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Quick History of Solar in Europe, America and San Diego…

Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches from 1500’s of concentrated solar power designs are the first known contemporary works. The first collection arrays and solar motors were built 1860 to 1880 in Europe then in 1883, American Charles Fritz, created the first solid state solar cell. In the 1950s scientists at Bell Laboratories adapted use of silicon in solar cells. The 1970’s energy crisis thrust solar into main stream America. In 2000’s research continues using various materials and technologies including graphene, nano particles and solar paint applications.

 

Leonardo Da Vinci & Solar Concentration Design

The San Diego area was an early adopter and integrator of Solar Energy. Through vision, leadership and participation of political and business leaders we have integrated solar and renewable energy into our business culture, universities, research institutions and civic policies in San Diego. 

Since 2001, San Diego Solar has worked to communicate, educate and integrate the efforts of ALL those involved in the Solar and Renewable Energy community.

Sun Diego Energy, San Diego Solar, SD Solar and our Associates are your local connection to All Things Solar in San Diego County and to the global renewable energy movement.

San Diego continues to lead the way in design innovation, manufacturing processes, materials sciences, solar farms, commercial installations and ever increasing residential customers.

So, Let Us Help You…

We help residential consumers decide on the best solar choices that fit THEIR needs

We help businesses integrate solar in their business plans

We are a conduit for government policy makers and a fierce advocate for the Solar Industry and the realities of the clean energy marketplace

We consult to government, businesses and individual’s needs.

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FAQ’s:

How Much Cost? How Much Save? and How Soon?

Residential Customers, Small Businesses and Large Solar Projects all want to know the same basic information. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) we often hear and you can get a summary of the answers to these questions provided by our staff and local solar providers at the Get Started tab.

 

FAQ's

Most customers want to know only the basics…

  1. What system do I need?
  2. How much will system cost?
  3. How much will system save?
  4. How soon can it be completed?

Others want more information

  1. Should I buy or lease my system?
  2. If I buy it… is it better to finance or pay cash?
  3. Is there a best time of year to buy solar?
  4. What tax incentives and rebates can I qualify for?
  5. How long with the solar panels last?
  6. What warranty goes along with the panels and system?
  7. What happens if I want to sell my home later?
  8. How do I know I am not being oversold or overpaying?
  9. How long will the system last?
  10. What other costs are associated with solar?
  11. What is the best solar panel company to use?
  12. What is the best installation company to use?
  13. How soon can my system be up and running?
  14. How do I Get Started?

Go to Get Started page to get the answer to these and other Frequently Asked Questions.

Get Solar Now or Later?

  • Have you seen the local, national and world news lately about clean energy?
  • Hear all the local ads on TV and Radio about solar?
  • So why is now the time for solar?

Solar is a fast growing industry because technology has matured, installation costs are lower than ever so it now it makes financial sense more than ever. No matter how low fossil fuel prices go, the utilities in charge of producing and distributing that energy are inefficient high cost regulated monopolies that suffer from lack of competition, bloated executive salaries, government intervention and huge, ever increasing legacy costs.

When is the last time you have seen your utility energy rates go down?

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Oil and Natural Gas costs are down…

Why is Your Cost not going down?

There is now sufficient bipartisan political determination to advance and enough users of solar to thwart any attempts by big oil or utility companies to significantly impeded solar and clean energy alternatives.

As energy prices and real inflation continue up it only makes more sense to go solar. Use the solar calculators to see how whether you finance or lease a system you will pay less for your energy. And if you purchase a system your return on investment will match or exceed most investment returns and your system will not go down in value unless deflation occurs in the US and just the opposite is more likely to occur.

We are here to help you learn, do it yourself or choose the best company that matches your circumstances.

Our company saying is: “Charge Your Future”

 

“Charge Your Future” means empower your future and change from being an energy consumer to an energy producer!

Not every residence or commercial building can offset their entire energy bill but everyone can offset their “high tier” usage with clean solar power which will reduce your power bill and help the grid during high demand periods.

San Diego Solar Vision & Mission Statements:

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Convert Your Solar Potential To Solar Power.

  

We work for all types of residential, commercial, government and solar farm operations so whatever your needs are we can help.

