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June 2017

SmartFlower Solar vs. Traditional Rooftop Solar Systems

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When talking about Solar Energy innovation, SmartFlower is raising the bar. This solar system harvests energy from the sun as soon as the sunlight hits the “petals”. The SmartFlower automation gives the solar panels the ability to retract at night when the sun goes down, and raise up again when the sun comes back up.

SmartFlower has a dual-axis tracking technology, that makes this solar system able to follow the sun across the sky. But that’s not all, during high winds or storms the SmartFlower automation will retract all the petals to protect them from any bad weather that could damage your system. This honestly is not that big of an advantage, as a traditional rooftop solar system can sustain hurricane speed winds. The SmartFlower Solar system is 2.51kW in size, which is also small compared to a rooftop solar system. A traditional home in California requires a 5.95kW system to fully power the home. So most likely you will need a couple of SmartFlower systems to really meet your energy needs.

Cost per Watt is the best metric to use when comparing a SmartFlower system vs. a traditional rooftop solar system. The cost for one SmartFlower system is $17,000. If you want the complete system with batteries included, your are looking at $22,000 plus installation. In comparison, a rooftop solar system costs $19,388.

In the chart below, we want to compare both systems on an even playing field and are using Watts produced over 20 years as that metric. Both systems over 20 years will produce approximately 179,500 Watts. Due to its efficiency, a small SmartFlower system is needed to produce the same amount, however the cost is more than double. Comparing apples to apples, a SmartFlower system will cost $0.17/Watt vs. $0.08/Watt (112% more) than a traditional rooftop solar system.

Lastly, the SmartFlower solar system is a brand new technology and is unproven to withstand 20 years of time. Due to its complexity such as batteries and a motor that moves the petals, one must be careful to assume that it will be operational for the entire 20 years due to wear and tear, as opposed to a rooftop solar system that is fixed and immobile.

As with anything, consider all options before you make your decision. Our free solar e-Book “Basic Guide to Saving Money With Solar” covers various topics such as; cost of a solar system, buying vs. leasing, how much power do I need, savings over your utility company and much more.

If you have more questions about how to get a solar system that fits your needs, contact Sunlux, one of the best solar providers in the area. They are here to help you make the right choice and save you money.

California Clean Energy SB 100

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California Clean Energy Act SB 100, just passed by the California State Senate. This place California in the right path of controlling its own Energy in the nearest future. This was an aggressive move in order to make California’s energy needs to be covered 100% with renewable power by year 2045.

The bill passed with a 25 to 13 count for SB 100, by passing this bill California will expand the State RPS. California is expecting to have 50% of its energy come from renewable sources by year 2026.

“When it comes to our clean air and climate change, we are not backing down,” said Senate Leader Kevin De León. “Today, we passed the most ambitious target in the world to expand clean energy and put Californians to work. Now more than ever, it is critical that we double down on climate leadership as we learn that the President intends to withdraw from the Paris agreement. Regardless of what Washington does, California will show the way forward. We are sending a clear message to the rest of the world that no president, no matter how desperately the try to ignore reality, can halt our progress.”

San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener sponsored bills SB 71 and SB 700 which are an important part of SB 100, allowing access to solar energy for more California residents. Similar to mandates in Santa Monica & San Francisco, SB 71 authorizes the California Energy Commission to require a rooftop solar & solar thermal systems on all new buildings during construction. Right now the Law only requires 15% of new buildings to be solar ready.

SB 700 is designed to set 30% of the programs funds to provide rebates to low income communities in California. Also to establish job training and workforce programs for solar markets. So heads up for California State Senate for looking forward to have power independence and become the first 100% green energy state in America.

If you have more questions on solar and how you can qualify, call Sunlux today. They are here to help to make sure you make the right choice and save the most money. Consult all your options before you switch.

Solar Energy Facts: Homeowners Taking Control Over High Electric Bills

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The cost of electricity has become a growing concern for many homeowners, with summer approaching just the thought of those summer bills is enough to make most homeowners cringe. One of the best Facts about solar energy is that California leads the nation in residential home solar installations. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, “Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home.

There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable.” Available incentives further drive down the cost of adding solar panels to your home.

Is your home suitable for Solar if so what does it cost?

Chances are your home gets enough sun exposure to make a solar installation financially viable. Every rooftop is different, but once potential solar customers begin exploring their options, they often find that the total up-front cost of solar is less relevant than the financing terms, return-on-investment, and cash flow calculation. Solar leases and other innovative financing models mean that many people can go solar for little or no money down.

Benefits of Purchasing Your Solar System.

Own your solar panels outright and save tens of thousands over the next 30 years. Most home owners will pay themselves back within 5-7 years, after that its free electricity. Homeowner’s who purchase will also qualify for a 30% Federal Tax Credit. Solar finance companies offer consumer terms up to 20 year terms and low APR’s make owning a system affordable.

Benefits of Leasing Your Solar System.

When you lease solar panels there is typically $0 up front. What you get is solar energy at a rate lower than your current utility, the rate is fixed for the next 20 years. A lease is a good option for customers looking to immediately reduce their electric bills without any out of pocket cost.

If you have more questions about how to get your solar panel installation, call Sunlux today and get informed with the best solar energy facts. They are here to help to make sure you make the right choice and save the most money. Consult all your options before you switch.