February 16, 2017
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It seems like you can’t listen to the radio today without hearing about adding solar power to your home. This week Richard and Joe welcomed two experts in the field of solar energy and energy storage, Ray Trejo and Dan Holbrook, to inform you and answer questions about the state of the solar industry and their new venture involving how to maximize energy storage for home, office and beyond.
As is widely known, California far outdistances any other state in terms of solar installations, and San Diego, according to industry trackers, is second only to Los Angeles in megawatts of installed photovoltaic capacity. But the city was above Los Angeles on a per capita basis. While there’s conjecture on whether the boom in sales of solar arrays is over, a loan program tied to home equity is a likely incentive, as is the extended solar investment tax credit and the cost of the solar system can be financed in the home mortgage making the interest tax deductible. Against this backdrop, solar energy battery storage systems have increased in sales and more manufacturers are coming on line.
Ray Trejo is co-founder and senior vice president of iDemand Energy Storage. Trained as a mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the photovoltaic and construction industries, Trejo co-founded and serves as senior vice president of iDemand Energy Storage. The iDemand Energy Storage LifePO4 prismatic cell battery, comprised of fifth generation lithium iron phosphate, is vastly superior to other batteries and can provide solar customers with a battery storage system that will take them completely off the utility provider’s grid, if they so choose.
For three years prior, Trejo was a self-employed designer and developer of solar panels, inverters, charge controllers and power storage units. He specialized in creating “off-grid” systems for homes and commercial buildings.
Trejo attended San Diego State University and Palomar College where he studied engineering. He holds a C-10 electrical contractor’s license.
Dan Holbrook is Sales Manager with SunFusion Solar. A veteran of 30 years in the real estate, mortgage and energy business, he now applies his experience toward helping homeowners and businesses convert from the rental of electricity to ownership and recalculating utility bills to a lower, economical rates.
SunFusion Solar is a full-service, licensed solar contracting company specializing in photovoltaic (PV) solar panel systems for homes, businesses, agriculture, farm winery and commercial customers residing in Southern California, San Diego, Alpine, Jamul and North County areas.
Holbrook graduated San Diego State University with a BA in Marketing & Journalism.
Recently, SunFusion Solar has partnered with iDemand Energy Storage to offer UES technology to provide consumers with a battery storage system that will take them completely off of the the utility provider’s grid, if they so choose. This battery storage system uses the iDemand LifePO4 prismatic cell battery to store any excess solar energy that is generated by your system during the day and use that stored energy at night. If the stored energy in the batteries runs out, the grid is still there as further back up, allowing consumers to have the best of both worlds.
iDemand Energy Storage in partnership with SunFusion Solar Inc. has begun engineering and design work on a $4.1 million solar-plus-battery storage project that will lower dependency on the investor-owned utility and reduce the carbon footprint for five buildings belonging to a San Diego County-based biotech company. They will be manufacturing uninterrupted-energy-supply batteries capable of storing and discharging up to 1.078 megawatts of solar energy. Work, including the installation of the battery units and solar arrays, is expected to be completed in mid-October.
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