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Sun Light & Power serves a broad range of customers in the commercial, residential, nonprofit and public sectors, with projects ranging from modest solar electric systems for individual homeowners to large commercial applications that combine solar electricity (photovoltaics) with solar water heating.

We are committed to providing quality service and a personal touch at every stage of your project, from thoughtful design and superior engineering to smart financing, quality installation, long-term maintenance and repairs. We will repair any system, whether or not we installed it. No matter where you are in the process, we can help. 

At Sun Light & Power, we continue to hold our place as the most trusted name in California solar energy by providing the highest value possible in terms of solar system efficiency, cost-to-benefit ratio and customer satisfaction. We are the solar experts. 

 Call us today to schedule a site visit at 800.233.4SUN (4786).

We Do the Job Right the First Time

Sun Light & Power works to provide simple and economical solutions for our customers covering all phases of project development and implementation, from the initial evaluation and design process to financing, installation and maintenance. This turnkey approach assures that the job will be done right the first time, with one point of contact for our clients from start to finish.

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Project Evaluation

Every project begins with a thorough evaluation of the site where the system will be installed, including technical and structural aspects that will help us determine the best solar options for your facility. We also gather data about your current and projected energy usage so we can recommend a system that best suits your needs and budget.

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Financing

We offer a number of financing options that don't require a major investment of capital up front, including long-term lease agreements and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), which allow you to purchase electricity from a third-party investor who pays to install a system at your site.

SLP has recently acquired a significant stake in SolEd Benefit Corporation., a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) provider and energy finance firm. Together, we provide practical and affordable energy solutions to schools, municipalities and public service organizations.

Our finance experts will help you determine the best fit for your particular needs.

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Rebates & Interconnection

Accurate budgeting for solar installations requires a deep understanding of government rebates, tax credits and utility interconnection agreements that can make solar energy much more affordable for businesses and homeowners alike. Our on-site experts will help you understand the available options and walk you through the paperwork so you can take full advantage of government and utility incentive programs.

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Design & Engineering

Sun Light & Power partners with architects, general contractors and developers for both new construction and retrofit projects. We can work with you on multiple levels:
• Consulting on all aspects of solar power projects, including structural, electrical and mechanical
• Feasibility studies for early-stage projects
• Complete system design and installation

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Procurement

Our procurement team works closely with our engineering and field teams to ensure that the right products get to every site on time and on budget.

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Permitting

Sun Light & Power's Technical Services department is solely focused on dealing with construction permits and local building codes. In addition to the permitting process, our staff will coordinate and attend inspections as needed.

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Installation & Construction

With decades of experience, our project managers and field crews know how to deliver quality work, and are consistently winning accolades from our customers for building solar power systems that are unmatched in the industry.

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Operations & Maintenance

Our team is available for emergency calls on any system, whether or not we installed it.

We offer various service options for both Solar Hot Water and Solar Electric maintenance and repairs. These services include emergency repairs, a basic service package with annual checks and a full-service contract, providing around the clock performance data feeds and ongoing maintenance.

See more details further below or call us to schedule an appointment today at at 800.233.4SUN (4786) or 510.845.2997.

Taking the First Step: Project Evaluation

Sun Light & Power is focused on projecting reliable costs and timelines to best evaluate the potential return on investment for every one of our prospective customers. Our goal during the evaluation process is to assess the feasibility of building and financing an effective solar installation based on your energy needs and on the particular characteristics of your site.

We begin by engaging in open conversations with our prospective clients in order to understand their goals and expectations for the project. Our team of experienced professional engineers and designers then assesses the location, structural considerations and technical requirements to establish site-specific parameters regarding system size, capacity and cost of installation. The assessment takes into account current and projected energy needs, specific challenges related to the site, estimated energy generation and cost savings, logistics, risk management and potential return on investment.

Based on this analysis, we can suggest what services our team can provide to hit your targets, including appropriate technologies, system capacity and financing options.

