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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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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