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"Meet Solar Professional Member, Electron Connection!"

Bob-O Schultze is a professional member of Solar Oregon and the owner of Electron Connection, Inc., which offers load analysis, site survey, system design, sales, installation, user training, and tech support services for residential and commercial solar and micro-hydro systems, and residential wind turbine systems.

"Meet Solar Professional Member, Electron Connection!"

Electron Connection

By Winnie Leung

Bob-O Schultze is a professional member of Solar Oregon and the owner of Electron Connection, Inc., which offers load analysis, site survey, system design, sales, installation, user training, and tech support services for residential and commercial solar and micro-hydro systems, and residential wind turbine systems.

What first drove you to solar energy?
I was living off-grid in a beautiful place in northernmost California called Salmon River and I didn't want to run a noisy, fossil fuel-guzzling generator for power. Micro-hydro and solar were the perfect solutions.

What is unique about solar energy in your part of Oregon?
That we do it!  Many folks in southern Oregon, regardless of their economic statuses, look ahead and are willing to invest in solar energy.

What are some of the most satisfying parts in your job?
Commissioning a system and showing the client their meter running backwards.

Was there a particular project you have worked on that reminded you why you were in the business in the first place?
Our area has never had any utility incentive for solar. About 10 years ago an older man approached me to do a grid-tied system on his small house. He was very into conservation and his power bills were very modest. While I was happy to do a system for him I felt obligated to mention that he wasn't likely to reap the full financial benefits of the system in his lifetime. He just smiled and told me that didn't matter—what mattered was that we all had to do our part. He's passed away now but he remains one of my heroes.

What would you tell someone who is on the fence about solar energy?
If their concern was waiting for the costs to come down, I would try to explain that the costs would come down if forward-thinking folks invest in solar power now. Also, the incentive program is designed to bring down the cost of the system to a certain level. If the prices go down, so will the incentives. The end costs aren't really all that different, so why wait?

What does your Solar Oregon membership mean to you?
Activism and education are how things change. Besides being a member of Solar Oregon, I am also involved on the federal level with NABCEP, and on the regional level, I teach with Solar Energy International.

What do you do to stay on top of renewable technology and the market?
I keep abreast of new technologies and attend trainings and continuing education classes. I also pay close attention to other energy-related news. And looking at the problems that we face by buying our oil from the Middle East, I made the decision to only market PV modules made in the US. Each of us has a part to play in helping bring US closer to energy independence.

 
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