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Will Solar Power Offset My High Summertime Electric Bills?

You want to be comfortable in the summertime. You want to keep the AC at a suitable temperature to keep you and your family cool. If you have a pool, you need to keep your pumps running. But, come the end of the month, you keep getting hit with pricey utility bills.

And, with a consistent 3% rise in utility bills over the past decade, you are left wondering how to keep your bills predictable and economically keep your homes cool in the summertime.

It makes sense that if your bills are exceptionally high in the summertime, and the sun is hot and shining most of the season, that solar panels might be a solution to high summertime electric bills.

But is it true that solar panels will offset high summertime electric bills? Read on to learn more.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels on your roof produce AC energy. This AC energy travels to an inverter. The inverter converts the energy into DC energy which is usable in your home.

When your home consumes energy while your panels are producing, the solar energy you produce powers the loads in your home (AC, pool pumps, refrigerator, TV, water heater).

Any energy produced over what your home consumes is sent back to the utility grid and routed to power the loads in your neighbors’ homes.

Through a process called net metering, you get credit for that energy. These credits will be applied to your future electricity use when you pull energy from the grid when your solar panels are not producing power for your home (at night and in the wintertime).

The Key to Summertime Solar Energy

Luckily, solar panels have become an affordable option for homeowners.

Your solar system will produce the most solar energy in the summertime on long, sunny days. Once you have your solar system installed, you can expect low to no utility bills in the summer.

What else? Summertime solar production helps you prepare for the wintertime as you bank up credits with your utility for your excess solar production.

Tax Credits for Solar Power

In Ohio, our main incentive for installing solar energy is the federal investment solar tax credit.

The solar investment tax credit (ITC), which was scheduled to drop from 26% to 22% in 2021, will stay at 26% for two more years (2021 and 2022). This means that solar projects that reach completion in 2021 and 2022 will still receive a tax credit of 26%. All markets will drop to a 22% tax credit in 2023, and the residential market will drop to 0%, while the commercial markets will sit at a permanent 10% credit beginning in 2024.

Third Sun Solar’s Energy Production Guarantee

Third Sun Solar offers new customers a 5-year cash back energy production guarantee with 24/7 monitoring and 100% covered maintenance.

Key benefits:

  • Our 24/7 remote monitoring systems are responsible for protecting hundreds of thousands of customers. We will know if your system is underperforming, often before you do.
  • 100% covered system maintenance for all system parts and components- including wiring and inverters.
  • Every year – if your system generates less than 95% of forecasted energy, we pay you for annual energy loss even if you experienced a bout of harsh weather!

Ohio’s Leading Solar Installer

It takes a lot to succeed in the Solar Industry for 20 years.

We are proud of the reputation we have built. We are a certified benefit corporation, Ohio’s longest-standing solar installation company, and women-owned and operated.

When you’re ready to go solar, remember to choose a quality installer that you can trust for many years to come. If you’re ready to reach us now, give us a call at 877-OWN-SOLAR or fill out the form below to start the process.

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Introducing Enphase Battery Storage

 

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Enphase Storage: Your Energy. Your Choice.

Introducing Enphase Storage: an all-in-one AC-coupled advanced battery energy storage system that allows you to easily store the energy generated by your solar installation. Enphase Storage technology teams up with advanced home monitoring and control software to ensure that your home enjoys continuous power, even when the grid is down.

Modular Solar Energy Storage

  • Start simple with partial home backup – backup just the essentials, like lights, internet and a refrigerator in partial backup configuration
  • Grow over time, add power incrementally – easily add Encharge 3 or 10 storage or more solar to handle additional loads
  • Or just go big with complete home backup – backup an entire home by installing multiple Encharge 10 storage systems

One App, All in the Power of Your Hand

  • Generate – you’ll have full visibility over the energy production and health of your solar PV system, as well as status of your battery
  • Store – energy consumption monitoring will help you maximize your time off grid during utility outages
  • Control – You can easily change modes to priority backup power or maximize energy savings

The Enlighten mobile app also comes with a special Storm Guard™ feature that monitors weather conditions in your area. If a storm or major disaster is on the horizon, Storm Guard will automatically put your Enphase Storage in Full Backup Mode to prepare you for weather-related outages. All the above comes with real-time reporting and home energy monitoring so that you can closely track your solar installation’s performance – no matter where you are.

