Once upon a time, it was thought that residential solar was only a smart investment for those who planned to be in their home for “forever.” However, as electricity rates skyrocket and more homeowners are selling their once “forever” homes to make a profit, realtors and lenders alike have realized that residential solar adds significant value to a home on the market. Whether you plan on being in your home for 5 years or 50 years, adding a residential solar system adds significant value for resale.
Residential Solar is Less Expensive
These days, most homeowners are able to pay off the installation of a residential solar system in 4 to 5 years. At that point, they’re able to start reducing their energy bill and eventually start generating energy credits to sell back to the electric company. This is extremely attractive to home buyers as many are nervous about mortgage payments, home owner association fees, and more. Buying a new home with residential solar reduces this nervous feeling because they’re able to imagine a future where they won’t have huge electric bills that often come with home ownership. Suddenly large homes with fancy built in amenities such as washers and dryers, dishwashers, dual refrigerators and more are more affordable to new home buyers.
Going Green is Cool
There is a cache of cool surrounding having a green home. Many homeowners love being able to say they’re helping the environment by owning a home with residential solar. It’s not unusual to have residential solar installed but it is highly sought after for homeowners seeking to minimize their carbon footprints and to reduce their energy usage. In today’s society, where American energy has seemed to take a step back with the resurgence of older forms of energy, solar power emerges as trendy, cool, and something that educated people choose to provide for a better future of the planet.
Whether homeowners are seeking to reduce energy bills or to embrace a cool form of energy, the addition of solar panels to a home translates to higher resale value, which multiplies homeowners’ return on investment. In the current housing market, an increased resale value can translate to big dollars overall.Read More
We’ve heard for a while now that the solar tax credit will be reducing from 30% to lower over the years to come. That’s why this is the perfect year for you to take advantage of the 2019 solar tax credit. Homeowners will be able to take advantage of the federal investment tax credit with solar systems installed in their homes.
How the Solar Tax Credit Works
The federal solar tax credit was intended to encourage homeowners to go green and reduce Americans’ dependency on fossil fuels. Due to popular demand, the federal solar tax credit was extended to 2020 by Congress in order to extend the 30% credit to homeowners. In California, there is a mandate that all new homes install solar panels, but older homes are not required to install solar panels. However, it’s anticipated that homeowners will rush to take advantage of the solar tax credit.
To acquire the solar tax credit, your solar installation company will offer you a receipt for the solar system’s total cost and installation process. When tax season comes around, homeowners will be able to provide this information to their tax professional including items such as storage of solar batteries.
It must be noted that in order to take advantage of the federal tax credit, homeowners have to own their own solar panel system instead of renting it from a solar company. Additionally, in order to qualify for the solar tax credit, solar batteries must be entirely charged by the solar panel system, not an outside source. These are important distinctions for homeowners seeking to make use of their tax credits for switching to clean green renewable energy.
Solar Tax Credit Eligibility Broken Down
As mentioned previously, there are a few conditions in order to make use of the 2019 federal tax credit:
- Homeowners MUST own their own solar panel system and batteries in order to be eligible
- Batteries must be fully charged from solar panels, not other sources
- You must be a homeowner, not a renter of a property
- Your solar panel system needs to be installed before the end of 2019
The Time to Act Is Now
Before the solar tax credit begins to diminish significantly, it’s time for you to act and install solar panels. Go green and begin earning credits instead of paying major electricity bills. Don’t wait to collect on your 2019 solar tax credit. Consult with a skilled solar panel installation expert today and begin generating clean green renewable energy today that will save you money in the long run.Read More
When considering a switch from electricity to solar power, it’s important to listen to the good advice of not only your solar power provider but your solar installation experts. After all, you wouldn’t take solar installation advice from your gardeners or your neighbors. It’s important to get the right information from the people who know best how to install and amplify your solar power. You can’t start gathering solar power and selling enough credits back to the electric company if you don’t listen to your installers when it comes to installing solar panels at the right angles, how to maximize usage and clean your solar panels. Consider the following reasons why you need to listen to your solar installation experts:
Your Solar Installation Experts Know How to Help You Gather the Most Energy
Think about it- your solar installation experts know what they’re doing. They’ve worked with hundreds or thousands of homeowners just like you- nervous about how solar energy will work out for them, hopeful that solar energy will lower your energy bills and that one day you might be able to sell energy credits back to the electric company in order to make money instead of spending it on your utilities. It’s a tense process in the beginning. But take comfort in the fact that your solar installation experts know what they’re doing and they know how to help in the following ways:
- they can calculate your energy demands for a new solar installation and the household’s energy usage
- they know how to take things such as tree shade into account when performing a new solar installation
- they can estimate the size of your solar panels necessary for a successful installation and system size in order to provide the most bang for your buck
- they can take your budget into account and provide you with real life options that can turn you onto other options in order to reap the benefits of clean renewable solar energy
An experienced solar installation expert knows what they’re looking for when they come to your home. They know your energy goals after a conversation to confirm their suspicions. An expert such as this is seeking to help you lower your energy bills and help you to start making money.
