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Massive Outage In The San Fernando Valley Due to A Power Blast Fire At DWP Facility.

Massive Outage In The San Fernando Valley Due to A Power Blast Fire At DWP Facility.

Power was out in the San Fernando Valley on Saturday night for over 12 hours before being fully restored back on Sunday morning. Over 140,000 customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power were left with out power due to a blast in the Northridge/Reseda station according to the DWP. The fire lasted several hours before they were even able to turn the energy back on. They still don’t know what the cause of the explosion was, according to LA Times, it had to do with a mechanical failure.

Aside from causing food to go to waste, dozens of people trapped in elevators, traffic lights not working, and to top it off no AC! Can you imagine how vulnerable residents in the San Fernando Valley felt being without power?

Installing Solar Panels with Solar Connection could have been prevented or at least help out in case of a black out. They can generate a small supply of electricity from their solar inverter even when the grid is out and other solar PV systems are down. The bottom line is, with new technology, grid-connected solar can deliver a limited amount of electricity to your home or business during a power outage. This is a new development.

The great part about the new inverters is the technical and safety issues, such as energy can be independent and entirely disconnected from the grid. This gives the inverter control to send out variable power levels. This way in case there is a black out you are not left in the dark. Install solar panels with Solar Connect to save you the stress of being without power for half the day. Call Solar Connection today to get you started on the right Solar Plan (888)988-4963 or email us at ask@solarconnectionca.com. Be prepared to avoid a power outage as much as you can in Southern California.

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Solar Panel Cost

How Much Does A Solar Panel Cost?

Depending on the size of the property, the cost of a solar panel costs can vary. A lot of our customers wonder how much does a solar panel cost and at Solar Connection we help figure precisely how much costs would our customers will incur and if installing solar panels is the right decision to make. The benefits of installing solar panels outweigh the future costs that will come with regular electricity power.  There are many rebate and credit programs available to help reduce the costs of solar panel installations. These rebate and credit programs will be able to reduce the cost while financing the remainder of the cost of the solar panels. An additional benefit of solar power installation is increasing property value. An increase in property value of a home can add more profit when the decision to sell the home is made. Many people choose to purchase a home with solar power rather than electricity when purchasing a home.

There are many options available when it comes to solar panels, while trying to figure out how much does a panel cost. The costs of running regular electricity can amount to thousands of dollars more than using solar power energy. Commercial and farm businesses costs vary, when figuring out the costs, there are many more programs available to help businesses purchase solar panels. When figuring out how much does a solar panel costs, we can help our customers make the best decision in which type of panels are most efficient for their business. The equipment can be paid of within 7 years and  last well over 30 years for businesses. Solar Connection is a reliable solar panel company that stands by its exceptional customer service and product reliability. Contact Solar connection to determine the costs of installing solar panels and start saving money. For more information on the solar panel costs call us at (888) 988-4963 or email us at ask@solarconnection.com.

In Need Of Roofing Contractors That Can Install Solar?

In Need Of Roofing Contractors That Can Install Solar?

Considering of going solar to save money?

Look no further Solar Connection is your team for all of your solar needs. From roof repairs, to roof installation, solar power panels, and window installation as well. Our roofing contractors at Solar Connection can do it all. Our staff reassures to do all of the energy upgrades needed. No job is too little or too big for our roofing contractor team. You can rest assured that all jobs done are according to the blueprint and to your needs. Solar Connection is teamed up with The Energy Network and recognized as a high for our efficiency programs.

What will it cost me?

There are no upfront costs, and no hidden fees. Everything is done straight up, so you can feel comfortable to with your new improvements. Choose what is the best plan that fits for you. This has got to be the best choice as a homeowner; Investing your money to make property value go up. You will essentially get to save with solar panels in the long run. You will be entitled to a dollar-for-dollar reduction on the amount of income tax you would otherwise owe. For example, claiming a  $1000 federal tax credit reduces your federal income taxes due by $1000. The tax credit is based on the amount of the investment in solar property. There are a variety of financial programs to choose from. Some homeowners earn 10% equity in their homes, if they qualify for any of the programs. To see if you qualify for a 29 monthly defer payment loan click here for more information.

