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Stephanie Graves gets excited talking about the $32,000 a Maryland customer will save in energy bills over the lifetime of a system installed by Switch to Solar.

For Chris Graves, it’s designing the perfect system for a customer’s trifecta of needs – their house, budget and energy use – that thrills him.

It’s easy to see Chris and Stephanie love what they do. When they started Switch to Solar in 2006 they did so for all the right reasons– to be an ethical, expert partner with solar-energy customers.

In the solar-installation industry, unfortunately Chris and Stephanie’s dedication to their customers is quite remarkable.

“It’s so frustrating to hear about an unethical national installer selling homeowners a so-called ‘free’ system that costs thousands more than our higher-quality systems,” says Stephanie.

The Graves are committed to treating customers the way they want to be treated.

That commitment is apparent in the care Chris takes in ensuring the systems he installs are the best possible for his customers. He spends days researching the fine details of latest solar technology – even calling the manufacturers’ engineers.

When becoming a certified solar installer, Chris chose to go with the gold standard, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners – NABCEP.

Also, the Graves refuse to engage in high-pressure sales tactics they themselves hate when they’re trying to decide on a purchase.

Chris says, “Our best customers are educated customers. We’ve found that once you compare our quality and our proposal against the national competition, you will choose us. And it’s more than just because we have better quality and pricing. We take the time to help you see the full benefits and possibilities of solar power.

“We want to be a partner with homeowners like you, not just to get you to sign a contract. We know how the financial incentives play a big part of lowering the cost of switching to solar. You, the homeowner, should keep those incentives, not your solar installer.

“We believe owning your system is the smart way to go. We know you can install for $0 down, while cutting or eliminating your electric bills. We know your system pays for itself in six-to-eight years on average, and increases the value of your home significantly.

“We believe it’s important for you to know all of this as well.”

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Chris and Stephanie founded Switch to Solar in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 2006.

They live and work in the community they serve and are committed to providing the personal, ethical service local companies are known for.

Prior to starting Switch to Solar, Chris worked the bulk of his career in the independent-power industry. In this industry, he developed large-scale, natural gas-fired power plants in India, China, South America, and the Caribbean

Before moving into independent power, Chris worked as a financial analyst in Hong Kong focusing on the Philippines and Indonesia. In addition to his NABCEP certification, he earned a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.

Stephanie is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. She spent the first part of her career in San Francisco leading the creative side of new projects for the likes of CNET, Microsoft, E! Online, and Oracle. Later, she moved to New York to direct the creative departments of high-tech startups in Silicon Alley.

Stephanie and Chris met while working for an East Coast technology start-up. After helping get the tech company off to a successful start, they decided to get married and launch a company.

They wanted to provide a service they could both feel good about.

Helping their neighbors in the D.C.-metro area adopt renewable energy systems and gain energy efficiency is definitely something they feel good about.

Get an estimate, customized to your energy goals and budget, from the best, most-trusted solar installer in your community.

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