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Stellar Solar Leading by Example With Solar-Powered Electric Car

Solar system on co-founder's home powering his Nissan Leaf

ENCINITAS, Calif., May 19, 2011 — Stellar Solar is walking the talk so to speak when it comes to practical, real-world applications of solar power. Co-founder and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Michael Powers recently took delivery of a new 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car that is being powered primarily from electricity generated by his 3.5 kW Stellar Solar residential solar system.

Stellar Solar actually followed in the trailblazing footsteps of one of their customers, Peter and Julie Norby of Carlsbad, California, who have been powering their Mini E electric Mini Cooper for the past year with their Stellar Solar system.

"Given our standing as one of the leading residential solar and commercial solar installers in San Diego County, purchasing the Nissan Leaf and powering it with a Stellar Solar installed system provide great real-world examples of both," said Michael Powers. "Besides that, on a personal cost savings level, I am now driving for around 2 cents per mile (versus 20 cents for a gasoline car) and saving over $2,000 per year on fuel costs alone."

The Stellar Solar Nissan Leaf is wrapped in an attention-grabbing yet understated vinyl graphic that boasts "Powered by the Sun and Stellar Solar." Also featuring faux solar panels, the car has been attracting lots of attention on roads and parking lots around San Diego. "The response has been amazing," said Powers. "People first comment on the innovative design and good looks of the car, then they realize we are powering it with solar and they get very curious. I've already talked to a number of people who are seriously considering solar and an electric vehicle as a result of seeing this car."

More information on the Stellar Solar Nissan Leaf and Peter and Julie Norby's Mini E can be found at



David Boylan

About Stellar Solar

Stellar Solar is a leading San Diego County-based residential and commercial solar photovoltaic design and installation company with ten years of experience and 500+ installations. Respected institutions including the Salk Institute, U.S. Foodservice, Loyola University, City of Anaheim, Vandenberg Air Force Base and Cedars-Sinai have trusted Stellar with their commercial installations.

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