Wednesday, July 31, 2013
This week Cosmic Solar installed the largest residential solar electric system in Valley Center. Standing tall with 84 SunPower 345 watt solar panels, this 28.9 kW DC solar array will produce roughly 1,000,000 kilowatt hours of electricity during the first 20 years of its system life.
Cosmic Solar installed this system just off Miller Road and has now installed over 125 solar systems in Valley Center, more than the next five companies combined.
We love Valley Center.
We're looking forward to powering this system and eliminating this Valley Center resident's rather expensive electric bill. Can't wait to see his first statement from SDGE after going solar!
Monday, April 8, 2013
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Administrative Law Judge John Wong yesterday (March 29) posted his tentative decision in the San Diego Gas & Electric general rate case, which has been dragging on since December of 2010. Fasten your seat belt: For a typical all-electric residential SDGE customer using 500 kilowatt hours per month, "the customer's electric rates would go up about $6.55 per month, a 7.7% increase in monthly rates," says the proposed decision, which was posted yesterday on the CPUC website. This increase will allow SDGE to operate its electric and natural gas transmission system safely and reliably at reasonable rates, according to the tentative, decision, which will go to the commission at a later date. REASONABLE? Among other things, the big increase "provides necessary monies to allow SDGE to trim trees and brush away from overhead electric lines to lessen the danger of wildfires," according to the judge. This is interesting, because SDGE's inability to do just that was blamed in part for the 2007 wildfires. SDGE tried to get its ratepayers to pick up the uninsured damages from that fire, but thus far has failed, partly because of local outrage. (However, don't be certain the company won't sneak that attempted customer-fleecing back before the CPUC, and get approval, when nobody is looking.
"It is gross that anybody would give SDGE a rate increase of that magnitude," says San Diego attorney Mike Aguirre, who fought the utility's attempt to stick ratepayers with costs of the fire for which the company was found responsible. He fears that the commission will "rubber stamp" Wong's recommendation. He points out that SDGE's rates are already among the highest in the nation, and the profits of parent Sempra are high among comparable utilities. The CPUC's main mission is to guarantee "high rates for the ratepayer, high dividends for the investors, excessive bonuses for the executives" as it falsely claims to regulate SDGE in the public interest, says Aguirre. He also finds it ironic that so-called watchdog groups will be filing for fat intervenor fees even as SDGE is likely to be granted these huge rate increases.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Notice any difference between the two pictures shown above?
I'll give you a hint: the left photo was the original installation and the photo on the right is the same system after adding another six panels.
Thinking about expanding the size of your solar system? Cosmic Solar can help! Feel free to drop us a line here for a free estimate.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Over the last couple months, I've been participating in an activity what many people believe is a rite of passage and aptly refer to as "house hunting."
"Why pay someone else's rent when you can simply buy a place and pay yourself?" People seem to often ask this after they find out I've been taking a look around at houses.I've never really been a believer in this "buying it is better" philosophy because when it really comes down to it, it doesn't work that way. Anyone who has bought a house knows there are many additional expenses that come along with the privilege of home ownership -- namely taxes, insurance, interest and, biggest of all, repairs. Here in San Diego, if you buy your home and decide to sell it before living in it for 15 years, you may have just lost money on the whole deal due to the fact we don't build solid equity in a home early on in the life of the loan.
Ironically, however, many San Diegans choose to purchase their dream homes, but continue to "rent" their electricity from SDG&E rather than buy the rights to produce their own. Maybe the pull for home ownership is stronger than the drive to create your own power but, then again, maybe not. I'm here to tell you owning the rights to produce your own electricity is, in my opinion, of the same importance as staking your right to become a homeowner. Please allow me to explain because what you're about to read will save you a lot of money.
You see, SDG&E plans on raising rates on utility users like yourself for the foreseeable future. In fact Sempra Energy, SDG&E's parent company, estimates uninsured wildfire costs from 2008 could reach $594 million. Not to put a damper on things, but the majority of that money will come from ratepayers (again, yourself) who purchase electricity from SDG&E on a monthly basis. I've never run into anyone who believes rates will begin to drop much less stay the same for the foreseeable future.
I realize SDG&E's rates will definitely go up. So what can I do?
I thought you'd never ask. Installing a solar system on your home is not only incredibly reasonable -- in fact, nearly all the systems we sell now are $0 money down options -- but saves the typical homeowner more than $65,000 over the life of the system.
I'll say that again because the point is really important.
Homeowners today need not put even one penny down for their solar project, begin saving a significant amount of money from day one and often save more than $65,000 over the full life of their system. This is a true statement and I'm excited to say we've been able to make this reality come true for hundreds of homeowners over the last few short years. I have a list of over 50 homeowners who will be happy to speak with you and tell you more about their solar systems than you'd ever care to know.
Here's what I suggest you do if you're in the market to "lock in" your electric rates for the next 20 years while SDG&E continues to raise them on individuals who haven't had the time to look into going solar: Call us up here over at Cosmic Solar and I'll be happy to send a free proposal your way. I'll even email it over to you if you're too busy to meet. You'll quickly find out that going solar is an easy and exciting way to save a whole lot of money for yourself and your family.
Why not just ask for a bid? What have you got to lose other than your electric bill?
Operations Manager at Cosmic Solar