I don’t know about you, but we love a good solar installation story, which is why we enjoy this Solar Cribs YouTube series launched by Stellar Solar, San Diego’s oldest SunPower dealer and one of two Master Dealers in San Diego County. Above we have episode three, which features the story of Michael and Jeanne Powers from their first solar installation in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, to their new home that features a unique racking system custom built to optimize a less than perfect roof pitch and direction.
As Michael describes in this episode and has been preaching for years, going solar should be an easy decision for most homeowners when they look at the history of utility rate increases and the ever-shortening return on investment.
“I’ve always asked homeowners a few simple questions when they ask about going solar. The first is to do the math and see what their current utility bill will cost them over the next 20-30 years. Then ask them add in a very conservative utility rate increase based on historic averages. When they look at the numbers they see the light and that’s what gives me the most satisfaction.” He added, “It’s been a thrill for me to see solar take off not only in San Diego but nationally and globally. I’m proud to have played a part to educate consumers to help spur that growth.”
Michael has also been a vocal supporter of Community Choice Energy, a program that allows cities and counties to buy and/or generate electricity for residents and businesses within their areas. The Climate Action Campaign in San Diego is an organization whose goal is to “Stop Climate Change – One City at a Time” is a proponent of Community Choice Energy and has worked closely with Michael over the years on that and other renewable energy related issues.
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