This Father’s Day, Give Dad the Sun!

Happy Father’s Day to all our customers… and future customers!

These days, lots of moms and dads are choosing to go solar for their home, mainly to get rid of those pesky (and expensive) power bills.

But there’s a surprise bonus. When your house is powered by the sun, everything that plugs into your house is now also solar powered.

What better gift for Dad this Father’s Day than a power boost from Stellar Solar?

His DVR and laptop? Solar-powered. All his emails to friends and family and that blog he writes about his wood-working hobby? Runs on the sun now!

And nothing tastes better first thing in the morning than coffee brewed with solar power.

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If you trade in that smoky old gas mower for a new, electric lawn mower… Dad can cut the grass using solar power, too. (Which is only fair, since it’s solar power that makes the grass grow in the first place.)

Not only are these electric power tools less polluting, they’re usually much quieter, too — which your neighbors might appreciate on early Sunday mornings!

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The ultimate, of course, is to get a Nissan Leaf or some other all-electric vehicle and plug that into your solar powered house.

Once you do that… “every move you make, every trip you take”… you’re running on clean, California sunshine and getting great mileage to boot! (Plus, with instant torque from the electric motor and front-wheel drive, they’re really fun to drive.)

Past experience suggests you can drive 5 miles for each single kilowatt-hour of electricity… which means you can drive 1,000 miles per month on 200 kWh of clean, solar powered electricity. At 5-6 cents per kWh, that’s just $10-$12 a month in fuel charges!

Happy Father’s Day from Stellar Solar and here’s hoping all the dads out there enjoy their day in the sun!

 

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Stellar Summer: Mobile Solar Station Booked for June

We’re kicking off our summer event season by powering three high profile events with our Mobile Solar Station (MSS) – San Diego’s only portable, 2kW solar generator used to power events, festivals, stages, and fundraisers.

First up is the Encinitas Environment Day on Sunday, June 9 from 10am – 4pm. The MSS will be powering a stage filled with bands and speakers. The day will feature the latest strategies for healthy lifestyles, conservation and sustainability. Participants will discover the financial benefits of going Green and connect with local educational, governmental and civic resources at this fun event.
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The spectacular KPRi Green Flash Concert series at Birch Aquarium is next on Wednesday, June 19 featuring ZZ Ward and Vicci Martinez from The Voice. The MSS will be powering juicers used to make fresh squeezed orange juice for solar powered mimosas or just a refreshing glass of OJ for concert attendee’s. Situated on the tide pool, high overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this is one of the most beautiful locations in the world to watch a concert.

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We’ll round out the month by powering the stage at Summer Fun on the 101 June 28 and 29 in the heart of Leucadia. This music-focused weekend captures the essence of Leucadia with art, music, food and a beer garden.

The Stellar Solar Mobile Solar Station is available free of charge to power events throughout San Diego County. Call 858.395.6905 to learn more.

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Oracle of Omaha: The Solid Solar Investment

solarWarren Buffett, the world’s most respected investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has made recently made headlines regarding his foray into renewable energy holdings with MidAmerican Renewables, a subset of the Berkshire Hathaway owned MidAmerican Energy.

It’s not hard to see why. Within the company’s first 12 months of business the company acquired several of the largest solar projects in the world. Three of these are large scale solar photovoltaic developments including the 550 MW Topaz Solar Farms in San Luis Obispo County, a 290 MW project in Arizona, and a 579 MW project divided between Kern and Los Angeles counties.

Certain commentators denounced these investments as merely having positive political implications; while others such as Dan Bedell, executive vice president of Principal Solar, see this as a typically savvy investment from Berkshire Hathaway: ‘Buffett doesn’t mix politics and investment. There very may well be beneficial political overtones, but without the financial analytics behind this move, it’s a non-starter.’

Indeed, Buffett’s most widely quoted investment doctrine is ‘Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1.’ MidAmerican’s solar division president Paul Caudill added that while environmental respect was a core principle of their business ethos, they see solar and wind assets as ‘very, very solid long-term investments’. “Solar prices have dropped to the point where they are attractive just on their own merit” he added.

Needless to say, this has already created a ‘follower effect’ as investors worldwide have taken note of these aggressive industry acquisitions. It’s getting easier than ever to see that going solar is primarily an economic investment- not to mention an environmental one. Take a look around the Stellar Solar website to find out how you can go solar for no money down with our San Diego solar lease.

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Breaking: SDG&E Rates Going Up Over 13%

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Utility bills are set to rise for San Diego residents this September with a four-year rate increase totaling more than $500 million for customers of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. Due to this, the typical household will see monthly gas and electric bills rise over 11%.

Getting tired of giving away your money SDG&E? Solar power costs less than utility power! Take advantage of a plethora of financing options that are now available, including:

  • The new Stellar Solar Loan program
  • Re-financing your home
  • Home equity loans
  • San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union…Stellar is part of their solar loan program
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  • Navy Federal Credit Union’s Shares Secured Loan offers rates under 3%.
  • SunPower Solar Lease…go solar with no money out of pocket
  • Cash purchase…solar has never been more affordable
  • The Stellar Energy Consultants can work with you to come up with a residential solar power solution that meets your needs.
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Highlighted: Our 285 kW Installation on ‘Hollywood’s Hospital’

 

sinai 3sinai 2sinai 1Our 285 kW photovoltaic solar system on Cedars-Sinai Hospital, aka ‘Hollywood’s Hospital’, has received a large amount of attention from industry news sources.

