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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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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