Solar Solution AZ http://www.solarsolutionaz.net Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:08:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 What to expect from your Home Solar Energy Analysis http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/what-to-expect-from-your-home-solar-energy-analysis/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:55:28 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9330 Thank you for taking the next step in learning about home solar power and what it means for you, our Tucson economy, and our beautiful planet! Why is a Home Solar Energy Analysis important? There is an incredible variety of solar programs available; some are tailored for young homeowners looking to increase their homes value, […]

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Thank you for taking the next step in learning about home solar power and what it means for you, our Tucson economy, and our beautiful planet!

Why is a Home Solar Energy Analysis important?

There is an incredible variety of solar programs available; some are tailored for young homeowners looking to increase their homes value, others are geared towards helping families save as much money as possible over the long term, and even programs for retirees who don’t have the option to claim tax credits.

No matter where you are in your life, one of our Solar Energy Experts will be able to provide the answers to all your solar energy questions, and help you determine which solar option is best suited to your individual needs.

We also love the opportunity this gives us to connect with the community face-to-face and be active in bettering our surroundings!

Who is a Solar Energy Expert?

Our Solar Energy Experts are hand selected from the best, most knowledgeable home solar professionals available. The average expert has over 1,000 hours of real photovoltaic solar experience. Every single experts then goes through at least 40 full hours of extensive training to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and confidence. We understand that this is a big decision for you and your home, so we want to make sure you have the most accurate information possible!

Why is the Solar Power Analysis done in my home?

These consultations are in home so that we can take a look at a few factors around your home to make sure that we provide the most accurate estimate possible, and find the program that best fits your needs.

Your Solar Energy Expert will thoroughly inspect your house’s:

Main Electrical Service

Meter placement

Roof Condition

Roof Shading

Roof Orientation

Appliances/Lighting/HVAC for Inefficiency

Electricity Bill

Can the Solar Expert help me understand the tax credit?

Every Solar Energy Expert is expertly trained to help evaluate your eligibility for the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit, and other local rebates as well.

Will I have any information to look over afterwards?

After inspecting your house, evaluating your tax status, and learning about your solar goals, your Solar Energy Expert will make a customized recommendation that will maximize your solar savings. He can print this out or provide it to you via email.

What happens next?

Once we have received your information, you will be contacted by a local Tucsonan with Solar Solution AZ to set up your Free in Home Energy Analysis.

Going solar is a smart choice when you have the right information! So call now, and join over 2,000 customers in the valley who are basking in the savings our own sun provides! Call (520) 858-0220 now!

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Do solar panels protect or cool my roof? http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/do-solar-panels-protect-or-cool-my-roof-2/ Tue, 23 May 2017 19:58:57 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9262 Anyone who lives in Arizona knows that the power of the sun is no joke! From sunburns, to faded car seats, the sun-rays seem to harm everything they touch. You can even fry an egg on the sidewalk in July for pete’s sake! Your house is no different. The hot summer sun leaves its mark […]

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Anyone who lives in Arizona knows that the power of the sun is no joke!

From sunburns, to faded car seats, the sun-rays seem to harm everything they touch. You can even fry an egg on the sidewalk in July for pete’s sake!

Your house is no different. The hot summer sun leaves its mark on your house and your pocketbook every single year! Your roof and A/C system take the blunt of the beating; keeping the sun off of you and keeping you cool.

Most people know by now that solar panels can save you money on your electric bills. What most people don’t realize though is that a quality rooftop solar panel system can significantly extend the life of your A/C and roof! Especially in Arizona, where your roof can get to be over 170 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer!

This works because solar sits above your roof by about 6-8 inches. The solar panels cast shade over most of your roof and keep the direct sunlight off of the roof surface itself.

This shading effect can reduce surface roof temperatures by as much as 40 degrees and extend the life of your roof by up to 80%! The cooler roof temperatures also translate to being cooler inside your house, this can reduce the strain on your A/C system; making it last longer. This is one of the most overlooked benefits of rooftop solar power.

The benefits of solar just start with your electric bill, to find our more about how solar can benefit you, give us a call at (520) 858-0220 today!

