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    October 3, 2013

    CSI-Thermal Adds Pool Heating to Incentive Program

    Filed under: Incentives,San Diego Solar Blog,Solar Thermal — wchen @ 4:58 pm

    (Reposted from CSI Newsletter)

    Owners and operators of community and other types of public swimming pools will be able to take advantage of rebates for installing solar pool heaters under a new portion of the California Solar Initiative-Thermal Program.

    In mid-August, the California Public Utilities Commission approved additional rebates for solar pool heaters at commercial and government facilities, schools, multifamily housing and locations operated by nonprofit organizations. Swimming pools at single-family homes are not eligible for the rebate program.

    This exciting new program change is aimed at ramping up natural gas-offsetting solar water heating projects. It comes on the heels of the recent decision to include rebates for commercial and multifamily process heat applications, solar cooling, space heating and combination systems. These incentives went live on Sept. 25, 2013.

    With pools added to the program, the CPUC and Program Administrators expect to see more projects built, adding significantly to reductions in natural gas use and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Some key points about the decision include
    •    The primary purpose is to reduce consumption of natural gas for heating pool water
    •    Project must be within the service territory of PG&E, SCG or SDG&E
    •    Incentives start at $7 per annual therms displaced
    •    Incentive rates decline over the life of the program in four steps and move independently in each utility territory
    •    Maximum pool incentive is $500,000; combination systems must take PBI incentive
    •    Systems must use OG-100 collectors, have new or unused components (rare exceptions), include stagnation protection and be installed by eligible contractors
    •    Systems with a signed-off permit date of Jan. 1, 2013, or later are eligible

    Program Administrators anticipate implementing this new aspect of the program by the end of the year. A revision of the CSI-Thermal Handbook will reflect the additional program offering. Check for more details soon at the CSI-Thermal website.

    Call Adroit Solar for details and a quote on the Commercial Solar Pool Heating system! (858) 483-3568



    Adroit Solar now offering PACE Financing through FIGTREE!

    Filed under: San Diego Solar Blog,Solar Electric,Solar Thermal — wchen @ 12:36 pm

    Adroit Solar offers PACE Commercial Financing through Figtree Financing

    Smart Financing! Traditional bank loans and lease programs are based on personal credit and income, FIGTREE PACE financing is based on the value of your property. FIGTREE PACE financing has a fixed rate and requires no money down. Financing payments are made as an assessment payment on your property tax bill. If you sell your property, the assessment payment on your tax bill transfers to the next owner.

    Smart Investment: Energy efficient equipment and solar energy can help you lock in low-cost energy.

    Lower Utility Bills: Energy savings can offset the cost of financing and can even create positive cash flow.

    Tax Incentives & Energy Rebates: Federal and state tax incentives combined with utility rebates can lower you upfront investment significantly. Solar equipment alone can yield a tax incentive of 30%.

    Increase Property Value: Energy efficient buildings with clean energy retrofits are valued by prospective buyers and, on average, fetch a higher sales price when sold.

    Energy Compliant: Starting in 2012, California law requires disclosure of energy efficiency ratings upon sales, rental, or refinancing of properties. Energy efficient buildings with clean energy retrofits will be in compliance.

    Click Here to download the FIGTREE Commercial Financing Brochure

    Call us at (858)483-3568 to find out more!

    Adroit Solar also offers PACE Residential Financing through Figtree Financing

    How Big Is Your Imagination? Whether you need a new roof or are looking to start an energy independent, solar-powered lifestyle, chances are you could be saving money every month if your residential property were more energy efficient.

    How Large Are Your Dreams? FIGTREE Energy Financing can help make your dreams of energy generation and conservation come true. Our financing allows you to purchase and enjoy many high-efficiency products you’ve been wanting such as:

    • Solar panels for creating electricity (photovoltaic cells)
    • Solar panels for heating water
    • Industrial Hot Water Systems (boilers)
    • Heating & air conditioning
    • Swimming Pool Equipment

    Smart Financial Management: Financing energy efficiency upgrades with no money out of pocket can generate positive cash flows from the onset by reducing or eliminating your utility bill. You will obtain all the benefits of energy efficiency while keeping your cash on hand.



    FIGTREE PACE Financing for Residential Property Owners: FIGTREE PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) utilizes bond financing to provide residential property owners fixed-rate, property value based, no credit check, no money down financing.

