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.

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

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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]

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]

Solar Panels: How They Save the Environment and Energy Costs

Drive through any southern California neighborhood and you are likely to see solar panels on the roofs of residents who have decided to save money, reduce their home energy use, and support the environment by going solar.

solar-panels-california In fact, California is leading the solar revolution and has become the first state to generate more than 5% of electricity from utility solar. More and more businesses and residents in southern California are taking advantage of year round energy-producing sunshine, and saving thousands on their electric bills. With so many advantages of going solar, one of the first questions inquisitive minds ask is: how do solar panels work?

Simply put, a solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. Solar panels are comprised of many, smaller units called photovoltaic cells (photovoltaic simply means they convert sunlight into electricity).

One solar panel is made up of many small photovoltaic solar cells. Each of these cells uses light to make electrons move.:Below is a step by step process of how your solar panels convert the sun’s light into energy for your home.

  • Everyday, light hits your roof’s solar panels with photons (particles of sunlight)
  • The panel converts those photons into electrons of direct current (“DC”) electricity. Naturally, the sunnier it is, the more energy is produced by the panels.
  • Those produced electrons flow out of the panel and into an inverter and other electrical safety devices.
  • The inverter converts that “DC” power into alternating current or “AC” power. AC power is the kind of electric juice that your television, computer, and toasters use when plugged into the wall outlet.
  • A bi-directional meter keeps track of the all the power your solar system produces. Any solar energy that you don’t use immediately will go back into the grid through the meter. Then at night or on cloudy days, that extra solar juice is credited back to your bill.
  • Some homes will store the energy created from solar panels with a battery, this is not as common as connecting to the grid, but if you are able to accomplish this, then you have truly become energy independent! solar-panels-in-california

Solar Tip! Solar panels that can avoid shade, can maximize sun coverage will produce the most solar energy power.

Considering going solar for your home energy needs? Don’t miss out on available tax credits and rebates that you can take advantage of

before the end of the year. Contact our solar experts on the web or by phone 800-400-4152. Action Air, your solar San Diego professionals.

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.