All from a single Manufacturer

With Enpahse storage, all components are made by a single manufacturer and are designed to work perfectly together. This improves system reliability and resilience.

Enphase Storage solves the most common problem with solar – generating power even with the grid is disconnected or there is a power outage – by weaving redundancies, backups, and monitoring into a single unified ecosystem.

Get a customized Solar Energy Storage proposal for your home

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Being An Ally, Happy Pride Month

In June we celebrate pride month to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Third Sun Solar stands with the LGBTQIA+ community during June for Pride Month, as well as year-round.  

To celebrate Pride Month, Third Sun Solar is making donations to Ohio-based organizations supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. We look forward to sharing these stories with you over the course of the month. 

JEDI Work

We’re eager to share the work our member-owned purchasing cooperative, Amicus Solar Cooperative has been working on over the past year, through the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion group (JEDI). Third Sun Solar’s Chief Operating Officer, Roberta Washburn has been heading up the Human Resources and Policy Committee.  

When asked what the group has been up to over the past year, Roberta says: “We are reviewing language, and policies to create an inclusive and welcoming environment to retain and attack team members.   

We look at policies, job descriptions, handbook language, position postings, and all things HR to ensure they are using inclusive language and include policies to make sure employees of all backgrounds feel welcome and supported.  

We are creating shared documentation, for building a more inclusive workforce.” 

Here are some fundamental principles that Amicus Cooperative members share, statements developed from the work for the JEDI HR Committee.  

We welcome any organizations, business leaders, or HR professionals to incorporate this language into their own policies and use the text as building blocks for action at your organization and in your community. 

  • We believe that business is about so much more than numbers and that we can have a positive impact on the people in our orbit, from our customers to our community to our employees. 
  • We believe that business should be a force for good: for the environment, for our communities, for our customers, and for the people who work here. In order to positively influence each of those stakeholders, we must carefully consider how our actions ripple out into the world.  
  • We seek to improve team members’ lives through fair pay and human-centered policies that care for the whole person and not just for our business interests. 
  • We dedicate time and resources to ensure that all races, all genders, and all personal identities know that they are integral to our company. 
  • When we think about our company, we recognize that our culture is the sum of our people – and each new team member adds to the richness of our company. We don’t expect you to fit a mold; we hope that you will add something new, even as we all pursue a common mission.  
  • We enjoy learning from each other’s perspectives – it would be awfully boring if we all agreed on everything.  
  • Welcome home; we all have a purpose here  
  • To achieve a sustainable future, climate justice, and social justice must go hand in hand  
  • When people feel respected and included, they are empowered to be more creative, innovative, and successful. 

“We celebrate Pride because we are committed to a more diverse and inclusive future — for our business, our community, the solar industry, and our world.” – Geoff Greenfield, CEO  

Our core value of growth demonstrates that we are always striving to be better  

We know that we can always be better accomplices, friends, and allies to marginalized groups, including the LGBTQI+ community.  

We will continue sharing our stories as we celebrate and grow. We hope you will join us.  

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Do I Need Solar Batteries When I Go Solar?

Solar Batteries are a hot topic! More often than not, when people go solar, they assume that they’ll need solar storage too. In reality, this isn’t the case. In fact, many homeowners decide to go solar without adding battery backup.   

So, why may someone choose to install solar batteries? And why might their neighbor decide not to?   

We’ve broken down the considerations below to help you make the brightest choice for yourself and your family.  

Goals  

Goals are one of the first steppingstones our solar customers encounter on their solar journey.   

It’s essential to understand your goals early on so your solar installer can design the solar installation project of your dreams. And to meet all your needs.   

Here are a few of the most common goals our customers may have:   

  • Save money on your electric bill   
  • Choose a greener, cleaner, renewable energy source to power your home  
  • Have control over future utility rate escalation at your home   
  • Stop “renting” power from the utility and “own” your power   
  • Ensure you have power in the case of grid failure  
  • Ensure you have power for critical appliances (medical, refrigeration)   

Did any of the above goals resonate with you?   

Solar In A Blackout  

Here’s something important to understand: Your Solar PV will not operate during a power outage without a battery. We know this comes as a surprise to many. The feature ensures that electricity doesn’t leak onto power lines as utility workers find the electricity disruption. Read more here.   

In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in power outages for several reasons. These include the prevention of wildfires and the increased frequency and intensity of storms.   

