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Everything you need to know about next month’s solar eclipse

Everything you need to know about next month’s solar eclipse

It’s been nearly 40 years since we’ve seen a celestial show like this!

On Aug. 21, the continental United States will have its eyes toward the sky for a total solar eclipse, a rare and special event for the ages.

The shadow from the Great American Solar Eclipse will span cross-country, from Oregon to South Carolina, providing millions of people an opportunity of a lifetime to witness one of nature’s most intriguing spectacles.

In fact, the last time a show like this occurred, Aztec Solar was just getting off the ground. For more than 30 years, we’ve been solar pioneers, providing Northern California with quality solar solutions and savings to thousands of homeowners and businesses.

We’ll all be on bated breath on Aug. 21 as the sun “disappears” behind the moon, resulting in temperature drops and twilight-like conditions, depending on where you are.

The path of totality – the area in which the eclipse will be most visible – is about 70 miles wide. It’ll traverse through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

NASA put together this awesome map so you can pinpoint the eclipse’s path. The timing will depend on where you are and while California is not in the totality zone, you can still see it in the Sacramento region as a partial eclipse!

Other NASA resources: Total Solar Eclipse 2017 App | FAQs | Who? What? Where? When? And How? |NASA’s Eye

There’s a ton of excitement surrounding this event and the next one will not happen until 2024, but it will not be as visible as this upcoming event, which occurs about every 1,000 years (for all the lower 48 states to see).

As we gear up for this electrifying moment, we hope your enthusiasm carries over into solar applications. The sun is a tremendous resource that you can take advantage of each day. From our solar electricity to solar water heating, there’s a solution for your home and business needs with Aztec Solar.

Solar plant designed in the shape of a panda bear

Solar technology continues to capture our imagination because of its ability to provide a flexible energy source.

In China, a solar company is turning heads with its latest design for a solar plant that’s in the shape of a panda bear. The panda farm is the first of Panda Green’s several bear-shaped farms that will provide as much as 100 megawatts of power.

Panda Green officially flipped the switch on its panda-shape solar power grid last month.

In a statement, the company framed the accomplishment not in bear terms, but in the impact it’ll have on the environment and consumers. “A 100MW Panda Power Plant can provide 3.2 billion [kilowatt-hours] of green electricity in 25 years, equivalent to saving 1.056 million tons of coal, or reducing 2.74 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions,” the company said.

That’s design innovation and representative of the unlimited potential of solar — which we know a little bit about, too.

For more than 30 years, Aztec Solar has tapped into the possibilities. As a pioneer of solar applications across the Sacramento region, we provide award-winning customer service alongside our energy solutions that include electricity, solar pool heating, solar water heating and more.

Our successes are rooted in our determination to provide the best solar technologies to our customers by using industry-leading training, high-quality products and innovative technologies to meet your needs at home or place of business.

As technology and our imagination continues to develop, we will see more and more innovation in the realm of green energy. Already, thanks to our hard work and advancement, solar energy is more affordable than ever and provides a viable path for a brighter and healthier future.

If you have any questions about new technologies, be sure to contact us for all the information about solar electricity, water heating, pool heating and more.

Two amazing offers when you make the ultimate solar switch!

Aztec Solar is proud to offer two amazing products when you make the switch to solar electricity — and we’re giving you the choice!

When you convert your home’s power source, you’re committing to a lifetime of savings.

Unlike any other time, summer provides the perfect case study for how much our utility bills can climb when the temperatures rise. If you’ve looked at your recent bill, you’re aware of the connection between increased air conditioning use and a bigger bill.

With solar, you can pile on the savings — but we want to take it to the next level with two amazing offers of your choice.

If you sign up before the end of July to install a new solar electric system, you are eligible for a FREE “Quiet Cool” Whole House Fan or a Wink Smart Home Starter Kit.

The powerful combination of your new solar power system and one of these products will provide an additional boost to your savings.

The “Quiet Cool” Whole House Fan unit is energy efficient and will help reduce the need to run your AC all day long in this summer heat. This is how it works: The unit forces hot air through the attic to the outside, keeping your home cooler than ever.

With Wink, building a smart home has never been easier. Here at Aztec Solar, we believe that smart homes are the future and provide the type of home efficiency you deserve. The Wink set-up kit can be combined with production and consumption monitoring of your Aztec Solar application and Nest Thermostat. Nest actually learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away, and can be controlled from your smartphone’s Wink App! It’s total energy control at your fingertips — no matter where you are.

Aztec Solar has been providing solar applications and services for more than 30 years in the Sacramento region. We’re good at what we do. And when we’re able to provide our customers with new ways to save, we want to make sure it’s accessible to all.

