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Solar power could help purify salt water

Solar power could help purify salt water

New research underway could result in the ability to use solar power to purify salt water.

The technology being tested includes a three-step system that boosts efficiency of the purification process. Here is how it works: The heat generated from the light that reflects off solar panels is put to use via a device attached to the underneath section of solar panels with “heat conduction layers.” The salt water is vaporized in one channel of the device, and condensed into fresh water in the second and third channels.

According to a report, the research team produced up to 1.64 liters of water for every square meter of panels per hour.

Imagine the potential for this if solar power could be used for this on a large scale, say for agriculture!

The potential with solar seems to be endless, with new ideas and concepts being created on how to harness the sun’s power almost on a weekly basis.

And that leads us to a question we ask often, yet remains true: If solar is changing how we function as a globally society, imagine what it could do for your small- to mid-sized business. By adding commercial solar to your company’s facilities, you could potentially save thousands of dollars every month on your electricity bill. At the same time, you will be helping preserve the environment and your customers and employees will take notice!

Aztec Solar has nearly four decades of experience in doing solar and only solar in the Sacramento region. We have a strong reputation and top-notch customer service, equipment and installers.

If you have any questions about going solar, make sure you contact us today at 916.853.2700!

Toyota testing car completely covered in solar cells

Toyota testing car completely covered in solar cells

It seems like solar power has a positive impact in so many areas of our lives. Soon, it could change car-buying.

Toyota is currently testing an electric car that has solar cells attached to its hood, roof and back window. The result so far? A very efficient way of converting solar energy at a rate of 34 percent. The cells can produce 860 watts of energy and boost the car’s range by 35 miles.

Toyota isn’t prepared to say when such solar cells may be available to the public, but the company is testing it this month in Tokyo. The main benefit of the solar system is that it can power the car’s battery while the vehicle is in use.

Large companies, as well as small- to mid-sized businesses, across the world continue to test solar power’s capabilities by going the traditional route and adding panels to their buildings’ roof.

If you are a business owner in the Sacramento region you are in a great spot to take advantage of what solar has to offer. That is because this area is considered to have some of the sunniest summers in the world. What that means is energy independence, increased property value, monthly savings on your electricity bill (sometimes thousands of dollars) and helping the environment.

And to top it off, the Solar Investment Tax Credit is still good for a 30 percent deduction in 2019. Next year, it drops to 26 percent.

Aztec Solar has been doing solar and only solar in the Sacramento region for nearly 40 years. Over that time, we have handled a variety of commercial solar installations, from hotels, to schools, to multi-family solar and affordable housing solar. View some of our work here.

If you are interested in speaking with us about what solar could do for you, contact us today at 916.853.2700.

Record number of U.S. solar installations in first quarter of 2019

Record number of U.S. solar installations in first quarter of 2019

The solar industry continues to hit thresholds that indicate its strength and support across the country.

Over the first three months of 2019, the U.S. installed a record (for a quarter) 2.7 gigawatts of solar panels. This information comes from the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, which also predicted that solar will see a 25 percent growth rate in 2019. In May, solar installations reached the 2 million mark.

The largest piece of installations over the first quarter of 2019 came from utility PV. It also noted that 4.7 gigawatts of large-scale solar projects are currently in development.

So, as you can see, many companies and industries are beginning to take advantage of the benefits of solar power. If you own a business in the Sacramento region, you could be doing the same. And there are a variety of benefits to doing so: saving on your monthly electricity bill (potentially thousands of dollars every month); helping the environment; showing your employees and customers that you are environmentally friendly; utilizing the Solar Investment Tax Credit, which is good for a 30 percent deduction in 2019 (in 2020 it decreases to 26 percent); increasing your property value and more!

The Sacramento region is one of the sunniest places on the planet, so it is a prime location to go solar. At Aztec Solar, we have been helping companies across the area with their solar needs for nearly four decades. We can handle pretty much any large solar installation, whether that is commercial solar, multi-family solar or affordable housing solar.

If you would like to review some of the commercial solar projects we have completed in the area, click here.

For more information, contact us today at 916.853.2700.

First airport in the U.S. to be powered completely from solar

First airport in the U.S. to be powered completely from solar

Last week we told you about a theme park that is going to be entirely operated off the power of the sun, and now an entire airport is being run off a solar farm.

Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Tennessee is now the only airport in the country to reach this mark. The airport sees more than 60,000 flights annually. The power it needs now comes from a 12-acre solar farm that generates 2.64 megawatts of power. In addition, there are batteries onsite that assist with maintaining power in the evening hours.

Aztec Solar applauds this accomplishment as it is yet another testament to the potential of solar power not only in terms of powering homes, but commercial solar generation as well.

Think of it this way: If solar can produce enough energy to power an airport, not to mention a theme park with 53 rides and a water park, just imagine what it could do for your business. With solar panels on your roof and possibly even over car ports in your parking lot, you could potentially save thousands of dollars every month on your electricity bill.

And keep in mind, the  Solar Investment Tax Credit is good for a 30 percent deduction as long you go solar in 2019. Next year, it drops to 26 percent.

At Aztec Solar, we have a long history of completing quality commercial solar projects in the Sacramento region. We have been in business in this area for nearly four decades and have built up a stellar reputation over that time period. To see some of our past commercial solar projects, click here.

If you have any questions about going solar, make sure to contact us today at 916.853.2700.

East coast theme park powering 53 rides and water park entirely with solar

East coast theme park powering 53 rides and water park entirely with solar

A large amusement park on the east coast is being powered completely by the sun.

That’s right, solar energy is powering 53 rides and a water park at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. This is thanks to a solar farm that produces 23.5 megawatts (enough power to operate around 4,000 homes) from 60,000 panels! This theme park solar farm only comes in second to the size of the one that Walt Disney uses to power its Disney World park.

The panels are located on a large farm and on top of parking lot canopies.

In addition, the theme park has plans to generate excess energy that can be pushed back into the grid for other energy consumers.

With this kind of power production, imagine what solar could do for your business! By utilizing commercial solar in the sunny Sacramento region, your business could potentially save thousands of dollars every month on electricity costs. You would also be increasing the value of your property should you decide to sell it at a later time.

And best yet, the Solar Investment Tax Credit of 30 percent can be extended to most businesses who install solar. Keep in mind, however, that the Tax Credit will lower to 26 percent next year.

Aztec Solar can handle pretty much any commercial solar installation, from multi-family to affordable housing units. If you are interested in taking control of your company’s electricity bill and helping the environment at the same time, make sure you contact us today!

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