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An alternative to increasing utility bills For Promotional Consideration | Sat, Oct 19 2013 12:00 PM

If the use of air conditioning wasn’t enough to increase your energy bill, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) also raised their electricity rates. Sullivan Solar Power is promoting solar energy as a solution to high energy bills for the South Bay community. The local solar firm will be hosting an educational luncheon at the Bonita library on November 16 at 11 a.m. to inform property owners about solar technology, rebates and incentives and the recent utility rate hike.

“By going solar, local residents can reduce or eliminate their electric bills and hedge against future utility rate hikes,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power.

San Diego Gas and Electric has some of the highest electricity rates in the continental United States. In September, another San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) rate increase went into effect. For top consuming utility customers, the hike increased electric bills by up to 39 percent. Now a homeowner in SDG&E’s territory who previously paid $220 per month prior to the rate hike will now pay $280.

“Due to the recent utility rate hike, we have received the largest spike in demand for solar power in our company’s nine-year history,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, “Now that property owners are seeing their new bills, they are looking for an alternative to the utility.”

Electricity rates for SDG&E ratepayers are anticipated to go up again in the first quarter of 2014. The recent announcement of the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station will be yet another increase in costs for ratepayers.

By transitioning to solar power with local firm, Sullivan Solar Power, a homeowner that currently has a monthly electric bill of $280 is able to go solar and have a new monthly solar payment of $132 per month. The homeowner will receive a federal tax credit to the tune of $6,750. In addition to the federal incentive, Sullivan Solar Power is providing cash-back incentives to SDG&E residents for the remainder of the year, of $0.20 per watt up to $1,500.

“I wanted to go solar for two reasons,” said Chula Vista resident Rusty Chang, who went solar in 2010, “It seemed like the right thing to do environmentally, and I liked the idea of having no electric utility bills.”

A free, one-hour informational solar power luncheon will take place on Sat., November 16 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bonita –Sunnyside Branch Library (4375 Bonita Road). The presentation will cover solar technology, how it works, rebates and incentives and the SDG&E rate hike.

To RSVP for the luncheon or for additional information about solar energy, call (800) SULLIVAN or visit www.SullivanSolarPower.com.

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