Two companies in the alternative energy and transportation sectors in the United States have formed a strategic alliance to allow consumers to “zap” their utility bills with solar energy.
SEBASTOPOL, California – ZAPWORLD.COM (ZAP stands for ‘Zero Air Pollution’) has offered optional solar panels for its electric vehicles and reports an increase in demand from its consumers for larger power systems. It has teamed with solar contractor Sun Pirate to offer solar electric and hot water in pre-packaged systems. “Just like alternative transportation, the technology for alternative energy is here — all it takes is the leadership to bring it to market,” says CEO Gary Starr. “ZAP wants to fill that leadership role in bringing solar energy to more of our electric vehicle customers while expanding the market for solar.” In California, rising energy prices are sparking demand for solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems. In addition to pre-packaged solar systems, the two companies will offer custom consulting and installations for commercial projects. “With solar, you can ZAP your utility bills forever,” says Roger Coghlan of Sun Pirate. “If you own a swimming pool, it no longer makes economic sense to heat it with natural gas. Solar is the only cost-effective alternative and can extend the swimming season.” Demand for solar systems has outgrown Coghlan’s capacity, and the alliance with ZAP will help both companies grow. “Solar for hot water in many cases can also greatly lower your utility bill,” he adds. “Recent government incentives combined with rising electric bills can also make solar electric or photovoltaics practical for the first time.” The publicly-traded ZAP entered the electric bike market in 1994.