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Eco Dive Center Requests Solar Permit Fee Waiver In Culver City

Like Culver City, Eco Dive Center is dedicated to Exploration, Conservation and Education and to the lifestyle of scuba diving and the community of divers who embrace that lifestyle.
by Staff Writers
Culver City CA (SPX) Dec 10, 2007
Starting with today's solar permit application at the building department of Culver City, Eco Dive Center Announces the installation of a solar electric system and energy management plan. Culver City is actively pursuing solar and renewable policies that could include free solar permits and a solar for new building requirement. Eco Dive Center is one of the first small businesses to go solar in Culver City.

"Our roof has been used to make us money by showing our giant SCUBA signs to drivers on the 405 Freeway, now I'm putting the roof to work with solar panels that will make part of our energy," said Ron Beltramo, Owner of the Eco Dive Center at 4027 Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City.

"The solar system is being built so we can expand easily as our budget allows us to add more solar electric panels."

The Eco Dive Center website helps us get to know this business.

In pulling permits for the system at Culver City Hall, Bradley Bartz, president of ABC Solar Incorporated said, "it was a pleasure to work with the planning department who quickly passed me to the building department to get the solar system planned checked and to request a Permit Fee waiver."

The staff at the Culver City building department window were not aware of the fee waiver but were gracious enough to accept the permit application without fee pending review. The staff seemed to know about the solar talk in the city council and were genuinely excited for Culver City to be pushing solar.

"Going solar in Culver City has got me excited again about being in this business, " said Mr. Bartz from ABC Solar. "It's just refreshing to see a city go after solar with all of its resources. I say thank you Culver City."

Ron Beltramo of the Eco Dive Center also sang the praises of Culver City and how great a city it is to do business in.

Like Culver City, Eco Dive Center is dedicated to Exploration, Conservation and Education and to the lifestyle of scuba diving and the community of divers who embrace that lifestyle.

For all of its diversity, the underwater environment is under siege. An integral part of our mission is to help educate, protect and conserve these fragile ecosystems. One of Eco Dive Center's main goals is to train divers in marine life awareness as well as how to be better underwater explorers.

It is in understanding the fragile underwater world that led Ron and the Eco Dive Center to go solar. In addition to the photovoltaic solar panels the Eco Dive Center will better manage its electricity usage. The plan is to switch to solar power to generate power during time-of-use peak energy periods and run the energy aggressive air-compressors from midnight to six am.

The Solar system features 10 Ningbo 165 Watt solar electric panels. Each panel is 30 volts DC and are run in one string to 300 volts and then fed into an DC / AC Inverter. The Eco Dive Center will use the SMA Sunnyboy SB3000US Inverter that will allow the addition of a dozen more 165 watt solar panels. The flow is: solar panels -> dc disconnect -> inverter -> production meter -> ac disconnect -> Backfeed main panel -> spin meter backwards.

This commercial solar electric system qualifies for a cash rebate, 30% Federal Tax Credit and accelerated 5 year depreciation.

The Eco Dive Center is going "green squared" - environmental green and profit green.

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New Program Offers Solar And Energy Enhancements To Homeowners In East Los Angeles
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 07, 2007
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