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The July, 2023 cover story in Energy Business Review features Stellar Solar once again taking a leadership position in the next phase of the solar and battery storage revolution. Our executive team and solar evangelist Bill Walton detail how they are now helping homeowners maximize their returns by off-setting peak and off-peak rates through a combination of solar and battery storage – buying energy when prices are low and selling when prices are high by giving customers the tools they need to maximize their investments and help control their energy future. It’s a great read if you are thinking about going solar or just curious how it works. 

Stellar Solar Awarded Performance Recognition from Tesla

Stellar Solar, one of the most experienced solar and battery installers in Southern California and Michigan since 1998, and consistent winner of  the San Diego Union Tribune Readers Poll in the category of Best Solar Company, has added another impressive award to our collection, this time in the emerging energy storage sector. As winner of the Tesla Performance Excellence award, we have been recognized nationally as one of the leading installers of the Tesla Powerwall and providers of customer support for both new solar installations and additions to existing systems.  Given the high volume of Powerwall installations nationally, this is a significant accomplishment for us and Stellar Solar Michigan and further establishes Stellar as the go-to resource for solar and battery storage combination installations in both the California and Michigan markets.

How Bill Walton Became Our Solar Evangelist

In 2020, Stellar Solar connected with NBA Hall of Fame Center, ESPN broadcaster, best-selling author and San Diego native and resident Bill Walton through a mutual introduction. It was during that encounter that Walton shared his passion for solar and electric vehicles, having been an early adopter of both. 

That first meeting ended up being a fortuitous encounter ripe with possibilities and an agreement was quickly reached for Walton to become the solar evangelist for Stellar Solar.

Walton’s choice to work with Stellar Solar was a “no-brainer” as he put it. “I’ve known of Stellar’s sustained excellence and success for years, including their incredible streak of winning San Diego’s Best consistently.  Stellar is synonymous with all the things I believe in, stand for and try to live every day. Stellar’s standing in our community, their customer reviews, and the quality and authenticity of their people, product, style, and culture fit seamlessly and perfectly with who I am, what I want to do.  

Most recently, Walton became a customer of Stellar Solar by adding additional panels and three Tesla Powerwalls to prepare his home for power outages and offset skyrocketing utility rates through self-consumption during peak rate times. This move has proven to be perfect timing given the new solar and battery for self-consumption model that is perfectly suited for NEM 3.0. 

He will continue to spread the solar and battery word for Stellar Solar, further educating homeowners on this powerful new combination designed to save them money. 

Residential solar panels

From small roofs in urban settings to ground mounts in the country, Stellar Solar has completed thousands of solar installations on homes across San Diego.

Commercial solar panels

Our team designs & installs best-in-class, highly efficient, and versatile solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems using equipment from leading solar manufacturers.

Electric vehicle charging

Being able to charge your car with a battery at home to avoid escalating gas prices is not only an environmentally conscious decision but a fiscally wise decision.

Solar battery storage

We offer a variety of choices to suit your needs including Tesla PowerWall, LG Chem, and Enphase batteries. Offset Time-Of-Use charges and protect yourself against rolling blackouts.

San Diego's most awarded solar company

Stellar Solar is here to guide you from start to finish. 

5-star reputation

Customer referrals are our number one source of new business, a further testament to our pursuit of providing a positive experience for customers. Those positive customer experiences are reflected by our overwhelming five-star reviews on Yelp. 

"This is a well-run company with high level of expertise and a qualified, friendly staff. Our solar and battery installations are works of art as well as the technical marvels we expected. They deliver what they promise."
— Michael A.
"Kenny Rutherford and Stellar Solar have helped many of my clients and friends over the years. They are without a doubt the best solar company around. Have you talked to a lot of solar people are confused? Kenny Rutherford is the guy to talk to. He will walk you through the numbers, the process and is able to compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges. He is a scrupulously honest and genuinely nice person."
— Terri P.
"We brought Stellar Solar back to expand our system to cover our electrification efforts - EVs, heat pump water heater, and electric dryer and induction range (coming soon). Great pricing, easy to work with. Glad we had another opportunity to work with them!"
— Tom A.
"We chose Stellar after interviewing a number of companies. They got it installed quickly and efficiently. My son, who started the process several weeks before me with another company, weeks later, is still waiting on his installation and turn on. They also helped by presenting a lot of options for short term financial resources to allow us to move quickly.

Would highly recommend."
— Robin J.
"We were so grateful to get our solar work done by Stellar when we did! The large federal rebate on solar panels will be decreasing substantially soon, and the power buyback rate by SDGE will also be likely dropping to wholesale soon, so now is the time to get solar on your home!

They communicated really well, were honest, and patiently and clearly taught us about the ins and outs of solar."
— Jeff O.
"We just got Solar installed from Stellar Solar. If you are thinking about Solar then I highly recommend them. They are super professional and made our install pretty easy from start to finish. Our salesman Marc answered all my questions and really helped us as we weighed our needs and all the options.There's also a pretty sweet tax credit that made it a no brainer. I shopped about 6 companies and Stellar stood out as the best. The install and communication was seamless."
— Scott R.
"Simply the best solar company in San Diego. Hands down.

Had Sunpower system since 2011 and working perfectly. Had one issue this week and resolved fast by Brennan and Daniel. Zac Dowell in sales has been there for 10+ years.

They are a-m-a-z-i-ng."
— T.K.
"We had a great experience purchasing and installing our system with Stellar Solar in late 2021. Our salesperson, Kenny, was honest, transparent about design decisions, and exceptionally communicative from start to finish. Our system is producing the predicted output, and has been trouble-free in its first year."
— Dan C.
"Easiest construction project we have done. We purchased our system on 11/27 and we're up and running on 12/17. We couldn't believe how smooth it went.

The whole crew at Stellar Solar were fantastic. From the sales, installation and inspection team, they were all knowledgeable and answered any questions I had."
— John M.