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.

Top 3 Trending Solar Panel Designs

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Here are the Top 3 Trending Solar Panel Designs and What You Need To Know When Switching to Solar Energy.

If you are considering joining the millions of homeowners who are reducing or eliminating their electric bill, improving energy home efficiency, saving money and the environment, while increasing the value to their homes, there has never been a better time to go solar. Check out the top 3 trending solar designs to help you decide which solar system is right for you and your home.

 

Passive Solar Design: passive solar design - action air

Passive design is practiced throughout the world and has been shown to produce homes with low energy costs, reduced maintenance, and offer superior comfort.

Passive solar design refers to the use of the sun’s energy for the heating and cooling of living spaces. In this approach, the building itself or some element of it takes advantage of natural energy characteristics in materials and air created by exposure to the sun. Passive systems are simple, have few moving parts, and require minimal maintenance and require no mechanical systems.

There are three approaches to passive systems – direct gain, indirect gain, and isolated gain. The goal of all passive solar heating systems is to capture the sun’s heat within the building’s elements and release that heat during periods when the sun is not shining. At the same time that the building’s elements (or materials) is absorbing heat for later use, solar heat is available for keeping the space comfortable (not overheated).

Active solar power systems are the type that you see on most houses. They consist of flat plate solar panels that sit on the roof, and other equipment, like an inverter, that actively enhance the process of turning heat into energy. Passive solar design, on the other hand, means using your structure in and of itself as a way to convert solar heat into energy, often with solar panels as supplemental solar collectors.

Passive designs work for off-grid heat supply because the building materials that you use and how you install them are what determine how much sunlight can be converted into energy and therefore heat for your home or hot water. The type of collector, or panel, that this calls for is not roof-mounted. It can therefore be much less conspicuous in your home’s aesthetic.

 

Frameless Solar Panels:Frameless Solar Panels - Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar

Frameless solar panels usually have glass on both the front and back, making them less flammable than the regular models, which have a polymeric sheeting on the back. The lack of a metal frame also provides less of an electrocution hazard to installers. Some regular models have problems with electrical current leaking out through the frame—because of this, frameless models are often more efficient. They are less clunky and tend to blend into the home’s design a little more seamlessly.

The most notable benefit is no need for grounding. Frameless modules are also great for those worried about potential induced degradation (PID). Electrical current can’t leak out of a frame that isn’t there, so modules are more efficient. If it’s a dual-glass module, it has a stronger fire safety rating because there’s no back-sheet. Frameless modules also provide a unique aesthetic value for customers who want to blend their solar systems into roofs.

 

building designBuilding-Integrated Photovoltaics:

Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are solar panels designed to replicate and take the place of building materials. You could cover your entire roof in PV cells designed to look like shingles, or you could have solar windows. There are so many design options for BIPVs that will match the look of your home. When it comes to the cost, you’re replacing certain conventional materials with the PV cells, which means only paying for the cells.

Building-integrated PVs are less conspicuous than their traditional counterparts. Solar shingles and windows are a perfect example of building-integrated solar design. These often cover an entire facade of a building or an entire roof area for continuity. Unfortunately, this type of technology is more costly and less efficient than conventional photovoltaics—but for structures whose design is an important aspect of its function, BIPVs can be an eye-pleasing step in the right direction.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_spacer height=”10″][ultimate_spacer height=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_spacer][vc_cta h2=”Get Your FREE Solar Quote Now!” add_button=”right” btn_title=”Get FREE Solar Quote ” btn_style=”classic” btn_color=”primary” btn_i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” css_animation=”appear” btn_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.actionac.net%2Fsolar-energy%2Fsan-diego-solar-company||” btn_add_icon=”true”]Are you ready to go solar? Now is the time to act! Get your residential solar panels installed before the end of the year to get tax credits and rebates back for 2016. Contact our solar experts today for your FREE solar quote and start saving.[/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Get Energy Efficiency Upgrades through CaliforniaFIRST Financing!

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What you need to know about CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency financing and how to use it for home solar installations and HVAC energy upgrades.

In the harsh environment that is a long-term drought in the Southwest, CaliforniaFIRST offers upfront financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water saving improvements to your home or business.

How Does CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency Financing Work?

CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency financing provides 100% Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for home energy and water saving upgrades for your home. The program offers affordable long-term financing that property owners repay on their property tax bill. Owners can finance up to 15% of their home’s value with flexible repayment terms of 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years. With this kind of financing program you should be able to focus on the best parts of your home instead of worrying how to pay for efficient upgrades.

How Do I Apply For CaliforniaFIRST Financing?

The application process is simple – you can apply directly online or talk to a representative on the phone. The application takes minutes for approval and once approved you will get upfront money to start your upgrades immediately with your choice of CaliforniaFIRST registered contractors, like Action Air. Once you have the work completed, you simply repay the financed costs on your property tax bill.

There are a variety of financing options available for home energy upgrades. Action Air is also a registered HERO financing contractor. Contact our experts to learn more about home solar installations or HVAC energy upgrades.

