Smart Communities Setting Solar Trend

Smart Communities are popping up all over the US and utilizing renewable energy resources to be self-sustainable and economically successful. They consciously leverage solar energy technologies to transform life in a fundamental way that benefits homeowners, communities, and the environment. These Smart Communities are creating a platform for future housing developments and smart-grid infrastructures.

Existing Smart Communities have successfully improved performance in buildings, increased property values, and reduced community debt. The formula for these Smart Communities is simple:

Efficiency + Renewable Energy = Sustainability.

Each solar powered residence helps the Smart Community by lowering energy costs and producing clean power. Energy efficient homes collectively create a resilient, self-sustainable community. These solar-powered homes and communities will be able to power themselves locally even when the broader electric grid goes down. Independent energy production is becoming increasingly important with the rise in energy costs and erratic/unpredictable weather caused by climate change.

The existing outdated – and expensive – infrastructure powered by centralized power plants is creating the problem of greenhouse gases producing climate change. Smart Communities that offer a solution this global epidemic by producing clean energy at a lower cost.

In order for our economy to remain sustainable, the green energy movement needs to take hold by enacting legislation and adopting local and city building codes for renewable energy requirements, and informing the public of the benefits of Smart Communities and tax rebates / incentives and financial assistance available. Newly developed Smart Communities are accomplishing just that – as the innovators and participants of Smart Communities understand the importance of shrinking carbon our footprint, being independent from utility companies, and saving on energy costs. New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision and California’s Distribution Resource Plans are setting the standard of moving toward green energy – which will hopefully create a trend among state governments to enact similar legislation to induce the development of these Smart Communities.

Transforming your home into a Smart Energy Residence will effectively increase your property value, save you on energy costs, and enable you to be independent from utility companies. The experts at Action Air are here for all your Solar Solution needs – from installing solar PV panels to purchasing solar battery back ups for an existing solar PV panel system. Contact us today!

Energy Efficient Technology Helps Environment and Owners

The news about environmental pollutants, disasters and the greenhouse effect is increasing in frequency, but so is the rate of innovation with energy efficient technology. The use of clean and efficient energy systems can provide a solution to the impactful issue of environmental pollutants, and save home and business owners on energy costs. At the top of energy efficient technology is solar PV panels. Switching to solar energy power as an alternative energy solution for our every day needs can dramatically offset the negatives effects of fossil fuels, create independence from utility companies, and lower energy costs.

In addition to solar power, there are several more clean energy technologies that are helping the environment and saving home and business owners on energy costs:

Ultra Efficient Heat Pump Systems

The next generation of heat pump systems can reduce energy consumption as much as 30 – 45%. There will be several options for owners to chose from including fuel-fired multi-function residential heat pump, low-cost gas heat pump, natural gas heat pump and air conditioner.

 

Smart Thermostats

High tech thermostats automatically adjust room temperatures based on the individual’s lifestyle. The owner simply enables the thermostat’s settings to accommodate their comfort level and schedule, and high-tech sensors and algorithms will automatically adjust temperatures per those settings. Smart thermostats can also integrate weather fluctuations to insure your space is kept at pre set temperatures. This saves owners on energy costs, and allows for hands-free heating and cooling operation.

 

Carbon Fighting Heat Dryers

The same technological advances for next generation heat pump systems are being to create energy efficient heat dryers that will reduce energy consumption up to 60%. The dryer is fueled by a heat pump cycle that generates hot air to dry your clothes.

 

Next Generation Insulation

Keep your home insulted to it’s maximum capacity can save residential owners big on energy costs. New environmentally friendly foam has been developed that is made from composited materials and insures heat or cool air will no escape during peak seasons.
We guarantee the best service for solar installations, and our Solar Experts are here to help guide you through your transition to Solar. Additionally, Action Air is a Premier Certified Lennox Dealer and our team will help you find the best heating and cooling technology for your home or business. Call us today to get on your way to the best energy efficient technologies – and savings!

Solar Solutions: Solar is the Most Reliable and Sustainable Form of Energy Production

Quality Commercial and Residential Solar Panels Residential and commercial solar panels are becoming the most reliable, sustainable, and economical form of energy production. With the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, individuals and governments are finally being forced to pursue alternative energy production solutions. The solar solution has taken hold, in the last decade the solar industry has had a compound annual growth rate of nearly 60% – and still rising. 

On a basic level, solar power is so reliable because it comes from the sun – an endless supply of energy that has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time. Even when there is a black out on the grid from weather or an utility company mishap, solar-powered homes and businesses will still be able to have electricity.

Solar power is also the most reliable from a financial standpoint considering the continuous rise of utility costs and the decreasing amount of fossil fuels available. Having a solar powered home or business relieves the financial obligation of keeping up with fluctuating utility costs. Solar users can see a full return on investment in as little as 3 years from utility cost savings alone.

The demand for renewable energy will continue to growth rapidly, and now is the time to join the solar movement while there are so many federal and state incentives, rebates, and financing (HERO) options available.
With the rapid growth of the solar industry, SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) and the government are at work to optimize the sustainability of solar PV panels through the manufacturing practices, technological advances, and recycling of the panels.

Solar panels are highly sustainable, especially compared to the process of energy production with fossil fuels. The majority of solar panels are warranted for 25 years or more, giving home and business owners peace of mind when it comes to their investment. EU Energy Institute found that 90 percent of solar panels last for
30 years or longer. Even the world’s first modern solar panel is working after 60 years.

