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Local Business Spotlight: "Cosmic Solar"

March 9, 2017 Valley Center Happenings

Pictured (left to right): Front Row – Judith Shadzi, Hannah Dickerson, Aubrey Yates, Bahram Shadzi, and Vianette Garcia; Back Row – Pat Helly, Madelyn Wagner, Julie Picot, Gregg Fox, Ron Johnson, Billy Wagner, and Joyce Holmes

The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo welcomes Cosmic Solar to their bucking chute line up. Cosmic Solar is an active member of the community and was voted Small Business of the Year in 2010. Their banner will be proudly displayed on a rodeo bucking chute and their award-winning float present in this year’s Valley Center Days Parade. This will be Cosmic Solar’s sixth year supporting and participating in Valley Center’s largest community event.

Cosmic Solar has designed and installed more solar systems in Valley Center than any other company. Their solar panels can be seen from Cole Grade to Old Castle Road, and from Woods Valley to Paradise Mountain. It is the goal of owners Bahram and Judith Shazi to make Valley Center the leader of solar energy in California.

2016 Pulse of the City News Customer Satisfaction Award

Award of Excellence for Customer Satisfaction for another Consecutive Year!

Congratulations! It was a pleasure working with your company for the last couple years, and now we are honored to present you with the 2016 Pulse of the City News Customer Satisfaction Award.

Only the highest rated businesses have been chosen to receive this award, presented by Pulse of the City News and the Stirling Center for Excellence. To win consecutive years in row is exceptional! As a prior winner, you know the award was created to showcase companies who excel in customer satisfaction.

Cosmic Solar Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie's List Super Service Award

Award reflects company's consistently high level of customer service as determined by Angie's List members.

Cosmic Solar has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“Only about 5 percent of the Solar Energy Contractor companies in San Diego County have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Local Business Spotlight: "Cosmic Solar"

March 9, 2016 Valley Center Happenings

Did you know there are over 77,300 businesses in San Diego, according to the U.S. Census Bureau? The vast majority of these businesses are not powered by solar and haven’t yet even considered going solar. Sunlight continues to shine on empty roofs all throughout Southern California.

Enter Cosmic Solar. Cosmic Solar is one of the oldest, most reputable solar installers with locations in Valley Center and Vista, California. Cosmic Solar has been a residential SunPower dealer for eight years, and after attending this year’s SunPower Conference, has also been accepted as a SunPower Commercial Dealer. Cosmic Solar has installed solar on many progressive, growing small businesses in Valley Center and San Diego County with higher energy needs. A-1 Irrigation, Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Sickel’s Upholstery, Mission Bay Sports Center, California Baja Rent-a-Car, Smiley Law Office, and various Nursing Homes in Orange County, to name a few. Cosmic Solar has donated, and will install in April a 12 kW system at Star Repertory Theater, a non-profit theater and school on Valley Parkway in Escondido. They will be performing the play SEUSSICAL, The Musical, at the California Center of Arts March 24-27.

Cosmic Solar has scheduled commercial installations at Monterey Financial Services and Auto Gallery in Corona for the month of May and will still be dedicated to their long list of residential projects. They offer a generous referral bonus which will also apply to commercial referrals, as well as residential. Cosmic Solar is very excited to continue to build upon the portfolio of ongoing systems in an exciting and growing market, and welcomes businesses as well as homes to go solar. For more information contact Cosmic Solar at 760-749-1111.

New Life For Solar In California

January 30, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Californians spoke up this week for Solar. Rooftop solar is a thriving industry in California. Homeowners and businesses are able to have a small generator of their own on their rooftop (or in their backyard), generating clean and renewable electricity.

Utilities are not against solar per se, but they want to build their own mega solar farms and sell that power to consumers, which would bring them higher profits and put them in control of electricity costs in the future.

It is now cheaper to purchase and finance your own solar system than buying electricity from the utilities. The payback for a typical solar system is three to five years; and with no electric bills, the buyer can use that money to pay for the solar system. Once the system is paid for they have free electricity for several decades, except for a monthly charge of about $10 to be hooked up to a public utility’s Grid (which covers administrative costs of the utility company).

There are a number of advantages to rooftop solar: It makes more sense to put solar on structures that are already built than to upset eco-systems in deserts and other undeveloped lands; the power generated is in a much closer proximity to where it will be consumed and therefore does not need to be transmitted for hundreds of miles; solar now employs more people in California than all the utility companies put together, estimated at 54,000 people statewide; the solar industry has infused new life into the electric car industry as solar systems make it possible to run an Electric Vehicle (EV) with very little maintenance costs; and, solar energy means cleaner air for all Californians.

