VETERAN OWNED

Kelly

ONCE A MARINE,
   ALWAYS A MARINE

Kelly Shawhan, Co-Owner

Kelly

ONCE A MARINE,
   ALWAYS A MARINE

Kelly Shawhan, Co-Owner

“As a Captain in the US Marine Corps, trust means everything. Trust to be there for my Marines. Trust to be the expert. Trust to get the job done right. That same philosophy stayed with me for the past 20 years as a contractor and a solar specialist. Solar can be complicated, but at Semper Solaris we pride ourselves on taking the time to help you understand how solar works and how to choose the right system. Find out why homeowners all over San Diego trust Semper Solaris.”

Our Military Roots

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Semper Solaris is inspired by the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, which means always faithful. As a former Marine, Kelly wants his entire solar company to reflect this excellence, inside the company and in customer’s homes. Semper Solaris was built on the military values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

Kelly has taken the values and skills he learned from his service years and applied them to Semper Solaris. For Kelly, military values have been a way of life. Not only is Kelly a veteran Marine, but so is his brother and father. Likewise, John’s father spent his whole career in the military. Even as a civilian, John gets it. He understands the value of former service members’ skills. Kelly and John hire as many veterans as possible. They strongly believe in the work ethic the military instills in its service members and in helping out fellow service men and women.

Semper Solaris is inspired by the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis, which means always faithful. As a former Marine, Kelly wants his entire solar company to reflect this excellence, inside the company and in customer’s homes. Semper Solaris was built on the military values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

Kelly has taken the values and skills he learned from his service years and applied them to Semper Solaris. For Kelly, military values have been a way of life. Not only is Kelly a veteran Marine, but so is his brother and father. Likewise, John’s father spent his whole career in the military. Even as a civilian, John gets it. He understands the value of former service members’ skills. Kelly and John hire as many veterans as possible. They strongly believe in the work ethic the military instills in its service members and in helping out fellow service men and women.

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One of these veterans is David Fox. A former Marine, David found himself on unemployment just over a year ago when he got connected with Semper Solaris. John and Kelly were looking for someone to run the warehouse, a job that David, fondly called Sergeant Major by the team, was exceptionally qualified for. After meeting David, Kelly and John knew they had found their guy. David has been with the company a year now and couldn’t be happier with the position.

David has seen first hand how Semper Fi has worked its way into every person at the company. David says the motto, “rubs off on everybody, former military or not. The key thing is respect, showing respect for the individual and respect for the customer. When we go to a home to do an install, we’re there on time, we have all of the material to do the job – there are no half measures with anything. That’s how veterans are trained and that’s how our employees are trained.” David is especially appreciative of the leadership of Kelly and John. He admires the way their dedication to providing excellent service as well as caring for people runs all the way down the line.

Why Choose Semper Solaris, a California Solar Company?

  • Locally and veteran owned
  • BBB accredited with an A+ rating
  • We make solar easy to understand
  • Best prices in California
  • Impeccable installations
  • Products designed in America
  • Discounts for military, police and firemen
  • Exceptional customer service

A California Solar Company with Military Roots

At Semper Solaris, we bring the same discipline and attention to detail we gained in the military to all of our projects. We recognize that our reputation is on the line with each job that we take, and so we do everything we can to exceed the expectations of our customers.

The results speak for themselves. We have received numerous awards, maintain an A rating with the Better Business Bureau, and rely on referrals from happy clients as a major part of our business.

We are proud to be a top solar San Diego company and to install solar panels in Los Angeles for a growing customer base in California.

“Solar power is all about the freedom to afford to run your AC. We make solar simple, stripped of hype, high pressure and high prices, the basic reality of solar electricity is simple. It’s a math problem, with an obvious answer. No land needs to be bought or leased, as it is already present. No additional infrastructure needs to be installed, as the home wiring is generally sufficient and the home is already tied into the grid.
With current prices as low as they are, there will likely never be a better time to go solar.”

– John Almond Co-founder, Semper Solaris

Meet The Owners

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Kelly Shawhan, Co-Owner

Kelly Shawhan is a former United States Marine Corps Captain who has been a contractor for over 20 years. He is a cum laude business school graduate from Miami University of Ohio, often referred to as “the Yale of the Midwest,” where he went to school on a full military scholarship. A first alternate for the Olmsted scholarship (the military equivalent of the Rhodes scholarship), he served in many posts around the world, and was one of a select few Marines chosen to be an instructor at the Army Artillery School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

Following his military service, he has spent the last 20 years in construction – most recently as an energy specialist in the solar industry. Kelly has shared his expertise by supervising and training many others in this growing industry to the standards expected of a professional contractor. His superior expertise has made him a force in California solar. A father of five, he is actively involved in supporting his children’s interests in baseball, soccer, and volleyball.

Kelly Shawhan is a former United States Marine Corps Captain who has been a contractor for over 20 years. He is a cum laude business school graduate from Miami University of Ohio, often referred to as “the Yale of the Midwest,” where he went to school on a full military scholarship. A first alternate for the Olmsted scholarship (the military equivalent of the Rhodes scholarship), he served in many posts around the world, and was one of a select few Marines chosen to be an instructor at the Army Artillery School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

Following his military service, he has spent the last 20 years in construction – most recently as an energy specialist in the solar industry. Kelly has shared his expertise by supervising and training many others in this growing industry to the standards expected of a professional contractor. His superior expertise has made him a force in California solar. A father of five, he is actively involved in supporting his children’s interests in baseball, soccer, and volleyball.

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John Almond, Co-Owner

John Almond has been a leader in the business world for 20 years with a specialty in construction for over a decade. Six years ago, John evolved his focus to renewable energy as it was clearly the wave of the future as well as an ethical focus for his talents.

John’s passion for renewable energy and customer service led him to co-founding a solar energy company dedicated to serving people. He believes that you “must treat every customer like they are your only customer.” This standard has led to great success in the solar business. Born and raised in San Diego, he attended Coronado High School and UC San Diego. He currently resides in Alpine with his wife and son.

John Almond has been a leader in the business world for 20 years with a specialty in construction for over a decade. Six years ago, John evolved his focus to renewable energy as it was clearly the wave of the future as well as an ethical focus for his talents.

John’s passion for renewable energy and customer service led him to co-founding a solar energy company dedicated to serving people. He believes that you “must treat every customer like they are your only customer.” This standard has led to great success in the solar business. Born and raised in San Diego, he attended Coronado High School and UC San Diego. He currently resides in Alpine with his wife and son.

Meet Our Vets

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