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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Solar for Your Home:
How exactly does going solar and a solar system itself work?
How many solar panels do I need for my home?
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.
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