Solar Federal Tax Incentives Extended

The federal government recently passed a spending package allowing solar tax incentives to be extended for another 5 years. The solar tax incentives allow taxpayers to receive a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC). This is great news for the renewable energy industry and the solar movement! The new legislation has created a boom in the solar industry by effectively encouraging residential and commercial property owners to use solar technology in their homes and businesses.

Now is a great time to transition to solar – not only does the current legislation makes it an affordable and economical option, photovoltaic panels will also increase the value of your home or commercial building. The solar usage in the US is expected to triple within the next 6 years – and has already nearly doubled since 2014. With solar panels steadily becoming mainstream, the economic value of properties with photovoltaic panels will increase substantially.

Since the Solar TAX INCENTIVE was implemented in 2006, solar installation has increased over 1,600 percent.*  The extension for solar tax incentives insures the industry’s growth, and when the amount of solar installations increase, the price per solar pv panel decreases.

From an environmental perspective, the projected growth due to the solar ITC extension will offset 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.

“There’s no way to overstate this — the extension of the solar ITC is the most important policy development for U.S. solar in almost a decade,” said MJ Shiao, Green Tech Media’s director of solar research.

The experts at Action Air are here to help you get the maximum return on your investment. Call us today for a free consultation. Our team will get you on your way to an environmentally friendly solar panel system, increased property value – and energy savings!
*Resources

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/breaking-house-passes-1.1-trillioun-spending-bill-with-renewable-energy-tax

http://www.seia.org/policy/finance-tax/solar-investment-tax-credit Solar Energy Industries Association

Solar Rooftops in California Improve Economy

California continues to be the leading solar market in the US. Solar has been on the rise in recent years, and has substantially improved California’s economy. Solar production is increasing which creates lower product and installation costs for consumers. The California state incentives to transition to solar have also helped drive it’s increasing economic influence. In order to sustain growth in the solar industry, legislation needs to maintain long-term policies that encourage renewable energy production. The good news is that the majority of upcoming California representatives hold strong bipartisan support for solar.

Going Solar enables home and business owners become independent from utility companies. Using solar power protects individuals from the rising utility costs, and with fossil fuels becoming more scarce, utilities prices will only continue to increase. The sun cannot be taxed or tariffed, and its energy has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time. Using the sun to our advantage will not only help protect our precious planet, but it also allows individuals to become less reliant on the finite supply of fossil fuels.

With solar on the rise, production must meet the demand. This means more systems will have to be designed, more materials will need to be manufactured, and installations will increase. This creates jobs within the solar industry and boosts the employment rate within the renewable energy sector. The solar industry employment growth rate has already surpassed the national average.
According to SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association):

  • There are currently more than 2,336 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in California, employing 75,600 people
  • In 2015, California installed 3,266 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it first nationally
  • The 13,243 MW of solar energy currently installed in California ranks the state first in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 3,319,000 homes
  • In 2015, $7.268 billion was invested on solar installations in California
  • Installed solar photovoltaic system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 6% from last year and 48% from 2010

The Solar Experts at Action Air are here to help you transition to a renewable, sustainable source of energy.

Resources

“California: Renewables Portfolio Standard”. Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-11-01.

http://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/california. Retrieved 2016-05-27.

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Southwest Heat

Summer is approaching! Here are some tips from our team at Action Air to help prepare you for the Southwest heat.

1. Get an AC Tune Up

It’s important to get your AC serviced before the southwest heat hits – an overwhelming amount of home and commercial building owners don’t realize their HVAC system needs to be repaired until it breaks down. Preventative Maintenance is the best way to prevent this from happening to you during the months when you need your AC the most. For the small cost of a tune-up, it can save you big in the long run.

Action Air FACT: 90% OF ALL FURNACE & AIR CONDITIONING BREAKDOWNS ARE DUE TO LACK OF MAINTENANCE

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2. Stock Up on HVAC Air Filters

It’s important to check and replace your air filter regularly, especially during the months when your AC in constantly running. A clean air filter is essential healthy indoor air quality. Timely replacement of your air filter will prevent expensive repairs, improve indoor air quality, increase HVAC lifespan, and keep your system running smoothly.

