If you have been considering using solar energy at home, there is no reason to put it off. Take a little time to research how much money you can save by using renewable solar energy at your home or office.

Solar electricity can save you money, because any extra solar power that the panels on the top of your house generate will be sold to the local utility company, saving you money on your overall bills. You can feel great about reducing your carbon footprint and enjoy the financial benefits as well.

2016 is a great year to start your solar installation project, because the 30% federal tax benefit that is currently in place is set to expire in 2017. There is a chance the tax benefits will be renewed, which would be great for our country, our economy and clean energy industry and jobs. However, the only way to be absolutely certain that you will receive the 30% tax credit is to finish your solar installation in 2016.

The tax benefits that exist right now make this the perfect time to add solar energy to your home. The savings provided through the tax credit right now bring your initial costs down, and then you will see the long-term benefits of solar energy for years to come. You will even see a return on your investment if you sell your home eventually, because home buyers are excited about the option of solar energy.

If you are in the California area and considering adding solar energy to your home, please contact us.

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Solar energy, like many other renewable energy sources, has many benefits. Utilizing our sun to reduce pollution and to save money are just a few. As a result, there has been a collective push for scientists to research ways to make solar energy more efficient so that these benefits are easier to attain. Due to this push, a recent discovery using magnetism has been made that will help keep solar panels clean and productive.

Scientists Find a Solution with Magnetism

According to an article by the Christian Science Monitor, solar panels are often affected by particles and other elements that inevitably accumulate on their surface. Less sunlight is turned into electricity which affects the panels’ productivity. The solution to this problem was discovered by scientists at MIT and King Faud Univeristy of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). A magnetic field was created by applying an oil infused with magnetic materials otherwise known as a ferrofluid to draw contaminants off the surface of solar panels.

What This Means for the Solar Industry

This magnetic force essentially reduces friction completely so that contaminants such as dust and moisture do not soil solar panels. This is important for the solar industry because solar panels and mirrors lose efficiency when these contaminants build up on surfaces. In addition, panels are often on roofs which make dust accumulation more prevalent. This new innovation to reduce fouling will increase the productivity of these panels and in turn make solar energy a more attractive energy source.

The new discovery to reduce soiling is also important because it will reduce the amount of time and money that is required to clean solar panels. Hosing down the panels is an expensive process that uses a great deal of water. By eliminating the need for this process, vasts amount of water will be conserved as well as less labor and money will be spent. The magnetic solution will be less expensive and more efficient for all solar panel users.

If you are interested in knowing more about solar panels and solar energy, please visit our website. Fidelity Home Energy, a residential solar company offers a complimentary energy analysis as well as a quote. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us today.

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If you live in California where there’s a lot of sun, and your utility bills are high, you’re probably considering some sort of solar installation for your home. With tax credits, and credit on your electrical bill month-after-month, installing solar power is one of the best returns on investment for your property hands-down.

Going green is easy if installed by a professional.

Installing solar power for your home is a relatively easy thing to do, with most installations not taking long. Although there is a lot of information available for do-it-yourself type installations online. However a quality solar installation done by a residential solar company will assure you increase the value of your home. Plus, they will usually obtain all permitting, work with any HOA’s and handle all paperwork and negotiations on your behalf.

With home prices the way they are in California, it only makes sense to have professionals do the job right, the first time. Although having your uncle come over and help put up your brand new solar panels may sound like a good idea at first, it won’t save you money in the long run. Only a professional solar installation will come with a guarantee, and a whole lot more peace of mind.

You need a solar installation you can count on.

Professional solar installation companies carry quality products and offer custom installation services. With a professional installation, your solar array won’t look like it was just tacked on to your house. Other services usually offered by reputable companies include a professional Shading report, a Solar Feasibility Survey, a free quote and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all parts and service.

There is such a company you can count on that has installed well over 25,000 solar projects throughout California. We have locations in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles and serve the whole state of California. To receive a complimentary energy analysis contact us, and let us know how we can be of service to you.

