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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Soccer isn’t the only thing that Germany is getting right these days. Recently the country set two new solar records – promising news for the future of solar energy.

During the first two months of June, Germany produced 50.6% of its total energy via solar (Science Alert). That’s right, over half of its energy came from solar! What’s more, the country set a world record in May by producing 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour. To put that in perspective, it would be the equivalent of running 20 nuclear power plants at full capacity – that is a lot of power!

What is remarkable about these breakthroughs in solar energy is that 90% of Germany’s solar panels are installed on the roof tops of private individuals – not solar energy farms. Since deciding to move away from nuclear energy in 2011, the country has had success in promoting solar energy to its citizens. Scientists also point to the excellent weather that occurred in June as a reason for how the country was able to produce over half of its energy this way.

Which begs the question – why isn’t the United States, and sunny Southern California in particular, producing more solar energy? Under 1% of energy produced in the United States is solar.  But in California, we’re doing a lot better than that at 18%, leading the nation in solar energy production and doubling solar power generation in the state over the last two years (Reuters). Fidelity Home Energy has been a leader in fostering this trend in California. If you are thinking about solar energy as an option for your home, please contact us today.

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