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New video shows grassroots support to #SaveSolarJobs

New video shows grassroots support to #SaveSolarJobs

A new video from Vote Solar captures the immense energy that hundreds of solar workers recently brought to Washington D.C. urging President Trump to #SaveSolarJobs.

The American solar industry employs 260,000 people across all 50 states, and creates a new job every 10 minutes. The growth of the industry and its job creation could be in jeopardy with new proposals being considered by the federal government.

The sector of solar photovoltaic installers is the fastest-growing job in the United States (between 2012 and 2016, according to a recent report).

Clean energy jobs support a wide range of workers including engineers, construction workers, installers, maintenance crews, manufactures, sales representatives and IT employees. Here are some numbers:

  • 2 million workers are helping families and businesses save money by making buildings efficient.
  • More than 600,000 workers focus on clean power generation, including wind and solar.
  • 100,000 workers specialize in advance energy storage and power grid technologies.
  • 100,000 individuals are exploring the technologies and usefulness of biofuels.
  • Clean transportation, like hybrid, electric and fuel cell cars provides employment to more than 200,000 workers.

Check out the video below from Vote Solar, a non-profit grassroots organization working to fight climate change and foster economic opportunity by bringing solar energy into the mainstream.

How the switch to Pioneer Community Energy impacts Placer County solar customers

How the switch to Pioneer Community Energy impacts Placer County solar customers

One of the great benefits of solar can be Net Energy Metering (NEM), when the solar electricity your home or business produces is more than what you need. It is commonly thought of as the meter going backward! Aztec Solar customers throughout Placer County may have received notices that their energy service is switching from PG&E to Pioneer Community Energy in 2018.

We would like to answer some questions about how this will or will not affect solar customers in that area.

Non-solar customers will start receiving electric generation supply from Pioneer in February. NEM customers will not be enrolled in February, but are slated to start receiving Pioneer service near the anniversary of their solar generation start dates to ensure no disruption.

PG&E will continue to operate Transmission and Delivery of electricity on behalf of Pioneer. NEM customers will be grandfathered in and still be effective 20 years from their system’s original activation date. The only difference is that the credits will be sent by Pioneer, not PG&E.

Pioneer will slash electricity rates by 3 percent for all customers, while at the same time increasing its NEM reimbursement rate to $.03 a kilowatt hour. In months where the net energy is greater than a customer’s bill, it will show as a positive amount on the bill. In April of each year (beginning in 2019), Pioneer will cash out the NEM credits if above the annual electricity bill.

Combined with the renewal of the federal Investment Tax Credit for solar installations at homes and businesses, solar is a great option for our customers in Placer County!

Contact Aztec Solar today at (916) 853-2700 to get started with a new solar system, solar water heater, or solar pool heater.

Affordable housing properties across California will soon benefit from solar

Affordable housing properties across California will soon benefit from solar

Affordable housing properties across California will soon benefit from solar energy, thanks to a recent decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

The CPUC has voted to approve a $1 billion program that provides up to $100 million annually for ten years to incentivize installations of solar on multifamily affordable housing properties. The program was created as a result of 2015 legislation (AB 693) aimed at helping tens of thousands of low-income residents receive electricity credits from solar energy.

Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) is the author of AB 693.

“I am grateful for the work of the solar industry and the environmental justice community for bringing a spotlight to the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing Program,” Eggman said. “Our partners at Everyday Energy and CEJA were instrumental in getting us to this point.  We look forward to increasing access to solar for all Californians by keeping up the momentum and fully-funding this program so we can help everyone benefit from our state’s clean energy economy.”

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), which Aztec Solar’s CEO Ed Murray is president of, and the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) co-sponsored AB 693.

Aztec Solar applauds the decision by the CPUC to move forward with this program, bringing the benefits of solar energy to families who need it.

The Investment Tax Credit for solar energy has been extended

The Investment Tax Credit for solar energy has been extended

Recently, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) successively worked with Congress to enact an extension of valuable solar tax credits. Aztec Solar CEO Ed Murray (as a board member of the SEIA) helped fight for this major victory to maintain the credit for both commercial developers AND homeowners.

What this means for you

This extension makes starting a solar investment with Aztec Solar even more affordable. It means that the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) will remain at 30 percent through 2019 before dropping to 26 percent in 2020 and to 22 percent in 2021.

Commercial investment tax credits will maintain a 10 percent rate beyond 2021, while homeowner tax credits will end. For homeowners, this means a five-year window is in place to take advantage of great tax benefits.

Homeowners who choose to act now will benefit from monthly payments lower than their current electric bill, an increased home value without affecting their property taxes, and the Investment Tax savings. This triple threat will make an Aztec Solar investment even more attractive for customers in the Sacramento region than it already was!

Although the tax savings window is only for five years for homeowners, the benefits from solar can last for many years! Most systems can last over 25 years and are virtually maintenance free.

What this means for America

The Investment Tax Credit will be a driver for the green economy as more businesses and families can get on board with solar energy. It is estimated that the number of Americans employed in solar will double from 210,000 to 420,000 by the end of 2020. It is also estimated to have a $140 billion impact on the U.S. economy!

Contact us to get started with solar today. Call us to book an appointment and find out if solar is right for you! (916) 835- 2700.

Aztec Solar to pay for customers’ December electric bills

Aztec Solar to pay for customers’ December electric bills

Winter may be a cooler time of year, when electricity usage goes down and you see a reprieve on your utility bill.

But did you know it’s also the best time of year to buy solar?

Why?

Because Aztec Solar is in the holiday spirit and has two fantastic offers, that end soon:

  • For solar electric: Purchase by December 31, and we’ll pay your December electric bill up to $1,000!
  • For solar pool heating: $1,200 OFF solar pool heaters if you sign up by January 15.

We take pride in our award-winning customer service. With over 10,000 customers, Aztec Solar is the most trusted solar company in Northern California. Aztec Solar provides solar energy solutions that meet the energy needs of residential, commercial, industrial and governmental entities. We offer in-house solar water heating, solar pool heating and solar electric experience for all applications. Every solar application is part of the solution to a brighter future and stronger planet.

In addition, Aztec Solar is the only solar company with an easy, 28-minute solar consultation. In 28 minutes, you’ll learn how your new solar system will pay for itself and how your solar payment and utility bill payments can be lower than what you are currently paying today.

Don’t miss out on these incredible offers; call us today to get started!

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