Why Should I Invest in Solar or HVAC Energy Efficiency Upgrades?

Doing energy efficient upgrades can add value to your property, as well as increase your comfort and enjoyment of your home. Installing energy efficient HVAC systems, newer efficient water heaters or solar panels can lower your monthly utility bills. Drought resistant landscaping can also alleviate monthly water costs and beautify your property all while contributing positively to the state’s water crisis. All of these upgrades can be financed through the CaliforniaFIRST program.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Will Solar Increase My Property’s Value?

Trusted Solar Panel Installation in San Diego, CA Many homeowners often worry that solar panels will not increase their property value—or worse—will make it decline. Numerous studies on the impact of solar panels on property values have determined that this is not the case, however.

How Much Will Solar Panels Improve My Property Value?

A recent study by Wells Fargo Bank and the Journal of Appraisers stated that adding a residential solar electric system adds value at a rate of 20-to-1 of the savings in utility savings. This increases the value of a home by 3-4 percent.

Other studies have shown property values can actually increase even more! The impact on property values can vary considerably by the part of the country you live in. In our area, Southern California, homes with solar and energy efficiency upgrades are highly sought after and command a premium on the home market. In addition to being worth more than comparable homes without solar electric systems, they sell faster!

In fact, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar power sold faster than to the equivalent of homes without.

Can I Calculate How Much Solar Panels Will Increase my Property Value?

Absolutely. There are a number of great, free, tools available online that allow you to quickly and easily calculate potential property value increases from installing a solar photovoltaic system on your home.

We like http://pvvalue.com. This website is run by Sandia National Laboratories, a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Simply register to download their PV Value tool in excel form and fill in the necessary information to determine the impact a solar electric system may have on your property values.

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

Highest Quality Solar Panels in San Diego, CA If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar installation in San Diego and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or contact us on the web. Our solar experts can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

Contact us today to get started!

Do I Need to Adapt My Home Or Business to Run on Solar?

Using Solar Power in San Diego This is a question that we are commonly asked. Many people think they may need to upgrade the appliances or electrical devices in their home if they install solar, but you do not.

The confusion often arises because people read that solar power is produced in direct current (or DC current), but the appliances in a standard North American home run on alternating current (or AC current). To overcome this difference, installed with every residential or commercial solar installation is an inverter system that converts DC current to AC current.

Why Does Energy Produced From Solar Need to Be Converted to AC Power?

There are two main reasons why DC power from solar panels must be converted to AC format. First, as we mentioned earlier, the appliances and electrical devices in your home are designed to run on alternating current.

Secondly, the majority of solar installations are grid connected. Homes and business with solar pull DC current electricity from the grid when their solar arrays are not producing enough power and when they are producing more than they’re using, they send power back out onto the grid. Any current sent onto the grid must be in the same AC format that conventional electricity is transmitted in.

Will I Experience Any Differences At All Once I Go Solar?

No! Everything will continue to work as normal in your home. The only change you’ll notice is the big change in your electricity bill!

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

Reliable Solar Contractors in San Diego If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar installation in San Diego and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or fill out a contact form on the right. Our solar technicians can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

Don’t miss out on your chance to het $0 down financing and 2015 Tax Rebates before the end of the year. Contact Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar to get started today!

DIY vs. Contractor Installed Solar Pool Heaters

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Do-It-Yourself projects seem to be all around us these days- but lets be real how often does your DIY project turn out like the Pintrest picture or like that crafty man you meet in Home Depot’s project. The reality is if you can’t even complete your DIY antique chair, bets are installing an entire DIY solar pool heating system is not in the cards for you and thats where we can come in to help! Contracting a team to install your solar energy system is more efficient, effective and saves you money in the future. Here are the four main reasons to stick with us for all your solar installation needs.

Liability

Installing solar panels can be very dangerous and a major liability to your well being and safety. The wiring is very specific and if installed wrong it can lead to problems in the future. In addition to the personal liabilities permits you need to obtain, the panels need to be certified and inspected for safety, all of which can take months to handle. A professional service provider, like Action Air, typically factors all of these regulations in prior to installation.

Effectiveness

When making a decision to invest in solar power you want it to be long lasting and effective. Panels last longer when installed by a professional and come with a warranty. The labor is factored into pricing, and working with a contractor can also give you insight into incentives and rebates making the process cohesive, seamless and cost effective.

Repair Prevention

Again, the wiring and installation of solar heating is very specific and problems can arise quickly in a DIY project. Sizing and placement are critical to the success of optimal energy use. The potential maintenance and repairs needed to ineffective panels can be daunting, challenging and take more time than the actual installation. The best offense is a good defense and in the case of solar energy the best prevention of needing repairs is to contract a professional who knows what they’re doing and comes with a warranty for potential problems.

Not Qualified

Finally, and one of the biggest reasons for collaborating with an installation team is that chances are you are not qualified to install solar panels. Would you install your own plumbing system? Would you install carpeting in your home? Typically no, you would contract a specialist to handle these specific time consuming projects and this is no different.

Our Action Air Solar Experts are here to help you save time, stress and money.

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