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    Why DERA supports clean energy in Arizona, but not Prop 127
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    Why DERA supports clean energy in Arizona, but not Prop 127

    The Distributed Energy Resource Alliance (DERA), composed of solar industry companies, professionals and educators, urges Arizonans to vote no on Proposition 127.

    We can all agree that using less fossil fuels and more renewable energy is good for Arizona. We believe that replacing carbon-based energy generation with clean renewable energy generators, such as solar and wind, is good for our health, our climate and our financial well-being. There is no doubt that burning fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum and natural gases, releases harmful levels of toxins into our atmosphere and is dangerous to our health, the health of our children and to our global climate.

    However, DERA opposes Proposition 127 because of its intent to amend the Arizona Constitution.  A constitutional mandate that states where 50 percent of our energy is to come from is reckless, restrictive and inflexible.

    If the proposition passes and the mandate becomes a part of our Constitution, we may find that we need to utilize developing, or undefined, technologies, methodologies and goals that we simply will not be able to act on in the future because they are not permitted by the Constitution.

    We acknowledge and support the need to adopt new technologies, to advance clean renewable energy generation and to provide for a more efficient integration with the utility grid. Technologies and policies must be implemented to allow more distributed renewable energy resources to connect to and integrate with the grid without sacrificing safety, reliability and efficiencies for all consumers.

    If any of these options are prohibited or unclear due to this proposed amendment, they will require changing the Constitution – a monumental task in the future. Consequently, we may find that clean renewable energy growth is ultimately hampered by Proposition 127.

    Solar energy is an amazing option for consumers who want to have a choice in how they receive energy and save money. But, too much solar energy creates grid problems that did not exist just five years ago. Historically, a solar PV system for one consumer provided 100 percent of its capacity as a benefit to the utility grid. However, at 5 percent penetration (Arizona is already over 5 percent) the capacity value of another solar system on the grid drops to a fraction of its generating capacity, and it gets worse as penetration increases. This is the reality of our antiquated utility grid.

    Renewable policy in Arizona, and elsewhere, must consider transforming to a more integrated grid – one that supports distributed, individual energy generation. Solutions that we know of today, such as battery storage, energy management, demand management, thermal storage, energy efficiency products and more, can help with grid integration. However, much more is required than what we have available now.

    There is no doubt that Arizonans, and those of us in the renewable energy industry, want a sustainable, long-term plan that promotes global health, local employment opportunities and benefits for our families. But consider this: We are technologists with long-term goals who do not want to be boxed in by a constitutional amendment. We are pragmatists who believe in a future that relies on clean, sustainable, reliable, and safe energy for everyone. Proposition 127 is too restrictive and permanent for our young industry to know if it will be helpful, or harmful, in years to come.

    DERA’s goal is to form a collaboration between incumbent utility companies and renewable energy, such as solar, and other distributed energy resource companies to help with this transformation. DERA members understand what consumers want and the technology and policies required in order to make it possible.

    We think about what comes next and we are planning for the future of our businesses. Our goals call for unhampered growth of clean renewable energy, distributed renewable energy resources available to all consumers, a utility grid that has transformed enough to handle it and the success of our businesses for many years to come.

    We strongly encourage all stakeholders, legislators, the commission, utility companies, renewable integrators and the public to work together quickly to find a solution that paves the way for successful adoption of increased renewable energy standards and grid integration plans that benefit all of us. Proposition 127 is not that solution.

    – Joe Cunningham is president of the Distributed Energy Resource Alliance and director of operations for Sunny Energy.

    Sunny Energy to Coordinate Food Drive for Mom’s Pantry
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    Sunny Energy to Coordinate Food Drive for Mom’s Pantry

    Sunny Energy, one of Arizona’s largest providers of residential solar energy systems, is once again proud to join the fight against hunger through its partnership with Mom’s Pantry in Phoenix. From Nov. 1- Nov. 15, items including canned goods, boxed food and hygiene products can be dropped off at Sunny Energy’s headquarters located at 2720 S. Hardy Drive, Suite 4 in Tempe. A donation will be made in the name of any customer that schedules an appointment during those 15 days. If an individual makes a donation, drops off items and schedules an appointment, Sunny Energy will double the amount of donations in their name.

    “Our goal this year is to match up to $10,000 that we receive from staff, the general public, existing clients as well as potential new customers,” said Chris Wood, director of business development at Sunny Energy. For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar.