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    Click here to download the PACE Residential Financing Brochure

    Call us at (858)483-3568 to find out more!



    August 9, 2011

    First Commercial CSI Rebate in San Diego

    Filed under: San Diego Solar Blog — ddemarest @ 7:49 pm
    June 17, 2011Joint News Release – First CSI (California Solar Initiative) Solar Thermal (hot water generation) Rebate in San Diego for commercial properties to be Awarded to Mission Heights HOA – Adroit Solar / Energy / Design, on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 10:30am at 6255 Rancho Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108

    First Rebate for Commercial Solar Water Heating in San Diego

    Mission Heights Condominiums Unveils New Clean Energy System

    San Diego, Calif. (June 17, 2011) – The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will award $72,523.00 as the first commercial solar water heating system rebate processed in San Diego County under the California Solar Initiative (CSI) Solar Thermal Program on Thursday, July 14th, 2011, to the homeowners association of Mission Heights Condominiums in Mission Valley.  A “switching on” and CSI rebate check presentation ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m., activating the system that will supply hot water to 116 residences at an annual energy cost savings of nearly $11,000.  City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and his Energy Policy Analyst, Eric Engelman will be attending the event, along with several other area professionals having interest in the renewable energy and clean technology industries.

    The zero-emissions system was installed by Adroit Solar / Energy / Design, a leading San Diego designer and installation contractor of large-scale solar water heating systems and several other renewable energy and energy efficient technologies for commercial and large residential properties. They installed 72 solar thermal collectors manufactured by Vaillant Solar Systems that will provide an estimated 3,800 gallons of hot water a day to the condominiums that were built in 1979.

    “Solar water heating is perfectly suited for condominiums and apartment buildings because a single system can supply the hot water needs for many residents at once, improving the efficiency and long-term sustainability of their buildings,” said Irene Stillings, CCSE Executive Director. “The Mission Heights Homeowners Association has taken a significant step forward in reducing their energy use and helping to curb greenhouse gas emissions with clean solar energy.”

    In addition to reducing energy cost for the Mission Heights residents, the project’s environmental benefits include cutting natural gas consumption by 10,276 therms per year and carbon dioxide emissions by 60 tons per year.

    Spearheading the solar water heating installation at Mission Heights was Aaron Sathrum, President of the Mission Heights Home Owners Association.

    “We have already saved thousands of dollars in water heating costs; compared to utility billings from January 2010, through May 2010, during the months of January 2011, through May 2011, we saved $3,000.00”, Sathrum said. “Due to the attractive energy savings, and the CSI thermal rebate program, solar water heating was a good financial decision for the homeowners association”. “It will help keep our dues low for many years and increase property values now and into the future. Every Home Owners Association should strongly consider installing solar thermal systems for their residents.”

    “Our hats are off to Mr. Sathrum for taking the time to investigate and understand the benefits of adopting this technology such as reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the elimination of the use of our nonrenewable natural resources and the significant financial savings for the homeowners at Mission Heights” said David Demarest, Business Development Manager at Adroit Solar / Energy / Design.  “Part of the reservations many home owners, business owners and some contractors have about the actual costs to implement these types of energy saving technologies are due to their lack of familiarity/exposure to the several rebates and incentives now available through the CCSE, California Solar Initiative, San Diego Gas and Electric, and state and federal tax credits, nor how to fully utilize them – it is a somewhat complex process.  Once shown the actual costs to implement these technologies, after rebates, incentives and tax credits are taken into consideration, making the decision to adopt them is very easy because it is financially logical”.  Demarest says “These projects are not “smoke and mirrors” they are fiscally and technologically legitimate and will become more common as the public better understands the financial realities”.

    The California Public Utilities Commission approved the statewide solar hot water rebate program in January 2010 to help reduce the upfront cost of solar hot water systems. CCSE administers the program in the San Diego Gas & Electric service territory. Rebates are available for almost all single-family homeowners to install solar water heating systems as well as certain commercial and multifamily applications. For information, go to or call 877-333-7947.

