Anaheim Public Utilities’ commitment to help customers install new solar electric residential systems has been brought forth via their “Solar Advantage” program.  This program was initiated in 2008 and since is responsible for thousands of Anaheim residents going solar and saving thousands of dollars off the purchase price of their solar systems.  The Anaheim Solar Advantage program has one of the largest cash rebates in California (currently $3.46/w AC CEC).

How does that translate into savings?  For a typical 1600 sqft. home a 3.8 kW system would offset nearly 100% of the energy usage.  The gross cost of this size system could cost anywhere from $21,000-$23,000.  With the Anaheim Public Utilities Solar Advantage the homeowner would get a cash rebate of approximately $12,000.   Over 50% of the retail gross system cost is subsidized by the Anaheim Solar Advantage program.

But wait, theres more…  The homeowner is also eligible for the 30% Federal clean energy tax credit.  If we take the original gross cost ($23,000) and subtract the Solar Advantage incentive ($12,000) it leaves us with a net solar system cost of $11,000 which we can apply the 30% Federal tax credit to.  That is an additional $3,300 incentive that is realized in the form of a tax credit at year end.  The two incentives combined lowers the gross cost of the $23,000, 3.8 kW solar system to $7,700 after tax season.

Let’s take this case study one step further…   Based upon the California Energy Commission rating of the referenced 3.8 kW solar system it would be expected to generate 5,626 kWh of electricity per year.  A typical Anaheim Public Utilities customer would be buying electricity for $0.14 per kWh.  If we multiply 5,626 kWh of electricity by the current cost of of $0.14 per kWh we arrive at an annual energy savings of $787 per year.  The solar system would pay for itself in less than 10 years while offering power output warranties that exceed 20 years.

As you can see Anaheim residents that purchase a solar system for their home and participate the Solar Advantage program are saving thousands of dollars in utility expenses over the life of their solar systems and helping the environment by powering their home with 100% clean and renewable solar energy.  Good job Anaheim Public Utilities and participating residents!

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September 24, 2009


Local Company Provides Clean Energy System for newly built Long Beach Park

Solar Powered Dog Park, Long Beach, CA

Pole Mounted Solar Powerplant, Long Beach CA

Long Beach, California, September 24, 2009 — A local company is helping to make history. Solar Source Inc. has designed and supplied the system for Long Beach’s first completely off-grid public park. The new K-9 Corner Dog Park, which opened on Sunday, September 27th, will draw its power directly from the sun.

Although the project design originally included a conventional lighting system, a plan for an off-grid solar system that would produce the same level of lighting was presented, and adopted, during construction. The system will generate and store enough electricity to power 24 high-efficiency LED park lights for 6 hours a day starting at dusk, 365 days a year. It will also calibrate itself to adjust the park lighting supply to accommodate the ever-changing time of sunset. The lighting system includes a pole-mounted solar array consisting of six photovoltaic solar panels, two sun calibrating charge controllers, and four 120 Ah batteries.

“This park is the first solar-powered park in Long Beach, but we expect that it won’t be the last,” said Jarrod Osborne, General Manager of Solar Source Inc. and project manager for the K-9 Corner Dog Park system. “We anticipate that the innovations here will inspire more and more use of pollution-free, renewable solar technology which is a cornerstone of the green revolution that is well under way and will continue over the decades to come.”

K-9 Corner Dog Park is located at Pacific Ave. and 9th Street in Downtown Long Beach. It is an off-leash facility with a dog run, artificial grass designed for easy removal of dog waste, drought-friendly landscaping, a large desk constructed from recycled wood, shaded benches made of recycled plastic, and a dog drinking fountain.

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Solar Source Inc. is a licensed solar energy contractor based in Long Beach, CA. They design, engineer, and install photovoltaic solar systems for residential and commercial electricity generation.

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image1348555446.jpgThe sun is the source of all energy on our planet, and consequently also the cleanest and most renewable source of energy available to homeowners all around the world. Misconceptions about photovoltaic solar systems and our ability to harness the suns energy are the number one reasons homeowners overlook going solar. Let’s explore some of the most common myths related to solar power.

