Have you ever been without power in your home when you really needed it? Have you ever had to fumble around your house with a flashlight between your teeth, or to light every candle you own?

For those of you that have experienced a power outage, especially a long one, you know exactly how unpleasant it is. Yet, in 2019, power outages will be the price that many Californians will pay in order to help avoid disastrous wildfires.

California electric companies have started taking more proactive measures in order to prevent wildfires, like the deadly Camp Fire that killed 85 people in 2018. According to Time, California’s wildfires have only gotten more frequent and more costly in the last few years. Electric companies have also discovered that fallen power lines or other electric accidents can be factors in these terrible fires. With that in mind, they have decided to implement outages when fire danger is especially high.

Californians should expect to see these power outages this summer. When winds are high and humidity is low, electric companies like PG&E are planning to shut off all power to at-risk areas until the danger is lower. PG&E will also specifically be implementing other fire-safety changes like clearing brush and conducting more regular inspections.

So what does that mean for the average Californian? In short: more rolling blackouts. Whether you’re under PG&E, Edison, or Sempra, you can expect your power to be shut off–sometimes for days at a time. What can you do about it?

There’s an easier way to deal with blackouts instead of stocking up on survival supplies: solar panels. Californians all over the state are installing solar panels for all kinds of reasons, including saving money on electric bills, “going green,” and increasing home value. One of the most beneficial reasons to install solar panels, however, is having your own power supply when the grid’s power is cut.

Solar panel systems can now be installed with battery storage, which means long-lasting energy stored for extra energy or for emergencies such as a power outage. These batteries are connected to your solar energy system and store any extra energy that your system produces. Not only are they great for an emergency power shut-off, but they can also strategically sell back some of that extra energy to the grid during peak hours. This means that your system can save extra energy and money, no matter what your energy circumstances!

Though no one wants to endure a blackout, the response from consumers doesn’t need to be frustration and anger. Instead, consumers can respond by taking the necessary steps to make sure they’re prepared for what’s coming. By gathering their own energy from solar panels and storing it, people all over California can do their part to help prevent wildfires without sitting in the dark.

Contact Semper Solaris today to install your solar energy system, including battery storage, before the summer fire season hits. And while you’re enjoying your lights and air conditioning during power outages, consider inviting your neighbors over, too!

Should I Go Solar?

Solar Panels For the Right Reasons

With the cost of solar installations getting lower and lower, homeowners are making the smart move of going solar.

Take advantage of the low prices, rebates, and incentives, and help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

This move towards renewable energy is good for consumers, good for the economy, and good for the environment and the air you breathe.

Solar Saves You Money

Going solar will save you money, and you can reduce and even eliminate your electric bill.

Your solar system connects to the grid and unused power from your solar system is fed back into the grid giving you credits while saving your generated electricity for the times your solar is not producing energy.

Using solar power gives you a hedge against rising prices. And by producing your electricity and monitoring your usage, your energy bill will be more predictable and protect you from fluctuating energy prices.

If you have a PPA, then your electric bill is the same from month to month all year long.

Solar As an Investment

Whether you choose to buy or lease your solar system, you will reap the benefits of lower electric bills and save money.

By purchasing your system, the incentives and rebates will offset the upfront costs giving you a return on your investment.

In a few years, when your system is paid off, you will reap the benefits even more with tax deductions for depreciation.

And with the cost of electricity rising each year, a reduction in the cost of electricity can match or outperform traditional investment instruments.

Solar Increases Property Value

Investing in a solar system will increase the resell value of your home, and in most cases, the sale of the house will more than cover the total cost of installing the system.

Adding a solar system is considered an upgrade like other home renovations.

According to the Department of Energy, home buyers are willing to pay a premium and homes with solar tend to sell faster if they are energy efficient.

Going Solar Helps the Economy

Solar is among the fastest growing industries in both installation and manufacturing as more and more Americans are getting on board with Solar Power.

Innovation spurs economic growth, and Solar is at the forefront of bringing new ideas and new jobs to the U.S. economy.

Solar Advances Energy Independence

Solar power helps promote energy independence which protects from price fluctuations and dependence on foreign fuel sources – because sunlight is free.

Solar Helps the Environment

And most of all, Solar power helps protect the air by reducing the need to burn fossil fuels, the leading cause of pollution.

Solar produces no pollution and has a positive effect on reducing greenhouse gases.

They say that the elimination of carbon emissions from a residential solar power system is like planting around 100 trees per year.

So why not plant a few trees and have the satisfaction of knowing you are participating in the future of renewable energy while enjoying the financial benefits.

Semper Solaris offers the best in Solar products and installation. 

We have various solar financing options available from buying to leasing and guarantee our work with a 25-year warranty.

If you are contemplating installing a solar power system in your home or business, we have the experience, credentials, and expertise to make going solar an easy option.

Call Semper Solaris for an appointment today and let us help you go solar.

How does Solar Energy Work?

The sun rises and shines down on your solar panels. Sunlight is made up of photons, tiny bursts of energy which emanate from the sun and hit the photovoltaic panels (solar panels).

Photovoltaic is the process of chemical conversion of light to electrical power.

And so, begins the progression of collecting the sunlight and converting it into electricity for your home.

It produces clean energy, has no moving parts and needs no fossil fuels for power.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are comprised of a system of various parts that work together to collect and transform the sun’s energy into electricity.

Many smaller units or photovoltaic cells are linked together with metal frames and wiring connecting throughout the panels.

The panels have a mounting system and are arranged at the best angle facing the sun to convert the power generated into Direct Current (DC).

The total cells per solar panel and the number of panels in a solar system is directly related to how much energy is created.

Solar Cells

Semiconductor material like silicon forms the small photovoltaic cells or modules. Although there are several types of semiconductor materials, silicon is the most common type used in making solar panels.

These are busily at work allowing particles of light (photons) to pass through the material causing the electrons to break free to begin the process of creating an electrical current.

Each cell needs to create an electrical field to generate a current. Each cell has both a positive and negative layer and works like a battery.

The electrical field forces the electrical current out of the cell, or semiconductor, into the metal contacts and wiring that connects the cells and the panels.

The current flows into the inverter where it converts the Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC) which is the current that runs throughout your home.

Solar Inverters

A solar inverter takes the DC from the solar panels and transforms it into AC. The inverter operates much like the Central Processing Unit, the brains, of a computer.

It not only inverts DC to AC, but the inverter also provide grounding protection, monitors the system, voltage, and current on the circuits, monitors the production of energy and Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) which is the maximum available power.

There are central inverters that optimize the entire solar system, and Micro-inverters which monitor each panel.

Inverters are tied into your home and usually to the grid through a meter. 

The process of collecting and converting sunlight to electricity goes on throughout the day until nightfall, when the panels stop generating energy. The energy that was not used by the home during the day is funneled back into the grid, and that power is credited back to you.

In the evening, the network begins to deliver the unused credits in the form of electrical power back to the home to run the lights and television and other devices used at night.

Semper Solaris knows how solar works, we know how to find the best and most cost-effective options available with the highest quality products and installation.

We have various options for panels, for inverters, and should you want to be energy independent, we provide solar backup systems to store your unused energy for later use—saving even more money on your utilities.

Call us for an evaluation of your property and let us help you go solar.

Choose the Right Solar Financing Options

With the cost of solar going down, now is the time to cash in on low prices, incentives, and rebates which are available from the Federal and State and City governments.

These incentives paired with a solar loan are an attractive investment for homeowners and homeowners are cashing in.

The upfront costs of solar, should you choose to buy, will be eased by the tremendous savings, tax deductions, and added value to your home.

And if you decide to lease there is no upfront cost, a PPA is the way to lower your utility costs and regulate your monthly electric bill —saving money from the get-go.

You will benefit not only financially, but your community and the environment will reap the rewards.

Solar Loans

A solar loan is a good option for those wanting to purchase their system.

Solar loans are comparable to other home improvement loans but focused on energy efficiency projects.

They are offered at banks or solar panel manufacturers.

And, you can take advantage of the Tax Credits and available deductions as well as the incentives and rebates.

Things to Consider:

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans

Finance your solar energy installation with a PACE program.

A PACE loan is available to homeowners through an authorized PACE provider.

PACE financing is attached to your property and paid through the annual property tax bill.

The tax rate determines the interest rate, and if you sell your home before you pay off the loan, the balance transfers to the buyer.

Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO Program)

The HERO program is a residential Property Assessed Clean Energy PACE program offered by Renovate America, a home renovation lender.

HERO financing is for home improvements and solar and energy efficiency residential projects.

Fannie Mae Homestyle Energy Loan

With a Fannie Mae Homestyle Energy loan, you can finance your solar installation.

They offer affordable and flexible options to homeowners for energy efficiency and disaster preparedness improvements.

Solar Lease

Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

What is the difference between a solar lease and a PPA?

PPAs offer all the benefits of using a solar panel system without having the upfront cost of purchasing it.

The PPA provider installs solar panels on your property, and you pay them a below market rate for the electricity for a set term, usually 20 years.

The provider owns, maintains the system, an in return, receives the rebates, incentives and Tax Credits for the installation.

Things to Consider:

Whether you lease or buy your solar system, it is a smart idea to reduce your home’s energy expenses while reducing your carbon footprint.

