I am writing this testimonial today regarding my family’s experience with the installation of a 5.3 KW photoelectric solar system installed in January 2016, at my home in Keystone Heights, FL by Pure Energy Solar. My wife and I are recently retired and our electric bills have steadily risen over recent years despite our best efforts to conserve. We had previously blown in insulation to our attic; replaced all windows in the house with double pane low-E windows; replaced our heat pump with a high SEER, variable speed unit; and replaced all lighting with LEDs, etc. etc. Despite all our efforts, our electric bill did not seem to decrease and we opted to look into installation of a residential photoelectric system. We secured bids from three different solar contractors – two locally in the Gainesville area, and one regional provider out of south Florida. Of these, one local solar provider (Pure Energy Solar) stood out. I noted that they had opted to advertise frequently on National Public Radio (NPR) -a choice which speaks loudly to me about their motives and environmental conscience. Wayne Irwin, the owner of this company came to my home on several occasions to assist with our decision making. We found him to be personable, very low pressure, and very knowledgeable and informative. Wayne provided the name of a green roofing contractor whom he recommended to replace our 25 year-old asphalt roof with a new metal roof prior to placement of our photovoltaic system. He patiently answered all of our questions and offered to coordinate with the roofer to assure that all components worked seamlessly together. He also offered to hard wire in two attic fans at no charge when he felt that the solar powered fan alternatives were not a good value for us. He understood when we opted to reduce the size of our planned system from 10KW to 5.3KW in the initial phase of installation, due to our own financial constraints. He also offered to complete our system at any time for the difference between the two original bids without upcharge for not installing the entire 10KW system initially.
The installation itself went flawlessly. The crew was respectful and efficient. They arrived as scheduled to install the unit, and completed the project in a very short period of time. Wayne coordinated with both our local building inspectors and with our electric provider (Clay Electric) to assure that our solar power, and the energy cost savings it would provide, were online as quickly as possible. Since installation our electric bills have dropped by approximately two-thirds, saving us several hundred dollars each month. This monthly savings coupled with he 30% federal tax credit will assure a very favorable pay back period for our investment. We look forward to completing our installation (to the full 10 KW originally planned) as soon as this becomes economically feasible for us. We most certainly will choose Pure Energy Solar as the contractor to provide this upgrade. We recommend them without reservation for those contemplating installation of photoelectric systems for their homes or businesses.