Barazza family chooses solar … makes new friends

Barazza family chooses solar … makes new friends

Ana Barazza pictured in front of her solar array on her home in Penn Valley.

Recently moving from the Bay Area to Penn Valley, Omar and Ana Barazza were astounded with the cost of energy – especially the cost generated from our hot summer days.

Then they happened upon the California Solar Electric Company (Cal Solar) booth at the Thursday Night Market in Grass Valley where they gathered the information they had been looking for. “I was considering solar, and when I saw (Cal Solar) I had just received my PG&E bill,” Omar Barazza said. “This is the first time I’ve lived with air conditioning, so I was shocked.”

Barazza said he knew installing solar was something he wanted to do for a variety of reasons. “From everything I’ve read, the benefits related to the environment, cost savings …,” he said. “It was definitely something I was going to explore. I just didn’t know it would happen so quickly.”

Using a local business was also a consideration for Barazza. “I’m huge in using local businesses that other big local businesses use,” he said. “So when I go by a large business and I see what work trucks they have and people doing work, usually big companies do their due diligence.”

Barazza saw Cal Solar employees working at a storage outside of Lake Wildwood. “That’s one of the reasons I chose them,” he said. “Then, coincidentally, I saw them at the Thursday Night Market.”

Working with Cal Solar

“Right off the bat, Travis and I hit it off pretty well,” Barazza said. “He’s not the typical salesman. I’ve gotten other estimates for other jobs and I dread the sales pitch. With Travis, it didn’t feel that way. I felt like I had a friend over. It didn’t feel like a sales pitch. I like that.”

This friendliness is how Barazza describes working with everyone at Cal Solar.

“Everybody who helped me, I was so impressed,” he said. “The team was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and professional. Travis, Angelica … They were really good. Ash, he was awesome. I couldn’t be happier with the whole process.”