We say sun, baby, sun

The topic of how we get our energy is on the forefront of conversations these days as we grapple with the oil-spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Whether or not you’re in favor of deepwater drilling, the truth is that we all do have choices in how we get our energy. And those choices do impact our economy, our health, and our environment. As consumers, our choices matter.

The good news is that solar power has finally hit the mainstream in California, partially because solar power is now effectively cheaper than utility power, and partially because we are waking up to the realities of peak oil and environmental degradation.

Solar power is no longer a fringe “off grid” proposition just for people who can afford it. Today, just about any homeowner in California can go solar with a very low up-front cost, through Sun Run financing. And thousands of homeowners are doing just that, creating energy security and a clean energy future for their families.

What is SunRun financing? Think of it like switching your power company to the sun. You pay little or nothing up front, and a solar installer like groSolar installs solar panels on your property. You then get a contract from SunRun in which you agree to pay for the power generated by your solar system, on a monthly basis just like you do now. But the best part is that the rate you pay for that power is locked-in at or below today’s utility rates for the 18-year life of the agreement.

If you sell your home, the deal transfers to the new homeowner. In fact, this will add value to your home because your home will be guaranteed not to see any increase in electricity costs. After 18 years, you can decide to buy the system out for market-value (with the panels still under warranty), you can sign another agreement to purchase the solar power, or you can have the system removed at absolutely no cost to you.

More information on groSolar and SunRun financing is available at

, or call (800) GO SOLAR. groSolar’s dedicated local teams have installed more than one thousand solar systems in California over the last 30 years.