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Everyone knows The Bay Area is a great place to live- we’ve got perfect weather, some of the best beaches and parks in the world, good schools and jobs, melting pots of culture, and the best dinning around! Did you also know that the sunny Bay Area was rated as a “Solar Star” by Environment America’s 2014 study? They found that The Bay Area was the #2 area in the nation with more than 50 watts of installed solar PV capacity per person and the #4 area in America for total installed solar PV capacity!

As one of the leading solar companies in the Bay Area, Fidelity Home Energy isn’t surprised by the news. We’re headquartered in San Leandro and our staff installed over 500 residential solar projects in 2015 alone.

In addition to the 263 days a year of sunshine the Bay Area enjoys, the key reasons for this phenomenal industry growth include the energy cost savings for homeowners, improvements in property values (an average of a $20,194 premium to the sales price), and qualification for several government programs. The 30% IRS solar tax credit is unlimited and currently available until 2017. Lucky citizens of the surrounding Bay Area have access to financing at attractive rates and terms through the Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE program.

While some home owners are hesitant to buy solar now, fearing that prices will continue to go down in coming years, energy costs are only rising and crunching the numbers on a solar calculator show that your family will be recouping costs more quickly than ever. Another reason solar power is becoming so popular in the Bay Area and across America is the ability for a solar systems to be designed specifically to maximize your energy harvest. A solar solution can now be installed that powers your home, Jacuzzi and pool, and that can be placed on a wide variety of rooftops- from concrete to Spanish tile.

If you’re a Bay Area resident ready to join your neighbors in saving money, living more sustainability and investing in your home, contact us to find out how easy it is to go from a free in-home energy analysis to power on!

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Stanford University recently released a new alternative energy plan that outlines how the state of California can switch to wind, geothermal, water, and solar power by 2050. According to the study’s lead author, Mark Z. Jacobson, the plan “will eliminate air pollution mortality and global warming emissions from California, stabilize prices, and create jobs.”

Although there is an initial capital investment required to build the new power plants and other structures, the study predicts that overall energy use would be reduced by 44%. In addition, 220,000 net jobs would be created and deaths associated with air pollution would drop by 12,500 a year. The plan would also help California avoid the costly environmental effects of climate change, such as coastal erosion. All told, the savings to the state would pay for the cost of the plan in only seven years.

Solar energy plays a big role in the plan, accounting for 55.5% of the state’s energy. Although much of this comes from the 1,200 solar power plants that the plan calls for, homeowners and businesses would contribute as well with 15 million 5-kilowatt rooftop solar panel systems.

Installing rooftop solar panels doesn’t just benefit the state of California, however: between the California Solar Initiative, tax credits, and payments for unused electricity, homeowners can get both an immediate return on their investment and a long-term boost to energy savings. If you’re interested in saving money on your energy bills, get a head start on the plan now and get a free solar energy analysis. And for more information about solar energy and how you can reduce your energy costs, please contact us.

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When people think of California, they think of sunny California. The Golden State is doing more than its fair share of promoting the sun as the best energy source. The State Assembly is attempting to make it easier for residents to apply for solar panels by creating a standardized application process through Bill 2188. The legislation, which will be debated and voted upon in the State Senate in August, calls for “cities to process permits for small, residential solar installations within five business days. It also would reduce the review process to just one inspection after the installation is complete.” While on the surface, the bill looks promising, it has created divisions among solar companies in California. One owner of a solar company says the application process is not a cookie cutter situation. It can take up to three weeks to process a permit, install the solar modules and complete the inspection. Different cities have different standards for solar, the con side insists. Others insist that residential solar panels have become more uniform and a check list can be completed in an hour. Meanwhile, fire departments complain that solar panels inhibit access, create electrical fires and expose firemen to electric shock and there needs to be a balance between safety and ecological advancements. Another area gaining attention, and for which California is becoming a “guinea pig,” is energy storage. The ability to harness reserves of solar energy would benefit residents, who would not have to worry about wasting energy during times they are not at home. Solar energy could be used in the evening and blackouts would be more tolerable. People would gain more control of their energy usage, and subsequently, the costs. SunPower, which used to make panels and is now an energy service provider, has entered into an agreement with builder KB Home to offer buyers in El Dorado Hills, Irvine and San Diego free lithium-ion battery systems to be installed by the end of 2014. The goal would be to start selling the systems in 2015. The project will aide SunPower in determining the best ways to manage solar energy production and the charge and discharge of electricity from storage. They will also be testing batteries from different companies, including California’s Sunverge Energy. Another factor pushing energy storage in the state is that the three investor-owned utilities in California are under obligation to purchase 1,325 megawatts of energy storage services by 2020. We at Fidelity Home Energy are absolutely in favor of anything that speeds up the solar installation process for us or our customers. Different areas throughout California have long waiting times for permitting solar, and it would be nice to have a more streamlined approach. We have offices in San Diego, Torrance (Los Angeles), Hayward (San Francisco Bay Area) and Sacramento, Ventura and Fresno. We’ve been in business for over 30 years, before solar was fashionable. You will receive a free, extensive In-Home Energy Analysis, with a quote that is good for six months. Small job or big, we will work with you, providing a fully customized and “made for you” solar array system. We handle all paperwork and permits for you. Full installation is completed by highly trained and certified solar electric technicians using industry leading, top quality products. You are assigned a dedicated project manager throughout your installation process, and an Energy Specialis t for follow-up visits post installation, to make sure you know how to properly and safely operate your system. When you’re ready for solar in California, contact us, the solar company in California.

