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Solar design center expands and educates on cheaper energy

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:25:21 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 22 2013 07:48:03 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

The only solar design center in the Northstate has opened in Chico.
 
Experts at Alternative Energy Systems say that you can save up to 20% on your electric bill by going solar.

Alternative Energy Systems partnered with SunPower, the largest distributor of solar equipment globally, and opened up a design center that sits off Highway 99 north of Chico.
    
Inside the center are displays of how solar energy works in homes and businesses.
 
SunPower chose Alternative Energy Systems for being a master dealer of solar equipment. They want to raise the bar in residential solar in its surrounding communities.
    
Alternative Energy Systems offers their customers a 20 year lease for the equipment without a down payment.

"If you go for a purchase though, in seven years the system will pay for itself," said co-owner Lance McClung. "They have 25 year warranties bumper to bumper and they last 40 to 50 years."

Alternative Energy Systems started out in Chico 10 years ago with two employees. They now have grown to 27 employees.

Alternative Energy Systems says they have plans to expand next spring by building a warehouse on the property.