2020 New Build Mandate in Effect

California has always been the state leading the country towards a brighter, greener future. At the forefront of the nation’s green revolution, California constantly seeks new ways of innovating upon existing technologies to revolutionize society. Recently, solar panel installations have received renewed interest by the state, and are the subject of the California 2020 New Build Mandate guidelines. The new California Green Building Standards Code requires all newly built single residence homes to have solar panel installations. With home buying up in Orange County, San Diego County, and Riverside County, one has to wonder how these guidelines will affect Southern California residents?

Will The California 2020 New Build Mandate Save Money?

The answer is yes, the California 2020 New Build Mandate will. Newly built homes after Jan. 1 are required to have solar panel installations, while existing homes do not have to install solar panels. However, the California Energy Commission estimates that over a standard 30-year mortgage, a solar panel installation can save homeowners $19,000. Regardless of whether or not you are building a new home, solar panel installations are a sound investment to both save the environment and your money.

How Will The California 2020 New Build Mandate Affect Home Builders?

Home builders may be wary of the California 2020 New Build Mandate for new homes, however these new guidelines can help them just as much as home buyers. Home builders have the opportunity to form lasting business relationships with expert solar panel installation experts who can work closely with them on multiple projects, potentially driving down the cost of their bulk solar panel installation purchases. The California Building Industry Association estimates that solar panel installations will add $8,000 to $13,500 to the price of building new homes, making wholesale discounts of solar panel installations a great way to add surplus value to new homes. With home builders expected to absorb most of the cost of the California 2020 New Build Mandate, making connections with expert solar panel installation providers should be at the top of every home builder’s todo list.

Top Tier Home Energy: Ready For Change

At Top Tier Home Energy, we are more than ready to assist home builders in complying with the California 2020 New Build Mandate. When you need an expert solar panel installation provider for Orange County, San Diego County, Or Riverside County, look no further. We back all of our work with an industry-leading 25 year warranty. That’s nearly the entire length of a home mortgage, meaning that potential home buyers will feel confident in their new home’s solar panel installation. We’re excited to work with home builders in Orange County, San Diego County, and Riverside County as they strive to meet the exceptionally green goals set out in the by this ambitious new law.

How Can Solar Panel Installation Help Me?

One of the best perks of living in Southern California is undoubtedly our weather. Going to an Orange County or San Diego County beach in the summer is high up on nearly every resident’s list of favorite activities. But increasingly, our summers are plagued by heat waves wherein our perfect weather takes a turn for the worse. Surprisingly, solar panel installation may hold the key to beating the heat this summer.

The last thing you want to be worrying about during one of these heat waves is your energy bill.  California has the 7th highest energy prices in the nation according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with prices even higher in Orange County, San Diego County, and even Riverside County. 

Solar Panels Save Summer

The very same sun that is beaming down on you can be utilized to actually cool your home. Reliable solar panels from Top Tier Home Energy can not only lower your energy bill, but also eliminate the guilt you feel when you turn down the thermostat. Top Tier Home Energy is not only a leading provider of solar panels in Orange County, San Diego County, and Riverside County, but we also install custom heating and air systems that are built to take full advantage of solar panel installations.

Top Tier Home Energy installs Sunpower solar panels, which are consistently rated among the highest grade solar panels on the market. Not only are these durable solar panels the most efficient solar panels on the market, we at Top Tier Home Energy back them up with an industry-leading 25 year warranty which make our solar panel installation services risk free!

Yes, you read that right: 25 years of guaranteed lower energy bills, guilt free air conditioning, and the knowledge that you are doing your part to help save the environment. Even when the sun isn’t shining, our industry-unique battery storage systems will keep your home powered in the greenest possible way. 

Whether you’re a resident of Orange County, San Diego County, or Riverside County, Top Tier Home Energy can help reduce your monthly energy bill and keep your home cool. While summer may seem months away, it’s only a matter of time before the weather warms up and you’ll be wanting to turn the thermostat down. Be prepared for the summer’s heat wave today with Southern California’s leading solar panel installation provider. 

 

As a solar energy installation company, quality and performance have been key criteria when selecting the best solar panels to supply. As a premier solar installation company in Orange County, our clients are the foundation for our success and their satisfaction is of utmost importance. In business for over a decade, Top Tier Home Energy owes its success to the quality of our solar installation and solar panels. 

