San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power has created a government affairs division with a new office in San Francisco. The solar power design and installation company has worked in the legislative and policy arena since 2004, and said it has been working to grow its political presence this year.

“The policy environment is constantly changing, this requires us to stay very engaged on a number of different issues, and also helps us chart the future course of our business and industry,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power in a statement.

The company worked with local industry colleagues in 2011 to form the San Diego Solar Coalition, and with a lobbying firm introduced legislation in 2012 to fight a solar rate hike from San Diego Gas & Electric – but the legislation was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

“Over the past year, our involvement at the state level – both legislatively and with the policy issues at the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) were very eye-opening,” Sullivan said. “It became evident that it was necessary for us to have a permanent seat at the table.”

— SDBJ Staff Report