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2016 In Review for Sullivan Solar Power

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January

Sullivan Solar Power begins the construction of its largest single site project to date, a 676,139-watt solar powered system at the Thacher School, a 127-year-old boarding school in Ventura county. The project is paid for by the Thacher School’s senior class gift with the savings reinvested into helping fund other sustainability projects.  

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Sullivan Solar Power and Thacher School team members celebrate the power of solar

February

Sullivan Solar Power is proud to have been chosen to install solar power systems on more than a dozen Catholic Churches in San Diego County. Pope Francis has made protecting the Earth a priority of the church, so going solar is a great way for local parishes to heed the Holy Father’s directive while saving money on rising utility energy. St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Valley Center decided to go solar with Sullivan Solar Power with the installation of a 64.83kW solar system.

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Father Elmer, St Stephen parishioners, & Sullivan Solar Power at the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

March

In March, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison try to reverse the net metering decision of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in order to suppress the solar industry. The CPUC rejects the utilities proposals securing California’s sustainable energy future.

April

Sullivan Solar Power is announced as the 2016 Captain of Conservation winner at the first annual Climate Action Campaign award ceremony. Sullivan Solar Power receives the award for their regional and statewide leadership in the quest to protect and grow rooftop solar and for creating sustainable, local jobs.

May

Sullivan Solar Power celebrates its 12th Birthday on May 25. In the past 12 years, Sullivan Solar Power has grown from a one-man shop to one of the top solar firms in the United States, with 6,000 installations completed and over 150 employees.

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Sullivan Solar Power celebrates 12 years in business

June

San Diego hits the solar cap in June, making it the first region in the state to prove the power of solar. San Diego beat other regions in California to this major milestone including the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles.

“We’ve known that San Diegans have been leading the solar revolution for over a decade, but reaching this landmark highlights the dedication our region has to clean and renewable energy,” said Daniel Sullivan in the Solar Industry Magazine in relation to the changes.

July

Sullivan Solar Power announces a partnership with the San Diego Center for Children, so the center can continue empowering over 1,000 children and families every day to live joyful and healthy lives. For every San Diegan who goes solar with Sullivan Solar Power, $500 is donated to the San Diego Center for Children. In addition, Sullivan Solar Power announces it will donate and install a 10 kw system for the San Diego Center for Children.

Dr. Moisés Barón and Daniel Sullivan posing for a photo

Dr. Moisés Barón, President of San Diego Center for Children with Daniel Sullivan, president and founder of Sullivan Solar Power

August

In August 2016, Sullivan Solar Power completes the largest solar project in the company’s 12-year history – a 1.27MW-AC project across six schools for the Encinitas Union School District. The estimated 25-year savings from the combined solar project will save the district more than $21 million.

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Encinitas Union School District declares energy independence across all its schools

September

In September, Daniel Sullivan writes a blog about what inspired him to dedicate his career to break Southern California’s reliance on oil and other fossil fuels. The blog unveils the local and global impact of California’s utilities.

October

The Sullivan Solar Power team gets in the Halloween spirit!

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Sullivan Solar Power team members celebrate Halloween

November

Sullivan Solar Power completes the installation of its donated 10 kW solar system at the San Diego Center for Children. The solar system is expected to save the San Diego Center for Children over $170,000 in electrical costs over the next 25 years.

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Sullivan Solar Power electricians completing the 10 kW installation at the Center for Children

December

Daniel Sullivan speaks at a press conference where the Climate Action Campaign released its First Annual Climate Action Plan Report Card, which grades the Climate Action Plan of 19 San Diego cities in the region.

Photo of Daniel Sullivan speaking during CAC press conference

Daniel Sullivan speaks at the Climate Action Campaign press release

"Despite a utility company who is actively working against clean energy choices for San Diego families, San Diegans continue to prove our commitment to moving towards renewable energy. It's crucial that local communities continue to take decisive action to ensure a better future for tomorrow," said Daniel Sullivan.

What to Expect in 2017

This year was one of Sullivan Solar Power’s most successful years due to the commitment of communities across Southern California to clean and sustainable energy. While much has changed throughout 2016, what has not is our dedication to sparking a solar energy revolution across Southern California and turning our customers into devoted solar advocates. This singular purpose, to change the way this world generates electricity, will drive us to excellence in our workmanship, the products we use and every decision we make in 2017.

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