    About Adroit Solar / Energy / Design

    Adroit Solar / Energy / Design is a San Diego renewable energy and energy efficient technology contractor with over 23 Years in the industry. They install solar electric, solar thermal, geothermal heating and cooling systems, radiant heating and cooling systems, hydrogen fuel cells, microturbines and provide design and specification work for development of energy independent  “net zero” high-end residential and commercial properties. They are a licensed contractor in California and Hawaii with C46 (solar) and C36 (plumbing) licenses, a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the owner / President, James Backman, is a LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), as are most of their employees.  Adroit Solar / Energy / Design recently contributed to 2 SANDEE award winning projects and have processed more solar thermal installation rebate submittals through the CSI rebate program than any other contractor in San Diego.  For more information about these technologies, or how to implement them please contact us at  858-483-3568 ext-1

    About The California Center for Sustainable Energy

    The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals, businesses, municipalities and others to adopt greener practices and save energy and money through rebates, technical assistance and education. CCSE’s Energy Advisory Service is a group of accredited engineers, energy raters and technical specialists who provide comprehensive expertise on a wide range of challenges related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building and carbon impacts. Visit

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    The Board of Directors of the Mission Heights Condominium Home Owners Association researched the most cost effective ways to reduce their operating expenses and emissions of greenhouse gases.  Due to the attractive energy savings and the California Solar Initiative – Thermal rebate program, they collectively agreed a solar hot water heating system was the most beneficial technology they could implement to   accomplish these goals. Aaron Sathrum, President of the Mission Heights HOA, had the foresight to contact the     California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) and asked them for names of contractors experienced installing solar hot water heating systems. He was provided with a list of contractors specializing in these systems utilizing the CSI-Thermal Program.  Adroit Solar has processed more solar hot water heating projects through the CSI-Thermal Commercial Program than any other contractor, and the Mission Heights HOA chose them to do their installation.


    After conducting a thorough analysis of Mission Height’s resident’s natural gas usage, Adroit Solar designed a system that would offset natural gas consumption for Domestic Hot Water heating, and pay back in the shortest time frame reasonably possible. The type of system Adroit specified is an “active flat plate, glazed collector, closed loop pressurized system” which is the best type of solar water heating system for the particulars of their property and their resident’s usage. The project consists of three separate solar water heating systems, to serve the 116 residential units within the 3 building development. A total of 72 Vaillant solar thermal collectors, 3 Haase Energy Tanks, UV protected and fully insulated pipes were installed, producing approximately 3,800 gallons of hot water per day.

    The closed loop system utilizes a propylene glycol and water solar fluid mixture to protect against freezing and eliminate the introduction of hard water into the solar collectors. The sun heats the solar fluid in the collectors on the roofs which is then pumped down to the solar storage tank where the heat exchanger transfers the energy to the water in the tank. As hot water is used by the occupants, solar heated water in the storage tank is delivered to the natural gas powered water heating system, significantly reducing natural gas consumption and emissions. The system electronically monitors the temperature in the solar storage tank and continues the heat transfer process as long as the solar energy is available. Adroit Solar’s state of the art system design also provides for the mitigation of a large portion of the recirculation losses inherent in typical commercial solar hot water system designs.

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    April 6, 2010

    Adroit Solar Contributes to 2 SANDEE Award Winning Projects

    Filed under: San Diego Solar Blog — tony @ 2:47 pm

    Every year the California Center for Sustainable Energy holds an awards ceremony known as the SANDEE Awards. SANDEE stands for San Diego Excellence in Energy, and awards are given to organizations and individuals for their efforts to contribute to a more sustainable world.

    Adroit Solar contributed four systems between two projects which won top honors at the SANDEE Awards.

    Special Achievement in Energy by a Homeowner
    Tom & Judy Myers, Alpine, CA

    “This project is a whole house integration of passive and active solar strategies with energy conserving systems resulting in a zero net energy home. We accomplished this by constructing a thermally efficient building shell, incorporating passive solar strategies, installing a high efficiency HVAC system, selecting energy star appliances, installing a solar hot water system and a grid-tied PV system to generate clean energy. Perhaps the most innovative feature, however, is our ground source heat transfer wells which, in combination with a heat pump, provide heating and cooling through a hydronic floor system. ” – Tom Myers

    Myers Net Zero Energy HomeAdroit Solar designed and installed the ground source geothermal heating and cooling system, hydronic radiant heating system, and solar hot water system at the Myers residence.

