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Don’t worry about losing power with solar batteries

Don’t worry about losing power with solar batteries

If you had your power shut off due to PG&E’s recent blackouts, you may be getting some money back from the utility company.

That is because the company is crediting a total of $90 million to its customers for the shutoffs in October. According to The Sacramento Bee, the average credit that customers will receive on their bills is $122, which will be given to around 738,000 of the businesses and residents impacted.

While the credit may be nice for those who were impacted, or may be impacted in the future, money may not alleviate some of the inconvenience and stress that having the power off in their home or business for an extended amount of time can cause. This is why many of our customers are deciding to turn to solar, specifically solar battery storage, to protect against power shutoffs.

A solar battery, when combined with solar panels, is able to store excess energy produced that can be used at night or during a power outage. A battery storage system will allow you to utilize your solar once the utility power shuts down. The solar will power your essential electrical loads and power the battery to be used at night. Without a battery system, your solar will be shut off to protect the utility workers who are working on the lines to restore power.

Solar batteries can be implemented with either residential solar or commercial solar systems.

If you are interested in going solar to guard yourself against power shutoffs, you can trust Aztec Solar to get the job done right. That is because we have almost 40 years of experience doing solar and only solar in the Sacramento region. Our top-notch customer service, quality products and professional installers will make your solar experience a good one.

Contact us today with any questions.

Solar batteries allow Sacramento residents, businesses to protect against power shutoffs

Solar batteries allow Sacramento residents, businesses to protect against power shutoffs

If you live in the Sacramento region and haven’t experienced a power shut off recently, chances are you might in the future.

That is because PG&E continues to shut down the power to residents and businesses across the state to try to mitigate wildfire risk. Around 1.1 million of the utility company’s customers were impacted by the most recent round of power shutoffs.

Some went hours and even days without power, which can severely affect how someone lives or how a business functions. Because of this, many homeowners and business owners across the region are putting their power production in their own hands by utilizing a solar battery, combined with solar panels.

A solar battery is able to hold the excess electricity that solar panels generate instead of that energy being sent back out to the utility grid. When the solar battery is full, only then does excess power go back to the grid. The stored power can then be utilized during a power outage or at night.

This is why so many people are turning to solar batteries to protect themselves against PG&E shutoffs.

At Aztec Solar, we have been doing solar and only solar in the Sacramento region for nearly four decades, and are proud to be able to deliver a natural resource that helps residents with rooftop solar panels and businesses with commercial solar.

If you have any questions about going solar, or how solar batteries work, make sure to contact us today.

More than 230 U.S. mayors call for solar tax credit extension

More than 230 U.S. mayors call for solar tax credit extension

Mayors across the nation, including the mayor of the city of Davis, are making a bipartisan plea for a five-year extension of the Solar Investment Tax Credit.

More than 230 mayors from 39 states are calling for more resources for those who want to make a significant change in their lives, and the environment, by switching to clean, affordable energy.

The formation of this solar coalition could not have come at a better time for families and small businesses thinking about making the switch.

In just a few months, the current Solar Investment Tax Credit will be reduced. In 2021, it will fall once again before permanently going away for residential solar energy systems in just a few years.

As city leaders look for new ways to combat the effects of climate change and induce economic activity, they are pushing harder than ever for financial incentives that promote growth in solar applications. This is good news all around and will keep solar affordable.

And there’s still time this year to take advantage of a substantial tax credit when you decide to switch to a solar energy system that can power your home, business or provide heated water to your home, business or swimming pool.

We are committed to meeting the needs of your home or business using only top-quality solar products and technologies. Our knowledgeable solar experts and award-winning customer service enhance our ability to provide the energy solution you deserve.

For more than three decades, we have proudly served Northern California with excellence, delivering on the promise of clean, reliable and cost-effective solar energy systems for your home and business.

More than 300 communities across the U.S. are now considered solar-friendly

More than 300 communities across the U.S. are now considered solar-friendly

Solar power is growing exponentially because of its tremendous potential to save money and the environment.

To date, more than 300 local governments have reached national benchmarks that encourage solar power use.

SolSmart, a national program, helps municipalities with strategies that make it easier, faster and more affordable for others to make renewable energy a part of everyday life.

Those areas designated by the program have met criteria to prove that they are streamlining local procedures to ensure families and small businesses can easily implement solar energy solutions.

Aztec Solar wants to congratulate Sacramento and Davis for being named as designated cities. We cannot be prouder of their commitment to making the benefits of solar energy accessible to all its residents.

Go here to see the map of designees, which include cities, counties, small towns and regional organizations across the United States.

As the regional leader for solar installs in Northern California, we can help you realize your vision for solar energy for your home or business. We offer a free, no-pressure solar consultation. Our 28-minute consultation will inform you about your options and how a new solar electricity system can pay for itself, lower your monthly bill and bring you the gratification of going green.

If you’re thinking about heating your swimming pool, or your entire home or business, we are ready for the task. With more than 10,000 happy customers across Northern California, we are confident we can earn your business and trust.

Aztec Solar is home to smart solar energy solutions that meet the energy needs of residential, commercial, industrial and government entities. Please ask us today how we can work together on a solar application designed just for you.

Target and Walmart compete for solar panel supremacy

Target and Walmart compete for solar panel supremacy

Walmart or Target? The debate has escalated to new levels between the two major retailers.

Instead of dueling it out for the top shopping destination, Walmart and Target are competing for top environmental corporation.

Target is aiming to equip 25 percent of its nearly 2,000 stores with clean, renewable energy. The company began to invest in solar energy in 2011 and added panels to 150 stores by 2015. Today, that number has tripled.

Walmart set a long-term goal of using 100 percent of renewable energy at its stores. By 2025, the company hopes to be at 50 percent of that goal.

Target and Walmart are not alone in the corporate world. Google, Apple, Home Depot and other major companies have aggressively invested in renewable energy. Combined, they have purchased three times as much power from renewable sources last year from the prior year.

Companies are getting serious about a brighter future and creating jobs – and clean energy is at the center of it all.

As Northern California’s leading solar power company, we know how much small business owners and homeowners value solar energy. It’s apparent as the demand for solar energy installs from small and large companies alike continues to climb.

Residents and business owners across the region are also eager to take advantage of the generous 30 percent tax credit for their own solar projects. In 2020, this solar tax credit will decrease, and it may disappear entirely in just a few years.

By committing to solar energy today, you can enjoy all the benefits of tomorrow: Lower monthly bills, a longer swim season when you decide to use solar energy to heat your pool and the lasting legacy of clean energy are all things you are set to gain when you become a solar power consumer.

Contact us today to learn about commercial solar energy solutions. We are 100 percent committed to meeting your energy needs – no matter how big or small.

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