Stellar Solar Mobile Solar Station Powering Construction at Encinitas Community Garden

The 2kW Stellar Solar Mobile Solar Station is powering all of the electric tools being used to build garden beds at the new Encinitas Community Garden located at 499 Quail Gardens Drive. Residents are invited to experience the joy of gardening by leasing a plot. Please check the website at www.encinitascommunitygarden.org to get on the waiting list to get a plot. Passionate Encinitas gardeners are also needed to volunteer! Please email info@encinitascommunitygarden.org to get involved.

The Encinitas Community Garden, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is run by a volunteer group of passionate citizens dedicated to organic gardening, promoting land stewardship, horticultural education and strengthening community bonds through outreach to local residents and organizations.

The Stellar Solar Mobile Solar Station is available for free to power events, fundraisers, concerts and more.

Powering the construction of the Encinitas Community Garden

Powering the construction of the Encinitas Community Garden

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At work powering the building of a community garden.

At work powering the building of a community garden.

In action at the community garden.

In action at the community garden.

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Enjoy a Complimentary Dinner at our Celebration of Solar Open House

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Celebration of SolarStellar Solar would like to invite you to our annual Celebration of Solar Dinner & Open House. Current customers or home and business owners curious about solar or electric vehicles…everyone is welcome, and dinner is on us!
Details below.
RSVP here

Thursday, April 24, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Stellar Solar Showroom

4730 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92117
Next to SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center

Complimentary Italian dinner from Sorrentino’s
Just present a copy of your electric bill

Special guest:
Peder Norby, Chairman, San Diego County Planning Commission

• View and test drive the latest electric vehicles and hybrids
• Enjoy San Diego’s only solar showroom
• County Planning Commissioner Peder Norby will give a short presentation on his zero-net-energy home and his electric vehicles that are powered entirely by the sun
• The team from San Diego’s Best Solar Company on hand to show you the latest options to go solar in a no-pressure environment
• SunEdison representative to answer questions about their 1.99% financing and solar lease
• Lick the Plate on KPRi will be there to talk about your favorite restaurants

Fabulous prizes from Ki’s in Cardiff, That Boy Good BBQ, and Sorrentino’s!

Fabulous prizes from Ki’s in Cardiff, That Boy Good BBQ, and Sorrentino's!

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Solar Power As a Higher Power

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The First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego has selected Stellar Solar to design and install a 73kW solar system.

Robie Evans, Director of Operations for the church, stated: “Our decision to power our campus with solar was made by the congregation some time ago, and the selection of Stellar Solar was made after meeting with several San Diego solar installers and a lot of research on their history, capabilities, and quality of people on their team.”

“Besides scoring high marks in all of those categories, they were very patient and educated us through this process that stretched out over a year. Along with this being a very smart financial decision for the church, we feel that going solar is an important expression of our spiritual values, which include being good stewards of the planet,”

Stellar Solar will be working with the church to educate the congregation on their home solar potential through workshops and will also make a donation to the church for each system installed on a member’s home. Given that this was a decision made by the congregation as a whole; it makes sense to make it as easy as possible for churchgoers to install solar on their homes. It’s a great time to be doing so with the recent SDG&E rate increase and the very affordable solar financing that is now available.

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Stellar Solar Director of Marketing & Business Development David Boylan to Speak at Solar Power International in Chicago October 22, 2013

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Stellar Solar is proud to announce Director of Marketing & Business Development David Boylan will be speaking at the solar industry’s largest annual gathering.

His presentation, titled Marketing Residential Solar: How to Create an Integrated, Results Driven, Measurable Mix for Any Size Budget, is based on his nine years of working with solar integrators around the country, including the last three years with Stellar Solar. Attendees will learn how to get the most bang for their residential solar marketing buck and be presented proven solar marketing and public relations techniques along with examples of how to create an integrated, cost effective marketing strategy.

Examples and best practices covering traditional and digital mediums will be presented from regions across the country.  A hard copy takeaway of a sample plan will be given to all attendees. While applicable to all sized solar companies, the presentation is geared towards small to medium size regional solar installers.

