Tag Archives: environment

The New Solar Lease

29 Mar

These days, everyone knows that buying electricity from the utility costs more than solar and creates more pollution than cars and airplanes combined; but for a long time, the solar investment was so large that it was only popular with the very rich or super environmentalists.  Leasing made it possible to obtain cheap solar equipment with very little money upfront and payments less than or similar to utility payments; but again, it wasn’t so attractive that it could be called a true “no-brainer”…until now!

Sunpower just released their latest panel upgrade that exceeds all other panels in efficiency and ‘real world’ performance and reliability.  The E20 series with Maxeon technology is something that you have to get to know; and you can do this by watching the videos on You Tube at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lTotfOgLWs&list=UUOvb0zfbBxC9P_sgxMojCvg&index=2&feature=plcp  Take 10-minutes to watch the first 5 videos and you will agree – Sunpower is the best in solar.  And, since Sunpower is both the leasing company AND the manufacturer, Sunpower is also the best lease in solar!

Other companies offer leasing – but it’s for cheap, low quality equipment.  Other companies offer Sunpower – but they don’t have CGD’s experienced construction and electrical people or design expertise.  The ‘No-Brainer’ combination is Sunpower from CGD; email or call and let us show you!

At CGD, we’re going a step further than turning sunshine into electricity – we’re turning it into college funds and retirement accounts!  We don’t want you to touch the nest egg that you have worked hard to build…the money for the kids college or your retirement  – we want to add to it.  Contact a CGD Solar Designer today and they will show you just how much money we can create from sunshine for you.  It costs nothing – so why wouldn’t you?


Cost of Solar Panel Installation

14 May

Money-Sun-CityOne of the most common questions we receive at California Green Designs, is how much does a solar installation cost? Although it may seem like a simple question it quickly gets complicated.

Think of solar as any other home improvement project, if you were say getting a kitchen remodel the price would vary on what you wanted right? Solar is similar, only its not just quality, its also quantity. You can have a huge ground mount system, or something small that takes the higher tiers off your bill, it all depends on how much electricity you use, and how much you’re looking to save. In either case, the electric company paying you for extra electricity you produce is still a urban dream. There are a couple of place in the US where feed in tariffs happen, Los Angeles is not on the list (yet). Until then you have to install a system that’s equal to or smaller than your usage.

So what size system do you need? There are actually some older posts that cover this topic here and here. But basically it depends on how much energy you use. If you’re in the LA area, we also talk about rebates here as well. The incentives differ from one utility company to the other, but with the federal tax credits most homeowners save 50, 60 some even 70% off the system cost. Businesses have additional incentives on top of that.

The good news is California Green Designs has relationships with solar panels manufactures, which means we get the best price out there. As for what it actually costs the range is huge. So its just best to get an estimate for your home or business.