This week, the three Investor Owned Utility companies (IOU’s) met with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). It was a last ditch effort by the three largest utilities, PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E, to crush rooftop solar by doing away with Net Metering (NEM). Current Net Metering laws allows solar customers to produce their own electricity and receive full retail credits for the excess energy they produce. Solar supporters delivered 150,000 petitions to the CPUC in support of California’s private solar ownership and Net Metering. The petitions were from people from all walks of life including, churches, consumers, educators, local government environmental groups, tribes, farmers, businesses, and the solar industry itself.

Governor Brown is supportive of the Solar Industry. This new decision puts California in stark contrast to neighboring states like Nevada, which recently went in the opposite direction, cutting NEM rates and virtually shutting down the solar industry in that state.

The CPUC voted 3 to 2 to uphold Net Metering that would keep the full retail credit for solar homeowners and businesses. The California utilities failed to prove that their services were not being compensated by the solar owners themselves. Present solar customers will be grandfathered in at the present NEM agreement for 20 years. The only significant change was that the future solar customers will be put on Time Of Use, which would mean they would get more compensation for generation during peak hours. This program will be developed with the help of CALSEIA, the California Solar Energy Industries Association, to make sure that this process will be fair to both sides. CALSEIA’s theme is: “Putting solar in the hands of all Californians.” Also, a one-time fee of between $75 to $150 will be imposed on the new customers that go solar after the new rules go into effect. This was a great victory for solar in
California and all the responses proved that Californians are in full support of the solar industry and the positive developments that come with it.

“We all know that California is a world leader when it comes to being green,” says Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA. “But today’s vote is more than that. It is about California continuing to champion innovative and different ways of doing things. In this case, building a smarter energy grid and allowing individual consumers to generate their own clean energy.” Needless to say, California utilities like PG&E, SCE, and SDGE are upset that their attempts to kill solar in this state, like some of their counterparts in neighboring states, went nowhere. But the Commission also determined that “Net Metering should change, but only gradually,” adds Del Chiaro. “This decision takes steps to change Net Metering over time, but we are confident it will maintain the opportunity to go solar for utility customers.”

Other good news last month was that the 30% Federal Tax Credit, also known as the 30% lTC, was extended by the US Congress for another 5 years. The ITS had been scheduled to be phased out at the end of 2017.

With the extension of the 30% ITC and now the extension of Net Metering in California, the solar industry’s expansion is sure to continue well through this century.

If you are interested in learning more about solar for your home or business, please contact Cosmic Solar at 760-749-1111.

2015 Top 500 North American Solar Contractors

Dear Pey,
Your company has been listed by Solar Power World as a Top Solar Contractor in North America. In honor of your achievement, SEIA, Solar Power World and the industry’s leading manufacturers and services invite you and one colleague to the Hilton Anaheim for a lavish celebration with awards and dinner on us. Coinciding with the Solar Power International exhibition, the event will begin with check-in at 6:30pm PDT on Monday, September 14th, followed by cocktails, dinner and awards courtesy of APS America. Additional networking and cocktails will be provided by Solectria.

Cosmic Solar - Recognized as 2013 SolarReviews Pre-Screened Solar Pro

SolarReviews is pleased to announce that Cosmic Solar of San Diego has earned the coveted status of 2013 SolarReviews Pre-Screened Solar Pro.

Achieving the designation of Pre-Screened Solar Pro must truly be earned. It is estimated that less than 20% of solar installers can achieve this designation. In order to qualify, installers must meet strict eligibility requirements, including a minimum number of years in business, earning a minimum number of reviews, achieving an excellent customer rating, and passing a thorough background check.

“To earn the Pre-Screened Solar Pro status is quite an achievement,” said Jesse Truax, VP, Marketing & Business Development at SolarReviews. “It reflects an ongoing commitment by Cosmic Solar to provide an excellent solar experience for their customers.”

SolarReviews is the leading consumer reviews website in the solar industry, with over 50,000 consumer reviews on solar installers nationwide. The popular site is free for consumers and easy to use. Simply search the zip code of your property, read ratings and reviews of installers that serve your area, and request a free, no-obligation quote from the solar installer that best fits your needs.

By Emily Hois on 04/26/2013 in Alternative Energy, Photovoltaic Technology, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Panels

Grand Opening in Vista, CA

Because of YOUR PATRONAGE we have grown and have opened a 2nd office and warehouse in Vista! Please help us celebrate our new Vista location!

Why Are You Renting Your Electricity?

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 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 because 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 1000 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 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?

by Pey Shadzi Operations Manager at Cosmic Solar :: Email :: 760-532-9712