NASHVILLE, Tenn.,Jan. 7, 2016/PRNewswire/ --Matt Ellison, Lead Design and Engineering of ARiES Energy, wholly owned by PHG Energy ofNashville, has earned the solar industry's leading recognition of installation expertise from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®), and is now a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional™. NABCEP is the most highly respected and well established national certification organization for renewable energy professionals. Designation as a NABCEP PV Installation Professional is widely recognized to be the most important and meaningful certification of its kind in the solar industry.

As the cost of PV systems has declined sharply over the last few years, more and more households, municipalities, and companies are "going solar." NABCEP is a mark of quality assurance that the consumer can use to know that they are choosing a qualified contractor.

To earn his NABCEP certification, Ellison was required to first document relevant education and experience related to PV system installation. Then he had to pass a rigorous exam that covers the breadth of the multi-craft knowledge, skills, and abilities required to competently design, install, and maintain PV systems. The exam assesses knowledge on subjects as diverse as electrical and mechanical system design, job site safety, the National Electrical Code, roofing and construction techniques, and system maintenance and troubleshooting.

"One thing you can be assured of when hiring a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional is that your project won't be their first," saidRichard Lawrence, Executive Director of NABCEP. "Anyone who makes the considerable effort required to earn NABCEP certification has documented their training and experience as part of the eligibility process. They have also made a very real commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. I am delighted to welcomeMatt Ellisonof ARiES Energy to the ranks of the industry's leading solar professionals."

Ellison joinsJason MacIsaacas the second NABCEP certified employee at ARiES Energy, adding to the strength of the renewable energy firm. "Receiving the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification is an exciting milestone on my solar PV career path," saysMatt Ellison. "My high standards, education, and work ethic are now recognized and approved by the leading US solar PV installer certifying body. Our clients can feel confident, knowing that ARiES products and services have been provided for by a third-party-qualified installer, and will strengthen ARiES Energy as we push into new markets."

ARiES Energy has been successfully designing and installing, both residential and commercial solar, since 2011. Customers acrossTennesseewill soon be able to commission hybrid and off grid solar systems with ARiES Energy, due to expansion in their engineering department. ARiES has also designed a community solar project which is currently in development and will boost ARiES Energy's product line. ARiES Energy was the recipient of the 2015 Traction Day Award for innovative alternative energy solutions in theTennesseeregion.