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Go Solar: The Cost-Effective and Eco-Friendly Solution to Your Next Utility Bill

Jul 29, 2015 05:20PM ● By Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer

In the most basic terms, solar power can be defined as the “conversion of natural sunlight into electricity” (U.S. Department of Energy). Considered a renewable, sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to conventional energy sources, solar power has been proven to curb the negative impact of global warming on our planet. More specifically, the use of solar energy reduces greenhouse gas emission by counteracting fossil fuel-based electricity production.

On the Suncoast, a company called Region Solar is doing its part to minimize the carbon footprint left on our pristine beaches, diverse wildlife and environmental conservation efforts. This “green” business has been operating the Sarasota area for over 10 years and has developed a dependable reputation for designing, engineering and installing high quality photovoltaic (PV) systems. The PV methodology involves using panels comprised of solar cells that are chemically ionized to create an electrical current (   

“With PV, our customers can now produce their own electricity generated by the sun. It’s like having a clean power plan on your roof! How incredible is that? In addition, for the first time ever, they can do so for less expense than the average utility costs. Many of our customers have bills totaling under $10 per month from their electric company,” explains Monte Bains, Region Solar’s Director of Project Finance. 

According to the company’s website, over the past decade, utility bills have been increasing by an estimated 4.5% annually. Therefore, “going solar means you are hedging against the rising price of electricity.” Particularly, in Southwest Florida where ceiling fans and air-conditioning run year-round, switching from a traditional power source to solar panels is financially advantageous.     

In order to streamline this process, Region Solar provides potential customers with pre-installation services including an Energy Analysis, Estimate and Consultation, all free-of-charge. Then, those who decide to implement solar power can benefit from an affordable payment plan. “For homeowners and small businesses, we offer the opportunity to have a PV system installed for no money down, free electricity during the first 12 months, and monthly bills starting the following year that are lower than what you previously paid,” adds Bains. 

Region Solar’s renewable power solutions are available for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. In fact, this industry leader has successfully supplied a broad client-base with multi-megawatts of clean energy, ranging from home or office rooftop panels to large-scale “solar farm” systems. Furthermore, Region Solar’s staff can personally attest to the effectiveness and reliability of these services. “Every employee who is a homeowner has a PV system installed on their roof,” notes Bains.    

Although headquartered in Sarasota, this company has expanded significantly in recent years, earning recognition as Florida’s premier photovoltaic integration business. In addition, “we are currently developing projects in 10 different states, as well as the Caribbean,” clarifies Bains. Finally, the satellite office located in Vermont handles industrial-grade “Engineer, Procure, Construct” (EPC) solar power projects. 

Overall, Region Solar makes the transition toward alternative electricity simple, straightforward and customer-oriented. Before the installation process even begins, the dedicated staff is already working to ensure a positive client experience. “Our solar professionals are equipped to satisfy. We address your energy needs, then review your historical usage and determine the best energy saving options. You’ll be given an initial project estimate to show how implementing these solutions can lower your payments. We also explain the available incentives and review a personalized cost benefit analysis with you” (


Location: 1743 Independence Blvd. D6, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-355-6565, email [email protected] or visit


Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota-Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer, based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog,, features practical tips for embracing a fit, nutritious and empowered lifestyle. 

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