OKLAHOMA CITY – Local solar contractor EightTwenty opened in early 2021 with a goal of demystifying what can be a complicated process.
“There are a lot of moving pieces with solar. We make something complex simple, ”said CEO Tony Capucille, who could not find a one-stop local company when he wanted to buy a solar system a few years ago. Now his company takes care of sales, project design, permitting and installation so all the customer has to do is choose the product and pay for it.
Homeowners and commercial property owners considering a move to solar power can talk to consultants, view product options and even see how a system would look on their building this weekend at the OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show. More than 200 exhibitors are expected to participate in the three-day event at the OKC Fairgrounds.
The show opens at noon Friday at the Bennett Event Center. Visitors can explore home improvement ideas and decor trends presented by vendors from across Oklahoma and the nation. Do-it-yourselfers can watch live demonstrations for projects to upgrade home spaces.
EightTwenty – named for the eight minutes and 20 seconds it takes sunlight to reach Earth – is among the show vendors that will offer advice, equipment and services to inspire home interior and patio projects.
If you miss the home show, Capucille said the solar company welcomes both the convinced and the curious to its warehouse and showroom at 1825 N. Walnut Ave.
“You can walk away in 10 minutes and know if it’s a fit for you,” he said. “Oklahoma is a phenomenal place for solar. It gets the sixth most sun of any state and we’re an energy state. ”
Capucille said solar is not intended to replace oil, but rather is another layer of the energy industry that creates good-paying jobs.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists solar equipment installer as one of the nation’s fastest-growing occupations with 52% growth expected from 2020 to 2030 and a median annual salary of $ 46,470.
EightTwenty offers residential and commercial solar power systems, battery and generator backup option and electric vehicle charging stations.
Capucille said the monthly cost for residential customers is roughly the same as their current utility bill, but it will not go up and – after 15 or 20 years – they own it. Commercial customers get great tax breaks and a return-on investment in five to eight years, he said.
OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show highlights will include:
- Stay Golden Organizing from Tulsa demonstrating comprehensive organization methods.
- Mini Outdoor Oasis features throughout showing off amazing backyard decor.
- The Pet Plaza with collars, accessories, specialized care items and services for pups, house cats and more.
- The Homegrown Marketplace where shoppers can buy local artisans’ handcrafted items, including specialty home décor, food and art pieces.
- The Wine Village with award-winning bottles from five local wineries for guests to sample and purchase.
Show hours are noon to 8 pm Friday, 10 am to 8 pm Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission for adults is $ 10 at the box office or $ 8 when purchased online at homeshowokc.com. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free with a paying adult. Seniors 65 or older will be admitted for $ 7 Friday. On Sunday, military, first responders, health care workers and teachers will be admitted free with a valid ID at the box office.