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Aztec Solar offers five-star service

Our track record of solar installations goes back for more than 35 years. In that span of time, we’ve been recognized for our excellent customer service while bringing the affordability of clean solar power into the homes and businesses of at least 10,000 satisfied customers across Northern California.

Our energy solutions include solar electricity systems, solar heating and water heating applications. We are also the home of the 28-minute solar consultation and the Second Opinion Best Price Guarantee. We believe our excellent products, installers, customer service representatives and the way we conduct business sets us apart from the rest.

We’d like to share with you some of the reviews our customers have left us.

We get excellent results on solar installs every time. Our expert installers use the highest quality products and industry-leading techniques to get the job done. Aztec Solar specializes in Total Solar Home Design, which combines solar electricity and solar water heating system to maximize your savings.

For those unfamiliar with pool heating, here’s a quick summary of how it works and why our customers love it so much. We use your existing pump to push water through our Heliocol solar panel to increase the water’s temperature. Once heated, the water recycles back into your pool. The sun-warmed water allows our customers to use their swimming pools much earlier in the season. In fact, we can double your pool time. Why wait for August when you can enjoy summer swimming in May? We think you’ll love these benefits! To learn more about solar pool heating, go here.

We can have the best products and the best training, but it will not go very far without our award-winning customer service. From the beginning of your experience with Aztec Solar to the end, you will be satisfied at every step. Our technicians are trained in the latest technology and certified by industry-leading manufactures. In addition, we use the best materials with every install. In the end, you have an enjoyable transaction and a quality product that will save you money. And remember, every application is part of a bigger solution to ensure a brighter future and healthier planet.

To learn more about our products and services, give us a call at (916) 853-2700.

Bet on solar for your utility needs

At the beginning of the year, customers braced for higher utility bills after the California Public Utilities Commission adopted updated price tiers. Through the months, rates continued to go up much to the displeasure of many families. And with the warmer weather upon us in the Sacramento region, there’s no doubt that we’ll be cranking up our air conditioning use into high gear soon.

As we approach the warmer months here is a guide to the benefits of solar energy. 

Solar calculator 

The first thing you can do is this. Input a few numbers into our solar calculator to see if the solar switch is right for you. You can receive immediate results through email or text message. That’s just one way you can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel that will free you from ever-increasing utility rates.

Financing solar

Next, you may ask yourself if it is prudent to finance this investment. Thankfully, financing is available for solar energy for your home, pool or business. Most systems can be financed with zero down and a payment that is lower than what you are currently paying your utility company. You’ll be saving immediately just by making the switch to clean energy.

How long will solar panels last?

Now that we have costs out of the way, you may be wondering about longevity. Aztec Solar is committed to only using the best materials and installation practices so your clean energy investment can pass the test of time. Our products are now covered by a 25-year production warranty and a standard 10-year warranty is also available. The technology we use is made to last. Modules have no moving parts and require virtually no maintenance. You can expect them to last at least 25 years.

Tax benefits

Another question we get is about taxes. No, solar upgrades will not increase your property taxes. In fact, you may be eligible for a tax break if you decide to install solar panels. Many homeowners who decide to invest in them also see an increased appraisal value to their homes. Energy efficiency is a huge selling point. You can expect a 7 to 20 percent spike in your home’s value.

Clean energy

Finally, solar energy is the cleanest method to provide energy to your home, pool or business. We’ve been helping people save money for more than 35 years. We do it with excellent customer service, installers, products and foresight. Solar energy allows us to save money and help protect the future of our planet. Reason enough, right?

Be sure to contact us if you have any questions about solar energy, products and services.

Solar device used to produce drinking water

In California, water is a big deal. Our memories do not have to stretch far to recall the drier days of the drought and the complication it posed. Solar is also a big deal for us here in the Golden State. Just last month, for instance, the state generated more than half of its energy through solar – and it’s not stopping there.

The importance of water and solar is unmistakable. These precious resources allow us to power our homes and businesses, grow our foods and provide other basic needs – and even recreation at parks like Folsom Lake. And not to mention, solar allows us to save money.

Now, scientists have combined these two resources to create something incredibly powerful: drinking water out of thin air.

According to the smarts folks at MIT and Berkeley, a new solar-powered device will not only produce water, but water suitable for drinking.

The device, for which its technology already existed, is specifically designed for drier, desert-like climates. The box-like machine contains layered metal-organic material, which acts like a sponge to capture as much water as possible when it’s open from air and rain. Once inside, the box is closed and exposed to the sun, which converts it into a liquid phase with a condenser. This process makes the water suitable for drinking.

