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About Solare Energy

Solare Energy specializes in residential, commercial, and non-profit solar panel installation and energy efficiency services in San Diego County. As one of San Diego’s best solar companies, Solare Energy offers smart energy solutions that combine solar and energy efficiency systems to provide the highest energy, economical, and environmental benefits to customers.


Solare Energy was established via the merger of Van’s Electric (a San Diego electrical contracting and solar company) and Economics Energy Consultants (an energy auditing firm). By combining the capabilities of both legacy firms, Solare Energy offers its customers integrated energy solutions that combine solar with various energy efficiency measures, that are customized to each particular client’s energy needs to provide the best energy savings possible. Solare Energy’s offerings are unique and unmatched in San Diego County, with in-depth energy consumption and rate structure analysis that surpasses other solar companies.

Licenses and Certifications

Solare Energy is a B (General) and C-10 (Electrical) licensed contractor. Our VP of Installations is a certified PV installer by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and our energy auditors are HERS raters certified by the CHEERS program. Here is our license and certification information:

  • B, C-10 Contractor License 941109
  • California State Seller’s Permit SR FH 101-317112
  • Business License B2009033920
  • NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer Certificate 031310-232
  • CHEERS Certification CCN80829212
  • Energy Star Registration Solare Energy
  • Certified Energy Manager (Green)

Meet Our Team

Jose Luis ContrerasPresident & Co-Founder
Jose Luis has a strong business background in the clean energy sector. As an Associate Director in Navigant Consulting’s energy division, he covered a wide range of clean energy and sustainability issues, including renewable energy technologies (photovoltaic, concentrated solar, wind, geothermal and biomass), greenhouse gas emissions, climate change impacts, end-use energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, energy storage, and clean transportation. His consulting clients included the U.S. Department of Energy, California Energy Commission, San Diego Gas & Electric, Chevron, equipment manufacturers, and investor groups. Jose Luis also worked as an Innovation and Technology Management consultant for Arthur D. Little. Jose Luis has an MBA from Columbia Business School and B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Monterrey Tech (ITESM). His ability to guide growth and overall strategy have established Solare Energy as one of San Diego’s best solar companies.
Larry VanderploegVP of Installations & Co-Founder
As a third generation electrician, Larry has had his C-10 electrical contractor license for over 25 years and is highly experienced in installing solar PV and electrical systems for residential and commercial customers. Larry started his career with Taft Electric in Ventura County and in 1989, he founded Van’s Electric, an electrical contracting and solar installation company. During the last 25 years, Van’s Electric has successfully developed projects for residential and commercial customers throughout San Diego County and Southern California. Overseeing the daily operations and all residential and commercial solar installations, Larry’s expertise as a master electrician and supervisor puts Solare Energy at the top of San Diego solar companies.
John DavisVP of Assessments & Co-Founder
Bringing ample experience working with Southern California solar companies, John is a Building Analyst Professional certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and a HERS auditor certified by the CalCerts program. John is also a registered energy manager with the Energy Star program and a certified ‘Green’ Energy Manager specializing in renewable energy systems. John founded Economics Energy Consultants and has significant experience performing energy audits for residential and commercial customers. Prior to founding Economics Energy Consultants, John co-founded Helios Biofuel, a distribution business providing alternative fuel sources. John has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Diego State University. John’s ability to train, manage, and mentor the best team of energy analysts ensures customer satisfaction and Solare Energy’s place as one of San Diego’s best solar companies.

Recent Works

Residential and Commercial Solar Installation in San Diego County


Our Testimonials

“Solare Energy has been a great decision as far as I’m concerned. I’m a numbers guru and met with a minimum of 5 companies to evaluate the systems, cost, and payback periods. At the end of the day, Solare (John) won my business.”
“I believe you get what you pay for. Also, believe that no one was ever sorry they bought the very best. We chose American made panels and micro inverters. A company of true professionals.”
“Best solar company hands down! I have had two systems installed in two years with no hassle, quick installations and the highest level of professionalism. Both systems working better than expected and with no maintenance issues. Highly recommend this solar team!”

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