 

According to Solar-Estimate.com as of August 2019, our solar panels are on the list of best solar panels to buy. The key reasons for making this list are:

 

+ Very high quality solar panels+ Highest efficiency and temperature coefficient

+ The best performing solar panels in the market

So what are the best solar panels? SunPower solar panels. 

Best Solar Panels: Still in Business

Much like our business, SunPower has been in business for a long time- for over 30 years in fact. Many solar panel companies do not remain in business after a few years, but SunPower continues strong as a solar panel manufacturer. Solar panels are meant to function for years. It’s important to install a solar panel that’s parts and components are readily available for maintenance. 

Best Solar Panels: Warranty

What good is a warranty if the company offering the warranty is no longer in business? Well, it’s null. SunPower offers an amazing home warranty. Here are their solar panel warranty specifications which, we believe, makes it the best solar panel warranty: 

  1. 25 Year Warranty. To start, a warranty of such extent is only possible with high quality solar panels. SunPower solar panels are of the highest quality and materials making them the best solar panels. 
  2. No Out-of-Pocket Cost: SunPower pays for repair or replacement including labor and shipping* If your solar panels ever faulter, SunPower will pay for the cost of repair or replacement parts. That cost savings certainly makes SunPower solar panels the best.
  3. Highest DC guarantee after 25 years. SunPower guarantees that their solar panels won’t lose more than 8% of their original DC power output in 25 years. Most other companies offer a 19% guarantee. To provide such stellar performance truly takes the best solar panels. 

Best Solar Panels: Efficiency

According to Energy-Sage.com the #1 Ranking Best Solar Panels for Efficiency are SunPower solar panels. 

A solar panel’s efficiency is a measure of how well it converts sunlight into electricity. Based only on maximum module efficiency, here are the top five manufacturers that make the best solar panels:

Data from Energy-Sage.com

Best solar panels by efficiency

RANK MANUFACTURER PANEL EFFICIENCY
1 SunPower 22.8%

Solar-estimate.org echos SunPower’s #1 placement, stating SunPower solar panels are the most efficient for homes.

Solar panels with higher efficiency require fewer modules. If you have a smaller roof, efficiency becomes a very important factor.

Below is table data from Solar-estimate.org

Table 5. The 5 most efficient models of solar panels by manufacturer
# Manufacturer Most efficient model Wattage Rated efficiency
1 SunPower SPR-X22-370-D-AC 370 W

Temperature Coefficiency 

SunPower is -0.29 Temperature Coefficient. A solar panel’s temperature coefficient is a measure of how much or little a panel’s production is lowered in hot temperatures. Despite hot weather and conditions, SunPower offers reliable production. 

SunPower solar panels are among the most popular solar panels. In fact, according to solar-estimate.org SunPower had the #2 best-selling solar panel module from June 2018 – November 2018. While this information may not add too much substance to the best solar panel claim, we believe consumers have it right. A consistent demand is often an indicator of high quality products. 

Solar Panel Installation Company Availability

Solar panels, no matter how great, can only excel when installed properly. The availability of quality solar panel installation companies is important. While we can not vouch for other companies, we can say, working with SunPower is not an instant process. SunPower qualifies it’s installation dealers to ensure quality control and proper installation. SunPower installation dealers can be found throughout the domestic United States. 

Top Tier Home Energy is Orange County, Riverside County and San Diego County’s best solar panel installation company. Experience and feedback from real clients tell a truth a company can never do for itself. Our client testimonials and reviews can provide you with a deeper understanding of our installation process and the quality and care our expert home installers provide. 

Best solar panels combined with best solar panel installation is a winning combination. Select the best team.

Call Top Tier Home Energy today  (949) 296-2296.

 

Did you know that installing a home solar system is an economic decision that can potentially improve your family’s financial position?

Home solar not only can reduce or eliminate your electric bill, adding a photovoltaic (PV) solar system to a house is almost always a good real estate investment and may contribute to increasing home values by 3 to 4 percent. The combined benefit of higher resale value and lifetime energy savings makes solar a compelling financial investment.

