The boom is here: U.S. solar experiences record-smashing year

200,000 people are working in an industry that is revolutionizing the energy sector.

The United States installed a record-smashing 14,762 Megawatts (MW) of solar power in 2016?—?a 97 percent jump over 2015, according to data released Thursday. The industry reports that, for the first time ever, solar was the number one source of new generating capacity, beating out wind and gas.

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https://thinkprogress.org/report-u-s-solar-sales-doubled-in-2016-and-prices-dropped-20-percent-869b8a00989c#.gc358rnxx

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Duke Energy’s Mickey-Shaped Solar Farm Reaches Commercial Operation

Disney-inspired design shines a light on renewable energy efforts LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A new solar facility designed in the shape of a “not-so-hidden-Mickey” is the latest step by Duke Energy to expand renewable energy in Central Florida.

Read the complete story: http://news.duke-energy.com/releases/releases-20160412

 

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France set to pave over 600 miles of roadways with solar panels

By Walter Einenkel
Wednesday Feb 17, 2016

Last week the French Minister of Ecology and Energy announced that France would cover over 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) of their roads with photovoltaic solar cells.

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http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/2/17/1486586/-France-set-to-pave-over-600-miles-of-roadways-with-solar-panels

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Broward Solar is mentioned in a recent article CBS Miami

Making Solar Power Work For Your Miami Home
by Jessica Ramer – May 2, 2012 3:00 AM

South Florida, with its nearly year-round sun, is the perfect location for clean, quiet, renewable solar energy. Solar energy is not only eco-friendly, it is great for post-hurricane power outages. Because this form of energy can be a bit expensive, going solar — in whole or in part — requires careful planning.

1. Decide if solar power is really for you. Visit the website sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association and use its calculator to help determine how much your solar project will cost you. A South Florida family hoping to obtain 25 percent of its power from the sun typically spends at least $8,000. If you want to go totally solar, the cost will likely be more than $40,000. If you are in the market for a solar hot water heater, you may spend about $4,500. In contrast, a basic electric water heater may be purchased for less than $250.

2. Take advantage of tax credit and rebates. The federal government offers a tax credit for installing solar panels or solar water heaters. An additional incentive is that Florida does not charge sales tax for solar-powered equipment. Remember, too, that you will recoup part of your investment through reduced electric bills. According to Alan Towsley of Sunworks, a family of four will typically use enough hot water to pay for the cost of the system within three to seven years.

3. Reduce your energy usage. You will need to purchase fewer electricity-producing photovoltaic cells if you use less power. Replace standard light bulbs with LEDs, which last longer than standard bulbs and use less power. Unplug items you rarely use, as they consume power even when they are turned off, and invest in good insulation.

4. Do your homework. Research the process of going solar carefully so you know what you may reasonably expect. Get bids from at least three fully licensed companies. Also look into tax credits and rebates from your power company that can make financing the project easier.

5. Think small. Consider buying simple, low-cost solar devices for your home if you are not ready to invest in big-ticket items. You may purchase a good solar cooker for about $300. With a solar oven, you can bake without heating up your entire house — and running the air conditioner to counteract the heat. Another useful item for hurricane-prone South Florida is a solar battery charger for cell phones and laptops. Prices vary by photovoltaic cells used, but some are available for less than $200.

Here are some experts in the area who may be able to help you get started.

Broward Solar Inc.
1090 N.E. 48 Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
(954) 492-9939
browardsolar.com

Broward Solar, a family-owned business with more than three decades of experience, specializes in standard water heaters and pool heaters for both homes and businesses.

Miami Water Heater
1324 N.W. 29 St.
Miami, FL 33142

This full-service, family owned company has been in business since 1949. In addition to offering conventional water heaters, it also features a full line of solar water heaters and storage tanks.

Sunworks
22251 S.W. 87 Place
Cutler Bay, FL 33190

Established in 1982, Sunworks is a fully licensed and insured solar contractor. This company offers a full line of solar products, including hot water heaters and pool heaters. It also installs photovoltaic cells for people who are looking to go off the grid altogether.

Article by Jessica Ramer
A certified math teacher who has taught at both the high school and community college level. She currently resides in Fort Lauderdale. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

Article Reference:
http://miami.cbslocal.com/top-lists/making-solar-power-work-for-your-miami-home/

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Solar Water Heating for Home or Pools by Broward Solar

Covering Broward, Palm Beach, Martin & Port St Lucie

Solar energy. It’s clean. It’s free. We have an endless supply.  And it’s never been more economical than it is right now. Summer is coming!

Request a Free Estimate for a Solar Pool Heater or Solar Water Heater from the professionals of Broward Solar to find out how to switch to the Power of the Sun:   http://www.browardsolar.com/free-estimate/

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Our Water Heating Services Include:

  • Solar Pool Heating: Get the most out of your pool investment with free solar energy.  Enjoy your pool 10-11 months a year!
  • Solar Hot Water Heating: Solar hot water systems can provide you with up to 95% of your hot water needs.  With a 30% Federal tax credit and $1000 state rebate, this is a borderline “no brainer”.  Reduce our dependance on foreign oil.
  • Energy Efficient Heat Pump Pool Heaters: Not one type of pool heater is right for every situation.  Heat pumps will heat your pool for less than half the cost of propane gas.  Reduce your co2 emissions.

