Marshall GingoldAs far back as 2010, Marshall Gingold had been considering solar as an option for his Sunnyvale home, but was deterred by the high costs and long payback periods he was quoted by solar installers. He had invested in various efficiency measures for his home and used less than $100 of electricity per month, making the economics of solar more challenging.
In 2014, however, Marshall learned about SunWork through a neighbor and received a quote for a system with a payback of less than seven years. This convinced him to move ahead with the installation of a 14-panel, 3.5 kW system. Since the fall of 2014, the system has been saving Marshall more than $1,000 per year and he notes that “to date, we have generated over 13,000 kWh and avoided over 10 tons of CO2 in the process.”
Marshall has been so enthusiastic about solar energy that he has volunteered with both SunWork and Sunnyvale’s city-wide “Energize Sunnyvale” campaign, using his marketing talents to help spread the word about the potential for solar.
chose a rooftop system with a central inverter that has a “Secure Power Supply”
feature. This lets him avoid the typical
problem of not being able to generate usable power when the utility grid isn’t
operating. He notes that “as long as the
sun is shining, I can power up to 1,500 W of devices from my PV system even if
the PG&E grid is entirely down. This
would come in handy during a long outage after an earthquake, so I can power
cell phones, computers, heaters, and other appliances.”
Since he has an electric vehicle, Marshall takes advantage of PG&E's EV Rate for his electricity, which is a great deal for those with solar. It allows him to be paid $.44 for the kWhs he puts onto the PG&E grid during summertime peak periods and pay only $.11 for the kWhs that he uses at night to charge his vehicle.