Semper Solaris offers a variety of financing options.

You will enjoy the benefits of low-cost financing for your system and reap the rewards of going solar.

Call us for an evaluation of your property and to discuss all the financing options available and go solar.

Choose the Right Solar Company

So, you have decided to join the trend of going solar.

What next?

Investing in Solar is an important decision and a long-term investment.

The most critical step in making this big decision is to find the right solar company.

Your installer should be experienced and have a good reputation for top quality work and the very best solar panels available.

Going solar is a complicated process, and there are many things to consider when choosing a solar provider:

Many situations can arise during the process of installing a solar system.

Your installer must be very thorough in assessing your home’s readiness for solar.

For instance, if your roof is too weak for the system, your roof could collapse under the weight of the panels.

The company you choose should be expert in roof repair and construction. 
Here are the most important qualities to look for when selecting a company to install your solar system.

You can Google to find solar companies in California and see which companies are a good fit.

You should have a list of more than one company and get quotes from each one.

Reputation & Reviews

Check companies in your state local areas and make your list based on the reputation of the companies:

Credentials & Expertise

It is essential to know the experience of a company, and whether they have the proper certifications and licenses.

You should be able to find these out on their website.

Things to Ask Your Solar Company:

Proper Solar Company Certifications:

Quality Products & Solar Installations:

The top companies offer a variety of the most popular and reliable solar panels and equipment using the latest technology.

They offer warranties on products and their expert installation.

And they only use the sturdiest brackets and reinforcement systems available.

Attentive and Helpful Service

The relationship between you and your solar company should be built on trust.

They should accurately represent costs as well as projected savings on electricity and have a track record of happy customers.

Look for companies that have a reputation for exemplary customer service.

Semper Solaris’ core values like trust, loyalty and high-quality service.

We will steer you through the process answering all your questions and addressing all the problems that arise promptly.

We do have a track record of happy customers.

Call us today to schedule an evaluation of your home.

There has never been a better time to go solar!

Play the Safe Bet: Always Choose American Made Solar Panels

If you are thinking about going solar and want to begin the process, how do you choose the best solar panels when you finally decide to go solar?

There are numerous available options for solar panels on the market today, and the choices seem daunting.

But you can narrow down your options and choose the most efficient, reliable panels made.

An excellent place to start is by looking at the most popular and reliable brands used by the top Solar installers.

Solar panels are made in manufacturing plants all over the world. China is leading the way in sheer volume of manufactured panels.

But the unfair competition from China and their illegal practices has resulted in a tariff on Chinese solar panels, paving the way for North American Solar manufacturers to once again dominate the market here in America.

The most reputable Solar Companies use American made solar panels which have proven to be the most reliable and efficient, and are the superior option in quality, price, and economics.

Quality & Economy

American manufacturers adhere to the highest standards of quality and offer top-quality panels to their customers.

Semper Solaris chooses premium panels for both quality and economy. 

Panasonic is on the cutting edge of innovation and one of the most popular brands on the market. 

We offer Silfab, a lower cost panel and according to energy sage, Silfab is a high-efficiency panel with the most value matching higher priced models on the market.

Benefits America

Solar is the fastest growing energy source, and there are huge benefits from American solar-panel manufacturing.

Since the tariff on foreign-made panels has taken effect, American Solar manufacturing is reestablishing their standing in the field of solar technology.

Jobs in the solar manufacturing sector are on the rise as well as transportation, engineering and goes so far as to affect education, taxes and other government policies including clean energy practices.

The move towards a renewable energy economy will allow for energy independence as we break free from the price controls of the utility companies.

American Made Solar Panels

America is the pioneer of solar energy.

Solar panels manufactured in America benefit from American innovation.

They provide more choices, not only in quality and price but promote a renewable energy economy as we move away from fossil fuels.

Why Buy American Made Solar Panels?

At Semper Solaris, we use the very best products made in America and choose leaders in the manufacture of solar panels that comply with our standards.

We are leading the way in promoting solar products made in America.

You can count on our top-notch service and the highest quality products made in America.

Call us today and schedule an evaluation of your home for a solar power installation and Go Solar American Style!

Understand the Solar Installation Process

If you are considering going solar.

It is essential to understand the process from beginning to end.

There are many aspects to the process, and you need an installer has experience in every facet, so the project does not get bogged down.

You will first decide upon a reputable provider that meets your needs, and they will do an initial inspection of your site.

They will take measurements and discuss the options with you, including how much you will save on your utility bill, the available rebates, incentives, and financing options.

Site Assessment

After the initial signing of your solar contract lease or loan, you will begin the first phase of your installation which is the assessment by an engineer or technician to evaluate your home for the installation.

This visit is more in-depth than the initial evaluation to begin the process.

Evaluation

Paperwork & Documents

Your installer will handle most of the paperwork and the permitting of your solar power and will only have you sign on the dotted line.

There is much work to be done, and the paperwork lays the groundwork so that all the bases are covered before the installation process begins.

Solar System Equipment

After the paperwork and permits, it is time to choose the equipment and design the solar system for your home.

Your Solar provider will help you select the best equipment and components for your situation.  

But it is a good idea to have something in mind before you discuss final plans.

Once the equipment is on order, the date of installation will be scheduled according to your installers availability.

Installation of Solar Components

The permits have approval.

The equipment arrives.

And now it is time to install your solar.  

It will take around two or three days to complete depending on the design and preparation of the roof.

Final Approval & Connecting to the Grid

Once your inverter is installed, and the DC is converted to AC it is time to connect to the electric grid.   

The city planning and electric company will come to inspect your solar installation:

Once these have approval,  it is time to be connected to the grid and with a flip of a switch—you are now generating clean, renewable energy and the savings begin.

At Semper Solaris, we are experienced and experts at Solar Panel installations from the planning to permitting to the moment you go solar; we will be there every step of the way to see that your Solar is installed correctly and in the shortest amount of time possible.

Give us a call today,  schedule your first appointment, and get ready to go solar!

Understand the Solar Permitting Process

After you have signed your contract for your solar with your provider and done the necessary paperwork including financing and all applicable incentives and rebates, you will have an initial inspection of your site followed by site assessment. 

Any significant structural changes to your home require permission from your local government planning office.

The permitting is critical to ensure your installer is meeting all applicable building codes.

If they don’t, then you must start all over again.

Permits

Your installer will file the various applications for permits.

The permitting process can take 30 to 90 days depending on your location.

Permitting involves the city and county governments, and it is dependent on how fast they approve.

Some cities are stricter than others.

Your installer should be experienced in this process and will take it from here handling the applications for permits and follow through to final approval.

You will only need to sign the paperwork.

Building Codes

The permitting process for solar involves several parts of the Californian Building Code Title 24:

As you can see, there are many rules and regulations involved in the permitting process.

It can get very complicated and sometimes drag the process out.

The good news is, In California, the Solar Permitting Efficiency Act (Assembly Bill 2188), passed in 2014, made it a requirement that all local governments adopt ordinances that expedite the permitting process for small residential solar systems.

Other states have also implemented expedited permitting processes for Solar Systems.

Your experienced installer will know how to advance the process so that they can install your rooftop solar within the earliest possible timeframe.

Application Review

The local permitting agency must review permit applications to ensure compliance with state and local requirements.

After you have gone through the necessary permitting approval of your system design and it meets all the required building codes, it is time to order the equipment and set a date for installation.

The installation will take a few days.

And once the installation is complete, you have one more hurdle in the permit approval process.

Final Inspection & Approval

The city government inspector will check the installation to be sure the wiring was done correctly and that the mounting is attached, and the system meets all electrical and roof and building codes. 

Following that, your electric company will do a final inspection. It will take approximately two weeks to a month for final approval before your system is given the green light to connect to the electric grid.

The system will be connected, and it is time to flip the switch. Your solar system connects to the grid, and your solar panels will begin generating power and saving you money. 

Semper Solari’s technicians are knowledgeable and proficient in installing solar from the initial site inspection through the final approval of your system going live.

We handle all the paperwork and permits and are there with you every step of the way. Call us today for a free evaluation and consultation.

We will help you on the road to going solar.

Monitoring Your System: How to Keep Track of Your Energy Production

If you plan to install a rooftop solar system in your home, you already know you will save money.

But how do you see the amount of power your panels are generating or how much money you are saving?

Photovoltaic cells in the solar panels transform sunlight into energy and energy into direct current (DC).

The inverter is connected to your homes electrical system and converts DC to AC for use in your home.

You can increase the productivity of your solar panels by monitoring your system to achieve peak solar power efficiency.

You can take advantage of products and services to get the most benefit out of your system.

Net Metering

Most solar systems connect to the grid through Net metering or net energy metering.

A net meter replaces your regular electric meter on your house and is connected to the power from your solar system and the grid.

Net metering monitors your solar power generation and usage and keeps track of energy that is routed back into the network grid and stored there.

What you don’t use is credited back to you to be used when your panels are not producing electricity, like at night or on very cloudy days.

It is possible to build up enough extra credits during the summer months so that you can use them in the winter.

If you generate enough electricity from your panels, you can eliminate your electric bill.

