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!

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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!

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.


Savings Breakdown: When Solar Will Start Paying Off

If you are thinking about installing a solar energy system in your home, one of the foremost questions on your mind is probably “When will I start saving money?”

You’re not alone in wondering whether you should wait a few years for the industry to ripen or just go ahead and take the plunge. But if you have an accurate picture of how and when your system will pay for itself, chances are you will feel more ready to get out from under the thumb of spiking utility costs and take advantage of this opportune time to commit to solar.


solar-energy-system-in-california Immediate Monthly Savings 

A solar energy system will save you anywhere from $44 to $187 per month on your utility bills, and this number will only get higher as utility costs rise. You don’t have to wait around for these savings or worry that they might not come to fruition—as soon as your system is up and running, the savings will be reflected on your next bill. Over 20 years, you could save $20,000 or even $30,000.

Think about it like this: the longer you wait, the more you will be paying your utility company in the meantime. Instead of holding out for the optimum time to install solar, realize that your window of opportunity is here, now.


Incentives and Tax Breaks

The price of solar modules has significantly reduced over the last decade. As the demand for solar energy grows, the industry has adapted, providing more efficient technology and more availability in residential areas. But the price isn’t the only perk you should take advantage of while you can. Government tax breaks, along with local and state incentives, mean that thousands of dollars could be subtracted from the cost of installing your solar energy system. Currently, the federal tax break is at 30 percent. That means that your system may take even less time to pay for itself than you would expect.


Home Value Increase

Regardless of month to month savings, there are other ways that your system pays off. Prospective home buyers are willing to pay thousands more for a home with a host-owned solar module. Studies have shown that rooftop solar panels, on average, add $15,000 to a home’s value. Remember that this is just an additional perk of boosting your home’s green credentials and generating your own affordable, sustainable energy.




There’s no flat rate across the board for how much solar can save homeowners each month, according to Modernize. The positioning of your house, the size and pitch of your roof, and the shade in your yard are all factors that could impact how well your solar energy system is able to convert radiant heat to energy and therefore how much you will save on energy bills. The only way to know exactly how much you will save is to get a quote—and the only way to save is to take the dive into sustainable energy.

Don’t wait any longer to go solar! Contact an Action Air Solar Representative now and schedule your FREE ENERGY AUDIT.

Blog Post Written for Action Air via Modernize

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

Efficient Solar Panels in San Diego If you are shopping for solar panels for your home or business, naturally you’re going to wonder how long solar panels will last. Solar panels require a significant investment, so it only makes sense that you want to know whether the longevity of the panels makes them worth the cost.

Fortunately, solar panels have very few moving parts, meaning there is little opportunity for them to experience hardware failure or stop working. Over time, the components in solar panels become less efficient—with an expected decrease in power production of approximately 20 percent over the course of 20 to 25 years—but they can last significantly longer than that. In fact, some of the original solar panels developed in the 1950’s are still working today!

In the event that you have a faulty solar panel installed, rest-assured knowing that most solar panels and components on the market today have a 25 year warranty, protecting your investment well after it has already paid for itself!

Although solar panels require very little maintenance, keeping an eye on the panel components will only increase the longevity and productivity of your panels.

Does Life Expectancy Vary Depending on Solar Panel Type?

Yes, life expectancy can vary a bit depending on the type of solar panel you install. For example, a traditional mono or poly crystalline solar panel—these are the traditional blue or black panels you see installed on homes and light poles across the U.S.—typically last longer than thin film solar panels. Thin film solar panels are manufactured in a different way with a different chemical make-up. Although great strides have been made in thin film technology, thin film panels are still less efficient than more traditional solar panels and lose their efficiency at a faster rate.

Although some thin film panels today carry the same 25 year warranty that most crystalline panels have, thin film panels more commonly come with 10-15 year warranties.

Want to Learn More About Solar?

Expert Solar Panels Contractors in San Diego If you are considering installing a solar array on your San Diego area 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!

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