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Solar Professionals Select 32-Year Solar Veteran Martin Learn to Help Drive 2014 Policy Priorities of Net Metering, Reducing Permitting Costs and Promoting Incentives Associated with California’s Growing Solar Water Heating Market
(San Diego: December 19, 2013) — Thirty-two-year solar energy veteran and Home Energy Systems President Martin Learn has been elected by his industry peers to serve on the 2014 San Diego CALSEIA Board of Directors. CALSEIA is the California chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the nation’s oldest and largest solar industry association.
Learn began his work in photovoltaics (PV) in Switzerland in 1982, where he attended an international photovoltaic conference that inspired his establishing a nonprofit to research and promote the development of PV and other renewable technologies.
In 1986, his work earned him a research contract from the California Energy Commission’s Energy Technology Assistance Program, where he focused on the sundry aspects of solar illumination, i.e. daylighting of commercial buildings. An MD and NABCEP*-certified energy professional, Martin earned an MBA from San Diego State University in 1998. Today, he uses clean, renewable solar energy to live comfortably off-grid in Julian, California.
“This is an historic time for the solar industry, particularly here in California, where we’re seeing a real competition emerging between property owners eager to retain their rights to harness free, renewable energy from the sun and investor-owned utilities, whose interests can conflict with allowing property owners to improve their net operating income with solar,” said Learn. “I’m eager to work with CALSEIA, policy-makers, fellow industry professionals and other clean energy advocates to ensure property owners are able to exercise their inalienable rights to slash energy costs with solar power.”
San Diego CALSEIA’s mission is to promote, foster, and advance the use of solar energy systems in the San Diego region through cooperative action of the members of the local solar industry.
Learn founded San Diego-based Home Energy Systems in 2001. The company has since installed over 500 quality residential, commercial and governmental solar systems. With an A+ BBB rating and an experienced, no-pressure customer-focused staff, Home Energy Systems has also earned a 5-star Yelp! Rating from its customers, the industry’s highest.
Home Energy Systems is a supporter of the non-profit San Diego Renewable Energy Society’s annual Sustainability Tour, and this year was selected to feature one residential and one commercial solar electric energy solution among the “Sweet 16” energy innovations on display to educate others about the benefits of today’s energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. Learn also serves on the San Diego’s Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and Water Policy Committee.
Net Metering, Solar Water Heating and Reducing Permitting Costs Top CALSEIA’s 2014 Agenda
“We are proud of the fact that California is one of the strongest and fastest growing solar markets in the world,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of CALSEIA. “Yet, the health and strength of our market, which has grown to surpass a nuclear power plant in size, depends entirely on continued good public policy decisions. We look forward to working with the CPUC and the governor’s office on creating policies that keep solar power California’s bright spot,” added Del Chiaro.
Topping CALSEIA’S list of state-wide 2014 priorities (policy priorities that will be asserted at local levels by CALSEIA Chapter Boards like San Diego’s) are 1) Net metering and implementation of AB 327, 2) Continued outreach to drive awareness of California’s solar water heating incentives and adoption of solar water heating solutions for commercial and residential properties, and 3) Reducing or eliminating the permitting and interconnection costs associated with going solar.
Net metering is a policy that allows property owners to receive bill credits for the solar-generated electricity they produce and feed back to the utility grid during peak daytime hours. It is a critical component of the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry’s value proposition.
ABOUT CALSEIA: CALSEIA is the California Solar Energy Industries Association, a 501©6 membership-based non-profit comprised of California solar contractors, manufacturers, distributors, developers, utilities, engineers, consultants and educational organizations committed to growing the California solar industry. It is the nation’s oldest and largest solar industry association. For more information, visit www.CalSEIA.org.
*NABCEP is the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners,
considered the gold
standard for PV and Solar Heating Installation and PV Technical Sales Certification.
To set and maintain high industry standards in customer service and workmanship while providing the best quality, renewable solar energy solutions.