-restricted Electrical Contractor. Having performed electrical work for hospitals, data centers, office buildings, high-rises, factories, and homes Montana has been able to cultivate a comprehensive knowledge of a wide variety of electrical systems. His background gives AES exceptional insight into project design and quality assurance.
Mr. Busch is a dedicated advocate for the global adoption of clean energy. He also partakes in humanitarian and environmental efforts and contributes 10% of his company’s profits to those efforts. Mr. Busch was recently honored with a biographical listing in the Marquis 2021-’22 Who’s Who in America.
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. 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.
Chris White - Solar ConsultantChris White embodies the best features of a solar professional - level-headed, honest, and able to explain complicated technology in easy-to-understand terms. His easy-going consultative sales approach has been developed through a long career in mortgage banking and B2B sales. In search of a more purposeful career, Chris began working for AES in 2016. He enjoys working with customers seeking to achieve net-zero carbon emissions and is passionate about increasing access to solar power for all. He takes special interest in lowering the barriers to solar power ownership through low-cost financing options with no upfront expense. Chris graduated from the University of Mary with a degree in Business Administration and spends his free time helping young fathers build and strengthen their families.
Sharon Yun - Solar Consultant
- Sharon has been passionate about conservation and the environment her entire life. She lives by the motto "Be the change you want to see in the world" which has led her to a career in Renewable Energy and owning her own solar array. She is prepared to listen to your specific needs and offer personal consultation to create a custom system designed just for you. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Gwinnett Sierra Club. She is also a co-leader of the Gwinnett Ready for 100% Campaign, a renewable energy initiative in Gwinnett, and an active member of the GA Solar Energy Association (GA Solar). She has a certificate in PV Sales and Cost Analysis from Solairgen and a Sustainability Ambassador Certificate from the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resiliency. She has a B.A. in International Studies with Minors in Business and Political Science. Her wide variety of experiences include working in the fields of sustainability and regenerative agriculture, leading wellness and artist cooperatives in San Francisco, CA, and now maintaining a homestead with chickens and bees.
Terry Love - Service Dept Manager
Terry Love handles scheduling, coordination, and execution of service calls and maintenance work. Terry is NABCEP Installation Professional–certified and has 12 years of experience with solar PV of all scales, making him an expert problem-solver for troubleshooting. He is fluent in Spanish and serves as our dedicated translator when needed. Terry is a prized employee of AES and has been with the company since 2015.
Gordon Cox - Field Operations Manager
Gordon Cox oversees project execution and is an expert in making processes efficient. Gordon ensures project designs coming from the Sales Department are ready for implementation and he also works with the Project Managers and field personnel to coordinate project scheduling for PV and Tesla Powerwall projects. Gordon has been hands-on with residential and commercial electrical work for over 10 years and holds many job-specific certifications such as OSHA 30, First Aid & CPR, PV Design, Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer, Logistics and Leadership training. Having been with AES since 2014, Gordon is the company’s longest standing employee excluding the founder.