For more information on our Solar Connection Roofing Contractors in Orange County and our associated partners watch this short video.

 

 

 

Home Solar Panel Energy Powers Millions of Green Jobs

 Home Solar Panel Energy Powers Millions of Green Jobs

Energy is the life blood of our environment. Unstoppable streams of electrons power heat and light in our homes, power production of the goods we consume, power our phones and tables, and produce fuel for our vehicles. But it is not only powering us with energy, but also jobs that have employed many. According to the Renewable Energy and Jobs in 2016, the renewable energy sector employed close to 10 million people. Solar photovoltaic, the type used for rooftop solar panels — led the way by providing jobs to 3.1 million people. In the U.S., one in every 50 new jobs created in 2016 came from the solar industry. The number is projected to grow exponentially in the upcoming years.

This is great news for both solar industry and all people since the planet benefits from home solar panels. Harnessing power from the sun powers the entire home when the systems are installed on rooftop or structure, it allows us to kick our destructive carbon habit, and protect our environment and our wallets. Legislators in Massachusetts and California have introduced bills that seek 100 percent renewable energy by the years 2035 and 2045, respectively.

The Nevada Assembly has also passed a measure intended to protect the public’s right to solar energy and fair compensation for excessive solar energy generation that is sent back to the grid. The fossil fuel industry and its operatives seizing government posts will continue to try to dim the sunlight that benefits everyone to benefit a handful of fossil fuel executives.

However, the renewable energy market is expanding and has already achieved heights that the U.S. Energy Information Agency thought would only be possible 40 years from now. Home Solar energy panels powers millions of clean and sustainable jobs and millions more are projected to come online in the years to come.  For more information on home solar panels and to see options that fit best for you, email us at ask@solarconnectionca.com or call us at

 

Before You Choose A Roofer To Install Solar

Before You Choose A Roofer To Install Solar

Would you hire a gardener to build your home? Would you call an interior decorator for a pluming job? These questions sound ridiculous but it is not much different than hiring a roofer to put solar on your roof. Roofers want a piece of the solar pie, and they are using dirty, and hard sell tactics to land solar jobs with unsuspecting homeowners.

There is one particular line that roofers use to entice homeowners “ If you choose a solar company, your roof will leak”.

This is not only a false statement but it is also gross-over simplification of what work goes in a successful and safe solar installation. Solar panel installation is much more complicated than just repairing roofs. When you go solar, you are powering a plant on your roof, therefore, everything needs to be legit. The electrical work, wiring, and PG&E interconnection are the challenging aspects of an installation, not the roof attachments. Experienced technicians even find it challenging to install solar without damaging the roof. Installing solar requires extra steps in the process, you will want the solar company you hire for solar to pass the following:

  • Professional analysis to determine if you need financial ramifications and their investment stand point, comparing PG&E’s, and complex rate structures.
  • Design and Engineering that fits the home, and performs according to its building size.
  • Permitting and familiarity with the building department in your area.

Choose Solar Connection to save yourself the headache, for your roofing project. Solar Connection prides itself on craftsmanship, engineering and product quality. All of our staff members have at least 200 installs under their belt so you can be assured that your project will be completed and done right to specification. At the end of the day, any competent installer you choose will have the materials and the know how to put solar on your roof without causing any leaks. Our team of experts are able to install solar and repair roofs with no problems. Talk to a vetted, top rated solar company such as Solar Connection today. See what kind of plan you qualify to save on solar. Connect with Solar Connection via email at ask@solarconnectionca.com or call at (888)988-4693.

Who Should I Hire To Install Solar Panels?

Who Should I Hire To Install Solar Panels? 

Considering about adding solar panels to your home?

Installing solar panels in your home will save you thousands of dollars you would have been spending on energy. This not only saves your hard earned money, but it protects the environment and our quality of life as human beings.  Our mission is to bring, clean, reliable energy to residential and commercial properties throughout the Los Angeles area.