Web Monitoring

Solar monitoring software for your system works through the solar inverter to monitor your solar system’s performance in real time.

Your solar system will come with built-in software for this purpose.

It will track the energy generated and energy use.

It will help you optimize energy usage and detect problems in your system.

t is essential to monitor your system, so you are sure it is operating at optimal levels.

The information gathered by the software is sent to your installer through a cloud-based system with a website where you can view your system statistics.

Web monitoring works with computers, mobile apps, and smart home devices.

You can access the data from your mobile devices without connecting to your Wi-Fi.

Semper Solaris’s solar panels are installed with a state-of-the-art monitoring system which allows you to keep track of your solar energy production.

Our monitoring support specialist will help you access your system through your home computer, a mobile app, or device.

You can log on any time to view your system’s performance. There is no better time to go solar, call us today for an evaluation of your home and join the solar revolution.

Maximize Your Investment: Why Using a Contractor for both Your Solar and Your Roof is a Smart Idea

Now is time to go solar.  

The cost-benefit concerning savings on electricity is enough to justify the expense of installing a solar system on your roof.  

Add to that the value it adds to your homes resale value.

The government incentives and tax rebates alone are enough to bring the price in range for homeowners.

In a few years, the system will be paid off while you continue to profit from the reduced power bills.

Solar & Roofing

The most important consideration when installing solar on your roof concerning durability and the life of your solar system is the condition of the roof.

It is essential to have your roof assessed for the ability to handle the weight of the solar panels.

But maybe it would be better to maximize your investment and start fresh with a new roof combined with your new solar panels

Unless your roof is relatively new, it is likely your roof will need repairs or will degrade faster than your solar panels.

Why not consider starting with a new roof and a new solar system and maximize your investment?

If you replace your roof when you install solar panels, you will save money by avoiding the expense of removing and reinstalling your solar panels should you need to replace your roof in the future.

Roof Repair vs. Replacement

If you do have problems with your roof needing repair or replacement, there are labor costs involved in taking the panels off and putting them back on.

If your hardware also must be removed, the cost will be a few thousand dollars higher than just the roof repair and panel removal. 

If you combine a new roof with a new solar installation, it is unlikely you will need to replace your roof for life of your panels.

Panels last from 30 to 35 years and are much more durable than roofing material, and they will protect your roof from degradation.

A solar power installation will save you thousands upon thousands of dollars throughout the life of the system.

So, the added cost of reroofing is well worth it in the long run and is better than taking a chance that there will be problems with your roof later.

The Right Solar Company

Few solar companies offer roofing services.

Choosing a solar company that is also an expert in the repair and construction of roofs, is a very safe bet.

At Semper Solaris, we have built our reputation on the construction of roofs along with our solar installations.

We offer warranties on roofing and solar as well as great discounts when you install a new roof along with your solar panels. 

If you need roof replacement anyway, consider installing solar along with the new roof.

It is a wise investment to make, and the financial benefit is enormous for both savings and value added to your home.

If you already plan on installing solar on your rooftop, consider starting with a clean slate by also installing a brand-new roof.

Call us today, and we can evaluate your home for a new roof and solar system.

Go solar with Semper Solaris.

Capitalize on Your Solar Investment – Battery Storage and How You Can Make Money with Solar

If you have or are contemplating installing a solar system on your rooftop, why not capitalize on your investment?

Maximize your savings with solar battery storage.

You can profit from your solar installation from savings on your electricity. A penny saved is a penny earned.

And battery storage can give you that extra penny or two.

Profit from Solar

With the cost of electricity rising, investing in solar makes sense.

And you can create a profit scheme from using solar energy.

Generating your power is a hedge against the rising and fluctuating energy costs.

You can capitalize on the savings on utility bills and solar rebates and incentives, as well as the increased value of your home. 

The lowered cost of electricity through net metering is essentially selling excess power generated from solar, back to the grid.

It comes back to you as credits in the form of electricity when your solar is not producing electricity.

By selling your power back to the network, you are receiving credits toward your electric bill as good as cash.

Maximize Profit with Backup Battery

Adding a backup battery to your solar system will enable you to store extra power for your use, get a financial return, or be prepared for emergencies when the grid goes down.

If your electric company charges high demand rates, or you have Time of Use (TOU) rate structures with high peak and off-peak rates, you can use your stored power to control costs.

Electricity rates are lower during the daytime, and solar panels are producing the most energy. 

You can save energy in your batteries for use during high demand or peak hours and avoid the higher rates during that time.

Or, you can use the power from your battery during off-peak hours and generate surplus energy to sell back to the grid during on-peak hours.

You will save money and create an income by adjusting to changing rates.

Some companies, like LADWP, have tiered rates designed to push your rate higher according to how much power used during your billing period.

Depending on your power usage, and for heavy use days, you could feasibly use enough of your solar power to give you a deficit which would force you into a higher tier.

With battery storage, you can monitor your energy and save your solar power to the battery to use on high use days or for overages and avoid all or most of the extra cost of higher tiered rates.

Make a Move Towards Energy Independence

If you are considering a solar system but have not yet made a move to go solar, Semper Solaris can help you make your decision with accurate and helpful guidance from our representative.

Whether you have a system already or are planning to, Semper Solaris can install an LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall backup battery so that you have surplus power when you need it.

You can use the extra energy to generate a profit from your solar power system or go off the grid.

Call us today and let us help you maximize your solar investment for a financial return and move towards energy independence.

Protect Your Solar System

Solar panels are made of tempered glass and are designed to tolerate extreme temperatures, weather, and other outside factors.

They are tested to handle falling debris, hail storms, and very high winds.

But many other factors can cause damage to your solar system, and you have no further to look than your backyard.

It is essential to safeguard your investment to avoid damage, loss of efficiency, and even theft.

If you have installed Solar Panels on your roof, you will be saving a lot of money on your power bill.

And although solar panels are reliable requiring little support, you can preserve and protect the life of your solar panels through regular inspection, maintenance, and cleaning.

Solar Maintenance

It is good to get a regular comprehensive examination of your panel system to see that it is performing at its optimal efficiency and that it is safe, with no issues to the electrical system and components.

Inspection is especially critical if your solar system is a few years old.

Comprehensive maintenance for your system should include:

Solar Cleaning

Conserve Solar Power

Protect Solar Panels

At Semper Solaris, we are committed to top-notch solar energy installation, maintenance, and service to our customers.

We offer a full system diagnostic with an inspection, tune-up and maintenance services for your solar system.

If your system is older or you have any issues with your solar system, Semper Solaris is a company you can trust.

Our solar experts can diagnose and fix any solar system problems you may have from the panels to the electrical system to the roof.

If there is a problem—we can fix it–give us a call.

Understand the Value Solar Panels Add to Your Home

Solar Panels Increase Property Value

If you are contemplating or have decided to go solar and have a solar system installed on your rooftop, you will save money on electricity.

And the benefits are not only financial you will reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to the efforts to move away from carbon-based fuels and towards renewable energy.

But how does adding solar to your rooftop affect your bottom line over time?

The research is in, and study after study confirms that purchasing a solar power system for your rooftop will increase the value of your home.

And the total cost of the system is offset by the rise in the home’s resale value even before taking into consideration the incentives and tax rebates.

Purchasing Your Solar System

Adding a solar system is considered an upgrade like any other home renovation only the return is much higher for solar than for a kitchen or bathroom.

According to the Department of Energy, home buyers are willing to pay a premium for homes with solar and homes tend to sell as much as 20 percent faster than homes without.

And beyond that, the reduction in energy costs continue to produce excellent returns on the investment, saving thousands of dollars for many more years.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Study shows that property value goes up about 20 dollars for each $1 in savings from a rooftop solar installation.

Buyers are paying more to enjoy savings on their utility bills, which makes a mortgage payment more affordable.

According to the Lawrence Berkely Lab’s study, the rise in property value is approximately four dollars per watt on average.

A 5 kW system or 5,000 Watts will fetch around 20,000 in increased resell value. So one kilowatt (kW) equals 1,000 watts times 4 giving a $4,000 increase in resell value.

Here is the calculation for a 3.1 kW system:

3.1 kW system – 3.1 X 1,000 = 3,100 watts X 4 = $12,400 increase in resale value.

Smaller systems increase the value of even more per watt than larger systems.

Homebuyers consider any size solar installation to be an asset.

According to studies, this is called the “green cachet” effect where homebuyers are willing to pay more to have solar.

Solar is beneficial for homeowners and homebuyers alike.

It is clear that going solar is a smart investment that gives you a hedge against rising energy costs, and in most cases, outperforms traditional investment mediums.

By purchasing your system, incentives and rebates will reduce the upfront costs significantly and give you a return on your investment.

But how does Leasing affect this return and the resale value of your home?

Solar Lease (PPA)

In a Power Purchase agreement, PPA, the homeowner does not own the panels and does not make payments on the solar system.

Instead, the PPA company installs, owns, and maintains the panels.

You are either charged a set rate for the electricity produced or pay only for the energy used, and the company gets the benefits of rebates, incentives, and tax breaks. Solar leases can last up to 20 to 25 years.

If you are leasing your solar system, the process of selling gets a bit complicated.