Make Sure You Have the Best Solar Installation Expert on the Job
When you’re considering a change from electricity to solar power, you need to make sure you have the very best solar installation expert to do the job. With such an investment upfront, you can’t afford to mess around with a fly by night company who claims to be all things to all people. Do your research and ensure that your solar installer is asking you the right questions and seeking to help you as best they can.
When considering whether or not to go green in your home, consider that with SunPower solar panels, you can produce over 70% more energy over the first 25 years. Once you’ve installed SunPower solar panels, how you use that energy can be quite creative. Consider the following ways in which you can use your new clean renewable energy:
Lighting Up Your Back Yard
With the clean renewable solar energy that you’re generating with SunPower solar panels, you can light up your back yard with colorful and creative lights. You can impress your house guests and company when they come over with colorful light displays. Imagine lighting up your pool, pergola, walk ways, trellaces, and patios with clean renewable energy.
Turning Up the Romance with SunPower Solar Panels
With SunPower solar panels, the energy you generate can be used to turn up the romance. Picture how much you can enjoy powering and heating your hot tub sipping champagne. With clean renewable energy, you can turn up the romance and not worry about how high your electric bill will be for your efforts. You can take a dip every night and ignite the romantic spark in your relationship. If you’re single, you can impress your dates with your elegant hot tub.
Powering Up A Holly Jolly Christmas Light Display
With SunPower solar panels, you can be the envy of your neighbors next Christmas with an intricate and bright light display. You could deck your home out with every light you can find at the store and still be paying less for powering a massive display than your neighbors. You can keep cozy all winter knowing that you’re producing more clean renewable energy and saving money at the same time.
There are many uses for clean renewable solar power that range from powering up your kitchen appliances to heating your home during the winter and keeping it cool in the summer. There’s no better way to do it than with SunPower solar panels. If you’re ready to try out the many ways you can use solar power, give us a call at (951) 678-7733.Read More
As December draws to a close, we’re all looking forward to a bright future in 2019. With a new year, it’s the best opportunity to make new positive changes such as finally going to install solar in your home. If you’ve been curious about solar power, then this might be the year you finally decide to embrace it. Consider the following reasons to bite the bullet and install solar in your home:
Looming Electricity Rate Hikes if You Don’t Install Solar
There are looming regulatory rate hikes you may not have heard about. Last May, Southern California Edison (SCE) and the California Public Utilities Commission announced a $5 billion rate hike that will increase an average homeowner’s electricity by 19%. If your electricity bills are already too high, this is the perfect time to install solar in your home. Start acquiring your electricity from the sun and lowering your electric bill when you install solar in your home. Make SCE send you a check for the electricity you’ve contributed back to the power grid.
The Federal Tax Credit
If you install solar in 2019, you’ll still be able to enjoy the 30% federal tax credit prior to the government’s phase out plan. You might as well take advantage of the full benefits afforded by the federal tax credits before it reduces significantly over the next few years.
California’s 2020 Mandate
While all new homes built in 2020 or later require solar installation, you might want to take some inspiration from those homeowners. Global warming is expected to hit California particularly hard, and we have opportunities to be leaders in cleaning up our environment. It helps that saving money goes hand in hand with saving our environment as well.
If you’ve been considering switching to the clean renewable energy provided by solar power, then 2019 is your year to make some big changes and install solar in your home. By going green, you can put a little bit more of the green back in your wallet too.Read More
When considering switching from using traditional electric power to solar power, many home owners are confused about how solar batteries work. It’s often one of the most misunderstood elements of a solar power system. It’s understandable as most homeowners don’t have a degree or specialty in science and engineering. Not to worry, the experts at Sunpro Solar are able to demystify solar batteries for you so you understand exactly what you’re getting and what you can expect:
Solar Batteries Allow for the Generation of Solar Power to Turn into Electricity
When homeowners install solar panels on their homes, they do so to dramatically reduce their electricity bills. The potential to generate a separate income from the energy produced and stored in solar batteries is also extremely appealing. Over time, the installation of solar panels can pay for themselves when you consider that they can last approximately 25 to 30 years with proper maintenance and care.