Make sure you do your homework before you make the call. Having a roofing company that does not have the roofing experience can potentially cost you thousands of dollars of damage and repairs. Installing solar panels will essentially save you money in the long run. But avoid hiring a company that will not fully licensed or insured.

Our team of solar technicians have managed to install well over 500 projects throughout the Los Angeles County. We have helped protect all of our clients from the rising costs of energy by providing uniquely designed solar energy systems with a variety of financing options to meet your budget. Our views is to install high quality energy that will save you for the years to come.

There are several ways you can finance with solar.

Homeowners have an option to either buy, PPA lease, or get a loan for solar panels.  Homeowners are buying because it is the right investment to save money. When refinancing a home, many homeowners rather invest in solar since it is the smart way to go. Homeowners are able to receive money back due the solar installation. An option that homeowners have to is the California Solar Initiative. California Solar Initiative offers cash back for installing solar on your home or business. Customers earn cash rebates for every watt of solar energy installed on homes, businesses, farms, schools, and government and non-profit organizations.

PPA Leasing 

Many solar installers advertise solar leases or power purchase agreements (PPAs) as an easy way to reduce your electricity bill. If you are interested in a simple, low-maintenance option for installing a solar energy system on your home, leasing solar panels is a good option for you. The way it works is similar to renting your solar panel system.

You will enter in to agreement that will entitle you to the benefits of the system which is typically around 20 years. Under the leasing arrangements, the solar leasing company owns and maintains your solar panel system, so it is entitled to the rebates, tax breaks, and financial incentives that are available for the solar panel system. Consumers can indirectly benefit from those savings through lower electricity rates.

Solar Connection is your number one team for all of your solar panel installations, repairs, maintenance, and operational support for any type of solar energy. Our team is honest, knowledgeable, and dedicated to your energy needs. Our trained team will help you get the system and the right plan you need to start saving money. See what kind of plan you qualify to save on solar. Connect with Solar Connection via email at ask@solarconnectionca.com or call at (888)988-4693.

Check out our latest video on how you can finance with Solar Connection.

 

 

How Homeowners Can Avoid High Summer Bills With Solar

The first day of summer started June 20, and it brings the season of barbecues with the family, long lazy afternoons and lots of sunshine. As the temperature rises the usage of air conditioners to stay cool start to rise. With so much comfort at home, the unfortunate result is high electric bills.

Avoiding this financial squeeze isn’t as easy as it sounds. As it is the U.S. residential electric rates are expected to be 2.4 % higher this year than last year. Depending on where you live is how much you will need to watch out for. With LED light bulbs and energy efficient appliances- you may still pay more for your utility bill.

So how can your budget be comfortable in for the summer? Solar Connect CA is the place to start saving money for this summer. As soon as your solar system is turned on, you start generating energy straight from the sun, which can lower your electricity bill tremendously. There are several other factors that can influence the savings, such as the shade, the system size, location, utility rates, local policies, weather and many more. As well goes with the more energy your solar system produces the less electricity you will be paying the utility company.

Going green with solar is the best way to achieve long-term savings. Depending on the size of your system, energy usage and local utility rates, a solar system can pay itself in 10 years. Enjoy free renewable electricity for the lifetime of your system which typically takes 25-40 years.

Don’t have cash now to buy a solar system? Not everyone has the cash to buy a solar system, although, there is solar financing alternative. Homeowners are able to able to put their electricity bill as a loan payment to lower electricity bill. With solar loans you are able to get the benefits of your savings after it is paid off. You are able to do a solar lease, which can generate savings, but doesn’t deliver as savings much in financial ownership.

When you see your neighbor saving with solar, doesn’t that make you want to go solar too? See what kind of plan you qualify to save on solar. Connect with Solar Connect via email at ask@solarconnectionca.com or submit the following form.

How much does Solar Panel Cost?

 

How much does Solar Panel Cost?

This is a question that many homeowners have thought at some point in their life. We often get asked that question and there are tools online that can help you calculate the costs, but they can be confusing unless you are an expert-so here are simple guidelines that will help you average the cost that you would pay for solar panels.

