For Craig Littleton, who was born and raised in the Bethany Beach area, it feels good to be working with the one thing that makes the beach what it is — the sun. Littleton, a former construction industry project manager, is now owner/operator of Project Resources, a solar and wind company located right at the foot of the Assawoman Canal bridge, just west of Bethany Beach.
After going out to California to Unitech College for “solar bootcamp” with students from all over the world, Littleton brought his know-how back to Delaware and has been steadily setting up shop for the past few months. And, about three weeks ago, the shop opened its doors for business.
The company sells, services, installs and commissions Sanyo, Sharp and GE photovoltaic panels. Eventually, they will add wind turbines to their offerings. The former fruit stand and office for CSI now houses several different demo products, and Littleton said they plan to outfit the roof with its own panels as soon as they can.
“Even on a cloudy day, the sun produces,” emphasized Littleton. “And the products are warrantied for 25 years and installation is warrantied for five.”
When a prospective customer comes in, Project Resources can bring up their house using Google Earth, measure their roof space and then go out and do a free solar analysis on a home to make sure that the home has enough percentage available to make the project feasible and to qualify for any available grant money. For example, using a formula based on number of hours a house sees sunlight and the months of the year, a house might need to have 70 percent sunlight for a project to qualify for state grants.
“I’ve had to turn two away already,” acknowledged Littleton of the grant opportunities, but he said the interest in the technology is growing each day.
The company will help customers with applying for all state and federal grants and rebates, as well as applying for all interconnects with local electric companies. The recent cut in Delaware grants, from 50 percent to 25 percent, has hurt them a little bit on the bidding process, Littleton acknowledged, adding a few more years to the payoff for consumers. But Littleton said people are still interested.
As business grows, they plan to bring on more employees and concentrate further on wind turbines for both residential and commercial businesses. Littleton said he is confident that the technology, and the business, is only going to thrive as time goes by.
“People think this is the future, but the future is here,” he said.
In addition to solar and wind sales, service and installation, Project Resources is also available for home maintenance projects. For more information, visit www.projres.com online.