Zia’s goes solar using IBEW Local 1 electricians

0
118
GOING SOLAR: IBEW Local 1 signatory contractor AVCO Electrical Services recently installed a 66-panel solar array at Zia’s on the Hill at 5256 Wilson Ave.  Displaying one of the panels outside the restaurant are (from left) AVCO electrician Chris Tominia, Local 1 Business Representative Rob Dussold, Zia’s owner Dennis Chiodini, AVCO owner Alan Van Alstine, and AVCO electricians Brian Schmalzer and Andrew Van Alstine. – Labor Tribune photo
GOING SOLAR: IBEW Local 1 signatory contractor AVCO Electrical Services recently installed a 66-panel solar array at Zia’s on the Hill at 5256 Wilson Ave. Displaying one of the panels outside the restaurant are (from left) AVCO electrician Chris Tominia, Local 1 Business Representative Rob Dussold, Zia’s owner Dennis Chiodini, AVCO owner Alan Van Alstine, and AVCO electricians Brian Schmalzer and Andrew Van Alstine.
– Labor Tribune photo

By TIM ROWDEN

Associate Editor

THE HILL NEIGHBORHOOD – Zia’s on the Hill, a union friendly Italian restaurant that has all of its building work done by union contractors, recently had solar panels installed by IBEW Local 1 signatory contractor AVCO Electrical Services.

Not only will the solar panels help reduce his utility bills, Zia’s owner Dennis Chiodini said, having the 66 solar panels installed by qualified union electricians means he can have confidence in the work, and won’t have any unpleasant surprises down the line.

“It costs a little more, but it’s done right,” Chiodini said. “To me, it’s worth it. And the difference in price is not that much.”

There are also net savings from going solar. Ameren Missouri customers can receive a $2 per watt solar rebate for up to 25 kilowatts of solar generation. Find more information on the rebate program here: http://www.ameren.com/Solar/Pages/RebatesandFunds.aspx.  

Solar is growing in popularity.

AVCO is currently performing 20-25 solar array installations a year, owner Alan Van Alstine said.

“We have as many as we can handle,” he said. “Ninety percent of our work is solar now.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here