    Mom’s Pantry was built on the bedrock of a single goal – that no man, woman or child go hungry. Mom’s Pantry was created because there is a significant community need to help families with their struggle against hunger. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Mom’s Pantry aims to serve the community and distribute resources that will provide essential nutrition to adults and children. Learn more at www.momspantryphoenix.org

     

     

    Is solar worth it in Phoenix?
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    Is solar worth it in Phoenix?

    Many homeowners in Phoenix wonder, is solar worth it? Living in the sunny desert, residents start to ponder how they benefit from solar. Below are a few reasons why Phoenix residents should consider going solar:

    1. Sunshine

    Did you know that the sun shines in Phoenix, Arizona 296 days out of the year? With more sunny days than cloudy days, it’s no wonder why they call Phoenix “the Valley of the Sun.” By living in one of the sunniest places in the U.S., it is the perfect opportunity to benefit from solar.

    2. Utility Rates

    Living in a place where the sun shines most of the time is great. However, it also means higher utility bills. Utility rates especially in areas like Phoenix, are significantly higher due to the demand of keeping the house cool year-round. No one likes seeing a bill that is hundreds of dollars. Solar can help significantly decrease your bill.

    3. Health

    Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in America. With Phoenix increasing population extensively each year, so will pollution. Solar decreases the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are polluting our environment each day. Not only will you save money on your utility bill, but you will be saving the planet and the health of future generations to come.

    4. Your Neighbors Have Solar

    Well over 100,000 Arizona households have gone solar.  There’s a good chance one or more of your neighbors is already enjoying clean, inexpensive solar energy for their home. If solar is right for you, waiting only costs you more money as you pay your utility company every month.

    Sunny Energy a solar installation company established in the Phoenix area dedicated to helping Arizona homeowners save money on their electric bills. The company was founded by four industry professionals with more than 40 years of combined experience in the solar industry. Each of the four founding members came from different backgrounds in the industry. Using their different knowledge, they wanted to provide each customer with the best options and education to help them choose the best solution for their personal needs.

    Sunny Energy is there to help each customer at every step of the process to assure they get the best technology, design, and experience when going solar. We pride ourselves on customer service. Each unique project is taken with care to assure an exceptional experience – and we’ll be there for you long after the installation is complete.

    Sunny Energy has an A+ rating on Better Business Bureau and has been awarded top residential solar installer by www.solarreviews.com. We provide Arizona homeowners a variety of services from solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair.

    For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar

     

    3 Reasons Solar Energy is Good for the Planet
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    3 Reasons Solar Energy is Good for the Planet

    Solar panels are the leading source of renewable energy for homeowners in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix residents have different reasons why they choose to go solar in the Valley of the Sun, like the financial benefits of lowering their utility bill. However, the environmental benefits are equally important, and collectively, millions of homes with solar have already made a positive impact on global carbon emissions. Below are three reasons solar energy is perfect for the environment:

    Solar energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions

    One of the biggest contributors to air pollution in America are greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels to produce energy. Fossil fuels are the traditional, primary source used to produce energy for homeowners. By going solar you are eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and shrinking your carbon footprint. One single household with solar in Phoenix can have a major effect on the environment.

    Solar energy is renewable

    Producing solar energy is renewable and clean. There is plenty of solar power to go around because this energy source does not run out. Fossil fuels are non-renewable and even though it is mass produced today, there will be a time when the world runs out of this lead energy source. By installing solar, you will have  power for years to come regardless of coal supply. Home solar installations are built to last more than 25 years.

    Reduce dependence from the grid

    Solar power works during the day when the Phoenix sun is shining. Since the panels only produce power from the sun, you cannot benefit from the panels at night unless you have battery storage installed, which allows you to store excess solar energy for at night, or other times when you need more energy than your solar system is producing. However, no matter the size of your solar system, or if you have battery storage, you are still drastically cutting down your dependence on energy from the grid.

    Sunny Energy is a residential solar company in Phoenix that is dedicated to helping Arizona homeowners lower their carbon footprint, and save money on energy costs. The company focuses on delivering superior performance by using the best design, installation, equipment, and financing options to ensure the best combination of value and performance. Each project is customized to provide homeowners with the most advantageous option to produce their own clean and inexpensive energy. Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management and financing options. Sunny Energy has been named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine for the last three years.

    For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar

    Alternative ways Phoenix homeowners can save money on their utility bill
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    Alternative ways Phoenix homeowners can save money on their utility bill

    Summer time in Phoenix, Arizona means higher temperatures and higher utility bills. Many homeowners in Phoenix wonder, how can they lower their utility bill during the hot summer months. Below is a list of alternative methods Phoenix homeowners can use to save money without blasting their AC unit.