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Are Solar Panels Safe for my Roof? http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/are-solar-panels-safe-for-my-roof/ Fri, 05 May 2017 21:02:37 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9165 ” Are solar panels safe for my roof? Can solar damage my roof? Are there any risks to my roof with solar panels? Is there a safe way to install solar on my roof?” You don’t need me to tell you that your roof is important, and I definitely don’t need to tell you that roofing […]

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” Are solar panels safe for my roof? Can solar damage my roof? Are there any risks to my roof with solar panels? Is there a safe way to install solar on my roof?”

You don’t need me to tell you that your roof is important, and I definitely don’t need to tell you that roofing work can be expensive. In fact, major roofing work can get into the tens of thousands.

What you may not realize though, is that there are a whole catalog of options when it comes to anchoring your home solar panels to your roof. There are so many options for roof anchoring because each offers a particular set of strengths and weaknesses. It is very important to choose the right roof anchor for your roof type/climate. A rood mount that works very well in the snows of Washington will not be very well suited for the heat of Arizona, and the same goes for the other way around.

Choosing the right roof anchoring equipment for yourself can be a daunting task; especially when most solar power installation companies are not transparent about the type of anchoring equipment/install procedure they use.

Arizona has one of the most unique and harsh climates in the United States. This means that our rooftop solar mounts have to be just as unique and rugged as the climate.

At Solar Solution AZ, we only focus our efforts in Tucson locally. We have over 1,500 rooftop solar installations in Southern Arizona, and we have developed a triple-sealed procedure around a top-of-the-line Unirac mounting system that we are proud to bring to the Tucson valley.

For Flat/Coated or Shingled roofs:

We start with an all aluminum standoff, apply sealant to the bottom, and secure with two GRK studs into the truss.

Next we apply sealant to the bottom of a metal flashing and install over the top of the standoff.

After that, we nail the flashing to the roof, apply sealant around the edges  and reinforce with fiberglass tape.

Lastly, we apply more sealant on top of that to ensure a tight seal.

On Shingle roofs, we then lay the shingles back on top of the flashing.

For Tile roofs:

We start with an all aluminum standoff, apply sealant to the bottom, and secure with two GRK studs into the truss.

Next we apply sealant to the bottom of a metal flashing and install over the top of the standoff.

Then we lay the tiles back over top, maintaining the original design intent of the roof.

Please see these videos for more info:

 

 

This revolutionary procedure for Tucson homes has allowed us to offer a 25 year guarantee against leaking on all permanent style roofs (Tile, Shingle etc…) and a 4 year guarantee on all maintained roofs (Rolled, elastomericoated, etc…) that can be extended up to 25 years so long as all proper maintenance has been performed. This is by far the longest guarantee available.

Make sure your rooftop solar installer offers a strong roof guarantee. Call us today to find out more at (520) 858-0220

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How much do solar panels cost? What is the price of solar? http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/how-much-do-solar-panels-cost/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:38:22 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9112 “How much do solar panels cost? What is the price of a solar panel system for my home?” These have been my most asked questions since I started helping people control their electricity costs. They aren’t always easy questions to answer either. The answer for someone with a small townhouse and a $100 a month average […]

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“How much do solar panels cost? What is the price of a solar panel system for my home?”

These have been my most asked questions since I started helping people control their electricity costs. They aren’t always easy questions to answer either. The answer for someone with a small townhouse and a $100 a month average electric bill will be much different than for someone with a large custom home and a $250 a month average electric bill.

The important point to keep in mind is that solar power will always cost less than your electric bill.

The way most solar works in Arizona, is that an installer outfits your home with its own solar panel system, which produces enough electricity that you won’t have to buy any more electricity from the electric utility company. These panel systems are usually large, sophisticated units that last for 25 years or longer. That means that these systems will pay your electric bill.

The biggest misconception with solar is that panel systems are expensive. When in reality, a quality solar panel system you can save over $50,000 through it’s life. 

