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Availability and Growth

Given the constant nature of the sun, solar power is a very reliable energy source, as our ability to harvest it is dependent on just technology and location.California is home to the largest solar power plant in the world, located in the Mojave Desert. It spans 1,000 acres.California also dominates the solar power market, with a market share of 44% in 2015.California, Arizona, and North Carolina are the top three US states for solar power, based on the amount of cumulative solar electric capacity installed.Pollution can obscure the sun’s rays and stop them from reaching the Earth, so theoretically, the more humans switch over to solar power and reduce greenhous...

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Affordability

The cost of solar panels has dropped by 80% since 2008, and it is expected to keep falling.Solar power itself is a free source of energy, and once you’ve installed PV panels on your home, maintenance is minimal.Most solar panels have a warranty of 25 years.Many states allow you to sell the excess solar energy you produce, meaning you can not only earn back the cost of your panels, but you can also make a profit in the long run.Many states also have incentive programs for solar panel installation as encouragement to switch to more sustainable energy production. Policies vary by state, so find out what’s offered in yours when considering solar for your home.It takes t...

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Health

Solar power produces no pollution, which is a by-product of non-renewable energy consumption and one of the biggest global killers. It affects as many people as HIV or malaria and has a serious effect on children, whose bodies are often more vulnerable than those of adults.China is the world’s leading solar producer and seeks to triple its capacity by 2020. These goals are largely tied to the fact that China’s air pollution makes it almost impossible for citizens to breathe in cities like Shanghai and Beijing.A household rooftop solar panel system can reduce pollution by 100 tons of CO2 in its lifetime — including the energy it took to manufacture the solar panels. T...

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From Solar Power Authority -- dated 17 August 2016

Basics

Solar power uses the natural energy of the sun to produce electricity. It is sustainable and renewable.Every square meter of our planet receives around 1,366 watts of direct solar radiation.Coal plants are the largest producers of carbon emissions, which contributes to global warming. Solar power serves as an alternative to non-renewable resources like coal.Solar power does not create any noise pollution.You can use solar power to heat water for your home.You can use a battery as backup for your solar system, giving you a supply of electricity even on days when your home doesn’t get as much radiation from the sun. However, most modern solar systems use net metering, which is...

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Article from "Renewable Energy World" dated 3 January 2017 written by Wayne Barber

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted 4 - 1 on Dec 21 to restructure how distributed generation (DG) is compensated and paid for in Arizona.

The commission said in a news release that the move to replace net metering is laying the foundation to invigorate renewable energy technologies while providing equity to all customers.

The decision comes after a 3-year investigation into the value and cost of solar which included input from a broad coalition of solar, utility, consumer advocates and customers.

Under net metering policy adopted in 2009, customers were given full retail credit for the power they generate and can sell back the excess at wholesa...

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When surfing the 'net on any updates from APS, I found this message on their site to be really telling:

solar partner program

PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY FULL

So what this means, is APS wants ALL the power business for it's customers. If they, APS is not the "provider" then the customers will continue to pay higher and higher bills.

Ask Solar Sandy how she can help YOU -

Demand charges, the one things that no one really takes seriously or the time to really learn about. Well click on the link below to learn more. It's time to educate ourselves on really how much money we are spending and how much we can save. Take the time to look at the numbers and look at the facts. Solar isn't a gimmick or a fantacy it's real and it will save you money, now.

http://www.arizonashines.org/