October 6, 2017
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware– Delaware solar company Clean Energy USA recently awarded homebuilder Schell Brothers the first Platinum Builder award, which signifies 1,000 homes built by Schell Brothers have installed solar panels.
“Solar gives our customers the ability to ensure that their bills remain low no matter how expensive electricity may be in the future,” said Chris Schell, president of Schell Brothers.
Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. A house or business uses that electricity, reducing the amount needed to be bought from the utility companies. When a property cannot use all of the power that is being created by the solar panels, the excess goes through the electric meter, spinning it backward at the same rate as it spins forward. If at the end of a billing period, the meter shows that more power has gone out through the meter than into the meter, a credit will show on that customer’s electric bill. This concept is called “net metering”.
Solar is easily installed in Schell Brothers new construction homes, new roofs ensure that the long life of a solar panel will align the long life of a new roof. New homebuyers appreciate the ability to include the cost of solar panels in their mortgage making solar instantly cash flow positive.
Clean Energy USA was founded in 2007 and has grown as solar has become more affordable, and as local residents realize the advantages of having solar on their homes and businesses. Clean Energy USA has installed over 50% of the purchased residential solar electric panels in Sussex County, many on new homes while under construction.
Incentives typically cover over 2/3 of the price of the system, depending on system details and location. “I could not believe how inexpensive solar was, especially with all of the builder, state, and government incentives,” said Schell Brothers and Clean Energy USA customer Lynn Cattafi.
“Our customers tell us time and time again how happy they are to have installed solar. Some of them are hesitant until they receive their first electric bill. When they do, they become our biggest advocates. The exciting thing is that it works! You can actually eliminate paying for your electricity with solar,” said John Sertich, president of Clean Energy USA.
Clean Energy USA also installs solar on businesses and non-profits. The combined savings for all of the systems they have installed to date is well over 120 million dollars. Those numbers only include the savings during the 25 year warranty of the solar panels and not additional savings that will be generated during their expected useful lifetime.
State and Federal incentives have helped drive growth in solar, and in turn has made the price of solar lower through increased efficiencies and competition. “The State of Delaware and the large power companies have been great partners in solar electricity. It benefits the utilities by providing relief for the grid during peak sunshine hours in the summer,” said Sertich.
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20184 Phillips Street
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Solar company Clean Energy USA has a special program designed just for non-profits. It allows non-profits to receive solar at no up-front costs and financing at heavily subsidized rates.
Solar panels can be expensive, and since non-profits cannot take tax credits, non-profits often cannot take advantage of the incentives available for residential customers, so we created a program for higher savings.
Additionally, most non-profits also are in perpetual states of raising funds, so they do not have the ability to spend a large sum of money to pay for their solar, even if ultimately it will pay for itself quickly.
Our non-profit program is designed to help non-profits purchase and install solar panels without compromising on their core expenses. Our non-profit program is similar to our residential programs, but the monthly payments are at a highly subsidized rate.
Several religious organizations in Delaware have taken advantage of the program, as have thrift shops and even some homeowners associations who are considered non-profit organizations. Contact us today to find out how Clean Energy USA can help your non-profit to drastically reduce your energy costs.
Non-profit program details
Clean Energy USA allows residential customers to save over 50% on what they pay their utility for electricity versus what they make in payments for their solar. If the solar saves the customer $10,000 a year on electric bills, the customer ends up paying $5,000 or less for the solar equipment that creates the higher savings.
When you combine the savings for all of the solar electric systems Clean Energy USA has installed to date, the estimated savings on electric bills will be well over $120,000,000. Those numbers only include the savings during the 25-year warranty of the solar panels and not additional savings that will be generated during their expected useful lifetime.
How Solar Panels Work
Solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. A house, or building, uses that electricity and reduces the amount of energy it needs to buy from the utility companies. When a property cannot use all of the power that is being created by the solar panels, the excess goes through the electric meter, spinning it backward at the same rate as it spins forward.
If at the end of a billing period, the meter shows that more power has gone out through the meter than into the meter, a credit will show on that customer’s electric bill. This concept is called “net metering.” Learn more about how solar panels work.
Solar power should be a priority for policy makers worldwide. According to a recent study, solar is a fast-growing industry that has outgrown predictions time and time again. Assumptions that solar is too expensive or will take time to adopt often leave lawmakers and policy stakeholders to underestimate the actual current ability of renewables to become an inexpensive part of our energy future. Keep reading to learn more.
Clean Energy USA recently saw this article “We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem.” in The Washington Post by Chelsea Harvey. Read the original article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/25/weve-been-underestimating-the-solar-industrys-momentum-that-could-be-a-big-problem/?utm_term=.24139dfb4ff3
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Clean Energy USA recently saw this article on Vox by David Roberts and thought it sums up our beliefs pretty well. Read the original article here: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/8/18/16160456/wind-solar-power-saving-money
Solar as a technology depends on sunlight to produce electricity. In theory, the only thing that should affect how well solar works should be how many hours of daylight the solar panels receive. If the panels receive more sunlight, the consumer receives more electricity. That’s not exactly true though.
There are several factors that affect how good solar is from an investment standpoint:
- Price of electricity
- State laws
- Incentives and rebates
You may have heard the announcement this spring from Tesla that they will be offering solar roofs that are integrated into the house in place of a traditional roof. It’s an exciting time to be alive when innovations like this are announced and making the future seem even better and brighter.
Hopefully, solar roofs will be a common feature of a new home and an option for people looking to replace their roof someday. It seems to make sense: use your roof where solar panels might normally be placed, and make the roof a kind of solar panel itself.
There are some hurdles to be worked out before solar roofs begin to make more sense than traditional solar panels. In the meantime, traditional solar panels offer both advantages and disadvantages compared to the solar roof on the horizon.
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Solar isn’t just for homeowners. Major businesses are jumping on board to reap the benefits of the tax and energy savings.
These large companies take advantage of many of the incentives available to Delaware businesses, large and small: tax credits, grants, and depreciation. However, Delaware is largely classified as a rural area, so even businesses in coastal areas and near cities often qualify for additional monies not available to the large corporations.
Not only is solar a smart choice for home and business owners but Clean Energy USA makes solar simple. So here are 25 interesting facts about solar power, ranging from the basic to the less widely known that show you how smart and simple it is to save money with solar.