Founded in Norway in 1996, REC is a leading vertically integrated solar energy company. Through integrated manufacturing from silicon to wafers, cells, and high quality panels, REC provides a reliable source of clean energy. REC’s renowned product quality is supported by the lowest warranty claims rate in the industry. REC is a Bluestar Elkem company with headquarters in Norway and operational headquarters in Singapore. REC employs around 2,000 people worldwide, producing 1.5 GW of solar panels annually. REC panels have 19.8% efficiency, 20 year product warranty, and 25 year linear power output warranty.
In 2006, SolarEdge invented an intelligent inverter solution that has changed the way power is harvested and managed in PV systems. Today, it is a global leader in smart energy technology. By deploying world-class engineering capabilities and with a relentless focus on innovation, SolarEdge creates smart energy products and solutions that power our lives and drive future progress. SolarEdge provides long product warranties: 25-year power optimizer warranty and 12-year inverter warranty, extendable to 20 or 25 years. SolarEdge products and components undergo rigorous testing, and have been evaluated in accelerated life chambers.
Sonnen designs the smartest and safest residential battery systems that keep homes powered, day and night—even during power outages. With 50,000 cobalt-free batteries installed since 2010, sonnen is a global pioneer in energy storage technology. Each Sonnen system comes with an unbeatable warranty, and seamlessly integrates with solar for cleaner, healthier living.
- Easy to install
- Productive and reliable
- Smart grid ready
- Remotely updates to respond to changing grid requirements
- 25-year warranty
- Inverter issues affect only one panel, not the whole string
Why is Solar Important?
Did you know that coal is still being used to generate much of your electricity? APS has two coal plants (Four Corners Power Plant, near Farmington, New Mexico, and Cholla Power Plant, west of Holbrook, Arizona) and is required to file annual Toxic Release reports as part of EPA’s Community Right-To-Know program. Toxins are measured in thousands of pounds per year, some of which are released to water.
APS is supporting the adoption of clean, renewable energy sources in Arizona by offering interconnection agreements to customers (residential and commercial) who install qualified solar systems, such as photovoltaic solar systems.
How Does It Work?
Photovoltaic is the phenomenon of converting light to electric power. Photo = light, Volt = electricity.
Photovoltaic devices generate electricity directly from sunlight via an electronic process that occurs naturally in certain types of material. Electrons in certain types of crystals are freed by solar energy and can be induced to travel through an electrical circuit, powering any type of electronic device or load. PV devices can be used to power small devices (e.g., road signs and calculators), homes, or even large stores or businesses. Several incentives are in place to encourage consumers to invest in renewable energy sources.
Energy Efficiency Recommendations
- Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lights.
- Use motion sensor porch light.
- Install double-pane windows.
- Be sure to have adequate ceiling insulation.
- Buy UV screens for windows.
- Use power strips for remote control devices.
- Unplug cell phone chargers when not in use.
- Clean dryer lint trap.
- Change air conditioning filter often.
- Replace old refrigerator or freezer with Energy Star appliances.
How Much Does It Cost?
Generally, the cost is roughly $3.25 per installed DC watt. One thousand watts, or 1 kW, will produce about 1600 kWh per year. So you can divide your annual kWh use by 1600 to see how many kW you will need to cover your bill.
Yuma Solar offers 12 months same-as-cash financing, as well as long-term low rate financing for qualified residential customers. Residential leasing is another option for qualified customers who cannot use federal and state tax credits. Commercial financing is also available.
Arizona Public Service – Solar Partner® Incentive Program
Applies To: Residential and Commercial customers of APS.
System Type: All photovoltaic systems
Residential: $0.00 per Watt-DC for grid-tied systems (subject to change)
Commercial: When funds are available, ranking is calculated on incentive bids for grid-tied systems up to maximum incentive of $75,000. Larger system qualify for Production Based Incentives (PBI).
Federal and State Rebates
Residential taxpayers can receive a Federal tax credit of 30% of the cost for purchasing and installing a photovoltaic system. The credit is applied directly to your Federal tax as opposed to simply being tax-deductible. Unused credit may be carried forward. (For residential taxpayers, see IRS Form 5695.)
Commercial taxpayers can receive a Federal tax credit of 30% of the cost for purchasing and installing a photovoltaic system. Commercial customers may also take accelerated depreciation (5-years). The 30% Federal tax credit is available through 2019, decreasing in 2020. (For commercial taxpayers, see IRS Form 3468 for details.)
Until December 31, 2018, Arizona businesses could take a direct credit to their Arizona state taxes of 10% of the cost of purchasing and installing a photovoltaic system. The maximum was $25,000 for any one building in the same year and $50,000 in total credits. The tax credit could be carried forward. (See AZ Form 336 for details.) Businesses must submit an online Request for Pre-Approval and Request for Post-Approval to take this tax credit (now expired).
Arizona residents can take a direct credit to their Arizona state taxes of 25% of the cost of purchasing and installing a photovoltaic system. The maximum tax credit per residence is $1,000 and may be carried forward for five years. (See AZ Form 310 for details.)