Not only do solar panels have a long life span, they are also very durable products. Their robust nature allows the panels to withstand almost any element Mother Nature can through at them – from bird droppings to hail. Solar panels are generally maintenance free, and are ‘cleaned’ naturally every time it rains.

The sustainability and reliability optimization of solar energy is also being accomplished with the solar market itself to insure it’s continued growth. This will be achieved through feasible supply-chain, workers rights, progressive environmental legislation, and staying green with the manufacturing and production of solar panels.

Sustainable Residential and Commercial Solar Panels The Solar Experts at Action Air are here to guide to your Solar Solution. We are here to help you find the best solution for your home and budget – and our certified technicians are guaranteed to efficiently install your new solar panel PV system. We will provide a free consultation including a quote. Contact us and become apart of the Solar Movement today!
Source: GTM research and SEIA

Micro-Inverters vs. String Inverters: Why Micro-Inverters are Better for Your Solar Panel Needs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_single_image image=”6146″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”appear”][ultimate_spacer height=”30″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]When purchasing solar panel systems for your home or business, an important question is asked: which type of inverter is better for my system – a micro-inverter or a central (string) inverter?

Both types of inverters convert the direct current (DC) produced by your panels into the usable alternating current (AC) that powers your electrical appliances. The difference between the types of inverters starts with how many are installed with your panel system and goes on to the short and long term costs associated with both. Let’s start with the physical differences.

Micro-Inverters

Micro-inverters have been around since the 1990’s and are roughly the size of an internet router. Micro-inverters are installed at each panel, allowing for maximization of the individual panel’s energy production. A PV system containing 30 panels, for example, would have 30 micro-inverters installed. There are some micro-inverters that connect to two panels, but the system would still have 15 micro-inverters total, instead of one central inverter. One of the biggest benefits of micro-inverters is that one solar panel with lower performance can’t reduce the performance of the entire system. Micro-inverters are especially useful on properties where the solar panel array is installed on multiple angles, such as roof planes that face different directions. They are also beneficial for systems that have coverage issues- such as shading, dirt, or snow. Shading on as little as 9% of a panel array that is connected to a central inverter can lead to as high as a 54% decline in total system performance. This is a big decline that can be avoided by using micro-inverters.

Central (String) Inverters

A central inverter is the typical inverter that is installed with a home solar photovoltaic panel system and is closer to the size of a large home-printer. Central inverters are also called string inverters because one inverter is connected to a string of PV panels. The central inverter is usually installed at ground level or near the breaker box. String inverters are generally more cost-effective at installation, but they are best used for solar energy systems that have zero shading at all times and have panels that all face the same way. This can limit the energy production if your home has multiple roof gables or shading from trees or structures such as chimneys. A central inverter restricts the system production to the weakest panel while micro-inverters can maximize each panel’s individual production.

Additional Benefits of Micro-Inverters

Micro-inverters have longer warranties since they are not exposed to the high-heat and high power loads that central inverters are exposed to. Typically, micro-inverters have a warranty of 20-25 years which is 10-15 years longer than central inverters. Micro-inverters are also easily expandable since you won’t have to restring the entire system to add more panels later. Monitoring performance reports on a panel-by-panel basis can allow minor tweaks to individual panels to keep the system running optimally. Additionally, if something does go wrong with one of the panels or the micro-inverter attached to it, the rest of the system will continue to operate. Micro-inverters are also safer due to the lower voltage of operation and they do not require active cooling, therefore they operate without noise.

Cost Comparison

Micro-inverters are more expensive than central inverters but they have many benefits that may offset the initial cost to make them more beneficial long term. Installations with micro-inverters take less time and are less complicated which can decrease the cost of installation by 15%. Micro-inverters also have better durability and longer lifespan. It is calculate the lifetime costs and lifetime energy production of the system when evaluating the long-term usefulness of micro-inverters. Each solar project is different.

The solar experts at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar will help determine if going solar is right for you. Call us at 800-400-4152 or Contact us on the web today for a FREE SOLAR QUOTE and more information![/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Back-to-School Tips: How Your District Can Save Money & Reduce it’s Carbon Footprint

The hustle and bustle of back-to-school can be a very hectic time of the year, the kids are back the teachers are back and the list of what needs to be done seems endless! With so much to think about and so much to do, money seems to be spent fast and quickly wasted. Something most schools don’t consider is Solar Energy and its money saving effects while reducing your carbon footprint. All it takes is one suggestion and some persistence to get the ball moving to solar energy for your district.

Here’s a couple reasons to implement Solar Energy at your School District:

Money Saving

For school districts saving money can lead to a better quality education for students and what parent wouldn’t be thrilled with that. By using solar panels the money saving process can happen immediately in monthly utility bills. Schools can also save thousands of dollars in the future through tax breaks and incentives. In a San Ramon Valley school district an estimated $24.4 million dollars will be saved over the course of the next 25 years- thats a lot of pencils and erasers. Saving money means more money for supplies, field trips and creating a better quality of life for students and employees alike.

Community Support

Community support is important for school districts, communities in SoCal love to rally behind a clean green cause. The positive press from going green and getting solar panels can lead to a better schooling and teach students more about science, technology, the environment, engineering and mathematics. This emphasis on STEM studies can often leading to better test scores and grades in general. Better testing and better quality schools generally leads to a happier community and the school board will respond well to community support

Installing solar energy and panels is a leap toward the future and inspires other to be more green and effective. The sun always shines on going green! Contact an Action Air Solar representative to schedule an audit to get started.