Aztec Solar https://aztecsolar.com A Sacramento Solar Company Wed, 06 Jan 2021 14:42:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Do solar panels work during winter months? Yes! https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/do-solar-panels-work-during-winter-months-yes https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/do-solar-panels-work-during-winter-months-yes#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 14:42:19 +0000 https://aztecsolar.com/?p=6323 Solar energy works by capturing the sun’s heat and radiation through solar cells and converting it into electricity to power homes and businesses. The Sacramento region is no stranger to chilly weather in the months of January and February. For those living up the hill, snow is also a concern. So, what happens to the […]

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Solar energy works by capturing the sun’s heat and radiation through solar cells and converting it into electricity to power homes and businesses.

The Sacramento region is no stranger to chilly weather in the months of January and February. For those living up the hill, snow is also a concern. So, what happens to the effectiveness of solar panels during these colder weather events?

Some photovoltaic solar panels may work more efficiently when it’s cold outside or even snowing, believe it or not.

The reason why solar owners shouldn’t worry about cold weather disrupting their generation of solar energy is simple: As long as sunlight is able to reach the solar panels, regardless of the outdoor temperatures, the solar electricity system will continue to produce clean and affordable energy.

Like many other electric devices, solar panels perform better in cooler temperatures. In the winter months, solar panels are also less likely to reach peak temperature, which can drag down on their performance.

Light snow or rain will not interfere with the energy-making process, either. That’s because solar panels are installed at an optimized angle to capture more sunlight and allow rain or light snow to slide right off.

If there’s any buildup of snow or ice that can reduce the amount of absorbed sunlight, the dark panel surfaces will retain heat and help remove any weather-related buildup.

Solar panel surfaces are also smooth enough for any other debris like leaves and dirt to slide off with ease. A rain event will actually help wash away any traces of debris or dirt on the panels’ surface and help to maximize the panel’s solar input.

The bottom line is that solar panels are efficient no matter the time of year. There are also a variety of technologies, such as solar pool heating and solar battery storage, that can further enhance your home’s energy efficiency and capacity.

With solar energy, Sacramento region residents and businesses can enjoy large savings on their utility bills and have the peace of mind that it will reliably produce energy all year round.

If you are ready to install solar energy in 2021, contact us today!

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Aztec Solar’s Ed Murray reelected President of California Solar and Storage Association https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/aztec-solars-ed-murray-reelected-president-of-california-solar-and-storage-association https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/aztec-solars-ed-murray-reelected-president-of-california-solar-and-storage-association#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2020 14:53:22 +0000 https://aztecsolar.com/?p=6317 Aztec Solar CEO and President, Ed Murray, has been reelected to lead the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), an advocate for the smart deployment of local clean energy solutions. CALSSA also supports a wide variety of businesses that are focused on building a future with better energy options in rural communities throughout California. Through […]

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Aztec Solar CEO and President, Ed Murray, has been reelected to lead the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), an advocate for the smart deployment of local clean energy solutions.

CALSSA also supports a wide variety of businesses that are focused on building a future with better energy options in rural communities throughout California.

Through policy development, education, advocacy and business services, the association stays active in pushing forward an agenda that puts the environment first.

We are extremely pleased and excited that Ed will resume his leadership role and provide a clear vision in the quest for universal clean energy by championing the values shared within the solar industry.

Ed has been working hard to preserve and develop the solar industry since 1978. He’s played a significant role in the formulation of legislation and policy advocacy on solar-related issues at the state and federal level. He often testifies on the importance of solar energy and related issues before the state Legislature, California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission.

In addition to his role as president of CALSSA, Ed chairs 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.

Aztec Solar stands proudly with CALSSA and shares its values and priorities. We strongly believe that renewable energy is the future of this country and planet. And in these strategic partnerships, we can further advance an array of goals that will make solar energy more accessible and affordable to everyone who wants to take part in this vital green energy movement.

For more than four decades, Aztec Solar has remained steadfast in its commitment to meet the energy needs of homeowners, businesses and other entities in California.

Under Ed’s leadership, Aztec Solar delivers award-winning customer service and industry-leading solar products to meet the energy needs of residential and commercial customers.

With more than 10,000 customers across Northern California, we remain the solar leader and provider of solar applications that save our customers money and pave the way for a brighter and cleaner future.