    Make Shade in Your Home

    The Phoenix clear blue skies are irresistible to look at but keeping curtains and blinds open will attract more heat in your home and will make the temperature in the house even hotter. Closing your curtains and blinds will keep the sun from shining through your windows and heating up your home.

    Pre-Cooling

    You do not need to use your AC unit as much during peak hours if you pre-cool your home. Pre-cooling your home for an hour or two, using less expensive off-peak energy, will cool down your house and allow you to be comfortable until peak hours are done, without breaking the bank.

    Start Grilling

    The hot summer weather in Arizona is the perfect time for a family BBQ. Using kitchen appliances like an oven or stove heats up your kitchen and the extra heat will eventually spread throughout your home. Plus, electric cooktops and ovens use a lot of energy.  So, whip out the outdoor grill and enjoy a nice BBQ meal with the family.

    Close Off Certain Areas

    If you are not using a space in the house, keep that door closed. Air conditioning travels from room to room. Keeping areas closed off will allow the area you use the most to stay cooler.

    Use Fans

    Turn off the AC and take advantage of the ceiling fans. Turn on your ceiling fans in the kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. Using ceiling fans is a lot cheaper to run than an AC unit per hour.

    Consider a Demand Rate from your Utility Company

    Demand rates get a lot of bad press, and they can be very expensive, if not managed properly.  But, demand rate energy costs during off-peak hours are much lower than other rate plans, as little as a fourth of the cost.  So, if you can manage the demand during peak times, by managing the simultaneous use of HVACs and other large appliances, you might save a lot money.

    Go Solar

    One of the best ways to take advantage of the Phoenix sun is to go solar. Solar can help you save money on your utility bill during on and off-peak hours year-round. Contact Sunny Energy today to see how solar can be beneficial for your home.  We will help you maximize your savings with solar, and with the utility rate plan that is best for you and your family.

    Sunny Energy a solar installation company established in the Phoenix area dedicated to helping Arizona homeowners save money on their electric bills. The company was founded by four industry professionals with more than 40 years of combined experience in the solar industry. Each of the four founding members came from different backgrounds in the industry. Using their different knowledge, they wanted to provide each customer with the best options and education to help them choose the best solution for their personal needs.

    Sunny Energy is there to help each customer at every step of the process to assure they get the best technology, design, and experience when going solar. We pride ourselves on customer service. Each unique project is taken with care to assure an exceptional experience – and we’ll be there for you long after the installation is complete.

    Sunny Energy has an A+ rating on Better Business Bureau and has been awarded top residential solar installer by www.solarreviews.com. We provide Arizona homeowners a variety of services from solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair.

    For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar

    Top Solar Myths – Don’t Let a Salesperson Fool You
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    Top Solar Myths – Don’t Let a Salesperson Fool You

    Don’t be fooled when looking to purchase a solar system. There are a number of myths that are repeated, again and again, by bad salespeople who are more interested in making a sale than helping homeowners. Be on the lookout for these top solar myths:

    Myth #1: You will not have an electric utility bill anymore.

    It is possible to eliminate electric utility charges, but for nearly all homeowners it is very impractical to do so. First, you need to remain connected to the grid for electricity when the sun is not shining, or when you’re using more energy than your system is producing.

    Myth #2: The government will pay you to go solar.

    The Federal and some State governments do have tax incentives, mostly tax credits, for homeowners who choose to purchase solar for their homes, but they will not pay you to go solar. Check with a tax professional to see if you’ll qualify.

    Myth #3: Solar will power your home when the grid is out.

    This is not true for a grid-connect solar system without adequate battery storage. Solar electric systems are designed to turn off when the grid goes down to prevent injury to utility workers on the grid repairing the problem.

    Myth #4: Your electric bill will never be higher than a specific amount, guaranteed.

    A salesperson cannot guarantee that your electric bill will be any amount after you have solar installed. Nobody knows if you will increase or decrease your electric usage in the future. Nobody knows how you will use energy, or what times of the day you will use it – both of which can affect the amount of your electric bill.

    Myth #5: Solar is maintenance free for 25 years, or more.

    No, it’s not maintenance free, but it may require very little maintenance if it is designed correctly, using high-quality components and is installed using the industry’s highest quality workmanship standards.

    Myth #6: You can use as much energy as you want after your solar system is installed.

    Just as utility savings cannot be guaranteed with solar, you cannot use more energy after you buy solar and still have the same savings expectations. Your usage after you buy a solar system will affect your electric bill.

