Palomar Solar surprises Military families; gives away three solar systems

For the second year in a row Palomar Solar gives away three solar systems to deserving Military families at the
Miramar airshow.

Over the summer military families entered the Palomar Solar Gives back sweepstakes where we promised to give
away a system of up to 24 panels. Three finalists were randomly selected and invited to attend the airshow in our
runway fronting chalet where one of them was going to win a free solar system. One of Last years’ winners was
tasked with pulling the winning entry. When he pulled the winning dog tag out of the bag, all were shocked and
many tears were shed to see all three tags come out of the bag, since we had tied all the dog tags together. Every
system was designed to offset more than 110% of their previous 12 month electricity needs. Combined we
estimate they will save over $350,000 in electricity costs over the next 25 years.

Congratulations to:

Adam Webber – Navy Seal Veteran – system size 4.16kw
John Vojtas ‐ Retired Navy – system size – 5.76kw
Carl Boeck ‐ Air Force Veteran – 2.88kw

Palomar Solar was established in 2009 and is one of Southern California’s premier solar PV installation companies.

Palomar Solar has installed over 50,000 solar panels on homes and business all while maintaining one of the best
reputations in the industry. Notable clients include Waxie Sanitary Supplies and Goodwill San Diego.

If you would like more information please contact Adam Rizzo at (760 715‐2820 or adam.r@palomarsolar.com

Why we are cautioning anyone currently looking to buy SunPower panels. Solar Edge is a hybrid product, when this fails it’s catastrophic.

SunPower and Solar Edge buyer beware

What does Enphase’s recent acquisition of SunPower’s microinverter, Solar Bridge mean for consumers?

For Palomar Solar, it’s great news! It simply validates what we have been saying for the last nine years. There is no question that Enphase is the number one microinverter in the market. Palomar Solar has always believed in Enphase and has been selling it exclusively in the residential market. When Solar Edge came to the market we were not tempted by lower prices like most vendors. It would have been easier for us to just give in and kick Enphase while they were down like everyone else. Instead we stayed the course believing it to be the superior product with a long term vision. After a couple of rough years Enphase has turned another corner and is on the right track to once again regain the number one position. And because of our loyalty through the tough times our relationship with Enphase is stronger than ever which means our customers can expect the absolute best service.

So let’s talk about why we are cautioning anyone currently looking to buy SunPower panels. First of all while we do not sell SunPower it is one of the top panels in the market place along with LG. I’m not saying at all that SunPower is an inferior panel. My caution has to specifically do with their AC module called Equinox (the one that comes with the Solar Bridge microinverter on the back). When this product first came to the market. I thought it would take off. However, they decided to take one of the best microinverter features away which is per panel monitoring. Once I saw this I knew that Enphase would still be a superior option for our customers. Anyone reading this needs to be aware that the market is being flooded with cheap SunPower Equinox offers. SunPower’s new AC module is going to come with Enphase and Solar Bridge will go away which means your warranties and support will to. I’m curious to see if SunPower dealers will offer per panel monitoring or not as this is not a standard offering.

Now let’s talk about Solar Edge. They stormed into the market with very aggressive sales tactics which was a huge red flag for us. While they’ve had some success by under cutting Enphase pricing the truth is finally coming out. Solar Edge is a hybrid product. It’s still a central inverter (big ugly box on the side of your home) that only comes with a 12 year warranty. When this fails it’s catastrophic. Your whole system is down until it’s replaced. We estimate that time to be one to three months. What do you think your electric bills will be in 12 years? Times that by a minimum of three not to mention the headache and now Solar Edge is much more expensive than Enphase which comes with a 25 year parts and labor warranty. And since there is an inverter for each panel it is not catastrophic if one fails. And with a mean time to failure of 300 years this is a rare occasion for Enphase. The other half of Solar Edge is the DC power optimizers which do come with a 25 yr. warranty. Having the optimizers does allow for the ability to monitor each panel. However, 99% of installers do not turn this feature on for their customers as they simply do not want to be held accountable at the panel level. In fact if you are reading this and have a Solar Edge system I would contact your installer and demand they turn it on. I guarantee you that you have at least one dead optimizer and have no clue. Warranty issues are finally catching up with Solar Edge which again is only making the case for Enphase as the superior product that much stronger.

