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New California bill would give solar customers more rights

New California bill would give solar customers more rights

California is one of the leaders in solar, not only in the U.S. but across the world. As further proof of this, a new bill has been introduced in the California Legislature that would give solar customer’s more rights to produce and store the electricity they create from their solar power systems.

The bill, known as the Solar Bill of Rights (S-288), would require utility companies to work with independent system operators to alter tariffs and get rid of hindrances that block participation in “customer-sited energy resources” in programs that are meant to deliver capacity, energy and ancillary services for bulk power systems. Essentially, it would allow customers to store electricity on their own property and plug into the grid without fees, among other benefits.

If passed, the Solar Bill of Rights would offer a direct benefit to solar customers that get utility services through the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). It would also become the first law of its kind to pass in the U.S.

The legislation has support from the California Solar and Storage Alliance, Solar Rights Alliance, Vote Solar and of course, Aztec Solar. If you would like to sign up to join the Solar Rights Alliance, we encourage you to do so here.

This isn’t the first time California has taken the lead on setting the bar for solar through legislation. It has been four decades since the state passed a law that prevented HOAs from stopping the installation of solar panels in their communities.

Solar is the future and more residents and businesses across the Sacramento region continue to join in the movement. If you are interested in making the switch to solar today, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our solar professionals at 916.853.2700.

What you should know about the building permit process when getting solar

What you should know about the building permit process when getting solar

Any large addition to your home’s exterior is likely to require a building permit, and the same is true for solar.

Building permits can take time and an understanding of local regulations. For those who are ready to go solar and start saving on their monthly electricity bill, they don’t want to have to worry about all of that.

That is why when you purchase solar through Aztec Solar, we take care of it for you.

Our solar engineers will draw up the plans for your permit and take it to the building department, which is in the county or the city you live in. As a company, we are pretty well known at building departments throughout the region, so this helps ensure the permitting process happens seamlessly.

You won’t have to worry about any of it, as we make sure all the documentation is done properly.

Once the building permit is complete we will contact you and tell you what our installation timeline would look like. Our installers strive to deliver quality work and aim to make you and your family comfortable as the installation happens. That is why we fit into your schedule.

Then, once the installation is done, we take the time to explain the system to you so you know how it works.

Our service is top-notch and our past customers can attest to that. If you are interested in going solar, don’t hesitate to contact us today! If you would like more detailed information about buying solar, make sure you download our Residential Solar Electric (PV) Buyer’s Guide.

New Oregon energy facility will combine wind, solar and battery storage

New Oregon energy facility will combine wind, solar and battery storage

Oregon will soon be getting a big boost to its renewable energy efforts.

A new facility is planned for Eastern Oregon that is expected to generate 50 megawatts of solar generation, 30 megawatts of battery storage and 300 megawatts of wind generation. The energy facility, spearheaded by Portland General Electric Company (PGE) and NextEra Energy Resources, is the first of its kind in North America of this size to integrate all three power sources.

The wind power generated by the facility, combined with the other wind sources in the state will generate enough energy to power 340,000 houses. The solar farm will be one the biggest in the state and the battery storage facility will be the largest in the state and compete as one of the largest in the country.

The goal for PGE is to generate 50 percent of its customers’ energy from emissions-free sources.

Renewable energy is the future and millions of homeowners and businesses across the country are joining the movement. We applaud PGE and the state of Oregon for investing in facilities like this.

For those who live and do business in the Sacramento region, contact us today if you are ready to go solar. We offer a free evaluation to determine what type of solar energy products would be best for you.

New research says solar is performing better than wind energy

New research says solar is performing better than wind energy

Renewable energy is the future. The two largest forms of renewable energy are wind and solar.

A new report is indicating that as renewable energy becomes more popular, there is a clear front runner – solar.

Research from Fitch Ratings indicates that solar energy projects are regularly outperforming wind energy projects. This is because solar is proving to have less operational risk and better performance. In addition, the research indicates that solar typically meets or goes above initial volume predictions, while wind projects do the opposite.

To us, any renewable energy is a good thing, but we are obviously partial to solar. It is great to see research back what we already knew: Solar is the future of energy production.

From businesses to homes, solar can reduce electricity bills greatly, protect you from rate hikes from energy companies, help warm pools even in the colder months, and help the environment at the same time.

If you are interested in finding out how much you could save with solar, you can calculate it in just nine seconds with our solar calculator. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 916.853.2700 to speak to one of our solar experts.

California prevented HOAs from banning solar panels more than 40 years ago

California prevented HOAs from banning solar panels more than 40 years ago

Idaho is currently considering legislation that would prevent HOAs from banning solar panels on homes in their community.

The bill will soon have a full hearing in the Idaho House of Representatives. What some in California might now be aware of is that since 1978, HOAs in the state haven’t been able to stop homeowners from installing panels on their homes.

This is thanks to the California Solar Rights Act of 1978. It was more than 40 years ago that California took the lead on such an effort, and other states are still following our lead.

The goal of the California Solar Rights Act was to encourage expansive use of solar, and with the state being one of the leaders in the country for solar, it certainly has done that.

A few things Sacramento-area solar customers should know if they do live in a community with an HOA:

  • You will be required to submit your solar installation plans to the HOA.
  • The HOA has 30 days to get back to you with any concerns with the plans.
  • If you purchase solar through Aztec Solar, we will communicate with the HOA on your behalf for all of this. This includes submitting the paperwork and ensuring that the process moves along seamlessly.

At Aztec Solar, we are proud of our state for being a solar leader, and we promise to deliver our customers top-notch service. If you are ready to go solar, don’t hesitate to contact us at 916-853-2700 to learn more.

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