As the elections are now wrapping up Sky High Energy has kept a close eye on the elected officials in all of our locations. The growing solar market in Arizona has seen it’s share of turbulent times, but rest assured that our newly elected officials still have solar in their mind.
Arizona’s Corporation Commission’s newly appointed representatives are comprised of 3 republican representatives including Susan Bitersmith, Gary Pierce, and Brenda Burns. Arizona’s “solar team” which included incumbents Paul Newman and Sandra Kennedy and hopeful Marcia Busching fell short of a winning vote, but has had a lasting impact on the importance of solar regulations with utility companies.
Susan Bittersmith Gary Pierce Brenda Burns Photos Courtesy of the individual’s respective website.
Those who perceive this as a slowing to solar progression in Arizona must keep in mind that the newly elected official’s goals are inline with reducing upfront cost of solar for customers by way of promoting economic demand to drive installation and manufacturing costs down, rather than through government subsidies for solar rebate programs. They hope to accomplish this through competitive solar markets across the valley to reduce dependency on these subsidies.
Right now is still a great time to go solar with Sky High Energy. We have lease and financing options allowing homeowners to generate clean, reliable energy while saving monthly on their power bill and hedging against future rate increases.
For more information on how you can save with solar, contact Sky High Energy at 1 (800) 791-0458.
There are many reasons why more people are choosing to switch to solar energy. Solar energy from a solar electric system provides homeowners with a clean and sustainable energy source, allowing them financial freedom from energy companies and monthly savings on their energy bill. Before making one of the smartest investments in a home, a homeowner can make, there a number of things that are important to consider ensuring you receive the maximum benefit from your solar electric system.
Employ a company that has a strong understanding of the local market, make sure they are willing to answer all of your questions and educate you about every step of the process. Allow them to help you fully understand the rebates and incentives available to you depending on your location of residence. A thoroughly professional and accountable firm will be happy to provide answers to your questions and be eager for you to see their quality work. Ask them for a list of referrals, or previous customers, you may contact to ensure you are receiving the quality service and solar electric system you deserve.
When choosing a Solar Installation company you should employ a company that will manage the entire supply line, this means a single company is in charge of everything from system design to installation. This will ensure you are protected as a consumer and know whom you can hold accountable for a professional, high quality solar installation. A company like this will be able to provide you with number of financing options that cater to your specific need as well as have the ability to purchase panels in larger quantity and pass the savings along to you.
Your Solar Installation Company Should:
- Be Registered, Licensed and Insured
- Provide a Comprehensive Site Evaluation
- Employ Certified Professional Installers
- Provide You With Multiple Financing Options
- Be Willing to Showcase Previous Installations
- Operate with Professionalism
- Guarantee Your Solar Production
- Provide 20-25 Year Warranty
Customer satisfaction is of utmost importance to us at Sky High Energy and that is why we have gone through specific steps to ensure we are:
We would be happy to answer any other questions you may have, and would be delighted to hear from you about your solar experience. If you we can help you in anyway please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-791-0458.
Have you heard or thought about the validity of a Power Purchase Agreement or Solar Lease? This informative quarterly report by SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) offers some great insights into ever expanding residential solar markets and the continued successes of Power Purchase Agreements as a means to reduce electricity costs and reduce your environmental footprint.
Third-party ownership has taken the residential solar space by storm, particularly in the last year and a half. The promise of lower energy bills with little to no upfront payment has spurred tens of thousands of homeowners to install solar systems through a PPA or lease agreement. In Q2 2012, the average price of a residential system was $32,453, down from $37,144 a year ago, despite a slight uptick in average system size from 5.8 k W to 5.9 kW. Even with costs coming down, purchasing a system outright is not a financially viable or appealing option for many homeowners. For homeowners looking to lower their energy costs or reduce their environmental footprint, the option to avoid upfront payment and have a contract with a company to monitor and repair the array is appealing.
As seen in Figure 2-3, the relative market share of third-party-owned residential systems has grown immensely in established markets. In Massachusetts, which has a burgeoning residential sector, installers that offer third-party financing far outnumber those who only offer cash sales. It is expected that the market share of third-party systems in Massachusetts will soon reach the levels seen in the other three states presented: Arizona, California, and Colorado. In the other major residential markets of New Jersey and Hawaii, where data is not available regarding third-party ownership, conversations with prominent solar providers suggest that levels of third-party penetration are similar to those seen in California and Colorado (70%-80%).
