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Stronger together with Sigora Solar

Stronger together with Sigora Solar

Recently, you may have noticed some exciting developments. We partnered with Sigora Solar, a Virginia-based company that was recently awarded one of Solar Power World’s Top Solar Rooftop Contractors.

It was a significant decision for us; however, it was an easy one. Sigora Solar has a long history of outstanding customer service and innovation in the solar business as Virginia’s most prominent and top residential and commercial Installers. We couldn’t have selected a better partner with shared values and a goal to influence change in the industry.

“We’re on a mission to provide all sorts of consumers with access to energy solutions,” Sigora Solar CEO Logan Landry stated, “With the strategic purchase of Aztec Solar, we are fulfilling our aim of becoming a national leader in energy. At Sigora, we aim to empower our consumers with technology, such as solar, energy efficiency and battery storage. We are always on the lookout for possibilities like this, which we believe will benefit Aztec Solar, Sigora and all of our existing and prospective customers.”

With operations in 14 states, Sigora Solar is Virginia’s largest home and business solar installation. It has also appeared on Inc.’s list of America’s fastest-growing firms multiple times. Sigora was recognized as the “Most Forward-Thinking Company” in 2019. Sigora is celebrating its innovative and equity-driven business strategy, which includes solar and energy efficiency services as well as their One for One program that supplies Haitian families with free connections to clean, reliable electricity, many of whom have never had access to electricity.

“Our partnership with Sigora provides Aztec Solar with a wonderful chance to expand its reach while continuing to provide exceptional service to our over 10,000 customers,” says Ed Murray, CEO of Aztec Solar and president of the California Solar and Storage Association (CalSSA). “We take pleasure in being Northern California’s most dependable solar provider. In addition, our name is linked with solar energy ethics. We will only be able to expand on that history with Sigora’s knowledge and resources as a national brand.”

Sigora Solar is one of the country’s fastest-growing solar companies as well as Virginia’s largest residential and commercial solar provider, with over 40% of the state’s distributed producing capacity installed. They currently have 14 states under their belt and have established themselves as one of the country’s top 25 home solar companies. Their mission is to empower individuals and communities via energy and technology services in order to create a more sustainable and equitable energy economy. For additional information, go to sigorasolar.com.

For Aztec Solar customers, this change will not impact solar purchases. We will still offer solar pool heating, solar electric and solar hot water product services and installations. Additionally, we will continue to deliver services such as PV panel cleanings to clear wildfire ash off of your systems to boost production.

You can also still expect the same top-notch customer service we’re proud to be known for, and all warranties on your current systems will remain valid. This acquisition will simply allow us to expand our California footprint and deliver a larger array of services.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. You can contact us at (916) 853-2700.

Tiny Car Runs Solely on Solar Power

Tiny Car Runs Solely on Solar Power

The Squad, an Amsterdam-based startup’s revolutionary urban vehicle, is about the size of a bicycle: up to four cars can be parked sideways in a normal parking slot. The electric two-small seater’s size is one of the reasons it uses so little energy — it can operate entirely on electricity from a solar panel on its roof on a typical day of city travel. A swappable battery is accessible when extra power is necessary.

The vehicle will be available in 2022 and will cost approximately $6,800. The co-founders previously worked at Lightyear, a business that makes a solar-powered electric automobile for the premium market. The price of Lightyear’s first automobile will be approximately $135,000; however, this will decrease as manufacturing rises.

The new automobile is ideally suited for solar power because it is designed for use exclusively on city streets and has a peak speed of 28 mph. You can accomplish more with your solar energy because the speeds and energy use are lower. The automobile can create enough energy to drive approximately 12 miles in a day when parked outdoors, which is more than an everyday errand requires. Solar power makes the automobile simpler to operate because it doesn’t need to be charged as frequently, and it helps to lessen the demand on the local grid. Because the car’s portable battery can be removed and set indoors, apartment residents won’t have to worry about finding a place to plug in.

Solar power’s fast decreasing cost, which has plummeted over 80% in a decade, makes it possible to cover an automobile with solar cells. The solar panel is about the same size as a typical solar panel found on a home’s roof. In addition, they can be manufactured using standard solar panel technology because they are so similar to commercial solar panels. As a result, we can keep the pricing as low as possible.

In a city like Sacramento, most people ride their bikes for short excursions. However, the business wants to fill a vacuum in places with excellent bike infrastructure or where the weather makes bicycling impossible. In addition, the small size is sufficient for simple errands such as grocery shopping or transporting a child to school.

If a solar-powered car is possible, think about how solar can affect your business. With over 40 years of experience, we at Aztec Solar can help improve your business and get you on the path to a brighter future and a more resilient planet.

Contact us today to get started!

Flowers grow well beneath solar panels, according to a study

Flowers grow well beneath solar panels, according to a study

There are many benefits to going solar, and here is yet another.

A new study revealed that the shade created by solar panels boosted the number of flowers growing under the panels and delayed the time when they bloomed, both of which could be beneficial to the agricultural community.

The findings have ramifications for solar developers who manage property covered by solar panels and agriculture and pollinator health activists looking for acreage to restore pollinator habitat.

The findings published in the journal Scientific Report come when certain states are developing statewide rules and incentives to encourage pollinator-friendly solar installations.

