A.M. Sun Solar Creates a Custom Solar Solution for SōNA Estate

Dennis Brown is a very thorough person. As the CEO of Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand, he successfully oversaw every element of a leading medical facility. He did that through countless hours of detailed planning and hard work.

Now retired from the medical world, Brown channels that same business-savvy energy into his Paso Robles property, home to SōNA Estate and Willow Creek Wine Co. A working vineyard and winery in the Willow Creek District of the Paso Robles AVA, SōNa Estate provides wine and a luxury retreat experience for travelers.

When Brown decided it was time for the estate to go solar, he did his research. The combination of rising electricity costs and decreasing solar rebates from the government meant he was working on a time table. With a vision in mind, Brown started talking to local solar companies.

“I tend to ask a lot of detailed questions and the typical sales person couldn’t answer half of them. I don’t do well with people who give me guesses instead of answers,” Brown said.

Then he met A.M. Sun Solar Consultant Stephanie Babin. 

“Stephanie puts up with my Type A personality. I’m used to making sure all the numbers are right before I make a decision,” Brown said. “If she didn’t know the answer, Stephanie would always find out and get back to me. She even got me in touch with the owner of the company and we were able to have a detailed discussion.” 

Together they developed the perfect custom solar solution for Brown’s home, SōNA Estate, and Willow Creek Wine Co. 

“His estate is incredibly beautiful and incredibly thoughtful,” Stephanie said. “He knew exactly what he was looking for, and he has such a deep understanding of the technical side of things.”

The 26-panel, 9.36-kW solar system features Enphase IQ7 microinverters and a 16.8-kW backup battery with monitoring capabilities. To avoid putting holes in the estate’s beautiful, standing-seam roof, A.M. Sun Solar installed the system with a single penetration and ran conduit through the attic. In addition to the estate and winery, the system also supports Brown’s electric car.

Stephanie explained Brown’s decision to go with microinverters this way: 

“Dennis knows quality and is very meticulous in everything he does, and Enphase is the best in the market. He wanted specific equipment, including specific LG panels and—because we are not locked into using only a few manufacturers—we were able to get Dennis exactly what he wanted.”

Microinverters allow each panel to operate independently. They are also more efficient in terms of how much power they invert. The microinverters come with a standard 25 year warranty as opposed to string inverters that are typically only 10 to 12 years without an extended warranty. 

“I have an Enphase system myself. It’s also 26 panels, and I have lots of trees on my property, just like the estate,” Stephanie said. “With my Enphase system, even if all our panels except for a few are shaded, we are still producing power. There is a time and place for all solar equipment and that’s why we take our time with clients to make sure it’s the right and unique solution for their needs.”

All A.M. Sun Solar consultants believe in the Golden Rule: “Treat clients as you would want to be treated; with integrity, and honesty.” They strive to educate clients on all their options so they can make the right choice for their family’s unique needs.

“Ultimately, you know what you want. I will work really hard for you and follow through and keep my commitments and be honest,” Stephanie said. “I want to make sure you have the whole picture so you can make the best decision for your family—for today and for years to come.”

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