 

3. Get an Energy Audit

SDG&E and other California utility companies offer great rebates for energy audits and preventative maintenance. Getting a full diagnostic report of your HVAC will help you decide if now is the right time to upgrade your system, or what repairs are necessary to prevent costly utility bills and keep your home comfortable.

 

4. Purchase a Humidifier

The summer heat in the southwest is notoriously dry, and the best way to keep a secure amount of moisture in your home is to get a humidifier. Putting moisture back into your home’s air has proven to decrease risk of infections, improve sinuses, help your body heal faster, improve sleep and even keep your houseplants healthier!

 

5. Switch to Solar

With the sun’s rays strongest in the summer, spring is a great time to get your solar PV panels installed and start getting the most from your renewable energy source. It is also an ideal time to receive maximum tax rebates (30%) and financing for owners. The solar movement is on the rise with the great incentives in place and it’s many benefits:

Become apart of the solar movement and call the Solar Experts at Action Air (800-400-4152) or contact us online to schedule your commercial or residential solar installation!

Solar Solutions: The Economic and Environmental Benefits

Modern society is extremely dependent on fossil fuels to create electricity for everyday necessities. Reliance on fossil fuels as the main resource for energy is impractical. Oil and coal for example, are finite resources and cannot be relied on to sustain the growing demand for energy in technologies, homes, and vehicles.

Not only are fossil fuels impractical for generating energy, they are irresponsible. The burning of these fuels emit toxic gases into the environment, which is the primary source of the greenhouse gas buildup, pollution, and climate change.

Switching to solar energy power as an alternative energy solution for our every day needs can dramatically offset the negatives effects of fossil fuels and lower energy costs, here’s why.

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Solar Solution: Combating The Greenhouse Effect

Solar photovoltaic panel systems generate clean and pure energy from the sun. Solar power does not expel toxins into our environment and combats the greenhouse gas buildup. Not only can solar save the environment from global warming, it is the reliable and endless resource that has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time.

In a single day the amount of sunlight that hits the United States is more than 2,500 times the entire country’s daily energy usage. Yet, solar photovoltaic panels produce less than two percent of the national electricity*.

The good news is that the solar movement is on the rise. Generated electricity from solar power was up 2% in 2015, which is more than a tenfold increase from 2010. To put things in perspective, if 5% of American households go solar, it would remove approximately 89,600,000 pounds of CO2 from the environment, and offset the pollution caused by the entire fleet of vehicles produced in 2007*.

Solar Solution: Economic Benefits

Because of the increasing demand for solar panel systems, more and more manufacturing companies are popping up, and the cost to manufacture the panels is decreasing as a result. The government also sees solar as a solution to global warming; state and federal legislation have made solar power a feasible and affordable option for energy in the US. Not only does solar power save the environment, it also protects home and business owners from the rising utility costs.

What do you have to lose? Become a part of the solar movement and start saving the environment and your energy costs today! Call to get your Action Air Solar System installed in your home or business – our professionals are guaranteed to provide quality installation, professionalism, and efficiency.

*Resources from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic 2015

US Locations That Are Best For Going Solar

As a homeowner with solar, or considering going solar, you most likely recognize the importance of clean energy how beneficial it is for the environment, the economy, and homeowners alike.

Although solar panels can essentially be utilized in any location where the sun shines, there are certain climates that are ideal for harnessing solar power. In addition to federal tax incentives, certain states offer even more incentives to go solar through rebates, funding, and tax breaks.

Solar capacity and state incentives are the two of the most important factors when evaluating which US locations are best for solar panels. The following information seeks to advise you on the US locations that benefit most from a photovoltaic panel system.

In general, areas closer to the equator have far greater potential for producing solar electricity than areas closer to the poles, and areas with consistent sun have greater solar potential then areas that are frequently overcast. Since there are few clouds in the desert and plenty of sunshine, making Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, and Southern California some of the best states for solar energy production. Hawaii and Florida also have the potential to make solar the biggest energy source. All these states’ climates are uniquely suited to take on solar as the main source of renewable energy. Unfortunately, some of these states are lacking the RPS, or renewable portfolio standard, to make this a real possibility. Having a RPS in place requires that a certain percentage of all energy produced is renewable. An RPS is the best way to motivate utility companies and homeowners to go solar. Florida, for example, has no RPS in place but is one of the states that has the greatest potential for renewable energy.

