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Awarded the gold medal for the energy category, Pine Gate joins the ranks of Puritan Medical Group, which has been named Company of the Year

Asheville, NC (December 3, 2020) -- Pine Gate Renewables announced today that it was named to Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business list, receiving the gold medal in the energy category. Inc. created the Best in Business Awards to honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference.

“We’ve experienced extraordinary growth in 2020, allowing Pine Gate to make an even bigger impact on creating renewable energy for communities across the country,” said Ben Catt, CEO at Pine Gate Renewables. “A key to our success this year has been our ability to partner with utilities, corporations and universities to find new and creative ways to bring renewable energy to end consumers. We’re grateful that Inc. recognized the work we’re doing and look forward to what 2021 brings.”

The list, which can be found in the Winter issue of Inc. (on newsstands December 29, 2020), recognizes small- and medium-size privately held American businesses that have had a superlative impact on their communities, their industries, the environment, or society as a whole.

“It's been an incredibly challenging year for companies. Across industries, businesses have had to make brutally tough decisions and face unprecedented uncertainty,” said Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “That's why we knew 2020 called for a new recognition program, something to complement our annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. For Best in Business, companies have prioritized tackling today’s problems to lead us to a better future, even if they’ve struggled to stay in the black."

Instead of relying on quantitative criteria linked to sales or funding, Inc.'s editors reviewed the companies' achievements over the past year and noted how they made a positive difference in the world. They then selected honorees in more than 30 different industries--health, software, retail, business services, and more--and in age- and revenue-based categories. The applicant pool was very competitive, with around 2,700 entries and an acceptance rate in the low single digits—a huge success for these honors in their inaugural year.

Honorees for gold, silver, bronze, and general excellence across industries and categories are featured online at

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About Pine Gate Renewables

Pine Gate Renewables is a leader in the solar industry and an innovator in the movement for clean energy solutions that improve the planet. Headquartered in the second largest solar-producing state in the country, the company develops, finances, constructs, owns and operates utility-scale solar farms in 15 states and counting from its offices in Charlotte and Asheville, NC, and Jacksonville Beach, FL. Its mission is to provide locally-generated renewable solar power for communities nationwide through land origination, project development and environmental preservation. Named #6 on Inc. 500’s list of “Fastest Growing Energy Companies” in 2018, Pine Gate Renewables is blazing a trail to “Get Solar Done.” For more information, visit