Solar Solutions: Solar Panels Help Fight Impact of Methane Leaks

The impact methane leaks have on the atmosphere is catastrophic – and the US just experienced the worst leak in its history. The natural gas leak that occurred in Aliso Canyon, Los Angeles caused damage to the climate that was even worse than the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. On October 23, 2015, the leak was discovered from one of the 115 wells connected to SoCal Gas Company’s massive underground natural gas storage system. The gas storage system is the largest in the Western US, and the leak persisted after the first 7 attempts to seal it. The leak was permanently sealed on February 18th, 2016.

Methane is one of the strongest pollutants and has 84 times the global warming power of carbon dioxide.

  • The leak has released 150 million pounds (72,000 metric tons) of methane into the environment, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.
  • Enough methane poured into the air every day to fill a balloon the size of the Rose Bowl.
  • The leak led to more than 11,000 nearby residents being evacuated.
  • The environmental impact is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from over half a million passenger cars.
  • Two Los Angeles Unified School District schools have closed in response to the methane leak.
  • 8,156,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide released
  • 917,790,000 gallons of gasoline burned
  • $19,193,700 dollars worth of natural gas wasted

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.

Using clean renewable energy to power our homes, businesses, and cars would eradicate the demand for methane. Becoming apart of the solar movement, using clean energy, and pushing legislation to cut methane uses are some of the immediate solutions to prevent methane environmental disasters and reduce the rate of climate change.

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 efficient service.

GET YOUR FREE SOLAR QUOTE Resource Environmental Defense Fund edf.org

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 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.

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

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

[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]

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]