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American Pride Event and Ribbon Cutting at City of 10,000 Buddahs - Ukiah, CA
August 27, 2016

The 1,800-plus ground-mounted panels and Enphase microinverters at the CTTB are expected to save $6 million in energy costs and eliminate 14,000 tons of global-warming CO2 from the environment over the 25-year lifespan of the system.
"North State Solar Energy listened to what the City of 10,000 Buddhas wanted to accomplish with its long-term energy goals," said Hans Stullken, vice president of business development for North State Solar Energy. "We created solutions around these goals to bring together a unique solar project that is already outperforming its production estimates by over 10 percent."
The ribbon-cutting event took place at 1:00 p.m. PDT on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the solar field at the CTTB campus in Ukiah, Calif. The Program included a chant to dedicate the merit of this project and send good energy out into the world. Mendocino County CEO Carmel Angelo and Supervisor Carre Brown participated in the event, along with representatives from Enphase, North State Solar, SolarWorld and the CTTB. Refreshments and snacks followed the ceremony, along with guided tours of the CTTB campus and the project.
The tremendous growth in population and retreat attendance at the CTTB, along with the expansion of its schools and other projects, made the increasing costs of energy a growing concern. With electricity rates increasing six percent every year over the last decade, the CTTB utilities group turned to North State and Enphase for help in becoming more energy independent. The array reduces its dependency on the local utilities, and should produce enough energy to "zero out" the total CTTB electric bill by 2026.
The entire CTTB project was built using materials entirely made or assembled in the U.S., using an IronRidge ground-mount solar system, Enphase American Pride M-250 microinverters and SolarWorld USA 280W monocrystalline silicon solar modules. Enphase Enlighten software monitors the production, health, and performance of the array in real-time.

The ceremony was covered and reported by the Ukiah Daily Journal:

North State Solar Energy is a Northern California based general contractor that specializes in solar-electric installations for residential, commercial and agriculture projects. Owned and operated by Michael Houar, a licensed contractor for over 25 years, the North State Solar Energy team has been involved with the design and installation of over 200 solar projects. With a business model focused on delivering long-term quality and value, North State Solar Energy recommends US made solar and accessory components with high performance and unmatched warranties. North State Solar Energy also has a commitment to providing an unparalleled level of customer service.

North State Solar Energy provides its customers with Made and Designed in USA premium products that will meet their energy needs, reduce their energy costs and add value to their homes and businesses. North State Solar Energy will uphold the highest quality workmanship, offer an unmatched level of installation service, a superior warranty and bring best value to all our solar and contracting clients.

North State Solar Energy uses Made in America products and provides excellent employment experiences for our tradesmen, allowing them to work in a progressive environment and develop their abilities while providing outstanding service for every one of our clients.

Our Process
We manage all projects, large and small with personal attention to detail, beginning with a physical site evaluation and energy use evaluation. We provide alternate recommendations offering our clients one or several methods of meeting current and future/ anticipated energy needs. We provide written proposals and power production projections for all of our clients that are easy to understand and have clearly stated production values. And we back every project with an extensive warranty that offers no excuses and makes no false promises. We will cover your energy needs with the strongest assurances offered in our industry- bar none.

Our Products
We proudly offer Solar World USA modules offering the highest efficiency ratings in the industry, and backed by companies that source and assemble their products in the USA, creating jobs for American Citizens. We specialize in the use of Enphase USA Micro -inverters, industry leading and Made in America Act compliant. We use made in USA racking systems, and provide mounting on shops, businesses, ground mount arrays, and also design specialty projects that comply with local building codes.

Our Services
North State Solar Energy has completed dozens of residential, agricultural and commercial projects ranging from as little as 1.5 KWh to as large as 924 KWH. We work with all types of buildings, and specialize in grid- tie systems that insure our clients they will return a maximum on their solar investments. All building permits, including required engineering and inspections are managed by our firm as a part of this process. All net metering applications and rebate applications with the local utility companies are completed by our staff and followed through to completion by our management. We take the hassle out of the process for you. And you don’t make the final payments until your system is operational.

We also provide assistance with the HOA (Homeowner's association approval process). Click here for an example.

We offer a range of financing up to one year same as cash, interest free programs for qualified clients. We also offer referrals to local banks and credit unions where we have working relationships. We also provide manufacturer financing and lease arrangements for larger projects and PPA (power purchase agreements).
We can assist almost any family or business in obtaining solar energy at the lowest cost per watt and using the best products available.

Other Services

We provide specialty services, including lifetime system monitoring set-up with an internet interface. We construct solar covered structures, including patios, carports, pole barns and tracking solar arrays.
We have introduced an affordable cleaning service (for our installations only). We also have a fantastic referral program which allows our clients to grow their array over time at no cost!

Our Service Area
North State Solar Energy serves the entire region of Northern California and has completed projects in Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, Plumas, Butte, Yuba, Sutter, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Marin, Mendicino, and San Mateo Counties.

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