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Solar Lease Resale Home Value – July’s Solar Saturday Topic

13 Jun

California Green Designs presents Solar Saturdays a series of free seminars hosted at California Green Designs offices in TARZANA the Second Saturday of every month. This month’s topic How to avoid hurting your home’s resale value when adding solar.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

10:00 am Coffee

10:15 am Talk

How to avoid hurting your home’s resale value when adding solar

 

Interested in purchasing a Solar Electricity lease? Whether you’re planning on spending another 2 years or 20 in your current home, keeping mind a lease that would be attractive to future buyers would be in your best interest. Join us for discussion on solar lease resale value at July’s Solar Saturday event.

Other sub-topics discussed will include,

– What is the “Energy Star” equivalent in solar panels?
– When can a solar lease be a big negative?
– Is it safe to own a high voltage power plant?
 
Join us at our offices in TARZANA to further explore the solar lease program, we’ll take you through the details and give you a better understanding of how to best take advantage of solar purchasing options, the highlights  and the pitfalls of what’s available in Los Angeles.  
 
Meet at 10am for coffee. The presentation starts at 10:15 will last around 30 minutes. Our Energy Specialists are here for you.

Checkout our Facebook Event Page for more details,

or call to RSVP at (818) 705 3474

Location: California Green Designs
 
18226 Ventura Blvd., Suite 103, Tarzana, CA
on the corner of Ventura and Nestle, across the street from the Encino/Tarzana LibraryFree Parking at the Back of the Building
 
 
 
 
 


June’s Solar Saturday Walking Tour

23 May

Solar Saturday - Solar and Alternative Building Material Walking Tour

California Green Designs presents Solar Saturdays a series of free seminars hosted by California Green Designs the Second Saturday of every month. After the popularity of last month’s walking tour, we are continuing the trend, and moving the event to a gentle hike at Runyon Canyon.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

10:00 am Meetup

10:15 am Walk

“Solar Saturday Walking Tour Runyon Canyon”

Join us for a hiking tour where we walk and talk solar, we’ll start at the gate on Runyon Canyon Road, and take a beginner’s route. We’ll go over solar in Los Angeles County, point out some viewable installations in the skyline, and answer any questions, our energy specialists are here for you. 

Checkout our Facebook Event Page for more details, or call to RSVP at (818) 705 3474

Location: Runyon Canyon Road  The northern entrance, off the 7300 block of Mulholland Drive
 
 
 
 
 


May’s Solar Saturday Walking Tour

10 May

Solar Saturday - Solar and Alternative Building Material Walking Tour

California Green Designs presents Solar Saturdays a series of free seminars hosted at California Green Designs offices in Tarzana the Second Saturday of every month. This month we’re changing things up a little, and moving the event to our booth at Altbuild.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

10:00 am Coffee

10:15 am Walk

 

 

“Solar and Alternative Building Material Walking Tour”

Join us at Altbuild in Santa Monica for a walking tour, we’ll take you through the expo and give you a quick introduction to everything happening for solar and other alternative building materials. Come to our Solar Saturday in SANTA MONICA. on May 12th and learn more.Meet at 10am for coffee. The presentation starts at 10:15 will last around 30 minutes. Our EnergySpecialists are here for you.

Checkout our Facebook Event Page for more details, or call to RSVP at (818) 705 3474

Location:Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

1855 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90401

on the corner of Pico Blvd. and Main Street

Entrance is Free. Parking is $9.

 
 
 
 
 


April’s Solar Saturday “The New Solar Lease of 2012”

30 Mar

California Green Designs presents Solar Saturdays a series of free seminars hosted at California Green Designs offices in Tarzana the Second Saturday of every month.

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:00 AM

“The New Solar Lease of 2012”

The solar lease has taken another turn in early 2012, find out if it can benefit you. Come to our Solar Saturday in TARZANA. on Apr. 14th and learn more. 

Solar Saturdays is a on going series of solar seminars on the Second Saturday of every month.

