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New report identifies huge incentive for U.S. educational institutions to get rooftop solar

New report identifies huge incentive for U.S. educational institutions to get rooftop solar

A new report is shedding light on the impact of adding solar panels to the top of U.S. schools could have on saving money and helping the environment.

The study, which was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that if schools across the U.S. were to add solar panels to all of the eligible space they have on their roofs, they could meet around 75 percent of their electrical needs and decrease the industry’s carbon footprint by approximately 28 percent.

The cost savings there is pretty significant for educational institutions, and it is also something that could provide a big boost to the environment. The report states that schools across the U.S. make up 11 percent of all of the building electricity in the country. In addition, these facilities create 4 percent of the total CO2 that is emitted from the U.S., according to the report.

The report specifically identifies California, as well as Texas and Florida, as states that have the highest potential for generation. It also says the following:

“The provision of electricity services from rooftop solar PV on educational institutions could reduce health, environmental, and climate change damages by roughly $4 billion per year.”

There is obviously a big opportunity here for educational institutions across the country, including those in the Sacramento region. At Aztec Solar, we can handle large-scale installations such as these and would be happy to assist any school or school district looking to go solar.

If you have any questions about this or any other type of solar installation, don’t hesitate to contact us at 916.853.2700.

Solar prices dropped 76 percent between 2009 and 2017

Solar prices dropped 76 percent between 2009 and 2017

Solar energy continues to become more affordable as prices for solar panels continue to drop around the world.

The April World Economic Outlook from the International Monetary Fund, reports that solar and wind saw the largest decline in price among clean energy sources between the years of 2009 and 2017. Specifically, solar panels saw a 76 percent decrease in price. This was calculated using a “levelized cost of electricity” method, which comes up with a cost per unit of power. The report further states that in 2017, solar saw more investments than all other clean energy solutions combined.

The good news for solar just keeps coming. Here are a few other stats we recently shared:

  • Total installed U.S. PV capacity is expected to more than double over the next five years. By 2023, over 14 GWdc of PV capacity will be installed annually.
  • Solar energy is now more cost effective than coal and natural gas.

Now may be the perfect time for you to invest in solar. With the federal tax incentive for solar still in place and several local incentives available, installing solar is a good investment for Sacramento residents and business owners because it will lower their electricity bill and help preserve the environment at the same time.

If you are interested in going solar, make sure to give us a call at 916.853.2700.

California hits over 90 percent clean electricity generation record

California hits over 90 percent clean electricity generation record

California continues to be a leader in solar and clean energy.

In fact, the Golden State is breaking records in that regard. Earlier this month, California’s grid operator reported that for a brief time, the state was running off 93 percent clean electricity! That translates to 11,011 MWac of power from solar facilities to the grid.

With the number that high, it won’t be surprising if California soon hits the 100 percent mark. If that happens only for a small amount of time, it is an amazing accomplishment and a sign of the true power and potential of clean energy.

If you live in California, and Sacramento in particular, then you can be a part of this solar revolution we are living in. Sacramento is one of the sunniest areas in the world and with that comes high summer temperatures. To avoid the high-energy costs that can come with running an air conditioner a lot, many Sacramento residents and businesses are going solar.

Did you know you can calculate how much you can save with solar in just nine seconds? You can here:

If you have any questions about getting started with solar today, make sure to contact us at 916.853.2700.

Solar Bill of Rights passes out of Senate committee

Solar Bill of Rights passes out of Senate committee

The bill that would put more power in the hands of solar customers is making its way through the California Legislature.

The Solar Bill of Rights (S-288) requires that utility companies coordinate with independent system operators to reconfigure tariffs and remove things that stop participation in “customer-sited energy resources” in programs that are meant to deliver capacity, energy and ancillary services for bulk power systems. As a result, solar customers could store electricity and tap into the grid without fees.

The bill passed out of the state Senate’s Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee recently with a vote that was unanimous.

If it became law, the Solar Bill of Rights would help solar customers who obtain utility services through the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). It would also become the first piece of legislation of its kind to pass in the U.S.

The bill has wide support, from housing developers, to schools, to environmental groups, and of course from Aztec Solar.

See the bill language here.

Solar is a path to a more sustainable future and residents and businesses across the Sacramento region are going solar more and more. If you are interested in learning what solar can do for you and your electricity bill, contact one of our solar professionals at 916.853.2700.

Aztec Solar applauds legislators pushing for long-term tax incentives for renewable energy

Aztec Solar applauds legislators pushing for long-term tax incentives for renewable energy

Aztec Solar is pleased to see so many legislators in Congress pushing for long-term tax incentives for solar and other renewable energy sources.

Earlier this month, a letter was delivered to the House Ways & Means Committee that calls for support for clean energy and laid out how existing tax incentives have brought hundreds of thousands of jobs and growth to the economy. The federal tax credit for solar is 30 percent until the end of 2019. It then drops to 26 percent in 2020, and 22 percent in 2021.

In addition, the letter highlights the importance of investing in clean energy to help the environment and boost infrastructure.

There are so many reasons why solar is important to the economy, the environment and individual homeowners and business owners. It helps them take control of their energy production, lower their monthly electricity bill and do their part for the environment at the same time.

That is why so many Sacramento-area residents have made the switch to solar and used Aztec Solar to do so. At Aztec Solar, we have some of the highest quality products and customer service in the business.

If you would like to get started on your path to being part of the solar movement, contact us today.

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