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VACAVILLE — Fairfield resident Lincoln Beals heard an offer from Revolve Solar that he didn’t think he could turn down.

Revolve Solar would lease him solar panels on his house for 25 years to provide him electricity. The rate would stay a flat $83 a month for the duration.

“I’m on a fixed income now,” Beals said. “I need to be real careful about how I manage my expenses.”

Now he will be protected from Pacific, Gas & Electric Co. rate hikes, he said.

Revolve Solar sells and installs solar systems. It opened on West Texas Street in Fairfield in June and recently moved to 871 Cotting Court, Suite D, in Vacaville.

“We’re converting people from dirty energy to clean energy,” said Ken Stout, sales manager for the local office.

Revolve Solar is based in Austin, Texas. It has a California office in Redding, as well as the new Vacaville office.

Stout attended Vacaville High School and Solano Community College, as well as San Jose State University. He started the Live Music Center music store in Vacaville in 1987 and worked at that business for 20 years. He sold the Live Music Center in 2006 and got involved with solar energy.

California has a Go Solar California campaign put on by the state Energy Commission and the state Public Utilities Commission. It calls for having state residents install 3,000 megawatts of solar energy systems at homes and businesses by 2017. Another goal is to produce 400 megawatts of solar electricity on about 160,000 homes.

Stout makes the pitch that Revolve Solar is better suited to serve Solano County customers than the bigger solar companies.

“What we want to do is offer a community service,” Stout said. “We are here for the community. The other companies, they just what to go in, make their money and get out. Our history is to service and maintain our clients locally.”

Beals looked at having solar panels on his roof about five years ago. A person from a solar company looked at his house and told him the project wouldn’t be feasible because of the orientation of his house. Yet Beals didn’t forget about renewable energy.

“If I could put a windmill up in my yard, because I get the Delta breeze, I would do that,” he said with a laugh. “But my neighbors would certainly object to that.”

More recently, somebody from Revolve Solar knocked on his door.

“This guy was so patient in answering my questions,” Beals said. “Usually, I tell those guys who knock on my door to get lost. . . . He gave me a flier, spent some time with me and explained the program and how it works as a lease.”

Technology in the solar industry has apparently advanced over the past few years. Beals learned he could indeed have solar energy generated at his house, and with panels only on about half the garage roof at that.

Installers from Revolve Solar came to his house a couple of weeks ago and installed the panels. Stout sees a lot more solar panels in Solano County’s future.

“Homeowners, business owners, government, they’re going to be the solution for creating power in the community,” Stout said.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • MadelineDecember 08, 2013 - 9:07 am

    I got my panels free from Verengo Solar, they were amazing. They also will do all the maintenance for the panels free. I recomend anyone call them first before paying a dime for what you can get for free. They're on the internet.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 08, 2013 - 10:04 am

    Lots of players in the market now driving prices down down down. I could use a 3000 watt system. Costco sells them. The efficiency and the reliability of those systems is improving too.

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  • cheapsterDecember 08, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    I think I'll let everyone else get solar on their house. the wayn I see it when the majority have solar cells contributing to the grid PG&E will have so much power from cells that they wont need to generate much power at all and the rates will drop because of that glutt of power out there that I will bennifit from cheaper rates from PG&E much less than $83.00/month mean while I spent a fortune on solar powered christmas lights a few years ago and they keep going strong so for that I am off the grid...

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  • Erik KellerDecember 09, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Revolve Solar did a great job on our house. We shopped around and they had the best prices available. The other salesmen could not answer our questions. I would recommend Revolve to my friends and I look forward to my first electric bill.

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