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What is the life expectancy of a solar array? - (http://gplnk.co/2jJkwYc)

Solar PV systems have life expectancies of upwards of 30 years. At Aztec solar, we offer a 25-year manufacturer panel performance guarantee. Performance warranties guarantee that the power output will decline at a rate set by the manufacturer -- usually about 0.7% each year.

But what about the other components that are involved? We offer a 10-year MFG equipment warranty and a 5-year Aztec parts & labor warranty. Batteries come with a wide range of warranties. Deep-cycle lead acid and AGM batteries are on the low end of the spectrum, while lithium-ion and redox-flow offer much longer warranties.

Appropriate maintenance can help extend the life of your solar array. There's different kinds of maintenance, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory:

Administration maintenance - establishing budgets
Preventative maintenance - scheduling maintenance checks
Corrective maintenance - repairing damage
Condition-based maintenance - anticipates failures or catching them early

You get all of this and more when you work with Aztec Renewable in Texas or Oklahoma!

#Texas #Oklahoma #solarpower #solarenergy #warranty

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How Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Works (with video!) - (http://gplnk.us/2j6Vnqm)

Solar power is what we do. However, there's a lot of misconceptions about how solar power works, and the different aspects of it.

Basically, there's two types of solar panels: Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV). PV is much more common nowadays, as CSP needs higher sun radiance, which isn't great for states like Alaska.

PV is typically what you see with rooftop solar, and produces more energy for your household. Warranties last 20-30 years, and it's super reliable, during the day and night.

If you're in Texas or Oklahoma and interested in going solar, give us a call today! 866-933-6344

#solarpower #solarenergy #facts #Texas #Oklahoma #solarpanel

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Energy Efficiency Begins with Schools
https://goo.gl/YU7wQX

The next generation of sustainability is going to come from our youth. How will they know how to create a sustainable environment without education? That's why an innovative program called the Better Buildings Challenge is creating a culture of energy efficiency while helping schools save significant money.

The Better Building Challenge educates high school students on tracking and reducing energy, water use and cost across their buildings. They are working with 25 school districts from small to large urban areas. The program is focusing on the following to promote savings within schools:

* Converting school buses
* Zero energy buildings
* Advanced plug and process loads
* Workforce training and development
* Ongoing workshops. competitions and events

So far, they have compared two schools side by side, and the second school has saved $200,000 in annual energy costs by using sustainable cost-saving methods.

Learn more here: https://goo.gl/YU7wQX

#school #education #greenliving #sustainability #solarpower

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Test Your #Solar IQ: http://gplnk.co/2dyPxLV
Think you know PV from CSP? This quiz will test your solar IQ!

We would love to hear how you do after you take this quiz! Here are the questions:

1. How much #solarenergy reaches the Earth's surface at any given moment?

2. Of all new generating capacity added to the U.S. electrical grid in 2015, what percentage was solar?

3. Which U.S. state generates the most utility-scale #solarpower?

4. What does the word #photovoltaic mean?

5. Who discovered the photovoltaic effect?

6. What are the most common photovoltaic cells used today?

7. Roughly how much did the cost of PV solar panels decrease between 2008 and 2015?

8. Which of these is NOT considered a "soft cost" of solar power?

9. What form of #energy do concentrating solar power technologies use to generate electricity?

10. Which of the following is NOT a technology used in concentrating solar power?

11. About how many mirrors are used at Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the largest concentrating solar power facility in the U.S.?

Take the quiz and let us know how you did in the comments below: http://gplnk.co/2dyPxLV

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Test Your #Solar IQ: http://gplnk.co/2dyPxLV
Think you know PV from CSP? This quiz will test your solar IQ!

We would love to hear how you do after you take this quiz! Here are the questions:

1. How much #solarenergy reaches the Earth's surface at any given moment?

2. Of all new generating capacity added to the U.S. electrical grid in 2015, what percentage was solar?

3. Which U.S. state generates the most utility-scale #solarpower?

4. What does the word #photovoltaic mean?

5. Who discovered the photovoltaic effect?

6. What are the most common photovoltaic cells used today?

7. Roughly how much did the cost of PV solar panels decrease between 2008 and 2015?

8. Which of these is NOT considered a "soft cost" of solar power?

9. What form of #energy do concentrating solar power technologies use to generate electricity?

10. Which of the following is NOT a technology used in concentrating solar power?

11. About how many mirrors are used at Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the largest concentrating solar power facility in the U.S.?

Take the quiz and let us know how you did in the comments below: http://gplnk.co/2dyPxLV

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Advantages of Solar Power (http://gplus.ly/2a0YM2G)

One major advantage of solar power is that no pollution is created in the process of generating electricity. Environmentally, it the most clean and green energy; it is renewable (unlike gas, oil and coal) and sustainable, helping to protect our environment.