For sure you are buying the system in the long run, but if you sell before your lease is up, how does that affect the resell value and purchase of the house?

If you sell your home and have a PPA, there are two routes you can take.

If the buyer will take over the lease and enjoy the benefits of the PPA, it can still be attractive because the buyer will save a lot of money on electric bills.

If however, you wish to take the solar with you or the buyers do not want to assume the lease, what happens?

It will likely require that you pay off the contract at a pro-rated amount and pay the cost of having the panels removed from the roof, repair the roof for the new buyers, and have the panels installed on your new home if that is an option.

Installing Solar Panels?

There are no reliable studies on how leasing solar affects the value of your home.

In the future, that will be a consideration for reviews, but there is no data on it now.

Either way, you and the buyer will benefit from lowered energy costs.

So if you are wanting to install solar panels, but plan to sell your home in the future, you should find out all the terms for this process and make it part of the contract before you sign.

Of course, with solar panel prices getting lower and lower all the time it is becoming more affordable.

And with the addition of incentives, rebates, and tax breaks, purchasing is the better option to make sure you get the most value from your solar power system.

Semper Solaris can help you with this decision.

We have years of experience in the financing of Solar panels.

There are many solar financing options, and we can help you find the right fit whether purchasing or leasing.

Solar Saves You Money

Going solar will save you money, and you can reduce and even eliminate your electric bill.

Your solar system connects to the grid and unused power from your solar system is fed back into the grid giving you credits while saving your generated electricity for the times your solar is not producing energy.

Using solar power gives you a hedge against rising prices. And by producing your electricity and monitoring your usage, your energy bill will be more predictable and protect you from fluctuating energy prices.

If you have a PPA, then your electric bill is the same from month to month all year long.

Solar As an Investment

Whether you choose to buy or lease your solar system, you will reap the benefits of lower electric bills and save money.

By purchasing your system, the incentives and rebates will offset the upfront costs giving you a return on your investment.

In a few years, when your system is paid off, you will reap the benefits even more with tax deductions for depreciation.

And with the cost of electricity rising each year, a reduction in the cost of electricity can match or outperform traditional investment instruments.

Solar Increases Property Value

Investing in a solar system will increase the resell value of your home, and in most cases, the sale of the house will more than cover the total cost of installing the system.

Adding a solar system is considered an upgrade like other home renovations.

According to the Department of Energy, home buyers are willing to pay a premium and homes with solar tend to sell faster if they are energy efficient.

Going Solar Helps the Economy

Solar is among the fastest growing industries in both installation and manufacturing as more and more Americans are getting on board with Solar Power.

Innovation spurs economic growth, and Solar is at the forefront of bringing new ideas and new jobs to the U.S. economy.

Solar Advances Energy Independence

Solar power helps promote energy independence which protects from price fluctuations and dependence on foreign fuel sources – because sunlight is free.

Solar Helps the Environment

And most of all, Solar power helps protect the air by reducing the need to burn fossil fuels, the leading cause of pollution.

Solar produces no pollution and has a positive effect on reducing greenhouse gases.

They say that the elimination of carbon emissions from a residential solar power system is like planting around 100 trees per year.

So why not plant a few trees and have the satisfaction of knowing you are participating in the future of renewable energy while enjoying the financial benefits.

Semper Solaris offers the best in Solar products and installation.

We have various solar financing options available from buying to leasing and guarantee our work with a 25-year warranty.

If you are contemplating installing a solar power system in your home or business, we have the experience, credentials, and expertise to make going solar an easy option.

Call Semper Solaris for an appointment today and let us help you go solar.

How does Solar Energy Work?

The sun rises and shines down on your solar panels. Sunlight is made up of photons, tiny bursts of energy which emanate from the sun and hit the photovoltaic panels (solar panels).

Photovoltaic is the process of chemical conversion of light to electrical power.

And so, begins the progression of collecting the sunlight and converting it into electricity for your home.

It produces clean energy, has no moving parts and needs no fossil fuels for power.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are comprised of a system of various parts that work together to collect and transform the sun’s energy into electricity.

Many smaller units or photovoltaic cells are linked together with metal frames and wiring connecting throughout the panels.

The panels have a mounting system and are arranged at the best angle facing the sun to convert the power generated into Direct Current (DC).

The total cells per solar panel and the number of panels in a solar system is directly related to how much energy is created.

Solar Cells

Semiconductor material like silicon forms the small photovoltaic cells or modules. Although there are several types of semiconductor materials, silicon is the most common type used in making solar panels.

These are busily at work allowing particles of light (photons) to pass through the material causing the electrons to break free to begin the process of creating an electrical current.

Each cell needs to create an electrical field to generate a current. Each cell has both a positive and negative layer and works like a battery.

The electrical field forces the electrical current out of the cell, or semiconductor, into the metal contacts and wiring that connects the cells and the panels.

The current flows into the inverter where it converts the Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC) which is the current that runs throughout your home.

Solar Inverters

A solar inverter takes the DC from the solar panels and transforms it into AC. The inverter operates much like the Central Processing Unit, the brains, of a computer.

It not only inverts DC to AC, but the inverter also provide grounding protection, monitors the system, voltage, and current on the circuits, monitors the production of energy and Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) which is the maximum available power.

There are central inverters that optimize the entire solar system, and Micro-inverters which monitor each panel.

Inverters are tied into your home and usually to the grid through a meter.

The process of collecting and converting sunlight to electricity goes on throughout the day until nightfall, when the panels stop generating energy. The energy that was not used by the home during the day is funneled back into the grid, and that power is credited back to you.

In the evening, the network begins to deliver the unused credits in the form of electrical power back to the home to run the lights and television and other devices used at night.

Semper Solaris knows how solar works, we know how to find the best and most cost-effective options available with the highest quality products and installation.

We have various options for panels, for inverters, and should you want to be energy independent, we provide solar backup systems to store your unused energy for later use—saving even more money on your utilities.

Call us for an evaluation of your property and let us help you go solar.

Choose the Right Solar Financing Options

With the cost of solar going down, now is the time to cash in on low prices, incentives, and rebates which are available from the Federal and State and City governments.

These incentives paired with a solar loan are an attractive investment for homeowners and homeowners are cashing in.

The upfront costs of solar, should you choose to buy, will be eased by the tremendous savings, tax deductions, and added value to your home.

And if you decide to lease there is no upfront cost, a PPA is the way to lower your utility costs and regulate your monthly electric bill —saving money from the get-go.

You will benefit not only financially, but your community and the environment will reap the rewards.

Solar Loans

A solar loan is a good option for those wanting to purchase their system.

Solar loans are comparable to other home improvement loans but focused on energy efficiency projects.

They are offered at banks or solar panel manufacturers.

And, you can take advantage of the Tax Credits and available deductions as well as the incentives and rebates.

Things to Consider:

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans

Finance your solar energy installation with a PACE program.

A PACE loan is available to homeowners through an authorized PACE provider.

PACE financing is attached to your property and paid through the annual property tax bill.

The tax rate determines the interest rate, and if you sell your home before you pay off the loan, the balance transfers to the buyer.

Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO Program)

The HERO program is a residential Property Assessed Clean Energy PACE program offered by Renovate America, a home renovation lender.

HERO financing is for home improvements and solar and energy efficiency residential projects.

Fannie Mae Homestyle Energy Loan

With a Fannie Mae Homestyle Energy loan, you can finance your solar installation.

They offer affordable and flexible options to homeowners for energy efficiency and disaster preparedness improvements.

Solar Lease

Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

A solar lease comes with a power purchase agreement PPA which offers all the benefits of using a solar panel system without having the upfront cost of purchasing it.

The PPA provider installs solar panels on your property, and you pay them a below market rate for the electricity for a set term, usually 20 years.

The provider owns, maintains the system, an in return, receives the rebates, incentives and Tax Credits for the installation.

Things to Consider:

Whether you lease or buy your solar system, it is a smart idea to reduce your home’s energy expenses while reducing your carbon footprint.

Semper Solaris offers a variety of financing options.

We are experienced with all of them and can help you navigate the incentives and rebates to get the best financing package possible.

You will enjoy the benefits of low-cost financing for your system and reap the rewards of going solar.

Call us for an evaluation of your property and to discuss all the financing options available and go solar.

Choose the Right Solar Company

So, you have decided to join the trend of going solar.

What next?

Investing in Solar is an important decision and a long-term investment.

The most critical step in making this big decision is to find the right solar company.

Your installer should be experienced and have a good reputation for top quality work and the very best solar panels available.

Going solar is a complicated process, and there are many things to consider when choosing a solar provider:

Many situations can arise during the process of installing a solar system.

Your installer must be very thorough in assessing your home’s readiness for solar.

For instance, if your roof is too weak for the system, your roof could collapse under the weight of the panels.

The company you choose should be expert in roof repair and construction.
Here are the most important qualities to look for when selecting a company to install your solar system.

You can Google to find solar companies in California and see which companies are a good fit.

You should have a list of more than one company and get quotes from each one.

Reputation & Reviews

Check companies in your state local areas and make your list based on the reputation of the companies:

Credentials & Expertise

It is essential to know the experience of a company, and whether they have the proper certifications and licenses.

You should be able to find these out on their website.

