EthanWe at Southwestern Solar are dedicated to excellence both in our services and in our employees. We seek to hire only the best and the greatest in our industry to provide our clients with the best care possible. Today we are highlighting our president, Ethan Beneze in our employee spotlight. After all, he is the mastermind behind our thriving business.

Ethan has been working with solar systems for the past 25 years. He actively worked on the design of solar projects in southern Arizona and holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona. He has designed and installed stand alone photovoltaic systems in the marine industry. He has over 20 years of business background and is a licensed contractor in Arizona. He holds a K-11 Residential and Commercial Electrical, a C-39 Residential HVAC and an L-39 Commercial HVAC contractor’s license. He has a strong commitment to the solar industry and has implemented and tested solar systems at his own southern Arizona home.

Ethan and his wife Candy bought Green Valley Cooling and Heating in 2000 and established Southwestern Solar shortly thereafter. With retirement on the horizon, they are both still very active with the business, but are looking forward to the next generation taking on the family business. Currently, his daughter Joanna Hossack acts as the corporate secretary and is looking forward to carting on the tradition of family business.

If you have any positive feedback on Ethan’s work with Southwestern Solar or have words of encouragement for his amazing work with the company, feel free to contact us either on our website or on our Facebook page.

For all of your Green Valley solar needs, give us a call at 520.329.4020 or click here.

Does the Rain Affect My Solar Panels?

With the monsoons in full effect it is common to wonder whether or not your panels are working as efficiently as they can be.

If you have ever gotten a sunburn on a cloudy day you know that though there are clouds in the sky, the UV rays from the sun are still working. This is the same for solar panels. Though it is not as intense, rest assured that your solar panels are working on an overcast or rainy day. It is important to remember, however, that like the decreased intensity of power of UV rays during a cloudy day, solar panels also decrease in efficiency slightly.

Because we are fortunate enough to have sunshine almost year round, your panels are almost always efficiently working. If you are concerned whether or not the heavy rains will ruin your panels, understand that they are made waterproof and the important elements that make the panels function are protected by layers of conductive material that is indeed waterproof.

If you are having trouble with your solar panels or have any questions about the efficiency of your panels, give Southwestern Solar a call at 520.329.4020 or contact us online by clicking here. We are always available to answer your question or to get you started on efficient energy for your home or small business.