You might be surprised who is turning to rooftop solar technology these days
Los Angeles CA December 02, 2016, DAILY BREEZE:
When Bradley Bartz opened up his solar business more than 15 years ago, many of his first clients were wealthy or academics who wanted to own a piece of the new technology they had been learning about.
Now, he said, many of his new customers are retirees looking to save money or older residents who don't want to leave bills behind.
"In the end, it tends to come down to the bottom line," said Bartz, owner of Torrance-based ABC Solar Inc. "The price of solar has dropped so much now it makes it much more affordable."
A Real Sun Flower Blossoms In LA
Los Angeles CA (SPX) December 20, 2010 ,SOLAR DAILY:
The original Los Angeles Flower Mart is going solar with a 280 KW grid-tie system to power the premiere flower market resource in the largest wholesale flower district in the United States.
The LA Flower Mart grid-tie solar electric system is receiving a significant cash rebate from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and a full 30% tax grant from the Federal government. The System is expected to generate over 10 million kWh of electricity over its 25 year warranted life and more after that.
Christian Burke New World Record 83.04 Miles in 24 hours Run Powered by ABC Solar in Hermosa Beach
September 7, 2010
Hermosa Beach, CA September 6, 2010 - At 3am this morning Christian Burke broke a long standing world record for running distance during a 24 hour period. This run titled Hermosa24.com is raising money for the Hermosa Beach Schools among the huge California Budget Shortfall. But, it is not the budget or the raising of money that made this World Record so amazing. It certainly was Christian Burke himself as he ran from Hermosa Beach Pier to Manhattan Beach pier over 22 times from Noon September 5th to Noon September 6th 2010. The previous world record was 62.14 miles in a 24 hour period. Christian smashed that record by logging 83.04 miles in just less than 24 hours.
Solar-powered movies debut at Seaside Lagoon
July 22, 2010| by Mark McDermott, Easy Reader
The people who first brought ice skating to the Seaside Lagoon are launching another somewhat improbable and highly imaginative venture ? a series of solar-powered movie nights.
Tom Kearney and Scott Williams, the duo behind Seaside Ice, launch AES Seaside Cinema this Friday with a showing of Back to the Future. They believe Seaside Cinema will be the very first solar-powered outdoor movie event ever held.
Solar Gets A Warm Welcome In Hermosa Beach
June 2, 2010,Hermosa Beach CA (SPX)
The Green Flag was firmly planted in Hermosa Beach today with the opening of the new ABC Solar Design/Build Studio on Pacific Coast Highway. This is the third location for the ABC Solar Design/Build Studio after its flagship store in Torrance and Running Springs, California. ABC Solar's new store will run on solar power, batteries, LED Lighting, and kinetic power.
Solar business keeps Palos Verdes green
April 29, 2010|By Rebecca Villaneda, Peninsula News :
Bradley Bartz is in the business of saving people money, while protecting the environment.
His 10-year-old company, ABC Solar, based in Torrance but founded in Rancho Palos Verdes, installs solar panels for those looking to run homes using the sun's rays.
It's a 50-year-old technology that is taking its time to catch on. He likens it to the internet, which also didn't take off for about 30 years after it was founded.
Solar panels causing some storms
November 30, 2009|By Catherine Saillant
Even as California and the federal government encourage solar power, homeowners often have to fight homeowners associations for their right to install the systems.
Ready to chuck his electric bills, Camarillo resident Marc Weinberg last year asked his homeowners association for permission to put solar panels on his roof.
When the Spanish Hills Homeowners Assn. said no, Weinberg sued the group. Under the state's Solar Rights Act, he argued, a homeowners association can't unreasonably block solar installations.
Solar panel installer drops suit against Torrance
City agrees its policies violated state law.
A South Bay solar panel installer has agreed to drop a lawsuit he filed against the city of Torrance after city officials acknowledged the policies violated state law.
The city had required Bradley Bartz, owner of Rancho Palos Verdes-based ABC Solar, to obtain the approval of nearby residents before he could install a solar system on the roof of a home in the Hillside Overlay.
ABC Solar Wins Exemption From Planning For All Solar
Bradley Bartz and ABC Solar are proud to announce the decision of the City of Torrance to exempt solar installations from planning review. In April of this year ABC Solar took the extraordinary step of suing the City of Torrance asking the local superior court to rule that design review is against the Solar Rights Act.
Torrance man's battle with city over solar panels heats up
The city of Torrance has been on a campaign to heighten its green image.
Solar fight hits home
After having three solar panel permits denied by the Palos Verdes Homes Association Art Jury, Bartz -- who owns a solar system installation company in Rancho Palos Verdes -- threatened the association with legal action. On Tuesday, the city of Palos Verdes Estates approved the projects, bypassing the association's recommendation.
Solar fight hits home (2)
The sun is shining on Bradley Bartz.....
