Offering area residents the lowest price per watt for solar energy in the Coachella Valley, 1BOG selected HelioPower to lead it’s solar group discount program in the desert. The announcement was made yesterday by the desert’s leading newspaper, The Desert Sun, in its piece, “Solar energy marketer kicks off local campaign.”
Homeowners looking to buy solar panels often face a complicated, stressful process of researching solar installers
and manufacturers, scheduling home evaluations, and analyzing quotes and warranty programs. By organizing interested homeowners into a community and selecting an installer partner based on a rigorous vetting process, 1BOG can harness the group’s solar purchasing power to negotiate winning rates, while eliminating each homeowner’s need to shop around for the best deal.
“Teaming up with HelioPower for the Coachella Valley solar program will bolster local efforts to reduce the region’s energy consumption and reliance on non-sustainable energy sources. By streamlining the process to offer a simple and affordable alternative energy option for local residents, we are lowering the barrier to entry for solar adoption,” said Dave Llorens, Co-Founder and General Manager of 1BOG. “Every program we run is a significant step towards our goal of making solar energy widely accessible to create a new norm for powering homes.”
For each regional program, 1BOG invites local installers to bid for the project. After a rigorous, month-long evaluation of local installer companies, 1BOG selected HelioPower as partner for this Coachella Valley program, to service the local community with timely installation of quality solar products. 1BOG’s strict evaluation process eliminates the need for homeowners to research installers and technology options themselves, while at the same time securing installation costs that range from 10-20% below market rates by aggregating local demand.
HelioPower founded in 2001, was also selected as 1BOG’s installer partner for the San Diego program that ran in May 2009. Heliopower was selected for its unbeatable pricing on four special product packages, as well as its track record of successful installations and reliable warranty offering. For details about the different packages available, visit: http://solarcoachellavalley.1bog.org/campaign-costs.
“Exposure to extreme desert conditions means that homes in Coachella Valley use 150% more power than the average home in California, which is incredibly expensive and harmful to the environment. Being selected as 1BOG’s Coachella Valley partner is not only a huge win for HelioPower, but it’s a much-needed kick start for the region’s health and economic success,” said Scott Gordon, Vice President, Residential Sales for HelioPower. “We are thrilled to work with 1BOG’s solar group model again because we will be able to show this community how easy and cost-effective it can be to go solar.”
The Coachella Valley 1BOG program is available now to local homeowners in the entire Coachella Valley from Desert Hot Springs to Coachella through December 12, 2009. For more information or to sign up, visit http://solarcoachellavalley.1bog.org/
HelioPower and 1BOG will offer free solar information, including a solar webinar on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. PT. To sign up visit: http://solarcoachellavalley.1bog.org/faqs-and-webinar/
HelioPower client, Steve Fleischman in Rancho Mirage, was quoted in the Desert Sun article. Fleischman got bids from five or six other companies, but he said “(HelioPower) was the one that came forth with the right information. Their analysis was correct; what they said is truly happening.”
Fleischman said his 10 kilowatt system has cut his electric bills from about $3,200 a year to under $1,000.
“To watch that meter go backward, you have a sense of empowerment,” he said. “It’s yours.”
For The Desert Sun article, click here.