The success of third-party residential solar providers has attracted more than $600 million in new investments in recent months. Leading financial institutions have raised company-specific funds for solar providers to either offer to become installation partners or to use to install systems under their own name. This influx of cash into the residential space signifies the growing acceptance of solar leases as a secure investment and a unique way to reduce tax liability for the project owners, which in this case are the investors. It is expected that third-party installations will quickly claim even more market share in the coming quarters.
Information taken from: Solar Energy Industries Association. U.S. Solar Market Insight Report 2012 Q2 [blog post]. Retrieved from: Link
Sky High Energy has played an important role in helping many customers take advantage of Sky High Energy’s Power Purchase Agreement (or Solar Lease). We would like to remind all of our readers that not only do we have the ability to provide great savings on your power bills to our customers in viable markets such as Massachusetts, but our strategic pricing and quality products have given us the ability to deliver those same savings to our customers across our Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri and New Jersey, markets. If you or anyone you know would like to get more information about Sky High Energy’s Power Purchase Agreements, or woud like to request a free solar evaluation of your home please give us a call at (800) 791-0458 and one of our representatives would be delighted to answer any of your questions you may have.
Sky High Energy is helping New Jersey residents to GO SOLAR with our great summer promotion! New Jersey customers who present this ad at the time of their scheduled appointment will receive $1,000 credit from Sky High Energy, which can be applied toward any of our solar lease or purchase options.
Sky High Energy would like to commend New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and legislators who helped pass bill S-1925, also known as the solar resurrection bill. We appreciate and will continue to support legislation that shows commitment to our state’s homeowners and the solar industry.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed bill S-1925/A-2966 into law that will help to continue to stimulate the solar market in New Jersey. This legislation accelerates the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by changing its 15-year schedule.
New Jersey’s RPS will go from a fixed megawatt requirement each year, to a percentage of overall energy usage in New Jersey. This ensures that the level of solar obligations stays constant with overall energy demand. Under the new law utilities will be required to obtain 2.05% of their electricity sales from solar by 2014 – a mandate that will be ramped up on a tiered basis to 4.1% by 2028. According to Gov. Christie’s office the law will save ratepayers an estimated $1.076 billion over the next 15 years.
When signing the bill Christie was quoted saying, “Since my time running for office, I made it clear that my administration would be unrivaled in our aggressive support for the development of renewable sources of energy in New Jersey. Renewable energy not only helps meet our goals of increasing sustainability and protecting the environment, but can be an engine for economic growth and the creation of good-paying jobs for the people of our state.”
We look foreword to helping more homeowners go solar in the months and years to come.
For information on how this bill may help you and family save with solar please give us a call at 1 (800) 791-0458.
As a multi-state installer and designer of solar electric systems, we here at Sky High Energy are excited to announce the opening of our new office in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The increased demand for solar across the nation has prompted Sky High Energy to meet that demand in select locations across the country. Sky High Energy has gained a reputation in these states by providing superior customer service and professional high-grade installation with tremendous success in the states of Arizona, New Jersey and now the state of Massachusetts.
Sky High Energy has had plans of expansion in development for some time. “The Massachusetts housing market has grown substantially in the last few years. Pair that with generous utility, state, and federal incentives for homeowners installing solar electric systems, Massachusetts just made sense for us.” said Preston Hansen, co-founder of Sky High Energy. Since the creation of the company in 2008, Sky High Energy has installed nearly 6 megawatts of solar power. Sky High Energy is on pace to install solar electric systems on over 100 homes in the first half of 2012 in Massachusetts and the surrounding area alone.
Along with the announcement of our new Massachusetts office Sky High Energy is pleased to offer our customers a variety of financing options with our Sky High Energy Solar Lease Program. Homeowners know solar offers an economical power source, but the upfront cost of buying a system keeps many from committing. Leasing solar with Sky High Energy offers a bright alternative to owning a solar system. With our affordable options to fit every budget, leasing provides risk and worry-free access to solar today!
To schedule a FREE site evaluation with Sky High Energy Massachusetts sales office please call (609) 259-5037 or to speak to a Sky High Energy Representative for another location please call 1 (800) 791-0458. More information is available on the Sky High Energy website, www.skyhighenergy.com.