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Solar investment tax credit decreased in 2020, act now before it goes away in coming years

Solar investment tax credit decreased in 2020, act now before it goes away in coming years

The Solar Investment Tax Credit for residential and commercial solar projects dropped from 30 to 26 percent this year, and will continue to drop in the future.

The incentive for residential and commercial solar customers has dropped to 26 percent in 2020. It will decrease to 22 percent in 2021 and go away completely for residential in 2022 (it will remain at 10 percent for commercial in 2022). So, 2020 should be the year that you make the switch if you want to take advantage of the tax benefits.

When the solar credit was enacted in 2006, Aztec Solar envisioned a major new wave of solar energy adopters and believers of clean energy technology as a pathway to a brighter future. The Solar Investment Tax Credit became a powerful federal policy, an annual success story of jobs created and billions of dollars invested into the U.S. economy.

Since the tax credit’s arrival, the solar industry has grown by more than 10,000 percent, meaning more people have access to clean and affordable solar products and technologies, and more people reap the benefits.

The investment you make in the environment and the savings in utility costs alone are worth it. The substantial tax break is an added perk.

Whatever solar project you envision for your home or business, Aztec Solar is committed to meeting your needs. We offer in-house solar water heating, solar pool heating and solar electric expertise for all applications.

For more than 40 years, Aztec Solar has been the region’s go-to solar energy solutions provider, meeting the energy needs of homes and businesses. We do so with top-quality solar products and technologies all supported by knowledgeable solar experts and award-winning customer service.

As we enter the new decade and you consider the possibilities of solar energy, keep in mind the savings you can enjoy today, on April 15 and in the many years to come.

Prepare for the next fire season by going with solar and battery storage now

Prepare for the next fire season by going with solar and battery storage now

Your home and business can plan for the unexpected this year by installing a solar electricity system with solar battery storage.

The new year is a new opportunity to invest in clean and reliable energy and sidestep unpredictable utility costs and unpredictable power outages due to wildfire risk, which have become too common in Northern California.

Aztec Solar delivers energy solutions that meet the changing needs of homes and businesses across the region. Our high-quality solar products and technologies offer smart alternatives to traditional utility and all its baggage.

By rethinking your energy future, you can say goodbye to unpredictable power outages and summer price surges.

The combination of solar electricity and storage means you can prepare for the unexpected by storing excess energy created by your solar panel system. Whether it’s at night or your community is experiencing a power outage, you can rely on your energy system to continue providing energy to your home and business.

With Aztec Solar, you can be at the forefront of tomorrow’s energy solutions. Within two decades, global demand for battery storage is expected to grow to a capacity that would make up more than half of the renewable energy being consumed today.

Along with this energy solution, Aztec Solar also offers in-house solar water heating, solar pool heating and other solar applications that will meet the needs of your home or business.

Our knowledgeable solar experts are ready to begin the process of designing an energy solution suited just for you. In doing so, you’ll be joining a movement toward energy that’s clean, efficient and always on.

Contact us today to get started!

Solar panels required for newly constructed homes in California beginning Jan. 1

Solar panels required for newly constructed homes in California beginning Jan. 1

For more than four decades, Aztec Solar has had the pleasure of working with thousands of people across Northern California to bring clean and affordable energy into their homes and businesses.

As a result, believers in clean energy are experiencing the power of solar firsthand, enjoying a decline to their utility bills and other benefits and uses, including hot water and pool heating applications.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, more people will experience the promise of solar energy through the state’s new requirement of solar power installations on new homes.

Legislation for new state building codes for solar collection panels on new construction projects was signed under Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.

California becomes the first state in the nation to pave the way for clean, affordable energy in this impactful way. The California Energy Commission estimates that homeowners can expect to save nearly $20,000 in reduced energy bills.

Looking toward the future, homeowners who decide to buy a home in California can expect a higher return on their investment once they decide to sell.

This new requirement may also push annual solar installations by 44 percent, giving rise to a brighter future that allows more families to save hundreds of dollars a year on their utility bills, and help protect the environment from carbon emissions.

Aztec Solar can meet your energy needs, whether you’re a new homeowner or starting a business. We offer in-house solar water heating, solar pool heating and solar electric for all applications, big or small. Whatever your need, please reach out to us today to learn more about our top-quality solar products and technologies and how you can be part of this growing movement.

Pew Survey: Growing number of homeowners say ‘yes’ to solar power

Pew Survey: Growing number of homeowners say ‘yes’ to solar power

As more Americans grow wary about the threats of global climate change, clean and renewable energy sources are top of mind.

A new Pew Research Center survey found there’s a growing number of homeowners who are saying, “yes” to solar panels because they believe they are the solution.

Nearly 50 percent say they have seriously considered taking the concrete step toward clean, reliable and affordable energy by adding solar panels to their roofs. That’s a nearly 10 percent jump in sentiment from just a few years ago.

Small-scale solar is expected to increase by 44 percent, according to the survey. Sadly, solar power from both small and large-scale projects accounted for only 2 percent of the total electricity use in the United States.

Thankfully, California and Aztec Solar are paving the way toward a more positive future that’s reliant upon clean and affordable energy.

Our state is leading the country in electricity-generating capacity from small-scale solar power, which is installed on the rooftops of homes and small businesses.

The two primary reasons for this growth, according to the survey, is the ever-growing desire to make a positive difference in the world, and save money.

For more than 40 years, that’s precisely what Aztec Solar has promised and delivered. We are working hard with home and business owners across Northern California to devise custom energy solutions that fit their needs, save them money, and help pave the way for a brighter and cleaner planet.

Aztec Solar CEO, Ed Murray, elected for third year in a row as president of California Solar and Storage Association

Aztec Solar CEO, Ed Murray, elected for third year in a row as president of California Solar and Storage Association

Aztec Solar is pleased to share some exciting news: For the third year in a row, our very own Ed Murray, CEO of Aztec Solar, has been elected as president of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA).

Aztec Solar and CALSSA share the mission of promoting the widespread use of smart, local and clean energy technologies. Together, we are building a better energy future in communities across Northern California and beyond.

The solar industry is better positioned today thanks to the association’s steadfast advocacy before key stakeholders and state agencies and lobbying in the California State Legislature. CALSSA tackles the big issues — such as defending Net Energy Metering — so that solar energy services, technology and products remain accessible, affordable and central to our future.

We are proud that our CEO will continue to lead CALSSA to advance an ambitious agenda that meets the values we share within the solar industry family.

Since 1978, Ed has worked to preserve and develop the solar industry. He has been associated with CALSSA since 1984. In addition to his role as president of CALSSA, he is the chair of the Solar Heating and Cooling Division for SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) and serves on the Consumer Protection Committee, Election Committee and Federal Policy Committee. Ed is on the NABCEP board of directors and has been a board member of SEIA since 2011.

With Ed’s leadership, the solar industry can look forward to continued opportunities for collaboration and growth. Our vision is a shared one because we know the potential of solar energy, energy storage and energy management. It’s never been greater. We know that we can continue to empower consumers to take control of their energy consumption, drive positive activities that allow the economy to grow and provide a clear path forward to a brighter and cleaner planet for all.

Aztec Solar believes renewable energy is the future of this country. That is why as a company we support and promote the efforts of CALSSA. Aztec Solar is committed to meeting the energy needs of people across Northern California. Our service and products reflect this.

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