Last year, Alternative Energies became Kentucky's only manufacturer of photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight into electricity to power homes and businesses.
The company has rented office and manufacturing space in the old ATR Wire & Cable plant on Danville's bypass, trained 10 employees and set up a side business in security systems to cushion its startup.
"It has been slow starting," said Dan Tolson, one of three partners in the company. Solar power is a novelty in Kentucky, he said, "but we think the potential here is huge. It just makes sense."