US Solar - September 2018

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R E B E L S W I T H A CAU S E MY INSPIRATION

When I first moved to Florida fromTexas, it wasn’t something that I wanted to do. I was happy living in Dallas, but I also wanted to be withmy dad, James Gates, as he battled cancer. So it was an easy choice tomake. I moved here to support him and to spend as much time

can be a beneficial factor, which all comes down to choosing what’s best for the customer. That’s the fun part. We don’t use just one specific type of equipment; we use what’s in the best interest of the customer. It’s all about customizing their solar systembased on electrical usage and how specifically solar can benefit them.

“I’M A FACT GUY. I ALWAYS WANT THE BEST, AND I CONTINUE TO ASK MYSELF, ‘HOW CAN I MAKE THINGS BETTER?’”

with him as I could.

I had to leave my job behind and was faced with finding a newway to support myself. I wanted to get involved with something that inspiredme, that I knew was good, and that I’d be proud of doing. I’ve always been an entrepreneur type, which urgedme to start a business that was worthwhile. There was one thought onmy mind—solar power. Years ago, I worked with several large companies in solar power, so I knewwhich direction I wanted to go. I’m a fact guy. I always want the best, and I continue to ask myself,“How can I make things better?”I knew solar power worked, and I knew that it could save the average homeowner from the steep bills of the electric companies. I saw that, in the Sunshine State, we should be maximizing what’s available to us and use it to our full advantage. Using the sun, homeowners will not only save potentially hundreds of dollars per month, but also the environment. When I was working with the big solar companies, it was hard to see how a small, local solar business could thrive in the market. I didn’t think that a small business could compete. Even so, I decided to openmy own local solar business in Florida that would focus on the community and the individual needs of each home. Since then, US Solar has come a long way, and it’s been a remarkable journey getting to where we are today. As my business grows, I continue to search for ways to have a positive impact on the community. I strive to provide the best technology available tomy customers, and it doesn’t stop there. Every home is unique in how solar power

US Solar is a rebel with a cause. That doesn’t mean we’ll go rioting through the streets, but we strive to break homeowners away from the power-hungry electric companies. We’re taking the money customers would have spent on high electric bills and giving it back to the homeowners. US Solar is all about choice— you have the freedom to choose the options available to you. It’s something all of us deserve and have a right to decide. Currently, I have a larger family here at US Solar than when I first started out. Our teamhas now reached 19, and they all have the same inspiration and determination as I do. As the business grows, there are more opportunities for them. I have a couple of leaders nowwho helpmake our experience better and better with each day. My people are stepping intomore roles and becoming a big part of what US Solar is doing. I wouldn’t have made it this far without the support of my team andmy dad through the years. While the business grew, my dad watched and supportedme through every step until he passed away a couple of months ago. I know that he was proud watching what we were accomplishing and how determined we were to bring the best we could to the community. He was beyond elated with every goal we met and customer we helped. Just knowing that he was there through it all means somuch tome. It was beautiful.

–Seann Gates

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