La Jolla Lives up to Its Name as a Jewel for Solar


Local solar provider Sullivan Solar Power is helping the San Diego area become a solar hub. The southern California region certainly gets plenty of sun, and solar there can be cheaper than grid electricity. That adds up to a good climate for solar.

True to its name, the La Jolla district is a shining jewel of solar in the region. Local residents have committed to install over 165.84 kW of solar power there, through the La Jolla Solar Program. The community program was created and administered by Sullivan Solar, which says its goal is to change the way the community generates electricity. Sullivan gave homeowners an extra cash incentive to go solar – regardless of whether they paid for their solar system with a lease, a loan, or cash.

“La Jolla property owners get it — they understand the benefits of clean energy, both economically and environmentally,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “We believe that La Jolla has the opportunity to transition itself to the strongest solar community in the nation.”

It’s not just residential properties in La Jolla that are jumping on the solar bandwagon. Commercial solar is big there, too. One example is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center, which has installed a 117.68 kW solar PV system on the roof of its new facility.

UC San Diego is also a big solar adopter. One of the largest solar-producing institutions in the region, it has more installed solar capacity than any other university there.

“UC San Diego is a living laboratory for climate change research and solutions. Our clean energy initiatives are part of our comprehensive approach to creating a more sustainable future,” said Pradeep K. Kohsla, UC San Diego Chancellor.

Sullivan Solar Power recently completed seven on-campus solar power installations at UC San Diego, totaling 763.858 kW. The newest UC San Diego solar installations will save the campus more than $2 million over the next 20 years.

With all these developments, it’s no surprise that San Diego was named the top solar city per capita by Environment America. “There is a reason San Diego is the solar capital of the nation; going solar is cheaper than SDG&E and San Diegans have the opportunity to see substantial savings by becoming their own energy producers,” said Sullivan.