With David working with the Stellar Solar executive team, Stellar Solar has become one of the top solar companies in San Diego County. We were voted Best Solar Panel Company by the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2011 and again in 2013 and have accumulated by far, the most 5-star reviews on Yelp of any solar integrator in the region. Along with building the Stellar brand, his efforts have significantly increased leads, site evaluations, and sales each year. His combination of bottom line business sense and creativity has enabled low cost-per-lead, while producing some of the more memorable marketing campaigns in the industry right here in San Diego.

For attendees of the show, you can catch David’s presentation Tuesday, October 22 from 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Room 401A at McCormick Place.

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Stellar PV Specialist Elected to San Diego CalSEIA

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Congratulations to our very own Dave Gersz on his election to a second term on the board of the San Diego Chapter of CalSEIA and representing Stellar Solar to the renewable energy industry.

SD CalSEIA’s mission is to promote, nurture, and progress the use of solar energy systems in the San Diego region through cooperative action of the members of the local solar industry. With the solar market in California still in its beginnings, CalSEIA seeks to provide a voice for the solar industry on a local and state-wide level.

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Behind the Scenes in Renewable Energy – Meet the People who Drive Solar

Dave GIn our continuing effort to highlight the people that make up the solar workforce, we had a chat with our very own Dave Gersz. Dave walks us through how he got involved in the renewable energy industry and offers us some insider tips on the key skills needed for his position.

How did you get involved with solar?
I was working in the mortgage industry and a friend started with another solar company.  He said that solar was going to be the next big thing.  I researched some of the best companies in San Diego using the SD Business Journal.  I called the top 25 companies one morning.  That same afternoon while stopped at a stoplight, I saw that the car next to me had a Stellar Solar sign on it.  I remembered the name Michael Powers from my calls that morning, so I asked him to roll down his window.  We exchanged information and met for coffee a few days later.  He said that they were not hiring sales people but I talked him into giving me a chance.  That was 5 years ago.

What does your role as a PV Specialist involve- can you walk us through the process?
Being a true sales professional involves listening to my clients’ needs.  I recommend the perfectly sized system for them based on their energy history and budget.  I present payment options and explain the benefits of going solar.  I think that my clients appreciate that I have their true concern at heart, instead of just trying to sell them something.

What are some of the key skills you need as a PV specialist?
You need to have a lot of energy and patience.  I end up giving the same presentation about 20 times per week and people ask mostly the same questions every time.  I think that I have gotten pretty good at conveying my message without rushing through the presentation.  Another key skill is respect.  I respect my clients’ time, so I try to be early to every meeting.

What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is getting emails from past customers who tell me about their $5/month electric bills with SDGE. They reaffirm that going solar was the best financial decision that they have made.

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Stellar Solar on KFMB AM San Diego this Saturday

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Stellar founding partner Michael Powers will be appearing on KFMB’s real estate show, Love Real Estate, for broadcast this Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Podcast available next week at the 760 KFMB website.

The Love Real Estate Show provides home buyers with up-date real estate information:  help for first time home buyers, loan modifications, short sales, traditional sales and more. Love Real Estate is made up of a diverse panel of experts to get the facts and help make informed decisions that make the most sense for your individual situation. Tune in and hear Michael Powers talk about the economic benefit of going solar and how it makes sense to employ clean, green, renewable solar energy in San Diego.

 

 

 

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Stellar Solar Wins Best Solar Company in 2013 UT San Diego Readers Poll

San Diego's Best Solar Company 2011 and 2013Thanks to everyone who voted Stellar Solar Best Solar Company in the 2013 U-T San Diego readers poll. This is the second time we’ve been recognized by readers of the U-T for our commitment to providing excellent service and affordable solar panels to San Diego home and business owners.

“There are solar providers that spend significantly more than we do on marketing, but then rely on high pressure tactics and sales gimmicks – and people get turned off by that,” said Michael Powers, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We prefer an educational, consultative approach and as a result, a high percentage of our sales come from customer referrals,” he added. “Going solar is an investment and people want to feel comfortable with their provider.  The way we do business is reflected in awards like this, and from the high number of customers that rave about us on forums like Yelp. Besides that, we have the reputation of providing timely follow-up to solar inquiries and quick preparation of solar estimates and people appreciate that, especially with the high number of homeowners looking into solar as a result of the SDG&E rate increase.”

Read the entire story here

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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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