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Solar Universe opens 1st franchise in Puerto Rico

A residential solar panel installation in Morgan Hill, CA. (Credit: www.solaruniverse.com)

A residential solar panel installation in Morgan Hill, CA. (Credit: www.solaruniverse.com)

California-based solar franchising company Solar Universe announced Wednesday the opening of its first international franchise in Puerto Rico by local entrepreneurs, Luz and William Rodríguez.

With energy production recognized as one of the island’s biggest impediments to economic growth, the introduction of the solar energy franchise is a substantial prospect for homeowners in Puerto Rico. This office brings Solar Universe’s network of locally owned and operated install franchises to a more global market.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Solar Universe process to Puerto Rico to provide the community with a safe and trustworthy option for solar at an affordable price point,” said William Rodríguez, co-owner of the Puerto Rico franchise.

“The unique franchise model provides our team the foundation and tools necessary to launch a company that will offer critical solar energy solutions to homeowners,” he said. “Solar Universe eliminates many of the hurdles we would have faced in launching this business, and allows us to focus on getting homeowners and communities throughout Puerto Rico set up with a sustainable energy solution.”

The franchise opening coincides directly with increased interest in renewable energy sources throughout Puerto Rico. The island’s current energy production system, as in many other Caribbean islands, relies on the process of importing and burning fuel oil to produce electricity, making it an unsustainable and costly source.

Gov. Alejandro García-Padilla, and other government officials have committed to supporting alternative energy incentives to increase renewable energy implementation.

“The solar customer continues to evolve, as installation and financing becomes increasingly accessible for consumers,” said Joe Bono, CEO of Solar Universe. “By launching our first international franchise in Puerto Rico, we’re extending sustainable opportunities for the island’s current energy needs as well as opening the door for new business opportunities in the growing communities.”

Solar Universe presents a distinct economic prospect for local communities throughout Puerto Rico as solar installation becomes more popular on the island. The Solar Universe offering will provide homeowners simple access to quality, safe and consistent solar energy services.

“In addition to helping to make our island the next hot spot for solar energy, we are pleased to introduce a money-saving alternative for power to homeowners by way of a family-owned and operated business,” said Luz Rodríguez, co-owner of the Puerto Rico location, “As this industry takes off in Puerto Rico, having an established local and trustworthy business is going to be critical to people’s overall confidence in solar.”

Solar Universe has 37 locations in the United States mainland and Puerto Rico.

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Business reporter with 30 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

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