So, if having power during an outage is one of your goals for going solar, you’re going to want to explore battery options with your solar consultant.   

Cost of Solar and Solar Batteries   

Batteries add substantially to the cost of a solar system.   

For some of our customers, their goals align with solar storage, making the added cost worth it. Can you put a price on having power to necessary medical equipment in your home when you need it most?  

And, for some of our customers whose primary focus is on solar system payback, return on investment, and do not experience frequent power outages – they opt for no solar storage with their solar system.   

But, keep in mind – solar energy storage is an approved expense for the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit!   

Going Green  

If you opt for a solar system without storage, any excess power generated from solar goes back into the grid and helps your neighbors reduce their carbon footprints.   

You treat the grid-like a big battery, storing excess energy you produce and send off in the form of credits. At night or in the wintertime, you take power from the grid but pay for that use with the credits you received for sending your excess energy to your neighbors.   

Adding battery backup does allow you the option to self-consume more of the solar energy you produce at your own home.   

Which option sounds more environmentally friendly to you? Does one setup align more with your green energy goals than the other?   

Take Your Power Back from the Utility with Solar Batteries 

With a grid modernization coming, many of our customers have experienced increased electricity rates over the years. And they know those rates will continue to rise.   

In addition to this, regulatory concerns can be a motivating factor for homeowners to explore solar energy storage options.   

Many utilities have shifted away from tiered rate structures to time of use rate structures designed to encourage energy conservation during peak energy use times (5- 8 p.m.).   

This rate structure hurts solar PV system owners.  

 The amount of credit you receive for the solar energy you produce becomes lower during the day when the solar PV system is producing the most. And, the cost of energy use jumps up in the evenings when their solar PV system isn’t producing much power.   

Pairing solar energy storage with solar allows the homeowner to store the excess solar energy they generate during peach energy use times instead of paying expensive rates to the utility.   

The Next Step In Your Discovery 

To take a deeper dive into Solar Energy Storage Options, check out this video series which answers most of the battery questions we hear on the regular.   

If you’re ready to speak to a professional and get some answers right from the source, we would be happy to set you up with a no-obligation free solar and storage evaluation for your home.   

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Climate Action Film Festival

The Climate Action Film Festival brings together activists, filmmakers, and communities to witness and celebrate stories of climate action. CAFF’s mission is to amplify voices and inspire further action in addressing the climate crisis, locally and beyond.

Schedule of Events

  • We’ll send a link out on Monday, June 21st at 5 PM for you to access the film festival and watch on your own time.
  • On Thursday, June 24th from 7-8 PM we’ll gather on zoom for a panel discussion with our non-profit partners to learn about what they’re doing to fight the climate crisis across Ohio.
  • If you sign up after Monday, June 22nd, you’ll receive the link right after you register.

About the films:

When selecting films for CAFF, we look for variety while remaining true to our mission: to amplify voices and inspire further action. Climate action can be so many things, from civil disobedience to estuary research to regenerative agriculture and more, and our selected films portray just a fraction of the climate action stories happening around the world every day.

Win A Prize – Raffle Basket

On the night of our panel discussion, we’ll host a raffle for all those who attend the panel.
The contents of our CAFF Raffle Basket were sourced from companies who use their businesses as a force for good. That means they may be local, powered by renewables, a Certified B Corp, sustainably-sourced, or all of the above!

Each ticket gets you one entry into the raffle.

About our Partners & Sponsors

Rural Action – Partner

Rural Action is a regional community development organization with a 32-county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across rural Appalachian Ohio. Its mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. Learn more about Rural Action at www.ruralaction.org

Green Energy Ohio – Partner

Green Energy Ohio (GEO) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable energy policies, technologies, and practices. Read more: www.greenenergyohio.org 

The Ohio Environmental Council – Partner

The OEC works for pragmatic solutions to keep Ohio clean and beautiful, and our communities safe. We fight for clean air and water, clean energy, and protected public lands. We hold polluters accountable in court while working with communities and companies that want to invest in a clean, more sustainable direction. Learn more about the OEC: www.theoec.org

SunCommon- Sponsor

SunCommon created and hosted the Climate Action Film Festival with a mission of amplifying voices and inspiring action in addressing the climate crisis, locally and beyond. After the 6-day festival in March 2021, SunCommon is sharing a curated package of climate action films from the festival, along with original filmmaker and activist interviews. The Climate Action Film Festival (CAFF) Encore Series package was created for individuals, community leaders, and organizations to host their own events to inspire action locally and beyond. Find SunCommon at: www.suncommon.com

