HES Solar Nominated in Two Categories for San Diego’s BEST Union-Tribune Readers Poll

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HES Solar is celebrating its 20th year as a local San Diego solar company with a new website and a re-branded residential division to SunPower by HES Solar. Fresh from being recognized in February with SunPower’s highest honor, the 2020 SunPower National Commercial Dealer of the Year Award, HES Solar has now been nominated as a Best San Diego Solar Power Company in the ‘For the Home’ category as well as one of San Diego’s Best Places to Work by San Diego’s Best Union-Tribune Readers Poll. 

Please vote for HES Solar as the Best San Diego Solar Power Company. Just click here to vote. 

Also, please vote for HES Solar as a Best Place to Work. Just click here

The nominations come during the Union-Tribune’s 25th running of their San Diego’s Best awards and HES Solar is proud to be among the top San Diego solar companies nominated. We’re up against some impressive companies but also know our design, construction, and customer service makes us the top solar contractor. The other 2020 nominees are these solar panel installers: Action Solar Installation of San Diego, Baker Electric Home Energy, Calafata Construction & Electric, Gold Coast Solar, Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar, Semper Solaris Solar, Roofing, Heating & AC Company, Stellar Solar, Sullivan Solar Power, and Sunrun Solar. The awards will also highlight some local heroes who have been on the front lines during the pandemic and HES Solar applauds shining a spotlight on those individuals who have kept San Diego running during these challenging times. 

HES Solar is having a strong year, with growth of its residential division, the founding of its Service Division, and reaching the milestone of 20 years as a solar panel installer in San Diego – a unique designation few companies can match. HES Solar was founded in 2001 as Home Energy Systems with the sole purpose of bringing energy production and independence to the residents of Southern California. The company was re-branded in 2017 as HES Solar in response to its growing commercial division. 

Today the solar installer is a top solar company in San Diego County, Orange County, and in the Inland Empire. HES Solar is getting stronger, as evidenced by its growing number of employees and nomination as a Top Solar Company, and is continuing its excellent company culture as evidenced by its recent nomination as one of the Best Places to Work in San Diego. 

“We’re having a truly great year in 2021 and I’m excited we’ve received two nominations,” said Ross Williams, CEO of HES Solar. “2020 was a major challenge and our team was able to quickly adapt to the changing protocols while the need for energy independent homes grew with the shift to remote working. The future looks great for solar power in Southern California and I’m proud HES Solar is an industry leader in not only San Diego but also in Orange County and the Inland Empire. This recognition through the Union-Tribune’s Readers Poll is another indication that things are looking bright.” 

HES Solar is celebrating its 20th Anniversary through 2021 with some exciting announcements to be made throughout the year. In 2021 the San Diego-based company will reach the milestone of 20 million watts of solar energy installed in Southern California. HES Solar is a SunPower residential Master Dealer and a SunPower Commercial dealer. HES Solar installs rooftop mounted, rooftop ballasted, ground mount, and carport solar panel systems, can meet any EV charger needs for commercial or residential electric car charging stations, and is also a Tesla Energy, SunPower, and BYD storage certified installer. 

Please use the links above to vote for HES Solar in both the Best Solar Power Company and Best Places to Work (if you’re an employee) categories. The voting for the readers poll closes on June 10th at 11:59PM. We’re happy to have been a part of your energy independence, look forward to many more great decades with you, and thank you if you’ll take the time to cast your vote for us. 


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HES Solar places safety as our highest priority, and that extends from our employees to our customers, to anyone else we may potentially be in contact with through the course of business. Along with the safety procedures we adhere to in the normal course of our work and projects, we have instituted several safety protocols for all of our employees during these times of vigilant public health precautions due to COVID-19. 

Our employees are given temperature checks each time they enter the office, and office visits are only allowed when necessary. 

We’ve instituted remote working for all of our employees who are able to perform their job duties at home. Meetings are done through virtual meeting rooms. 

Field employees maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and fellow employees, customers, vendors, and all others unless unavoidable. 

Masks are required whenever interacting with fellow employees, customers, or the public and whenever social distancing is not possible. 

To ensure these procedures can be met, employees have been provided with face masks or face coverings, eye protection, gloves (as necessary), and foot coverings (as necessary). 

To help ensure frequent sanitizing, employees have been provided sanitizers in the form of gel, liquid, and wipes, antibacterial soap, and paper products for cleaning such as tissues and paper towels. 

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.
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