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Harley-Davidson is going all in on commercial solar, your business should too https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/harley-davidson-is-going-all-in-on-commercial-solar-your-business-should-too https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/harley-davidson-is-going-all-in-on-commercial-solar-your-business-should-too#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 18:14:31 +0000 https://aztecsolar.com/?p=6313 Few American brands carry the notion of independence and fulfilled dreams as well as Harley-Davidson. Now, the company embarks on a new mission of independence of its own with the adoption of 2.25 megawatts of solar arrays to power its powertrain operations in Wisconsin, the largest project of its kind across the state. The system […]

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Few American brands carry the notion of independence and fulfilled dreams as well as Harley-Davidson.

Now, the company embarks on a new mission of independence of its own with the adoption of 2.25 megawatts of solar arrays to power its powertrain operations in Wisconsin, the largest project of its kind across the state.

The system of 8,400 rooftop solar panels is part of the We Energies Solar Now Program that promotes partnerships with utility companies, businesses, nonprofits and government entities.

Solar Now, a pilot program, is sanctioned by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. The program has several other projects in the works with the potential to produce more than 15 megawatts of clean and affordable energy.

If your business is ready to take on a new endeavor into the future of energy, commercial solar at Aztec can deliver.

Much like the partnership program in the great state of Wisconsin and elsewhere, Aztec Solar’s history of strong partnerships with businesses and developers across Northern California is unmatched.

For more than 40 years, Aztec Solar has worked side by side with businesses to bring in clean and affordable energy that fulfills every business energy need and surpasses every expectation.

Aztec Solar sets out to create smart and money-saving energy solutions that are highly coveted by our residential and commercial customers. Whether it’s in-house solar heating, solar battery storage or full solar power energy applications, every solution is designed for efficiency, cost-savings and a brighter future.

Contact us if you are ready to install commercial solar today.

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5 reasons why you should get solar battery storage in 2021 https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/5-reasons-why-you-should-get-solar-battery-storage-in-2021 https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/5-reasons-why-you-should-get-solar-battery-storage-in-2021#respond Tue, 15 Dec 2020 22:09:32 +0000 https://aztecsolar.com/?p=6309 If you’re tired of the pain of high fluctuating utility bills or unexpected power outages, solar battery technology and storage could be for you. Solar power technologies free residential and commercial customers from the constraints of utility companies and give them full control of their energy use. When solar power and solar energy storage are […]

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If you’re tired of the pain of high fluctuating utility bills or unexpected power outages, solar battery technology and storage could be for you.

Solar power technologies free residential and commercial customers from the constraints of utility companies and give them full control of their energy use. When solar power and solar energy storage are combined, there’s even a greater promise of affordable and clean energy to be realized.

Here are five reasons why you should consider adopting solar battery storage in 2021.

Ultimate backup power

Solar energy is renewable and can be collected and stored for later use with solar battery storage.

In many cases, solar panel energy systems will produce more energy than can be used. The excess energy can be sent back to the grid or it can be stored onsite for later use.

As the state grapples with poor energy infrastructure and the threat of wildfire activity, planned power outages will continue to be standard operating procedure for many utility customers up and down the state.

You can avoid waiting for power to be restored by having your own ultimate backup with a solar battery storage system.

Savings upon savings

As everyone knows, solar energy is so attractive because it saves customers money on their monthly utility bill for a lifetime.

Solar battery storage systems can increase those savings because they are not subject to utility-imposed peak hour billing.

You can avoid extra costs for maintaining power by tapping into your own reserve of clean and affordable energy at any time with solar energy storage.

Two is stronger than one

Solar panels and solar storage technology work well in tandem. There may be days when panels will not pick up as much energy as possible.

Solar battery storage can make up for any energy deficiency by storing power and saving it for when it’s needed the most.

Demand on the rise

There’s no doubt how far we’ve come when it comes to solar energy adoption – and there’s a similar wave behind solar energy storage technology.

The sales of household batteries are increasing annually as more consumers realize the benefits of energy storage, especially if they are already producing excess energy.

Solar battery storage is safe

Solar battery storage is a safe and powerful application for the home or place of business. There’s simply no credible threat of this energy storage system leading to a dangerous home or work environment.

If you’re ready for storage battery technology to store and manage your solar energy, you can partner with us to get it done.

Aztec Solar is a trusted leader in the Sacramento region for solar battery storage and other powerful solar applications for residential and commercial use.

Whether you’re looking for a whole-house backup or something smaller in scale, contact us today to learn more about this emerging technology.

