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Fresno Resident Wins Free Solar System in 2012 Solar Sweepstakes

Family Wins Free Energy for Life in Nationwide Real Goods Solar Sweepstakes


Fresno, CA – Real Goods Solar is pleased to announce the winner of its 2012 Solar System Sweepstakes is Fresno resident Kelley Galvan. Six thousand people nationwide entered to win, and Fresno resident Kelley Galvan was the fortunate one randomly chosen to win a free solar system for her home. The system is valued at $25,000.

Kelley Galvan, a CNA, lives in her home with her husband, Steve, and five children. The solar system is a welcome addition to the Galvan home, not only because it will drastically reduce – and possibly eliminate – the family’s electric bill, but also because it adds to area revitalization as the Galvan home is located in Fresno’s Downtown Revitalization District.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that the winner of this nationwide sweepstakes is located right here in Fresno, and particularly in this revitalization neighborhood,” said Cheryl Hansen-Abshere, Central Valley Regional Marketing Manager at Real Goods Solar. “Once the system is installed, the Galvans will be able to sit back and watch as their meter rolls backward. They may never have to pay for electricity again.”

Real Goods Solar is providing the labor to install the panels and Canadian Solar is providing the solar panels.

“Real Goods is one of the leading solar companies in the residential market, and the ongoing success of the Solar Home Sweepstakes underscores the company’s strong reputation for outstanding customer relations,” said Alan King, general manager of Canadian Solar USA. “Canadian Solar congratulates the Galvan family on their new solar energy system and hopes they will share their experience of the benefits of solar with their friends and family.”

When she was notified that she won, Kelley wasn’t sure if she would be able to come up with the money to pay for the taxes on her winnings. But knowing this system is something that will be of tremendous financial help to the Galvans, friends of the family offered to pay the taxes for her.

“I am so blessed to be the one chosen to win this solar system. I am so thankful to my friends for helping out, and of course to Real Goods Solar and Canadian Solar for providing the system,” Kelley said.

Kelley entered the 2012 Real Goods Solar System Sweepstakes on May 22, 2012 at an after school environmental science fair at her son’s middle school in Fresno. She entered the sweepstakes to win a free solar system on the off chance that she could win it for her home and reduce her energy bill. When she recently received the call that she won out of 6,000 entries, she was floored.

Ms. Hansen-Abshere said, “The staff at Real Goods Solar volunteered to participate in the after-school event to support education in our schools. Real Goods Solar supports many local, community activities and seeks out ways to give back to the community. This is one example of how our spirit of giving to the community paid off with an opportunity to give the Galvans a solar system they otherwise may not have been able to receive.”

According to Kelley, she and her husband have been interested in solar for quite some time. “I have always been interested in solar and I am beyond happy to be the winner of this sweepstakes. I can’t wait to start saving money!”

Even though only one winner was selected for this year’s 2012 Sweepstakes, the number of homeowners that can go solar for as little as zero down with Real Goods Solar is limitless.

About Real Goods Solar

Real Goods Solar is a leading solar energy integrator, having installed over 13,000 solar electric systems for both residential and commercial properties. Real Goods Solar offers turnkey solar energy solutions, and has 33 years of experience in solar energy, beginning with its sale of the first solar photovoltaic panels in the United States in 1978. With 15 offices in California, Colorado and the Northeast, Real Goods Solar is one of the largest solar installers in the United States. For more information, visit or call 1.888.56.SOLAR.


Media Note: For more information, contact Allison Rodriguez, 559.903.3959, or Cheryl Hansen-Abshere, 559.650.2555,