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5 reasons why you should go solar in Sacramento

5 reasons why you should go solar in Sacramento

Solar energy is the future and more and more residents and businesses across the world are realizing this as they make the switch to renewable energy sources.

Solar allows you to save money and help the environment at the same time. And if you live in the Sacramento region, it is the perfect area to go solar.

Here are five reasons why.

Sunny Weather

Sacramento summers are the sunniest in the world, according to meteorological data. Sacramento, in fact, averages 13 hours of sunshine per day during the first months of summer — that’s a desirable perk from multiple perspectives. It means more time in the sun outdoors and it means bigger savings to the wallet of solar owners.

California Believes in Solar

Sacramento is the capital of the state that fully believes in the power of solar. A recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration showed that there are now five states that are getting more than 10 percent of their electricity from solar, and California is among them.

In addition, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that sets the goal for California to pull all of its electricity from clean energy (zero-carbon) by 2045.

Tax Credit

The Solar Tax Credit has been extended, giving you the opportunity to save 30 percent in taxes.

As a hardworking taxpayer, you can claim 30 percent of qualified expenditures for the solar setup of your dreams using the Solar Tax Credit. Imagine providing for all your electrical needs, including solar pool heating, for your entire home with the peace of mind that you’ll no longer have to worry about inflated end-of-the-month billing surprises during the summer months. And of course, you’ll also feel good about going green.

The homeowner solar rebate deadline, however, is fast approaching, so don’t wait to act on this once-in-a-life opportunity. When the 30 percent solar tax rebate lapses, it will be reduced to 26 percent.

Financing Options

There are solar panel financing options available that make solar energy systems more affordable for homeowners, especially if you add in special discounts. In fact, you may be able to finance a solar energy system for your home and get low payments, with interest rates as low as 1.99 percent. A solar panel loan will allow you to have an asset that generates significant savings month after month. Plus, you will also be able to take advantage of a 30 percent federal investment tax credit and other applicable rebates and incentives.

Boost Home Value

A recent study investigated home pricing trends in various states, including California, and found that buyers are willing to pay more for a home with solar panels. According to the study, each watt of solar adds around $4 to a home’s value in California. Hence, a 5 kilowatt (kW) solar system (the national average) would add $20,000 more to a home’s value. In contrast, homes in other states garnered about $3 per watt, so a 5 kilowatt (kW) solar system would add about $15,000 in value.

If you’re interested in solar installation, please contact us at 916-853-2700 to learn more.

 

California sets goal to be pulling 100 percent of its electricity from solar, wind by 2045

California sets goal to be pulling 100 percent of its electricity from solar, wind by 2045

California continues to lead the way in utilizing renewable energy sources for its electrical needs.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that sets the goal for California to pull all of its electricity from clean energy (zero-carbon) by 2045.

The bill, known as the 100 Percent Clean Energy Act, requires public utility companies to set goals for minimum requirements for renewable energy sources (solar and wind) by that year. The bill also bumps up the previous state goal of 50 percent electricity use from renewable energy sources from 2026, to 60 percent by 2030.

Aztec Solar applauds Gov. Brown and the state Legislature for approving this important legislation.

If you are considering solar power, Aztec Solar is Sacramento’s leader in solar power technology and installation. Our award-winning customer service representatives assist tens of thousands of customers each year. We offer in-house solar water heating, solar pool heating and solar electric experience for all applications. Read some of our testimonials and find out why Aztec Solar is the most trusted name in solar installation.

To us, every solar application is part of the solution to a brighter future and stronger planet. We provide solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, industrial and governmental entities.

Please contact us at 916-853-2700 to learn more.

Solar storage legislation passes state Legislature, heads to governor’s desk

Solar storage legislation passes state Legislature, heads to governor’s desk

Legislation that would give a big boost to solar storage in California has passed the Senate and Assembly.

SB 700, which would extend the life of the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) through 2026, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

If signed into law, the bill would commit the state to $1.2 billion in solar storage incentives, producing close to 3,000 megawatts of “behind-the-meter energy storage systems at schools, farms, homes, nonprofits and businesses in California” over the next eight years.

