Going Beyond Solar Panels

solar for homes.thumbnailCA5EE1O8 The future of alternative energy is now. Our electric bill this past year was shocking. I called the utility company and they informed me that there was a rate hike. We realized that we have to do something about this over the coming months and year. I would rather go on vacation with our family or buy my kids clothes than pay these ridiculous monthly utility bills. Wouldn’t you?

Alternative energy is becoming more and more efficient and affordable. As we find the right products for our home that makes sense, we will install them so that we can be more independent of the utility companies. The article below highlights different forms of natural energy that homeowners and businesses are adopting to save money. We should see more and more information on alternative energy as the reality of rising utility bills hit consumers.

Earth, wind and wire: Going beyond solar panels
Monday, February 8, 2010@ 7:47 AM
Author: donatdawn–> Here’s a look at three technologies that California residents are using to cut their energy bills and turn their homes into clean mini-power plants.

By Chip Jacobs 6:57 PM PST, February 6, 2010

Not long ago, people who wanted to generate their own green energy at home had to content themselves with rooftop solar panels. But new technologies — and hefty government subsidies — are now allowing homeowners to tap the wind, the Earth and other renewable sources in their own backyards.
Call it the green evolution.

The cost of heating and cooling with fossil fuels has nowhere to go but up, thanks to rising global demand and increased regulation of carbon emissions. Turning one’s home into a clean mini-power plant is getting cheaper and easier all the time.

Here’s a look at three technologies that some California residents are using now to cut utility costs while turning their homes into truly green houses. Read Full Article

Lancaster Going Green

Lancaster Going Green.ShowImage The City of Lancaster is adopting a proactive approach to the promotion and use of Alternative Energy.

Lancaster City Council Adopts Ordinance Encouraging Increased Use of Alternative Energy Posted Date: 2/1/2010 11:00 AM

During its Jan. 26th meeting, the Lancaster City Council adopted an ordinance to stimulate increased use of alternative energy systems within the City. Specifically, the new ordinance permits the construction of small wind energy systems in commercial and industrial zones. It also allows solar power plants in rural residential zones with a conditional use permit.

“Our goal of making Lancaster the alternative energy capital of the world may sound like mere hyperbole, but we are continually drawing closer to making this goal a reality,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This ordinance is yet another step in the right direction. The use of alternative energy conserves not only our environment and resources, but also saves money in the long-term, in addition to building a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.” Read More

Car Makers Going Solar

Car companies may be jumping on the band wagon to sell solar panels and home charging units to power not just customers’ cars, but also their homes. You, however, don’t have to wait to buy a solar system for your home until you have an electric car.

If your electric bill increased significantly over the last few years, maybe you should check to see if it makes sense for you to install a solar system for your home. There are financing available (no equity, no appraisal) as well as government and electric company incentives and/or credits for homeowners. Contact us to find out more info.

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Nissan Dealers Seen as One-Stop EV Shop
By Christie Schweinsberg
WardsAuto.com, Nov 17, 2009 9:53 AM

SANTA MONICA, CA – Buyers of the upcoming Nissan Leaf electric vehicle may be seeing their dealers more often than they anticipate if plans being kicked around by the auto maker come to fruition.

As it prepares to begin leasing and selling its small Leaf EV late next year, Nissan North America Inc. sees dealerships as a one-stop shop for customers’ needs.

Dealers may be asked to offer a variety of lithium-ion car batteries to suit an individual’s driving requirements, sell solar panels for the customer’s house and recommend an electric company to install a home-charging unit, Mark Perry, director-product planning, says during a media event here.

Read Full Article from www.wardsauto.com

Contact us for more info on a solar system for your home.

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Solar Plant Instead Of Palmdale Airport?

solarpanels.thumbnailMore and more solar projects are coming to town. One area that is being considered for a solar energy plant is the undeveloped land adjacent to the Pamdale Airport. Los Angeles, like other municipalities, is looking to take advantage of solar energy to power buildings, city lights and more.

With the incentives given by the federal and state governments as well as the utility companies, it is a no brainer that installing a solar system for ones home is the way to go – if not now, then sometime in the near future. Aside from the credits being given to homeowners, there are loans available from $25,000 – $37,000 that require no equity or appraisal. If you have good credit and can handle a small monthly payment, then you can install a solar system for your home and save lots of money – especially during extreme temperatures in the summer months.

(Excerpt: www.the-signal.com)
Source: Office of Supervisor Michael Antonovich
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Fifth District
Posted: Nov. 18, 2009 2:19 p.m.
POSTED Nov. 18, 2009 3:16 p.m.

LOS ANGELES – “For four decades, the city of Los Angeles has sat on property that it took from private property owners through eminent domain with the explicit promise to develop an airport,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, whose district includes the Santa Clarita Valley. “Now they are attempting to use it for an energy plant to serve the city of Los Angeles.”…

…on Nov. 16, 2009, the Los Angeles Airport Commission voted to award a three-year, $700,000 contract to secure a developer to build a solar energy plant on the 17,500 acres of vacant Los Angeles city-owned land.

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