    Myth #7: You can sell your solar energy to the utility company or your neighbors.

    This is not exactly true, but under some net metering, or export rate rules, your utility company will credit your bill for some, or all, unused solar energy, and sell it to other consumers.

    Myth #8: If everybody installs solar, we will not need utility companies and the grid anymore.

    There is technology, like battery storage, energy management, demand management, grid management and more to help us achieve this goal, someday, but that’s years in the future.

    Myth #9: Utility rates will increase X% every year, just like they always have.

    The last rate change is not necessarily representative of what will happen in the future. It’s important to look at the historical rate changes in your area. If your solar salesperson is using utility rate escalation to predict your future savings, make sure it’s a fair and practical figure. If it sounds too good, ask for justification.

    Myth #10: Solar will heat your pool and give you hot water.

    Don’t be fooled into thinking that a solar hot water system will produce electricity like a solar PV system. Solar hot water systems cost a lot less, but they are limited to only helping you reduce the cost of heating water. Solar PV systems produce electricity that can be used by anything that uses electricity to operate.

    Myth #11: This solar system is so efficient it produces twice as much (or more) energy and savings than any other system you can buy.

    Some solar PV systems are more effective at converting solar energy into electricity than others, but the differences are not more than about 20%. Your solar consultant should be able to help you understand the pros and cons and find the best option for your home and goals.

    Myth #12: We are UNIQUE because we design and install your system according to NEC and UL standards.

    All companies are required to design and install your system according to NEC and UL standards for all solar installations! A good solar consultant, with a great solar contractor, will stress how they go beyond NEC and UL standards to ensure the greatest energy producing performance of your system, for more than 25 years.

    To learn more about these myths and for a complete guide to going solar, download our Homeowner’s Guide to Solar: https://www.sunnyenergy.solar/resources/

    Talbott Solar and Radiant merges with leading Arizona-based solar company
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    Talbott Solar and Radiant merges with leading Arizona-based solar company

    (Davis, Calif. – Aug. 7, 2018) Two leading solar companies have merged in order to better serve Davis and its surrounding areas with the latest in solar technology and services. Talbott Solar and Radiant, named Best Solar Company in the Davis Enterprise annual Readers’ Choice survey, is joined by Arizona-based Sunny Energy, named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine for the last three years.

    Sunny Energy of California, as it will be known, will provide residents with the latest in PV (photovoltaic) systems, battery storage and energy management. In addition, it will continue to help homeowners lower their carbon footprint and save thousands on their utility costs.

    Joe Cunningham, director of operations and co-founder of Sunny Energy, said the expansion into California is a good move for the company and joining with Talbott Solar and Radiant gives both companies the opportunity to provide a broader spectrum of services in the area and to expand throughout the state.

    “Sunny Energy of California will focus on delivering superior performance by using the best design, installation, equipment and financing options in order to ensure optimal value and performance,” said Cunningham. “Our goal isn’t to be the biggest solar company in California, but rather to be the best.”

    Talbott Solar, which has installed about 25 percent of all the residential rooftop projects in Davis, has been in operation since 1975. Owner and long-time Davis resident Dean Newberry says their mission will remain the same: to help the people of Davis and Yolo County live comfortably with a light ecological footprint.

    “We are looking forward to bringing new energy products and services to help improve the sustainability and reliability of our shared energy infrastructure,” said Newberry. “This new venture with Sunny Energy will bring additional knowledge and expertise that will better help serve the needs of our current and prospective clients in the area.” 

    For more information, call (530) 341-8898 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar.

    Preparing to Meet with a Solar Consultant
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    Preparing to Meet with a Solar Consultant

    Getting the most out of your solar system starts with a good Solar Consultant. Finding a knowledgeable Solar Consultant who can help you understand the benefits of solar, design a system for your home, and find the best financing for your family is important in getting the most out of your solar system. They should be able to clearly outline how solar will work on your home, and, more importantly, how it will help you achieve your goals.

