Maggie Avants, June 3, 2012

“I wanted to be one of the first to go through our HERO program at WRCOG,” said Stone, who flipped the switch to his new HERO solar system at a brief ceremony, held to spread awareness of the program.

Supervisor Jeff Stone goes solar

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is the latest to go solar under the nation’s largest renewable energy campaign in western Riverside County.

Murrieta-based Helio Energy Solutions, the region’s largest solar provider, is leading the charge to roll out the HERO solar finance program for homeowners from San Jacinto to Corona and south into Temecula.

The Western Riverside County of Governments has established the HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) to assist homeowners in paying for a home solar system. HERO solar systems and other energy improvements can save homeowners hundreds of dollars every month and tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the improvements.

“HERO makes it easy to go solar, reduce energy costs and to create jobs for our region.”

Stone chose Helio Energy Solutions to install a 14 kW (kilowatt) DC system on his home in Temecula, based on the company’s reputation as the home solar value leader in California.

The company, based in Murrieta, has been consistently ranked among the top in the state for providing reliable energy at one of the lowest costs per watt around.

Pointing to his meter, Stone smiled as he watched it “spin” backwards. “Whatever we don’t use, Edison is buying from us,” Stone explained. “They’ll be grabbing up even more as it gets hotter, particularly with the San Onofre plant down.”

Helio Energy Solutions’s Scott Gordon, senior vice president of sales, said that through the HERO solar program, average homeowners can expect to bring their energy costs down considerably with little or nothing out of pocket.

“WRCOG has set up an easy-to-understand program to help incentivize homeowners to make energy-efficiency improvements that save them money and increase the value of their homes,” Gordon said.

“We are proud to be a part of this innovative program as one of its preferred HERO solar integrators.”

“The HERO program has already helped hundreds of people finance solar PV systems, air-conditioners, windows, roofs, and many other products,” said JP McNeill, a HERO program representative.

June 3, 2012