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Amazon goes solar in a big way!

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Amazon, the electronic commerce giant, is turning to solar. Earlier this month, Amazon announced a new initiative to generate clean energy by installing solar panels on its rooftops. The panels are planned for the company’s fulfillment centers around the globe, including 15 fulfillment and sortation centers in the U.S. The company says it will complete the installation by the end of the year. Then, in 2020, it’ll continue to install them at 50 centers across the globe.

When the projects are complete, they will generate 41 megawatts of power at Amazon sites in California, New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Delaware.

The rooftop solar panels planned for Patterson, California, will cover 1.1 million square feet. They will be able to soak up plenty of the California sunshine with that large footprint. The energy this center produces will power hundreds of Amazon Robotics that many of the workers use at the ground-level.

This news is just another example of the growing popularity of solar power. Aztec Solar knows the many innovated uses for solar energy and we certainly applaud Amazon’s vision for renewable energy, which will fulfill 80 percent of the center’s annual energy needs. At its core, Amazon is guided by passion for invention, operational excellence and long-term thinking. We think this solar-power initiative aligns with each of those principals.

Aztec Solar also is committed to these principles and has been providing an array of solar energy products and services in the Sacramento region to meet the energy needs in an ever-changing world.

With nearly 35 years of providing solar energy installations and services, we know a thing or two about blazing new trails. Our products and services are ahead of the curve because we know the importance of affordable and reliable clean-energy options. Take our pool heating services as an example. We do not want the cold days of winter and fall to deprive you of pool time. Aztec Solar pool heating services deliver on the promise of expanding the usage of your pool year-round by pumping water through your existing pump and through a Heliocol solar panel where it is heated and returned to your pool.

Residents and businesses across the region have entrusted us to provide the best products and customer-centered services for decades, which are backed by our experienced staff. We truly see every opportunity as part of the solution for a brighter future and stronger planet – and that starts with you.

Baseball and solar is coming to AT&T Park this July!

This July, join us for the best solar networking event at AT&T Park.

This July, join us for the best solar networking event at AT&T Park.

No one likes rain at the ballpark, that is why we are excited for Summerfest 2017, which combines America’s pastime and a whole lot of sun.

This July, join us for the best solar networking event at AT&T Park. Summerfest 2017, a solar, energy storage and advanced electronics exhibition, will be held on July 11.

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), headed by Aztec Solar’s very own Ed Murray, will join forces with Intersolar and SEMI for the event. Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition series for partners like CALSEIA and companies like Aztec.

We are very excited for this year’s festivities because we have plenty to cheer for and celebrate. This year, CALSEIA is toasting to its 40th year anniversary and Intersolar its 10th year.

This event is CALSEIA’s biggest fundraising event of the year and the funding goes a long way and promotes CALSEIA’s initiatives, which includes solar policy advocacy.

At Aztec Solar, we know the good solar does and we are happy that these groups come together and support solar and energy storage across California and the United States.

Attendees, of course, will be able to enjoy some Major-League Baseball while there as the All-Star Game will be displayed on the AT&T Park jumbotron scoreboard and screens throughout the venue. And no baseball game will be complete without food and beverages. If you join us, you’ll also enjoy music, dancing, stadium tours and batting practice in the underground batting cages.

Tickets can be purchased at http://calseia.org/. And remember, all the proceeds from this extravaganza will help CALSEIA’s ongoing work to promote smart solar in California.

100 percent clean energy by 2045? California is thinking about it

California has not shied away from ambitious targets in attempts to scale back the potential impacts of climate change.

California has not shied away from ambitious targets in attempts to scale back the potential impacts of climate change.

A bill introduced by a California lawmaker is being praised by green energy advocates because it would require the state to generate 100 percent of its energy from climate-friendly sources, which would include solar.

Creating 100 percent clean energy is a lofty goal, but California has not shied away from ambitious targets in attempts to scale back the potential impacts of climate change.