Talk to the Solar Energy Financing Experts

Given the confusing array of solar energy rebates, tax incentives and financing options, assessing the long-term financial feasibility of any solar project requires a high level of expertise and a deep understanding of how financing and incentives may be structured for homeowners, commercial sites and nonprofit or public-sector entities. Our solar energy finance experts will help you understand your options, including the 30 percent federal Income Tax Credit (ITC) and accelerated depreciation available to for-profit entities. For customers that are not eligible to take the tax credit, we can bring in a third-party financing partner who will take the tax credit and pass the benefit along to your organization. We’ll also guide you through the process of deciding if you’re better off making on- or off-balance-sheet financing payments.

Solar financing options we can help you with include:

CAPITAL LEASE
  • Available for solar electricity and solar hot water installations
  • Ideal for commercial customers that can take full advantage of tax benefits
  • Tax benefits stay with you
  • Zero initial investment
  • Fixed monthly payments to the lessor
  • Term can vary from 1-7 years and you own system at end of term
  • Considered on-balance-sheet
  • Interest generally considered tax-deductible
TAX LEASE
  • Ideal for commercial customers that can’t take full advantage of tax benefits
  • Third party owns system and receives tax benefits
  • Zero initial investment
  • Fixed monthly payments to third-party owner
  • Term is generally 7-10 years and concludes with you purchasing the system
  • Generally considered off-balance-sheet
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY LOAN (C-PACE)
  • Ideal for a nonprofit or for-profit customer looking for long-term stability in energy costs
  • Tax benefits stay with you as long as you own the property
  • Eligibility is based on  property value
  • Zero initial investment
  • Loan repayment is accomplished via a special property tax assessment that automatically transfers to the new owner if you sell the property
  • Savings and payments can be passed to tenant in a triple-net-lease
  • Extended length of term (10-20 years) typically allows for positive cash flow from day one
  • Interest generally considered tax-deductible
POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT (PPA)
  • Available for solar electric installations only
  • Ideal for a nonprofit or government customer that is not eligible for tax benefits
  • Third party owns and maintains the system and receives tax benefits
  • Zero initial investment
  • Monthly payment to third party at an agreed-upon rate for energy used
  • PPA rate is less than current utility rates, resulting in positive cash flow from day one
  • Term is typically 15-20 years, with opportunity to purchase at specific points during term
  • Considered off-balance-sheet
PREPAID POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT
  • Ideal for entities that have capital to invest but are unable to use the tax benefits
  • Third party owns system and receives tax benefits
  • Upfront investment
  • No ongoing payments
  • 15 to 20 percent reduction in total investment amount from cash purchase price
CROWDFUNDING AND PPA
  • Ideal for a nonprofit customer with strong community involvement
  • Leverages the power of the crowd to raise capital as an investment opportunity
  • Crowd investors are repaid over term with interest
  • PPA structure is similar to traditional PPA
SolED Benefit Corporation

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See SolEd Benefit Corporation., a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) provider and energy finance firm. Together, SLP and SolED provide practical and affordable energy solutions to schools, municipalities and public service organizations.

Let Our Rebate and Interconnection Experts Work with the Utilities for You

Rebates and interconnection agreements (which allow you to sell excess solar power back to your power company) are an integral part of the solar installation process for your home or business. Navigating the multitude of forms, regulation language, acronyms, and deadlines is a daunting task that our full-time, highly experienced Rebate and Interconnection team takes head-on to make the processes nearly transparent for our customers.

This service is comprised of two key components. First, we coordinate with your utility company to expedite interconnection and to obtain official permission to operate. The second important component of our service involves daily cooperation with private and governmental entities – such as the California Solar Initiative (CSI), the New Solar Homes Program (NSHP) and a variety of municipal utilities – to ensure a smooth process, achieving the highest possible rebates as quickly as possible.

We are also able to assist our affordable housing customers with the California Solar Initiative’s Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program. Building owners can install solar electric systems to offset energy used in their buildings’ common areas, and receive higher rebates for the energy they share with tenants. Read more about programs actively participating in both the solar electric and solar hot water rebate programs such as MASH, NSHP,  and CSI-Thermal.

