Caribbean Solar Company Owners Named V.I. Small Business Persons of 2017

Kevin Schnell and Maya Matthews-Sterling, owners of Caribbean Solar Company (CSC), have been named the 2017 Virgin Islands Small Business Persons of the Year.

The letter of congratulations from Linda McMahon of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to Stanfield says, in part, “Your hard work, innovative ideas and dedication to your employees and community have helped you build an outstanding business that has strengthened your [territory’s] economy. The SBA is pleased to celebrate your achievements and recognize your personal role in driving our nation’s economic growth. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor.”

 Caribbean Solar Company was started in 2012 by St. John-native Maya and her husband Kevin. Since its inception, CSC has installed over 850 kilowatts of solar, providing an environmentally friendly and affordable alternative energy source to residential and commercial Virgin Islanders.

Matthews-Sterling and Schnell traveled along with their six-month-old daughter to Washington, D.C., to receive their awards during National Small Business Week festivities.  Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation declaring National Small Business Week.

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