Friday, August 04, 2006 Launches Green Energy Contractor Marketplace


AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 2, 2006 -, an online marketplace matching homeowners and businesses with renewable energy contractors, has launched a free service that matches customers interested in green energy projects with pre-screened, experienced renewable energy professionals called Verde Pros.

Under Verde Pros, customers provide their project information using an intuitive online survey, and are then matched to Verde Pros in their area who provide planning assistance and project bids.

Customers using the service receive competitive bids from up to four pre-screened Verde Pros with specialized experience and training in renewable energy services including solar, wind, hydroelectric, fuel cells, and energy auditing.

"We're introducing a resource to homeowners and businesses across the country that connects their service request with trusted renewable energy experts in their local area," said Rob Powell, chief executive for Verde Energy, Inc. "We provide a competitive marketplace of services to customers, and a qualified, targeted marketing channel to contractors."

Verde Pros are pre-screened on the following criteria: experience and training, licensing, outstanding legal judgments, insurance and bonding, and customer references.

With rising electricity prices and widespread availability of renewable energy rebates, customers are beginning to install solar electric and other renewable energy systems on homes and offices nationwide at a rapid pace. According to private equity firm CLSA, the worldwide solar industry grew by a record 44 percent last year.

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