Things to Ask Your Solar Company:

Proper Solar Company Certifications:

Quality Products & Solar Installations:

The top companies offer a variety of the most popular and reliable solar panels and equipment using the latest technology.

They offer warranties on products and their expert installation.

And they only use the sturdiest brackets and reinforcement systems available.

Attentive and Helpful Service

The relationship between you and your solar company should be built on trust.

They should accurately represent costs as well as projected savings on electricity and have a track record of happy customers.

Look for companies that have a reputation for exemplary customer service.

Semper Solaris’ core values like trust, loyalty and high-quality service.

We will steer you through the process answering all your questions and addressing all the problems that arise promptly.

We do have a track record of happy customers.

Call us today to schedule an evaluation of your home.

There has never been a better time to go solar!

Play the Safe Bet: Always Choose American Made Solar Panels

If you are thinking about going solar and want to begin the process, how do you choose the best solar panels when you finally decide to go solar?

There are numerous available options for solar panels on the market today, and the choices seem daunting.

But you can narrow down your options and choose the most efficient, reliable panels made.

An excellent place to start is by looking at the most popular and reliable brands used by the top Solar installers.

Solar panels today are made in manufacturing plants all over the world. China has been leading the way in sheer volume of panels manufactured and sold worldwide.

But the unfair competition from China and their illegal practices has resulted in a tariff on Chinese solar panels, paving the way for North American Solar manufacturers to once again dominate the market here in America.

The most reputable Solar Companies use American made solar panels which have proven to be the most reliable and efficient, and are the superior option in quality, price, and economics.

Quality & Economy

American manufacturers adhere to the highest standards of quality and offer top-quality panels to their customers.

Semper Solaris chooses premium panels for both quality and economy.

Panasonic is on the cutting edge of innovation and one of the most popular brands on the market.

We offer Silfab, a lower cost panel and according to energy sage, Silfab is a high-efficiency panel with the most value matching higher priced models on the market.

Benefits America

Solar is the fastest growing energy source, and there are huge benefits from American solar-panel manufacturing.

Since the tariff on foreign-made panels has taken effect, American Solar manufacturing is reestablishing their standing in the field of solar technology.

Jobs in the solar manufacturing sector are on the rise as well as transportation, engineering and goes so far as to affect education, taxes and other government policies including clean energy practices.

The move towards a renewable energy economy will allow for energy independence as we break free from the price controls of the utility companies.

American Made Solar Panels

America is the pioneer of solar energy.

Solar panels manufactured in America benefit from American innovation.

They provide more choices, not only in quality and price but promote a renewable energy economy as we move away from fossil fuels.

Why Buy American Made Solar Panels?

At Semper Solaris, we use the very best products made in America and choose leaders in the manufacture of solar panels that comply with our standards.

We are leading the way in promoting solar products made in America.

You can count on our top-notch service and the highest quality products made in America.

Call us today and schedule an evaluation of your home for a solar power installation and Go Solar American Style!

Understand the Solar Installation Process

If you are considering going solar.

It is essential to understand the process from beginning to end.

There are many aspects to the process, and you need an installer has experience in every facet, so the project does not get bogged down.

You will first decide upon a reputable provider that meets your needs, and they will do an initial inspection of your site.

They will take measurements and discuss the options with you, including how much you will save on your utility bill, the available rebates, incentives, and financing options.

Site Assessment

After the initial signing of your solar contract lease or loan, you will begin the first phase of your installation which is the assessment by an engineer or technician to evaluate your home for the installation.

This visit is more in-depth than the initial evaluation to begin the process.

Evaluation

Paperwork & Documents

Your installer will handle most of the paperwork and the permitting of your solar power and will only have you sign on the dotted line.

There is much work to be done, and the paperwork lays the groundwork so that all the bases are covered before the installation process begins.

Solar System Equipment

After the paperwork and permits, it is time to choose the equipment and design the solar system for your home.

Your Solar provider will help you select the best equipment and components for your situation.  

But it is a good idea to have something in mind before you discuss final plans.

Once the equipment is on order, the date of installation will be scheduled according to your installers availability.

Installation of Solar Components

The permits have approval.

The equipment arrives.

And now it is time to install your solar.  

It will take around two or three days to complete depending on the design and preparation of the roof.

Final Approval & Connecting to the Grid

Once your inverter is installed, and the DC is converted to AC it is time to connect to the electric grid.   

The city planning and electric company will come to inspect your solar installation:

Once these have approval,  it is time to be connected to the grid and with a flip of a switch—you are now generating clean, renewable energy and the savings begin.

At Semper Solaris, we are experienced and experts at Solar Panel installations from the planning to permitting to the moment you go solar; we will be there every step of the way to see that your Solar is installed correctly and in the shortest amount of time possible.

Give us a call today,  schedule your first appointment, and get ready to go solar!

Understand the Solar Permitting Process

After you have signed your contract for your solar with your provider and done the necessary paperwork including financing and all applicable incentives and rebates, you will have an initial inspection of your site followed by site assessment.

Any significant structural changes to your home require permission from your local government planning office.

The permitting is critical to ensure your installer is meeting all applicable building codes.

If they don’t, then you must start all over again.

Permits

Your installer will file the various applications for permits.

The permitting process can take 30 to 90 days depending on your location.

Permitting involves the city and county governments, and it is dependent on how fast they approve.

Some cities are stricter than others.

Your installer should be experienced in this process and will take it from here handling the applications for permits and follow through to final approval.

You will only need to sign the paperwork.

Building Codes

The permitting process for solar involves several parts of the Californian Building Code Title 24:

As you can see, there are many rules and regulations involved in the permitting process.

It can get very complicated and sometimes drag the process out.

The good news is, In California, the Solar Permitting Efficiency Act (Assembly Bill 2188), passed in 2014, made it a requirement that all local governments adopt ordinances that expedite the permitting process for small residential solar systems.

Other states have also implemented expedited permitting processes for Solar Systems.

Your experienced installer will know how to advance the process so that they can install your rooftop solar within the earliest possible timeframe.

Application Review

The local permitting agency must review permit applications to ensure compliance with state and local requirements.

After you have gone through the necessary permitting approval of your system design and it meets all the required building codes, it is time to order the equipment and set a date for installation.

The installation will take a few days.

And once the installation is complete, you have one more hurdle in the permit approval process.

Final Inspection & Approval

The city government inspector will check the installation to be sure the wiring was done correctly and that the mounting is attached, and the system meets all electrical and roof and building codes.

Following that, your electric company will do a final inspection. It will take approximately two weeks to a month for final approval before your system is given the green light to connect to the electric grid.

The system will be connected, and it is time to flip the switch. Your solar system connects to the grid, and your solar panels will begin generating power and saving you money.

Semper Solari’s technicians are knowledgeable and proficient in installing solar from the initial site inspection through the final approval of your system going live.

We handle all the paperwork and permits and are there with you every step of the way. Call us today for a free evaluation and consultation.

We will help you on the road to going solar.

Monitoring Your System: How to Keep Track of Your Energy Production

If you plan to install a rooftop solar system in your home, you already know you will save money.

But how do you see the amount of power your panels are generating or how much money you are saving?

Photovoltaic cells in the solar panels transform sunlight into energy and energy into direct current (DC).

The inverter is connected to your homes electrical system and converts DC to AC for use in your home.

You can increase the productivity of your solar panels by monitoring your system to achieve peak solar power efficiency.

You can take advantage of products and services to get the most benefit out of your system.

Net Metering

Most solar systems connect to the grid through Net metering or net energy metering.

A net meter replaces your regular electric meter on your house and is connected to the power from your solar system and the grid.

Net metering monitors your solar power generation and usage and keeps track of energy that is routed back into the network grid and stored there.

What you don’t use is credited back to you to be used when your panels are not producing electricity, like at night or on very cloudy days.

It is possible to build up enough extra credits during the summer months so that you can use them in the winter.

If you generate enough electricity from your panels, you can eliminate your electric bill.

Web Monitoring

Solar monitoring software for your system works through the solar inverter to monitor your solar system’s performance in real time.

Your solar system will come with built-in software for this purpose.

It will track the energy generated and energy use.

It will help you optimize energy usage and detect problems in your system.

t is essential to monitor your system, so you are sure it is operating at optimal levels.

The information gathered by the software is sent to your installer through a cloud-based system with a website where you can view your system statistics.

Web monitoring works with computers, mobile apps, and smart home devices.

You can access the data from your mobile devices without connecting to your Wi-Fi.

Semper Solaris’s solar panels are installed with a state-of-the-art monitoring system which allows you to keep track of your solar energy production.

Our monitoring support specialist will help you access your system through your home computer, a mobile app, or device.

You can log on any time to view your system’s performance. There is no better time to go solar, call us today for an evaluation of your home and join the solar revolution.

Maximize Your Investment: Why Using a Contractor for both Your Solar and Your Roof is a Smart Idea

Now is time to go solar.  

The cost-benefit concerning savings on electricity is enough to justify the expense of installing a solar system on your roof.  

Add to that the value it adds to your homes resale value.

The government incentives and tax rebates alone are enough to bring the price in range for homeowners.

In a few years, the system will be paid off while you continue to profit from the reduced power bills.

