Stellar Solar Co-Founder Michael Powers was featured this week on the front page of the UT San Diego business section in an interview covering his extensive experience in and passion for the solar industry. Michael uses solar to power his home, his car, and his life. Powers has been a huge proponent of solar energy since its beginning in San Diego in 2001, when Powers helped the first three Home Depot stores stock solar panels to be sold to the masses.
Since Powers’ solar introduction in 2001, he has been on the cusp of the residential solar boom, building Stellar Solar, now one of San Diego’s top solar contractors, with his partners Kent Harle and Brian Grems. Michael also runs a popular solar energy news blog and eNewsletter called “Terrawatts”, which is a trusted source of industry news for energy professionals. He is a man who is passionate about solar, and who has made his living through pursuing that passion.
Recently the Union Tribune San Diego sat down with Mr. Powers and questioned him about the state of solar power and its future. Mr. Powers is a professional at explaining not only how solar panels work, but also how they can save you money. In the interview, Powers explains the “intermittent” nature of solar power, how when panels produce more power than needed, the extra power is received as a credit by SDG&E. When panels are not producing enough power, the extra power needed is taken from the SDG&E credit so that it balances out the amount of power used but still costs the homeowner nothing. Powers also spoke on the increasing amount of direct internet sales of solar, as now, he said, all that is needed is an electric bill and view of the home’s roof on Google Earth, and a quote can be written. The days of solar contractors having to come out and look at the house to produce a quote are over, which is saving solar companies’ and their customers time and money.
With SDG&E renegotiating the way they bill and credit solar energy producers, Powers also encourages homeowners thinking about going solar to go ahead and make the leap: “anybody who buys a solar energy system between now and around 2017, they’re all going to be grandfathered in.” Homeowners who buy their solar systems now will avoid the future costs involved with the SDG&E renegotiations.
Check out the full interview here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/01/tp-solar-pitchman-sees-bright-future/3/?#article-copy