Our website will educate and answer your questions but ask any additional questions you have, sign up for San Diego Solar email updates and free solar analysis at the input form on any page.

Take charge of your future and make the change to solar today!

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More Information…

Solar Facts, Local Solar Leaders, First Steps, Compare, Conclusion 

 

Other Reasons to Go Solar

Solar energy makes Economic, Social and Practical Sense.

Economic Sense because of ever increasing, higher and higher utility prices that seem to keep going up every time there is a fire, windstorm, natural gas price increase, power plant failure or other utility induced (Utility Commission Approved) cost increase.

Social Sense because all residential solar energy analysis (no matter what install company you use) includes energy efficiency recommendations and every Kilowatt saved is one less Kilowatt we need to pay to produce. Throughout the United States solar power is not always less expensive than other energy sources but from an environmental perspective it is cleaner than all carbon based or nuclear sources and from a domestic strategic energy perspective all domestically sourced, locally produced, grid tied energy is in our best national interest.

Practical Sense to control your energy future from fluctuating energy prices, world events, weather, natural disaster (fires, high winds, etc. that knock power out). And practically speaking, no matter what your political or environmental views, Solar Energy enables you to take a hot shower, charge electronics,  with the lights on when the power goes out!

 

Solar Facts:

USA Solar Facts:

  • America has enough solar energy potential to power the nation several times over.
  • Every one of the 50 states has the technical potential through both utility-scale and rooftop solar energy systems to generate more electricity than it uses per year.
  • In 19 states, the technical potential for electricity generation from solar PV exceeds annual electricity consumption by a factor of 100 x or more.
  • Harnessing available rooftop potential is especially important for America’s cities, where millions of empty residential and commercial rooftops could be used to generate energy.

California Solar Facts:

Year

Generation (GWh)

Generation (% of total)

2010

769

0.38%

2011

874

0.44%

2012

1,382

0.69%

2013

3,865

1.93%

2014 July YTD

5,651

5.05%

 

Solar Installations, Generation and Solar Prices:

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Community Projects:

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Commercial Building Owners and Managers:

Better Buildings Challenge LogoCommercial and industrial buildings used roughly 50% of the energy in the U.S. economy at a cost of over $400 billion. Both small and large commercial owners such as real estate investment trusts (REITs) have incentives like 179d tax deductions and low cost financing Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) to retrofit their current properties.

Commercial Energy and Financing Examples:

UC Irvine - University of California, Irvine: 7 million square feet to the challenge, realized a 23% reduction in energy intensity, annual energy savings of $180,000 and energy savings of as much as 60% while upholding the strict safety requirements of laboratory spaces.

http://www.alexanderinjury.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/macys_logo_120.jpg?2fb474Macy’s: Challenge commitment of 173 million square feet, 850 commercial buildings and achieved a 16% reduction in energy intensity, through an approach that combines technological solutions, such as the use of LED technology for accent lighting, with an advanced Energy Information System.

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Apple is committed to powering all facilities with green energy.

Financing:

http://blog.publicisna.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/citi-logo-jpeg.jpgDefragmented clean energy lending by integrating capabilities of multiple business and operations, invested more than $570 million in energy efficiency and distributed generation projects.

 

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What do San Diego Leaders Say about Solar in San Diego?

http://media.10news.com/photo/2012/09/02/Kevin-Faulconer-not-a-great-picture-26131546_78898_ver1.0_640_480.jpg“As a pollution-free energy source with no fuel costs, solar energy can help us to meet many of our city’s environmental and economic goals,”

San Diego Mayor: Kevin Faulconer

“It makes perfect sense for San Diego, one of the sunniest cities in the country, to lead the way in solar energy.”

“San Diego Zoo Parking Lot Goes Solar.” I applaud the San Diego Zoo's investment in solar energy generation and its leadership in conservation.  

 

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria speaks to officials at an apartment building where Solar panels were installed along 34th Street in the Normal Heights section of San Diego on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.(Photo by Sandy Huffaker)

City Council President: Todd Gloria, District 3

“Opening Soitec's new solar panel manufacturing plant in Rancho Bernardo. This means 450 new green jobs for San Diegans and more renewable energy for all.”