A green light for solar projects
Energy-related laws enacted in California over the past three decades or so have attempted to induce property owners to invest in clean energy such as solar and wind. Indeed, it makes sense to encourage consumer spending on improvements that reduce pollution, bolster home values and help keep a lid on greenhouse gases.
Solar Smackdown in Torrance - Installer Sues City on Behalf of the Sun
After a decade in the solar power installation business, Bradley Bartz is tired of being Mr. Nice Guy. He's tried the sugar and honey approach for ten years but instead of catching flies he's caught hassles and obstructions from local Southern California city officials who haven't kept up with modern technology and remain both ignorant and adversarial when it comes to helping their citizens go solar.
Sun-powered home is first of its kind
Friday, June 13, 2008 5:50 PM PDT by Chris Boyd, Peninsula News :
RPV, A home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Upper Abalone Cove is the only one in the world that sports a new solar-power system that tracks the sun throughout the day, powering th e house's lighting and appliances and saving owner Eric Brill about $200 every month.
"So far it's been very exciting. We hope it will just perform perfectly," Brill said. "This was a little more expensive, but for the increase in power, I think it will probably pay off pretty well."
Solar Christmas In Culver City CA With Free Solar Building Permits
Culver City CA (SPX) December 13, 2007 ,SOLAR DAILY:
Culver City issued its first free solar building permit today. The Culver City building department is taking the lead to promote a wider adoption of green building materials and solar. Culver City is looking boost solar electric installations. This free permit was issued for a small commercial solar system. The Culver City motto is "The Heart of Screenland." It might become the heart of solar.
"We got a free permit here... a free permit," shouted the Culver City building department employee processing the permit.
Eco Dive Center Requests Solar Permit Fee Waiver In Culver City
Culver City CA (SPX) Dec 10, 2007 ,SOLAR DAILY:
Starting with today's solar permit application at the building department of Culver City, Eco Dive Center Announces the installation of a solar electric system and energy management plan. Culver City is actively pursuing solar and renewable policies that could include free solar permits and a solar for new building requirement. Eco Dive Center is one of the first small businesses to go solar in Culver City.
ABC Solar Pursues Installation In Culver City
Eco Dive Center, Culver City, Calif., has filed a solar permit application at the city's building department - the first step toward the installation of a solar electric system and energy management plan.
Hollywood Sound Engineer Goes Solar Because He Likes The Sound Of It
Studio City, CA (SPX) Jul 25, 2007 :
Academy Award Nominee for Sound, Art Rochester, turned on his 2.6 KW Solar Electric System today that was designed and built by the team at ABC Solar. The system features 16 Mitsubishi 165 watt solar panels connected to the LADWP grid. During the solar day Mr. Rochester's meter will spin backwards and he'll leverage LADWP to act as his 'battery' to store his solar energy credits.
ABC Solar Founder Gives 5 Reasons To Invest In Solar Today At South Bay Energy Fair
Rancho Palos Verdes CA (SPX) May 03, 2007 ;
ABC Solar will be a featured presenter and exhibitor at the 2nd Annual South Bay Energy Fair and Solar Homes Tour in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on Saturday May 5, 2007. In addition, ABC Solar also has three solar installations that will be featured in this year's Solar Homes Tour on June 16, 2007. The three residential properties are all on different types of roofing structures.
South Bay Energy Fair
BY LILLIAN LIGHT : Once the decision has been made to reduce the most devastating consequences of climate change, reducing energy use is the fastest and most cost-effective way to control global warming pollution. The scientific community has concluded that burning fossil fuels to power our cars, homes, and electrical generating plants is causing an inexorable rise in the world's temperature. This warming of the planet by heat-trapping emissions poses a serious threat to our health, safety, and environment.
ABC Solar Expands Solar Offices To Orange County, California
Rancho Santa Margarita CA (SPX) Aug 06, 2007 :
ABC Solar Inc, a leading California retailer and installer of solar electric systems, announced today that it has opened a new office in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. The new office represents the growing importance and acceptance of solar from Southern Californian homeowners and businesses. The office has its own website at www.sunkits.com. Going solar in Orange County has just been made easier by the ABC Solar office and staff in Rancho Santa Margarita. Besides the local and personal service, ABC Solar offers solar clients professional design and solar installation services. Related Links
Solar Powered Success
Dr. David Berman's home may not look like anything special from the outside. Yes, the H-shaped abode is built differently than the typical 1950's rancho-style-homes of Rancho Palos Verdes, and there are a series of solar penels on the roof. But to casual passersby, it's just another house on the block....
Solar Hot Tub Kit
by rd: My in-laws recently installed a hot tub. I am not, and never have been, a ?hot tub guy?. No late-night, naked cavorting in a vat of bubbling H2-O for moi (not that there?s anything wrong with that). All this talk of relaxation got me to thinking about the environmental impact of their fun. Hence, the Solar Hot Tub Kit from ABC Solar.