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    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: https://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.

    The Homeowner’s Guide to Solar – Blog
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    The Homeowner’s Guide to Solar

    As the cost of electricity from the grid continues to climb, solar has become more affordable. It’s

    no wonder that more than a million Americans have installed solar on their home. And with

    powerful battery storage options available, homeowners are finding they can now leverage the

    power of the sun 24 hours a day.

    But despite the obvious savings on electricity bills, the strong return on investment, and the

    positive impact on the environment, buying solar can be overwhelming. With pesky salesmen

    and conflicting messages, some homeowners are becoming so overwhelmed they’re missing

    out on the benefits of solar.

    To help you learn if solar is right for you and to ensure you get the right system for your home

    and family, we’ve compiled a Homeowner’s Guide to Solar. We pulled together content from

    several national solar consumer guides, combined with a little of our own experience, to make

    this comprehensive guide that addresses the questions we hear the most from consumers.

    Organizations, such as the Solar Energy Industry Association www.seia.org and the North

    American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners www.nabcep.org have provided extensive

    consumer information that we used. This guide was put together to help you get the most sunny

    energy by making you a better-informed consumer.

    Download here: https://www.sunnyenergy.solar/resources/

     

     “Solarific Day!” Sunny Energy Of Tempe Encourages Celebration Of Summer Solstice
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     “Solarific Day!” Sunny Energy Of Tempe Encourages Celebration Of Summer Solstice

    (TEMPE, Ariz.) – June 21, 2018 – The Summer Solstice marks the onset of summer and the longest day of the year.  And according to Sunny Energy, an Arizona-based residential solar company, a “solarific” reason to celebrate all that is great about the Arizona sunshine.

    “Our team thrives in the sunshine and we see this day as an opportunity to celebrate the fact that there are nearly 4-1/2 hours more sunshine today than on Dec. 21,”  said Joe Cunningham, Sunny Energy’s director of operations. “The Summer Solstice is OUR biggest holiday.”

    Cunningham said there are some other things you should know:

    • There are more than 100,000 residential solar energy systems in Arizona.
    • June 21 is only one second longer than June 20, but it is four hours, 26 minutes and six seconds (15,966 seconds or 45 percent) longer than December 21, 2018. Sunrise to sunset on Dec. 21 is 9:56:10 and on June 21 it’s 14:22:16.
    • The average sun-hours in Phoenix is 6.58. This means that there is an average of 6.58 kWh per square meter from the sun each day of the year.
    • Putting this into perspective, a 1,000 square-foot roof (about 93 square meters) will receive an average of 612 kWh of solar energy every day, but the home may only use 50 to 100 kWh of electric energy each day. A solar PV system can help you put that energy to work so that you don’t have to purchase as much from utilities like APS or SRP.
    • There is an average of 65 percent more solar energy available in the Phoenix area during the month of June than there is in December, the month when we typically have the least amount of solar energy.
    • Location, orientation to the sun’s path, the tilt of solar panels in relation to the sun, temperature, the type of solar panels used, the type of inverter used, the quality of the installation and how well it is maintained and cleaned all contribute to how much energy is produced.
    • This is why it’s important to have an experienced team design and install solar systems.
    • The word solstice comes from the Latin word for Sun, or sol, and sistere, which means to come to a stop or stand still.
    • On the day of the summer solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position as seen from the Earth.
    • All over the world, the solstice happens at the same time.
    • It’s the day in which the earth is the farthest from the sun throughout the course of the year.
    • Although you have the most sunlight on this day, it is not the hottest day of the year. This day comes a few weeks or months after the solstice because it takes time for the oceans and landmasses to warm up, which leads to higher air temperatures.
    • The day is celebrated all throughout the world with different dances, traditions, rituals, feasts and more to give thanks to the changing of the seasons and the beginning of the warmest period of the year.

    Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to helping homeowners save money on their electric bills. 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.  With offices in Arizona, California and Texas, Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair. The company has been named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine for the last three years.

    PV (photovoltaic) systems produce electricity from sunlight. Most people have used a solar powered calculator or garden light, and seen solar panels on roadside signs, but PV panels can be configured to produce enough energy to power a home, school, business, or even serve as a small power plant feeding electricity into the grid. As the cost of PV systems has declined sharply over the last few years, more and more households, municipalities, and companies are “going solar.”

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

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    Is your roof right for solar?
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    Is your roof right for solar?

    Many Arizona homeowners wonder, is their roof right for solar? Every roof is unique from style, size, shape, and material. There are many factors that can determine if your roof is suitable for solar.

    When looking into purchasing a solar system, consider these tips below to see if solar is right for your home.

