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Published on July 8th, 2014 | by Roy L Hales


Sullivan Solar Power Day in San Diego

July 8th, 2014 by  

Originally Published in the ECOreport

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts Presenting plaque to Daniel Sullivan, Founder & President of Sullivan Solar

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts Presenting plaque to Daniel Sullivan, Founder & CEO of Sullivan Solar

June 30th was Sullivan Solar Power Day in San Diego. The County Board of Supervisors gave it that name in honor of the county’s leading solar installation company. Supervisor Dave Roberts presented CEO Daniel Sullivan with a proclamation in a ceremony at the company headquarters .

The proclamation declaring June 30th Sullivan Solar Day, signed by all 5 San Diego Supervisors

“The declaration commends Sullivan Solar Power for its outstanding service, leadership and commitment to area residents, and recognizes its tenth anniversary in business, said Roberts. “Sullivan Solar Power is headquartered in Mira Mesa in the heart of my Third Supervisorial District.  This company has accomplished so much in its first decade of service to create jobs, promote a clean environment, and work with all to make our county even greater by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.  I look forward to what it will accomplish in its next decade of business.”

There were only about a dozen installation companies when Daniel Sullivan decided to go into the business. He had been a master electrician for one of the largest commercial electrical contracting firms in San Diego, but by 2004 he had $2,500, a pick-up truck and was living in a friend’s garage. Sullivan installed the first jobs himself. Within a year, he moved out of the garage and was hiring people.

Sullivan Solar in the Early Days

San Diego now leads the nation in rooftop solar (per capita) and there are more than 200 companies, but Sullivan Solar Power has been the leading installer since 2010. They employ more than 130 individuals, have a fleet of 55 vehicles, and regional offices in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Most of their installations are in urban areas, but Sullivan Solar Power does about 30% of its work in the back country and has also done slightly less than a dozen off grid solar-with-battery jobs. Erika Johnson was hired to do marketing/PR in 2009, and now heads a team of seven.

Sullivan Solar Power was one of the leaders in the negotiations prior to the signing of AB 327 (net metering) and is supportive of AB 2188 (streamlining the permitting process).

There is a sense in which Sullivan Solar Power’s progress is symbolic of the industry in San Diego.

The present Sullivan Solar Power Family

“The entire board was very supportive of this (proclamation),” said Supervisor Dave Roberts, “We don’t usually honor businesses that are turning 10 years old but this truly has been a decade of growth and excellence.”

“Today’s Proclamation in naming June 30th Sullivan Solar Power Day was a surprise to our entire team, and probably the most honorable moment I have had since starting the company,” said Sullivan.

Asked if she thought solar, probably with battery, could provide 100% of San Diego’s energy needs, Erika Johnson replied, “Yes. There is an abundance of sunshine in San Diego. It is by far our most abundant natural resource. We would like to see San Diego, and all of California, to be a net-exporter of  energy to the rest of the nation.”

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is the President of Cortes Community Radio , CKTZ 89.5 FM, where he has hosted a half hour program since 2014, and editor of the the ECOreport, a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of North America. He writes for both writes for both Clean Technica and PlanetSave on Important Media. He is a research junkie who has written over 1,600 since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

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