Since the 1970’s, Bruce Wood has been a South Carolina solar power advocate. He is the founder and CEO of Sunstore Solar at 3090 South Hwy. 14 in Greer, phone 864.297.6776, firstname.lastname@example.org. As one customer said, Bruce is “Finally, someone who sounds like he knows what he’s talking about, and can also explain it to me clearly.”
The Sunstore Solar website from http://www.sunstoresolar.com/why_sunstoreSolar.html
explains that solar is addressing issues like the rising energy costs, U.S. reliance on foreign energy supplies, global economical and political instability, global warming and climate changes, our water and air quality, lack of local jobs, and our health. Solar energy can improve our natural resource usage habits and help reduce our carbon footprints.
Solar electric or solar thermal? In solar electric, photons in the sun’s rays are captured by photovoltaic (PV) modules, laminates or shingles and an inverter converts the DC current to AC and ties it to the main power panel for household use. If you have a grid tied application, the energy can be sent to the grid to offset your grid power usage and lower your bills. The sun’s energy can be stored in deep-cycle batteries for backup power even when the grid is down. Depending on your location and which electric co-op you use, you may be able to have a net metering system and get paid per kWh for green power you generate. With solar power you can live totally off the grid in the woods or on an island and can use it to run generators. Estimate the system size you need at My Solar Estimator on www.findsolar.com.
Using flat plate collectors, solar thermal captures the sunrays’ heat and circulates it for use in heating floors with radiant floor heating, domestic water heating or radiator systems, or to heat swimming pool water for longer swim seasons. The solar water heaters circulate to a heat exchanger and normally have a tank for solar storage and one for reserve.
Sun Store Solar also offers natural light solar attic fans, solar tubular lights, SolarOne outdoor lighting, and solar water pumping.
On Sunstore Solar’s website http://www.sunstoresolar.com there are sections on things like frequently asked questions–answered questions and facts about solar energy, good descriptions of the types of solar systems there are, brochures on solar subjects and a list of other solar resources, a list of the brands of solar products they install, their history and experience, the green organizations to which they belong, and a place to sign up for email alerts about policy and upcoming legislation in S.C. if you would like to take part in their grassroots solar efforts.
Some commercial projects Sunstore Solar has done locally are the 400 solar panels at BMW’s Zentrum Museum and visitor center in Spartanburg http://bmwusfactory.com
and The Cliffs Cottage at Furman University in Greenville dedicated in 2010 as the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. http://www.furmancliffscottage.com/
Read 52 reviews on the company and a listing of all the types of projects they have done with the number of each from 2005 through January 2012 at
http://www.find-solar.org/viewreviews.php?contractorid=1006 put out by the South Carolina Energy Office. Visit the Sunstore Solar showroom to see their working solar applications, for a free initial consultation, to possibly schedule a site visit, or to learn how to proceed with a solar project with Sunstore Solar.