Solar & Roofing

The most important consideration when installing solar on your roof concerning durability and the life of your solar system is the condition of the roof.

It is essential to have your roof assessed for the ability to handle the weight of the solar panels.

But maybe it would be better to maximize your investment and start fresh with a new roof combined with your new solar panels.

Unless your roof is relatively new, it is likely your roof will need repairs or will degrade faster than your solar panels.

Why not consider starting with a new roof and a new solar system and maximize your investment?

If you replace your roof when you install solar panels, you will save money by avoiding the expense of removing and reinstalling your solar panels should you need to replace your roof in the future.

Roof Repair vs. Replacement

If you do have problems with your roof needing repair or replacement, there are labor costs involved in taking the panels off and putting them back on.

If your hardware also must be removed, the cost will be a few thousand dollars higher than just the roof repair and panel removal.

If you combine a new roof with a new solar installation, it is unlikely you will need to replace your roof for life of your panels.

Panels last from 30 to 35 years and are much more durable than roofing material, and they will protect your roof from degradation.

A solar power installation will save you thousands upon thousands of dollars throughout the life of the system.

So, the added cost of reroofing is well worth it in the long run and is better than taking a chance that there will be problems with your roof later.

The Right Solar Company

Few solar companies offer roofing services.

Choosing a solar company that is also an expert in the repair and construction of roofs, is a very safe bet.

At Semper Solaris, we have built our reputation on the construction of roofs along with our solar installations.

We offer warranties on roofing and solar as well as great discounts when you install a new roof along with your solar panels.

If you need roof replacement anyway, consider installing solar along with the new roof.

It is a wise investment to make, and the financial benefit is enormous for both savings and value added to your home.

If you already plan on installing solar on your rooftop, consider starting with a clean slate by also installing a brand-new roof.

Call us today, and we can evaluate your home for a new roof and solar system.

Go solar with Semper Solaris.

Capitalize on Your Solar Investment – Battery Storage and How You Can Make Money with Solar

If you have or are contemplating installing a solar system on your rooftop, why not capitalize on your investment?

Maximize your savings with solar battery storage.

You can profit from your solar installation from savings on your electricity. A penny saved is a penny earned.

And battery storage can give you that extra penny or two.

Profit from Solar

With the cost of electricity rising, investing in solar makes sense.

And you can create a profit scheme from using solar energy.

Generating your power is a hedge against the rising and fluctuating energy costs.

You can capitalize on the savings on utility bills and solar rebates and incentives, as well as the increased value of your home.

The lowered cost of electricity through net metering is essentially selling excess power generated from solar, back to the grid.

It comes back to you as credits in the form of electricity when your solar is not producing electricity.

By selling your power back to the network, you are receiving credits toward your electric bill as good as cash.

Maximize Profit with Backup Battery

Adding a backup battery to your solar system will enable you to store extra power for your use, get a financial return, or be prepared for emergencies when the grid goes down.

If your electric company charges high demand rates, or you have Time of Use (TOU) rate structures with high peak and off-peak rates, you can use your stored power to control costs.

Electricity rates are lower during the daytime, and solar panels are producing the most energy.

You can save energy in your batteries for use during high demand or peak hours and avoid the higher rates during that time.

Or, you can use the power from your battery during off-peak hours and generate surplus energy to sell back to the grid during on-peak hours.

You will save money and create an income by adjusting to changing rates.

Some companies, like LADWP, have tiered rates designed to push your rate higher according to how much power used during your billing period.

Depending on your power usage, and for heavy use days, you could feasibly use enough of your solar power to give you a deficit which would force you into a higher tier.

With battery storage, you can monitor your energy and save your solar power to the battery to use on high use days or for overages and avoid all or most of the extra cost of higher tiered rates.

Make a Move Towards Energy Independence

If you are considering a solar system but have not yet made a move to go solar, Semper Solaris can help you make your decision with accurate and helpful guidance from our representative.

Whether you have a system already or are planning to, Semper Solaris can install an LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall backup battery so that you have surplus power when you need it.

You can use the extra energy to generate a profit from your solar power system or go off the grid.

Call us today and let us help you maximize your solar investment for a financial return and move towards energy independence.

Protect Your Solar System

Solar panels are made of tempered glass and are designed to tolerate extreme temperatures, weather, and other outside factors.

They are tested to handle falling debris, hail storms, and very high winds.

But many other factors can cause damage to your solar system, and you have no further to look than your backyard.

It is essential to safeguard your investment to avoid damage, loss of efficiency, and even theft.

If you have installed Solar Panels on your roof, you will be saving a lot of money on your power bill.

And although solar panels are reliable requiring little support, you can preserve and protect the life of your solar panels through regular inspection, maintenance, and cleaning.

Solar Maintenance

It is good to get a regular comprehensive examination of your panel system to see that it is performing at its optimal efficiency and that it is safe, with no issues to the electrical system and components.

Inspection is especially critical if your solar system is a few years old.

Comprehensive maintenance for your system should include:

Solar Cleaning

Conserve Solar Power

Protect Solar Panels

At Semper Solaris, we are committed to top-notch solar energy installation, maintenance, and service to our customers.

We offer a full system diagnostic with an inspection, tune-up and maintenance services for your solar system.

If your system is older or you have any issues with your solar system, Semper Solaris is a company you can trust.

Our solar experts can diagnose and fix any solar system problems you may have from the panels to the electrical system to the roof.

If there is a problem—we can fix it–give us a call.

Understand the Value Solar Panels Add to Your Home

Solar Panels Increase Property Value

If you are contemplating or have decided to go solar and have a solar system installed on your rooftop, you will save money on electricity.

And the benefits are not only financial you will reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to the efforts to move away from carbon-based fuels and towards renewable energy.

But how does adding solar to your rooftop affect your bottom line over time?

The research is in, and study after study confirms that purchasing a solar power system for your rooftop will increase the value of your home.

And the total cost of the system is offset by the rise in the home’s resale value even before taking into consideration the incentives and tax rebates.

Purchasing Your Solar System

Adding a solar system is considered an upgrade like any other home renovation only the return is much higher for solar than for a kitchen or bathroom.

According to the Department of Energy, home buyers are willing to pay a premium for homes with solar and homes tend to sell as much as 20 percent faster than homes without.

And beyond that, the reduction in energy costs continue to produce excellent returns on the investment, saving thousands of dollars for many more years.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Study shows that property value goes up about 20 dollars for each $1 in savings from a rooftop solar installation.

Buyers are paying more to enjoy savings on their utility bills, which makes a mortgage payment more affordable.

According to the Lawrence Berkely Lab’s study, the rise in property value is approximately four dollars per watt on average.

A 5 kW system or 5,000 Watts will fetch around 20,000 in increased resell value. So one kilowatt (kW) equals 1,000 watts times 4 giving a $4,000 increase in resell value.

Here is the calculation for a 3.1 kW system:

3.1 kW system – 3.1 X 1,000 = 3,100 watts X 4 = $12,400 increase in resale value.

Smaller systems increase the value of even more per watt than larger systems.

Homebuyers consider any size solar installation to be an asset.

According to studies, this is called the “green cachet” effect where homebuyers are willing to pay more to have solar.

Solar is beneficial for homeowners and homebuyers alike.

It is clear that going solar is a smart investment that gives you a hedge against rising energy costs, and in most cases, outperforms traditional investment mediums.

By purchasing your system, incentives and rebates will reduce the upfront costs significantly and give you a return on your investment.

But how does Leasing affect this return and the resale value of your home?

Solar Lease (PPA)

In a Power Purchase agreement, PPA, the homeowner does not own the panels and does not make payments on the solar system.

Instead, the PPA company installs, owns, and maintains the panels.

You are either charged a set rate for the electricity produced or pay only for the energy used, and the company gets the benefits of rebates, incentives, and tax breaks. Solar leases can last up to 20 to 25 years.

If you are leasing your solar system, the process of selling gets a bit complicated.

For sure you are buying the system in the long run, but if you sell before your lease is up, how does that affect the resell value and purchase of the house?

If you sell your home and have a PPA, there are two routes you can take.

If the buyer will take over the lease and enjoy the benefits of the PPA, it can still be attractive because the buyer will save a lot of money on electric bills.

If however, you wish to take the solar with you or the buyers do not want to assume the lease, what happens?

It will likely require that you pay off the contract at a pro-rated amount and pay the cost of having the panels removed from the roof, repair the roof for the new buyers, and have the panels installed on your new home if that is an option.

Installing Solar Panels?

There are no reliable studies on how leasing solar affects the value of your home.

In the future, that will be a consideration for reviews, but there is no data on it now.

Either way, you and the buyer will benefit from lowered energy costs.

So if you are wanting to install solar panels, but plan to sell your home in the future, you should find out all the terms for this process and make it part of the contract before you sign.

Of course, with solar panel prices getting lower and lower all the time it is becoming more affordable.

And with the addition of incentives, rebates, and tax breaks, purchasing is the better option to make sure you get the most value from your solar power system.

Semper Solaris can help you with this decision.

We have years of experience in the financing of Solar panels.

There are many solar financing options, and we can help you find the right fit whether purchasing or leasing.

Schedule an appointment for an assessment, and we can help you choose the best course of action for going solar.