    Special Achievement in Energy by a Small Business
    ARCHITECTS hanna gabriel wells

    Redesigned and remodeled a 1955 auto repair shop into a modern, net zero energy building, reusing 90 percent of existing building and installing daylighting and LED task lighting.

    Adroit Solar designed and installed the solar hot water system for hanna gabriel wells ARCHITECTS.



    March 12, 2010

    Demolition of Old Solar Water Heating System

    Filed under: San Diego Solar Blog — tony @ 11:49 pm

    Solar Hot Water Tank RemovalAdroit Solar removed over 100 solar water heating collectors, and two large steel tanks from a San Diego condominium complex this week. The demo is in preparation for the installation of a 90 collector solar water heating system, capable of producing 2.4 million BTUs of heat per day. New California state rebates reduced the cost of this system by over 40%, and will save the complex thousands of dollars per year.

    Each steel tank weighed over 3,000 lbs. The steel tanks will be replaced by state of the art fiberglass reinforced solar storage tanks manufactured by the Germany company Haase. The life expectancy of the new system exceeds 25 years.

    Learn more about the CSI Thermal Rebate and Federal Tax credits for solar hot water systems.



    February 23, 2010

    Net-Metering Bill to be Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger

    Filed under: San Diego Solar Blog — tony @ 1:00 pm

    With solar power systems increasingly popular additions to homes and businesses, some parts of the state were at risk of hitting a cap this year preventing new customers from being able to take advantage of the credits.

    Yesterday, lawmakers approved a bill doubling the amount of solar power that can qualify for net metering to 5 percent of what’s used on the hottest summer day in the areas served by the largest for-profit utilities. Read more at



    February 15, 2010

    Adroit Solar Interviewed on KPBS “These Days”

    Filed under: San Diego Solar Blog — tony @ 3:01 pm

    KPBS Radio Solar Incentives and Rebates in San DiegoAdroit Solar and the California Center for Sustainable Energy have been invited to be interviewed on the KPBS morning show “These Days” with Maureen Cavanaugh. The show will be live and will air today, February 15th at approximately 9:15am.

    The purpose of the segment is to discuss the recent approval of the CSI Thermal solar hot water rebates in the state of California. We will also discuss other credits and rebates for renewable energy, and their impact on job creation and the growth of the US economy. If you know anyone who may be interested in solar water heating, forward this email to them! (more…)



    2010 Outlook for Renewable Energy

    Filed under: San Diego Solar Blog — Tags: — tony @ 2:42 pm

    Industry Leaders Call for Immediate Passage of Key Policies To Create Jobs and Maintain American Competitiveness

    WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, top executives in the renewable energy sector gathered to applaud 2009’s strong renewable energy development but emphasized the need for Congress to swiftly enact key policies to continue accelerated growth across the entire sector in order to add jobs and boost economic growth in 2010.

    Executives stressed that if these policies are not enacted, the renewable energy sector could face a downturn in investment and jobs in 2010. Participants in today’s press conference represented the full scope of the renewables sector, including Denise Bode, CEO, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA); Linda Church Ciocci, Executive Director, National Hydropower Association (NHA); Robert Cleaves, President and CEO, Biomass Power Association (BPA); Karl Gawell, Executive Director of the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA); and Rhone Resch, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). (more…)



    February 12, 2010

    Adroit Solar Featured on KPBS

    Filed under: San Diego Solar Blog — tony @ 8:24 pm

    Sharon Heilbrunn from KPBS recently interview Jim Backman, president of Adroit Solar for a segment about the benefits of solar water heating, and the new statewide solar hot water rebate program that was recently announced.

    Tony Vernetti, Sales Manager for Adroit Solar will also be interviewed on KPBS radio’s “These Days” on Monday, February 12th at 9:15 am.

    View Video at



    February 5, 2009

    Vaillant Solar Systems Featured in the Wall Street Journal

    Filed under: San Diego Solar Blog — admin @ 1:03 am

    Adroit Solar works closely with Vaillant Solar Systems, which is based in San Diego, CA. Vaillant is a progressive German company which manufactures a wide array of heating and cooling products, including solar thermal water heating systems. To spur business along in these tough economic times, Vaillant Solar Systems is providing an amazing financing deal. The idea is to allow you to install a premium quality solar water heating system for $0 down, and 0% interest. (more…)



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