We believe this offer accomplishes our goal of providing affordable energy solutions to your home or business through smart, efficient and planet-friendly technologies.

Report: Sacramento’s summers are the sunniest in the world!

Report: Sacramento’s summers are the sunniest in the world!

We’re fortunate to live in beautiful Northern California, where 70-degree days happen in June or October, and winters aren’t overly frigid.

The recent heatwave, however, has reminded us of how hot it can get — and it should also remind you to take advantage of the sunny Sacramento region days by adding solar power to your home or your business!

While we’re not Arizona in terms of the high temperatures reached, Sacramento summers are the sunniest in the world, according to new meteorological data. And that’s good news for all our current and future solar friends. Sacramento, in fact, averages 13 hours of sunshine per day during the first months of summer — that’s a desirable perk from multiple perspectives. It means more time in the sun outdoors and it means bigger savings to the wallet of solar owners.

Aztec Solar’s industry-leading solar applications produce electricity in proportion to the amount of sunlight that comes upon them. So, when you add it all up, more sunshine equals more savings. As a leading Sacramento-area solar company for more than 35 years, we’ve built an incredible reputation for our products, installs and top-rated customers service. You can learn more about how solar can change your life here with our Solar Buyer’s Guide. It’s totally free and we think you’ll like what you’ll see.

Aztec Solar is also home to the 28-minute solar consultation. You’ll learn how your new solar system will pay for itself and the immediate savings to your utility bill. Learn more about the consultation here. And if you are interested in finding out how much you can save with solar in just nine seconds, click here.

Solar has never been more affordable, popular or accessible. Prices continue to drop, business-owners are jumping into the marketplace of solar energy and special financing programs and government incentives are making solar more accessible to anyone who’s looking to save money. In addition to savings, you will also do your part for the environment. Aztec Solar commits to providing the best solar energy solutions to our customers because it’s part of securing a brighter and healthier planet. So, if you’re ready to take advantage of all that Sacramento sunshine, be sure to contact us today to learn more about the possibilities of solar!

Fun Sacramento Solar Questions Answered

Fun Sacramento Solar Questions Answered

There is so much to know about solar, its history, technology and where it’s going next.

As a leading solar company in the Sacramento region, providing clean and efficient energy and freeing our customers from increasing energy costs, we thought it would be fun to answer some important questions about solar so you can become better acquainted with this rich energy source.

The History of Solar

Fossil fuels, which include carbon, petroleum, coal and natural gas, have been around for nearly 650 million years. Humans used coal as early as 1,000 B.C., but it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution (mid-1700s) that coal became the go-to source of energy. Compare that with the sun, which has been around for nearly 4.5 billion years. Of course, humans and plants have been using the sun’s heat since the beginning of time. It wasn’t until 1839 that Alexandre Edmond Becquerel discovered that an electric current can be established in certain materials when they are put under light. The PV Cell was patented in 1954 and the following year, Hoffman Electronics-Semiconductor Division announced a commercial photovoltaic product, which wasn’t very efficient, but truly set the foundation for where we are today.

How Solar Works

 Underneath the glassy surface of a solar panel are photovoltaic cells, which do the heavy lifting to create solar energy. In fact, “photovoltaic” comes from the Latin words for light and voltage. Together, the term refers to cells that harness the sun’s light to make energy. Sunlight stimulates electrons within the cells to create direct current electricity. A few other steps take the current into the circuit breaker where the direct current is converted to an alternating current.

How Solar Protects the Planet

Unlike fossil fuels, solar energy is a renewable source of energy and does not spew harmful byproducts and emissions. This green electricity is inexhaustible because it comes from the sun, which we expect to be around for quite some time! It only takes 18 days of sun on Earth to create the same amount of energy in the planet’s reserves of coal, oil and natural gas.

How to Finance Solar

Local government and federal subsidies — and the declining costs of going solar — make it more affordable than ever to go green. Special financing is also available with no money down. If you decide to finance your solar electricity system, your monthly payment will be less than the average savings on your monthly utility bill. It’s a win-win for you and the planet!

The State of Solar

The state of solar energy is strong. Consider some of the headlines we’ve seen over the last couple of months: Solar, wind combine forces to break U.S. record; Solar power continues upward trajectory; Solar installer is the fastest-growing job in the United States; Solar energy use sets record in California

Aztec Solar has been paving the way for a brighter and cleaner future for more than 35 years in the Sacramento region and we’re excited as ever about the future of solar. From the number of clean energy jobs, the percentage of clean energy used across California and the lower costs for homes and businesses, the solar technology, applications and services that we proudly provide continue to show their worth.

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