Typically, when homeowners purchase a solar system, this includes solar panels at just the right pitch to collect enough energy from the sun. A system also includes an inverter, and a performance monitoring system to ensure homeowners are able to track exactly how much energy they’re generating from the sun- a clean renewable energy source, and stored in solar batteries for later use.
In order to create electricity or energy to power your home, solar panels collect energy from the sun. This is then passed through an inverter to convert it into a form of electricity and energy to power a home. Solar batteries store this energy so that when the sun goes down at night, homeowners are still able to access energy to power their homes. Just because the sun has gone down, it doesn’t mean that homeowners are living like our prehistoric ancestors by fire light.
Making Your Solar Batteries Work for You
Typically, homeowners’ solar panels and solar batteries are tied to an electricity grid. In California, this could be Edison, for example. When your home solar power system is collecting more energy than you can consume as a homeowner, you’re energy neutral and reducing your carbon footprint. You’re also eligible to make some money. Excess energy from your solar batteries sent back to the grid can make you money in the form of energy credits towards future energy bills or a check cut to you. It’s not a stretch of the imagination that this is a major caveat for homeowners considering the installation of a full solar system, from solar panels to solar batteries, and more.
Solar power has been exploding in popularity, but homeowners don’t necessarily know how they work. If you’re still confused by the process by which solar batteries collect and store energy, please give our experts a call at (951) 678-7733Read More
After a number of years, it’s quite common that home owners get that itch to renovate their home. It could start with an idea that you’ve always wanted a nicer kitchen or it could be a massive project involving multiple rooms, the exterior, the yard, or more. No matter how small or large, there’s ample room to go green with your home renovation. Consider the following ways in which you can go green with your home renovation:
Go Green with Energy Efficient Appliances
One of the easiest ways to go green during a home renovation is to seek out energy efficient appliances. These are easy to spot in stores because they’re labeled energy efficient under the Energy Star program. Energy efficient appliances use less power and over time, essentially pay for themselves in savings. Energy efficient appliances are one of the easiest ways to go green in your renovation.
Install Solar Panels
If you’re able to do a major home renovation, installing a new solar panel system is one of the best ways to go green. This is because solar energy is clean, green, and renewable. By installing solar panels, you go green with your home renovation by severing your reliance upon fossil fuels that produce most electric power in homes now. Over time, not only do solar panels save homeowners money in electric bills, but the amount of power generated can be sold back to the electric company, earning homeowners money in the process. This is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and to save some green in your pocket.
Install Low Emissivity Products
Low emissivity products such as doors and windows can prevent heat from escaping during the winter and the cool air from escaping during the summer. This is accomplished with thin layers of items such as silver or other metallic particles. There are many different kinds of low emissivity products to meet your energy needs to go green in a home renovation. If this is on your radar, then a consultant can help you to choose the right product to meet your energy needs.
Home renovations are often large projects, but even if you start small, you have options to make your home more environmentally friendly with your efforts. If you’re looking to install a new solar panel system to maximize your potential to go green, contact Sunpro Solar at (951) 678-7733.Read More
When considering a new residential solar installation, many people are curious how soon they can start generating energy and saving money. There are 4 factors that immediately stand out which will affect not only your production of solar energy but your savings as well. In order to reap the benefits of a new residential solar installation, the following should be considered:
In areas such as Southern California, we experience very little in the way of changing seasons. Southern California is lucky enough to enjoy ample sunlight whether in the summer or in the winter. It’s not unusual for a Southern California Christmas to reach 80 degrees. Because of this warm weather, Southern Californians can expect more sunlight than most areas of the country. This is great news for residents considering a new solar installation. More available sunlight is better for increased solar energy production.
It seems like a no brainer, but shade plays a significant role in the amount of energy produced by a solar installation. If a home is located in large areas of shade, less direct sunlight will be available to produce energy with your solar installation. It’s generally advised that residents with overgrown trees and obstructions do their best to trim them or remove them if they have decided they want to make use of the clean renewable energy that solar produces.
Tilt is another factor that will affect your solar installation’s ability to produce energy. Tilt includes the slope of your roof, the angle that your solar panels are facing in your solar installation, and the direction your home is facing. Ideally, to produce the most energy from your solar installation, solar panels should be mounted between 30 to 45 degrees.
Azimuth refers to the angle from which the sunlight is beamed down. Getting the azimuth correct is critical to take full advantage of your solar installation. When this is wrong, residents may experience a loss of up to 35% of available solar energy.
