About Hardy Solar in San Diego
Back in 1977 Hardy Day was a retired business man and musician. Hardy was born in west Texas and spent his youth playing bass on the Grand Ole Opry and touring with the late great Cowboy Copas. Most of Hardy's adult life had been spent operating business colleges. In retirement Hardy liked to spend time in Baja Mexico. In Baja there was not much in the way of reliable electricity. For that reason Hardy relied on generators for his electricity. He soon realized that the propane generators burned to much fuel. Unfortunately there were no reasonably priced american made Diesel generators. Seeing the need he decided to build one. Is was not long before word traveled and before he knew it he was out of retirement and building generators full time to keep up with the demand. Hardy Diesels & Equipment was born.
Hardy realized that there were some new technologies beginning to emerge and began packaging complete off grid energy systems that included batteries to store energy so that the generators he was building did not need to run 24 hrs a day. In the beginning the energy stored in the batteries had to be used to run 12v lights and appliances. Soon there were inverters available that could convert the DC energy stored in the batteries to household AC energy for use with conventional lights and appliances. It was around this time Photovoltaic solar panels were beginning to become available. Knowing a good thing when he saw it Hardy began integrating solar into his off grid energy systems.
Hardy was definately a Pioneer in the alternative energy industry. He was also way ahead of his time in the Bio Diesel movement. Hardy had located a special press used to make sunflower seed oil out of sunflower seeds. This oil was then used to power Diesel engines to produce clean renewable energy from what had always been considered a fossil fuel engine. Hardy also contributed to several electric vehicles way back in the late 70's. Hardy helped design a Diesel driven DC Alternator that could charge a bank of batteries and power a vehicle and get up to 100 miles per gallon.
In 1995 Hardy retired again. Son Loren Day who has been working in the family business since he was 13 years old was now in charge. Loren having been involved with the company all along began to sense things were changing. Along with maintaining and improving the off grid energy business Loren began exploring grid connected and grid tied alternative energy. At first it was just allocating energy that had always been wasted load banking the generators that were built at the facility. In 2001 Loren received his California C10 electrical contractor's license seeing the need to start installing grid connected and grid tied solar systems in San Diego. Hardy Solar was one of the first companies to install grid connected grid tied solar in San Diego.
Off grid systems are great for people who have no electricity available. Or for those who live or are moving to a location where the cost to bring in electricity exceeds $25,000. If you have electricity available where you live, grid tied solar systems are the more practical approach for the following reason. Think of the electric grid as a 100% efficient battery bank that never needs replacing. In other words 100% of the energy you put into the grid you can take back free of charge. Again there are no expensive batteries to maintain or replace. There are also incentives for grid tied solar in San Diego as well as state rebates and federal tax credits.
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