Let’s take the examples from earlier and look over some quick numbers that prove my point. The first homeowner spends $100 a month on his electric bill a month, so over one year spends 1,200, and over 25 years (the lifespan of the solar panel system) spends $30,000. A solar panel system for this homeowner would have been somewhere between $10-15,000 (after Federal Tax Credits) that means a savings of up to $20,000!

The second homeowner has even better opportunities with solar. In this case, they spend $250 a month. Over a year they spend $3,000 on electricity, and $75,000 over 25 years. In this case, their solar panel system would need to be a bit larger, so we would be in the $25-35,000 range. This means they have the opportunity to save up to $40,000!

That doesn’t even take into account that your electric bill goes up every year either! With solar panels, your payment will never go up and never be a surprise!

Most of our customers finance the total amount of the solar panel systems on a $0 down 15 or 20 year term. With this option, your monthly solar payment is much less than what your electric bills were before going solar.

Call our Solar Solution AZ today at (520) 858-0220 to get more information on how you too can save thousands!

 

 

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Solar Panel System for your Home http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/solar-panel-system-for-your-home-2/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:50:37 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9084 Noticed all the Solar Panels on homes around town? Or maybe just notice your electric bill going through the roof? Arizona is the perfect place for Solar Energy! Over 300 days of sunshine each year and the most green-conscious residents in the world! Both for the planet and pocketbook. A solar panel system for your […]

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Noticed all the Solar Panels on homes around town? Or maybe just notice your electric bill going through the roof?

Arizona is the perfect place for Solar Energy! Over 300 days of sunshine each year and the most green-conscious residents in the world! Both for the planet and pocketbook.

A solar panel system for your home has many benefits, including:

  • Saving money every month, starting the first month (as much as 25%)
  • Long term electricity savings as high as 50%
  • Boost to your home equity by as much as $20,000
  • Strengthen your credit and the local economy

If that sounds like something that would work for you, then you are already on the path towards owning your own renewable energy!

Owning your own solar panel system for your home is now easier than ever! There are just a few qualifying factors to make sure solar power is right for you:

  • You must be the homeowner
  • Your electric bill must be at least $80 a month
  • Our programs require at least a 640 credit score

That’s it, honestly. We guarantee we can save you (a lot of) money, or we won’t waste your time! Give us a call today to see if we have a program that works for you. 520-858-0220

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Will Solar Panels work for my Manufactured/Mobile Home? http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/solar-panels-manufactured-home/ Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:45:50 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9066 Solar Panel Systems have become increasingly popular in Tucson over the last few years, and it is pretty easy to see why. No money down financing, home equity boosts and upfront savings from my electric bill? Where do I sign up? Electric customers that are living in Manufactured or Mobile homes have been all but […]

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Solar Panel Systems have become increasingly popular in Tucson over the last few years, and it is pretty easy to see why. No money down financing, home equity boosts and upfront savings from my electric bill? Where do I sign up?

Electric customers that are living in Manufactured or Mobile homes have been all but left out of this scramble for savings. Most solar installers neglect these home-owners simply because they haven’t done the proper engineering, or because their financing doesn’t allow for Manufactured homes. Even the installers that would work with these home-owners only typically offer expensive ground mount set-ups, avoiding the roof of the Manufactured home.

At Solar Solution AZ, our mission is to better the community in any way possible and to further that goal, we now offer solar programs that work with Manufactured homes!

There are a few factors we need to look at however, to make sure that these programs will work for you:

  • Must be the Home and Land Owner
  • Must be connected to APS, TEP, TRICO or SSVEC electric grids
  • We are only able to obtain the building permits for Double-Wides built after 1980

 

If those sound like you, then we have a solar program that can start saving you money month one!

The average savings a customer of ours would see on a manufactured home is roughly $70,000 over 25 years! This is dependent upon your local utility programs, for more information, check out our other solar articles.

Start letting the electric company and the sun work for you! Give us a call at (520) 858-0220 today to see if solar will work for you and your home!

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Is net metering going away in Arizona? http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/net-metering/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:15:10 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9055 Probably, but the future of Solar in Arizona doesn’t look quite as dark as it seems! For those of you just tuning in, Net Metering refers to the agreement homeowners make with the Utility company when they install rooftop solar. It works pretty simply, any excess electricity produced that you don’t use right away at the […]

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Probably, but the future of Solar in Arizona doesn’t look quite as dark as it seems!