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Press Release: 6/3/2014

The United States is finally taking a stance that can make a difference on the absurdly alarming climate change issues plaguing our little blue dot in the sky we call Earth.

Instead of making minimalist changes to appease the masses, and allowing issues to linger for political gain, President Obama has made a MAJOR policy decision.  The President felt so strongly about his decision after reviewing statistical data from NASA, The University of California and 100’s of other creditable scientific sources around the world that he has bypassed congress with a plan forcing power plants to cut their emissions by 30%.  (Keep in mind- this is almost impossible for most power plants.  Meaning the 1,300 coal-fired power plants around the U.S. will either have to convert to natural gas fuel or go out of business.)

What this means?  The proposed regulation states “Nationwide, by 2030, this rule would achieve C02 emission reductions from the power sector of approximately 30% from C02 emission levels in 2005”  This rule will significantly promote other forms of energy including Solar power, and will help the U.S. in their talks with other nations when asking them to reduce their emissions. Homeowners and renters alike can expect dramatic hikes in energy rates in the coming months and years as a direct result.  Especially in states such as California where snow-pack in the mountains shrank by 86% in just one year, leading to increased drought and fires throughout the state.

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Coal supplied 37% of U.S. electricity in 2012, compared to 30% from natural gas, 19% from nuclear power plants, 7% from hydro-power sources such as dams and 5% from renewable sources such as wind and solar, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  By 2030, just over 30% of U.S. electricity will come from coal and about the same amount from natural gas, with wind, solar and other alternative sources providing about 9%, according to anonymous EPA officials who spoke to reporters on Monday on the condition of not being identified.  According to the EPA, the proposed new rules would reduce carbon pollution by the same amount as removing two-thirds of all cars and trucks form American roads.  

What should you do?  If you are a homeowner in the state of California, the time is NOW to make the move to Solar.  This rule is going to increase the demand for solar dramatically in the coming years, and as we all know supply and demand are two very large factors that impact the overall cost of a new solar system.  If homeowners act now, and get solar before the overall cost of solar jumps to astronomical rates they can save themselves a lot of money.  Fidelity Home Energy is working with homeowners to make this possible, offering complimentary Home Energy evaluations, solar feasibility testing and shading analysis.  Don’t get stuck with an outrageous power bill, and end up paying for the increased cost of solar by waiting too long.  Call Fidelity Home Energy NOW and get a free quote, along with an energy savings analysis on your home.  You have absolutely NOTHING to lose.  Call now 1855 Solar -4-U (855-765-2748). Or visit Fidelity Home Energy for additional information. Here are some Energy Saving Tips.

With the cost of solar  rising VERY SOON, homeowners should consider going with American Made SolarWorld USA solar panels for their home.  American made solar panels such as SolarWorld USA panels will not be forced to increase their prices due to over-seas distribution, Cap and Trade etc.  Fidelity Home Energy, Inc. proudly installs SolarWorld USA solar systems throughout California!  Call or click today!

 

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