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Aztec Solar CEO, Ed Murray, elected for third year in a row as president of California Solar and Storage Association

Aztec Solar CEO, Ed Murray, elected for third year in a row as president of California Solar and Storage Association

Aztec Solar is pleased to share some exciting news: For the third year in a row, our very own Ed Murray, CEO of Aztec Solar, has been elected as president of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA).

Aztec Solar and CALSSA share the mission of promoting the widespread use of smart, local and clean energy technologies. Together, we are building a better energy future in communities across Northern California and beyond.

The solar industry is better positioned today thanks to the association’s steadfast advocacy before key stakeholders and state agencies and lobbying in the California State Legislature. CALSSA tackles the big issues — such as defending Net Energy Metering — so that solar energy services, technology and products remain accessible, affordable and central to our future.

We are proud that our CEO will continue to lead CALSSA to advance an ambitious agenda that meets the values we share within the solar industry family.

Since 1978, Ed has worked to preserve and develop the solar industry. He has been associated with CALSSA since 1984. In addition to his role as president of CALSSA, he is the chair of the Solar Heating and Cooling Division for SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) and serves on the Consumer Protection Committee, Election Committee and Federal Policy Committee. Ed is on the NABCEP board of directors and has been a board member of SEIA since 2011.

With Ed’s leadership, the solar industry can look forward to continued opportunities for collaboration and growth. Our vision is a shared one because we know the potential of solar energy, energy storage and energy management. It’s never been greater. We know that we can continue to empower consumers to take control of their energy consumption, drive positive activities that allow the economy to grow and provide a clear path forward to a brighter and cleaner planet for all.

Aztec Solar believes renewable energy is the future of this country. That is why as a company we support and promote the efforts of CALSSA. Aztec Solar is committed to meeting the energy needs of people across Northern California. Our service and products reflect this.

Families and businesses overwhelmingly support solar tax credit extension

Families and businesses overwhelmingly support solar tax credit extension

Families and businesses across the nation fully support the extension of the 30 percent Federal Solar Energy Tax Incentive, which could soon phase out.

Global Strategy Group, a leading public opinion research firm, found that 89 percent of voters would like to expand the federal tax credit that incentivizes clean energy installations.

The polling also showed support across the political spectrum. People also said they would be more likely to support a candidate who backed an extension to the tax credit, which offers a 30 percent rebate to consumers who purchase a solar system and installations for their residential and commercial properties.

But that rate is only good through the end of the year.

The credit drops to 26 percent in 2020, then to 22 percent in 2021 before it goes away for residential customers at the end of 2021.

The Solar Investment Tax Credit was introduced in 2006 and first extended in 2015.

Extending the tax credit would not only benefit homes and businesses it will also create tens of thousands of new, high-paying jobs, generate tens of billions of dollars of economic activity and substantially reduce carbon emissions.

It’s a total win for everyone.

Are you ready to transform the way you consume energy? Do you want to save on your electricity and tax bills?

As the Sacramento region’s solar pioneer, we’re ready to design a system that meets your needs. And we’ll do it with our top-quality products and technologies, which are supported by a knowledgeable and award-winning staff.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our money-saving products and how you can benefit from the solar Investment Tax Credit before time runs out.

3 questions about solar batteries answered

3 questions about solar batteries answered

Recent unplanned power outages by PG&E across Northern California have unnerved countless business owners and families.

The inconvenience and stress brought upon thousands of customers have led many to rethink the future of their electricity consumption. Solar power and solar batteries are on top of the list of solutions.

If this is something you’ve thought about, you may have some bigger picture questions about solar batteries.

Here are three things you may have wondered about.

Do I have to have solar batteries if I have solar panels?

No, you can have solar panels with no solar battery. A solar battery just allows you to store excess energy created by your panels for use at another time. This can include at night, or during a power shutoff.

Solar batteries simply expand your ability to utilize more of the power your panels create. In the event of a utility shutdown, you will be able to utilize your solar system to power your backup load panel and your battery for use at night. Solar without a battery storage option would eliminate the use of energy production during a utility power shutdown.

Is this a long-term solution?

Global demand for battery storage is expected to reach nearly 3,000 gigawatts by 2040.