In the United States, a rule of thumb is that each home consumes electricity at a rate of 1 kW per hour. There are 730 on average hours each month, the average price of kWh of electricity is $0.10. So the bill will come up to 73 for 730 kWh of electricity.

Of course, this all depends how much energy you consume at home. With non-standard items such as a hot-tubs, or electrical appliances that run all day long.  Extended use of the plasma TV or computer can run up your bill. An air-conditioning unit will make a big impact as well. The cost of electricity varies in the state you live in. It varies all across the United States, it can be as low as $0.07 per kWh in West Virginia up to $0.24 per kWh in Hawaii. This is measured out according to the cost of living in the area.

A conservative value to use as a solar panel’s generating capacity is 10 watts/sq. ft. This represents a panel conversion efficiency of about 12%, which is typical. That means that for every kW you generate, you are going to need 100sq ft of panels. If the sun would be out for 24 hours you can put up 100sq. ft. of panels that will generate enough energy to power a home.

As we know, the sun is only out in daylight hours, and they don’t generate when there are lots of clouds. Luckily, there are tools on the web that can help you figure out how many hours per day does the panels generate electricity, based on where you live. Seattle, Pittsburgh, and Chicago generate an average of 3 hours per day, compared to California and Colorado that generate 5 to 6 hours, and Arizona at 7 hours per day.

Solar panel costs depend on several different factors. Depends on the energy used, energy produced, and cost of living is how much solar panels will cost. The good news is that the costs for solar panels are expected to continue to drop, as thin film panels from companies like First SolarNanosolar, and AVA Solar become available to the residential market. Calculate how much it will solar panels will cost in your area by clicking here. For more information email us at ask@solarconnectca.com.

 

 

[VIDEO] Not All Solar Panels Are Equal

When choosing a solar panel it’s important to consider both how it is manufactured and what materials are used. Learn more in this video, and make sure to visit our other blog posts for more information on not only going green, but saving thousands of it simultaneously!

Why Do Homeowners Invest In Solar?

Why Do Homeowners Invest In Solar?

There is now enough installed solar energy capacity in the United States to power 8.3 million homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. As a matter of fact, there are 1 million homes in the U.S. that have fully installed a solar system.

Why do homeowners prefer to invest in solar?

The use of energy is used much more efficiently and homeowners are happy to know that their investment powers clean and pure energy from the sun. The solar industry has experienced an impressive growth, and the reason for that is because consumers are confident in buying the product. Not only are they just leasing, but actually buying solar.

Homeowners have an option to either buy, PPA lease, or get a loan for solar panels.  Homeowners are buying because it is the right investment to save money. When refinancing a home, many homeowners rather invest in solar since it is the smart way to go. Homeowners are able to receive money back due the solar installation. An option that homeowners have to is the California Solar Initiative. California Solar Initiative offers cash back for installing solar on your home or business. Customers earn cash rebates for every watt of solar energy installed on homes, businesses, farms, schools, and government and non-profit organizations.

PPA Leasing  

Many solar installers advertise solar leases or power purchase agreements (PPAs) as an easy way to reduce your electricity bill. If you are interested in a simple, low-maintenance option for installing a solar energy system on your home, leasing solar panels is a good option for you. The way it works is similar to renting your solar panel system.

You will enter in to agreement that will entitle you to the benefits of the system which is typically around 20 years. Under the leasing arrangements, the solar leasing company owns and maintains your solar panel system, so it is entitled to the rebates, tax breaks, and financial incentives that are available for the solar panel system. Consumers can indirectly benefit from those savings through lower electricity rates.

Solar Investment Tax Credit

You will be entitled to a dollar-for-dollar reduction on the amount of income tax you would otherwise owe. For example, claiming a 1000 federal tax credit reduces your federal income taxes due by $1000. The tax credit is based on the amount of the investment in solar property. Learn what ways your home can benefit and save money with solar. For more information, please read about email Solar Connection at ask@solarconnectionca.com or fill out the form below to see if you qualify.

California Has Invested Heavily on Solar That Arizona Residents Are Paid To Use It

For 14 days in March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power! This year California generated an excess amount of solar electricity that they had to give it way for free.

