We had the good fortune of connecting with Marcos Delgado and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marcos, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
In the solar cleaning industry one of the most important things most solar owners are almost completely unaware of, is the maintenance and cleaning of their solar panels. Here in SoCal we get the least amount of rainfall than anywhere else in the country, therefor solar panels can’t “self clean” themselves. Solar panels are a great investment but you must remember that anytime something is left outside it will eventually get dirty and solar panels are no exception. Solar panels are exposed to the outdoor elements like dust, smog residue, bird waste, grime and other debris. The geographical location of solar panels play a big part in how often they should be cleaned. We recommend solar panels to be cleaned 1-2 times a year to ensure optimal efficiency. People seem to bypass their owners manual especially the maintenance section, this section specifically mentions solar panels must be cleaned to ensure efficiency and some manufacturers will even indicate, if not cleaned and maintained warranty can and will be voided.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The solar cleaning industry is still in the infancy stages of becoming a booming business. Solar owners are now starting to recognize that their solar panels energy production is being compromised when they’re dirty and proper efficiency is being maintained when they’re clean. With solar becoming more popular around the world, the demand for this type of service is becoming more and more essential for solar owners. We specialize in solar panel and Tesla Solar Roof cleaning and we have customers all throughout SoCal. Growing up in Chula Vista, CA and seeing my parents work so hard to provide for my siblings and myself, I would have to say that the one thing that sets me apart from others in this industry is my work ethic. While others may be sleeping or relaxing, I’m up late researching everything having to do with solar or coming up with strategies to improve my business. I have dedicated so many hours into building my business, it has become like a child to me. 7 days a week 365 days a year I’m working, even while on vacation I’m promoting my business on social media or just thinking of what improvements I need to make. I haven’t found a play book on how to run my business but the one thing I’ve learned, is the harder I work the more I’m executing and reaching my goals. I’ve also learned that it is really important to have people around you that have more knowledge and experience in things that you may not have. I’ve also learned not be afraid to ask for help and to reach out to the people you know that can help you. Starting my own business has been one of the hardest and scariest things I have ever done. I have ran into so many challenges and obstacles along the way, this can become so overwhelming and at times feel like you’re riding an emotional roller coaster. Overcoming obstacles all comes down to your mindset, asking myself how am I going to overcome this, how am I going to recover from this and how am I going to turn this negative situation/obstacle into a positive. I’m most proud of how South Bay Solar Cleaning has started to become more recognized throughout SoCal and the US. We were featured on Business Insider this past October and had the opportunity to work on a project with them to showcase to the world what we’re doing. I’m overall excited for 2022, the goal start tackling bigger commercial jobs and to start creating more employment opportunities for the community. Maybe one day I’ll be able to franchise or have several solar cleaning trucks in other cities throughout California and maybe the US. From here all I can say is that with hard work and a lot of dedication, sky is the limit.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Here in San Diego it’s limitless when it comes to having fun. I would take my friend to the most Southwestern beach in the US, Imperial Beach. We would go grab some lunch in Downtown San Diego do some site seeing site seeing. In the evening we would go to 3rd Ave. Chula Vista to enjoy some good beers from all the local breweries.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to start out by giving my entire family a shoutout, they have given me so much support and encouragement along the way. My family has always been my biggest support system. Although my family is #1 I have so many mentors in my life including some close friends that I’ve reached out to for help and guidance, so I’m giving all of them a big thank you. I’ve seen a lot of my friends working hard to make changes or to pursue something to make a difference for themselves and their families, seeing this gives me motivation and inspiration as well. I’m really big on watching motivational videos on Youtube and they have really changed my mindset and thought processes when it comes to my daily life. When I feel I’m losing focus of something I’ll watch some of my favorite motivational videos to get me back on the right track.

Website: www.sbsolarcleaning.com

Instagram: @southbaysolarcleaning

Facebook: South Bay Solar Cleaning

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHGYTsiilFo

Other: Business Insider Video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6LKiOcKr_o&t=66s

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