Solar Universe Network

Solar Universe Network

September 12, 2012 09:00 ET

Solar Universe Hires Mark McKahan-Jones to Level the Competitive Landscape for Independent Contractors

LIVERMORE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2012) - Solar Universe Network, a top five consumer solar company in California, today announced the hire of Mark McKahan-Jones as its new VP of Channel Development. McKahan-Jones will be focused on recruiting independent solar partners into Solar Universe's network to strengthen business and help them compete against the industry's largest players.

"The timing for this opportunity could not be better as the industry is becoming more consolidated than ever," said McKahan-Jones. "As big solar companies aim to monopolize the industry, smaller solar businesses are finding it more difficult to compete against the buying power and finance options offered by industry giants."

McKahan-Jones left the largest solar panel manufacturer in North America to help Solar Universe recruit independent solar contractors and sole proprietors into its franchise network. Through its franchise network, partners will be offered support in everything from lead generation, financing options, state-of-the-art software and training to marketing and brand building.

"The big are in fact getting bigger," said McKahan-Jones. "If sole proprietors are going to continue to be successful in the solar space, they are going to need support in order to compete with the larger players."

Over the last five years, many small solar businesses have plateaued or scaled down due to challenges such as uncompetitive product pricing and limited lease options. These companies are faced with hard decisions such as selling or in the worst-case scenario, going out of business.

McKahan-Jones sees Solar Universe's franchise network as a viable option for business owners who want to keep their independence and still benefit from the support of a larger network. He also believes the franchise network will increase the size of small solar businesses in turn creating more jobs in the solar field. For more information visit:

About Solar Universe Network

Not all solar companies are created equal. Solar Universe Network is one of the largest solar companies in the United States with 30 franchises in 10 states. Solar Universe Network is changing the solar industry by pioneering professional product and service standards in North America's fastest growing markets. Solar Universe is rapidly becoming the nations full-service trusted brand for solar power. Visit for more info.

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