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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.

Solar power across United States reaches mega milestone

Solar power across United States reaches mega milestone

The United States reached 100 gigawatts in solar capacity following the installation of 5 gigawatts this year alone. To get an idea about how much power that is, consider that in order to produce one gigawatt of electricity, about 3.2 million solar panels are needed.

This exciting news means more energy than ever before is being produced by clean and affordable energy sources, many of which are available to you.

Rapid growth is the norm for solar energy. Over three and a half years alone, the solar industry expanded twice in size, according to the report by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Here are some other report highlights:

  • Residential solar installation increased by 11% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 2020.
  • Commercial solar projects jumped 19% over the same period of time.
  • New solar accounted for 58% of new electricity sources.

Modeling in the report suggests even further growth in the foreseeable future. At its current pace, solar is expected to break record after record. Between now and 2026, it’s likely that solar capacity will reach more than 160% of its current level.

The Solar Investment Tax Credit provides families and business owners with yet another incentive to switch from traditional utility to solar technology. Since its enactment, the solar credit has helped paved the way for explosive solar growth, including billions of dollars of economic activity. Now it’s your turn.

Families and business owners can enjoy a 26% tax credit for all solar energy systems in 2021. Next year, the tax credit will remain the same before it drops to 22% in 2023. By 2024, only commercial projects will qualify for the tax credit.

From solar electricity, pool heating to solar power energy storage, you can rely on Aztec Solar for a solution that helps accomplish your energy and budget goals at home or at your place of business. As the region’s go-to solar expert, Aztec Solar has served more than 10,000 customers, connecting them to solar energy solutions that matter. If you want to save money and help protect the planet, we have the solar application for you.

Contact us today to get started on your solar power project!

As summer approaches, California drought troubles worsen

As summer approaches, California drought troubles worsen

Wherever you are in California, there’s worry over the drought.

Nearly 15% of the state recently moved into the most severe tier of drought status, the highest mark since 2014.

As summer gets closer, drought conditions will worsen following a relatively dry rain season. As a result, California must prepare for yet another wildfire season and power outages. Last year, the state endured record-breaking wildfire activity as millions of acres burned. There’s a strong possibility that 2021 will be one for the record books, according to climate scientists.

The combination of long-term climate factors and this year’s likely extreme drought conditions creates high fire risks for large swaths of land. The state is off to a poor start. Through May, the number of acres burned across California was up sevenfold compared to the same period last year. It prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency to deal with the current drought crisis.

In an effort to contain the impacts, state agencies will work on increased drought resilience measures as part of the declaration. Power companies will also implement fire prevention measures, including power outages.

As we look forward to brighter days ahead, we know we can do our part to help protect the planet. Solar energy uses renewable energy sources to produce clean and affordable electricity. Every energy application at home or at your place of business will be part of the greater solution we know tomorrow can bring.

In addition, solar energy combined with solar energy storage batteries can keep the electricity running during an unexpected event. During a power outage, solar customers can put their excess power supply to work. The solar energy storage system will keep energy locked away until it’s needed. With a simple switch, you can power your home or business when it’s needed the most.

Aztec Solar delivers on award-winning customer service and cutting-edge technology for your home or business. More than 10,000 customers in Northern California have relied on Aztec Solar for all their clean energy needs. From solar pool heating to complete solar power electricity and storage systems, contact us today to learn how you can save money and take part in a brighter future.

For some, summer time means higher utility bills

For some, summer time means higher utility bills

The region’s utility provider switched to its “Time-of-Day” rates in June, increasing the cost of electricity between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. During these hours, demand for electricity is at its highest. That’s why customers are encouraged to cut back or pay a little more for electricity use in the evening.

Time-of-Day rates and higher prices continue through the end of September.

Time-of-Day rates include peak hours and mid-peak hours. During mid-peak hours, the cost for electricity is lower than peak hours but more expensive than off-peak hours. Off-peak hours run from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. and mid-peak hours start at noon and end at 5 p.m. during the work week.

Peak hour pricing, which begins at 5 p.m., is the most expensive. Some customers pay up to twice the amount they would have if they used their electricity during the earlier parts of the day. Utility companies must crank up their electricity production during these high-demand hours. They pass on the additional costs to their customers.

Solar energy customers do not have to face the confusion and pain of tier pricing during summer. You can run your air conditioner and other appliances without the pressure of having to pay more at the end of the month. Aztec Solar offers a wide range of solar products, including solar battery storage, that will boost your savings and provide energy that’s affordable and good for the planet.

Aztec Solar is the region’s go-to solar expert. With more than 10,000 residential and commercial customers, we earn the trust of our clients. You can expect excellent customer service and top-rated products.

Aztec Solar offers in-house solar water heating, solar pool heating and complete solar electric experience for all applications. Every system is designed to meet your needs.

So, stop worrying about your next utility bill and ask about how you can save money every day of the year with solar energy.

Contact us today to get started with solar power!

Roof replacement and solar installation – should you do both?

Roof replacement and solar installation – should you do both?

Residential rooftop solar installations provide huge savings to homeowners. They enjoy clean and affordable energy while doing their part in the fight to reduce harmful fossil fuel emissions.

If you’re thinking about bringing solar into your home, one big question going through your mind might be: Is my rooftop suitable for a solar energy system?

If you suspect your roof is too old to handle a rooftop solar installation, consider consulting with a roofer first. A roofing company can conduct an affordable inspection and provide answers. A roof inspection will also identify possible obstructions that block the sun’s energy, which is another good thing to know. Solar companies also do roof evaluations and inspections.

Some homeowners may not notice any visible wear and tear to their rooftop. In this case, the age of the roof can be a reliable indicator as to whether it needs to be replaced.

In many cases, roofs between 15 and 20 years old could soon need replacement. Solar panels, by contrast, are designed to outlast that timeframe. If your rooftop will soon qualify for replacement, it makes a lot of sense to do so before installing solar panels. You can also have peace of mind that your new roof and solar panel system are on the same warranty timeline.

If homeowners decide to not replace their roof before installing rooftop solar, they have the option to remove and reinstall their solar electricity systems at a later time. But in addition to the new roof costs, they can expect to pay more than $1,000 to remove and reinstall solar panels.

If you do notice some roof wear and tear, here’s what to keep an eye out for. Missing shingles are easy to spot and are not uncommon. Wind and other weather factors can eat away at roofing material.

Curling shingles and cracked tiles are also signs that the roof is in need of repair or replacement. Asphalt shingles will begin to curl and degrade due to UV exposures. Shingle granules washing away is another clue. If you noticed pieces of shingle granules in gutters or other areas around the house, it’s likely that your asphalt roof is in need of attention.

Damp spots and rot along the attic roof is another sign that there’s an issue brewing with the roof.

So before you make the switch the solar, consider getting your rooftop checked out. A simple evaluation can save you time and money and will help you make the most out of your new solar electricity system.

Contact us today if you are ready to get started on your solar project.

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