Valley Center's Cosmic Solar succeeding, expanding
The Shadzis are the proud owners of the successful solar business Cosmic Solar, Inc. in Valley Center.
August 20, 2014Like many successful businesses, Cosmic Solar, Inc. started in a home. In the case of Cosmic Solar, it was the guest house over Bahram and Judith Shadzi's garage in Valley Center.
The Shadzis were settled in Silicon Valley. They had built a home, and their children graduated from high school in Cupertino. Bahram, President of Cosmic Solar, is a Chemical Engineer and has a MS degree with emphasis in Radioactive Waste Management. He had a career in Semi-conductors, and had designed the Hazardous Treatment System for HMT Technology's new building. They had won awards in Fremont five years in a row for hazardous waste treatment. That is what attracted him to Solar Technology – there is no waste.
By 2002, Bahram had three patents in Computer Disk Manufacturing. Even though his patenting processes are still being used, he decided on a career change. He accepted a job in San Diego in the Bio Tech Industry.
Western Days is one of the Shadzis favorite events. They stand with their float above.
Once in San Diego, Judith and Bahram decided they wanted to open their own business. They moved from the Del Mar Highlands to Escondido and opened a smoothie bar. Their son Pey dropped out of San Diego State for one year to help them get it started. Once it was up and going, Judith managed it and Bahram started his own General Contracting Company. That is when they started to see signs of Solar Technology. They started taking classes and Bahram got his Solar Contracting License.
Then one day Bahram came home and told Judith, "I have seen the most beautiful place, it is called Valley Center." Valley Center was very green that year because of a lot of rain. They found a little orchard up on Mirar de Valle with every fruit you could imagine. They started by building a large garage with a guesthouse over it. When the recession hit, they decided to sell their home in Escondido and move into the guesthouse in Valley Center. The first thing they wanted to do was put a solar system on the roof.
The new office in Vista will host a grand opening on Aug. 27.
Judith found a Solar Company to install the system and she told them that Bahram had all the licenses and they wanted to start their own solar company. The owners offered him a job to come and work for them and learn the business. Shadzi designed systems for that company for two and half years and then in 2008 decided it was time to start their own solar company. Cosmic Solar was launched.
They sold their smoothie bar to a local Escondido family and put all their effort into Cosmic Solar. Two families took a chance on them, the Hilda Schick/Garcia family and Ed and Hiroko Caviness. Then the Mendozas, across the street from the Schicks, saw their $5 electric bill, and decided to install solar on their house.
After two years, Judith asked their son who was working for the University of Washington to come and help them out because their business was growing so fast. Pey is now their Operations Manager, and they have a fleet of four trucks, and three crews of installers. Judith, Vice President, has a Consumer Economics degree, and works with the customers. Today Cosmic Solar has over 150 solar systems in Valley Center alone, and has become one of the most successful solar companies in Southern California. Solarreviews.com has named them number one for customer service. Cosmic Solar has been very active with the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce and was chosen as small business of the year in 2010. For the last four years they have had a float in the Western Days parade, and their daughter Tara comes down from Hollywood and sings a song about the sun. All of their floats have won awards. Western Days is their favorite event.
This year, Cosmic Solar has opened a second office on 943 Poinsettia in Vista, and Mary Burdick of Valley Center is their Office Manager. They have a warehouse at that sight. The delivery trucks were very happy to not have to come up the hill any longer. Judith and Bahram still work at the Valley Center office, and commute a few times a week to coordinate with Mary. On Aug. 27 the Vista Office is having their grand opening and it is open to the public from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be food, refreshments, and door prizes. Everyone is welcome.