Homeowner Story: Aaron Alexander
You are my sunshine
A matter of life or death, not a choice
Aaron Alexander from Portland, Oregon installed a solar system to protect his wife. It was less of a choice, but more of a matter of life and death.
Products Installed: Q.HOME⁺ ESS HYB-G1
System Size: 10.5 kW
Installer: DPI Solar
Est. Cost Savings: $1,700/yr
Est. CO₂ Savings: 22,764lb/yr
Portland is a beautiful city, despite the fact that it rains over half of the year. Aaron, who works as an IT security solutions delivery engineer, moved here from Phoenix about 2 years ago. Until then, Aaron didn’t think much about solar at all. However, his thoughts changed when he experienced power outages due to Portland’s winter ice storms and summer heat waves. His wife is a type 1 diabetic and she always needs refrigerated insulin. If the power goes out, her life could be in danger so they needed an electrical system that would prevent those emergency situations.
While looking for solar installers, Aaron’s neighbors referred DPI Solar to him. DPI Solar immediately stopped by Aaron’s home to give him a quote and explain the process in detail. They explained where they would install the system, how much it would cost, how much money he would save on his electric bill and the amount of incentives he would receive from the state. Aaron and his wife were impressed by their knowledge and friendliness which led them to choose DPI Solar to install their solar and battery system.
Aaron chose the Qcells system with 3 batteries. Since the batteries did not take up much space, he was able to install them in his small garage. Also, the lifespan and warranty of the product was impressive to him. Therefore, Aaron was able to decide on the Qcells system immediately. After installation, Aaron was most satisfied about Qcells’ smartphone app. As a self-proclaimed tech geek, he uses the app all the time. He checks the total amount of energy production and power usage, as well as the amount of energy that can be used immediately.
Aaron receives a lot of questions from his friends and neighbors. He highly recommends Qcells’ Q.HOME solution in addition to their solar panels because this assures him even in an unexpected blackout.
This may sound ironic, but Aaron is looking forward for the next power outage. He wants to check out for real how well his Qcells battery system can help them survive through a power outage. He imagines a moment of feeling rewarded when inviting his neighbors over to his house who would have suffered without electricity for a warm meal, and shower during blackouts. This is why he constantly recommends solar systems to his neighbors whenever he has the chance.