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AZTEC SOLAR INC DELIVERS CSI-THERMAL REBATE TO JACKSON LAKE APARTMENTS
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., April 18, 2012 — Jackson Lake Apartments in Oakland, California earned a $121,623 California Solar Initiative rebate from Pacific Gas & Electric Company. The multi-family housing unit was awarded a rebate for their installation of a 168 kW(therm) solar hot water system installed by Aztec Solar Inc of Rancho Cordova, California.
Aztec Solar Inc designed and installed a solar hot water system that would reduce Jackson Lake’s monthly overhead while keeping their tenants comfortable. “Jackson Lake was a perfect candidate to upgrade their solar system now and capture the highest rebates while they are still available”, says Jonathan Gemma, VP of Aztec Solar Inc Jackson Lake’s system will save an estimated 8,785 therms or about $12,210/year. “Customers who are looking to save energy and money over the long-term would want to consider solar water heating,” said David Rubin, Director, Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Jackson Lake is one of the many facilities enjoying solar incentives paid through the CSI-Thermal program. They installed their first Solar Hot Water system in 1984 to offset their boilers and were able to do so due to the high cash incentive available at the time. After about 28 years, the system was still in working condition and saving them money, however Aztec Solar Inc calculated that replacing the system now was advantageous. Installing new panels, controls, and valves made sense; it will increase their gas savings for another 25 plus years, while allowing them to take advantage of the CSI-Thermal solar incentives again.
In March, CSI-Thermal added increased incentives for low-income housing encouraging them to take advantage of the $25 million rebate budget, with qualifying multifamily homes being eligible for 150% of the largest rebates, up to $500,000 per property. Solar-thermal is now on California’s solar map and along with them is Jackson Lake Apartments.
WATER HEATED BY THE SUN
There has been more and more conversations about another type of solar energy; solar hot water. Did you know solar hot water dates back centuries? Do you know it is the most efficient solar technology available? Have you ever thought about how your water is heated? Did you know that solar could off-set natural gas, electric-heated or propane hot water heaters? Well, it can!
REBATES AVAILABLE FOR SOLAR HOT WATER
The best news is no matter how you heat your water there are rebates available for you. Currently solar is one of the strongest ways to invest your money and lock in your independence against volatile energy prices. “The sun’s heat energy is clean and abundant, and the solar water heating technology is efficient,” said Gary Barsley, manager of SCE’s Solar and Self-Generation programs. “That makes solar water heating systems a smart way to generate hot water for your home or business.” Read more about the CSI-Thermal rebates
WHY SOLAR HOT WATER
1) What? 1/3 the price! Yes. SWH heating systems are one-third the price of solar electric
and $1 for $1 produce more energy.
2) Rebates. The savings with SWH technology is better than ever, with maximum utility
rebates of $1850 and an additional 30% Federal Tax Credit. Get back some value as a
utility ratepayer for clean, green technology.
3) It only takes two. Two solar water heating collectors can supply a family of 4 with
between 60%-75% of their water heating needs annually. And at 90% efficient, you should consider hedging against your future utility bills with a SWH system.
Arnold Bloom, UC Davis Professor and resident, makes Good Day Sacramento's Melissa Cabral chuckle regarding his lifespan with solar. Aztec Solar Customer on Good Day Sacramento
In this short interview Arnold talks about his 5 year payback for his Solar Hot Water system installed by Aztec Solar. Arnold and his wife Joy, have a lot of enthusiasm regarding their decision for solar hot water, Aztec was a great solution for their remodel. They are both happy with their system, harvesting plenty of hot water from the sun, saving money monthly on their utility bills and at the same time supporting local business. The bloom family enjoyed a nice rebate from PG&E as well as a 30% federal tax credit. Arnold says he wouldn't go solar if it was not economically viable, however it also means something to him as a Professor of Climate Change to do his part in this energy game. Find out more about going solar thermal on your home.