“[Going solar] will allow the District to reallocate several thousand taxpayer dollars monthly to project financing and other essential services,” said Greg Wilson, Battalion Chief for the NCFPD
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 02, 2014
Four fire stations and the Fleet Maintenance Facility in Fallbrook are declaring energy independence this month with solar energy. Together, these stations will offset 2,484 tons of pollutants each year. The North County Fire Protection District performed extensive research to find a sponsored financing program which will allow them to finance these solar projects for less than what they are currently paying for utility-based power.
“[Going solar] will allow the District to reallocate several thousand taxpayer dollars monthly to project financing and other essential services,” said Greg Wilson, Battalion Chief for the NCFPD, “This project will insulate the District from future utility rate increases while promoting an environmentally responsible image in our community.”
Battalion Chief Greg Wilson and Deputy Fire Chief Ed Sprague pushed the transition to solar energy for the fire departments of Fallbrook, Bonsall, and Rainbow. Wilson and Sprague are working directly with developers at Sullivan Solar Power to install solar power systems that will yield optimum production to offset 90-100% of their current electricity usage.
“Sullivan Solar Power is dedicated to strictly using California State Licensed electricians to install their projects, making fire safety a top priority,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power.
The solar power systems for the fire stations on East Ivy, Winterwarm Drive, Olive Hill Road, and Rainbow Valley Boulevard, will be fully operational this winter, and together they will be producing at least 201,000 kilowatt-hours annually. Through Sullivan Solar Power, Wilson and Sprague selected North-American made Kyocera modules and SMA America inverters for the projects. The Fire District can expect to see these systems pay off in less than seven years; similar to the average homeowner who goes solar.
“North County Fire Protection District realizes that energy savings means saving money to put toward firefighting rather than giving it to SDG&E. They are setting an example for the community as to what we all should be doing,” said Sullivan.
According to California Solar Initiative data, Fallbrook is the sixth largest community for solar in San Diego for number of watts installed. More than 7.4-million watts of electricity in Fallbrook is harnessed from the sun, and with these fire stations on board, Fallbrook is climbing the ranks even further.
Greg Wilson hopes that this is only the first phase of North County Fire’s solar initiative, and that once this project is complete, they can assess the feasibility of reinvesting solar generated savings into similar projects at other District facilities.
About Sullivan Solar Power
Sullivan Solar Power is a turnkey solar system provider that delivers solar electric projects from concept to completion. The company has installed more than 19,000,000-watts of solar power ranging from small-scale residential to large-scale commercial and municipal systems. Sullivan Solar Power is headquartered in Southern California and owned and operated by Daniel Sullivan. The firm is a turnkey solar provider using all State-licensed electricians and services all of Southern California. Regardless of project size and scope, Sullivan is committed to delivering the best products and the most qualified professionals to its customers. Visit http://www.sullivansolarpower.com for more information.