Spotlight: Jeff Stewart

Spotlight on Solar Pro: Jeff Stewart

This spotlight on a Solar Pro features Jeff Stewart. As the Renu’s Director of Alternative Finance, got involved with the solar industry when he chose Renu as his solar installer. He and his wife own a rental business that includes vacation homes in the North Carolina mountains. The energy bills associated with these rental homes were offset by 100% after solar installation, making him passionate about the benefits of renewable energy.

After installing 3 systems on different rental homes, Stewart says, “During the sales and installation process I fell in love with solar. Watching it work and save us real money, I became fascinated and wanted everyone to see the benefits I saw.”

At home at Renu Energy, where we find solutions

The people at Renu, both clients and employees, are “real, caring folks,” which is why Jeff has stayed so interested in the solar industry. But, his favorite part is “helping the non-profits wade through the notoriously difficult industry and solve a problem that will keep giving to them long after I am retired and gone.” In addition, Jeff loves a puzzle! Solving complicated equations to make every moving piece fit is, for Jeff, intellectually stimulating and fun.

Jeff has been instrumental in facilitating non profit solar projects recently

He attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate degree in Finance and The University of Alabama for his MBA in Accounting and Finance. Nicknaming himself ‘the numbers guy’, Jeff has the knowledge and experience to look at a situation and make economic sense of it. In addition, understanding the client and their view of the project is something that comes in handy.

Jeff sees what people do not understand and what they are conflicted about and is able to help them. He is good at making a complicated image a little less fuzzy, something that comes in handy. For churches considering solar energy investments, he’s become especially adept at communicating new and innovative funding approaches that make solar work for non profit.

The customer’s solar journey, and destination

In the fast-moving field of solar, locking down a deal is something Jeff watches for. He says, “Pricing and efficiency can change and improve, but it never changes the economics we lock in at the moment we energize a particular system. It can get cheaper and the economics can improve over time, but you also have to consider that time is passing and if you wait those savings are lost forever. In my opinion, that is the gamble, waiting.”

Something everyone appreciates is finding the best opportunity and taking advantage of that opportunity to help the company, client, and planet! When Jeff isn’t focused on being Renu’s number guy, he enjoys crossfit, road biking, and watching his two twin teenagers play AAU basketball.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Solar for Your Home:

How exactly does going solar and a solar system itself work?
Solar energy begins with sunlight that hits the panels to produce energy that flows into your inverter, which converts the DC energy into Alternating Current (AC) electricity that can be used to power your home. This same energy is then consumed when powering your home’s light, appliances, gizmos, and gadgets. If you feel your home isn’t producing the energy that it needs, the utility will fill in the gaps. If you system produces more energy than needed, that energy will go to the grid and your utility will credit you for the unused power.
How many solar panels do I need for my home?
At Renu Energy Solutions we design our solar panel systems size based on three main factors.

Roof-size/available space: When we look at the size of your roof and the space available, we gather data that tell us the maximum number of solar panels your home or site can hold and we even consider shading. We use a software “Suneye” which takes a 360 picture of your roof and we use this photo to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar.

Energy Usage: When we determine energy usage we look at your past electrical bills from over the course of a year to make sure your system isn’t too big or too small.

Your Budget: We take your budget seriously and most importantly, we want you to be satisfied with our services. We take your feedback on how much you want to spend so that we can size your system appropriately.

What is solar net-metering?
Net-metering is a type of utility policy that controls how your system is connected to the grid and how you are credited for the solar energy you produce.
Does Duke Energy offer net-metering?
Yes! Both Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress territories in NC offer net-metering when your homes goes solar. If you are interested in net-metering, no worries. Our team will guide you through the process as certain utilities have a different application procedure.
Curious about the cost of a home solar system?
When our clients ask this question, we immediately tell Tham about the federal tax credit that comes with going solar. The Federal tax credit for going solar is 26% in 2020. For example, if the total cost of you system was $22,000, when you subtract 26% you are then left with a %16,280 solar system. There is not set price for a home going solar as there are many factors that contribute to the total cost. The price of a solar home can range from $10k to $100k based on the size of your roof, energy usage, aesthetic preferences, and of course, budget.

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