Harness Cycle – Sponsor

harness cycle is a beat-driven indoor cycling studio based in Cleveland, Ohio. they are a small business with a mission to create connection + community through movement and act as an economic driver supporting fellow small businesses in their neighborhood. harness cycle is a newly certified b corporation striving to create positive change through local partnerships focusing on land restoration, community development, and equitable employment opportunities. Learn more: www.harnesscycle.com

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Understanding Solar Energy for Kids 

When families go solar, it’s natural for kids to want to learn more about solar energy too.  

The complexities of solar energy can be pretty confusing. So we broke down some of the basics and main points about solar power.  

Bring your family along for the ride. There is a lot to learn for both parents and kids alike.  

What is Solar Energy? 

The sun has produced energy since the beginning of time – for billions of years! The amount of sunlight you receive varies depending on: location, time of day, time of year, and weather conditions. 

Solar energy is used by plants to eat, reproduce, grow and survive.  

People have used solar energy for hundreds of years to cook food, keep warm, and to dry clothes.  

Today we can use the sun’s energy to create electricity. 

How Solar Panels Create Energy  

Solar cells are the technology that turns sunlight into electricity.  

Many solar cells create a solar panel, and when solar panels go onto a home, we call that a solar array.  

Solar panels on a roof collect the sunlight that hits the roof and turns that sunlight into electricity. The electricity produced by solar panels on a home can power anything inside the house that uses electricity.  

If you walk around your neighborhood, you’ll probably see a home or a business with solar panels. But have you ever seen a solar array on a home or business?  

If a home or business has many solar panels on its roof, it means that they’re making a lot of electricity. Homes and businesses with a solar array generally produce 50 – 100% of their energy from the sun.  

Why are we so jazzed about solar panels? 

We’re excited that with solar cell technology, we’re able to turn sunlight into electricity.  

Why?  

Because the sun doesn’t run out! It’s a renewable energy source and is widely available for us to use.  

Other ways we get energy – oil, natural gas, and coal –which you may know as “fossil fuels” take a long time to form. There is a limited amount of these types of energy. They are not renewable, and once we use them, they’re gone!  

The Future of Solar Energy 

We know that the sun will be shining for billions of years. Now, with the help of solar technology, solar panels, and companies who install solar on homes – we can capture the sun’s energy and put it to use in our everyday lives!  

If you’re interested in learning more about solar energy for your home or business – reach out today! 

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Does Solar Increase My Home Value?   

Solar Increases Home Value, Key points:   

  • Solar panels can increase your home’s value and lower an electricity bill  
  • Zillow found in 2019 that solar panels add 4.1% on average to a home’s resale value  
  • When we interview solar homeowners, we find that investing in resale value was a key consideration when they chose to go solar

Zillow + Solar Findings  

In 2019 Zillow published a report stating that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4/1% more than comparable homes without a solar system during that year.   

The percentage varies when you focus on different cities across the U.S., but on average, in the United States, homes with solar sold for 4.1% more than comparable homes without solar. According to Zillow, this means solar increases home value by $9,274 for the median-valued home in the U.S.  

Why? Homes with solar energy systems can provide sizeable future energy cost savings. As energy prices go up and energy consumption increases in a home (a growing family is one example), buyers understand the value. They are willing to spend a little more money upfront.    

Personal preferences play a role too. Homebuyers are increasingly energy conscious – for environmental and financial reasons alike.   

People go solar with resale value in mind  

When we interview our customers, we find that investing in resale value was a key factor when they chose to go solar.   

Some of our customers are not sure that they will be in their home for the 30+ lifespan of the solar energy system. Therefore, they need to consider the benefit of the investment translated into home value.   

Changing mindsets of solar power homeowners   

In recent years the motivations for going solar among homeowners has widened quite a bit.   

Those seeking energy savings and control are now right up there with the environmentally motivated.   

As our current utility infrastructure ages, it becomes more and more expensive to maintain. Those costs are passed along to ratepayers. Over time, these rates have proven to be costly and unpredictable.   

Control is another significant aspect of choosing your energy supply. Knowing how much you’re going to pay every month is increasingly essential. If you’re on a budget or fixed income, this predictability is critical.   