While the bill sets a 2045 deadline for total compliance, California has already vowed to produce 50 percent of its energy from clean sources by 2030. That mandate, and other efforts, demonstrates Gov. Jerry Brown’s pledge to combat the consequences of climate warming caused by fossil fuels, a rich source of energy across the globe. If it’s made into law, the new bill would remove fossil fuels by 2045, and require California to speed up its efforts to reach its mandated 50 percent threshold five years earlier.

In 2016, California got about 27 percent of its electricity from solar, wind and other clean energy, according to the California Energy Commission.

If the bill passes, California would join one other state, Hawaii, in this effort of 100 percent clean energy.

At Aztec Solar, we clearly believe in the future of clean energy and applaud California lawmakers for making attempts to utilize it. For more than 35 years, we’ve provided green energy jobs, saved our customers money and worked hard to ensure that clean energy is 100 percent a part of the future.

If you have any questions about solar, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Don’t let cold weather put a hold on your swimming season

With our solar pool heating, we can extend the hours you’ll enjoy in your pool throughout the year. In

With our solar pool heating, we can extend the hours you’ll enjoy in your pool throughout the year. In

Northern California endured a series of snow- and rain-producing storms throughout the month of February, giving us an easy pause from thinking about our outdoor pools.

As the weather turns a bit, conditions still may not be ideal for a swim.

But with Aztec Solar pool heating services, not even the coldest winter days will hold you back from entering your aquatic paradise. With our solar pool heating, we can extend the hours you’ll enjoy in your pool throughout the year. In fact, we think we can double your swim season.

How it works

A pump, usually your existing pool pump, pushes water through a filter to strain leaves and debris. The water is then pumped into a Heliocol solar panel where it is substantially heated. The sun-warmed water flows back into your pool, heating it to your desired temperature.

Of all the options available to heat your pool, solar energy offers the best value, dollar for dollar than any other method available. In fact, solar pool heating is so effective that it is the largest use of solar energy in the world, accounting for over 90 percent of all solar collector shipments (Source: Department of Energy Solar Collector Activity Report). The plain truth is that solar pool heating works. That’s why more than 300,000 pool owners have already purchased solar systems for their pools and why the number grows every year.

Although the initial cost of a solar heater is higher than a gas or an electric heater, the heat source is free. Because gas and electricity goes up every year, most people stop using the heaters.

For more than 35 years, Aztec Solar has provided the services, products and expertise to power homes and businesses using green energy technology, including pool heating. Contact us today to get started!

U.S. solar reaches new highs, overtakes No. 1 spot for new energy

Solar developers installed 14.6 gigawatts in the United States last year, representing a doubling of total installations from the previous year

Solar developers installed 14.6 gigawatts in the United States last year, representing a doubling of total installations from the previous year

Solar energy has reached new highs in the United States on two important fronts. It surfaced as the largest source of new energy across the nation and installation of solar systems reached a new high record, too.

The numbers behind this overtaking soared as solar developers installed 14.6 gigawatts in the United States last year, representing a doubling of total installations from the previous year.

The new figure propelled photovoltaic panels as the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time, according to Bloomberg Markets.

Solar panels on rooftops, much like the ones installed by our team at Aztec Solar, and other panels designed for open areas like fields, accounted for 39 percent of new generation last year, beating out the contribution of natural gas and wind.

The good news doesn’t stop there. Employment in the field accounted for 2 percent of all new U.S. jobs last year. Some 260,000 people are employed in the industry, according to the report. Aztec Solar knows the value of these jobs, having provided them for more than 35 years in the Sacramento region.

Of the 40 markets tracked by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), 31 of them grew, including areas where traditional energy sources had gripped the market, according to the report.

SEIA’s chief executive said solar energy and technology provides a winning combination across all market segments.

Aztec Solar sees a bright future moving forward. We work closely with our customers to provide the opportunity of the future. The benefits are compelling. With solar energy, customers will lower energy costs, support green technology and jobs, and pave the way for a healthier planet.