Unlike Florida, other states with the greatest solar capacity such as California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas have a RPS in place and are taking advantage of the opportunity to make solar power the main source of renewable energy.

Solar capacity is important in terms of the amount of energy that can be produced from photovoltaic panels, however, ‘going solar’ is still an attractive option for locations that receive less solar irradiance (brightness) and insolation (strength of sun when it reaches ground). Surprisingly, states without high solar capacity have proven to be the most committed to solar energy through their respective legislation. For example, New York legislation leads the nation in the best rebates and tax breaks for residential solar. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, and Vermont are following New York’s lead and also offer brilliant incentives for homeowners to go solar.

As a whole, the United States has terrific solar resources, geographically and financially. Call Action Air today to take advantage of Southern California’s high solar capacity, tax incentives, and financing options!

How Weather Effects Solar Energy Production

Temperature, air density, precipitation, pollution, fog, and wind can disturb solar energy production, but should not be considered ‘deciding factors’ when assessing your climate for solar power use. If these conditions are prominent in your geographic location, solar is still a viable option considering battery back-up can always get the job done in the absence of beloved sunny days. 

Sunshine Exposure for Solar Power

The length and strength of solar power received are the two most important factors in producing electricity through photovoltaics. As such, regions that receive the most sunshine per day will produce the most energy. Solar tracking can off-set the decrease in energy production when days become shorter and the sun is not at an ideal angle for maximum insolation.

Wind

Wind damage to your solar panels is unlikely considering they are specifically designed to withstand wind speed up to 80 mph or more. However, solar PV systems are subject to the same laws of physics as any other electrical circuit. The behavior of the electrical circuit in terms of voltage, resistance and current are governed by other effects, like air temperature and wind speed. Since wind speed influences air temperature, it is a piggy-back factor of how temperature can affect a solar PV system.

Temperature

Solar panel power production is the most efficient when temperatures are low in sunny environments.

  • High temperatures: Field and laboratory experiments (Rivers State University of Science and Technology at Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2008) have revealed a drop of solar energy output for every increase in degree of a home photovoltaic solar panel once the panel reached 42 degrees Celsius, or about 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Low temperatures: The angle of the sun determines irradiance (brightness) and insolation (strength of sun when it reaches ground) which both determine the amount of energy production photovoltaics. Locations closest to the poles, and/or during winter seasons, the angle of the sun is low and temperatures decrease, causing solar panel energy production to also decrease.

Air density

Thin air is ideal for solar power for the simple fact that when the air is thicker, it scatters more sunlight. Typically, the higher the elevation, the thinner the air is. Locations at or below sea level tend to have higher air density.

Snow / Rainfall

A thick layer of snow on your solar PV panels will affect the production of energy entirely. However, panels naturally give off heat and are purposely installed at an angle which will prevent the accumulation of thick layers of snow. During rain or snow, the length and strength of the sun is minimal and will decrease energy production as a result.

Pollution

Pollution, much like clouds or fog, diffuses sunlight so the strength of the of sun will decrease in highly polluted areas.

Cloud Cover / Fog

If you live in an area with dense cloud cover or fog, like San Diego, your solar power output will decrease but the solar PV panels will still produce electricity. Clouds/fog diffuse (spread out) sunlight, so the angle of the sun and/or panels are not as critical. The amount of solar energy produced in these conditions depends on the thickness and duration of the fog or cloud cover. A single cloudy day will not affect the amount of power coming into your home, it is more important on the amount of sun that your panels see on average per year.

Although weather can have a significant impact on solar power production, solar panels are built to withstand heavy rain, hail, wind and cycles of heat and cold for many years. Despite unfavorable conditions for solar power production, your home can still receive electricity it needs through battery back-ups and smart mounting solutions. Switching to solar is still a wise investment that will increase the value of your home, help the environment, and save you on energy bills. Call Action Air today to learn more about solar panel installation!

