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Solar industry continues positive trend despite solar tariffs

Solar industry continues positive trend despite solar tariffs

Despite the solar tariffs that took effect in 2018, the industry continues to show its strength and resilience.

The U.S. Solar Market Insight report for the third quarter was recently released and showed that despite the tariffs causing a hit to utility-scale solar installs, there were some positives.

Below is a breakdown:

  • California’s commercial sector saw substantial growth, and New York experienced a record-breaking third quarter.
  • Total installed U.S. PV capacity is expected to more than double over the next half-decade. By 2023, more than 14 GWdc of PV capacity will be installed on an annual basis.
  • Solar energy continues to decrease in price and is now lower in price than natural gas and coal. In fact, solar prices fell 13 percent over the last year, according to NBC News.
  • The solar industry continues to grow due to the 30 percent federal investment tax credit on solar installs. That 30 percent credit is set to expire at the end of 2019 and drop to 26 percent in 2020.

As the solar tariffs continue and the federal tax incentive is set to expire in the coming years, Sacramento homeowners looking to go solar may consider it in 2019. Solar can help decrease electricity bills, including solar pool heating, and also help the environment.

If you are interested in a solar installation, don’t hesitate to contact us at 916.853.2700.

California’s mandate for solar on new homes finalized, solar thermal could be considered next

California’s mandate for solar on new homes finalized, solar thermal could be considered next

The move to require all new homes built in California from 2020 and beyond to have solar received its final approval last week. The Building Standards Commission unanimously voted to approve the new rule, which will require builders to make homes available with solar, or establish a shared solar system for a group of homes. The panels would either be owned by the home owner, added to the price of thehome or arranged througha monthly lease.

The Building Energy Efficiency Standards, of which this mandate is part of, are revisited and potentially revised every three years. Ed Murray, CEO of Aztec Solar and president of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), recently told solarthermalworld.org that the additional attention the new requirementis garnering for solar is something that could open the door to futureopportunities for reducing energy consumption.

Specifically, he mentioned that solar water heating could be a topic of discussion when the Building Energy Efficiency Standards are reviewed next time:

“The next cycle will focus on larger multi-family buildings, and we will continue to argue the carbon-reducing potential of solar thermal in thatprocess.”

For those who already own homes and won’t be purchasing a new home from 2020 or beyond, now is a great time to go solar with the federaltax incentives and other discounts available.

If you live in the Sacramento region and are thinking about going solar, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 916.853.2700!

NASA spacecraft uses solar power to take selfie on Mars

NASA spacecraft uses solar power to take selfie on Mars

NASA, after years of preparation, landed a spacecraft on Mars last week known as InSight.

It is quite the accomplishment, and making it even more interesting is the fact that it has taken a selfie using solar power. The craft has two solar panels on it that are seven-feet wide that produce enough energy on a clear day to produce 600 to 700 watts of energy.

InSight used this energy to take a selfie last week. The main goal of the energy is to recharge its batteries, but several photos will also be taken to help figure out where additional instruments can be placed on the surface of Mars.

If solar energy is helping spacecrafts take selfies on Mars, imagine what it could do for your home. Solar energy is a way to reduce your electric bill and help the environment at the same time. If you go with Aztec Solar, like so many others in the Sacramento region have, you will get quality products, customer service, and installation.

If you are interested in going solar, call us today at 916.853.2700.

CALSSA helps raise nearly $27,000 for victims of the Camp Fire

CALSSA helps raise nearly $27,000 for victims of the Camp Fire

Northern California experienced a terrible natural disaster this month. The Camp Fire took the lives of 85 people and leveled 14,000 homes across Butte County, according to The Washington Post. As of Nov. 26, 296 people were still missing. 

Even though the fire is now 100 percent contained, the destruction it left behind will continue to impact so many. Here at Aztec Solar, we want to thank all of the firefighters, who risked their lives to help others. As a local California business, our hearts go out to the victims.

We also want to thank all of the volunteers and those who gave their time and are still giving their time, funds and donating to help the victims.

Earlier this month, the California Solar and Storage Industry Association (CALSSA) established a GoFundMe page to help generate assistance for employees of solar companies and their families who were affected by the fire. The initial goal of the page was to raise $2,000 in 17 days. As of Nov. 26, the total raised was up to $26,790.

Every dollar collected on the page will go straight to solar workers and their families, distributed via CALSSA to its members most heavily affected.

It is great to see the solar community come together to support one another. Thank you to all who donated.

Clif Bar installing solar farm to power its 300,000 square-foot bakery

Clif Bar installing solar farm to power its 300,000 square-foot bakery

You have seen us applaud various corporations who have decided to put their energy use in their own hands and make a positive impact on the environment.

Add Clif Bar to the growing list of large companies going solar.

In Idaho, the company’s bakery is in the process of installing a solar farm capable of delivering 30 percent of its yearly electricity needs to the building made up of 300,000 square feet. The farm will be five acres and produce 3 million kilowatt hours of energy every year. In addition, Clif is installing carport-mounted panels in the parking lot of the facility.

The company says the bakery will use around 20 percent less energy than a typical comparable bakery after the installation is complete.

If solar can accomplish this for a 30,000 square-foot facility, imagine what it can do for your home! Residents across the Sacramento region, continue to take advantage of the benefits of solar power by installing solar panels on their roofs. Not only are they lowering their electricity bills, but they are also doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint.

If you are interested in joining the solar movement, make sure to contact us today at 916.853.2700 to learn about our current specials on solar installation.

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