Aztec Solar applauds the state Assembly and Senate for passing this important legislation.

Solar energy storage offers Californians and those in the Sacramento region even more options for saving money and managing energy. It is all about how we’re able to harness and utilize solar energy.

As solar energy depends on the sun’s rays, nighttime and cloudy conditions can result in insufficient electricity if there is not a method to store the energy. The most traditional form of storage is a battery, which is being used mostly for short periods to keep the grid stable and not necessarily incorporating the renewable energy into the grid.

The future of solar is ever changing, however, and more storage options are being researched.

You can calculate exactly how much you’ll save with solar by going to utilitypaymentsavings.com.

Contact Aztec Solar if you have any questions, or wish to discuss options for your home! We are happy to provide you with information to help you make your solar energy decisions.

Give us a call today! (916) 853-2700

Take advantage of the Solar Renewable Energy Tax Credit before it’s too late

Take advantage of the Solar Renewable Energy Tax Credit before it’s too late

There may be several reasons why you’re thinking about switching to solar energy to power your home.

Financial considerations like incredible monthly and long-term savings and environmental concerns may have swayed your decision in favor of going solar.

But did you know there’s even more reason to make the switch today?

The Solar Tax Credit has been extended, giving you the opportunity to save 30 percent in taxes.

As a hardworking taxpayer, you can claim 30 percent of qualified expenditures for the solar setup of your dreams using the Solar Tax Credit. Imagine providing for all your electrical needs, including solar pool heating, for your entire home with the peace of mind that you’ll no longer have to worry about inflated end-of-the-month billing surprises during the summer months. And of course, you’ll also feel good about going green.

Total renewable energy is the future and you can be a part of it today by taking control of your energy needs.

The Federal Tax Credit, or solar rebate, is good for expenditures related to the solar installation, including labor and equipment and off-site prepping, assembly or original system installation. Also note that if the Federal Tax Credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount can carry over to the following taxable year. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 got rid of the previous limitation on the use of credit for these kinds of projects.

The homeowner solar rebate deadline, however, is fast approaching, so don’t wait to act on this once-in-a-life opportunity. When the 30 percent solar tax rebate lapses, it will be reduced to 26 percent.

So, it’s important to act early. While the solar tax credit deadline is quickly approaching, the benefits you’ll enjoy will never expire. Think about the extra monthly savings you’ll have thanks to the power of solar. Your home’s property value will also likely increase due to your savvy solar investment. The environment will also thank you for your contribution.

Here are some other key features of the Solar Tax Rebate: There is no maximum credit for system placed in service after 2008. The system must be placed by 2021 (for lower credit amount). The home does not have to be your primary residence.

If Sacramento area residents want to completely change the way they power their home then Aztec Solar is ready! You can calculate exactly how much you’ll save with solar by going to utilitypaymentsavings.com. And the rest of the process is just as easy.

Simply set up an appointment and we’ll follow that up with a pre-site meeting. From there, we’ll discuss the details, including permits and scheduled installation times.

Saving money couldn’t be easier or more advantageous than it is today with the 2018 Solar Tax Credit!

Five states now getting at least 10% of their energy from solar

Five states now getting at least 10% of their energy from solar

The amount of electricity being generated from solar by states continues to increase.

A new report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration shows that there are now five states that are getting more than 10 percent of their electricity from solar.

Here are those five states:

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Vermont

It is no surprise, but also great to see California once again leading the way in solar!

Solar technology is the future. Take the opportunity to be part of that future by going solar today. On top of saving 30 percent on installation costs with a federal tax credit, a solar energy system for your home or pool will generate you significant savings month after month, all while increasing the value of your home.

You can also finance a solar energy system for your home and get low payments, plus low-interest rates as low as 1.99 percent. There are many loan options available for solar customers and some loans offer zero-money-down incentives.

If you would like to learn more about how Aztec Solar can help you go solar, contact us today! There are a variety of plans and services that will fit your budget and situation.

 

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