To put that in perspective: At that capacity, nearly half of the renewable energy consumed today would be able to be stored.

How large of a solar battery do I need?

This will largely depend on the type of solar system you have at your home or business. The size of the battery should align with the amount of power your system can generate. To determine this, we will examine your electricity usage over several months and see how much power your solar panels are sending back to the utility grid. Typically, the customer will select a handful of items in their home to backup (called an essential load panel). This includes circuits for a refrigerator, freezer, some lights and the outlet for your internet modem.

You can be at the forefront of this emerging technology. For nearly four decades, Aztec Solar has been leading the way in providing our customers with state-of-the-art solar energy solutions and award-winning customer service. Whether you want to install a solar electricity system within your home or business, we are committed to meeting your energy needs, whatever they may be.

Remember, when you install a battery storage system and combine it with solar power, you will have the peace of mind that you can avoid shutoffs to your home or business.

Contact us today with any questions you may have.

Protect yourself from unexpected power shutoffs

Protect yourself from unexpected power shutoffs

In the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, thousands of homes and businesses in Northern California were blacked out, and many more are wondering if it may happen to them soon. It is part of a plan by PG&E to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires as the region experienced windy conditions.

You can use PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff tool to find out if your service might be impacted during a shutoff event. By inputting your address, you can learn more about potential shutoffs around you. PG&E will call, text or email you if a blackout is expected in your area.

The latest power shutoff led to the discovery of four instances of weather-related damages that could have led to wildfires, according to PG&E. And the next shutoff may happen at any time. More gusty conditions and possible red flag warnings are expected Monday night in some areas.

While we can all understand the necessity of these planned power outages, they are no less inconvenient and stressful. Being left in the dark for an unknown amount of time can cause a host of problems for homes and businesses alike.

That is why many of our customers have put the power back into their hands by turning to solar battery storage to shield themselves from the unpredictability and unreliability of traditional power sources.

Combined with solar panels on the roof of your home or business, a solar battery stores excess energy that can be used after sunset or in the event of a blackout.

When you install a battery storage system, you’ll be bypassing shutoffs to your home or business. Solar batteries are effective and bring you peace of mind that you will not be without electricity.

Aztec Solar has provided excellent products and services to Northern California customers for nearly 40 years. We are committed to meeting the needs of homes and business owners by offering multiple top-quality residential and commercial solar products.

Our knowledgeable and experienced staff make you the top priority and will design and install a solar solution that is affordable, good for the environment and reliable no matter what.

Solar workforce programs will connect Veterans to exciting careers

Solar workforce programs will connect Veterans to exciting careers

Two major workforce development programs involving solar technology will connect military Veterans who are transitioning into new careers.

The Solar Foundation hopes to provide career training, professional development and jobs to servicemembers within the solar industry in a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” program and other organizations and initiatives, such as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The Solar Ready Vets Fellowship Program and the Solar Opportunities and Readiness Initiative will be funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

We cannot be prouder to enlist Veterans to fill the great need for skilled and experienced solar technology professionals. Their contribution to this growing and important industry will provide strong leadership and technical competencies, which will be invaluable in meeting today’s growing demand for both talent and services in expanding solar markets.

We’re excited that hundreds of service members will undergo 12-week learning programs with solar employers to aid them in their transition into our industry. They are in for a jolt of excitement and activity. We know first-hand how many people across the greater Sacramento region are turning to solar to meet their residential and business electricity needs.

As costs of solar applications continue to fall, and with the availability of federal solar tax credits (30 percent until Jan. 1, 2020), more and more people and businesses have access to residential and commercial solar that can power their entire home/building, or can be segmented to provide hot water or heat swimming pools.

At Aztec Solar, we’ve had the pleasure of working with more than 10,000 customers across the region. Our award-winning customer service and expertise are bringing affordable and clean energy into homes and businesses. Our energy solutions are exceeding our customers’ expectations through their cost-savings, satisfaction of reliable solar energy solutions, and the peace of mind that their decision is also good for the future of our planet.

We know what kind of people and talent it takes to be the leading solar energy provider in the region — and we welcome this new group of individuals who will undoubtedly follow in that tradition.

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