Prior to a new solar installation, it’s important to be aware of the many factors that could affect the quality of your energy produced. When you consult with the experts at Sunpro Solar, you can learn more about each of these factors which will affect your energy production. Start by calling us at (951) 678-7733.Read More
Prior to Thanksgiving, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) delivered a report to Congress and the President on the state of climate change today with some dire warnings and predictions. Key findings in the report were that climate change is here and will affect all areas of American life- water, oceans, energy, human health and economics with varying degrees of disparity. It is clear that in order to sustain the American way of life, we need to make a change to clean renewable energy or continue to follow a path towards damage to our way of life.
Facts on Climate Change
Despite some climate change deniers, climate change is real. You need only turn on the news to learn that 16 of the past 17 years were the warmest on record. Moreover, extreme weather events have increased in frequency and severity, costing tax payers over $1 billion per event. The Climate Change Assessment predicts that we will not be able to stop the inevitable damage that will occur, although hope remains that we can slow down the damage if we work together to concentrate on reducing our carbon emissions.
You hear a lot about your “carbon footprint” and what this primarily refers to is the amount of carbon emissions you are likely releasing into the atmosphere as a result of dirty energy sources such as fossil fuels or coal. Even our electricity plants run on these energy sources instead of clean renewable energy such as solar power. Approximately 60 percent of our energy is obtained by fossil fuels, coal, and natural gas, despite the wide availability of clean renewable energy such as solar or wind power. As a consumer and a citizen of planet Earth, you can do something to change that by opting for clean renewable energy instead.
Climate Change and You
“Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities… but the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur,” reports the Climate Change Assessment. This means its up to each and every one of us to reduce our carbon footprint by turning to clean renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.
As a homeowner, you can do more than most to reduce your carbon footprint by embracing clean renewable energy in the form of solar power. By installing solar panels on your home, you can reduce your family’s energy consumption dramatically. Further, you can also generate not only clean renewable energy for your own home, but enough to sell back to the electric company you currently buy energy from. This can help others to use clean renewable energy as well.
Trust SunPro- Solar for Your Clean Renewable Energy
When you make the switch to solar, you want the experts who will guide you through the process of going green with the clean renewable energy of solar power. SunPro- Solar can walk you through the entire process and help you make the decisions on how big your panels should be, where to mount them, and how to get the most out of solar. Give us a call today to start your bright future. (951) 678-7733.Read More
When homeowners start to think seriously about the benefits of installing solar panels, one of the most common questions that comes up is how long do they last? Many homeowners are new to the process, not sure whether they’ll have high maintenance fees or if they’re at risk for additional replacement costs more often than they’d like. The truth is that homeowners can breathe a sigh of relief. Solar panels last a lot longer than you’d think.
How Long Can Solar Panels Last if Maintained?
The good news is after a solar installation, homeowners can look forward to your panels lasting in the range of 25 years. Think about that- in 25 years, your children will grow up happy and healthy, your baby sapling trees will grow large and your car will have been replaced for the latest and greatest model multiple times. 25 years is a very long time. It speaks to the durability of solar panels and their low maintenance. These panels face the brunt force of the elements- wind, rain, sunshine, snow, or even hurricanes or twisters. The good news is in California, we won’t have some of the most extreme weather and can enjoy some of the best weather. However, maintenance is still necessary.
The average rate of degradation of solar panels is about .4% per year. What this means is that even if they degrade over time, your new panels will be operating in the high 80’s to mid 90% over the years. With gentle maintenance, you’ll still be reaping the benefits of solar panels for years to come. A great solar power company can help you frame your expectations, teach you how to maintain your solar panels, and offer you support.
Tips For Extending the Life of Your Solar Panels
We can’t control the weather. Depending upon the weather, your panels can experience debris, high winds, beating down rain or hail, and more. This can wreak havoc on anything from your car to your motorcycle to even your home wherever you’re located. However, you can do the following steps to extend the life of your solar panels:
- Find an Exceptional Solar Power Company to Partner With. The best companies are all about customer service. Would you consider buying a new solar power system from someone who would abandon you completely? No. Do your homework and partner with an exceptional solar power company so you’re sure to receive the best customer service for installation and helpful hints throughout the life of your solar power system.
- Keep an Eye on Your Solar Panels. You should actively monitor your solar panels, whether that means clearing debris off of them after high winds, or cleaning up the results of what appears to be sick birds. It’s helpful to ensure your solar panels are not damaged, excessively dirty, or deteriorating from a lack of attention and maintenance.
Solar energy systems can potentially last you around 25 years. That could be 25 years of your family enjoying freedom from high energy bills, earning money from energy credits, and reaping the benefits of solar power. How long can your peace of mind last with clean, renewable energy?Read More