When you live in Tracy, you know that the California sunshine is something to capitalize on. With Northern California pushing for more renewable energy sources, now is the time to consider solar installation.

Take Advantage of Solar Savings Today  

How can you benefit from the push to go green and reduce the carbon footprint of the area? Of course, you are probably happy to help the environment and do you part in cutting back on emissions, but saving money along the way is also important. You need to be able to afford to go solar and get those savings down the road after all.

Here are some of the ways you can take advantage of solar savings:

How the Bay Area Leads the Way in Clean Energy

The Bay Area is known for being a leader in the clean, renewable energy movement, with San Francisco offering homeowners extensive programs and other rebates to encourage the development of more solar energy. SF is aiming large, striving to completely reduce their carbon footprint to net-zero in just over 30 years. These drastic measures speak to the urgency that the Bay Area officials are treating greenhouse gas emissions and the need to reduce them with.

For this reason, homeowners in San Francisco, Hayward, Tracy, and surrounding Bay Area cities are not only nudged, but incentivised to join the clean energy movement with accessible options like solar panel installation.
Don’t wait any longer to join the movement and start saving — both the planet and your wallet! For a Tracy solar contractor you can trust, look to Semper Solaris.  

With movements like CleanPowerSF and other programs and incentives developed by the city of San Francisco, there is no doubt that it is one of the leaders in the renewable energy movement for the Bay Area and beyond. The city fully supports the idea that renewable energy resources like solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro power are essential to the sustainability of our future as a country and a planet. In fact, Mayor London Breed is so passionate about shrinking the city’s impact that she has made a very aggressive goal to completely eliminate San Francisco’s carbon footprint by 2050.

How will the city reduce their dependence on natural gas and other pollutants? By requiring any new buildings in 2030 and beyond to be net-zero carbon emitters and other dramatic tactics, encouraging more efficient electrical appliances, promoting shared or cleaner transportation (like electric cars and bicycles), and providing incentives for residential and commercial renewable energy systems.

By embracing renewable energy solutions like solar panels and more, San Francisco has already successfully reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared to the levels in 1990. That stands alongside a major growth in population as well.

Going Solar Can Help the Planet & Your Wallet

Sometimes it feels like going green or reducing your carbon footprint requires significant sacrifice. While it’s true that it is a change of lifestyle, reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t mean you have to give up comfort or even suffer financial loss because of it. That’s the beauty of going solar.

So how much can you save with solar panels in San Francisco? It depends. First, you could be looking at significant savings on the cost of installation simply by taking advantage of local rebates, tax credits, and incentive programs.

Some of the options available to SF residents include:

The Upfront Cost vs. the Long Term Savings

Though there will be some upfront investment on your part with solar installation on your home, the long term benefits are definitely worth it — including financial savings, grid independence, and a spike in the value of your property. What could be better than cutting back on greenhouse gases while saving money? It may sound too good to be true, but we promise it isn’t.That’s why countless customers in the area have already trusted Semper Solaris to install solar panel systems on their homes.

If you are interested in talking to a solar contractor in San Francisco about reducing your carbon footprint with solar panels, Semper Solaris is always ready to provide insight. Get started by filling out a simple learning more about our services in San Francisco!

Solar panel installation is a great way to take advantage of the sun’s free renewable energy. For many homeowners considering solar, their regional climate is the many concern. Are they in an area well-suited for solar panels? Will they get enough sun to meet their household electricity needs? First, understanding how panels work is key to figuring out if they will work best in your area.

So how exactly do solar panels bring electricity to a household? We like to keep it quick and simply so you can understand the basic idea without getting into the nitty gritty science details. When the particles of sunlight reach the solar panels, the conversion process begins. The photons of the particles are turned into electrons, which are used as direct current electricity. From there, the system’s inverter will begin it’s work, converting it to usable electricity for a home.

Why Cloudy Days Aren’t the End of the World for Solar

Most people assume that solar panels are only able to work when the sun is out and shining. While this is definitely the best weather for solar panels to produce useful energy for a home, it’s not the only time those solar panels can harvest sunlight. Of course, it would be reasonable to think that solar panels can only create converted electricity when we can see the rays of sun hitting them, but this is simply a misconception.

The important thing to remember is that direct sunlight isn’t necessary for this process. All the solar panels on a roof need are the photons that are emitted from the particles of sunlight, which means even a cloudy day can result in solar energy. While not as powerful as direct sunlight, this allows a home’s solar panels to be productive even in not seemingly “ideal” weather conditions.”

Overall, solar panels are extremely durable and designed to withstand even harsh winter climates and storms for decades. Still, getting 100% production compared to the 10 to 25% production rate on cloudy, stormy days is preferable, which is why consistently sunny areas can be much better suited for solar panel systems.

How Clairemont Is Part of the Renewable Energy Movement

When you live in Southern California, you know you’ll be enjoying particularly sunny and comfortable weather year-round. Even with the winter months are pretty moderate considering the snow and ice storms in other areas of the country can experience. That’s one of the main reasons that San Diego – including Clairemont – is one of the leading cities in renewable energy.

Modern PV panels undergo serious testing to ensure they meet quality standards and can endure extreme climate and weather. While solar panels can still produce electricity in colder winter climates, the more moderate winter in Clairemont means there will be no snow or ice to clear off of panels to ensure they are operating at maximum capacity.

San Diego is one of the top cities (in 2nd place behind Los Angeles) in the nation for solar, boasting a total capacity of 287.2 megawatts and at least 50 watts of PV capacity installed per person. As a nearby neighbor, Clairemont is part of the trend as well, with more and more homeowners opting to have solar panels installed to increase their savings and boost their home value.

Want to join the renewable energy movement? Let our team help you install solar panels in Clairemont! Get in touch with our solar contractors to learn more.

In Southern California, Rancho San Diego is known for it’s sunny, comfortable climate and overall year-round good weather. It’s one of those places that is just made for taking advantage of solar energy.  

While it’s never “too late” to install solar panels in Rancho San Diego in our books, there are some things that are a little time sensitive to keep in mind. For instance, if you are looking to maximize your savings on a solar panel system, there are some incentives, credits and rebates that will be expiring soon or in the near future. That’s why we recommend jumping on the solar bandwagon sooner than later!

Don’t Miss Out On Major Savings

You can always save when switching to solar — especially with the rising popularity and development of solar technology driving the cost for production down — but why not save even more by taking advantage of incentives as well?

Here are some of the timelines to be aware of:

That Beloved Tax Credit Expires Soon

When you’ve heard about the savings you can get on a residential solar system, you’ve probably heard the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) mentioned – or also referred to as the federal solar tax credit. This tax credit allows you to deduct 30% of the total cost of installing your home solar panel system from your federal taxes. While this credit tax credit was initially put in place by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and set to expire after just two years, it was later extended time and time again to allow more homeowners to take advantage of solar savings.

Unfortunately, the clock is now ticking on the ITC, with the credit set to drop incrementally over the next few years before being phased out completely. For example, through 2019, homeowners can still claim the 30% credit as long as construction has begun on their system (and it’s operational by 2023). By 2020, it will drop to 26% and 22% by 2021. After 2021, there will no longer be a federal tax credit available for residential solar system owners.

Rising Electricity Costs Aren’t Slowing Down

Over the last decade, electricity costs have spiked nearly an average of 9% across the country, with some areas facing even higher increases. The sooner you install a solar panel system that covers your household needs, the sooner you are free from volatile electricity prices, putting major savings back in your wallet (around $1,200 per year for the average home). Solar installation is more affordable than ever, especially with numerous financing options available to homeowners. This makes energy independence from the grid all the more attractive in the face of rising electricity costs.

Solar Incentive Programs Continue to Be Phased Out

We love the growing demand for solar. Obviously, there is good reason more and more homeowners want to take back control of their electricity usage and become more self-sufficient with a solar panel system that can save them big over the years. Unfortunately, this also drives down the “need” for other incentive programs and rebates that are used to encourage homeowners to get on board with the solar movement. For example, California alone used to offer up to $15,000 in rebates and other programs for eligible homeowners, most of which are no longer available. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of any local programs and rebate options sooner than later. Again, you can still save with solar, but who doesn’t love to save a little more?

Want to Find Out More About Your Solar Options?

Whether you’ve done hours of research or are just getting the ball rolling on the whole solar thing, we are here to help. As one the top Ranch San Diego solar contractors, Semper Solaris is proud to serve customers throughout the region. We’ve installed thousands of solar panels on homes in Southern California and are ready to work on your residential solar project.

When you enlist our team, you can be confident we will do everything in our power to not only maximize your solar savings, but provide stellar service and unbeatable workmanship. Living by our military roots and values, we always put the customer first, providing loyalty, great integrity, and work ethic in everything we do.

Go solar with Semper Solaris — contact us now to find out more about your options.

With California’s solar boom,  green homes win when it comes to real estate.  Solar panel installation saves you bundles on your energy bill and increases the resale value of your San Marcos home. Buyers consider solar to be an asset and are willing to pay a premium. And homes sell faster if they have the added value of energy efficiency.  More and more realtors are getting on board and featuring energy efficiency aspects of a home as a desirable commodity in home buying.