The Value of Solar For Your Home or Business

Top Quality Solar Panels The solar movement in the US is steadily rising, and if you are considering going solar you may want to know exactly how it will benefit you. With the cost of electricity steadily rising, and the federal and state incentives in place, installing solar panels is becoming an attractive option for home and business owners all over the US. Here are a few reasons why the value of solar is so substantial.

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Value of Solar Panels: Saves on Electricity Bills

The rising cost of electricity is driven by the increasing demand for fossil fuels – mainly coal and oil. A study conducted by the Edison Electric Institute found that electricity prices went up 2.5% annually from 2000 to 2006, and are following a steady upward trend. With solar panels, you are generating renewable energy that can save you up to 50% or more on your utility bills annually. Not only are you protecting yourself from increasing electricity and gas prices by going solar, but you could even payback your investment in as little as 8 years.

  • How It Works: The solar net metering program saves costs on utility bills by allowing the solar user to ‘sell’ back the excess energy produced to utility companies at a retail rate. The credit of the excess energy produced by solar panels off-sets electric energy used from the utility grid by the solar customer, thus creating a return on the customer’s investment in solar panels.

Value of Solar Panels: What’s Trending

Although solar is a relatively new market, it is becoming an increasingly important and vital part of the American economy. In order to meet the demand of the solar market, more and more solar panel manufacturing companies are popping up, and the cost of panels have reduced as a result. According to Solar Energy Industry Association, roughly 20,000 Mega Watts of solar capacity is forecasted to come online over the next two years, doubling the country’s existing solar capacity. 2015 was another record-breaking year for the solar market, and with the increasing demand residential and commercial solar power, installations will only continue to rise at this astonishing pace.

Federal and state government encourages homeowners to go solar by offering great tax and rebate incentives to keep the solar market flourishing through affordable options.

Value of Solar Panels: The Green Movement

The Value of Solar PanelsAmericans are becoming more aware of the negative effects of fossil fuels on the environment. We are at a critical time in history to create solutions to lessen the impact of humanity’s carbon footprint on the planet. In that regard, the solar movement has been one of the most progressive implications of green solutions. Clean, renewable energy is not only affordable, but responsible. With independence being at the heart of American culture, renewable energy will only continue to be a more attractive option for homeowners to become less dependent on utility companies.

Join the cause, increase the value of your home, and save on utility bills by adding the value of solar at your home or business. The experts at Action Air are here to answer any questions you may have in your transition. Call today 800-400-4152 or Get a Free Solar Quote Online!

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A solar power system is customized for your home, so pricing and savings vary based on location, system size, government rebates and local utility rates. Savings on your total electricity costs is not guaranteed.

How Going Solar Gives You Independence from Utility Companies

Evolving solar solutions and technology is shaping the future for more utility customers to become independent of the utility grid.

Advances in technology now allow residents to install solar panels on their home, property, or commercial business and create enough electricity through photovoltaic cells to provide enough power for all your electrical needs. California has become the first state to provide 5% of its electricity by solar power, and as more customers take advantage of the year-round sun to power their homes, many advantages arise beyond saving thousands of dollars on electric bills.

It is common to see solar panels affixed to roofs and canyon hillsides all across California, and for many curious onlookers, the first questions that comes to mind is ‘How do solar panels work?’ and ‘How can they allow homeowners to become independent of the utility grid?’

Solar panels are made up of several small units called photovoltaic (PV) cells which contain two layers of semi-conductor materials. As sunlight hits the solar panels the light causes the electrons to move and jump from the first layer to the second layer. This flow of electrons is direct current (DC) electricity. The more sun that hits the panel, the more electricity is produced by the PV system.

The DC electricity flows from the panels into an inverter (read more about micro-inverters vs. string inverters here) which converts the DC current into AC current, which is what all electrical appliances use when plugged into a wall outlet. A two-way meter tracks the power produced by the solar panel system and any electricity that your home doesn’t immediately need is either stored in batteries for later use in your home, or it is sent to the utility grid and your account is credited the amount for later use.

