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Getting Started With Solar Panels

Take a look at your energy The first step to getting started and designing any solar panel installation is to calculate your average annual kilowatt-hour consumption.  This information is available to you by signing on to “My Account” at the SDG&E website.  If you haven’t set up your account, you can do so here. The SDG&E website is a terrific resource, where you can learn

Solar Required on All New California Homes

The rules take effect in 2020 for all new home construction and major renovations. Though it will increase the upfront cost of a new home (a little), overall it will decrease total monthly costs for the homeowner. Current estimates are a $40 monthly increase in mortgage payments in exchange for an $80 monthly savings on utility bills. Mandatory solar is part of the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Title 24 rules, along with more stringent energy efficiency standards. The efficiency and the

All About the Details

Having started in solar in 2006, we saw a need for higher-quality solar installations. Many contractors choose to save a few dollars by using cheaper footing, cheaper racking, plastic flex tubing instead of metal, and even plastic zip ties (instead of metal clips) to hold the wires off the roof. Homeowners were buying solar panels with 25 year warranties, without realizing that the balance of system (BOS) was simply not designed to last that long. We started San Diego County Solar

Installing solar panels on homes with clay tile

Because we are in North County San Diego, we are frequently asked to install solar panels on homes with clay tile roofs.  As you can see in this photo of a recently installed solar power system in Rancho Santa Fe, clay tile roofs can accommodate solar panels quite nicely.  When San Diego County Solar takes on a solar project like this, we treat the home as if were our own.  The key to successful solar panel installation on homes like

March 30, 2018 deadline for tiered electric rates

Recent changes to utility rates will not be as favorable for solar power installations after the March 30, 2018 deadline. There is still time to avoid mandatory time of use rates and go solar with a more solar friendly, tiered rate structure. To realize this benefit, solar power systems in SDG&E territory must have permission to operate by March 30, 2018. We can still have most San Diego County solar installations completed in time to beat the d

Tariffs and higher solar prices? It’s up to Donald Trump

Tariffs and higher solar panel prices are probably coming soon. It’s highly probable we’ll see a decision from the Trump administration to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. This will increase the cost of going solar, whether you choose to have a solar power system installed with imported or domestic panels. San Diego County Solar has sufficient resources to install pre-tariff solar panels prior to the March 30, 2018 deadline.

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Determine Available Space For Solar Panels

Available Space There is no substitute for a site visit by a qualified solar professional. They can measure roof surfaces, perform a shade analysis, check the condition of your roof and assess the compatibility of a solar installation with your existing electric service.  The available space and other conditions will help determine the design of any solar installation. Common residential solar modules are about 3-1/2’ x 5-1/2’ in size.  While size is similar for most solar modules, power output can vary widely.  If space

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Solar Financing to Suit Your Needs

Solar Financing $0 down payment solar financing As the market for residential solar power systems grows, so do options for financing. We work with a variety of loans from local Credit Unions, PACE program providers and other lenders to find the best solution for every homeowner.  In most cases, homeowners can save on their monthly energy expense from day one – with $0 out of pocket!   Should you purchase or lease? We recommend purchasing over solar leasing programs.  With today’s $0 down payment solar loans, purchasing

Storing Solar Power Energy

Energy Storage Storing energy generated from your solar power system can be beneficial. While battery storage has been used for decades in off-grid applications, for some homeowners it now makes sense to add energy storage to grid-tied solar power. There are two primary reasons to add energy storage: To provide backup power in the case of a power outage. To store energy for consumption during peak demand hours when prices are higher. If you happen to live an area with frequent power outages, having a