With the California mandate that all new homes and buildings be outfitted with rooftop solar, it isn’t hard to imagine that solar is the wave of the future and will be in demand in older homes as the grid phases out carbon-based fuels.

Although there is a cost to installing solar, the cost of the installation according to the Department of Energy estimates will be offset by the substantial savings in energy bills over the life of a 30-year mortgage. And if you take into consideration the other cost reductions, solar installation is an attractive financial investment for your home and will provide a return on your investment.

If you are leasing a solar system, you still save money on energy costs, but you don’t benefit from incentives and rebates.  And leased systems are not considered in the value of your home. It is best to buy, and you can access low-cost solar loans to pay for your system.

There are ways to expand the value of your solar system. As technology is advancing, electricity will be more in demand with smart homes being the wave of the future.   Adding to your system is a proactive, forward-thinking way to increase the value of your home and its attractiveness to buyers with innovations and uses for solar power.  After all, people tend to like getting a little more for their money.

Backup Battery

The addition of a backup battery to your solar system will enable you to store extra power for use when you need it and add more value to your system.

Surplus Panels

Overbuilding your solar capacity as new technologies arise that increase the need for electricity is a proactive move that will add value to your home now and in the near future.  Enhance the potential of your solar system for things like an electric powered car. Adding extra panels will leave room to:

Take hold of the future and prepare for innovative technologies that are on the horizon with solar panels in San Marcos. It is cheaper to install panels in the beginning than add them later. It is even better if you are able to entrust a local solar contractor who is familiar with the area.

Semper Solaris is on the frontlines of renewable energy technology and innovation.  We use only the very best equipment available, and our technicians have years of experience in the installation of all types of solar systems, and that list is growing.  We can provide you with expertise in choosing your solar system, its design, and aesthetics with the many options for Solar installations in San Marcos.

Valley Center,  this small rural community in north San Diego, has traditionally been a farming and agriculture community.  But that is changing thanks to the nearby Casinos that have generated interest from businesses, investors and home buyers alike. Economic prosperity and investment in infrastructure are moving this town forward with real estate development featuring retail outlets, restaurants, recreation center, parks and more.  The wide open spaces of Valley Center has plenty of room and land for expansion. Valley Center is a community on the rise, bustling with opportunity.

As the new city grows, the infrastructure is developing and opening up avenues for businesses and residences with amenities that will be built from the ground up.  Investing in solar is one of the smartest moves a community can make. And with California’s mandate to meet sustainability goals and phase out fossil fuels along with the requirement to install Solar Panels on new buildings, Solar Power is in.  

Valley Center has the unique opportunity to be a historic traditional town based on the technology of the future. Solar power, with its flexibility supports developing a smart infrastructure, promotes innovation and investment.  This opportunity along with farming and agriculture brings with it the prospect for a truly sustainable town. Going Solar ensures a more healthful environment with clean air and water and a better quality of life for its residents.

The benefits to the city through residential, government and business solar power installations reach far into the future as California leads the way in achieving the sustainable goals for decreasing fossil fuels and carbon emissions.  And with a city built on renewable energy, it is possible to detach from commercial utilities and manage energy through what is called Microgrid which leads to energy independence, higher efficiency, and even more savings.

Semper Solaris supports conservation and the development of renewable energy. We are committed to sustainable metropolitan infrastructure, clean air and a reduction in pollution. We are experts in the maintenance, repair, and installation of Solar Panel systems for municipalities and local businesses. Through the implementation, Valley Center can benefit in many ways. We can help you plan for the future.

The Benefits of a City Going Solar

Financial

Economy

Environment

Infrastructure

Homeowners in Valley Center are joining their growing community as it moves towards becoming green and clean. In a city on the move with solar as its primary source of energy,  aligning yourself with your cities sustainability goals will reduce your carbon footprint while reaping the financial rewards of going solar.

The Benefits of Residential Solar

Lower or eliminate your electric bills

Increase the value of your home

Get a return on your investment by hedging against rising energy prices.

Offset installation costs with incentives and rebates

Access energy upgrade financing

Benefit from tax deductions for depreciation  

Increase the value of your home

By going solar, you are investing in the future and opening the door to future technology that will increase efficiency, add useful innovations, and enhance the comfort of your home. Why not get on board and join your cities commitment to clean energy, conservation, and enjoyment of your town?

Semper Solaris is on the frontlines of renewable energy technology and innovation.  We use only the very best equipment available, and our technicians are experienced in the installation of all types of solar systems, and that list is growing.  We can provide you with expertise in choosing your solar system, its design, and aesthetics with the many options for Solar installations. Click here to learn more about solar in Valley Center.

Here in Carlsbad, a coastal town and unique vacation destination, conservation is an integral part of the community. With a sense of duty to the protection of habitats, open spaces, clean air and water, the value of solar energy is on the forefront of their commitment to renewable energy.

The benefits to the city both through residential, government and business solar power installations reach far into the future as California leads the way in achieving the sustainable goals for decreasing fossil fuels and carbon emissions.

Semper Solaris supports conservation and the development of renewable energy. We are committed to clean air and a reduction in pollution. We are experts in the maintenance, repair, and installation of Solar Panel systems for municipalities and local businesses.  

Solar in the City

Carlsbad is committed to making the city environmentally friendly, financially efficient, and economically prosperous.  Savings on the cost of power, achieving goals for sustainable energy, promoting local business and protecting the local environment and infrastructure are all part of the commitment to citizens and tourists alike.

The city can generate its electricity and reduce monthly bills and operating expense

Residential Solar

Homeowners in Carlsbad are following suit with the commitment of their city to sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint.  With investment in solar, you can reap the financial rewards as well as join in making Carlsbad a model town for residents and tourists alike. An example of a city on the cutting edge of conservation, renewable energy, and overall clean environment is a worthy goal.

Solar benefits you in many ways, and with rising energy costs, you can save big and get a return on your investment in solar.  It is a win-win for the city and homeowners alike.

Your investment in solar will save significantly on your energy bill now and in the future as technology makes strides towards even more efficiency. You can help the environment and support your cities commitment to clean energy, conservation, and enjoyment of your town.  

Semper Solaris is on the frontlines of renewable energy technology and innovation.  We use only the very best equipment available, and our technicians are experienced in the installation of all types of solar systems, and that list is growing. We can provide you with expertise in choosing your solar system, its design, and aesthetics with the many options for Solar installations in Carlsbad.

Living in Pacific beach, our ocean is a vital resource for not only the beautiful beaches, but the sea life, plants, and birds that all contribute to an ecosystem that encompasses life along the boardwalk. People stroll the city streets enjoying the enchanting ocean view and urban feel. This is the backdrop of one of the best places to live in California.

With the ocean being so much a part of the ambiance and the attraction for visitors and residents alike, what does the future hold for the sea and the wildlife? How do greenhouse gases affect our oceans? What part does solar power play in protecting the ecosystem of the sea? Semper Solaris understands the effect of fossil fuels on the environment, and we are committed to protecting it.

Acidification of the Ocean

Fossil fuels used for generating electricity release carbon dioxide and make up the greater part of greenhouse gas emissions that pollute the air. The sea is vast, and we have been protected from the effects and have not noticed the changes in the ocean from carbon emissions altering the chemistry of our oceans by lowering the PH and making the sea more acidic.

Over time, this acidic state has taken such a toll that it has affected many characteristics of the ocean environment as it has been slowly absorbing the emissions into every facet of life deep in the sea.

Solar and the Sea

As we move towards implementing more renewable energy sources, solar is advancing innovative technologies from powering ships and boats to solar powered means of cleaning the ocean, offshore solar energy, solar-powered boats. Solar Panels in Pacific Beach are a necessary addition to the means of protecting air and sea. Only one home installing a solar energy system can have a huge impact on the environment; it’s like planting 100 trees.

Protecting the ocean through conservation and ensuring clean air is a concern for not only Pacific Beach, but for the California coast. Solar power is leading the charge towards the reduction of carbon emissions. By investing in solar, you are helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Solar power creates no pollution or waste, has a positive impact on the environment, and is cost-effective.

Pacific Beach and Solar

Pacific Beach residents are informed about conservation and are committed to sustainability in their community and their ecosystem for residents, businesses, and guests of the city. We are making strides in promoting a safe and clean environment. This is foundational to this thriving community.

As millions of people are moving to solar-powered homes, Pacific Beach homes and businesses are installing rooftop solar and joining the movement towards a green city, free of pollution. Development is moving on Pacific Beach, and with California’s mandate for solar on all new buildings and homes, it is pointing to a sustainable city and an ocean that is being protected.

With prices dropping and the benefits of solar installations in both the city and on residential rooftops, makes this an excellent time to join the efforts towards sustainability and reduction in carbon emissions. At Semper Solaris, our technicians believe in using the utmost care in preserving the environment and the atmosphere of Pacific Beach.

We are on the frontlines of renewable energy and solar innovation. We use only the very best equipment available, and our technicians are experienced in the installation of all types of solar systems. We can provide you with our years of expertise in choosing your solar system, its design, and aesthetics with the many options for Solar installations. Call Semper Solaris solar contractors today and take the first step of going solar in Pacific Beach.

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