Myth: Solar power is too costly.

Fact: Most solar systems will pay for themselves in 5-9 years and depending on the system can increase the homes value by as much as 5%. Best of all Uncle Sam is now subsidizing up to 50% of the cost of a new solar systems so the return on investment has never been higher. It is not uncommon to see annual return on investments between 7%-18% over the life of the system.

Myth: My homeowners association will not allow me to install solar panels.

Fact: State law forbids anyone from preventing someone from installing solar electric systems based upon appearance.

Myth: You need the right kind of roof.

Fact: Solar systems can be designed for all roof types. As long as the roof has unobstructed access to the sun and is free from shade it would be a good location for a solar system.

Myth: My solar system will only work if the sky is clear of clouds.

Fact: Solar systems do st ill produce a current on cloudy days, however not as much energy will be produced as when the conditions are optimal (clear, sunny & cool). Solar systems are designed based upon the average annual sun hours of a given location and are designed to generate the necessary energy needs of the homeowner.

Myth: The utility company will pay me in cash for any additional energy I generate.

Fact: The utility company will not pay homeowners cash for the additional energy they generate. The utility company offers homeowners the option of “Net-Metering”. If you produce more energy than you consume during the day you will have a surplus of energy created that will be used to offset the energy you consume at night when your solar system is not feeding energy into the grid. You will have a rolling 12 month period to use any monthly energy surplus you may have. Your energy surplus can expire if not consumed over the 12 month period. It is the job of the solar system contractor to design a solar system that is appropriate for your energy needs and that will not exceed your annual usage.

Take a close look and you will see that solar power truly has a bright future. Unlike fossil fuels solar energy is completely clean and renewable. It contributes absolutely no pollution to the air or water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if renewable energy were used to power one million homes, carbon dioxide emissions would be reduced by 4.3 million tons per year, the same effect on the environment as removing 850,000 cars from the road. So go solar and be a super hero for the environment.

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image540306816.jpgEvery month we receive an energy bill in the mail with a dollar amount owed in bold letters and a return address envelope awaiting our check and stamp. Have you ever tried to figure out how they actually came up with that dollar amount?

The first thing to do is define the unit of measurement for determining how much energy is used. We pay for gas by the gallon, we buy fruit and vegetables by the pound and we buy cable TV by the channel. When it comes to electricity we pay by the kilowatt-hour (kWh). One kilowatt is 1000 watts and one kilowatt-hour (kWh) is equivalent to the amount of energy used by ten 100 watt light bulbs for one hour.

Now that we know how they are measuring our electricity usage lets look at how they equate it to dollars. A typical energy bill will have the total monthly kWh’s used and a price per kWh. This can range anywhere from $0.06 to $0.51 per kWh used. If your like me you pulled out your calculator to find out that there is a 750% difference between the two price points. Imagine going to the gas pump to find out that your price per gallon fluctuates between $3.00 and $22.50 based on how much gas you need.

It is typical for utility companies to determine the price per kWh charged based upon how much energy was used. Under this type of tiered pricing structure (used by SCE, PG&E, SDGE) everyone is allocated a baseline amount of electricity they can use per month at the lowest price per kWh ($0.10-$0.12 per kWh). If the customer exceeds their allocated kWh amount they are now bumped up into a higher pricing tier (often 10%-20% higher price per kWh) for the rest of the month. There can be up to 5 tiers of energy price increases based on your monthly use. The highest tier costing as much as $0.51 per kWh in some parts of California.

Why is all this so important?

The only way you can determine if using an alternative energy source such as solar, wind, geothermal, or gas is a more viable option is to know how much energy you are currently using and how much it is costing you.

How does solar energy compare?

Solar energy systems can generate energy at a levelized cost as low as $0.09 a kWh over the 25 year life of the system. The energy produced by a solar system is clean and 100% renewable and best of all is cheaper per kWh than the utility is selling it for.

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