One study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory , which analyzed the sale of nearly 4,000 homes with solar in eight states,  determined that some buyers, particularly those in California, are willing to pay a premium of $12,000-$15,000 for a home with an average-sized, resident-owned solar array.1  That illustrates how important it is for buyers and sellers to familiarize themselves with how solar affects property values.

In states with a booming solar industry, such as California, which has a more mature solar real estate market, local real estate agents, lenders, and appraisers are more likely to understand the value of solar, and there are plenty of  comparable home sales that can guide accurate pricing decisions.

Other regions are still learning the benefits of solar. Renee Baker, a real estate agent in Las Cruces, New Mexico, said that about six years ago, many real estate professionals in the area did not understand how solar adds to the value of a house.

“The problem was that a lot of them didn’t know what they didn’t know,” Baker said.

But that has changed as more solar houses go on the market. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports that there are more than 1.5 million residential solar systems in the U.S. and that a new one is added roughly every 90 seconds. So, it follows that real estate professionals nationwide are beginning to gain experience with marketing the solar features of a house. They also have better tools and training to help them with solar real estate deals, including third-party groups that calculate the potential value of a solar system, currently and over its lifetime.

Top Tier Home Energy home solar systems are more powerful, more efficient and degrade at a slower rate  than conventional solar. As a result, SunPower systems generate up to 60 percent more energy over their first 25 years. If tools for measuring resale value base their assumptions on actual energy output and reliability, SunPower systems are well positioned to add additional value to your home. Moreover, SunPower has the strongest combined product and power warranty in solar. In a blog post by Savenia Labs, it was noted that there’s a relationship between comprehensive solar system warranties and higher resale values.

BEST WAY TO ASSESS SOLAR HOME VALUES

Real estate agent Baker said as local solar home markets mature, real estate agents are able to look up more comps. They are the best way to assess the value of any house, solar or otherwise.

Baker, who has handled about 16 solar home sales, said prospective home buyers have two major concerns: They want to make sure there’s  documentation that the installation was done properly (information that any reputable solar dealer will provide) and they want proof that the system is saving money on electric bills.

“So, if you’ve got that documentation, you can show that,” Baker said. “You can show what the electric bills look like, and that’s the proof in the pudding.”

Using this “income approach” is recommended by the recent SEIA report, “How Owning a Solar System Impacts My Home Value: A Guide to Valuing Residential Solar Energy Systems.”

It spells out the various methods for assessing the value of solar homes and explains why the income approach provides the most accurate view for prospective buyers.

The report also provides several resources, including solar calculators, and lists organizations that can help solar homeowners. It will be updated periodically with additional tools as the U.S. solar market continues to grow and become a more integral part of the country’s real estate landscape.

Contact Top Tier Home Energy or call us at (949) 296-2296.

1  Source: Hoen, B., Adomatis, S., Jackson, T., Graff-Zivin, J., Thayer, M., Klise, G., &amp Wiser, R. (2015). Selling Into the Sun: Price Premium Analysis of a Multi-State Dataset of Solar Homes. Based on analysis of home sales with &amp without solar energy systems in CA, CT, FL, MA, MD, NC, NY and PA from 1999 to 2013.  Actual impact on home values will vary.

This post originally appeared on the SunPower Business Feed.

It’s tax season! And to celebrate the final year of the 30% federal tax credit on solar purchases, we’re offering a special rebate for one month only. If you’ve been waiting for a reason to take the next step, here’s a good one!
For a limited time, you can receive a $1,040 mail-in rebate with the purchase or lease of a SunPower® Equinox™ system with X-Series panels, one of the most efficient panels on the market.

Plus, by going solar now you may qualify for a 30% federal tax credit on solar purchases, before it drops in 2020.

How to claim your $1,040 mail-in rebate

  • Purchase or lease a SunPower Equinox® home solar system with X-Series panels
  • Sign your contract by April 15, 2019
  • Complete and forward the rebate form with attachments within 90 days of receiving the final invoice

Call (949) 296-2296 or click here to take advantage of this rare opportunity and start saving with Top Tier Home Energy!

Once upon a time, it was thought that residential solar was only a smart investment for those who planned to be in their home for “forever.”  However, as electricity rates skyrocket and more homeowners are selling their once “forever” homes to make a profit, realtors and lenders alike have realized that residential solar adds significant value to a home on the market.  Whether you plan on being in your home for 5 years or 50 years, adding a residential solar system adds significant value for resale.

