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    HOW TO CHOOSE A SOLAR COMPANY
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    HOW TO CHOOSE A SOLAR COMPANY

    Solar energy is our number one source of renewable energy, which is why so many homeowners  are turning toward solar power in order to save money, protect the environment, and become less dependent on utility companies and their rising rates.

    As a result, more and more solar installation companies are surfacing in order to meet the rise in demand. This is why it so crucial to choose a company that is on your side. One that can educate and guide you through the process. One that treats your home as if it were their own. And one that truly designs for your maximum savings, not their bottom line.

    But how do you do that? How do you ensure you are choosing the right company? Here are some things to consider.

    REPUTATION

    In a fast-growing industry like solar energy, it’s especially important to know the reputation of the company you’re considering. New companies may be showing up in the marketplace, but that doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily offer the best service or be around long enough to support their product line years from now.

     Look for stability in your solar installer. You’ll want to find a company that has developed a great reputation over a number of years with a long track record of satisfied customers from projects similar in scope to yours.

    Be sure to read consumer reviews, check for company ratings, look for industry awards and confirm they are both certified and accredited.

    THE SYSTEM

    There are a wide range of solar panel systems on the market and the technology itself is going to be a big part of your decision. No matter what system you decide on, the key thing you’ll be looking for is efficiency– and that means understanding both the energy generated and the cost of doing so.

    Some solar systems generate power more efficiently than others, depending on their design and the type of materials they’re made from. And price efficiency can matter too, because you don’t want to find yourself spending a whole lot more money for just a tiny increase in power. Likewise, if a slightly bigger investment can yield a large boost in energy generated, it can make sense to spend the extra money.

    Look closely at the math and pick the system that gives you the best return for your money. Many solar systems will pay for themselves over a number of years, so choosing one to be installed by a well-regarded company can be a wise financial move.

    ADDITIONAL SERVICES

    Going solar extends far beyond simply installing panels. In order to maximize savings, look for a company that offers additional services and smart technology.

    For example, integrating solar with battery storage and/or an energy management system, will produce a high return on investment, while providing added security for you and your family. Saving money isn’t limited to just creating your own personal energy. For the most cost-effective solution, energy management tools can help you automate energy use, grid demand, and household comfort.

    Further, if you’re doing new construction that will have solar components, look for a company that can also serve as your general contractor. The bigger the project, the more important it is to have the solar system integrated into the design and construction from start to finish– not added on as an afterthought by a contractor that doesn’t typically incorporate solar elements into their projects.

    FINANCING OPTIONS

    Funding for solar depends on your lifestyle, taxable income, personal preference and your desired savings. Therefore, it’s important to find a solar installation company that offers financing solutions in order to meet your needs and your goals.

    First, take advantage of both state and federal incentives, along with any government programs, which can assist and/or offset the cost of installing solar.

    Secondly, find a payment option that is right for you. There are typically three ways in which buyers can purchase their solar system:

    Cash: The simplest and most direct way of paying for your system. Cash buyers may be eligible for a 30 percent tax credit from the federal government, along with other rebates that can reduce the installation cost up to 50 percent. This option ensures there will never be a rate increase and has shown to have the greatest return on investment.

    Loans: Finance your residential system with no money down. You own the system and keep all the tax incentives. Low fixed monthly payments with no escalator and no prepayment penalty. Loan terms can range from 10 to 25 years, depending on your preference and financial means.

    Leases: No money down, complete system warranty, production guarantee and insurance for the duration of the lease. Third party keeps tax and utility benefits and passes the value on in the form of monthly payments.

    Sunny Energy has helped more than 3,000 homeowners produce their own clean, smart, reliable and inexpensive energy. And we can help you, too! Our team puts you, your needs and your home at the core of the design. We offer competitive pricing that is focused on driving the most value, and financing options so you can maximize your savings. We want you to have the right system, not the biggest and we design for your investment, not our revenue. Get your FREE online quote by visiting http://bit.ly/sunnyquote or give us a call 480-257-3283

     

    Battery Storage: Reliable Power When You Need it
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    Battery Storage: Reliable Power When You Need it

    It’s no secret that solar panel systems have become one of the fastest-growing sources of energy in the United States. In fact, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the solar market is expected to more than double in size by 2023!

    With solar on the rise, it has also led to another type of renewable technology – high energy density battery storage that can store your extra solar energy for later use.

