REC Solar installs solar in seven states plus Puerto Rico, but our headquarters has always been in the beautiful central California coastal town of San Luis Obispo on Fiero Lane, just off Broad Street. Why do we love San Luis Obispo so much? Here are our four top reasons:
1) REC Solar’s Roots Are in San Luis Obispo
REC Solar’s SLO roots have been tied to its two co-founders, Judy Ledford and Fred Sisson, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with the goal of making solar systems a mainstream energy source for home owners. Since its founding in 1997, REC Solar has expanded to installing solar throughout California and other states, but we’ve always kept San Luis Obispo as our hometown.
2) San Luis Obispo Reflects REC Solar’s Values
From the Thursday night farmers market and street fair on Higuera Street, to the walk-friendly sidewalks and miles of bike routes, San Luis Obispo reflects REC Solar’s values for balance, sustainability, and being environmental stewards of the world.
The city limits housing growth to 1% a year and purchases open space in order to minimize suburban sprawl and create more public spaces. As a result, San Luis Obispo is filled with parks, hiking trails, and wildlife preserves. And that brings us to reason number three:
3) San Luis Obispo Is a Great Place to Live and Work
REC Solar employees not only work in San Luis Obispo, but also live here and in the surrounding areas of Paso Robles, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Harmony and Cambria. Between REC Solar and our sister companies AEE Solar and SnapNrack PV Mounting Systems, we have about 200 employees in the greater San Luis Obispo area. So, our growth and success helps contribute to the local SLO economy. We also set aside time to educate the community about solar at local schools and other SLO events throughout the year.
4) San Luis Obispo Is a Great Place to Go Solar
You need sun to go solar, and as SLO residents know, San Luis Obispo has plenty of it. In fact, on June 20th, the longest day of the year, San Luis Obispo received 14.5 hours of daylight, and on the shortest day, it received a little less than 10 hours. On average, the area gets about 5.5 hours of sunshine a day, which ample light for producing clean solar energy and reducing SLO residents’ utility bills. Over the last 15 years, REC Solar is proud to have helped over 1,000 SLO homeowners to install solar on their roofs, and we’ve also installed solar at local wineries, such as Alban Vineyards, as well as other local businesses.
We could go on about how we love San Luis Obispo for its beaches, golf courses, gourmet food, and so much more, but the bottom line is that REC Solar loves being a part of SLO’s community, and we genuinely want to help all of our hometown residents to find out if solar is right for their homes. So, we hope you’ll contact us for any solar questions you have. With over 11,000 installations around the U.S., REC Solar will continue its founders’ vision of making solar a mainstream and affordable energy source in San Luis Obispo and the surrounding area.