What Business, Residents and Community Leaders are saying about Solar…

“With over 260 days of sunshine a year, it's not surprising that Southern California is one of the best places for tapping into solar energy.  If you're thinking of going solar at your home or business you have more options than ever.” - SDGE

“I have solar panels on my roof and am investing in a grey water system not so much for myself, but for my future grandkids and their children.” – S. Grey

Solar Energy: Investors are taking off their shades and looking towards the sun. - Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry, Serial Entrepreneurs, Educators, Angel Investors

“Under Mayor Sander’s leadership, the City of San Diego has consistently been ahead of the curve in determining how best to demonstrate new technology and provide necessary infrastructure to promote clean energy adoption.” – Regarding Mayor Jerry Sander

 

How does solar work?

 

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How does solar work for you?

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What is your cost of not going solar?

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First Three Steps…

  1. To get a national overview of Solar and Renewable Energy visit www.Energy.gov Visit the “Energy Saver” page to see why energy efficiency measures are the first step and discover many easy and inexpensive projects you can do yourself. Go Solar California www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov has California specific information on Solar Statistics, Solar Rights, Contractor Lists, Solar Initiatives, Events Calendar and much more.
  2. Visit Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) @ www.energycenter.org for tons of information on all things energy and solar. They grew from a San Diego and California specific program to national administrator and are the only nonutility administrator of California utility ratepayer-funded sustainable energy programs.
  3. Look through this website www.SanDiegoSolar.com to get local perspective on all things solar and energy related. We have done the work researching the best choices for you and if you have a question fill in the “Rapid Response Form” at the right side of each page and we’ll get you the answer.

You will see from visiting these and other solar related sites there is an overwhelming amount of information to sort through and decisions to make. Important decisions like… What size solar system? What types of panels? To finance, lease or pay cash? US or Non-US manufactured panels? Who is best contractor for your needs? Union or non-union workers? Battery Storage? Solar Water Heater? And many more…

Larger and Older Companies usually have the higher legacy costs (lawsuits, overhead, employee benefits, etc.) but also have experience and if properly managed can enjoy economies of scale that offset those higher costs.

 

San Diego Solar Company Comparisons:

Installations Company UT Poll # Yelp Rating
745 Borrego Solar - -
236 Sullivan Solar 3 4.5
111 ABC Solar - 4
99 Semper Solar 4 5
86 Stellar Solar 1 4.5
75 Solar Alliance of America 5 2.5

 

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What is a Watt?

The watt (symbol: W) is a derived unit of power named after the Scottish engineer James Watt (1736–1819). Watts are basically the miles-per-hour measurement of the electrical world--they tell you how fast the electrons are speeding down the highway. A 60-watt lightbulb will consume electricity at a rate of 60 watts. A laborer working through the day will put out 75 watts of power. A medium-sized car might consume 100,000 watts.

 

Visuals of Solar in San Diego: 

 

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Conclusion

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Important questions regarding solar and when to go solar:

  1. Do you think the municipal power companies will lower their rates?
  2. Will there be less demand for energy in the future?
  3. Do you think inflation will not occur in the future?
  4. Do you think interest rates will go lower?

If your answer to most or all of these is no, then you feel energy prices will go up and the costs of purchasing the systems will go up.  So then now is the time to purchase, lease or finance your solar system. 

The only reasons to wait?:
You feel energy use and prices will go down over time
You feel interest rates will do down so cheaper to finance
If you feel there will be better future tax or manufacturer incentives

Even if one, two or all of these happen would it offset the rising costs energy demand, utility company legacy costs and other factors?

What is the Best Plan Solar Plan for You?
Research here and determine the best solar plan for you.
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Or you can simply start with a small purchase from our For Sale section to get acquainted with solar products and get more as you know more. 

Important Reasons to Go Solar Today:

  1. You can lock in your energy costs at a stable cost that you control.
  2. In the summer, run your AC knowing panels are offsetting costs of being cool
  3. You have power and hot water when the energy grid goes down
  4. Solar Systems are a hedge against inflation
  5. Interest rates are near historic lows

There is a popular Public Service Announcement in California on radio and TV called "hands conserve energy" that says how turning down the thermostat will save energy and save you money. Right now your hands can get the information to help for you to lock in your energy rates for decades to come.

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