Pollinating insects have a role in the reproduction of over half of flowering plant species and roughly 30% of crop species around the world. The value of pollination services to agriculture in the U.S. is estimated to be at $13.98 billion per year.

Because of urbanization, agricultural intensification and land development, pollinating insect habitat is vanishing around the world. In addition, shifts in habitat availability can be caused by changes in the global climate. Meanwhile, PV solar installation has expanded by an average of 47% per year in the U.S. over the last decade, and current capacity is anticipated to quadruple again over the next five years, according to the researchers.

The rising demand for solar panels has sparked interest in agrivoltaics, which combines solar energy production with agricultural production, such as planting crops or grazing animals on the same piece of land.

Some of the findings are as follows:

  • There were no differences in the number of flower species or flower diversity between the plots.
  • Partially shaded areas had the most blossoms, with 4% more blooms than full-sun and complete-shade plots.
  • In partial shade and full sun, the number of bug species and variety were higher than in total shadow.
  • Pollinating insects were 3% more frequent in partial shade and full-light plots compared to complete-shadow sites.
  • Between the two plots, there were the same amount of insects per bloom.

The benefits of solar energy continue to expand! Be part of the solar movement by getting residential or commercial solar today. Contact us to get started!

Study: Solar panels can significantly boost home value

Study: Solar panels can significantly boost home value

Homes equipped with solar energy technology can demand a sales price up to 48% more than those without photovoltaic panels.

In a national survey, Porch.com found that solar-powered homes list for 56% of the average market list price. That type of premium means significant value added, especially in today’s red-hot real estate market.

Depending on the market, solar panels will be more in demand, sometimes attracting offers more than three times the average price of a home.

Unlike other home features, such as swimming pools, solar power technology is a proven winner in increasing the bottom line in real estate transactions.

Aztec Solar is proud to deliver energy solutions that meet today’s needs. When customers combined rooftop solar panels with solar power battery storage, they are at the forefront of an emerging technology.

No other investment comes close to making the kinds of impact as solar power applications.

Solar batteries provide homeowners with the peace of mind that they will always have a source of energy on hand in the event of a power outage. As California confronts growing wildfire threats, the likelihood of widespread electricity outages will be more common. Utility companies must act quickly to help prevent catastrophic wildfires, which temporarily leave some of their customers in the dark.

Solar batteries are the solution for the unpredictability and stress of power outages and sky-high billing. Residential customers can enjoy clean and affordable energy without limitations. Beyond the savings, solar is environmentally friendly technology that is carbon neutral.

With more than 10,000 customers across Northern California, Aztec Solar is the region’s trusted solar expert. We are working together to build a cleaner and brighter future with innovative technologies that meet the energy needs of all customers.

Additionally, Aztec Solar is a Pearl Certified contractor. Pearl Solar contractors are the best in the

business. It shows in our excellent professional training and credentials, quality control processes and our commitment to high solar installation standards. And because we are Pearl Certified, our installations may increase your home’s value by an additional 5%, on average!

Not only will we make solar improvements to your home, we will help you capture the full value of your investment when you go to sell or refinance your home. When we complete our work, you’ll receive a Pearl Certification Report and documentation for the appraiser. This report includes information such as a signed and verified certification; details on your home improvements with specifics on equipment, installation and comparison data; Appraisal Institute’s Green and Energy Efficient Appraisal Addendum; and letters to your agent and appraiser explaining how to leverage Pearl for increased home valuation.

Contact us today to get started on your solar power system and boosting your home’s value!

Increasing risk of wildfires in California brings threat of power shutoffs

Increasing risk of wildfires in California brings threat of power shutoffs

With summer in full gear, California is at greater risk for drought and wildfire events. As a result, some residents are already preparing for an active wildfire season and strict water conservation measures.

State officials report that the poor conditions are worsening at an alarming rate. Low reservoir levels and drying vegetation are two major factors in California’s dire climate assessment.

At current levels, the drought conditions are worse than they were during California’s most recent severe drought, which ended about five years ago.

The threat of wildfire is also far ahead of previous seasons as firefighters are up against August- and September-like conditions in June. The wildfires are also moving more quickly that previous seasons. With the approaching Fourth of July holiday and rising temperatures, conditions are quickly deteriorating.

California experienced its worst wildfire season in recorded history in 2020, so there’s real concern that 2021 will be another devastating season.

Power shut offs are also a new reality. Customers of traditional utility services are faced with the prospect of losing electricity at a moment’s notice. Cutting off transmission of electricity is one of the tools California utility companies use to help prevent the next wildfire disaster.

Solar power is a solution to the unpredictability and stress thousands of homeowners and businesses face during emergency power outages. Solar electricity combined with solar storage technology delivers on the promise of affordable and clean energy without limitations.

Solar battery storage lets customers keep excess energy that can be used after sunset or in the event of a blackout. When customers install a battery storage system, they can bypass shutoffs to their home or business.

Aztec Solar offers energy solutions that meet the power needs of all home and business owners. We exceed expectations through our top-quality products and technologies, knowledgeable experts and award-winning customer service. Contact us to learn more about energy technology that help meet today’s challenges and pave the way for a brighter future.

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