Information about municipal rebate programs for:

Net Energy Metering (NEM)

NEM allows a customer to receive an energy credit on their utility bill for power generated by their onsite system and fed back to the utility. The credit is used to offset the customer’s electric bill.

Virtual Net Metering (VNM)

VNM enables a multifamily housing owner to allocate a solar system’s benefits to tenants across multiple units. The system owner can allocate bill credits of a percentage of the solar generation between common load areas and tenants along a single service delivery point.

Meter Aggregation

Meter aggregation enables a single solar panel system to offset multiple meters/service delivery points, located on contiguous properties.

Custom Design and Engineering Solutions for Your Challenging Projects

We go out of our way to provide fully customized design and engineering work for every job we take on, from smaller home installations to large and elaborate commercial systems. Each project has a dedicated project engineer who sees the process through installation and commissioning, and our front­-end skills ensure that cost estimates can hold firm.

With our specialized knowledge and experience, we are able to take on highly challenging projects and provide solar solutions in situations where other companies could not, including:

  • Roofs with obstructions
  • Nonstandard architectural design
  • Nonstandard electrical systems
  • Relatively little roof space
  • Structural issues
  • Challenging routes between the roof and the electrical system

Sun Light & Power is proud to have one of the top solar engineering teams in the country. Our award­-winning staff includes:

  • Nine full-­time engineers
  • Four California Licensed Professional Engineers
  • Two LEED Certified Engineers (and seven total LEED Accredited Professionals on staff)

Our engineers also act as design consultants for architects, general contractors and developers. We provide discounts to members of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) and the Sustainable Business Alliance (SBA).  owners and architects.

Information Sessions for Architects, General Contractors and Developers

  • In a one-hour format we address the latest in solar power systems design, with real examples of mounting options, site evaluations and equipment selection criteria.
  • We provide an overview of the latest in available federal, state and municipal incentives, and discuss return on investment (ROI) and new system cost examples.
  • You’ll learn about the full process ­ from design ­(including integrating photovoltaics with a building’s existing electrical system) to permitting and inspections, through installation and beyond.

Call us at (510) 845-2997 to schedule an information session.

For Contractors:
Seamless Integration Into Your Master Schedule

Every solar contractor knows that bidding a large solar electric project can cost thousands of dollars. Much of that cost is typically related to engineering work, because the owner didn’t get the project engineered to begin with, or the engineering work wasn’t done competently and completely. Bidders who are familiar with Sun Light & Power’s reputation are confident they will get a complete bid package from us that they can understand. Many are willing to pay us for the privilege of bidding on projects, because they know it will ultimately save them money. And because we prequalify bidders and only choose the most highly qualified, there is no need for dozens of bidders to waste their time and money engineering and bidding for every project.

Sun Light & Power has completed hundreds of solar systems working as a subcontractor in design/build contracts with general contractors. We are experts with the submittal process and RFIs, and we have experience on thousands of projects developing permit packages and pulling permits in hundreds of jurisdictions. Depending on when in the process we are engaged, we are comfortable providing submittals to be incorporated into your permit, or deferred submittals, or our own independent permits.

Our engineers work closely with your PM or directly with the relevant project engineers of record to coordinate the solar design with all related building systems. All of our project managers work in MS Project and can seamlessly integrate our scope of work into your master schedule. Our superintendents and PMs have extensive experience coordinating with GCs and other subcontractors (typically framing, roofing, electrical and mechanical) to sequence the solar work properly.

Our estimating approach is to use our expertise to properly design and bid projects based on detailed study of project plans so we can avoid surprises and SLP-­initiated change orders. We benefit tremendously from our full-time team of in-­house experts versed in all phases of solar energy design, construction, financing and maintenance. Our workforce is set up to work at regular wage or prevailing wage when required, and we have union subcontracting partners in cases where project labor agreements are in place. We have the entire solar project covered.