 

Broward Solar Inc.
124 SE Wells Drive Stuart, Florida 34996
Broward – (954) 492-9939
Palm Beach (561) 347-0179
Toll Free: (800) 757-8414
http://www.browardsolar.com/

Your choice for South Florida Solar Water Heating Services.

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SOLAR HOT WATER: Make the Right Decision

by Tom Lane

Solar Water Heating by Broward SolarIS SOLAR HOT WATER A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR ME?
The potential savings on hot water bills are affected the most by the type of fuel you are using to heat your water. If you are heating hot water for two people or ‘ more and do not have natural gas available then solar hot water can be a great investment If you have to heat your water with electricity or with your own bottled LP gas tank (propane) then you owe it to yourself to look at solar hot water as an investment.

WHAT ABOUT THE PAYBACK’ ON A SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM?
The term -payback” is a misconception that shows a false value towards an income generating device. When you purchase a more efficient air conditioner or car, the decision to buy comes not from how long the savings generated will pay you back for your initial purchase, it comes from your ability to get the same service for a lower operating cost giving a better rate of return on your investment Solar water heaters do just that. Solar systems provide quality hot water at lower cost than heating with electricity or LP gas and are typically designed to last as long as your home with little or no maintenance. At current electric rates, hot water for showers, laundry and dishwashing will cost up to $850 a year for a family of four. A properly sized solar water heater can be expected to save 80-90% of that cost. An important point to remember is hot water is a c:onstant daily expense compared to air conditioning and heating which are seasonal expenses.

WHAT ABOUT THIS INVESTMENT” IN A SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM?
It is ironic that you, if you are an individual with electric water heating, will pay for a solar hot water system over the next 5 years whether you get one or not! You can invest today in a solar hot water system and have something to show for your money in savings and equity value in your home …or you can send the same money that would have gone into savings and home equity to the utility company for taxable rate payments on a temporary service. The accountants advice or the winning decision is to stop paying for only a service from the utility each month and start owning what you are already making payments on but not getting. Your choice i3 whether you will get anything other than a temporary service for your money. Your solar system savings will be offsetting at the end of approximately four years instead of having nothing to show for your money but paid receipts. Another important point to remember is that all solar savings are in nontaxable income. A dollar saved on your hot water expenses is typically equivalent to $1.30 earned that is taxable! The only choice is what you are going to be getting for your money. You will be incurring a monthly debt with no equity and higher payments with no savings or return if you do not want to go solar. The choice is only about what you actually -get” in spending the money anyway. Either you invest it for more equity and savings, or you give it away for a temporary service provided by your local utility.

WHAT ABOUT PUTTING A SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEM IN THE MORTGAGE?
This is the best time to install a solar hot water system. The monthly savings are far greater than the small increase in mortgage payments and the tax savings as a part of a home mortgage or home improvement loan, typically 25% or more, count as an itemized deduction off your income tax. Typically the after tax rate of return on investment will be over 20% per year for even two people, up to 30% for a family of four. You can also increase the value of your home and its visual perception as an energy efficient, environmentally responsible home.

WHAT ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF GOING SOLAR?
Anytime you use solar energy to do anything which offsets the amount of burned fuel your lifestyle would normally be responsible for, you contribute to the health and welfare of all of us who depend on a clean environment for survival, including you and your family. An electric water heater operating in a household family of four will be responsible for more pollution per year from the electricity generated at a coal fired utility plant than a family car that travels 40,000 miles a year. Most people have come to realize that by burning coal to make electricity we are slowly poisoning our environment with toxic heavy metals, like mercury, etc., besides the other fouling of our air and water that routinely occurs. The stories of panthers dying and large mouth bass being too contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals to eat are all a part of the legacy of burning dead dinosaurs. How you make your home energy efficient will have a telling effect on the environment for as long as the home lasts, Solar water heating, recycling and the green movement are an investment in the planet we live on and our children’s future.

The decision can be delayed.
Many solar contractors make a good living in Florida, selling solar pool heating systems. Solar systems outsell fossil fuel systems by 2 to 1. It is easier to sell solar pool heating systems than domestic water heating systems. When you have a pool, without a heating system, you are not in control. You do not have an automatic comfort controlled, heated pool. So, naturally many will look to change that situation. They will want something they currently do not have. With domestic water heating the situation is different. We already have hot water, so we can delay the decision to install a domestic solar water heating system, even if it makes a lot of sense to do it right now.

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Complete Solar Water Heating Installations

Broward Solar has been professionally installing Solar Water Heating Solutions for many years. Below are some of those recent installations.

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