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Kenya water desalination plant using solar power deliver 20,000 gallons of water per day

Kenya water desalination plant using solar power deliver 20,000 gallons of water per day

Turning salt water into fresh drinking water could be the future when it comes to fighting any potential water shortage around the world.

A new desalination plant in Kenya is serving as a strong model for this and it is being powered by solar. The effort is led by a nonprofit known as GivePower and it is generating enough water for 25,000 people per day (nearly 20,000 gallons). The plant opened in 2018.

Locally, people make payments via an app for the water. The charge is a fourth of a cent per liter. GivePower says that this is much less than traditional water brands that charge $1 per liter.

And this is all possible thanks to solar power.

If solar can help in the effort to turn salt water into fresh water to help people in need, imagine what it could do for your home or business. Residents and business owners alike across the Sacramento region are currently using solar power to bring down their electricity costs and helping the environment at the same time.

Businesses could save thousands of dollars every month by going solar and residents could bring their high summer energy bills down significantly. Plus, with PG&E currently conducting power shut offs throughout the Sacramento region to mitigate fire risks, solar batteries can be used to store power for use at night or during a black out.

Aztec Solar has been doing solar and only solar in this area for almost four decades, so we have the experience and reputation to get pretty much any residential or commercial solar job done correctly. If you are interested in going solar, give us a call at 916.853.2700.

Report: Solar industry expected to surpass $57 billion by 2022

Report: Solar industry expected to surpass $57 billion by 2022

The solar panel market is expected to grow rapidly over the next two the three years, according to a new report.

Specifically, the Solar Panel Market research report, conducted by Zion Market Research, states that the market is expected to hit $57.5 billion by 2022. This figure is based on analysis such as probability, SWOT analysis, statistic formulas, probability and more. The report also indicated that projections can be suppressed or boosted through regulations introduced by governmental entities.

As an example of this, the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit, which currently delivers a 30 percent tax break to residential and commercial solar customers, is set to drop to 26 percent next year, and all the way down to 10 percent in 2022 and beyond. However, legislators are currently proposing to extend the 30 percent credit another five years.

The solar industry remains strong. In fact, in the first three months of the year, America installed a record amount of solar panels.

With this kind of projected growth, it is clear that more and more people are believing in the future of renewable energy sources, particularly solar.

If you are interested in being part of the solar movement, whether that be for your home or business, Aztec Solar is here for the Sacramento region. We have a long reputation of nearly 40 years delivering quality residential and commercial solar projects in the area.

Contact us today at 916.853.2700 if you have any questions.

Protect against PG&E power shut-offs with solar batteries

Protect against PG&E power shut-offs with solar batteries

You may have heard about it or experienced it firsthand, but PG&E is sporadically cutting off power in neighborhoods across the Sacramento region as a way to mitigate wildfire risk.

This is causing concern among homeowners who could go hours without power, and especially without air conditioning at a time in the middle of the hot Sacramento summer when temperatures can reach above 100 degrees.

Well, solar power owners can protect themselves from these shut-offs by utilizing solar batteries. Here is how they work:

  • Solar panels usually send excess power generated back out to the utility grid.
  • A solar battery takes that excess electricity generated by solar panels, and instead of sending it back out to the utility grid it stores it for later use by the homeowners. This occurs through charging via the power of the panels.
  • Once the battery is fully charged, it sends that excess power out to the grid.
  • This stored power from the charged battery can then be pulled from at night or during a power outage.

Essentially, solar batteries take energy independence to a whole new level by giving you even more control over the energy you produce and what you use it for.

At Aztec Solar, we have been doing solar and only solar in the Sacramento region for nearly 40 years. And we have a lot of experience when it comes to solar storage products. In fact, our CEO is currently the president of California Solar & Storage Association.

If you have any questions about solar and/or solar batteries, make sure to contact us today at 916.853.2700.

Bipartisan legislation introduced to extend 30 percent federal solar tax credit

Bipartisan legislation introduced to extend 30 percent federal solar tax credit

For nearly 15 years, residential and commercial solar customers have been able to take advantage of the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit. This program extends a 30 percent tax credit for solar buyers.

The credit is set to drop from 30 percent at the end of this year to 26 percent in 2020, then down to 22 percent in 2021 and 10 percent from 2022 and beyond.

Legislators are currently attempting to extend the 30 percent deduction by five years, however. The Renewable Energy Extension Act is a bipartisan piece of legislation in both the House and Senate intended to continue the success of the tax credit by supporting clean energy and economic development, while creating jobs. Since the Solar Investment Tax Credit began in 2005, it has generated $140 billion in private investment and boosted solar deployment by over 10,000 percent, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Aztec Solar applauds these efforts as the Solar Investment Tax Credit extends many benefits to residential and commercial solar customers across the Sacramento region.

While we wait to see if this new legislation makes it through the next phases of the legislative process, make sure to take advantage of solar while the 30 percent tax credit is still in tact as is.

Aztec Solar has nearly 40 years of experience of installing solar and only solar in the Sacramento region. Over that time, we have built a strong reputation of top-notch customer service and quality products.

If you would like to make switch to solar today, make sure to give us a call at 916.853.2700.

Solar investments surging as federal tax credit reduction looms

Solar investments surging as federal tax credit reduction looms

Investments in solar are surging, largely due to the cost savings that can occur if you go solar, but also due to the expiring Federal Solar Tax Credit.

At the end of 2019, the tax credit will drop from 30 percent to 26 percent. According to reports, stocks and funds in solar have jumped 56 percent since January. Financial analysts are saying the looming decrease in the tax credit is a major driver in this surge.

Another factor playing into more people investing in residential and commercial solar is that prices continue to decline. For example, between 2009 and 2017, solar prices dropped by 76 percent, as solar surpassed all other clean energy solutions combined in investments, including wind.

So, what does this all mean?

It means that now is probably a good time to go solar. That is because the Sacramento region is one of the sunniest places in the world and more and more residents and businesses alike are seeing the benefits of purchasing solar power. It could reduce monthly energy costs by hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars each month and helps the environment at the same time.

It is a win-win!

And when combined with the still-available 30 percent federal tax credit, it is pretty much a no brainer.

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

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