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9 reasons why you should convert to solar energy in 2021 https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/9-reasons-why-you-should-convert-to-solar-energy-in-2021 https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/9-reasons-why-you-should-convert-to-solar-energy-in-2021#respond Mon, 07 Dec 2020 22:34:36 +0000 https://aztecsolar.com/?p=6292 Going green pays off in multiple ways. It saves money and protects the environment from harmful greenhouse emissions. But those aren’t the only reasons why so many people turn to solar energy to power their homes and businesses. With solar energy, customers can tap into clean and reliable energy to power buildings, heat water and […]

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Going green pays off in multiple ways. It saves money and protects the environment from harmful greenhouse emissions. But those aren’t the only reasons why so many people turn to solar energy to power their homes and businesses.

With solar energy, customers can tap into clean and reliable energy to power buildings, heat water and even store solar energy with solar batteries so the energy can be used when it’s needed the most.

Take a look at the following 9 reasons why you should go solar in 20201 and why so many others have already adopted solar energy technologies to meet all their energy needs.

Tax advantage

Through Dec. 31, home and business owners can take advantage of a substantial tax break of 26 percent through the Solar Investment Tax Credit.

For residential customers, that means the solar applications must be fully installed and ready to use by the end of the year to qualify for the tax break. In 2021, the tax credit drops to 22 percent before it sunsets entirely the following year. Commercial customers, however, have until 2022 to receive a 10 percent break. So, if you can’t start your solar project before the end of the year, make sure you do it in 2021!

Excellent investment

Whether at home or at work, you want to make savvy investments that pay off quickly. Solar energy can do that, typically offering a payback period of just a few short years for commercial users.

Once the initial investment is settled, solar energy users will continue to enjoy a return on investment for decades to come.

Low operating cost

Solar panels and solar technologies are extremely efficient and reduce operating costs to produce utility savings month after month.

This means that the energy that’s produced will offset usage and boost savings and can be used for energy credits through net metering.

Easy upkeep

Despite the amazing output of solar energy systems, they require very little maintenance and cleaning to operate at full capacity.

These devices have no moving parts and require no daily maintenance or cleaning given their design and installation.

No-hassle financing

Solar technologies are as affordable as ever. And with the availability of incredible tax incentives, paying for or financing a solar energy system is pain-free.

There are a number of financing options to choose from, including some that require little to no upfront costs.

Environmentally sound

Solar energy is a solution to expensive utility bills and deteriorating environmental conditions. Solar energy is clean and abundant and eliminates the need to generate power through harmful carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases.

Environmental leadership

You can be the change so many people believe is right by adopting solar energy and leading by example.

Businesses can express their commitment to green energy and homeowners can set examples within their neighborhoods that solar energy is the way of the future.

Stable energy cost

Over the last decade, utility costs have skyrocketed by 70 percent. Customers are also left at the mercy of peak hour rates and unexpected power outages.

Not with solar. Solar energy is a reliable and stable energy source that is always on and will always save you money.

Higher property values

Solar energy is a proven way to easily add value to your property.

According to various studies into solar energy trends, a building with a solar energy system will demand a higher return on its value than those that are not equipped with solar applications.

If you are ready to get started, contact us today!

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Deadline to take advantage of Solar Investment Tax Credit fast approaching https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/deadline-to-take-advantage-of-solar-investment-tax-credit-fast-approaching https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/deadline-to-take-advantage-of-solar-investment-tax-credit-fast-approaching#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2020 00:17:19 +0000 https://aztecsolar.com/?p=6289 Solar energy is an investment for the future. It is also an investment for today because it saves families, businesses and communities money right away on their utility bills and offers peace of mind because solar energy is reliable and good for the planet. If you’re thinking about making the switch to solar and want […]

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Solar energy is an investment for the future.

It is also an investment for today because it saves families, businesses and communities money right away on their utility bills and offers peace of mind because solar energy is reliable and good for the planet.

If you’re thinking about making the switch to solar and want extra savings, you’re on the clock. The Solar Investment Tax Credit empowers both home and business owners to deduct 26 percent of the solar installation costs. This worthwhile tax incentive won’t last long, however.

As more Americans feel the impacts of the pandemic on their daily lives, we understand how important it is to save money wherever possible. Solar technology accomplishes just that because it’s as affordable as ever. And with this tax credit, families and businesses can enjoy added savings on a solar electricity system or application in a matter of weeks as 2021 fast approaches.

Future residential and commercial solar adopters must act now because the 26 percent tax credit is set to expire this year. It’ll drop to 22 percent next year before the residential tax credit goes away for good.

Keep in mind that the tax credit is only valid if you own the solar panels. So, if you’re thinking about leasing or making arrangements through a power purchase agreement, you will not likely qualify.

