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About us

Responsible Solar was developed through the experience working for both Solar as well as other corporate service providers. The intent was to develop a customer experience that would eliminate the high pressure sales strategies utilized by many large Solar Companies.

Initially, we educate the consumer on all aspects of Solar Energy and provide all of the information available, enable them to make an educated decision, the best decision for their family and specific situation. Our approach was developed to eliminate the ‘Out of the Box’ solar and provide a very detailed and custom developed solution to address the consumers need. A full assessment of the customer’s situation should first and foremost be taken into consideration prior to developing a solar solution. We pride ourselves for taking a very ‘Human’ approach to help families develop solar solutions and save money on their electric usage.

Solar Options

Residential+

One of the down sides of owning your own home is the number of bills. By going solar with Responsible Solar, you can reduce or entirely eliminate your electricity bill! All while helping our environment!

We can install panels on the roof of your home, garage, barn, carport, porch, or as a ground mount.

THE BENEFITS OF GOING SOLAR:

  • You can dramatically reduce or even eliminate your monthly electric bill
  • Protect yourself from future energy rate increases by municipalities
  • Take advantage of solar rebates and 30% federal tax credits
  • Increase the value of your home
  • Protect the environment
  • And much, much more!

According to the Department of Energy (energy.gov), to evaluate whether a home solar electric system will work for you, you should consider the following:

  • Your available solar resource — do you have clear and unobstructed access to sunlight for most or all of the day, throughout the year?
  • The system size — do you have a roof or area large enough to accommodate it?
  • The economics — is it worth the investment?
  • Local permits and covenants — are there any issues with installing a system?
Commercial+

Maximize your business’s earning potential by saving on your operating costs.

Taking advantage of the power of solar for your business requires ROI analysis, assessment of technology, financing options, permitting and following local codes. With so many moving parts, it can be quite an undertaking. We believe it is worth the effort, and are here to help.

Working with Responsible Solar, you will get a solar power system that will stand the test of time with the fastest ROI.

Industrial+

Going solar is advantageous for many industrial applications because these businesses often require high-energy consumption. Choosing Responsible Solar for your industrial solar installation makes it easy for industrial businesses to reduce power consumption costs.

Agricultural+

The leaders in the agricultural industry are often concerned with sustainable farming practices. Energy consumption can be especially high in the packing facility, with a Solar system in place farmers can expect to offset their energy consumption significantly

Car Ports+

Solar carports are open overhead structures built to cover parking areas and are different from panels installed onto a preexisting carport structure. The main difference between a solar carport installation and a typical ground mount is that the carports are taller in order to make space for a car to park.

This can add value to your home as it provides both shelter for your vehicle and offsets energy costs. Since the solar carports don’t require additional land you can really add an additional use of your outdoor parking space by adding the value of solar production for your home.

Ground Mounts+

Ground-mounted installations can have more capacity than installations on the top of your home. They’re more well-positioned for automatic tracking systems that follow the path of the sun to get the most out of the light, they’re lower to the ground so they tend to cool off faster than a rooftop system.

On-Grid / Off-Grid+

OFF-GRID STAND-ALONE SYSTEMS

According to the Department of Energy (energy.gov), for many people, powering their homes or small businesses using a small renewable energy system that is not connected to the electricity grid — called a stand-alone system — makes economic sense and appeals to their environmental values.

In remote locations, stand-alone systems can be more cost-effective than extending a power line to the electricity grid. But these systems are also used by people who live near the grid and wish to obtain independence from the power provider or demonstrate a commitment to non-polluting energy sources.

Successful stand-alone systems generally take advantage of a combination of techniques and technologies to generate reliable power, reduce costs, and minimize inconvenience. Some of these strategies include using fossil fuel or renewable hybrid systems and reducing the amount of electricity required to meet your needs.

GRID-CONNECTED SYSTEMS

While renewable energy systems are capable of powering houses and small businesses without any connection to the electricity grid, many people prefer the advantages that grid-connection offers.

A grid-connected system allows you to power your home or small business with renewable energy during those periods (daily as well as seasonally) when the sun is shining, the water is running, or the wind is blowing. Any excess electricity you produce is fed back into the grid. When renewable resources are unavailable, electricity from the grid supplies your needs, eliminating the expense of electricity storage devices like batteries.

In addition, power providers (i.e., electric utilities) in most states allow net metering, an arrangement where the excess electricity generated by grid-connected renewable energy systems “turns back” your electricity meter as it is fed back into the grid. If you use more electricity than your system feeds into the grid during a given month, you pay your power provider only for the difference between what you used and what you produced.

NET ENERGY METERING IN CALIFORNIA

According to Go Solar California (gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov), Net energy metering (NEM) is a special billing arrangement that provides credit to customers with solar PV (Photovoltaic) systems for the full retail value of the electricity their system generates. Under NEM, the customer’s electric meter keeps track of how much electricity is consumed by the customer, and how much excess electricity is generated by the system and sent back into the electric utility grid. Over a 12-month period, the customer has to pay only for the net amount of electricity used from the utility over-and-above the amount of electricity generated by their solar system.

