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Solar for your home is bigger, less expensive and as efficient as ever

Solar for your home is bigger, less expensive and as efficient as ever

A report by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that median-size solar energy systems are increasing, are becoming more efficient and are more affordable than ever.

Module efficiencies increased from 12.7 percent in 2002, to almost 18.5 percent last year. This leap represents a 45 percent increase in efficiency. The report also found that residential and non-residential systems alike increased in power output as well, with a majority of the expansion occurring in just recent years.

Other notable highlights include:

  • Inverter load ratios are increased because prices continue to fall.
  • Energy installs are being installed more effectively.
  • Solar plus storage is growing in capacity. The majority of permits used for some projects, such as those in Hawaii, included storage.
  • Scale matters: Largest residential projects provided the greatest bang for the buck

As more and more homeowners and business leaders turn to solar power systems, we hope you will do the same. Lower prices, higher efficiencies are big reasons for market growth and its widening.

And with solar tax credits set to decline next year, and possibly soon disappear, there may be no better time to take advantage of all the benefits solar provides.

When you decide to work with Aztec Solar, you’re teaming up with a company that’s delivered on the promise of clean energy to thousands of customers across Northern California for decades. Our solar solutions can meet your needs at home or at your business. Whether you’re thinking about in-house solar water heating, pool heating, or a comprehensive commercial solar system, Aztec Solar will work with you to achieve your goals for the short and long term.

And, when you turn to solar, you become active in a bigger solution that will pave the way for a brighter future and stronger planet.

How to take advantage of the solar tax credit before it’s too late

How to take advantage of the solar tax credit before it’s too late

Over the years, there’s been a boom to the use of solar energy thanks in large part to a tax credit, which could soon be winding down for good.

Since 2006, when the Investment Tax Credit was enacted, solar energy consumption in the United States has soared, as the industry grew by 10,000 percent.

Not only did it create hundreds of thousands of jobs, but it made solar energy for homes and small businesses as accessible as ever.

Today, the tax credit lets people deduct 30 percent of the value of any installed solar project, but the credit will soon sunset.

While advocates are pushing for a second solar tax credit extension (Congress passed a multi-year extension in 2015), it’ll drop in just a few months and then completely disappear within a few years.

Here at Aztec Solar, we understand the urgency you may have to jump on this incredible cost-savings opportunity. In just 9 seconds, we can tell you how much you will save when you decide to invest in solar.

By taking a moment to tell us about your current monthly bill, whether this is for your home or business, and just a few other details, we can begin the process of building your energy solution.

As your regional solar experts, you can expect award-winning customer service and multiple top-quality solar products and technologies to fit your needs and budget. Because of our approach, we’ve built trust with more than 10,000 customers across Northern California – and we are eager to earn yours.

Whatever your needs and goals, we have a solar solution for you. And for just a few more months, you can take advantage of our services and look forward to a generous tax break and a lifetime of month-to-month savings on your electricity bill.

Utility solar pipeline reaches record high

Utility solar pipeline reaches record high

Solar energy has reached another historic goal: The industry now has the largest pipeline of solar projects ever.

This promising news means the prospects for solar development have never been as strong.

The latest news from the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report indicates that the increase of contracted pipeline for solar project equates to 37.9 gigawatts. Procurement of solar projects in 2018 was 15 gigawatts, making this year’s amount a giant leap forward.

As a trusted leader for thousands of solar power customers across the Sacramento region, we know you can also jump on this exciting trend. The promise of reliable, inexpensive and renewable energy that’s good for your pocketbook and our future is an unbeatable package.

And the word is spreading.

In addition to the impressive amounts of solar energy that will soon be added to the grid at a utility-scale, residential deployment is also on the rise this year. Simply put, solar is the lowest-cost option for utilities, corporation and families.

Leading the way are companies like Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft and others that made strong commitments in announcing their plans for commercial solar power use. Furthermore, the increase of procurement resulted from the economic competitiveness with other sources of energy. And it’s clear which is coming out on top.

If you’re ready to go solar and join this movement of solar energy, be sure to contact us today. We can tell you how you’ll enjoy amazing savings each month on your utility bill. And how a new solar install can provide hot water for your entire home, or provide the heating source for the swimming pool. We look forward to working with you on a customized solar solution that saves you money and is good for the planet.

Study: Food crops grow better with solar panels around

Study: Food crops grow better with solar panels around

Plants and crops love sunshine, and apparently, they love solar panels, too.

Light levels, air temperatures, relative humidity and other microclimate conditions are improved under the shade of solar installations, a new study found. The result: greater crop yields.

According to a study published in Nature, agriculture production improves two or three times more than traditional farming in these solar-shade conditions.

In a three-month study, researchers observed crop development, monitoring the micro-conditions and plant biomass. The results indicate that shade underneath the solar panels had positive effects on multiple conditions, proving more effective than open-sky planting.

In addition to cooler days and nights, the plants also experienced lower vapor pressure deficits, which increases the moisture in the air.

The results are so promising that researchers are collaborating with the Department of Energy to better understand the effect of this technique. Ultimately, they want to use it on larger scales in other U.S. regions.

As you can see, solar and agriculture are great combos. So is a combo of solar and your home or business.

As Sacramento’s solar experts, we’ve been bringing money-saving residential and commercial solar panel systems into thousands of homes and businesses. Whether it’s a pool-heating setup, or electricity for the entire home or business, we develop smart solutions to meet our customers’ energy and pocketbook goals.

Just like the agriculture solar installation, your decision to use solar power means we are doing our part to ensure a brighter future and stronger planet.

If you’re ready to make a positive impact on the environment and harvest year-round savings by paying much less on your monthly electricity bill, please contact us today to learn more about the far-reaching benefits of a new solar system.

Amazon installs 19-acre, single rooftop solar power array

Amazon installs 19-acre, single rooftop solar power array

Amazon has once again demonstrated why it believes in going big.

The company known for Alexa and same-day delivery for just about any product is now delivering in a big way by installing Colorado’s largest single rooftop solar power array. It was installed atop Amazon’s massive robotics fulfillment center in Thornton.

The nearly 17,000-panel array extends 19 acres of roof and has the capacity to generate more than 6 megawatts of power. It goes online in November.

Amazon has put forward an ambitious solar energy plan. In 2017, the company said it would install solar energy systems at 50 fulfillment centers by 2020. The installation now means that Amazon can provide nearly 80 percent of the Colorado facility’s annual energy needs.

Here at Aztec Solar, we know a thing or two about what it takes to fulfill smart energy solutions, no matter the size or scope. That goes for both commercial and residential solar.

Aztec Solar takes tremendous pride in its award-winning customer service. We’ve had the pleasure of working with more than 10,000 customers across the Sacramento region and have become the trusted, go-to choice for solar solutions in Northern California.

Our array of services and products can meet your business or commercial needs. And we get the job done with excellence from start to finish.

Furthermore, when we work together, we are doing our part in providing a brighter future and stronger planet.

Contact us today!

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