    Perhaps the grid goes down and you experience a power outage and you want to rely on your stored energy as backed. Perhaps you simply want to maximize savings by beating the complicated rate plans utility companies make up just for solar consumers.

    Introducing battery storage.

    By adding battery storage, such as Panasonic and LG, you control how much energy is saved and when it’s used—so that you can realize greater savings and independence from the utility company monopoly, so your lights stay on, your phones can charge, your refrigerator stays cold and you can breathe knowing that you your family is protected.

    BATTERY STORAGE EXPLAINED

    When you accompany a battery with your solar system, you are able to store the excess solar electricity at your home instead of sending it back to the grid. If your solar panels are producing more electricity than you need, excess energy goes towards charging the battery. Later, when your solar panels aren’t producing as much electricity, you can utilize the energy you stored earlier in your battery for when the sun is not shining or when the power is out. By doing this, you can beat the utility company’s high peak rates which are often three to five times higher than your solar energy costs or off-peak utility rates.

    And, you could have critical power at home during an outage.

    Bottom line: Adding battery storage allows you to use YOUR energy on YOUR terms.

    BENEFITS OF BATTERY STORAGE

    STAY PROTECTED

    By using a battery to backup critical loads, you can ensure that your family has power in the event of the grid being down.

    INCREASE SELF CONSUMPTION

    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.

    LOAD SHIFTING

    Increase your savings by charging your batteries with your solar system, then discharging your batteries during peak usage times when energy is more expensive.

    Are you ready to take back your power?

    Many utility companies, including SRP and PG&E, are now offering a limited time incentive or rebate to help pay for your battery. Take advantage and learn how we can help design, finance and install your advanced system when you contact us at: 623-900-2560

    Sunny Energy Featured on 2019 Top Solar Contractors List
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    Sunny Energy Featured on 2019 Top Solar Contractors List

    The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list includes Tempe-based solar firm

    Tempe, Ariz., July 25, 2019—With renewable energy expected to be the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity generation for at least the next two years, local solar installer, Sunny Energy, is happy to be contributing to the country’s energy mix. Sunny Energy has been recognized by Solar Power World magazine for its installation efforts, ranking on the magazine’s 2019 Top Solar Contractors list for the fourth year in a row.

    The Top Solar Contractors list is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the United States. Produced annually, the Top Solar Contractors list celebrates the achievements of U.S. solar developers, subcontractors and installers within the utility, commercial and residential markets, and ranks contractors by kilowatts installed in the previous year.

    Solar Power World enjoys assembling the Top Solar Contractors list each year, and our 2019 edition features hundreds of companies making big impacts in local energy markets,” said Kelly Pickerel, editor in chief of Solar Power World. “Solar power is becoming competitive with traditional electricity sources in more markets, and cities and states are demanding more renewable energy options. It’s a great time to be a solar installer, and we’re happy to highlight the best installation companies in the country on our list.”

    The U.S. solar market is expected to see 14% growth in 2019, with over 12 GW of new solar power added to the grid this year — enough to power 2.28 million average American homes. This increase in installations is attributed to strong residential solar interest and a rush to get projects in before the 30% federal investment tax credit steps down to 26% next year.

    The emerging energy storage market will also influence solar installations going forward. In markets that encourage grid service applications like time-of-use (TOU) shifting, self-consumption and backup power, battery systems paired with solar arrays are attractive options for home and business owners looking to save costs. Solar Power World included the first Solar+Storage Installer sublist in the 2019 Top Solar Contractors edition in recognition of solar installers’ early efforts at coupling the two technologies for customers.

    Sunny Energy employs 34 workers who installed 3,669.8 KW of solar power in 2018. Since its founding in 2014, the company has installed 13,810 KW of solar. The company is dedicated to offering homeowners better choices to produce their own clean, smart and inexpensive energy.

    “We are honored to have earned this recognition for the fourth year in a row,” said Chris Wood, co-founder at Sunny Energy. “Our customers have the added confidence of knowing that their PV system will be completed by one of the nation’s top solar contractors that does things the right way, not the easy way. We are proud to be part of the industry that employees more American workers than coal, oil and gas combined.”

    About Sunny Energy

    Sunny Energy provides residents with the latest in PV (photovoltaic) systems, battery storage and energy management, helping its customers lower their carbon footprint while saving thousands on their utility costs.