HOW NET ENERGY METERING WORKS

At any time of the day, a customer’s solar system may produce more or less electricity than they need for their home or business. When the system’s production exceeds the customer demand, the excess energy generation automatically goes through the electric meter into the utility grid, running the meter backwards to credit the customer account. At other times of the day, the customer’s electric demand may be higher than the renewable energy system is producing, and the customer relies on additional power needs from the utility. Switching between solar system’s power and the utility grid power is instantaneous-customers never notice any interruption in the flow of power.

BENEFITS OF NET ENERGY METERING

NEM is your gateway to optimizing the rate of return on your solar investment.

  • Allows customers to zero-out their bills.
  • Credits customer accounts at full retail rates.
  • Accurately captures energy generated and consumed, providing customers with annual performance data.

ADDITIONAL AND FUTURE PRICING (TARIFF) OPTIONS FOR SOLAR SYSTEMS

There are 3 major pricing or “tariff” options for solar customers:

  1. Net Energy Metering, which will include net surplus compensation by 2011 where customers can receive compensation at the end of the year if they produce more electricity with their solar system than they consume from the grid.
  2. Virtual Net Metering, which allows the electricity produced by a single solar installation to be credited toward multiple tenant accounts in a multifamily building without requiring the solar system to be physically connected to each tenant’s meter. For now, this program is only available as a pilot program to multifamily affordable housing, but the CPUC is currently considering expanding the program in the future.
  3. Renewable Energy Self-Generation – Bill Credit Transfer (RES-BCT), which enables solar customers transfer excess credits to another account. This works similar to net metering, but any production credits that normally would be received by the consumer can be transferred to another account.
Hybrid Solar+

According to many renewable energy experts, a small “hybrid” electric system that combines wind and solar electric technologies offers several advantages over either single system.

In much of California, wind speeds are low in the summer when the sun shines brightest and longest. The wind is strong in the winter when less sunlight is available. Because the peak operating times for wind and solar systems occur at different times of the day and year, hybrid systems are more likely to produce power when you need it.

Many hybrid systems are stand-alone systems, which operate “off-grid” — not connected to an electricity distribution system. For the times when neither the wind nor the solar system are producing, most hybrid systems provide power through batteries and/or an engine generator powered by conventional fuels, such as diesel. If the batteries run low, the engine generator can provide power and recharge the batteries.

Adding an engine generator makes the system more complex, but modern electronic controllers can operate these systems automatically. An engine generator can also reduce the size of the other components needed for the system. Keep in mind that the storage capacity must be large enough to supply electrical needs during non-charging periods. Battery banks are typically sized to supply the electric load for one to three days.

Solar Options

Experienced, Local Company+

Founded in 2007, owner Andy Ooms started Responsible solar after 4 years experience at large-scale solar company. From that day forward we continue to grow and continue to keep helping families go solar and save money all at the same time.

Your Family's Responsible Choice+

We pride ourselves for taking a very ‘Human’ approach to help families develop solar solutions and save money on their electric usage.

Educating Consumers+

Our goal is to educate you first on all of your options so that we can offer you the lowest and most responsibly priced solar system for your home. We will answer all of your questions so that you can decide if investing in solar energy is the right choice for you.

Custom, Situational Installation+

Our professionals will present a custom solar design and proposal unique to your home, your budget, and your aesthetic vision. Each system is designed to maximize output and efficiency.

Testimonials

Walt & Maria Merrill
Walt & Maria
Solar Customers in San Diego

This is just a short note to let you know that we were checking the numbers on our SDG&E billing and the amount of electricity our panels are producing. So far the numbers look great and we are very happy with our system. The recent rains have kept the panels clean so we are getting a better efficiency per panel.  All of our panels are always clear of any trees, etc. so we are getting maximum sunlight on a daily basis.  The only thing we are not able to control is cloud cover, oh well. Your projections stated that for our 13-panel system it was expected to produce ~5,900 kWh’s/year.  Calendar year of 2016 our system produced 6,276 kWh’s which is a bump of 376 kWh’s for the year. Thanks again to you and your crew for the expedient install during the last part of August 2014. We are very happy with the system.

Financing Options

Now is The Time To Finance!

Once you had the opportunity to review solar, you will find there are many financing options available for homeowners to procure their solar projects. It is important to understand the benefits of each in order to make an informed decision for your family.

If you’re interested in going solar now but don’t have the cash on hand for an upfront purchase, there are still plenty of financing options available that make it possible to affordably install solar on your home. Many of them even require $0 cash down, so you won’t have to pay anything out of pocket to get started.

Solar loan

  • You own the system and get all the tax benefits.
  • $0 down payment financing is available.
  • Loans range from 1 to 20 years – you can choose your payment.
  • Interest rates range from .99% to 10.99% – depending on FICO score.
  • No early prepayment penalties.

PACE Funding

ACE Funding™ is full service financing provider for property owners including quoting, application processing and funding.

  • Provides 100% financing for solar and numerous other energy efficiency upgrades primarily for residential properties.
  • 15% of a property’s value to be financed for energy efficiency / renewable energy.
  • Creates an assessment lien on the property.
  • Repaid as semi-annual installments on the property tax bill.
  • No money down.
  • Fixed low interest rate for terms of up to 25 years.
  • Cash

    You own the system and get all the tax benefits.

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