Partners & Affiliates

SBV is proud of its affiliates and partners that share our values. Bobby Clark, Founder and President of SBV is also the co-founder of Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise, LLC. The Kentucky Entreprenuer Network helps connects entrepreneurs to training, technical assistance, mentors and investors. Bedford Energy Consulting helps businesses reduce the tax liabilities through cost segregation to accelerated depreciation and maximize use of deductions provided in the Energy Policy Act. SBV is proud to be the co-founder of the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is a physical and virtual destination that shares and celebrates the stories of Kentucky's most successful entrepreneurs with a mission is to raise awareness of the impact that entrepreneurship has made in the Commonwealth and encourage others to pursue similar ambitious endeavors.

Partners, Affiliates and Initiatives

Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise

Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise (MCEE) provides a wide range of services and connection to clients in the Midwest and the larger national and international clean tech markets. MCEE offers access to technologies, introduction to financing experts, business development and technical expertise on a wide spectrum of clean and renewable energy opportunities.

MCEE has broad experience in developing sustainability assessments and plans. In 2012-2013, MCEE developed the Rebuilding West Liberty Strategic Report that details a focused sustainability plan for the West Liberty, Ky. community after a devastating tornado on March 2, 2012. MCEE worked with a team of individuals and entities to engage community stakeholders, facilitate dialogue, provide technical assistance, market and develop a plan of action to rebuild West Liberty as an eco-tourism destination with a focus for improving energy efficiency and economic sustainability. MCEE has gone out on the national stage to request funding and to develop a model for funding the strategies based on the stakeholder-inspired recommendations outlined in the plan.

Bobby Clark served as project manager of the Rebuilding West Liberty initiative to rebrand and rebuild. Our team participated at the Clinton Global Initiative America conferences in 2013 and 2014; the West Liberty initiative was accepted as a Clinton Global Initiative America "Commitment to Action." We are currently raising funds for Phase 1, which will build four "net zero" homes for families displaced by the tornado. The “stick built” homes will be latest Energy Star design; by adding solar and geothermal systems, these homes will reach "net zero" and serve as models for affordable energy efficient homes for national post-disaster recovery. Clark also delivered a presentation about the West Liberty overview at the national Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference at St. Louis University in November 2013.

In addition, an Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard (EEED) will be developed in West Liberty. The dashboard will be placed in the lobby of Commercial Bank of West Liberty (currently under construction and will be certified LEED Silver). The dashboard will monitor the four new “net zero” homes and remote meters will be installed in several of the Energy Star multi-family units currently under construction, the geothermal system in the bank and some comparable homes and buildings that were built in the 70s and 80s. An energy efficiency curriculum will be added and accessible via the internet for teachers around the U.S. and beyond. Participated in the Sustainable Building Working Group at the June 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver.

MCEE is leading an initiative that has been designated as official demonstration project of the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability to establish an eco/sustainability district in the NuLu and surrounding area in Louisville, Kentucky. Key stakeholders include the University of Louisville (U of L), Louisville Downtown Development Partnership (LDDP), Louisville Air Pollution Control Board (APCB), the Office of Sustainability, the NuLu Business Association (NBA), Nucleus, Louisville Housing Authority (LHA), Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), Nucleus, Louisville Office of Economic Growth and Innovation, local developer City Visions and Philips Lighting. MCEE is developing public-private partnerships with all of these entities to implement sustainability projects throughout Louisville – including strategies to address Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect.

In addition to this community engagement work, MCEE has worked with Iberdrola Renewables, the fourth largest energy company in the world, to explore wind, solar and biomass opportunities in Kentucky.

MCEE organized a Kentucky Biomass stakeholder group. MCEE has a strategic alliance with Palmetto Ventures which is a trusted financial firm that offers clean energy investment products with environmental benefits to its growing global client base of over 300 institutions and 12,000 private clients. Palmetto has grown rapidly and evolved into a highly regarded financial firm with substantial transaction experience.

MCEE provides grant writing and technical assistance to small businesses to apply for USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants. REAP grants provide 25% of the funding for energy efficiency (Examples: lighting, water, insulation and HVAC upgrades on the farm) or renewable energy projects (Examples: geothermal, solar PV, heaters & thermal, micro wind and biomass projects). Our clients have been awarded over $1 million in USDA REAP grants in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio.

Bedford Energy Consulting


Real estate owners can benefit from cost segregation as either a tenant or property owner. Don’t wait to take tax deductions you are entitled to now. Cost segregation is a powerful tax planning strategy used to accelerate depreciation deductions producing significant tax deferrals and freeing-up valuable cash flow.

How it works: A cost segregation study (CSS) is based on a detailed engineering analysis which is used to support the acceleration of depreciation deductions. This process identifies costs that can be allocated to shorter recovery periods of primarily 5, 7, and 15-year, as opposed to 39-year. A quality study provides the documentation needed to defer substantial tax payments and greatly improve cash flow. A cost segregation study does not create new deductions, it simply pushes existing deductions into the early years of ownership. This front-loading of depreciation allows real estate owners to take advantage of the time value of money. On average, a cost segregation study can allocate 20 - 40% of the depreciable cost basis of a property to an accelerated recovery period. Occasionally, the allocation is much higher.

Federal Temporary Incentives: Since 2001, the U.S. Federal government has provided tax incentive packages for real estate owners who are building or improving their real estate. Bedford’s Depreciation Decoder outlines all qualified leasehold, restaurant, and retail improvements, as well as bonus depreciation, available each year with applicable planning notes. Our engineers proactively ensure these additional benefits are achieved as part of Bedford’s Engineering Analysis.

Getting Started: If you own your building, or paid for leasehold improvements as a tenant, you can likely benefit from a cost segregation study. If you have made improvements in recent years you may be eligible for special temporary incentives. Let’s begin The Conversation and determine what type of savings you could achieve with a cost segregation study. Contact us to request your complimentary estimate of benefits today.