With state and federal tax incentives, solar panels are more affordable than ever, and since 2008, South Coast Solar has been combining energy-efficient measures with renewable energy for residential and commercial establishments. The business is owned by Chief Executive Officer Tucker Crawford and Chief Technology Officer Scott Oman, and with their staff of 15, they run the largest renewable energy company in Louisiana.

What items do you sell?
We sell solar panels, solar hot water
systems and solar pool heating systems.

Where do you get your items?
Our solar electric panels are provided by SunPower in San Jose, Calif. Our solar thermal collectors are from Heliodyne and Enerworks.

What’s the first thing you discuss with a client?
Whether they have adequate south-facing roof space. If they don’t, we look for east- and west-looking space, never the north side of the roof. Then we determine what their energy needs are –– whether they need hot water or more electricity, and then we’ll recommend a number of energy-efficiency measures that they can take to reduce the energy load for the home.

How is your store different and better than a competitor?
We represent the top solar product manufacturers. We have the most experienced installation crews and the longest service warranties and lowest price guarantees.

How has your business evolved or changed since its inception?
We started off with two people, and within 12 months we now employ 15, and we are the largest renewable energy company in Louisiana.
 
Do you have any specials or sales for March?
We’re offering free wireless monitoring equipment for all solar electric systems.