For those of you just tuning in, Net Metering refers to the agreement homeowners make with the Utility company when they install rooftop solar. It works pretty simply, any excess electricity produced that you don’t use right away at the house, gets back fed onto the electric grid. They get credited exactly how many kwh they put onto the grid to be used later on that year. It is a 1 to 1 transfer ratio, so they get to use the credits later on without losing any in the transfer. If any credits are left over at the end of the year, the utility company pays a set rate for those, typically around 2-4 cents per kwh. However, most of the electricity that is being made throughout the year, will be used sometime that year and will still carry the retail value for electricity, roughly 13-14 cents per kwh.

Utility companies have been going back and forth with ACC utility regulators about changing the net metering policies, since the beginning days of rooftop solar, with every new rate case spreading more uncertainty for homeowners looking into solar for themselves. I remember meeting with my very first customer at the start of my solar career; they were worried that TEP was going to make drastic changes to rooftop solar’s net metering guidelines, before they could get their own panel array put up. If you read the disclaimer on their electric bill, you probably would too.  That was years ago though and no changes have been made yet, although it feels like this game of chicken is well into overtime.

For those of us that have been watching this grudge-match from the beginning, the finale on the horizon is a sight for sore eyes.

Recently, the Phoenix based Utility, APS reached an agreement with local solar and consumer advocacy groups to set the export rate for excess electricity produced by rooftop solar panels. This is not an official ACC decision, so it carries no real weight, but it is a sign of things to come.

You can read the full article here, but these are the basics:

 

  • The plan would get rid of net metering policies for all new homeowners signing up after the decision is final
  • Current solar customers would be grandfathered in for 20 years to the old net metering policies
  • New customers signing up would be paid 12.9 cents per kwh for all their excess electricity

 

If the light bulb hasn’t clicked yet, this isn’t a very big difference from today’s policies. In fact, most solar customer’s under our plans of today’s bills would only change by a few dollars.

Not quite the dark future you were expecting, was it?

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Solar Solution AZ Residential Transferable Loan Program http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/solar-solution-az-residential-transferable-loan-program/ Tue, 13 Oct 2015 01:06:18 +0000 http://solarsolutionsaz.web-mo.com/?p=8574 Solar Solution AZ Residential Transferable Loan Program The Solar Solution AZ Residential Transferable Loan Program is designed to give homeowners more flexibility as to the options they have with their home and their solar. The main benefit of this program is that if someone’s housing plans change the flexibility of this specific program allows homeowners […]

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Solar Solution AZ Residential Transferable Loan Program

The Solar Solution AZ Residential Transferable Loan Program is designed to give homeowners more flexibility as to the options they have with their home and their solar. The main benefit of this program is that if someone’s housing plans change the flexibility of this specific program allows homeowners to transfer the solar loan from owner to owner.

More Specifically this loan has multiple benefits:

-640 Fico Score Qualification

-Owner to Owner Transferability

-Recast feature that re-amortizes the loan after 18months

-$50,000-$100,000 unsecured credit lines

– 10 year 2.99% Interest loans

– 15 year 3.49% Interest loans

– 20 year 3.99% Interest loans

Its hard to beat a 14% rate of return or a 5-6 year return on investment or a positive cash flow deal that builds you equity over time, especially when you consider that the rate of return is tax free because it is savings, not earnings. That makes the true rate of return to you closer to 20%.

Its just hard to beat that

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That dark side of solar is pretty sunny http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/that-dark-side-of-solar-is-pretty-sunny/ Thu, 06 Nov 2014 05:06:32 +0000 http://solarsolutionsaz.web-mo.com/?p=8353 October 28, 2014 6:15 pm • By Bruce Plenk Special to the Arizona Daily Star 10 September was the biggest month ever for Tucson Electric Power’s Renewable Energy Department. Over 500 applications for new solar connections came in and October seems to be keeping apace. What’s driving this surge? Better financing options for consumers and […]

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October 28, 2014 6:15 pm • By Bruce Plenk Special to the Arizona Daily Star

10 September was the biggest month ever for Tucson Electric Power’s Renewable Energy Department. Over 500 applications for new solar connections came in and October seems to be keeping apace.
What’s driving this surge? Better financing options for consumers and better information, which results in an even broader range of customers.

