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Island retreat in middle of the ocean powered solely by solar

Island retreat in middle of the ocean powered solely by solar

An island retreat in the middle of the Indian Ocean is being powered completely by solar energy.

The Kudadoo Maldives, which is located in a tropical country known as the Maldives in between Sri Lanka and Africa, is powered by a 2,000-square-meter roof made up completely of solar panels. The photovoltaic building, known as The Retreat, is on one side of the island and its 984 panels generate enough power to “serve 50 guests and 100 staff occupying the private island at any time.”

On the other side of the island, an arc of ocean bungalows angles around the shore.

The resort is described as a “luxury eco-friendly getaway” where all residences are designed to reduce energy consumption. In between the rows of solar panels, for example, there are slits that allow air and light to come through. In addition, all of the wood used is sustainably sourced wood.

The island also features a land restaurant and an “undersea restaurant.”

Though going on an exotic tropical vacation sounds exciting, you don’t have to travel across the world to experience the power of solar energy. With modern solar technology, Sacramento residents and businesses can place panels on their roofs and start saving on electricity and helping the environment at the same time.

If you act soon, you can take advantage of the 30 percent Federal Investment Tax Credit for both solar electric and solar water heating. The percentage decreases to 26 percent in 2020, so 2019 can be your year!

If you would like to speak to a solar professional, contact us at 916.853.2700.

Disneyland Paris unveils plan for solar plant

Disneyland Paris unveils plan for solar plant

We recently told you how Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is currently building a 270-acre solar farm designed with a half million panels.

Now, Disneyland Paris has unveiled a plan to develop its own solar plant. Disneyland Paris is just outside of Paris and its solar plant would have enough photovoltaic panels to generate 33 Gigawatt hours annually, which is about 15 percent of the electricity currently consumed.

Disneyland Paris, which has two parks, opened in 1992.

Though a homeowner may not have the same electrical needs as a sprawling theme park, the benefits of going solar are just as good, if not better when utilized on an individual house. As many across Sacramento are currently bundling up for the winter, now is a good time to start thinking about how to reduce the energy bill when summer hits. Those who install solar now will be well-prepared to deal with any rate hikes that utility companies may be currently implementing.

If you are ready to make a magical change in the way you produce energy, contact us today at 916.853.2700.

Solar car shatters efficiency record in Australia

Solar car shatters efficiency record in Australia

Solar-powered cars are efficient – an Australian team out of the University of New South Wales has proven it.

The team set out to break the “solar-powered car efficiency record,” which was 5.5 kWh/100 km. So, they prepared their solar car named “Violet” with more than 300 mono-crystalline photovoltaic cells on the hood, top of the trunk and roof and zoomed past it. Driving from Perth to Sydney, the team ended up recording 3.25 kWh/100 km.

Electrek.co summarized that like this:

“That’s around 25 times more efficient than an average car in the US (at 25 MPGe) and nearly 5 times more efficient than a Tesla Model 3 (at 170 MPG).”

The team reached their finish line two days early.

Now that is some serious power!

If solar energy can produce that sort of power, imagine what it could do for your home or business! People across the Sacramento region are currently enjoying the benefits of solar power. Whether it be a residence or a business, solar can increase efficiency, lower costs and help the environment.

To learn how much you could save by going solar, visit utilitypaymentsavings.com/. Or, call us directly at 916.853.2700.

Solar industry continues positive trend despite solar tariffs

Solar industry continues positive trend despite solar tariffs

Despite the solar tariffs that took effect in 2018, the industry continues to show its strength and resilience.

The U.S. Solar Market Insight report for the third quarter was recently released and showed that despite the tariffs causing a hit to utility-scale solar installs, there were some positives.

Below is a breakdown:

  • California’s commercial sector saw substantial growth, and New York experienced a record-breaking third quarter.
  • Total installed U.S. PV capacity is expected to more than double over the next half-decade. By 2023, more than 14 GWdc of PV capacity will be installed on an annual basis.
  • Solar energy continues to decrease in price and is now lower in price than natural gas and coal. In fact, solar prices fell 13 percent over the last year, according to NBC News.
  • The solar industry continues to grow due to the 30 percent federal investment tax credit on solar installs. That 30 percent credit is set to expire at the end of 2019 and drop to 26 percent in 2020.

As the solar tariffs continue and the federal tax incentive is set to expire in the coming years, Sacramento homeowners looking to go solar may consider it in 2019. Solar can help decrease electricity bills, including solar pool heating, and also help the environment.

If you are interested in a solar installation, don’t hesitate to contact us at 916.853.2700.

California’s mandate for solar on new homes finalized, solar thermal could be considered next

California’s mandate for solar on new homes finalized, solar thermal could be considered next

The move to require all new homes built in California from 2020 and beyond to have solar received its final approval last week. The Building Standards Commission unanimously voted to approve the new rule, which will require builders to make homes available with solar, or establish a shared solar system for a group of homes. The panels would either be owned by the home owner, added to the price of thehome or arranged througha monthly lease.

The Building Energy Efficiency Standards, of which this mandate is part of, are revisited and potentially revised every three years. Ed Murray, CEO of Aztec Solar and president of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), recently told solarthermalworld.org that the additional attention the new requirementis garnering for solar is something that could open the door to futureopportunities for reducing energy consumption.

Specifically, he mentioned that solar water heating could be a topic of discussion when the Building Energy Efficiency Standards are reviewed next time:

“The next cycle will focus on larger multi-family buildings, and we will continue to argue the carbon-reducing potential of solar thermal in thatprocess.”

For those who already own homes and won’t be purchasing a new home from 2020 or beyond, now is a great time to go solar with the federaltax incentives and other discounts available.

If you live in the Sacramento region and are thinking about going solar, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 916.853.2700!

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