    1. Shading

    Shading can play a major factor in the production of solar energy. If your roof is shaded by a tree, it will reduce the amount of sunlight exposure your panels will get. Having less sunlight exposure will result in lower energy production. However, this issue can be easily fixed by trimming the trees. Sunny Energy’s home solar designer will let you know if we suspect some shading on your system.

    1. Roof Material

    Every home is designed differently including roof types. There are many different kinds of roof types that are great for solar such as concrete, composite, curved tile, flat tile, asphalt shingle and metal. However, not all roof material is a good fit for solar. For example, roof material such as clay tile is too brittle and may be easily damaged during installation. Sunny Energy will let you know after our initial inspection for solar on your home if we have any roofing recommendations.

    1. Orientation

    The orientation (azimuth) is the direction that your roof faces. The best solar production is on a south facing roof, but west or east also work very well. In fact, a west (or sometimes an east) orientation will result in lower energy production, it may help you save more money by producing energy during times when the cost of electricity is highest! We do not usually recommend installing solar on a north facing roof, but sometimes it makes sense to put some of the system there. Sunny Energy’s design team will help you through these decisions for solar on your home.

    1. Square Footage

    How much square footage your roof has available plays a major factor into how many solar panels can be installed on your roof. For a residential home in Arizona, we find that the average solar system size is 8 kilowatts (kW). A good rule-of-thumb says you need 60 to 100 square feet of roof space, depending on obstacles, shaded areas, roof design and complexity, for each kW of system size. Before Sunny Energy commits to installing solar on your home, we’ll check the roof and let you know our recommendations.

    1. Roof Age

    The solar panel warranty is 25 years, and they will usually keep working well beyond that amount of time. If your roof is still under warranty and it’s in good condition, it is perfect for solar. If your roof needs to be replaced soon, you may want to replace it prior to installing solar. You can replace your roof after installation however, it will involve removal of racks and panels and re-installation which may be costly. Sunny Energy’s initial field inspection for home solar includes an assessment of your roof, and we will let you know if we find anything of concern.

    Sunny Energy can help Arizona homeowners save with solar. Sunny Energy was named a top solar installer by Solar Reviews and a top solar contractor by Solar Power World.

    We can help design the best solution for your home and help you understand if your home is best suited for solar. Give us a call for a hassle-free solar consultation.

    Call us today at (480) 257-3283.

    How to save on your utility bill during off-peak hours for APS customers
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    How to save on your utility bill during off-peak hours for APS customers

    As the hot summer months approach in the Valley of the Sun, APS customers are noticing a huge spike in their utility bills. Some APS customers don’t know that they can lower their utility bills by using most of their energy during off-peak hours.

    What are off-peak hours?

    APS customers on the TOU-E Saver Choice rate plan are charged about $.11 per kWh during off-peak hours, verses about $.25 per kWh if the consumer were to use electricity during on-peak hours. Off-peak hours for APS customers are weekdays Monday-Friday 8pm-3pm, all day Saturday and Sunday, and most holidays.

    APS customers can take advantage of the off-peaks hours in several ways:

    1. Do your chores during off-peak hours

    Do your chores later in the day, after you eat dinner or before you go to bed, when you wake up in the morning and on weekends. Running the dishwasher or doing laundry late at night, earlier in the day or on the weekend can help you save more on your electricity costs.

    2. Use ceiling fans

    When you leave your home during on-peak hours, adjust your thermostat and leave your ceiling fans on. This will allow your home to maintain reasonable temperatures and use less demand from the grid.

    3. Take advantage of rate plans offered by APS

    Saver Choice plans offered by APS allow consumers to adjust their energy use to fit their lifestyle while also taking advantage of lower cost off-peak hours. There are three different plans available: Saver Choice Tech, Saver Choice Max and Saver Choice Plus.

    For more information about Saver Choice plans visit here: https://www.aps.com/en/ourcompany/ratesregulationsresources/serviceplaninformation/Pages/residential-sheets.aspx

    4. Combine rate plans with solar + battery storage

    Combining solar and battery storage with rate plans, such as Saver Choice Tech or Saver Choice Max, will help you save energy during on-peak hours and use more of the energy you produce during off-peak hours.

    • Saver Choice Tech and Saver Choice Max rate plans

    These rate plans are for consumers who are looking to expand their savings even more with solar + battery systems. These rate plans have three different parts: a demand charge, an energy charge for the amount of energy used, and a basic service charge. The energy charge is as low as $.04 per kWh, keeping the overall cost down as long as demand is managed during peak hours.

