One Block Off the Grid (1BOG) Offers San Diego Residents Lowest Solar Price Ever Through Group Discount Program

Partnering With HelioPower, the 1BOG San Diego Community Receives Impartial Advice and Group Discounts on Solar Installations

San Francisco, Calif. — November 10, 2009 — One Block Off the Grid (1BOG), the nation’s largest solar buying collective, today announced the launch of a San Diego solar community buying campaign to make it easy and affordable for San Diego homeowners to purchase solar energy at a group discount rate. By signing up online for free membership to the San Diego 1BOG community, homeowners can enjoy personalized, impartial advice, and receive solar power systems at only $5.29 per watt from the 1BOG selected installer partner, HelioPower.

1BOG’s first San Diego campaign ran from May to August 2009 and generated interest from more than 980 local resident 1BOG community members. Working with installer partners HelioPower and groSolar, the first 1BOG San Diego campaign was responsible for almost 10% of the entire region’s solar installations for 2009[i]. For this second 1BOG San Diego campaign, 1BOG selected solar company HelioPower to service the community throughout the entire San Diego metro area with high quality solar panels at the lowest price ever offered.

As California’s leading city for solar power, San Diego is working toward the City’s 2003 goal of utilizing 50 megawatts of solar power within the city limits by 2013[ii]. However, solar power adoption is still less than 1%.

“We are excited to once again be working with HelioPower to provide the easiest and most affordable way for San Diego homeowners to go solar,” said Dave Llorens, Co-founder and General Manager at 1BOG. “Our joint program will offer the city the best solar pricing it has ever seen and will cement San Diego’s reputation as California’s leading city for solar power.”

“We were thrilled to have been selected for the second time to serve the 1BOG San Diego community,” said Scott Gordon, Vice President, Residential Sales for HelioPower. “Partnering with 1BOG to offer San Diego residents dramatic group discounts for solar installations earlier this year enabled us to more than double our install rates for the quarter and affect a significant dent in San Diego’s solar goals and the widespread acceptance of the solar industry.”

In addition to serving the 1BOG San Diego community, HelioPower was also selected as installer partner for the current 1BOG Coachella Valley campaign. 1BOG chose HelioPower for the company’s unbeatable group pricing, track record of successful and timely installations and reliable warranties offered. For details about the different packages available, visit: www.SolarSanDiego.1bog.org/campaign-costs.

The San Diego 1BOG program is available now to local homeowners in the entire San Diego metro area through February 12, 2010. For more information or to sign up, visit the 1BOG Solar San Diego homepage.
1BOG and HelioPower will be hosting a free Webinar and online information session with details about the  San Diego solar program on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. PST. To sign up visit: www.SolarSanDiego.1bog.org/faqs-and-webinar .

About One Block Off the Grid:  
Founded in 2008 in San Francisco, California, One Block Off the Grid (1BOG) is a collective bargaining and consumer advocate, dedicated to making home solar installations easy and affordable. For every regional campaign, 1BOG conducts a rigorous and impartial selection process to identify an ideal installer partner, selected based on their pricing, track record of quality installations, reliable warranties, premium products and a viable business model. 1BOG organizes interested homeowners into a large solar buying group to negotiate lowest solar group discount rates from the installer partner so that community members can enjoy the best deal for solar power without having to become solar experts themselves. A subsidiary of Virgance, Inc.,1BOG has campaigns running in eight cities throughout the US. For more information, visit www.solarSanDiego.1BOG.org.

About HelioPower:
HelioPower has been committed to engineering solar power solutions for residential, commercial, community and utility scale partners since 2001.  A leading sustainable energy integration firm, HelioPower operates in California and Nevada, serving clients worldwide. HelioPower can be reached toll free at 1 87 SOLAR 888 or on the web at www.HelioPower.com.

Contact:

1BOG

For media inquiries:
Rebecca Geller
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415-963-4339 x10

General inquiries:
Brad Burton
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HelioPower

Richard Matthews
951-6777-7755 Ext 110