In sunny locations such as much of California, solar panels can be a great way for homeowners to save money on their utility bills, become independent from the utility grid, and help the environment along the way.
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Six Reasons Why The Sun Won’t Set On Solar

Does the fate of rooftop solar hang in the balance as recent news reports have led consumers to believe?

Absolutely not. Solar is growing and will continue to grow even if changes to the incentive program are made.

Everyone understands that switching to solar is the only way to ensure future generations will inherit a healthy planet. What is less commonly understood is that investing in solar will remain the financially smart decision as well as the environmentally sound one. Long term cost savings remain a certainty, regardless of whether incentives are adjusted with the sunset of the Net Energy Metering program.

Here are six reasons why going solar still makes 100 percent good sense.

  1. Solar is a home investment that retains its value. The amount you spend on solar is the amount of value you add to your property. This has a multiplying effect on your money because you reduce your electrical bill and you increase the value of your home. Plus, home solar systems are highly durable. Unlike other home improvements that begin losing value as soon as they are made, solar retains its worth. In the San Diego and San Marcos area, Action Air is the choice for solar installation.
  2. Doing the right thing for the environment is the right thing to do. The sun offers an endless supply of clean energy that’s ripe for the taking. And in sunny San Diego, there’s plenty of it. Burning coal for electricity, on the other hand, plagues the atmosphere with pollutants and puts humans on the fast track toward extinction. Power plants are the United States’ single largest source of air pollution, accounting for 40 percent of our national carbon footprint.
  3. Solar will save you money every month. In the coming year, terms could change for net energy metering, the program through which solar customers are paid retail electrical rates for the energy they produce to be resold by San Diego Gas & Electric. Though new terms for payment of extra electricity production haven’t been inked, solar customers will continue to enjoy a hefty savings on their electrical bills.
  4. The future lies in solar. In October 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law mandating the state to produce 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. With an ambitious plan like that in place, local, county and state governments have no other option but to support solar. People who invest in solar now will be ahead of the curve and ready to receive any future incentives driven by the new law.
  5. Fossil fuel costs are volatile; solar is stable. The cost of fossil fuels like coal and natural gas are prone to substantial price swings. The price of coal, for example, shot up in 2007 and 2008. Solar electrical systems, in contrast, require an upfront cost, but operate on free fuel once installed. Action Air offers free consultations for rooftop solar systems, and prides itself on connecting customers to cost-friendly solutions.
  6. Solar electricity is drought friendly. Coal, natural gas and nuclear power depend on large amounts of water for cooling. Limited water availability during a severe drought or heat wave can impair electricity generation or affect its price. Solar photovoltaic systems require no water and they can help reduce impacts of water scarcity.

Thousands of homeowners are already enjoying the benefits of clean, affordable solar energy from Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar. Don’t you want to be next? Submit your contact information for a FREE QUOTE online or call our solar experts today at 800-400-4152.
About: Action Air Founded in 1975, is a leading air conditioning, heating, and solar provider and service company. Owned and operated in San Marcos, CA and is dedicated to helping customers ‘get comfortable’ and reduce their net facility energy costs. With over 40 years of experience, Action Air specializes in educating home owners and commercial operations how to maximize their environmental comfort with HVAC and solar.

Go Solar! How Hero Financing Can Help You Transition Into Solar Energy for Your Home

HERO can be vastly more beneficial than traditional consumer financing. Not only is HERO Solar Financing primarily based on the equity a property owner has, it also does not base decisions on household income or FICO scores.

Eligible coverage under the Hero Financing Program includes both equipment AND installation costs. Hero does not require upfront cost and offers low fixed rate loans for up to 20 years!

Going solar can reduce or eliminate your electric bill all together, saving you the big bucks in the long term. Additionally, financing through HERO requires no upfront costs.

The benefits of going solar:

  1. No out of pocket cost
  2. Low interest fixed loans for 5, 10, 15 & 20 years
  3. Cuts or often eliminates electricity bill
  4. Increases the value of your home
  5. Protects the environment

Installing a solar panel system to your home is a big investment – Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar can make sure that financing your solar upgrade or installation is easy and affordable.

Contact Action Air, Heating & Solar today to see how HERO financing can help you go solar!