For Architects:
We have the Entire Project Covered

Sun Light & Power has completed hundreds of solar systems working in contract directly with property owners. We are also comfortable subcontracting to the general contractor. Often we enter into design contracts (professional services agreements) with the owner’s design team so we can provide expert advice and design consultation to properly incorporate solar systems into building designs during the early stages of planning. We excel at following up these design contracts with build contracts for a true turnkey solar solution.

Several of our engineers are LEED Accredited Professionals, and can provide advice for meeting LEED point requirements related to energy. We are experienced with DSA requirements, RFIs, ASIs, etc. We also have extensive experience on thousands of projects developing permit packages and pulling permits in hundreds of jurisdictions. Depending on when in the process we are engaged, we are comfortable providing submittals to be incorporated into your permit, or deferred submittals, or our own independent permits.

Our engineers work closely with the architect and relevant project engineers of record to coordinate the solar design with all related building systems. Our superintendents and PMs have extensive experience coordinating with GCs and other subcontractors (typically framing, roofing, electrical, and mechanical) to sequence the solar work properly.

Our estimating approach is to use our expertise to properly design and bid projects based on detailed study of project plans so we can avoid surprises and SLP-­initiated change orders. We benefit tremendously from our full-time team of in-­house experts versed in all phases of solar energy design, construction, financing and maintenance. We have the entire solar project covered.

Installation & Construction

With our reputation on the line since 1976, we are committed to providing exemplary construction and installation services at every job site. We are the boots on your roof/ground managing your project, turning the wrenches and dealing with the inevitable challenges that come with any construction project.

Our project managers, foremen and field crews know how to deliver quality work and consistently earn accolades from our customers for building solar power systems that are unmatched in the industry. Our procurement team works closely with our engineering and field teams to ensure that the right products get to every site on time and on budget. We also have a department solely focused on dealing with construction permits and local building codes, and we will coordinate and attend inspections as needed.

Operations & Maintenance

We offer various service options including repairs, annual maintenance, and full-service maintenance to ensure your system is performing as engineered and operating at peak efficiency.

Solar Hot Water (Thermal) Emergencies
Have an emergency?  Our team can repair any system, whether or not we installed it. Call us at 800.233.4SUN (4786) or 510.845.2997.

Solar Hot Water (Thermal) Annual Maintenance Program
Annual maintenance can save you thousands on repairs!

We extend a 1 year warranty on our solar water heating systems. As with every mechanical system, regular preventative maintenance is required for your solar hot water system. Elements in systems wear over time, so annual maintenance is recommended.

Each year after installation, Sun Light & Power will return to the site to complete an assessment of the system. We will test the sensors, controls, and pumps for their functionality, test all freeze protection components, and test pressure relief valves and air vents. We will complete a general inspection of the entire system to look for any potential problems that need to be addressed.

Solar Electric Emergencies
It’s quite rare, but should an emergency arise with your Solar Electric System, please call us immediately at 800.233.4SUN (4786) or 510.845.2997.

Solar Electric and Roof Services
If you need a new roof, we can remove your system during the roofing work, then re-install it in the same or better condition than it was before. This removal and replacement service includes a complete system check before the work proceeds, and verified recommissioning after the job is done.

We have always maintained a truly personal approach to our customers and pride ourselves on providing the highest possible level of customer service. To that end, in a world filled with throwaways, disposables and products that have a woefully short life expectancy before they are obsolete, we are proud to stand behind our Solar Electric products with a service warranty that extends for 10 years on parts and service.

Solar Electric Monthly Inspections
Scheduled monthly system performance checks are available where Sun Light & Power will view data from DAS (if present) to verify PV array output.

Solar Electric Annual Inspections
During scheduled annual inspections, Sun Light & Power ensures that your system is performing as engineered by inspecting module plate surfaces for cracks, build-up of leaves or other debris, all components for proper fitting, wiring for mechanical damage or corrosion, electrical terminals blocks for proper torque values for landed wires and notes any movement or unusual positioning of the PV modules.

Call us at 800.233.4SUN (4786) or 510.845.2997 to schedule your service needs.