LG Visits Palomar

LG Visits Palomar Solar

We appreciate LG making the time to visit during their recent short trip from South Korea.

While most solar companies tend to sell the “flavor” of the week or year; Palomar Solar has only sold products they believe in and have been for years. As a result we have established solid relationships with some of the top manufacturers in the world. LG and Enphase.

Home and business owners often overlook the importance of doing business with companies who have established these long standing relationships. If we need something they answer the phone and help us which in turns allows us to provide the great service we are known for.

Why Is It Important To Choose A Local Solar Contractor For Your Solar Project?

“A Cautionary Tale”

Just recently we installed a 16 panel solar solution for Cathy M., here in San Diego, who told us a sad story, that unfortunately, happens more frequently than it should.

We installed Cathy M.’s, solar system 4 weeks after she signed her contract, and she received her “Permission To Operate” or (PTO), the same day as her inspection. So Cathy was producing power the same day as her final inspection. Cathy called us that day, surprised she had her authorization from SDG&E to start producing her own power so quickly, since her friend Linda, who had purchased her solar system from Vivant, was still waiting, 4 months later to be able to turn her system ON.

We hear this problem often and we were concerned enough to call Linda to see if we could help. Linda had signed a lease with Vivant for her solar system, the system had been installed for 4 months now and she was very concerned that after multiple phone calls to Vivant she still did not have authorization to start producing her own power. With our assistance, it turns out that Linda’s notification was sent by Vivant, 1 month after her install, but to an in-correct email address.

Linda will now owe SDG&E another 3 months of GRID usage when she receives her annual “True Up” bill from SDG&E for the months her system should have been up and running.

So what can we learn from Linda’s sad situation and how do YOU avoid problems like this?

  • Use “Local” Solar Contractors that have offices that you can drive to and speak with an actual representative, in person, if you have a problem. Not a PO Box, or an 800 number in another State. Here at Palomar Solar we own our building here in Escondido, we maintain normal business hours and have a customer service department, so problems like this don’t occur.
  • Never “lease” your system. In most cases the leasing company keeps YOUR 30% tax credit and your contract is 20 year’s long. Once they have you locked into your contract and the equipment is installed, the customer service evaporates and they simply move on to the next sale. Vivant should have been monitoring Linda’s system and noticed her system was not producing power long before she made the 1st phone call. Why it took multiple phone calls and threats of cancelling the contract to determine that her PTO had not been issued is still a mystery to us. Vivant’s Energy Consultant, that sold Mary the system, should have visited with her after her install and acted on her behalf months ago.
  • Reliable, solar contractors should have your PTO within a week or two depending on the utility company after your final inspection. Here at Palomar Solar, a large majority of our client ‘s have their PTO’s the day of their inspection or within a week at the latest.
  • Trust worthy solar contractor’s will not only offer Per-Panel-System-Monitoring to their client’s, but have a system in place that alerts the solar contractor and the homeowner if a service problem occurs. Here at Palomar Solar we don’t wait to be contacted by the homeowner if a service issue occurs.
  • Reputable solar contractors will visit with you after your system is up and running to review your project, equipment, up-load your monitoring, explain what to expect on your monthly Net Metering Statements and your Annual True-Up Bills.

Do your homework on your solar contractor before you sign any paperwork, choose local companies that value their reputations and insist on a Final Project Review Mtg before you issue your final payment.

George Chamberlin

George Chamberlin and Palomar Solar

Many of you know George Chamberlin as the “Money Guy” in San Diego. George is a renowned financial expert who provides a wealth of financial and business news updates to the Southern California Region through television, radio and even print. He is a true legend with over 30 years of service and counting.

We would also like to introduce to you his awesome, loving wife Terry! In our opinion she is the best kept secret as a phenomenal baker! We will do whatever we can to stay on the Christmas list ha ha.

It has been a true blessing to have our paths cross and to get to know George and Terry. We are humbled to not only call them friends but customers.

Thanks again for your friendship and trust in the Palomar Solar team!

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Palomar Solar Gives Back – Braithwaite Family

 The entire process of planning our Palomar Solar Gives Back Sweepstakes was extremely gratifying.  The behind-the-scenes planning and teamwork from the Palomar Solar family was outstanding, but the BEST part of our sweepstakes was being able to install solar on our finalists’ homes and shortly thereafter telling them to flip those breakers and start generating your own power!

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