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Three million – that represents the number of clean energy jobs across the U.S.
From increasing the efficiency of buildings, installing solar panels and exploring new technologies that will power our homes, businesses and vehicles in the years and decades ahead, workers in this field – much like the planet – have a bright future. And it’s all thanks to clean energy.
The prospects of jobs in this growing sector, coupled with the benefits of clean and alternative energy, bring us to this point of recognition. The Solar Energy Industries Association is working hard to shine a light on all the men and women in this field.
#CleanEnergyJobs, a one-day social media campaign on Feb. 22, will highlight decades of innovation and progress, which could not have been possible without the individuals who have dedicated their careers to clean energy. #CleanEnergyJobs is also about educating people on emerging green technologies and celebrating what’s next.
This field supports a wide range of workers including engineers, construction workers, installers, maintenance crews, manufactures, sales representatives and IT employees. Here are some numbers:
- 2 million workers are helping families and businesses save money by making buildings efficient.
- More than 600,000 workers focus on clean power generation, including wind and solar.
- 100,000 workers specialize in advance energy storage and power grid technologies.
- 100,000 individuals are exploring the technologies and usefulness of biofuels.
- Clean transportation, like hybrid, electric and fuel cell cars provides employment to more than 200,000 workers.
These good-paying jobs are made possible by the growth of markets for clean energy products and services, including solar.
At Aztec Solar we are proud to have provided jobs in solar for more than 35 years in the Sacramento region. Our trained and dedicated team has been recognized for our award-winning customer service by manufacturer and customer surveys. This team brings years of experience to every solar installation. We have seven installation and service trucks on hand to get the jobs done promptly. In addition, each installer has been certified by industry-leading manufacturers and also holds heavy machinery and safety certification.
Aztec Solar is excited to participate in the #CleanEnergyJobs social media campaign on Feb. 22 and we encourage you to do so as well!
Are you noticing that your electricity bill is much higher lately? Well, it’s not just because it has been cold outside and you have been running your heater more.
On Jan. 1, rates increased across the state for several public utility companies thanks to a vote last year from the California Public Utilities Commission.
The vote and its impact was outlined in the Los Angeles Times:
“The commission adopted a plan for two price tiers for residential customers, with a 25% price increase as households use more power. Currently, prices more than double in many locations as heavy users use more electricity. A higher premium will remain in place for a much smaller percentage of customers under a new “super-user electricity surcharge,” designed to penalize energy guzzling and encourage conservation.”
In recent months, many utility customers in the Sacramento region have complained about a drastic spike in their bills.
If you have been dealing with this, one of the things you can do is try to not use large appliances during peak hours of the day (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Instead, try to wash clothes and dishes in the morning or late evening. This may help some. You can also speak to your utility company about paying the average of your energy use instead of your actual monthly usage.
If you’re looking into going solar and are dealing with paying your electric company hundreds of dollars per month, we’d like to help you out. As the cost of traditional electricity goes up, you will save more and more money with solar power. If you were to install a 3kW system, for example, it would produce an average of about 450kW a month. The average household uses around 900kW a month, meaning it would cut your bill in half. If you installed a higher kW system, you could save even more each month.
If you want an actual figure on how much you can save by going solar, we can help you out with that as well! Aztec Solar gives you the opportunity to calculate how much you can save with solar in just nine seconds. To calculate your savings, visit utilitypaymentsavings.com.
If you have any further questions, give us a call at 916.853.2700.
The renewable energy sector continues to soar.
A new report from EDF Climate Corps, in fact, recently stated that “Solar and wind jobs have grown at rates of about 20 percent annually in recent years and are each creating jobs at a rate 12 times faster than that of the rest of the U.S. economy.”
The job creation largely stems from the installation, maintenance and construction elements and, according to EDF, the average wages for these jobs are nearly $5,000 higher than the national median. Wages for those employed in the solar sector are $17.04 per hour higher than the national median. California had one of the highest solar jobs distribution in the country.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) also recently announced that that solar installations drove 60 percent of the new electric generating capacity additions in the third quarter of 2016, which is a new record.
