Yesterday Solar Santa Monica announced the Preferred Providers selected to support the City-sponsored program, now in its second year. Preferred Providers install solar photovoltaic (electricity) and solar thermal (hot water) systems for homes and businesses at agreed-upon, fixed prices. HelioPower was selected to provide residential installations along with three other firms.

“We’re very pleased to be selected for this program,” said Steve LoRusso, VP of Sales for HelioPower. “Santa Monica is taking the risk out of going solar by pre qualifying each solar energy installation company.”

Firms were selected based on experience, prices for a fixed-price system, responsiveness, reputation and demonstrated interest in the program. The price they will offer for a small solar system is approximately $540 to $1,200 less than last year as a result of this competition.

“We want to increase solar activity throughout the City by offering a free Solar Service to residents,” said Susan Munves, who heads up Solar Santa Monica for the City. “The Service includes a site visit by a staffer to discuss energy usage and solar potential, before the referral to the Preferred Provider is made.”
Solar Santa Monica’s kickoff was in January, 2007. Since then hundreds of people have become aware of solar through meetings, advertising, and community outreach. And the amount of solar capacity in the City has doubled. The long-term goal of the program is to help move Santa Monica to energy self-sustainability by 2020.