Sat, Sep 21 2013 12:00 PM Posted By: Special To The Star-news
Earlier this month California experienced a heat wave along with record-high temperatures. The impact of the sweltering heat and humidity was not only felt by South Bay residents, but was evident through increased electricity bills. Local solar firm Sullivan Solar Power is providing South Bay residents a solution to high electric bills, solar power, which is also America’s fastest-growing industry.
By going solar, residents can reduce or eliminate electric bills while hedging against future utility rate increases. On Sept. 1, the San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) rate increase went into effect. Rates increased up to 39 percent, and electricity rates are schedule to increase January 2014. Neither of these rate increases account for the decommission costs of San Onofre.
A homeowner in SDG&E’s territory who previously paid $220 per month prior to the rate hike will now pay $280. SDG&E has the highest rates in the continental United States.
“Due to upcoming rate hikes, we have received the biggest spoke in demand for solar power in our company’s nine-year history,” said Daniel Sullivan, Sullivan Solar Power founder and president, “South Bay residents are able to go solar for $0 upfront payment and save money each month - plus our firm is offering a $1,500 cash-back incentive - solar is a no brainer.”
By transitioning to solar power with local firm, Sullivan Solar Power, a homeowner that currently has a monthly electric bill of $280 is now able to have a new monthly solar payment of $132 per month, with a federal tax credit to the tune of $6,750. In addition to the federal incentive, Sullivan Solar Power is providing cash-back incentives of $0.20 per watt up to $1,500.
“I converted all my appliances to electric except my range top, which remains gas. My average monthly gas bill averages $2 to $3 and my average electric bill now is only the $5 hookup fee to the grid,” said Rusty Chang, a Chula Vista resident who went solar with Sullivan Solar Power in 2009, “My neighbors often joke about running an extension cord to my house to cover their energy costs.”
For additional information about solar power or for a free, no-obligation quote, visit SullivanSolarPower.com or call 1-800-SULLIVAN.
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