Archive for May, 2009

Federal Incentive for Business PV Systems

Make your business run green, and you can cash in on government green!

New Jersey business owners now have even more reasons to ‘go solar’ with the help of Arosa Solar. Installing a PV system to supply electricity to run a business can help you  escape dependence on standard energy sources that pollute the environment, and pull in nice incentives from the government as well!

Grid-tied PV systems generate “green” renewable energy from the roof of a business without the danger of running short on power. They have battery back-up capability that stores energy as well, and will take energy from the electric company on cloudy days, feeding it back into the grid on good days or weekends when energy use is lower! This saves money for business owners, and in addition, Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC’s) can be accumulated and sold to investors or energy companies. Utility companies are required to produce a certain amount of their energy from renewable sources, but capability isn’t keeping up as building large solar and wind powered plants is taking longer than anticipated. To keep in compliance, these companies can satisfy part of that requirement by buying these ‘green tags’, which in New Jersey are trading for well over $600.

As an added bonus, eligible systems placed in service on or before December 31, 2016 qualify for a federal credit equal to 30% of expenditures, with no maximum credit. In other terms, if you have a solar PV system installed, you can either qualify for a tax credit equal to 30% of the cost of the system, or, if you can’t use the credit, you will receive a grant from the US Treasury in the form of a check for the same amount within 60 days of final inspection of such a system!

What are you waiting for? If you own and operate a business and have the space for a photovoltaic system, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Call Arosa Solar and speak to an expert today.


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Save on Your Water Heating Costs this Summer

With Arosa Solar Thermal Hot Water Systems

You need hot water for bathing, laundry and cleaning your home. The power used to heat this water can account for up to 70% of your household’s summer gas bill! Good news, however – with a solar hot water system, you can significantly reduce your total energy consumption, which will both save you money and reduce pollution of the environment.

You have to make sure you acquire a system that is properly sized and installed. This will garner you years of ongoing savings and eco-friendly, maintenance-free performance. When installed in conjunction with a full photovoltaic system, you get even more energy savings. Arosa Solar installs a wide range of solar thermal systems appropriate for the climate and weather patterns found in New Jersey and the surrounding areas.

Drain back systems which offer freeze protection with thermal limiting or antifreeze protected / pressurized glycol systems are both categorized as closed loop, indirect systems; the collector water is kept separate from potable water, draining into a specialized tank to prevent overheating once potable water reaches optimum temperature ands preventing freezing as well in extremely low temperatures.

Differential systems that circulate potable water to the heated collector and ICS (Integrated Collector Storage) systems that store and preheat water on the roof before delivering to a conventional water heater are called open loop, direct systems. These are good systems as long as you don’t live in in climates where freezing temperatures are the norm in winter.

Each system type has specific advantages and limitations. Arosa Solar’s thermal hot water systems will usually include a conventional back-up electric heating source to ensure a constant supply of hot water, but if you manage your water usage wisely you can possibly eliminate nearly all of the utility bills that come from heating water for your home or supplying hot water for your business. This can also result in savings in the form of 30% federal tax credits which apply to both solar electric and solar water heating systems!

Read more at Arosa Solar and find out how solar energy can save you money.

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Arosa Solar PV Systems Reduce Electric Costs

Live Cheaper, Live Greener

Are high electric costs getting you heated under the collar? Solar panels are designed to let the power of the sun provide electricity for your home, and can significantly reduce those high summer bills. Arosa Solar sells and installs full PV systems in Lakewood, NJ and the surrounding areas, enabling many home and business owners in in New Jersey to fill their electric needs cleanly and cheaply.

Photovoltaic (PV) modules use solar panels to create energy from sunlight – energy that can be used to power your home or business. The modules are wired together and placed on an unobstructed roof or un-shaded patch of ground with a full view of the sky.

In New Jersey, solar panels will be more effective in the summer months. Staying connected to the electrical grid can benefit you on that front, since not only will you be getting your electricity free, but you can sell any surplus back to the energy company – in effect spinning the meter backwards. In the winter, any power you lack can be supplied by the energy company so you never lose power.

In addition to saving on immediate electricity bills, you can also rack up SRECs, or green tags. These are certificates that show every megawatt of energy your system has produced; you can sell this certificates for nearly $700 currently in New Jersey. Arosa Solar customers who purchase a ten kilowatt system automatically are hooked to the state database, which remotely tracks and records power being generated.

This summer, call Arosa Solar for an estimate and evaluation of your own home and whether solar power might be your best option for going green and keeping your green! Located in Lakewood, NJ, Arosa Solar has trained technicians, contacts all over the country and a commitment to getting you the best PV system possible.

Reduce your electric bill, live greener and start enjoying freedom from worry over continually rising energy costs! Before summer hits, look into having a PV solar energy system installed on your home. It could be the smartest thing you’ll ever do!

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