While the IRS has guidance for commencing construction, which allows businesses to lock in the 26 percent tax break as long as the solar project begins in 2020 and is completed by 2024, this courtesy does not cover residential projects.

Finally, the residential solar energy system must be placed in service by Dec. 31, 2020. This condition for the tax break means that the installation must be complete within the timeframe in order to receive this year’s rate. In other words, signing a contract, making a payment and getting construction started before year’s end will not be sufficient. That’s why it’s important to start the process as soon as possible so the project is ready to power your home or business before the new year.

We are the Sacramento region’s solar leaders, offering award-winning customer service and incredible solar applications for your home or business. Aztec Solar provides solar energy solutions that meet the energy needs of residential, commercial, industrial and governmental entities.

Please contact us today to learn more about our products, including solar batteries, solar water heating, solar pool heating and solar electric experience for all applications.

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5 tips to help keep your solar-powered home warmer this winter https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/5-tips-to-help-keep-your-solar-powered-home-warmer-this-winter https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/5-tips-to-help-keep-your-solar-powered-home-warmer-this-winter#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:24:05 +0000 https://aztecsolar.com/?p=6284 It’s getting cold outside. And even though your Sacramento-area home is equipped with a solar energy system, there are still other ways to boost efficiency and keep heat in, and the cold out. The following cold-weather tips will lead to a cozier and more energy-efficient dwelling this winter season. Ceiling fan Did you know your […]

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It’s getting cold outside. And even though your Sacramento-area home is equipped with a solar energy system, there are still other ways to boost efficiency and keep heat in, and the cold out.

The following cold-weather tips will lead to a cozier and more energy-efficient dwelling this winter season.

Ceiling fan

Did you know your home’s ceiling fan can help circulate warm air around your home?

Simply reverse the fan’s direction so it can do its work and circulate the warm air that’s being released from your heating system.

As a bonus, using ceiling fans during the winter will reduce dust accumulation and make it easier for cleaning.

Solar heat pump

As a complement to your solar electricity system, a solar heat pump is another clean and efficient way to warm the inside of the home.

These air-sourced pumps provide heat through the home’s duct or piping systems while the ground-source pump operates in tandem with pipes underneath the home.

Thermostats with apps

Newer homes and their heating and air setups will feature smart thermostats, which let you set timers and make other adjustments to the home’s energy use.

With a few swipes, smart thermostats balance the amount of energy needed to power the home, especially during peak hours. And the best part about this automation is that it will also help you save money.

Electric heating

For some homeowners, electric heating is the only option – and it can be on the expensive side.

Solar energy users, however, have an upper hand when using these types of heating devices, which do better in targeted areas of the home.

Portable heating systems are inexpensive and will do a great job in keeping a room nice and cozy without the high-energy bill.

Insulation

This is an obvious solution to help keep the inside of your home warm and sealed from the elements.

Proper insulation boosts the efficiency of the energy production inside your home and will keep utility costs in check. In addition, insulation will block out noise, regulate humidity and reduce allergens and pests inside the home.

For any questions related to a solar power system for your home or business, contact us today!

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U.S. brings 4.5 gigawatts of solar power online in 2019 https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/u-s-brings-4-5-gigawatts-of-solar-power-online-in-2019 https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/u-s-brings-4-5-gigawatts-of-solar-power-online-in-2019#respond Tue, 17 Nov 2020 22:39:57 +0000 https://aztecsolar.com/?p=6254 The cumulative solar energy capacity of the United States is growing and California continues to lead the way. The Lawrence Berkley National Lab is keeping track of solar power capacity, which was driven by projects in the southeast and California. Last year alone, Americans turned to solar product solutions and brought 4.5 gigawatts of utility-scale […]

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The cumulative solar energy capacity of the United States is growing and California continues to lead the way.

The Lawrence Berkley National Lab is keeping track of solar power capacity, which was driven by projects in the southeast and California.

Last year alone, Americans turned to solar product solutions and brought 4.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar energy online. The Golden State outputted nearly 1 gigawatt of power alone, also adding solar and storage projects on a commercial operational level.

One megawatt of energy translates into about 3.124 million photovoltaic panels.

California also earned the top spot for solar generation in-state percentage with 20 percent. This output includes both residential and commercial solar energy systems.

Costs for installing solar applications are on the downward trend, creating greater accessibility to green technology that can fulfill residential and commercial energy needs.

Consumers are also turning to the Solar Investment Tax Credit, a 26 percent tax break, to bring the cost of solar down even more.

Since the tax credit was enacted about 14 years ago, the U.S. solar industry has expanded by more than 10,000 percent.