Solar energy does not require any fuel. It does not pollute our air by releasing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide or mercury into the atmosphere like many traditional forms of electrical generation does. Therefore solar energy does not contribute to global warming, acid rain or smog. It actively contributes to the decrease of harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

The other obvious advantage is that generating your own solar power on-site reduces, or may even eliminate, most of your home’s energy-operating costs. Solar energy can also offset any impacts from potential utility rate increases.

Are you ready to go solar? If you are in the #Texas area, we want to talk to you! Visit our website to get started: http://gplus.ly/2a0YM2G

#solarpower #solarenergy #solarpanels #sustainability #renewable
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Buying vs. Leasing Solar Panels: http://gplus.ly/1tmZz6j

If you are approached by a solar company offering leasing, run as fast as you can! Solar leasing is only good for the investors and is always presented by a professional sales person face-to face (contract in hand). These companies give solar a bad name and many complaints have been filed.

+Aztec Renewable Energy, Inc is a #Texas company and we do not export installation profits to other states or investors. We offer great paying #sustainable jobs and contribute to the Texas economy! The benefits of buying and owning your solar power system far outweigh the benefits of leasing. Please see the comparison table on our website to understand some of the advantages of owning your #renewableenergy system: http://gplus.ly/1tmZz6j

#solar #solarenergy #solarpower #solarpanels #solarsystem
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Let's Talk About Misconception #4: http://gplus.ly/2aMV7pl

Again, another very common misconception is that #solarpanels only work in sunny areas. When you think of solar power, you would think that the solar panels need heat from the sun. Germany is currently #1 in solar, yet they have lower temperatures than the U.S. This is because solar panels don’t need the heat from the sun, they need the light. The U.S. has 3,900% more sun than Germany while Germany uses 6,000% more solar than the United States. Even in cloudy weather, as long as the panels are exposed to 5.3 sun hours of light, they will function properly.

5 Misconceptions about Solar Power:
1) Solar power means no more modern technologies.
2) Solar power has no real estate value.
3) Solar power is expensive.
4) Solar power only works in sunny areas.
5) Solar power only works on south facing roofs.

All of these are FALSE and our blog post tells you what's the real truth. Go read it (http://gplus.ly/2aMV7pl) and then let us know if you still believe any of these now that we have "debunked" them? Why or why not?

#solar #solarenergy #solarpower #technology #realestate 

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Have you heard any of thes 5 Misconceptions about Solar Power? http://gplus.ly/2aMV7pl

5 Misconceptions about Solar Power:
1) Solar power means no more modern technologies.
2) Solar power has no real estate value.
3) Solar power is expensive.
4) Solar power only works in sunny areas.
5) Solar power only works on south facing roofs.

All of these are FALSE and our blog post tells you what's the real truth. Go read it (http://gplus.ly/2aMV7pl) and then let us know if you still believe any of these now that we have "debunked" them? Why or why not?

#solar #solarenergy #solarpower #technology #realestate  

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Are you spending a large portion of your paycheck each month on a high electricity bill? http://gplus.ly/28KZ4bD

Over the last 30 years, utility rates have continued to increase by about 6% per year. Unless you stop turning on your lights, using your kitchen, and washing your clothes...it'll just keep getting more and more expensive.

That's the bad news.

But here's the good news!

You have a choice! You can now tap into the sun's natural energy and use it to power everything in your home...WITHOUT having to write a big check to a power company at the end of each month.

Here's how it works:

Every day, sunlight will stream down onto your solar panels with photons (which are particles of sunlight).

Then, the solar panels convert those photons into electrons of electricity using photovoltaic cell technology. The amount of electricity generated depends on the intensity of the sun, but even on cloudy days your solar panels will still absorb sunlight and generate you energy!

Once the energy is transferred from the sun, it flows from the solar panels to an invertor that converts the raw electricity into ready-to-use-electricity for your home. You don't have to do anything!

What's even better, solar electric systems can produce more electricity than your home needs, and the extra you do not use goes back to your utility grid. This is called net metering and you'll be able to enjoy watching your utility meter spin backwards. Then at night or on cloudy days when your solar system is not producing enough energy for your home, you will be able to draw power down from the grid so you never have to worry about running out of electricity! And if you are producing more energy than your household requires, then you'll get a credit from the utility company!

You'll feel good about your solar investment not only because it will provide you with a lucrative annual return you can rely on (saving you thousands of dollars on long term utility costs), but because you'll be doing your part in providing a safer planet for you, your family, and future generations.

Best of all, it's a LOT more affordable than you may think!

If you're ready to stop wasting money on high electricity bills and start harnessing the free power that's available to you right now, just give us a call at 866-933-6344, mention this video and our friendly team will be able to answer all your questions.

Visit our website to learn more: http://gplus.ly/28KZ4bD

#solar #solarpanels #netmetering #solarenergy #electricity  
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