Buyers know that stands out. The increasing awareness of the value of solar energy works in favor of the seller. Solar energy systems help a home stand out in a crowded market. If your home can save the buyers $200 per month in electricity bills – that’s $2,400 in the first year alone. That’s not something the majority of sellers can offer.   

We work with our client’s buyers all the time

When a home is solar with a Third Sun Solar energy system, we work with the new homeowner to switch accounts and complete all necessary permitting and paperwork. It’s part of our white glove customer service.   

If you’re considering solar and contemplating a future move, we recommend you do it. Between taking advantage of decreasing incentives, immediate energy savings, lowering your carbon footprint, and increasing the value of your home, there has never been a better time.   

Will your solar-powered home help you stand out to the homebuyers of the future? We think it will.   

Now that you understand how solar increases a home’s value, Sign up for a Free Solar Evaluation for your home today!

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Third Sun Solar Installs Ground-Mounted Solar Array at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

In the fall of 2020, Third Sun Solar installed a ground-mounted solar array as part of a larger microgrid installation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

From the beginning, Third Sun Solar worked closely with Worley and Claypool Electric to design and present a microgrid solution to the Columbus Zoo and American Electric Power (AEP). After many meetings and presentations, the group was a finalist and ultimately awarded this project through a competitive selection process.

A microgrid is a grouping of electrical loads that are normally connected to one grid but can also disconnect to an “island mode” where it functions independently. When on “island mode,” the microgrid at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be powered by solar and battery systems.

The 134.4 kW ground-mounted solar array, designed and installed by Third Sun Solar, provides power to the microgrid system. Worley contracted Third Sun Solar to construct and design the solar portion of the array. Worley designed and engineered the battery energy storage system, and Third Sun Solar partnered with Claypool Electric to build and install the entire system.
The ground-mounted solar array powers an extensive battery system behind the meter of the Polar Frontier complex. The energy from the solar panels is used in the batteries and helps to power a portion of the polar bear exhibit, and the entire system works like a backup generator, providing renewable energy when needed.

A Groundbreaking Project

AEP Ohio is a subsidiary of AEP and commissioned the microgrid project. The microgrid at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is the first of its kind for the company. The microgrid is a “demonstration” system that will allow AEP Ohio to monitor the applications and functions of a microgrid at this scale.

AEP Ohio will learn how independent, customer-sited, behind-the-meter microgrids can help the customer and the utility grid alike. In addition to AEP Ohio, utilities across the country will be eager to understand the value the microgrid provides.

Third Sun Solar is proud to be a partner in this innovative project, in collaboration with Claypool Electric, Worley, and AEP Ohio.

 

More about Third Sun Solar

Third Sun Solar is Ohio’s leading full-service solar installation company, providing top-quality design and installation since 2000, serving residential and commercial clients in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and beyond.

More about Worley

WorleyParsons Limited, branded as Worley after completing Jacobs’ Energy, Chemicals & Resources division, is an engineering company that provides project delivery and consulting services to the resources and energy sectors and complex process industries.

More about Claypool Electric

Claypool Electric, Inc. is the preferred provider of electrical and communications infrastructure projects in Central Ohio. Family-owned since 1954, they have maintained a reputation for excellence in the craft and integrity in dealings.

 

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Energy Efficiency Home Maintenance Calendar 

Having an energy-efficient home means you are using less energy to do the same jobs. Using less energy is better for the environment and better for our wallets.    

Like a regular check-up for your health, maintaining a home maintenance routine is essential for every house’s upkeep. Our Home Maintenance Calendar has an energy efficiency focus.   

If you plan to go solar eventually, there is an added benefit in greening your home before going solar.  

If you already have solar, completing additional energy efficiency measures can help you maximize your solar system and increase your return on investment!   

Spring  

 

  • Change your air conditioner filter – a dirty air filter causes the blower fan in the HVAC system to work harder to push air through. When it’s working harder, it’s drawing more energy, leading to higher bills. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%!  
  • Trim trees – If your property has any trees, have them inspected by a certified arborist, who can check for signs of illness or any dead branches and catch problems before they escalate and kill a tree. If you have a solar energy system, identify limbs that may be shading your solar array. Plan to have those limbs cut back.  
  • Check for signs of critters nesting around your solar panels – Neighborhood animals are prone to nesting underneath roof-mounted solar panels. Many of our customers avoid the issue with the use of critter guards. If you don’t have critter guards surrounding your solar panels, you’ll want to check for any signs of life that may pose a threat to the solar array.  
  • Get your clothesline ready – air drying your clothes in the sun adds nothing to your utility bill!  