It has helped to create jobs and to bring clean, affordable energy solutions into thousands of homes and businesses across California.

The solar tax credit will be reduced by 22 percent in 2021 before it goes away entirely the following year. Businesses will have an extra year to take advantage of the tax benefit.

Aztec Solar offers solar energy solutions that fill the needs at home or at your place of business.

We offer full electricity applications, solar power battery storage, solar pool heating, in-house solar water heating and other solar electrical applications.

Please contact us today to learn more about how solar energy can provide a reliable, clean and affordable source of electricity at home or at work.

We view every solar application as part of a greater solution to a brighter future and stronger planet.

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Solar panels are not just for massive solar farms or neighborhood rooftops.

They can also save commercial enterprises money and fulfill their energy needs with green technologies such as full solar electricity applications and solar power storage.

Here’s how commercial solar power works.

Photovoltaic modules, commonly known as solar panels, are at the foundation of every solar electricity application. They are installed on business rooftops or on frames to maximize angles and sunlight absorption.

The stored energy moves into the system’s inverters.

Inverters transform incoming DC energy into AC power, the same form of energy that’s standard inside your home or business.

Once the power is converted, it is indistinguishable from electricity taken from the grid.

Your business’s existing electrical infrastructure will be put to work.

Electricity outputted by the inverter is sent directly to your switchboard, allowing the free flow of energy at your place of business.

An electricity meter will track energy use so that electricity is first drawn from your solar electricity system and not from the grid.

In the event that your business will need additional power, your setup is designed to filter in electricity from the grid. It’s also possible to redistribute excess energy and send it back to the grid through net metering.

Going solar is a smart business decision because it will reduce operating costs, freeing up resources for other business goals. Solar applications are low maintenance and will provide clean energy to your business for decades to come.

Adopting solar energy also immediately puts your business at the forefront of a growing green energy movement.

More and more, consumers want to do business with organizations that are committed to decreasing harmful greenhouse emissions and are planning for a brighter future.

As the region’s solar pioneer, Aztec Solar has plenty of experience with the Sacramento area’s business leaders.

We’ve partnered with the business community and developers for more than four decades, delivering energy savings and peace of mind so that businesses will meet their energy needs.

Our solar experts and top-quality products can address the needs of any industry, from education, hospitality, industrial and other sectors.

Please reach out to us today to learn more about how our turn-key solar installations can save your business money and help you plan for a brighter, carbon-free future.

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Georgetown University to generate more than two-thirds of its energy with solar https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/georgetown-university-to-generate-more-than-two-thirds-of-its-energy-with-solar https://aztecsolar.com/solar-blog/georgetown-university-to-generate-more-than-two-thirds-of-its-energy-with-solar#respond Tue, 03 Nov 2020 14:12:12 +0000 https://aztecsolar.com/?p=6025 As soon as this month, Georgetown University will generate over two-thirds of its energy needs from solar power applications. University officials said the initiative is a measure to reduce the campus’s reliance on traditional grid-based utility. For years, Georgetown University has been at the forefront of green energy. Since 2013, the university has purchased renewable […]

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As soon as this month, Georgetown University will generate over two-thirds of its energy needs from solar power applications.

University officials said the initiative is a measure to reduce the campus’s reliance on traditional grid-based utility.

For years, Georgetown University has been at the forefront of green energy. Since 2013, the university has purchased renewable energy certificates, known as RECs, which document the use of clean energy.

Moving forward, Georgetown University will source even more of its energy from renewable energy providers. It’ll buy more than 100,000 megawatt-hours of electricity each year.

The school’s overall mission is to pave the way for a brighter future that’s more reliant on green technology.

Under the agreement, electricity will be delivered from solar plants in Maryland and New Jersey and the school will continue to use RECs from other sources, too.

Georgetown University has taken other concrete steps in the fight against climate change and harmful fossil fuels. It divested from fossil fuel companies over concerns about the environment and unstable financial outcomes.

If your business is ready to take its own steps toward energy independence, Aztec Solar can provide the expertise and products to transform the way you consume energy.

Aztec Solar is the go-to energy solutions provider that’s committed to meeting the energy needs of business owners. Our top-quality solar products and technologies deliver green energy at affordable prices.

From full solar power applications to solar battery storage, Aztec Solar can work with you to design a solar system that suits your day-to-day operational requirements.

Please contact Aztec Solar to learn more about the possibilities and the benefits of clean and affordable green energy at your place of business. Together, we can lower your utility costs and make a positive contribution to the health of the planet for generations to come.

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