March 14, 2019
Solar shines on the West Valley BY KELSEY MAKINGS Peoria Times Contributing Writer
With more than 140,000 homes in Arizona having made the switch to solar, it is no surprise that residents are soaking in the savings now more than ever before. And with 25,000 of those installations occurring in the West Valley alone, the region has quickly become one of the newest hotspots in solar. Joe Cunningham, co-founder and director of operations at Sunny Energy, sat down to answer our most burning questions as they relate to solar. What is the driving factor for choosing to go solar? Everyone has their own, unique reason for switching to solar. Most are drawn to solar for the savings on their utility bill. Others are looking to be less dependent on utility companies – and their rising rates. Of course, many homeowners go solar to decrease their carbon footprint. They are pleasantly
surprised to find out they can save the planet and save money doing so. What exactly does the process entail? Going solar can definitely seem overwhelming, but we believe it doesn’t have to be. Our process is thorough, yet simple, making sure our customers know exactly how it all comes together and stay in constant communication throughout the process. We start by getting to know your goals, whether it be saving money, energy independence, saving the environment (or all three). Then we conduct a site survey where our inspectors will measure and assess the roof. We then move onto the system design, based on the home’s energy usage and available space. After that, we complete the necessary permits and apply for the utility interconnection agreement. Next is the actual installation and city inspection. Once completed, we establish connection with the utility company and conduct final testing to ensure the system is operating properly.
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