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Sunlight Solar Goes Above & Beyond for Lakeside, CA Couple

In the Community
April 06, 2017

"Living here, it is so quiet that if you’re not used to it, the crickets will keep you awake at night while you try to sleep."

For Tom and his wife Linda, life hasn’t always been so peaceful. They had hectic careers as small business owners and lived in an urban area. Upon retiring, they bought a small house in the scenic mountains of Lakeside, CA, neighboring the Barona Indian Reservation.

Linda thought she would miss the conveniences of the city, but now she says she can’t be pulled away from country living. "We like the simple life," she explains. "And solar is just another avenue to be able to utilize nature."

Until recently, Tom had turned away the many solar salespeople they had encountered through the years. "Having been exposed to at least twelve solar companies," he says, "their whole thing to me was: get as much money out of me as they could."

Solar panels were installed on the back of the home

The solar panels were installed on the back of the home to maximize the energy of the sun.

Of Carlton Johnson, Director of Operations for Sunlight Solar, Tom says, "I finally met somebody I could trust."

Carlton had determined that their house only needed nine solar panels – when the other companies had been claiming they needed sixteen. "We just find out exactly what [customers] need," he shrugs, "and don’t try to oversell."

The company’s low-pressure sales style and honesty were just a couple parts of the positive sales experience for Tom. "They came out to do it, and they did it in one day. My energy bill decreased to minus $35&mndash;45 a month. I’m contributing back to the grid also. I mean, this was the best decision I’ve ever made regarding energy for my house – ever."

Retired couple's, Linda and Tom, laid-back lifestyle includes frequent walks around the trails surrounding their home.

The couple’s laid-back lifestyle includes frequent walks around the trails surrounding their home.

Since the installation, Carlton explains that Tom and Linda have become like family to him, saying his children even call Tom "Grandpa 2!"

For their exceptional service, Tom nominated Sunlight Solar for the HERO Program Above & Beyond Award, awarded by Renovate America. Shaking Carlton’s hand, he enthuses, "You don’t realize how you’ve changed our life. Thank you for the incredible job."

Linda adds thoughtfully, "It’s nice to have this as a retirement and know that our needs are met. We don’t have a lot of expenses to pay because the solar—it’s made life easy for us."

Carlton Johnson poses proudly with Sunlight Solar’s Above & Beyond Award for exceptional service.

Carlton Johnson poses proudly with Sunlight Solar’s Above & Beyond Award for exceptional service.

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