Not only was it free, because there was so much solar power produced on those days, California paid Arizona to take the extra electricity that was going to overload their own power lines.

This was not the first time California had to give away free solar electricity to Arizona, in January there were eight days and nine days in February as well. This saved Arizona electricity customers millions of dollars this year only. California also gave away free solar energy to other states to take power.

The numbers could have been much greater if the state hadn’t ordered some solar plants to reduce production. This includes Natural gas power plants, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, continued generating electricity.

If California is so big and can generate all that energy, why not use it?

The reason for that is that California has successfully increased renewable energy production in the recent years. California has dominated generating solar power over the years. No single entity is in charge of energy policy in California. This has led to a two-track approach that has created an ever-increasing glut of power and is proving costly for electricity users. Rates have risen faster here in California than the rest of the U.S. and Californians are paying 50% more of regular energy than the national average.

Possibly the most evident example: The California Legislature has directed that one-half of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030; today it’s about one-fourth. That goal once was considered but not confirmed. Now, solar panels have become much more efficient and less expensive. So solar power is now often the same price or cheaper than most other types of electricity, and production has soared so much that the target now looks laughably easy to achieve.

Investing in solar will save you the money that you deserve.

California solar power is being produced, and it is there for residents to have. Consider using the resources like solar, since it is more efficient and less expensive. California Solar Initiative offers cash back for installing solar on your home or business. Customers earn cash rebates for every watt of solar energy installed on homes, businesses, farms, schools, and government and non-profit organizations. Learn what ways your home can benefit with solar. For more information, please email us at ask@solarconnectionca.com.

 

Ford’s First Hybrid Cop Car Is One Mean, Green Machine

If you’re the getaway driver, seeing the cops coming after you in a fleet of hybrids may be a reassuring sight. What, they’re gonna chase me down in those things? But, as the triumphant officers will surely tell you as you sit in your cell, pairing an electric motor with a petite gasoline engine doesn’t just make a car eco-friendly. It can make it faster off the line, not to mention more comfortable, and practical for police purposes.

Ford’s betting the advantages of hybrids are enough to convince cops around the country to buy its new Police Responder Hybrid Sedan—the first ever “pursuit rated” hybrid. To earn its badge, this beefed up Fusion braved speed and handling trials, raced over 8-inch curbs, blasted through a railroad crossing at 30 mph, sprinted and screeched to a halt.

It got through it all thanks to a series of upgrades. Ford’s police vehicle engineering team added a heavy duty suspension, extra cooling, and ditched fancy alloys for basic wheels and hubcaps. They played Santa’s elves with the police wish list: Bullet proof doors. Front seats anti-stab plates, and slim side bolsters, to better fit officers wearing equipment belts. A wipe clean rear seat. A pre-drilled hole in the windscreen surround for a spotlight.

Despite all the heavy enhancements, the cruiser delivers 38 miles to the gallon (the standard Fusion Hybrid does 42), compared to the current Police Interceptor’s 18 mpg.

“Patrol vehicles are a police officer’s office,” LAPD chief Carlie Beck said in a statement. “We expect them to not only be economically and environmentally efficient but also an effective tool for fighting crime in major metropolitan areas.”

The Responder Hybrid Sedan runs a two-liter engine coupled to an electric motor. The car can run in electric-only mode up to 60 mph (for short periods), useful for quiet patrolling. But when the driver mashes the accelerator, the car’s computer dials in “pursuit mode,” firing up the gas engine and reconfiguring vehicle systems to deliver maximum performance. Engineers retuned the regenerative braking to aggressively charge the battery whenever the vehicle slows, so that there’s always some charge left for the next acceleration boost.

Forget coal, solar will soon be cheaper than natural gas power

The staggering drop in the cost of clean energy has already upended the global power market over the past two decades — and that trend will only continue for the next two decades, according to new analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

As a result, renewables will capture the lion’s share of the $10.2 trillion the world will invest in new power generation by 2040, BNEF projects in its annual New Energy Outlook 2017 report.

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