Strata Solar Secures Utility-Scale Solar Contract with Alabama Power

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Markus Wilhelm uses expertise in business leadership and solar energy to serve as the CEO of Strata Solar, LLC, based in North Carolina. At Strata Solar, Markus Wilhelm helps organizations meet clean renewable energy goals by creating and installing utility-scale solar energy systems.

Recently, Strata Solar was granted the engineering, procurement, and installation contract for Alabama Power’s first utility-scale solar facilities. With approval from the Alabama Public Service Commission, Alabama Power and Strata Solar will construct a 10.6 MW AC solar facility at both Fort Rucker Army Base and Anniston Army Depot. Strata Solar has scheduled installation to begin in the first quarter of 2016.

According to Wilhelm, Strata Solar looks forward to working on projects that will help the Fort Rucker Army Base and Anniston Army Depot their meet energy independence goals. The company is also eager to use its extensive experience implementing utility-scale projects to help Alabama Power build its electricity portfolio.


United Solar Initiative Travels to Nicaragua

An experienced executive, Markus Wilhelm brings more than two decades of experience to his current position as the CEO of Strata Solar LLC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to his efforts with Strata Solar, Markus Wilhelm works with the nonprofit solar energy organization United Solar Initiative.

Founded in 2013, United Solar Initiative works to provide solar energy systems to areas that have limited access to electricity or rely on dangerous kerosene lamps. Over the past two years, the organization has provided solar panels to several organizations in and around Managua, Nicaragua.

In one recent project, volunteers from United Solar Initiative traveled to the Nicaraguan city of Matagalpa to install solar panels in schools located in the mountains. The volunteers teamed with a local Nicaraguan solar energy company, Suni Solar, to complete the project. Prior to the installation of the panels, the schools relied on kerosene lamps, which are expensive and unsafe. With the energy provided by the new solar panels, the schools are able to stay open at night for adult education and community events.

USI Solar Projects in Nicaragua

Markus Wilhelm has spent nearly seven years as the chief executive officer of Strata Solar, LLC. Markus Wilhelm works with a number of additional groups and organizations within the solar energy industry, including the United Solar Initiative.

In the past, members of United Solar Initiative (USI), Inc., have provided solar power to in-need communities all over the world. One of the organization’s most recent projects involved two volunteers visiting Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and installing solar panels at the Mina Verde 2 and San Antonio de Upa schools.

Both installations required the volunteers to travel several miles outside of the city, navigating a mountainous landscape. The USI solar panels were installed at both locations for the purpose of powering light bulbs during night classes. The schools had previously relied on costly, inefficient methods of lighting, including kerosene-fueled lanterns. The project was made possible not only by USI volunteers but through the help of Suni Solar, a Nicaraguan-based solar energy provider.

The Water Institute’s WaSH Policy Research Digest

Since 2009, Markus Wilhelm has served as the chief executive officer of Strata Solar, LLC, one of the top solar providers in the United States. Beyond leading the Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based company, Markus Wilhelm supports the work of a number of organizations, including The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, a group that works around the globe to improve access to safe water.

In addition to its research and educational activities, The Water Institute produces the WaSH Policy Research Digest. Developed to promote investment in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) sector, the digest provides an accessible resource to help decision-makers around the world develop effective policy to address the needs of communities facing WaSH challenges.

Consisting of two sections, each issue of the WaSH Policy Digest focuses on recently published research surrounding WaSH policy, and provides a directory to additional resources on the topic. The Digest is published quarterly and can be found on The Water Institute at UNC’s website: