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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Bay Area – Solar CATEGORY

Karissa Gallo is a senior energy consultant at SolarUnion, a Diamond Certified company. She can be reached at (415) 236-2966 or by email.

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Karissa Gallo: Renewable Enthusiasm

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO — Karissa Gallo started working in the renewable energy field while living in New York, but it wasn’t until she moved to sunny California that solar power became her primary focus. “I’ve always been passionate about making a difference for the environment,” she says. “I started out working for a company that sold wind and hydro power. When I decided to move from New York to California, I hoped to continue my career in the Green energy industry. Since I was coming to a state with lots of sunshine, solar seemed like the obvious way to go, so I got involved. It’s been great so far!”

Today, as a senior energy consultant at SolarUnion, Karissa says her favorite part of her job is the opportunity to make a positive impact. “By selling solar, we offer homeowners and businesses a lot of financial advantages, but on a deeper level, what we do actually affects the planet. That’s what gets me excited—to know what I’m doing is making a difference, both in people’s lives and for the greater global good.”

As a resident of Vallejo (where she lives with her partner, Mingo), Karissa says she appreciates her central proximity to all the Bay Area has to offer. “I love living near San Francisco, with all its culture, beautiful scenery and fun things to do. I also like the fact that we’re close to Lake Tahoe, which gives us easy access to the snow and outdoor activities.”

Outside of work, Karissa fills her free time with a wide range of creative and active pursuits. “Mingo and I are both musicians, and we have a band called Room of Voices that performs around the Bay Area,” she says. “We love to be creative and inspire others with our music. I also enjoy hiking, swimming, mountain biking, snowboarding—basically anything to do with nature, which is tied to my passion for protecting the environment.”

In regard to her professional career, Karissa espouses the value of taking a client-centered approach. “When working with clients, my main priority is to treat them the way I’d want to be treated,” she affirms. “Rather than taking a sales-like approach, I prefer to take on more of a consultant role, wherein I take the time to get to know my clients, ask questions and determine their needs. At the end of the day, this approach enables me to formulate the best option for each client’s particular needs.”

When asked the first thing she’d do if she were to retire tomorrow, Karissa says she would devote more time to charitable service. “Helping others has always been a passion of mine, so if I was no longer doing that through my work, I’d do it on a volunteer basis. I’m the kind of person who needs to feel like I’m having a positive impact, so that will continue to be a key aspect of whatever I’m doing.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I’ve always wanted to check out New Zealand and Australia. Like the Bay Area, I hear they both have really diverse landscapes, with beaches, snow and mountains.

Q: Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A: Definitely a dog person. I like cats, too, but usually just the ones that act like dogs.

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Arti Indian Organic Natural Café in Lagunitas-Forest Knolls.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: I collect music and giraffe paraphernalia. I have a small obsession with giraffes.

Q: If you could immediately master any musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: The drums.

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Optimizing Your Solar Energy System

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SAN FRANCISCO — When switching to solar energy, the goal is to achieve a full electric offset for 25 years—that is, 25 years with no electricity bills. However, in order to attain this level of energy production, you’ll need a system… Read more

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SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to purchase a solar energy system, it’s important to look beyond the panels and consider some lesser-known technical aspects.… Read more

Tom Amitay is district manager of NRG Clean Power, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (831) 708-8978 or by email.

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Tom Amitay: A Powerful Opportunity

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CANOGA PARK — Tom Amitay was pursuing a career in finance, but when he saw the opportunity presented by the burgeoning solar industry, he decided to get in on the action. “From a financial standpoint, I was struck by the growth potential of the solar industry,” he affirms. “However, I was also attracted to the fact that it was clean energy, which made it not only lucrative but something that would actually benefit the planet. It wasn’t long before I left my finance job and started doing sales for a solar company.”

Today, as district manager of NRG Clean Power, Tom says his favorite part of his job is passing on the benefits of solar to his customers. “Working in solar gives me an opportunity to make a living by helping people save money. Not only that, I’m also helping save energy and reduce pollution, so it gives me a good feeling to know I’m having a positive impact.”

Despite being born in the United States, Tom grew up in Israel, where his parents were originally from. After serving in the Israeli army, he returned to the U.S. and resides today in San Jose, where he says he appreciates the cutting-edge atmosphere. “I really like the innovative environment we have here. No matter how far we come with technology, there’s a feeling that we can go further and do more.”

Outside of work, Tom likes to stay active with pastimes like playing basketball and hiking on local trails. He also enjoys going to the movies and hanging out with friends.

In his life and career, Tom espouses the value of perseverance. “I believe that if you work hard, good things will happen for you,” he explains. “I’ve experienced that in my own life—I started at the bottom and worked my way up, and it has been well worth it. I continue to work hard in my current position and look forward to my future progress.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Tom says he’d see the world. “I’d probably travel for a while. Maybe I’d do a tour of Europe—I haven’t been yet, so that seems like a good place to start.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Golden State Warriors.

Q: What kinds of movies do you like?
A: Action movies.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Game of Thrones.”

Q: What’s one website you visit on a daily basis?
A: Facebook.

Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: The future—maybe 20 years from now just to see what technology is like.

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A Little-Known Fact about Solar Panels

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CANOGA PARK — While most people have a rough idea of how solar power works, there are still a few little-known facts about solar panels and how they function. For example, when solar panels are installed, they’re not in direct contact… Read more

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Video: Strategic Solar Panel Placement

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CANOGA PARK — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to installing solar panels on a roof, strategic placement can provide some added functional advantages. Today we’re in… Read more

Bob Winn is a veteran of the solar industry and owner of Sky Power Systems, a Diamond Certified company since 2006. He can be reached at (925) 567-3974 or by email.

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Bob Winn: Sky-Powered Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN RAMON — After growing disenchanted with his banking career, Bob Winn decided to leave the financial field behind and reach for the sky. “Prior to getting into solar, I was in banking—mainly digital check processing and security,” he says. “In 2002, after the dot-com crash and Enron fiasco, I decided it was time to get into a new field. Since I was involved in technology, I started looking around for a related business opportunity. When I came across a small solar company, I thought it might be a good investment, so I bought it from the original owner in 2005.” After more than a decade, Bob has no regrets about his decision. “My career today is a lot more rewarding than my previous one. It’s great to be making a positive impact. Plus, solar is the future, so it’s neat to be a part of that.”

Today, as president of Sky Power Systems, Bob says his favorite part of his job is delighting his customers. “Compared to writing a $250 check to PG&E every month, writing a $20,000 check for a solar system isn’t easy. However, at the end of the project, when the meter is spinning backward and the PG&E bill is basically nothing, our clients are really happy with the decisions they’ve made. I call it the ‘solar halo.’ It’s very satisfying to have a job that allows me to make people happy on a regular basis.”

A resident of Danville (where he lives with his wife, Lisa), Bob likes to spend the bulk of his free time outdoors. “There’s a lot of open space in this area, so I spend a lot of time hiking and riding my mountain bike around Mount Diablo, Pleasanton, and the Oakland Hills,” he says. “When I get the chance, I also like to go dirt biking in the mountains or the desert.” In addition to enjoying the outdoors, Bob likes keeping up with his and Lisa’s three children, all of whom are currently attending college.

In regard to a professional philosophy, Bob espouses the importance of doing the right thing. “When it comes to serving customers, our company’s mantra is to always do the right thing,” he affirms. “Don’t do the easy thing or the least expensive thing; just do the right thing. If you do that over and over, it’ll pay off in the long run. You may experience some short-term pain, but you’ll be better off overall.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Bob says he’d hit the open road. “I would probably get an RV and travel around the Western United States. That would give me and my wife a chance to see all the national parks and spend some more time enjoying the outdoors.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Survivor.”

Q: What kind of music do you like?
A: Classic rock.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Pete’s Brass Rail & Car Wash in Danville.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Patagonia.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Old coins that end up in my pocket. You’d be surprised what people give you in change sometimes.

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The Importance of Buying from an Established Solar Company

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SAN RAMON — All solar panels come with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty, but the big question is whether the manufacturer will still be around in 25 years to honor its warranty. During the last couple of decades, the solar industry has seen… Read more

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SAN RAMON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to install a solar energy system, carefully consider who you purchase your equipment from. Today we’re in San Ramon with… Read more

Rich Moore is president of Freedom Solar, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (408) 758-5685 or by email.

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Rich Moore: Renewable Enthusiasm

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

CAMPBELL — Rich Moore began his career in the high-tech industry, but he’s always been interested in renewable energy, so when an opportunity arose to get professionally involved, he didn’t hesitate. “I was working with semiconductors and microchips for Texas Instruments, but I found myself looking into renewable energy more and more, especially solar,” he recounts. “When a friend introduced me to one of the first solar integrators in the Bay Area, I was immediately interested. In 2005, I started doing solar full-time, and in 2009, I founded Freedom Solar, Inc.”

A decade after making his seminal transition, Rich says he continues to find gratification in his renewed livelihood. “I enjoy dealing directly with customers and seeing the end results of our work. It’s very satisfying when your job consists of installing products that save your customers money and benefit the environment at the same time.”

Originally from Chicago, Rich came to the Bay Area in the mid-1980s and today resides in San Carlos, where he appreciates the area’s many favorable attributes. “I like the pace, the diversity and the fact that we have a well-educated population,” he says. “Also, since I grew up in the Midwest flatlands, I really appreciate the climate and terrain.”

Outside of work, Rich engages in a number of active pastimes. “I’m a bit of a sports nut, so I enjoy both watching and participating in team sports,” he says. “I’ve coached youth sports for 25 years and served on several boards, so it’s been a real passion of mine.” Rich also likes traveling with wife, Susan, tracing his family’s genealogy and relaxing at the beach. Additionally, he takes time to keep in touch with his daughters, Aryn and Hannah, who are pursuing respective careers in the biotech and electrical engineering fields. “Between Susan, who’s a mechanical engineer, and myself, it’s no surprise that our daughters have an inclination toward math and science.”

As a professional in the solar industry, Rich says providing long-term value for his customers is of the utmost importance. “When I meet with a new customer, I look at them as someone I’m going to have a relationship with for the next 35 years, because that’s how long my product will last on their roof. That’s why I make sure every system we install provides a long-term solution. Not many products come with a 25-year warranty, so it really ups the ante when it comes to customer satisfaction.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Rich says he’d take a trip around the world. “I think it would be fun to circle the globe over the course of a year. My wife would be with me, of course, but if our daughters were able to get away and join us for part of it, that would make it even better.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What are your favorite sports teams?
A: Even though I haven’t lived there in more than 30 years, I’m still a fan of Chicago teams like the White Sox, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks. Of course, being a long-time Bay Area resident, I also follow the local teams.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: Yes, I played basketball.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Blue Line Pizza in San Carlos.

Q: What’s your favorite comic strip?
A: “In the Bleachers.”

Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “The Sting.”

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Two Common Questions about Solar

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CAMPBELL — While a lot of homeowners are interested in solar energy, many have questions about the various aspects involved. Here are two common questions solar companies receive from consumers: Is solar a good investment? To answer this question, there… Read more

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CAMPBELL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re interested in solar power but don’t know much about it, you’ll want to know the answers to two basic questions.… Read more

Chris Zepponi is vice president of sales at High Definition Solar, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (925) 399-1919 or by email.

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Chris Zepponi: Good Energy

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CONCORD — With a background in sales and marketing, Chris Zepponi has done everything from home loan refinancing to high-tech recruitment. However, it wasn’t until he entered the home improvement field that he discovered the kind of energy that truly suited his personality. “Honestly, I never expected to be in home improvement, but given the economy in 2002, I was happy to get any work I could find,” he recounts. “To my surprise, I fell in love with the industry. In particular, I appreciated the unique opportunity to help people make their dreams come true.”

Chris explains how his involvement in home improvement naturally led to an emphasis on solar energy: “When I first started in this industry, solar wasn’t at the forefront—it was more about general remodeling measures like replacing windows and kitchen cabinets. Within about seven years, however, solar had emerged as a huge aspect, which prompted our company to alter its focus and change its name to High Definition Solar. Today, solar is a cornerstone of the home improvement field, and it continues to grow and evolve.”

As a resident of Fairfield, Chris says he appreciates the energy (both solar and communal) to be found in the Bay Area. “With the exception of maybe New York, I think the Bay Area has the best, most vibrant level of energy in the country. In addition to the people, there are so many opportunities here, especially since Silicon Valley is the high-tech capital of the world. Also, from a solar standpoint, the Bay Area has some of the best climate in the world for solar energy.”

Outside of work, Chris likes to stay active. “I have a passion for working out, so I spend a lot of time at the gym, as well as running and hiking,” he affirms. “I also love playing golf—I could play four or five times a month, no problem.” Chris also enjoys spending quality time with his 15-year-old daughter, Christina. “I like hanging out with my daughter, whether helping her with homework or taking her to the movies.”

In his life and career, Chris says attitude is everything. “If you don’t have a good attitude, you’ll never get to where you want to be in life. When you look at all the top business people and professional athletes, you’ll see they have an attitude that’s second to none. Nothing is going to stop them from being the best, and that’s a mentality we try to emulate at High Definition Solar.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Chris says he’d see the world. “I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like to, so that would probably be number one. I’ve never been to Europe, and since my ethnicity is Greek and Italian, I’d love to visit those countries.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite season?
A: Summer—it’s when my company is the busiest.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: “Homeland.”

Q: What’s one website you visit on a daily basis?
A: YouTube.

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: Sports—I played rugby.

Q: Is there a book that’s been particularly influential for you?
A: “Awaken the Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins.

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Solar Power and Rate Increase Resistance

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CONCORD — Everyone knows there are benefits to switching to solar energy, but there’s one advantage you may not have considered. One of the great things about going solar is it allows you to lock in your energy rate, which makes you… Read more

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CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: Everyone knows about the benefits of switching to solar energy, but there’s one advantage you may not have considered. Today we’re in… Read more

Gary Kluck is a veteran of the home improvement industry and CEO of Quality First Home Improvement, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2008. He can be reached at (877) 297-8594 or by email.

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Gary Kluck: On the Upbeat

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CITRUS HEIGHTS – Gary Kluck has a lot on his plate. Between managing a home improvement company with more than 180 employees to singlehandedly running a household, it’s easy to think the stress might get to him now and then. However, Gary says maintaining a positive outlook goes a long way toward achieving both inner peace and outward success. “I’m a ‘glass half full’ kind of guy. I have a very upbeat personality, so when I do get stressed, I just stay calm and look at the positives of the situation, and pretty soon I’m back to normal.”

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Gary got his start in the construction industry at an early age. “I began working for my father when I was about 12 years old,” he remembers. “He was in home improvement and did a lot of concrete work and rough framing. I started out doing mostly grunt work, but I continued to learn and develop my skills, and I’ve been immersed in it ever since.”

Gary’s westward migration began in the early 1980s and included a five-year stint working in Colorado before he eventually reached Northern California. When the company he had been working for went bankrupt following a change of ownership, Gary reached out for advice on his next move. “I called the original owner of the business and asked him what I should do next,” he recalls. “He said, ‘Go do your own thing.’ I took his advice and started my own company, and it was the best decision I ever made.” Today, nearly a decade later, Quality First Home Improvement, Inc. is going strong with Gary at the helm.

In addition to running a business, Gary is employed as a full-time father and homemaker, raising his youngest of four daughters while his wife, Tamara, is pursuing her own career out-of-state. “A few years back, my wife decided to go to medical school to become a physician,” he explains. “She’s actually in Pennsylvania doing her residency right now, so I’m kind of like Mr. Mom for the next couple years.” Though his responsibilities keep him busy, Gary does find time to play golf with his friends on a regular basis. He also takes advantage of the occasional opportunity to get away from it all. “We have a cabin up at Eagle Lake, and we like to go out there to do some boating and fishing and just enjoy the peacefulness of nature.”

Gary attributes much of his personal and professional success to the power of positive thinking. “We attract what we think and feel, so it’s important to feel great and think great,” he says. “That’s what I tell all my employees, and it’s really how I built the company. When we started, there were four of us; now, there are 181. By putting out positive energy, we’ve been able to attract positive people who want to do good things.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: Green Bay Packers.

Q: What’s your earliest memory?
A: Digging up worms in the garden when I was three or four years old.

Q: Do you do any celebrity impersonations?
A: I used to do a pretty good Humphrey Bogart, but it’s been a while.

Q: What were you most known for in high school?
A: Playing basketball. I could really jump—as a 6’1” forward, I could out-jump our 6’4” center!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Sit by the fire.

Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
A: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

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How to Prevent Concrete Cracks

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CITRUS HEIGHTS — Many homeowners like to tackle their own concrete projects, whether that means installing a patio cover or renovating a driveway. Laying concrete may seem like a simple task, but there are certain aspects that can complicate the process.… Read more

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CITRUS HEIGHTS — Host, Sarah Rutan: When laying concrete during a home project, one of the most common problems is cracks forming in your concrete. Today we’re… Read more

Carlos Aguirre is a 17-year veteran of the solar industry and owner of All Bay Solar, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (877) 596-2805 or by email.

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Carlos Aguirre: A Solar Disposition

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO — Carlos Aguirre started his career in the electrical industry, but as he became further acquainted with a related field, he saw a brighter opportunity on the horizon. “During my 10 years in the electrical field, I got the chance to work on a few solar installations,” he explains. “I found that I really liked it and eventually decided to go into solar installation exclusively. After a year and a half of working for a local installer and learning the trade, I started my own company.”

Today, as owner of All Bay Solar, Carlos says his favorite part of his job is its doubly rewarding nature. “Working in solar gives me an opportunity to help people save money on their energy bills while also helping the environment. I think this field is pretty unique in that regard, and it’s very gratifying to know that my work has such a positive impact.”

Born in El Salvador, Carlos came to the United States at the age of 12, where he spent the remainder of his adolescent years in San Francisco’s Mission District. Today, he’s still a resident of the City by the Bay, and he expresses his appreciation for its rich, concentrated diversity. “I just love San Francisco,” he affirms. “The variety here is amazing, from the people and activities to the food. Plus, it’s all so close—you don’t even need to own a car here!”

Outside of work, Carlos devotes the bulk of his time to his family, including his wife, Lina, and daughters, Natali and Emily. “Other than playing soccer on occasion, I’m usually with my family when I’m not working,” he says. “We like doing things like taking walks through the park and hanging out at the beach.”

In regard to his professional career, Carlos says earning his customers’ trust has been critical to his success. “Most people want to know they can trust you before agreeing to do business, which is why I’m a big proponent of being honest and upfront with clients. We find that being transparent in all things enables us to earn our customers’ trust, which makes for a smoother process and greater overall satisfaction.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Carlos says he’d invest more time toward charity work. “I’d like to go back to El Salvador and help people in need. I’m currently involved in a nonprofit organization there called Achinamas that fights for people’s rights, provides food for the hungry and sets up programs to help kids stay out of trouble.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Limon Rotisserie in San Francisco.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas. I’ve always loved that time of year—it holds a lot of good memories for me.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Hawaii.

Q: What’s your favorite fruit?
A: Mango.

Q: What’s your favorite animal?
A: The parrot, because of its beauty and the fact that it can talk.

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Solar Aesthetics

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SAN FRANCISCO — One aspect of solar power installation that often gets overlooked is aesthetics—that is, how the system looks. That’s why, in addition to considering the functional attributes of your system, it’s important to address the visual impact it will have… Read more

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SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to install a solar energy system, the last thing you want is for it to be an eyesore. Today… Read more

Bryan Arlaud is CEO of Certified Heating and Air Conditioning, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (510) 371-5909 or by email.

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Bryan Arlaud: Customer-Focused

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CONCORD — From the early days of his HVAC career, Bryan Arlaud stood out among his professional peers thanks to a singular focus. “I’ve always been the best in whatever department I worked in, and that’s because I was always focused on the customer experience and building relationships,” he explains. “There were a couple of companies I worked for where the owners didn’t really care—it was all about the money. That was a big motivator for me to start my own company, because I’d be able to treat customers as well as I thought they should be.”

Bryan’s involvement in the HVAC industry started early. “My grandpa was in HVAC and so was my father, so that’s pretty much how I got into it,” he says. “My first job was working for a friend of my dad who owned a sheet metal shop. I started at the bottom of the ladder, sweeping floors and cleaning toilets, and worked my way up from there.” Over the next 20 years, Bryan gained further experience working for several different HVAC companies before he started his own business in 2016.

Today, as owner of Certified Heating and Air Conditioning, Bryan says his favorite part of his job is cultivating his team. “I like watching my employees grow, set goals and achieve new milestones. I have one who’s getting ready to buy his first house—he’s never been in a position to do so, but from working here and learning the trade, he’s been able to grow to a point where he can provide a home for his family. It’s very rewarding to be a part of that.”

A resident of Brentwood (where he lives with his wife, Kristina, and their two children), Bryan spends his time outside of work on a variety of active pastimes. “We’re a very outdoorsy family,” he says. “We do a lot of hunting, camping and boating, and my oldest is really into competitive trap shooting.” Bryan also devotes time to being involved in youth sports. “I coach youth football, which is a lot of fun. I love working with kids and being a positive influence for them at a young age.”

In his life and career, Bryan espouses the value of setting goals. “I’m very goal-oriented, both in my personal and professional life,” he explains. “I tell my kids, ‘If there’s something you want to achieve, set a goal for yourself and find a way to achieve it.’ I encourage my employees in the same way. I find that setting goals is powerful because it helps you change your mindset and envision your future differently. The mind is more powerful than most people realize, and eventually, if you put in the work, the future you envision will become reality.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Bryan says he’d get into public speaking. “I’d like to help other people by sharing my story and the things I’ve been able to achieve. The path I started on as a young man wasn’t a very good one, and I was fortunate to have a number of mentors in my life who helped me get to where I am today. There are a lot of people who are in similar situations and need guidance to find a better path, and I would love to be the person who helps them get there.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson.

Q: Are you a dog person or a cat person?
A: Definitely a dog person.

Q: What was your first pet?
A: A white German shepherd named Shay.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Bora Bora. Ever since I saw a picture of those little huts out on the water, I’ve wanted to go there.

Q: Who’s your favorite superhero?
A: Batman.

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How to Save Big on Heating and Cooling Costs

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CONCORD — If your HVAC system is more than eight years old, it likely constitutes the lion’s share of your home’s energy consumption. In fact, it’s common for heating and cooling to represent more than half of a home’s total energy costs.… Read more

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CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before purchasing a new heating and cooling system, make sure you’re getting the latest and greatest industry technology. Today we’re in Concord with… Read more

John Bergh is an 17-year veteran of the solar industry and owner of Sun Metrics, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (877) 312-1348 or by email.

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John Bergh: Skill Synergy

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

DAVIS — Having acquired a number of practical skills in his early life, John Bergh was surprised to find an industry where he could incorporate them all. “Growing up in the Clarksburg/Yolo County area, I used to help my dad with things like drilling water wells and servicing farm equipment,” he says. “In addition to gaining a familiarity with water pumping and electrical service, I got into roofing in high school, which widened my range of experience. Later, when solar energy started to become more mainstream, I found that my knowledge of roofing, electrical work and water pumping were all applicable to that industry.”

Today, as owner of Sun Metrics, John says he appreciates the many positive attributes that his job entails. “Installing solar is really gratifying work. It saves homeowners energy and money, and given the current energy crisis and our reliance on fossil fuels, it’s just the right thing to do.”

A resident of Aptos (where he lives with his wife, Katie, and their three sons), John says the local setting provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. “My family and I are avid outdoors people. Whether going to the beach at Rio Del Mar or hiking at Nisene Marks, we love enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery.” John also pursues his interest in sports, whether personally participating; coaching his sons’ teams; or being a spectator at professional football, baseball and basketball games. Additionally, he enjoys performing automotive work. “On any given day, you might see me tinkering with a motorcycle or old sports car in my driveway.”

In his life and career, John espouses the importance of professional integrity. “I think you should never ask someone else to do something that you’re not willing to do yourself,” he says. “When it comes to my business, I’m willing to do anything that I ask of the people I work with, which fosters credibility and mutual respect between us.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, John says he’d go back to work. “I’ve tried the vacation thing, and it’s not really for me,” he laughs. “If I retired, I would need to stay busy, which is why I’d probably volunteer more with coaching youth sports or go into some area of teaching.”

Ask Me Anything!

Oakland A’s, the San Francisco 49ers and the Sacramento Kings.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: Yes, I played baseball, football and basketball for Woodland High School.

Q: What was your first car?
A: A 1972 Volvo P1800. I still have it and it’s my favorite car!

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Music, especially ’80s rock and new wave.

Q: What’s one website you visit on a daily basis?
A: Sunpower.com. It’s definitely one of the best solar resources on the web in terms of interactivity and content.

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The Importance of Solar Panel Efficiency

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DAVIS — When installing solar, it’s important to consider not only your current energy needs, but your future needs as well. Are you planning to install a pool one day? Are you thinking about purchasing an electric car? Whether or… Read more

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Dean A. is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry and president of Highlight Solar, a Diamond Certified company since 2014. He can be reached at (877) 312-4241 or by email.

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Dean A.: Power Driven

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — Considering that he has a master’s degree in electrical engineering, it wouldn’t be a stretch to describe Dean A. as “power driven.” “I’ve always been intrigued by power systems,” he affirms. “I used to be in engineering and did a lot of design, but when solar started to come into its own, I was intrigued and decided to get involved in the industry.” Dean began his solar career in 2008 by acquiring a franchise from a major solar company, but it wasn’t long before he decided to strike out on his own. “A couple of years after I started the franchise, the company announced it was going to cut its residential services and focus solely on the commercial market. However, I believed the residential market was going to be very lucrative, so I decided to break off and establish my own solar business.”

Today, as owner of Highlight Solar, Dean says his favorite part of his job (other than his ongoing fascination with the technical aspects) is making a positive impact. “Not only is solar power a great financial investment for consumers, it also has a significant ecological effect. We’re helping make the environment cleaner and better for the next generation, which is very rewarding.”

As a resident of San Jose (where he lives with wife and three children), Dean expresses his appreciation for life and work in the Bay Area. “We have amazing weather and amazing people,” he says. “The cultural diversity is fantastic, and I really like how open people are here. Plus, as far as running a business goes, there’s plenty of opportunity to strive and grow.”

Outside of work, Dean engages in a variety of personal hobbies and family activities. “I enjoy science, especially astronomy and technology, so I’m always reading about those subjects,” he says. “I also like to play volleyball, go hiking and camping, and relax on the beach.” In addition to enjoying the local surroundings, Dean likes traveling to foreign destinations. “Every year, we make it a point to visit a new country, which is a great way for us to expand the kids’ horizons.”

In regard to his professional career, Dean credits a good part of his success to an emphasis on customer satisfaction. “Our customers are the backbone of our business, which is why we do whatever it takes to make sure they’re satisfied,” he affirms. “We go to great lengths to bring them the latest products and technology, and we continue to educate customers and consumers in general about the entire concept behind solar.”

When asked what his life might look like if he were to retire tomorrow, Dean says he’d devote more of his time to volunteering. “I would probably get more involved in the local community. My wife and kids do a lot of volunteering for various community events and causes, so if I had more time, it’d be very rewarding to do more of that with them.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Coffee or tea?
A: Coffee in the morning, tea at night.

Q: What’s your favorite style of music?
A: Jazz.

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Dishdash in Sunnyvale.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Malaysia. The country has amazing tropical beauty, and I hear the people are very nice and down to earth.

Q: Have you ever read a book more than once?
A: “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson.

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Solar Financing Options

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SAN JOSE — When it comes to financing a solar power system, there are numerous options to choose from, each with particular benefits for homeowners in varying financial situations. Gaining an understanding of each of these options will help you decide… Read more

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to install a solar power system, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is how you’re going… Read more

Jason Lee is general manager of Solar System, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (888) 540-0147 or by email.

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Jason Lee: Shining a Light

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — As a former real estate broker, Jason Lee knows a thing or two about the importance of reading the fine print in a contract. In fact, it was his expert eye for the particulars that largely inspired his shift to a career in the solar industry. “While working as a real estate broker, I started looking more closely at the solar business, which seemed to be full of opportunity,” he explains. “In particular, solar leasing sounded like something that could really benefit homeowners. However, as I began looking at a contract, I was amazed at how bad it was—almost as bad as a subprime mortgage loan! This motivated me even more to get into the solar business and push things in the other direction. There are real benefits to solar if you pursue it the right way, and my goal has always been to help homeowners do just that.”

Today, as general manager of Solar System, Inc., Jason says his favorite part of his job is educating homeowners. “In real estate, clients have representatives to watch out for their interests, but this isn’t the case in the solar industry, which puts homeowners at risk of being taken advantage of. That’s why I enjoy educating my clients and explaining the differences between the real savings of ownership versus leasing.”

A resident of San Jose (where he lives with his wife and business partner, Angie), Jason expresses his appreciation for the cutting-edge character of California’s third largest city. “San Jose has become a major hub for high-tech, which makes it the perfect place for someone like me who is passionate about clean energy technology.”

When asked how he spends his time outside of work, Jason says free time is in short supply these days. “Solar is a complex business, and since our company is still fairly young, there’s still a lot of work to be done before I can relax.” When he does get a break, Jason enjoys reading, keeping up with politics and hanging out with his son, Brenden, and daughter, Adriennne, both of whom are currently attending college.

In regard to his professional career, Jason adheres to a “customers first” philosophy. “When I worked in real estate, fiduciary duty to my clients was a point of emphasis, and that’s something I’ve brought with me to the solar industry,” he explains. “As a company that serves the public, we recognize the need to put our clients’ interests before our own. In doing so, we aim to bring value to both our individual clients and our community as a whole.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Alexander’s Steakhouse in Cupertino.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I’ve always wanted to go to Europe, but I think I’d actually like to travel around the United States first and visit some of the beautiful places in this country.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
A: Work on my presentation for educating consumers about solar.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Talk radio, because it keeps my mind engaged even when I’m driving.

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Seattle Seahawks.

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Avoiding Pitfalls with Your Solar Contract

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SAN JOSE — Similar to buying a house, installing a solar energy system is a long-term investment that’s designed to pay off over multiple decades. However, unlike in real estate, when you sign a contract with a solar company, you don’t… Read more

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before signing a power purchase agreement with a solar leasing company, make sure you understand the implications of the fine print.… Read more

Randy Zechman is owner of Clean Solar, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2011. He can be reached at (877) 503-5716 or by email.

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Randy Zechman: Solar Energized

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE — A self-described “serial entrepreneur,” Randy Zechman knows a good business opportunity when he sees it, so as soon as he looked into the solar energy industry, he knew he needed to get involved. “Clean Solar, Inc. is the third business I’ve started—I previously owned a publishing company and a catering business,” he says. “When I started looking at solar a decade ago, I saw a lot of opportunity. There was a lot of room for growth, and the industry was inundated with contractors that were good at installation but struggled with aspects like marketing and customer relations. I decided to found a solar company that could excel at all these aspects and raise the bar for the industry. Eight years later, that’s exactly what Clean Solar has done.”

Today, Randy expresses an enjoyment for numerous aspects of his career. “I like talking to our clients, as well as training our employees and watching them develop from rookies into solid, contributing members of the team,” he says. “I also enjoy the sales process behind solar. Compared to most products, it’s a pretty easy sell. The truth is, if your monthly electric bill is more than $125 and you get sun on your roof, you’re going to benefit from the investment.”

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Randy migrated to the Bay Area 16 years ago, where he now resides with his wife, Alisa, and their children, Maya and Shae. “I’m a big believer in the idea that you have to find a place and people you feel at home around,” he says. “As an energetic, active-minded guy, the pace and mentality of the Midwest never really suited me, but when I came to California, I immediately felt like I was in my element.”

Outside of work, Randy engages in a variety of active pastimes. “I’m the kind of guy who’ll climb the tallest mountain one day and swim the deepest sea the next,” he laughs. “I really like physical activities like hiking, scuba diving, basketball and competing in triathlons. However, I also like to exercise my mind with activities like yoga and meditation.” Additionally, Randy says he enjoys taking his family on outdoor excursions. “I like my girls to get outdoors, explore and get a little dirty, which is something I don’t think kids do enough of these days. We do a camping trip every year, but even if we’re just driving and I happen to see a good climbing tree, I’ll pull over so we can climb it!”

In his life and career, Randy espouses the importance of seizing the day. “I really take the phrase ‘carpe diem’ to heart,” he says. “I think a lot of people sleepwalk through life, so I try to be extra intentional and make the most of every moment and opportunity. Like I said earlier, when I see a climbable tree, I pull over and climb it instead of saying, ‘Let’s remember that tree,’ only to forget about it a month later.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Randy says he’d take his family on an international expedition. “I would get a one-way plane ticket and travel the world with my wife and kids. Just kind of take that ‘carpe diem’ idea to the next level.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Do you have a favorite sports team?
A: I’m from Cleveland, so I’m a fan of the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: I played golf, basketball and baseball.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show?
A: My favorite show of all time is “Lost,” but my current favorite is “True Detective.”

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: The Galápagos Islands.

Q: If you had a theme song, what would it be?
A: “Lose Yourself” by Eminem.

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Financing Your Solar Installation with PACE

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SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Whether you’re planning to lease or purchase a solar energy system, there’s a new financing option you should know about. Today… Read more

Dave Anderson is Chief Revenue Officer at Complete Solar Solution, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (877) 597-0581 or by email.

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Dave Anderson: A Solar Achievement

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN MATEO — Most solar professionals get into the industry via the technical side, but for Dave Anderson, it was the financial aspect that came first. “Before getting into solar, I was co-running a finance company,” he recounts. “We noticed the solar industry was lacking good financing options, so we started using some of our existing business relationships to set up loans and other financing options for homeowners who wanted to install solar. Soon after we started, we noticed that many companies weren’t doing a very good job of installing solar. This inspired us to go from merely financing solar to becoming a full-service installer.”

Today, as chief revenue officer of Complete Solar Solutions, Dave says he enjoys being on the cutting edge of a continuously evolving industry. “I like the fact that solar was once considered a fringe technology but has now become a fairly mainstream part of our energy mix, especially here in California. We’re on the cusp of doing even greater things, so it’s a very exciting industry to be involved with.”

Originally from Montana, Dave moved to the Bay Area in 2007 and today lives in Danville with his wife, Angela, and their three children. Between its sunny climate and technological innovation, he says the Bay Area is a perfect place to be in the solar industry. “Being from Montana, I really enjoy the weather here, but I also appreciate the innovative character of the Bay Area. The environment makes it possible for a company in any industry to thrive, but it’s especially ideal for solar companies.”

Outside of work, Dave engages in active pastimes such as martial arts. “I’m a jiu-jitsu brown belt, and I train alongside local and professional fighters,” he says. “I also enjoy attending my kids’ sporting events.” Additionally, Dave likes to immerse himself in the great outdoors. “Every so often, my family likes to break away and go camping. Having grown up in Montana, the outdoors is a big part of who I am.”

In regard to his professional career, Dave espouses the virtues of challenging the status quo. “We started this company because we believed there was a better way to get energy,” he explains. “There was—and continues to be—a perception that you’re supposed to buy energy from the utility company, and we’re here to challenge that. It’s not just about solar: if it was wind, hydrogen or another energy source, we would be involved with that. At the end of the day, it’s about providing energy that’s clean, reliable and renewable.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Dave says he’d devote more time toward community involvement. “I don’t know that it’s in me to retire, but if I weren’t working a full-time job, I’d be more active in the community. In particular, I’d like to be involved with youth sports and other local activities for kids.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The San Francisco Giants.

Q: Did you play any sports in high school?
A: I played just about all of them, but I primarily focused on baseball, wrestling and football.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?
A: My wife and I like to go to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and get a pizookie from time to time.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: Talk radio.

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Understanding Power Purchase Agreements

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SAN MATEO — One of the most daunting aspects of any residential solar project is figuring out how to finance it. Historically, homeowners have had to go through more traditional routes to do this, such as government loans or home equity… Read more

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SAN MATEO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to financing a solar power installation, one option to consider is a power purchase agreement. Today we’re in… Read more

Sean O’Brien is a 40-year veteran of the roofing industry and general manager of Sierra Roofing & Solar, a Diamond Certified company since 2011. He can be reached at (510) 244-2720 or by email.

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Sean O’Brien: Roofing Livelihood

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

DUBLIN — When Sean O’Brien first started roofing as a teenager, it was just a way to make money on the weekends—he never realized it would lead to a lifelong livelihood. “During high school, I had a friend whose dad owned a roofing company, so we got recruited to help out on the weekends,” he remembers. “After graduating, I wanted to get into some aspect of construction, and since I had some experience with roofing, I figured that would be an ‘in.’ So, I walked into the largest union roofing company in Sonoma County, met the owner and somehow convinced him to hire me. To this day, I appreciate him for giving me a chance, because I’ve enjoyed my career in the roofing industry very much.”

Today, as general manager of Sierra Roofing & Solar, Sean says his favorite part of his job is serving customers. “At the heart of it, we’re a service company, and the service side is what I enjoy most. I just like going to customers’ homes and being the guy who can provide the service they need. That’s always been the thing that drives me, and I continue to find it rewarding.”

A lifetime Bay Area resident, Sean says there’s no place he’d rather be. “I spent my younger years in Marin and Sonoma Counties before moving to the East Bay in 2003. After all these years, I still think the Bay Area is the greatest place on earth. The weather, the people, the beaches, the mountains, the redwood trees…I love this place!”

