We had the good fortune of connecting with Mohamed Hauter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mohamed, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After years of volunteering with nonprofit organizations, such as Grid Alternatives, I realized that a section of the low-income population remains without help due to the strict qualification requirements. In addition, a large group of trained Photovoltaic professionals were struggling to find jobs with competitive salaries, which might deter the new generation of clean energy enthusiasts from pursuing such careers. For the reasons listed above, I felt that I needed to do something/anything to help. Starting Elements Solar LLC accomplished just that. We are able to provide almost at-cost residential solar systems to low-income families and hire as many installers as we can.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more? What sets you apart from other?
What sets Elements Solar (ES) apart from other solar companies is the fact that we are a community-centric company. The satisfaction of our customers is our highest goal. Elements Solar treats every project as a challenge to design and install the most efficient solar system to satisfy the needs of our customers. We understand that to maximize profits, other solar companies must adopt a small set of pre-designed solutions, but we also know that doing so means failure to always deliver the best customized solution. Elements Solar defines its own standards way above the norm.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego is an amazing city to live in and conduct business. If friends or family were to visit, the following places quickly come to mind: Balboa Park, beaches, La Jolla Cove, Old Town, Downtown, Coronado, Encinitas, hiking destinations, and the list goes on. Many of the aforementioned places house many great places to eat or enjoy some of San Diego’s best desserts.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Our success is the result of the support and mentorship of all of those around us. The list includes many organizations and individuals. Grid Alternatives San Diego is at the top of the list of organizations. Grid Alternatives provided training, exposure to the eco-friendly practical solutions, professional relationships, and experience. As for individuals, it is a must for us to take a pause and salute a successful businessman who believed in us and sponsored us in a high risk investment when more profitable options were available. That great man is Yasir Khanshali. He owns many businesses worldwide spanning retail, an international farm-to-cup coffee company (Mochamill), etc. Last but not least, the amazing group of trained PV installers who decided to start or switch careers to help the overall energy independence and eco-friendly world mission.