Now Tucsonans are financing solar through leases, new 20-year solar loans, home refinancing and other means. Recent neighborhood solar home tours showed off all these choices. The trend is also creating jobs (over 8,500 solar jobs in Arizona) while cleaning our air and saving water. What’s not to like?

Some complainers seem set on putting out false information to try and make solar look bad, so let’s set the record straight.

Do you have to be wealthy to get solar? No. TEP’s solar map shows solar installations in every Tucson ZIP code from the foothills to the far southside. And solar is happening in Sierra Vista, Nogales and all over Southern Arizona.

Can businesses save by going solar? Yes. Businesses from hospitals to veterinarians to churches to bookstores have saved money and helped improve our air and water situation by going solar.

Can solar be installed on apartments? Yes. Many Tucson apartment owners have done just that. Take a look at La Mirada apartments on East Grant for example and there are many others. (Check out http://www.tucsonaz.gov/ocsd/news/want-see-solar-tucson-check-out-solar-driving-tour-map).

Can solar be installed on subsidized housing? Yes. Check out the New Armory Park apartments on West Congress with their 125 kW solar array on the roof.

Are the tax credits helping people who own their solar panels? Yes. Many studies now show that homes with solar sell faster and for more than similar homes without solar. Owning the panels has some benefits over loans, too.

And what about net metering? This allows folks with solar to sell their excess power to the utility company and get a credit on their bill to offset the power they use when solar doesn’t meet all their needs. Some people call this “running the meter backward.”

Is this a scam that somehow forces non-solar ratepayers to subsidize those with solar? No. Studies in Nevada, Mississippi and elsewhere now have shown that net metering actually helps all of us by delaying or preventing new power plants, reducing transmission costs, and helping meet peak power needs. Net metering encourages more solar and more solar helps everyone. Under current rules, net metering is limited so it’s not a way to get rich, just break even.

Could Arizona solar policy help more low-income people? Sure. Arizona could make it easier for low-income homeowners and businesses to go solar by adopting a PACE program where loans (for energy efficiency, water conservation or solar) could be paid back with taxes. Community solar programs for neighborhoods could be made legal. And lots of other ideas could make solar even more available.

But let’s not complain about success now. Rather let’s help people get good solid information about Arizona’s best source of energy — our daily dose of sunshine! And if you do want more real information, go to solaronestopaz.org

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TEP is getting on board with Solar!!! http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/tep-is-getting-on-board-with-solar/ Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:15:20 +0000 http://solarsolutionsaz.web-mo.com/?p=8317 We received a call yesterday from TEP to attend a meeting in regards to the TEP solar program that may or may not be kicking off in 2015. TEP is going to be setting up solar systems for their customers so as to help the forward progress of solar and to get on board with […]

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We received a call yesterday from TEP to attend a meeting in regards to the TEP solar program that may or may not be kicking off in 2015. TEP is going to be setting up solar systems for their customers so as to help the forward progress of solar and to get on board with the transition into a greener world. I personally believe that there is some profit motive here because TEP is an investor owned utility company. But it’s ok for investors to make money and at the same time save the average every day family money right? I would agree so Solar Solution AZ is on board with helping TEP integrate more solar into Tucson. We hope the program is fair and that it actually saves TEP customers money and that is not a gimmick like their solar plan before. The solar plan before was where a customer would pay a premium to buy a couple of solar panels at one of the TEP solar farms. The deal was pretty much a rip off where a customer would never see a return on investment.

There is no clear indication on whether or not this plan is going to be approved or not but if TEP’s plan is fair and it saves customers money we at Solar Solution AZ are on board with that but if it does not save the customer money you can rest assured that we will not be a part of it.

More to come I will provide an update next week after the meeting.

 

 

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