San Diego CityBeat staff writer Joshua Emerson Smith photographed Bill Powers at his home in University Heights for this week's cover news feature, which looks at the electrical engineer's quest to create an affordable, off-the-grid solar-energy system. Carrying his old, reliable Nikon D200, Smith followed Powers on his roof to take pictures of the homeowner beside his solar-panel array. Due to scheduling issues, the shoot happened around 10 a.m. as the sun was fast rising into the sky. However, with a little luck, Smith snapped a few solid shots before the sun got too bright. To find links to more of Smith's writing and photography, follow him at twitter.com/jemersmith.