You can be part of the clean energy/solar movement and save on your energy bill at the same time. Aztec Solar is your local choice for quality solar systems for both commercial and residential use, including water, electric and pool heating systems. Solar systems have been around for more than 50 years, and Aztec Solar has been in business in the Sacramento area for more than 35 years.
Contact us for a free site visit and solar needs analysis, or simply give us a call with any questions you may have at 916.853.2700.
The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) has installed five new leaders to its 15-member board of directors.
The mission of CALSEIA is to promote the growth of the solar industry and expand the use of all solar technologies throughout California.
The new board members were officially seated during the organization’s fourth quarter board meeting on Dec. 8 in San Diego.
- Cathleen Monahan, senior programs director, GRID Alternatives, a leading nonprofit making solar energy and job training accessible to underserved communities.
- Gina Heng, vice president and general manager, photovoltaic division, Mitsubishi Electric US, a leading PV module manufacturer headquartered in Cypress, CA.
- John Berdner, vice president of regulatory and policy Strategy, Enphase Energy, a global inverter manufacturer with headquarters in Petaluma, CA.
- Norm Nielsen, CEO, Chico Electric, a leading contractor that specializes in commercial and agricultural clean energy project developments.
- Walker Wright, vice president, policy and strategy Development, Green Charge Networks, an ENGIE company.
In addition, our very own CEO, Ed Murray, was recently elected as the president of CALSEIA. All of us at Aztec Solar would like to congratulate all of the new board members and we look forward to seeing an enhanced solar industry in the coming years.
For many people, committing to a New Year’s resolution is about seeing things in a whole new light.
Why not take that literally and see what solar power can do for you?
Here are five New Year solar resolutions to help familiarize you with solar power and all its wonderful advantages.
Learn how solar works for your pool
We know it’s a bit cold out, but prepping for summer is already underway. Whether you’re trying to get fit for the swimsuit season or thinking about outfitting your pool with something new, consider this: How about a solar pool?
Here’s how it works: A pump pushes water into a Heliocol solar panel where it is heated. The sun-warmed water then flows back into your pool. Now, your existing pump will not only filter out leaves and debris, but it will also function within your solar-heating system.
Learn how solar water heating works
In a nutshell, solar water heating is hot water from the sun, for less. That’s pretty simple, right?
Let us break down how the system works.
Essentially, a freeze-adverse liquid called propylene glyco contained within a closed loop is heated by the sun. When this happens, the liquid is pumped back into a tank where it meets your domestic water for a heat exchange. But there’s more. As you use your hot water, the hot water flows into your water heater. Since the water is already hot, there’s less work for your water heater to do. That’s additional savings. The system regulates temperatures and monitors the temperature of the liquid collector to make sure your domestic water reaches the appropriate heat levels each and every time.
Learn what net energy metering is
Net Energy Metering (NEM) is something you’ll want to see.
NEM offers credits to customers with a solar PV system for the full retail value of the electricity generating from its system. Through this special billing arrangement, solar customers only pay for the net amount of electricity they use over a 12-month period. The surplus comes back to the customer.
Keep track of energy prices
One of the best ways to reach a goal is to measure progress.
If you’re keeping track, the costs for traditional energies are on the rise. A vote by the California Public Utilities Commission last summer will lead to energy price hikes. Modest-to-moderate consumers are expected to take a brunt of the burden. The changes will be phased in over the next couple of years, but you don’t have to stick around and feel the full effects. As you track the costs of energy and the only progress you see is an increase to your monthly bill, consider looking at the cost-cutting benefits of a solar power system.
Calculate what you could save by going solar
How much will you save?
Here’s one way to look at it: A 3kW system would produce an average of about 450kW a month. The average household needs around 900kW a month to operate. That alone will slash your costs in half each month. A larger system, obviously, will produce even bigger savings. But the savings stemming from solar energy are not just month-to-month. Tax credits, immunity from future energy hikes, rebates and net metering are other factors to keep in mind.
Happy New Year from all of us at Aztec Solar! For more information about solar and to calculate your savings, be sure to visit utilitypaymentsavings.com.