“I first started working with Solar Solutions in 1994 when I was designing an off grid home outside of Fort Collins.  Jay was not yet the owner, but he would soon work his way up through the ranks and purchase the business.  Along the way he and I worked together on several off grid solar homes and other projects involving solar PV, solar thermal and wind generating systems.  No matter what he was working on, Jay was always extremely thorough, highly competent and knowledgeable.  The quality of his workmanship is first rate, and all of the systems he built years ago are still running smoothly with a bare minimum of maintenance.  I would recommend Jay and Solar Solutions for any renewable energy project, whether it be working with PV, wind or water to harness the power of the sun.”

Alex Blackmer
President, Colorado Renewable Energy Society
Executive Director, The Atmosphere Conservancy

Alex has been living off grid for over 20 years. He designed his home with low energy consumption in the front of his mind. High R value insulation package, radiant slab heating and south facing windows to allow passive heat gain are all built in features to insure comfortable off grid living. Solar Solutions designed and installed the wind generator, Solar Thermal heating / DHW system, and an Off Grid (battery bank) PV system to provide energy for the home.

“Solar Solutions designed and installed a solar water heating system when I rebuilt my front porch in 2009. The project was a success- on time, under budget and first class, which can be quite difficult when the platform is a 100 year old house. I was pleased to have Solar Solutions design and install my photovoltaic system several years later on my new garage/greenhouse- once again total satisfaction. There is no better testimonial than repeat business. I highly recommend Solar Solutions.”

Peter Michael, Cheyenne, Wyoming

During the careful renovation of his 100 year old home with historical preservation in mind, Peter incorporated a Solarium on the south side of the home.  Above the Solarium, a single 4x 10 thermal collector in landscape position is installed, blending into the home (Pictures to come!). This DHW system heats a stainless steel tank that feeds the existing hot water tank, allowing the tank to remain off, reducing gas consumption and his gas bill. Peters next project was building a garage, incorporating a greenhouse on the south side. Above the glass of the greenhouse, was a perfect place for his Solar Electric grid tie system. Peters Grid Tie PV system back feeds the utility grid, reducing his coal burned electric consumption, reducing his electric bill, while providing clean sustainable energy from the sun.

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“Jay (Solar Solutions) installed a set of solar panels in my backyard and I had a very positive experience with him during this project. He was prompt, efficient, and courteous, and he was effective in communicating with me in terms of the options I had for installing photovoltaic panels and with respect to various guidelines, inspections, and tasks that needed to be completed. He kept to the original schedule that we developed for installation. The panels have been operating for several years now and I have had no problems with them: on the contrary, they withstood a very damaging hail storm that caused every house roof in my neighborhood to be replaced. I highly recommend Jay as a skilled and efficient expert on solar systems.” 

Ellen Wohl, Fort Collins, Colorado

Understanding the importance of sustainable energy, Ellen wanted to build a PV grid tie system. The roof of her home would not allow a system that would have had acceptable solar energy production. The solution was to provide a low profile, ground mounted system that would conform to easement restrictions and the community HOA regulations. After careful designing and planning the system is a sturdy example of overcoming the obstacles. Ellen’s Grid tie PV system reduces her electric bill each month by offsetting her coal burning electric usage and providing clean, sustainable energy from the sun.

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“I do want to thank you and Solar Solutions for the enthusiasm and quality workmanship shown in setting up our alternative energy installations. (Solar Heating/ DHW and PV Grid tie systems) Keeping our installations simple and conservative,… (The solar systems have) maintained physical stability in the face of the frequent wind micro-bursts this side of the mountains. … I am thinking of the next PV expansion phase something to drive a fuel cell, and will let you know when I get to planning the design.”

Bob Stottlemeyer, Redstone Canyon, Colorado

Bob built this house with low energy consumption and solar in mind. South facing windows allow for passive solar heating. Bobs solar thermal heating system is made up of nine 4×10 Solar Thermal collectors. An insulated 500 gallon custom built stainless steel tank is storage for solar hot water that heats domestic hot water as well as heating the home through fan coil units. The only maintenance that has been done in 14 years on this system is replacing the two thermistors on the thermal collectors. Bob turned off his existing hot water tank heater in 2001, and it has never been on since. This Solar Thermal heating system cut Bobs propane consumption by about 50%. The second solar system is a 3.4 kw, ground mounted solar PV grid tie system. This solar system reduces Bobs coal burning electric consumption and provides clean energy from the sun.

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