The system is in the “proof of concept” phase and will eventually be scaled up from its current prototype version, which is about the size of a tissue box. The goal is to create devices large enough to provide for a family of four.

We are proud that solar energy can do so much good. We certainly see it every day. When many people think about solar, they usually associate it with power, clean energy, electricity and lower utility bills. Those are all tremendous attributes. Then you read about technology and the good solar can do in providing one of the most basic needs, and you’re left in awe.

Aztec Solar has been working with clients across Northern California for more than 35 years. Our customers know that it’s not just about saving money. It is clear that they are a part of a special clean energy movement that’s so vital to our future. A movement that provides hope, energy dependence and precious resources like electricity for our homes and business, and clean water.

Solar energy use sets record in California

Aztec Solar knows firsthand the joys our customers express when they begin utilizing clean, solar energy to power their homes and businesses. It’s a wonderful feeling on multiple levels. No. 1, they are saving a whole lot of money on their monthly bills and secondly, they feel accomplished for their contribution to a cleaner and brighter future.

Imagine that joy multiplied by 38.8 million, the approximate population of California. How would we feel as residents if everyone could enjoy the benefits of clean energy? It would be an amazing day for obvious reasons.

While California isn’t quite near 100 percent dependent on clean energies, it did mark a milestone last month: It produced half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources for three hours, according to government figures. That renewable energy was solar power, by the way.

It only lasted three hours, but the milestone reminded us that we have come a long way, but we also know we have a long way to go to reach our potential. In a sense, the achievement came about 13 years earlier than expected. The state hopes to get half of all its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. So, in many ways, those three hours on March 11 represented the future of energy consumption across the Golden State, and perhaps, one day, the United States and the world.

Here’s a graph showing the installed capacity of self-generation energy across California, beginning in 2006. What’s striking is that of the almost 5,100 megawatts of solar, almost half of it was installed in 2014 and 2015 alone, according to the California Energy Commission.

So, where does that leave you? Are you ready to contribute by joining the other countless homes and businesses producing power from rooftops? Working together, we can help California inch closer and closer to its highest energy goals.

Being in business for more than 35 years, Aztec Solar considers itself a solar pioneer across Northern California for all the installs and services it has provided. From solar electricity to solar pool heating, there’s likely a program suitable for you and your family. Maybe you’re not quite ready for total solar, so you may decide on investing in a pool heating system. Or perhaps you want to go all in with a solar electricity. Whatever you decide, know that you are on a very exciting path that includes clean energy and new technology

SEIA launches new tools to protect solar customers

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) will launch a consumer education program designed to inform and protect people like you who’ve made the life-changing decision to use solar energy to power their homes, pools and businesses.

Over the last two years, the association has beefed up its consumer protection efforts and recently released a suite of new tools that cover the ins and outs of residential solar transactions. These resources guide consumers to ask the right questions when they decide to invest in solar energy. If you are wondering about price comparison, materials and expectations, for example, these tools clarify the process for this very important investment.

The association’s goal is simple. It wants to simplify the solar-buying process in such a way that also protects the consumer. It hopes to distribute the tools across the United States by making them accessible through several solar websites.

“Solar is still a new power choice for millions of Americans,” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper on solarindustrymag.com. “By doing their homework and making use of these tools, consumers and stakeholders alike will feel confident and comfortable in the decision to go solar.”

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) is headed by Aztec Solar’s very own CEO, Ed Murray.

Aztec solar also offers resources directly to our friends across the Sacramento region. From our Solar Calculator, our 28-minute solar consultation and our Free Solar Buyer’s Guide, we believe in informing customers from the start. If they are educated, they can make the best decision for themselves, save money, and positively contribute to the future of our planet. We offer these resources because we believe in putting our customers first. Our excellent customer service, our thorough understanding of the solar industry and our promise to provide the best products and services at the best possible price, aligns with our philosophy of putting the consumer first.

These resources, including SEIA’s new standardized disclosure forms that help you better understand offers you may see from different companies, are needed as more and more households turn to solar for their energy needs. More than 1.4 million homes are currently powered by solar and that number is expected to reach 3 million within just a few years.

So, if you’re ready for the solar switch, there’s no better place to turn to than Aztec Solar. We have more than 35 years of experience in the Sacramento region. We’ve served the community with integrity, award-winning customer service and the upmost dedication to you and our future.

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