Residential Solar is Less Expensive

These days, most homeowners are able to pay off the installation of a residential solar system in 4 to 5 years.  At that point, they’re able to start reducing their energy bill and eventually start generating energy credits to sell back to the electric company.  This is extremely attractive to home buyers as many are nervous about mortgage payments, home owner association fees, and more.  Buying a new home with residential solar reduces this nervous feeling because they’re able to imagine a future where they won’t have huge electric bills that often come with home ownership. Suddenly large homes with fancy built in amenities such as washers and dryers, dishwashers, dual refrigerators and more are more affordable to new home buyers.

Going Green is Cool

There is a cache of cool surrounding having a green home.  Many homeowners love being able to say they’re helping the environment by owning a home with residential solar.  It’s not unusual to have residential solar installed but it is highly sought after for homeowners seeking to minimize their carbon footprints and to reduce their energy usage.  In today’s society, where American energy has seemed to take a step back with the resurgence of older forms of energy, solar power emerges as trendy, cool, and something that educated people choose to provide for a better future of the planet.

Whether homeowners are seeking to reduce energy bills or to embrace a cool form of energy, the addition of solar panels to a home translates to higher resale value, which multiplies homeowners’ return on investment. In the current housing market, an increased resale value can translate to big dollars overall.

We’ve heard for a while now that the solar tax credit will be reducing from 30% to lower over the years to come.  That’s why this is the perfect year for you to take advantage of the 2019 solar tax credit.  Homeowners will be able to take advantage of the federal investment tax credit with solar systems installed in their homes.

How the Solar Tax Credit Works

The federal solar tax credit was intended to encourage homeowners to go green and reduce Americans’ dependency on fossil fuels.  Due to popular demand, the federal solar tax credit was extended to 2020 by Congress in order to extend the 30% credit to homeowners.  In California, there is a mandate that all new homes install solar panels, but older homes are not required to install solar panels.  However, it’s anticipated that homeowners will rush to take advantage of the solar tax credit.

To acquire the solar tax credit, your solar installation company will offer you a receipt for the solar system’s total cost and installation process.  When tax season comes around, homeowners will be able to provide this information to their tax professional including items such as storage of solar batteries.

It must be noted that in order to take advantage of the federal tax credit, homeowners have to own their own solar panel system instead of renting it from a solar company. Additionally, in order to qualify for the solar tax credit, solar batteries must be entirely charged by the solar panel system, not an outside source.  These are important distinctions for homeowners seeking to make use of their tax credits for switching to clean green renewable energy.

Solar Tax Credit Eligibility Broken Down

As mentioned previously, there are a few conditions in order to make use of the 2019 federal tax credit:

  • Homeowners MUST own their own solar panel system and batteries in order to be eligible
  • Batteries must be fully charged from solar panels, not other sources
  • You must be a homeowner, not a renter of a property
  • Your solar panel system needs to be installed before the end of 2019

The Time to Act Is Now

Before the solar tax credit begins to diminish significantly, it’s time for you to act and install solar panels.  Go green and begin earning credits instead of paying major electricity bills.  Don’t wait to collect on your 2019 solar tax credit.  Consult with a skilled solar panel installation expert today and begin generating clean green renewable energy today that will save you money in the long run.

Call Top Tier Home Energy today (949) 296-2296.

We proudly service Orange County, Riverside County, San Diego County.

When considering a switch from electricity to solar power, it’s important to listen to the good advice of not only your solar power provider but your solar installation experts.  After all, you wouldn’t take solar installation advice from your gardeners or your neighbors.  It’s important to get the right information from the people who know best how to install and amplify your solar power.  You can’t start gathering solar power and selling enough credits back to the electric company if you don’t listen to your installers when it comes to installing solar panels at the right angles, how to maximize usage and clean your solar panels.  Consider the following reasons why you need to listen to your solar installation experts:

Your Solar Installation Experts Know How to Help You Gather the Most Energy

Think about it- your solar installation experts know what they’re doing.  They’ve worked with hundreds or thousands of homeowners just like you- nervous about how solar energy will work out for them, hopeful that solar energy will lower your energy bills and that one day you might be able to sell energy credits back to the electric company in order to make money instead of spending it on your utilities.  It’s a tense process in the beginning.  But take comfort in the fact that your solar installation experts know what they’re doing and they know how to help in the following ways:

  • they can calculate your energy demands for a new solar installation and the household’s energy usage
  • they know how to take things such as tree shade into account when performing a new solar installation
  • they can estimate the size of your solar panels necessary for a successful installation and system size in order to provide the most bang for your buck
  • they can take your budget into account and provide you with real life options that can turn you onto other options in order to reap the benefits of clean renewable solar energy

An experienced solar installation expert knows what they’re looking for when they come to your home.  They know your energy goals after a conversation to confirm their suspicions.  An expert such as this is seeking to help you lower your energy bills and help you to start making money.

Make Sure You Have the Best Solar Installation Expert on the Job

When you’re considering a change from electricity to solar power, you need to make sure you have the very best solar installation expert to do the job.  With such an investment upfront, you can’t afford to mess around with a fly by night company who claims to be all things to all people.  Do your research and ensure that your solar installer is asking you the right questions and seeking to help you as best they can.

 

For quality solar panel installation, call (949) 296-2296.

 

When considering whether or not to go green in your home, consider that with SunPower solar panels, you can produce over 70% more energy over the first 25 years.  Once you’ve installed SunPower solar panels, how you use that energy can be quite creative.  Consider the following ways in which you can use your new clean renewable energy:

 

Lighting Up Your Back Yard

With the clean renewable solar energy that you’re generating with SunPower solar panels, you can light up your back yard with colorful and creative lights.  You can impress your house guests and company when they come over with colorful light displays.  Imagine lighting up your pool, pergola, walk ways, trellaces, and patios with clean renewable energy.

 

Turning Up the Romance with SunPower Solar Panels

With SunPower solar panels, the energy you generate can be used to turn up the romance.  Picture how much you can enjoy powering and heating your hot tub sipping champagne.  With clean renewable energy, you can turn up the romance and not worry about how high your electric bill will be for your efforts.  You can take a dip every night and ignite the romantic spark in your relationship.  If you’re single, you can impress your dates with your elegant hot tub.

 

Powering Up A Holly Jolly Christmas Light Display

With SunPower solar panels, you can be the envy of your neighbors next Christmas with an intricate and bright light display.  You could deck your home out with every light you can find at the store and still be paying less for powering a massive display than your neighbors.  You can keep cozy all winter knowing that you’re producing more clean renewable energy and saving money at the same time.

There are many uses for clean renewable solar power that range from powering up your kitchen appliances to heating your home during the winter and keeping it cool in the summer. There’s no better way to do it than with SunPower solar panels.  If you’re ready to try out the many ways you can use solar power, give us a call at (949) 296-2296.

As December draws to a close, we’re all looking forward to a bright future in 2019.  With a new year, it’s the best opportunity to make new positive changes such as finally going to install solar in your home.  If you’ve been curious about solar power, then this might be the year you finally decide to embrace it.  Consider the following reasons to bite the bullet and install solar in your home:

Looming Electricity Rate Hikes if You Don’t Install Solar

There are looming regulatory rate hikes you may not have heard about.  Last May, Southern California Edison (SCE) and the California Public Utilities Commission announced a $5 billion rate hike that will increase an average homeowner’s electricity by 19%.  If your electricity bills are already too high, this is the perfect time to install solar in your home.  Start acquiring your electricity from the sun and lowering your electric bill when you install solar in your home.  Make SCE send you a check for the electricity you’ve contributed back to the power grid.

The Federal Tax Credit

If you install solar in 2019, you’ll still be able to enjoy the 30% federal tax credit prior to the government’s phase out plan.  You might as well take advantage of the full benefits afforded by the federal tax credits before it reduces significantly over the next few years.

California’s 2020 Mandate

While all new homes built in 2020 or later require solar installation, you might want to take some inspiration from those homeowners.  Global warming is expected to hit California particularly hard, and we have opportunities to be leaders in cleaning up our environment. It helps that saving money goes hand in hand with saving our environment as well.

If you’ve been considering switching to the clean renewable energy provided by solar power, then 2019 is your year to make some big changes and install solar in your home. By going green, you can put a little bit more of the green back in your wallet too. Call Top Tier Home Energy  (949) 296-2296.

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