Cedars-Sinai, located in Los Angeles, one of the world’s most highly regarded hospitals and research institutes, chose Stellar to design and install their 285 kW system which features 1,190 solar panels and a custom racking system to mount 30 Sunny Boy inverters on the rooftops.

Cedars-Sinai will soon be known as one of the world’s first ‘green hospitals’. Additional features include  doubled glass walls for energy savings and a building control system designed to regulate the building’s ongoing energy use.

For further details on our San Diego solar alliance and commercial solar installations be sure to check out the links provided.

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PACE Gains Momentum: Two San Diego Cities Sign Up

Another two cities are joining the San Diego Solar Alliance. San Marcos and Vista’s City Councils have approved a resolution to adopt the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing. The program aims to assist residential home owners and commercial businesses pay for renewable energy projects, including photovoltaic solar systems.

The PACE program has been developed by the HERO Financing Program, aimed at helping property owners pay for home-improvement projects via their property taxes, which means that property owners can pay for renewable energy and efficient systems over time. The residential HERO PACE program has gained over 8,000 applications and $150 million in apprioved projects so far.

Due to the success of similar projects such as the Encinitas permit-fee waiving program for energy efficient projects, this is a step in the right direction. With so many solar financing options becoming available, we’re eager that this incentive provides a chance to show residents of Vista and San Marcos the economic sense of producing power from solar panels compared to buying it from the utility company.

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Activated: 285kW Cedars-Sinai Solar Installation

A portion of the 285kW Stellar Solar system at Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavillion

We’ve recently activated a brand new solar carport system that is a part of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion.

Our installation utilizes 1,190 240 – watt panels in numerous locations atop the parking structure adjoining the pavilion. Working closely with Graycor Construction Company, a general contractor on the project, we designed and installed the system which will assist the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion’s target of becoming a Gold Certified Structure under the US Green Building Council LEED Program.

It’s an excellent addition to our growing portfolio of high-profile commercial solar projects.

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Catch us on KPRi and KFMB in San Diego

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You can hear our radio spots, produced and recorded in-house with employee talent, on 102.1 KPRi FM and KFMB 760 AM. Be sure to check out website for more information on our Stellar Solar alliance.

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Our Largest Ground Mount Yet: Olivenhein

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We just completed our largest residential ground-mount ever in Olivenhein. The 36.6kW solar energy system is made up of 112 SunPower 327 watt panels and 4 SunPower 8000 watt inverters.

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Stellar Solar Team Member Interview – Joe Bowden, Operations Coordinator

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With a long time passion for the solar industry, Joe has been a member of the Stellar Solar team since 2011. Prior to joining Stellar Solar he worked in Operations with Occidental Power, a solar installation firm based in San Francisco, and for 10 years as a Mortgage Consultant with Wachovia & World Savings. Joe is a graduate of UCSB with a B.A. degree in Law & Society and has an MBA from Kaplan University. In his short time with Stellar, he has become an asset to the company and his versed in the processing of rebates, lease and interconnection documentation for the company.  He is also the customer liaison after the contract is signed. He provides permit and installation status for all residential solar customers, keeping them up-to-date on all details as they become available. Joe is excited about building a bright future with Stellar and helping customers save money through our revolutionary San Diego solar lease or new low-interest solar loan.

How did you get involved with solar energy?
I started out in the solar industry when I was living in San Francisco. While I certainly appreciate the environmental benefits of solar, I am also aware of the economic benefits, both to home and business owners and as a growth industry. When I moved to San Diego and completed my  MBA, I wanted to join a business with the potential for growth and Stellar Solar and the San Diego solar market is booming. and  I saw first-hand what a difference solar energy can make in people’s lives by making the electricity they need more affordable.

Can you provide more detail on the role of Operations Coordinator at Stellar Solar?
Once a deal closes there is a lot that has to happen between then and the final installation. Permits must be secured, final layout and design approved, and the solar installation scheduled. There are a lot of moving parts and Stellar Solar has come up with a system that keeps everything moving forward smoothly. Communication is key and Stellar ensures that their customers are kept informed along the way.

What are some key skills you need in your role?
Excellent organizational and communication skills are key. I work with all the departments at Stellar so I need to have an understanding of their roles to do mine effectively

Any recommendations for someone looking for renewable energy jobs?
Having some hands on experience in the solar industry will definitely help you get your foot in the door of a company.  You can do this by volunteering or taking a class. Once you get your foot in the door of a company you like, show your employer you can work hard, stay motivated and  to continue to learn new skills. When you do that you should have no problem getting your desired position. Also do your research on the field you want to go into; and most of all find something you are passionate about.

What’s your favorite part of the job ?
When the permission to operate notice is given by the utility for the system to be turned on it gives me great satisfaction that my job has been done. That and seeing all of the 5 Star Reviews Stellar Solar receives on Yelp. Those are testament to the job this entire company does.

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