Go Solar with UC Photons!

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You found me!  My name is Garrett Lees and I started UC Photons in 2012 to offer my community the best solar-electric systems on the market at the lowest price. My systems are completely turn-key; you just sit back without a worry and watch the magic happen.  I’ll take care of everything from start to finish.  Here’s what I have to offer:

  • 100% monocrystalline modules
  • Microinverters
  • Professional mounting systems (roof and ground)
  • Masterful installation

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If you are curious about going solar and want to know more, it would be my pleasure to guide you through the process step by step — I’ll explain to you exactly how the system works and will go over all your options with you.  I do not believe in pressuring anybody. Take your time to decide.

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I install only the best-quality top-of-the-line equipment. I would never put on your roof what I would not put on my own roof.

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I never sub-out.  I design and build everything myself from start to finish so you know the system will be installed right.  Also, even after it’s up and running, I’m always accessible to you.  You’re part of the UC Photons family, which means you should always feel free to call me anytime with any comments, questions, or concerns.

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In today’s economy, one would be very hard-pressed to find a better investment than solar.   My systems yield well over 10% return at very low risk.

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I started building solar-electric systems as a hobbyist and enthusiast in 2010. As UC Photons, I built my first system on my own house in UC and then on my mom’s house down the road. Then I did my aunt and uncle’s house, also down the road in UC. Then I got a call from the parents of one of my childhood friends, and I solarized their house, also just down the road. They were happy with their system and they referred me to their friends, and I solarized their house as well.  Then two neighbors on my very street called me and I solarized their houses.  They told their friends, and they told their friends, and so on and so on. You get the idea. Eventually, I built enough systems to the point that one of the solar inspectors for the City of San Diego, who has inspected the work of over 500 solar companies in San Diego, said some very nice things about my work and asked me to build my system on his own house, which I did.

One day I got a call from a guy out in Lemon Grove who found me on the CCSE (California Center for Sustainable Energy) website, which I didn’t even know I was on, and when I finished his house and the Lemon Grove inspector came to inspect my work, the inspector said it was the best, cleanest, most professional solar installation he had ever seen, in over 20 years of inspections. He asked me for my business card and said I’ll be hearing from him when he’s ready to go solar. I’m currently building the Lemon Grove client’s brother’s ground mounted solar system in La Mesa. (Yes, University City Photons will travel outside of UC. So far I’ve built in Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, Clairemont, Escondido, Santee, Chula Vista, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Del Cerro, Linda Vista, Bay Park, and El Cajon.)

Most of my business is word-of-mouth.  I have plenty of references and they all would be more than happy to answer any of your inquiries.

The main reason, I believe, that my clients are very happy with UC Photons and that I’m getting call after call from a referral, is that they got the latest-and-greatest cutting-edge modules and microinverters on the market, with the best, cleanest, most aesthetic installation, at the lowest price. (After the fact, many of my clients have shared with me their next lowest bid, which was much much higher than my price — and I gave them more power than that other bid offered.)

I am a C-46 Solar Contractor (#978633), licensed by and in good standing with the State of California’s Contractors State License Board (CSLB).  https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx

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I was born and raised in University City, went to U.C. High School, graduated from UC Berkeley with honors; am a U.S. Army veteran, backyard chicken farmer, ovo-vegetarian over 18 years, solar geek/guru and avid reader of anything solar; led over 100 roof and electrical crews that built solar all over San Diego; my dream car is the Tesla Model S; I have a strong work ethic, and strong value system of personal responsibility; honor and integrity are paramount to me when doing business.  I stand by my product.

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Bottom line: If you’re on the path to going solar, give me a call: 858-750-2300 (office) or 831-224-3015 (cell).  You will be glad you did.  I will save you money and build you a solid, worry-free, high-performance, maintenance-free system you can rely on.

“It’s raining photons!”  UC Photons will help you to harvest them!

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7 thoughts on “Go Solar with UC Photons!

  1. Garrett, from UC Photons, installed our solar system. His skill is amazing and his workmanship, impeccable! He is a dedicated professional, and we would recommend him without reservation!!

  2. I’ve known Garrett through the solar industry for over a couple years now, and throughout his time doing installs, I know he only offers the best possible solar material in the market! He has more to offer than just premium solar components, as you will find him to be extremely professional and easy to work with. His work speaks for itself, as he has perfected the whole solar system – helping quote you with the most cost effective material, building a system specifically for each home owner, doing the plans/permit, installing the system without delay, and ensuring that your system stays up and running. — Kevin, CED Greentech

  3. After much research on solar systems and purchase methods, I followed up on a recommendation from a friend and contacted Garrett. He is very professional and is able to explain the whole system and process and the ‘why’ of getting the equipment and materials he recommends. Garrett is also a perfectionist about his installations and also makes a follow-up call to ensure customer satisfaction. His assessment and design for my home is spot-on….most days I make more energy than I use !!
    Go with Garrett for the best price and advice.
    Sandy Fowler

  4. Love your new website Garrett! Especially the picture of the red tiled roof! We have told many people what a great guy you are, not to mention the very excellent job you do! As you know, I was not enthusiastic about solar panels before you started. Now I wish we had them years ago!

  5. Garrett is one of the most passionate individuals in Solar Energy. His detail-oriented, thoughtful installing methods are one a kind. If you’re looking for quality products, with professional installation, then Garrett’s your man! I’ve personally worked with him and know your roof will be treated as his own.

  6. I wish all businesses in this country were run like UC Photons!
    I deal with contractors for a living, and if they all had the integrity and passion of this gentleman we would all be better off. Very few contractors I know of actually put the customers interest before their own. At times he seemed a little “to good to be true” which raised my red flag of caution……but this man is as true as they get, if he doesn’t think a system will be built to the customers benefit , he would rather not build it.

    I did my homework. The solar field today is wrought with companies just out to make a buck, or to try to get the homeowner to lease the system, great for them, bad for the homeowner. Not only did Garrett steer me to buy the BEST system for me, American -made, monocrystalline panels, with micro inverters, but he quoted me the best price too!!

    This is one of the best INVESTMENTS I have ever made.

    Thank You UC Photons.

  7. Garrett Lees of University City Photons provided us with personal service designing a system that meets our current and future electrical needs. We were impressed most with the quality of the job. The panels used were top of the line and the construction process done with precision and professionalism. Garrett’s work is simply the highest quality you could receive from a solar contractor. Thanks so much….we are watching that meter arrow blink to the left and loving it. Mike Pomorski , Escondido, CA

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