Outside of work, Sean engages in a variety of active pastimes, from sports to family gatherings. “I enjoy playing golf, going to San Francisco Giants games and hanging out with my family,” he says. “Besides my wife, Sharon, and my two grown children, Kevin and Christina, I have a lot of family in the area, including my mom, four sisters and several cousins, so we spend a lot of time together.” However, as much as Sean likes staying active, every so often he likes to just unwind. “Going to the beach is the number one way I like to relax. Now that I live in the East Bay, I go out to Half Moon Bay most weekends to enjoy the serenity of the ocean.”

In his life and career, Sean espouses the importance of maintaining a temperate perspective. “I’ve found it’s always best to consider the long term and not get too caught up in what’s happening in the moment—especially if things aren’t going your way,” he advises. “Instead of getting frustrated by a momentary setback, it’s better to look at the big picture and do the best you can. After all, even if today wasn’t your best day, you get another shot tomorrow morning. The same is true if you’re having a great day—you should take pride in doing well, but you should also keep in mind that tomorrow may not be as successful. Basically, it’s all about keeping an even keel and doing the best you can every day.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Sean says he’d head to the golf course. “If the weather was nice, the first thing I’d do is grab my clubs and play a round of golf while everybody else is at work and the course is empty. In the long term, I hope to do a lot of traveling. My wife is already semi-retired, so we’re starting to look at places we’d like to visit when that time arrives.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: An early bird—I can’t remember the last time I stayed up past 9:30pm.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving. It’s like Christmas but without all the stress of buying gifts—just good food and good times with family.

Q: Music or talk radio?
A: I like them both. I usually toggle between NPR, sports talk and various music stations.

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: My baseball. Give me a glove, a bat, and a ball and I was a happy kid.

Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Gummy bears.

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A Program To Maximize Roof Lifespan

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DUBLIN — Making the most of a new roof isn’t about paying less for it—at least, not upfront. The fact is, by investing in quality at the outset, you’re more likely to save money in the long term than you are… Read more

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DUBLIN — Host, Sarah Rutan: After having a new roof installed on your home, consider protecting your investment with a proactive maintenance program. Today we’re… Read more

Jim Gitas is a 10-year veteran of the solar industry and CEO of Your Energy Solutions, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (888) 928-1425 or by email.

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Jim Gitas: Green Aspirations

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

PLEASANTON — Before he was providing energy solutions for Bay Area homeowners, Jim Gitas had an accomplished career in a different type of Green business. “I used to own one of the largest independent mobile paper shredding companies in the Bay Area,” he explains. “I got started working with my mom when I was nine years old. She was a pioneer in the recycling industry—in 1979, she created one of the first mobile document shredding trucks. I remember riding in the passenger seat and watching people’s reactions as this huge beast roared down the street. When I reached adulthood, I decided to keep working in the recycling industry, and that’s where I stayed for 20 years until I sold my company.”

While Jim could have retired comfortably at this point, he felt there were still big things in store for his professional career. “I was too young to retire and decided I wanted to get into another aspect of Green business,” he says. “I was particularly intrigued by solar and started researching it. In 2007, I started my own solar and energy efficiency company, and I’m still at it today. I’ve been trying to break the laws of physics since I was a kid, so this is the closest I can get to doing it!”

Today, as CEO of Your Energy Solutions, Jim says his favorite part of his job is interacting with customers. “Besides having a passion for renewable energy, I really enjoy meeting different people. My job allows me to do that and enrich their lives as well, which is very rewarding. I’ve had many customers contact me over the years and tell me how happy they are about their decision to switch to solar. When everyone is happy, it makes your job very enjoyable.”

A resident of Danville (where he lives with his wife and two children), Jim likes to stay active in his free time. “I walk 10 miles a day during the week and try to get in a 20-mile walk on the weekend,” he says. “It was actually my dog, Revel, who got me into walking. He’s half Pomeranian and half Husky, both of which are very hyper breeds, so he needs to walk a lot to get all that energy out.” Jim also enjoys aquatic activities like fishing and jet skiing, and he has a special passion for music. “I play piano a little bit and was a singer when I was younger. Both of my kids are very involved in music, so we’ve kind of become a musical family, which has been a really cool experience.”

In regard to a professional philosophy, Jim shares a bit of wisdom he received from his mother. “My mom imparted a lot of her values to me and my brothers, and we all carry that forward to this day,” he affirms. “The biggest lesson I learned from her is to treat your customers the same way you want to be treated. We’re all customers at some point, so it’s important to show your customers respect and treat them ethically and honestly. If you plant good seeds, you get good fruit, so that’s what I try to do every day.”

Ask Me Anything!

Q: If you could immediately master any musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: The guitar. I’ve never really been able to play it because my fingers are too big.

Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
A: Both. I only sleep about four hours a day—I go to bed around 2am and get up around 6am.

Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: “Braveheart.”

Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: Those big, wooden cable spools. As a kid, I found one and learned how to stand up and walk around on it, kind of like a unicycle. To this day, if I see one, I’ll jump up on it and roll around. It really trips people out!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?
A: Ice cream.

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Considering Roof Size When Choosing Solar Panels

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PLEASANTON — It may seem like all solar panels are the same, but this isn’t the case. Most solar manufacturers offer different grades of panels, ranging from standard efficiency to high efficiency. Naturally, the higher the efficiency of a panel, the higher… Read more

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PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to designing a solar energy system, one good principle is to let your roof be your guide. Today we’re in… Read more

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