    5. Contact Sunny Energy

    Sunny Energy can help Phoenix homeowners save money during both on-peak and off-peak hours by installing solar + battery storage on their home. Sunny Energy was named a top solar installer by Solar Reviews and a top solar contractor by Solar Power World.

    https://www.sunnyenergy.solar/sunny-energy-recognized-as-a-top-solar-contractor-in-the-u-s-and-top-3-local-phoenix-area-solar-contractors/

    Call us today to learn more: 480-257-3283

    Sunny Energy Founder Earns Industry’s Most Prestigious Certification
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    (TEMPE, May 29, 2018) – Joseph Cunningham, founder and director of operations for Tempe-headquartered Sunny Energy, has earned the solar industry’s leading recognition of installation expertise from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®), and is now a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional.

    NABCEP is the most highly respected and well established national certification organization for renewable energy professionals. Having designation as a Certified NABCEP PV Installation Professional helps set Cunningham and Sunny Energy apart from other solar companies as it is widely recognized to be the most important certification of its kind in the solar industry.

    PV is short for photovoltaic. PV systems produce electricity from sunlight. Most people have used a solar powered calculator or garden light, and seen solar panels on roadside signs, but PV panels can be configured to produce enough energy to power a home, school, business, or even serve as a small power plant feeding electricity into the grid. As the cost of PV systems has declined sharply over the last few years, more and more households, municipalities, and companies are “going solar.” NABCEP is a mark of quality assurance that the consumer can use to know that they are choosing a qualified contractor.

    “We are honored to have earned this designation,” Cunningham said. “Sunny Energy is excited to offer customers the added confidence of knowing that their photovoltaic system installations will be completed to the highest standards in the solar industry, something we have done since our inception.”

    “One thing you can be assured of when hiring a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional is that your project won’t be their first,” said Richard Lawrence, executive director of NABCEP. “Anyone who makes the considerable effort required to earn NABCEP certification has documented their training and experience as part of the eligibility process. They have also made a very real commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. I am delighted to welcome Joseph Cunningham of Sunny Energy to the ranks of the industry’s leading solar professionals.”

    Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to helping homeowners save money on their electric bills. 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.  With offices in Arizona, California and Texas, Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair. The company 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.

    About NABCEP

    NABCEP is a non‐profit organization governed by a board of directors consisting of volunteer representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. NABCEP’s mission is to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners by supporting and working closely with stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. To learn more visit www.nabcep.org.

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    SRP Customers: Ways to maximize your savings with solar + battery storage
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    SRP Customers: Ways to maximize your savings with solar + battery storage

    Temperatures are climbing in Arizona, and so are utility bills! As summer heats up in the Valley of the Sun, here are 3 ways to make sure you’re maximizing your energy savings.

    1.Make your own energy – go solar

    As energy costs rise, more and more Americans are looking to become energy independent. By going solar, homeowners are producing their own clean, inexpensive energy and taking control of their personal energy. You don’t have to be at the mercy of your utility company’s price hikes.

    By installing solar on your home, you can make your own energy – lowering your electricity costs and protecting yourself against rising electricity prices. Many homeowners are surprised to find out how affordable it is to install solar. Solar is the only home improvement that pays for itself, adds value to your home, and continues to provide returns on investment.

    What’s even better? Going solar has a positive impact on the environment because instead of burning fossil fuels you’re generating your own clean energy and dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    2. Don’t give your energy away – add battery storage

    With solar, any energy you don’t use goes back to the grid. But you don’t have to give away your earned energy. You can now store it! Adding battery storage to your home solar system can help you save even more money on your utility bill. By storing electricity, you can use your own energy during peak usage time when energy is more expensive, or to offset peak demand costs if you have demand charges from your utility.

    No matter what the utility companies do to reduce solar incentives, eliminate net metering or increase rates, solar with storage helps you become more independent, and helps reduce your utility costs. And in the event that the grid goes down, your family won’t be left in the dark!

    3.Take advantage of savings and incentives – act now, space is limited!

    The Salt River Project (SRP) recently released an incentive for existing and non-existing solar customers that will help them save even more on their utility bill and will allow the consumer to control their demand especially during peak hours. https://www.srpnet.com/newsroom/releases/050118.aspx

    SRP is offering an up to $1,800 rebate for new and current solar customers who add a battery storage system to their solar system. This opportunity is only available to the first 4,500 customers – so act fast!

    Combining solar and battery storage for your home can help you and your family become energy independent. How do you get started? Sunny Energy is recognized as an award-winning solar company and is a certified LG Chem installer and is one of the only certified Tesla PowerWall installers in the state of Arizona. Our team of industry veterans can help you maximize your energy savings.

    https://www.sunnyenergy.solar/batteries-storage/

    Call us today to learn more – 480-257-3283

    Sunny Energy was featured on Arizona Family discussing the growth of battery storage in Arizona. Watch the full interview with Arizona Family here: 

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