Last month, Sullivan Solar Power flipped the switch to their 16th solar power system on Orien Ave., a half-mile long street in La Mesa, making it one of the top solar streets in California. Orien Ave. began its solar journey in 2012 when we installed their first system. Seven years later, the street now has a combined 84,000-watts installed across the 16 Sullivan Solar Power systems. These clean energy generators on Orien Ave. equates to 63,158 pounds of coal not burned or 6,643 gallons of gas not consumed.
"It’s great being part of a community committed to being green," said Austin Long, the owner of the 16th solar energy system on Orien Ave., "I knew immediately we would also be installing solar after we moved in, it just makes sense."
Orien Ave. exemplifies the kind of community the city of La Mesa aims to foster since releasing its Climate Action Plan in March of 2018. La Mesa is committed to improving the community’s quality of life by reducing emissions and running on 100% renewable energy by 2035. The Climate Action Plan emphasizes the vital role of residential generation of renewable energy to rapidly reduce emissions.
On August 13, the city took its commitment to clean energy one step further and announced that it will be entering into negotiations with the city of Chula Vista and city of San Diego to form a Joint Purchase Authority and formally adopt a Community Choice Energy program. Community Choice Energy offers an alternative choice in purchasing energy, rather than solely from San Diego Gas & Electric, and provides communities with competitively priced, clean energy choices while reinvesting revenues into local projects and programs.
"In 2004 I founded Sullivan Solar Power to fundamentally change the way we generate electricity to rid fossil fuel consumption. We set out to turn power entire streets with solar, and it’s been fulfilling to help Orien Ave. create a model for the rest of the region and nation to follow," said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. "We are proud to be assisting local communities, one street at a time, declare energy independence, helping create a cleaner and more sustainable future."
If you are interested in learning more about how solar is changing the way East County residents generate electricity, Sullivan Solar Power will be hosting an educational solar and storage seminar on September 7 at the Rancho San Diego Library. For more information, visit www.sdsolarexperience.org.