    It helps for you to be prepared, so give some thought to the following questions. Be ready to answer the questions that you can but don’t worry about the ones you can’t. Not only will a good Solar Consultant be asking these questions, but they will help you understand them to your benefit. Here are the top things to prepare when meeting with a Solar Consultant:

    • What are your personal goals? Why do you want to purchase a solar system and what are your priorities with solar?
      • Like most major purchases, everybody has their own preferences. The reasons people buy solar varies https://www.sunnyenergy.solar/whygosolar/. If your Solar Consultant does not start by asking why you want to purchase a solar system, and what you hope to accomplish with it, they probably don’t understand enough about solar to address all that is important to you, and they are only trying to sell you what they want to offer. This usually ends up with a solar system that is either too large, or too small, costs much more than it should cost, and is not optimized to give you a good return on investment, or to address your other wants.
      • Your goals might include: savings, increased value of their home, independence from your utility, decreasing your carbon footprint. What matters most to you?
    • How much energy do you use each year?
      • Twelve months of utility bills will help with the most accurate analysis for you and a good Solar Consultant will ask you to provide them, or they will help you get this information.
      • Even better, can you provide your usage history downloaded from your utility’s website?
    • Do you have roof warranty information available?
    • Do you have roof warranty information available?
    • Do you have any concerns about where your solar system is installed, or how it looks?
    • Do you have a budget in mind?
    • Do you pay taxes each year to be able to use the tax credits?
    • Are you interested in leasing options?
    • Do you feel that you can qualify for financing, like you would for a car?
    • How much of your energy consumption do you want to offset with solar?
    • Is reducing your electric bill to the absolute minimum most important, or is the best return on investment better for you?
    • Are you more concerned about any particular brands of solar equipment?
    • What is most important to you when making a large purchase decision?

    Don’t have the answers to all of these? Don’t worry, we’re happy to walk you through them and help you think through your options but thinking about them ahead of time will help you make the most of your time with your Solar Consultant and ensure that they have your best interest in mind. For more information about going solar, download our Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar or contact us to start your solar consultation today! https://www.sunnyenergy.solar/resources/

    Why Go Solar?
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    Why Go Solar?

    There are many reasons homeowners go solar and everyone’s priorities are different. To get the
    most out of your solar system, it helps to know what’s important to you and to share your goals
    with your Solar Consultant. Here are a few of the key benefits of solar. Which ones are most
    important to you?

    • Savings–Savings is usually the number one reason why people invest in solar. If your
      goal is savings, there may be an optimal system size that will give you the best return on
      your investment. This is often different than if your goal is eliminating your electric utility
      bill. Sometimes the return on investment is reduced as the system size is increased to
      offset 100% or more of your electricity usage. A great solar consultant can help you with
      a clear understanding of the investment choices and help you weigh the pros and cons.

     

    • Independence from the Utility Company​–This is the second most popular reason
      why homeowners choose solar. In fact, many consumers will say that finally having a
      choice is most important. For many people, it’s a nagging desire to break free from the
      utility companies and their constant rate hikes. Understanding if this is a priority for you
      can help a good Solar Consultant identify a system design and financial analysis that
      makes the most sense for you.

     

    • Increasing the Value of Your Home​–Solar is becoming more effective in real estate
      buying and selling decisions. How you buy your system, and whether it’s financed or
      leased, can have a big impact on how it is valued. No matter what, it is an important
      consideration for all solar buyers.

     

    • Going Green​–Some homeowners care most about going green, saving the
      environment, and reducing their impact on climate change. A great Solar Consultant can
      help you with product and design selections that will help you maximize the
      environmental, climatic and health benefits of your solar system.

     

    Download our Homeowner’s Guide to Solar here: http://www.sunnyenergy.solar/resources/

    Sunny Energy – Here to Keep the Lights On
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    Sunny Energy – Here to Keep the Lights On

    Like so many things, your solar system is only as good as the company behind it. The solar industry has seen companies come and go – and in many cases customers left in the dark. It is why we started Sunny Energy – to provide homeowners with better products, better service, and better options to go solar. We don’t want to be the biggest solar company, just the best.

    Sustainable business practices are not always easy, but they are good for business.  Bigger is not necessarily better, especially if solid, sustainable business practices are not in place. So if you’re watching the news and hearing about solar companies closing their doors, don’t worry. We’re here to keep the lights on.

    We are a solar installation company established in Tempe, Arizona dedicated to helping Arizona homeowners save money on their electric bills. The company was founded by four industry professionals with more than 30 years of combined experience in the solar industry. Each of the four founding members came from different backgrounds in the industry. Using their different knowledge, they wanted to provide each customer with the best options and education to help them choose the best solution for their personal needs. Sunny Energy is there to help each customer at every step of the process to assure they get the best technology, design, and experience when going solar. We pride ourselves on customer service. Each unique project is taken with care to assure an exceptional experience – and we’ll be there for the customer long after the installation is complete. Sunny Energy has an A+ rating on Better Business Bureau and has been awarded top residential solar installer by www.solarreviews.com. We provide Arizona homeowners a variety of services from solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair.

    For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar.

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