    About Solar Power World

    Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors — including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets — grow their businesses and do their jobs better.

    Celebrating Energy Freedom and Independence This Fourth of July 
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    Celebrating Energy Freedom and Independence This Fourth of July 

    Independence Day – a patriotic holiday filled with family barbecues, fireworks, parades and honoring the red, white and blue. It is a day to celebrate what it means to be American. And for us, that also means celebrating our freedom, power and energy independence.

    We love the home of the brave. Which is why we strive to protect it. We do so by offering solutions that keep our planet clean, our energy smart, our technology reliable and our future sustainable.

    We also provide our community with another type of freedom. Freedom from utility companies, freedom from harmful pollutants and freedom to simply make smart, alternative choices when it comes to producing clean energy.

    FREEDOM: FROM YOUR ELECTRIC BILL

    As we all know, your electric bill can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses – especially during the hot summer months. Imagine all the ways you could spend that money if your bill was significantly reduced or eliminated altogether!? Perhaps take the dream vacation you have always wanted, maybe go visit old friends or simply just put the savings into your bank account for a time when you need it most. 

    FREEDOM: FROM HARMFUL POLLUTANTS

    Going solar doesn’t just help your wallet. Unlike conventional energy, which relies on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, solar energy does not emit any harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. In fact, a typical residential solar panel system will eliminate three to four tons of carbon emissions each year. That’s the equivalent of planting more than 100 trees annually. Our goal is to not only provide a sustainable environment now, but for the many generations to come.

    FREEDOM: TO HAVE CHOICES

    Always remember that when you install solar on your home, YOU are always in control. We are simply here to help you meet your goals. After all, there are several choices when it comes to producing your own, inexpensive energy. Are you looking to save money? Are you looking to protect the environment? Perhaps a bit of both. How about financing and payment options? What are the current tax incentives? Are you also planning on integrating battery storage, energy management and smart technology to help aid in your overall efficiency? Yes, you have choices to make, but isn’t that what freedom is all about?

    This is why when you install solar on your home it so important to have a solar installation company that is on your side. One that can guide you through the decisions, one that can educate you through the process and one that designs for your benefit, not theirs.

    We are Sunny Energy. This is what we stand for. 

    So, are you ready? Contact us today to take back your power and enjoy your newfound freedom. 

    Your hassle-free consultation starts here: 623-900-2560

    Do Solar Panels Need Maintenance?
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    Do Solar Panels Need Maintenance?

    When looking into purchasing solar, homeowners may wonder, is there maintenance that comes with a solar system? The short answer is no but there are some things you can do to maximize the production of your solar system, including:

    Tree Trimming

    Shading from trees can cause the system’s production to produce less energy. With solar panels, you want to make sure they get as much sunlight as possible. Trimming trees that are near the panels will help you maximize your production and savings.

    Panel Cleaning

    Solar panel cleaning is not often necessary unless you live in a place with a lot of dust, sand, dirt or smog. The occasional rain is also a natural way of cleaning your solar panels from these particles.If the panels do need to be cleaned it can be done by a professional or yourself. Hiring a professional will come with a fee. Cleaning solar panels is simple, just spray off with a garden hose from the ground. No chemicals or detergents required.

    Inspections

    Although solar equipment is very dependable, it is a good practice to have the system checked by a solar technician for damage or defective components if you see a significant drop in production. Although this is rarely necessary, Sunny Energy will be there for you if your system is not performing up to standards.

    Going solar is long-term investment. A little maintenance can maximize your energy production and ultimately your savings. And by going solar with Sunny Energy, we’ll help answer any questions or concerns you may have along the way. Join the millions of homeowners saving money by going solar today.  

    Sunny Energy is a solar installation company established in the Phoenix and Sacramento areas dedicated to helping 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. Sunny Energy is there to help each customer at every step of the process to ensure they get the best technology, design, and experience when going solar.

