Surf Diva to Become First Carbon-Neutral Surfing School in SoCal

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Surf Diva has just commissioned a 12.21kW solar installation from Sunline Energy designed to reduce its utility bills and push its carbon footprint to zero.

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The ocean is our backyard, and we have to protect it…. Going solar is true to our core beliefs about doing our share for the community and the environment.

Sunline Energy has just announced that it will install 12.21kW of solar PV capacity on La Jolla-based surfing school and boutique, Surf Diva. The San Diego solar installer will use bifacial PV modules – a technology ideally suited for commercial properties with limited roof space.

Like many businesses in Southern California, Surf Diva was concerned about its high energy bills and wanted to reduce some of its utility spending – especially with rates expected to increase in the near future. Sunline Energy’s solar installation will generate 20,000 kWh of clean electricity per year, delivering $5,000 in savings within the first 12 months and more than $250,000 over the next 25 years.

Another motivation for this project was the school’s desire to more closely align its power consumption with its broader environmental vision. According to Surf Diva co-owner and director of operations, Carlos Pardo, “Surfing is already a low-carbon activity, but we’re always looking for ways to reduce the ecological impact of our school and boutique.” Pardo also says, “The ocean is our backyard, and we have to protect it…. Going solar is true to our core beliefs about doing our share for the community and the environment.”

Once completed, the PV system will deliver carbon offsets of 350,000 lbs. annually – or the equivalent of planting more than 500 trees. Carbon savings like these could help make Surf Diva the first net-zero energy surfing school in the region.

Pardo’s wife and Surf Diva co-founder, Coco, hopes this installation will inspire others to follow suit. She points out that San Diego is already a leader in solar, and the city’s new Climate Action Plan provides plenty of incentive for businesses to green their operations.

About Sunline Energy

Founded in 2010, Sunline Energy is a fully licensed solar contractor that specializes in the design, customization, and sale of professional PV installations for a broad range of residential and commercial clients throughout the greater San Diego Metro area.

About Surf Diva

Established in 1996 by twin sisters Izzy Tihanyi (“the Surf”) and Coco Tihanyi (“the Diva”), Surf Diva has introduced thousands of women from all over the world to the sport and spirit of surfing. The Surf Diva Boutique launched in 2004 and has been selling a variety of fashion forward and functional surf gear ever since.

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Matt Margolin
Sunline Energy
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