Summer   

 

  • Have air conditioner checked and servicedRegular A/C maintenance can extend your unit’s life and may reduce the need for costly A/C repairs. And, resist setting the air conditioner thermostat lower than usual to cool your house quickly
  • Switch out faucet aerators – for low flow to reduce summertime water usage.
  • Clean your solar panels (only if needed!) – solar panels that are clean ensure solar installations generate optimal electricity. All panels are designed for minimal maintenance; however, dust, pollen, leaves, and other contaminants often find their way onto the panel and soil the surface. For complete instructions, click here.   

Fall  

 

  • Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping; replace if necessary.  
  • Swap old, drafty windows for more energy-efficient models 
  • Schedule an HVAC inspection in early fall before the heating season begins.  
  • Wrap insulation around outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages.  
  • Swap lightbulbs for LEDs – Heading into shorter daylight hours means you’ll be using the lights in your home even more. LED bulbs to use about 75%–80% less energy than traditional bulbs. Changing out 5 of your most frequently used bulbs for LEDs could save you up to $75 annually.    
  • Consider new attic insulation for the wintertime – If you have an unfinished attic, consider adding insulation. Adding insulation is the most accessible place to reduce your energy costs. To judge whether you need more insulation in your attic, measure the thickness of the insulation there. If it’s less than 6 inches of fiberglass or 5 inches of loose cellulose, it’s time to add more!   

 Winter   

 

  • Add a hot water blanket to your water heater – insulating a water heater that is warm to the touch can save you 7 – 16% on your water heating bill annually!   
  • Add an attic staircase cover – In many homes, poorly insulated and leaky attic access stairs provide an opportunity to improve comfort and save energy and money. You can air seal and insulate the attic stairs opening by building your own insulated cover box or purchasing a kit or pre-built package.   
  • Add a few energy-saving power strips   
  • Slow the escape of heat through glass windows – hang insulating curtains or draperies in front of windows to reduce the heat loss, especially at night   
  • Prepare for a storm – Consider solar battery backup if your home is prone to power outages or if you have critical appliances that need electricity in the event of a grid failure.   

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Leadership Transition Announcements

If we’ve learned anything over the years — it’s to embrace change.  

Change is inevitable.  

As springtime sets in, we’re reminded how much change we see every year. Trees start to bud, bulbs that have been sleeping under the surface come to flower, gardeners start planting in their gardens 

In the solar installation worldspringtime means more calls from homeowners who see the long daylight hours and are reminded of their solar energy ambitions.  

This Spring Third Sun Solar is experiencing not just the normal changes that the season brings, but some new ones too!  

This month longtime CEO and co-founder Michelle Greenfield is transitioning out of her position as CEO and moving to her new role as part time operator and co-owner.  

We’ve always been inspired by Michelle for being a change-maker.  

In addition to co-owning and managing Third Sun Solar for over 20 years, Michelle served on the board of Green Energy Ohio for 11 years and was the president for 2 of those. She helped organize and  is a current Board Member of the Clean Energy Credit Unionwhich has quickly grown to be $20 million credit union with over 3000 members across the country. She initiated and executed the certification process for Third Sun Solar to become the 3rd Certified BCorporation (BCorp) in Ohio in 2012. As you can imagine, the list goes on… 

And for other folks at the company – we’re proud to see them continue their growth path into new roles 

Company Founder and Co-owner Geoff Greenfield has always been known internally as our Chief Visionary Officer. We are excited to see his visionary spirit guide the company in his new title of CEO.  

We’re ALSO pleased to announce that our Controller and General Manager Roberta Washburn now moves into the position of Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she will help guide the company alongside Geoff.  

“The solar energy industry is heating up,” Roberta says, “Between infrastructure change, job growth, and shifting economies, there is a lot of work to be done. As the industry continues to rise, so will Third Sun Solar. Expect to see more of us in more places around the region soon.”  

Congratulations to Michelle on her new chapter, and to our new Executive Leadership Team 

We know that there is BIG growth and change on the horizon. And Third Sun Solar is ready.