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

    For more information about solar panel maintenance download our Homeowner’s Guide to Solar here: www.sunnyenergy.solar/resources/

    Federal Solar Tax Credit (ITC): What You Need To Know
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    Federal Solar Tax Credit (ITC): What You Need To Know

    Solar is more popular than ever before. Sunny Energy can help homeowners in the Phoenix, Arizona and Sacramento, California area save money on their electric bills and help save the planet too. If you are a Phoenix or Sacramento resident considering solar, now is the time to act and here’s why:

    Congress passed a bill in 2006 that extended in late 2015 called the Federal Solar Tax Credit (ITC). This bill allows taxpayers to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a residential or commercial solar energy system from their federal taxes. This high percentage available to taxpayers won’t last long. The full 30% tax credit won’t be available after December 31, 2019.

    Sacramento and Phoenix homeowners now have less than a year to take advantage of the 30 percent tax credit. This is percentage is the highest the ITC will ever be and will keep decreasing each year for the next 3 years before it is no longer available to homeowners. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to invest your tax dollars into your home and Sunny Energy can show you how.

    Sunny Energy is a solar installation company established in the Phoenix and Sacramento area dedicated to helping 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. Sunny Energy is there to help each customer at every step of the process to ensure they get the best technology, design, and experience when going solar.

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

    For more information about the Federal Solar Tax Credit or to schedule a solar consultation, call 623-900-2560.

     

    5 Solar Energy Facts You Need to Know
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    5 Solar Energy Facts You Need to Know

    The use of solar power is vastly growing among homeowners across the Phoenix and Sacramento metropolitan area. Many Arizona and California residents are wondering why this booming technology has become so popular in the west coast. There is more to solar power than just reducing your energy cost, below are five solar energy facts you need to know:

    1. Over a million homes have installed solar in the United States.
    2. Solar panels do require sunlight to produce solar energy but that doesn’t mean it only works on sunny days. Solar panels can still generate power on cloudy days as well.
    3. Generous incentives such as the Federal Tax Credit, make investing in solar an attractive option. Taxpayers who invest in solar, can take advantage of the the 30 percent Federal Tax Credit available in 2019. This tax credit will knock off thousands of dollars off your solar system. Act fast because this incentive will keep decreasing drastically each year for the next four years.
    4. Solar energy helps reduce your carbon footprint.
    5. Solar power has created more than 250,000 jobs across the United States – and is on track to grow even more in the coming years.

    Sunny Energy is a solar installation company established in the Phoenix and Sacramento area dedicated to helping 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 and California homeowners a variety of services from solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair.

    For more information or to schedule a solar consultation, call 623-900-2560.

    Why is Winter the Best Time to Install Solar? To Save Money this Summer!
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    Why is Winter the Best Time to Install Solar? To Save Money this Summer!

    As the New Year starts and the cool breezes fill the desert air, Arizona homeowners are turning on their heaters and taking advantage of the beautiful cold weather. As they enjoy Arizona’s winter, many homeowners are also enjoying lower utility bills. Even though your current utility bill may be lower during the winter months, it is actually the best time for Phoenix residents to install solar and here’s why:

    1.Save Money This Summer

    Going solar in Phoenix can take some time. From researching, interviewing solar companies, choosing the right one and installing can take several months. If you wait to start the process in late spring or early summer in Phoenix, the system may not be up and running until the fall season when utility bills are significantly lower. Purchasing a solar system now will ensure your solar system will be up and running before the first initial heat wave hits the Arizona desert.

    2. Federal Tax Credit, Act Now

    Phoenix homeowners who install solar in 2019, can take advantage of the 30% Federal Tax Credit. Starting at the end of 2019, the tax credit will decrease significantly. Purchasing solar this winter, will guarantee you get the full benefit of the federal tax incentive. Act now before the incentive goes away!

    3. Solar Works Year-round!

    Some Arizona homeowners wait until the summer to shop for solar because they believe solar panels may not be as effective during the colder months. Solar panels work to produce energy for your home year round! You can enjoy a significant decrease on your utility bill not only during the hot summer months when you’ll see the most savings, but in the winter months too!

    4. Hassle Free

    Since less people are shopping for solar during the winter, you will not feel as rushed to get your solar system installed. During the summer season, installation times may take longer due to the demand and scheduling. Starting in the beginning of the year gives you plenty of time to make the right choice and still get the best savings this year.

    Sunny Energy – Here for All of Your Solar Needs!

    Sunny Energy is 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 come from different backgrounds in the industry. Leveraging their diverse backgrounds, 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 ensure 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 Solar Power World three years in a row. We provide Arizona homeowners a variety of services from solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair.

    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

     

     

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