Meet at 10am for coffee. The presentation starts at 10:15 will last around 45 minutes and we’ll set aside time for questions. Our Energy Specialists are here for you.

Checkout our Facebook Event Page for more details, or call to RSVP at (818) 705 3474

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:00 AM

“The New Solar Lease of 2012”


California Green Designs
18226 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
We’re across the street from the Encino Library, the Southwest corner of Nestle and Ventura.
Free Parking in the back of the building.
 
 
 
 
 


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?

New in 2012: Solar Saturdays

9 Jan

California Green Designs is proud to present Solar Saturdays a new series of free seminars hosted at California Green Designs offices in Tarzana the second Saturday of every month.

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 10:00 AM

Free Solar: “$0 Down Solar – Are the radio ads real, or is it a scam?”

Come to our Solar Saturday in SFV on Jan. 14 at 10am and find out what all talk about Free Solar, the frequent topic of solar ads flooding the air waves of California, are they real? Is there a catch?.

This is the first of our ongoing series of free seminars on solar.

The presentation will last around 45 minutes We’ll also provide some refreshments and set aside some time for Q & A, have question about solar? Our Energy Specialists are here to answer them.

Checkout our Facebook Event Page for more details, or call to RSVP at (818) 705 3474

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 10:00 AM

Free Solar: “$0 Down Solar – Are the radio ads real, or is it a scam?”

California Green Designs
18226 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA
We’re across the street from the Encino Library, the corner of Nestle and Ventura.
 
Read the Wrap Up
 Next Month: “Are there Still Solar Rebates in LA?”

Solar Increases Home Sale Prices by $17,000

19 Aug

New research by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that installing a residential solar energy system increases a home’s value by an average of $17,000 or $5,500/kW.

Solar Adds to the Value of Your Home
The study analyzed 72,000 California homes sold between 2000 and mid-2009, almost 2,000 of which had solar energy systems. It found that homes with solar sold for an average of $17,000 more than comparable non-solar homes.

Homes with solar power attracted higher offers from buyers who wanted to save money on utility bills and reduce their impact on the environment. The increase home sale prices was comparable to the average cost of system installation, and solar homeowners also enjoyed the benefit of dramatically lower electric bills.

How to choose a Solar Contractor

28 Jul
California Green Designs is one of many solar installers in the solar installation market, we want to make sure you feel comfortably entrusting your home with us. This can be a tough decision, as you have to balance factors such as price, qualification and experience. Solar PV energy systems themselves are expensive, complex, and could even be dangerous if installed incorrectly – which is why you should use a licensed contractor with their own full time installation teams. Here are 5 things to look for in a solar contractor before investing in solar.

Researching your Solar Installer:

1. Do they have good references from other homeowners?

Word of mouth is priceless and references from past customers can be hugely important in selecting the right solar contractor. Ask them for referrals and do a background check. Also we recommend do a quick check with the BBB and make sure they have a high standing.

2. Is your Solar Installation Company Licensed and Bonded?

Is your Solar Contractor fully bonded and licensed by the State of California, if so, what is the status of the license and have any complaints been filed against the license holder. This information can also be obtained from the Contractor’s State License Board of the State of California Also make sure that your contractor has both a Contractor’s General and Professional Liability Insurance policy, and a performance bond (typically $100,000).

2. Has the Company been around for a while?

You’re going to be entering a relationship with your contractor, they should guarantee their work for ten years. If they haven’t been around for more than a couple, how can you be sure they will be around in 7 years time. Make sure your solar company has a long history in solar to back up their work. This is why it’s also important for the installer to do it’s own installation, and not hire a subcontractor. A sub may or may not have done many solar installations in the past, and this is someone who will be making holes in your roof and working with electricity.

4. Do they Provide you with a Free on Site Estimate?

Each solar electric system is unique. Differences in roof type, orientation, possible shading, electrical interconnection options and customer requirements mean that there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to solar. A good contractor will not hesitate to offer you a Free Estimate and a custom solar proposal for your home. He or she will also take the time to answer all your questions about a solar pv system that is custom designed for your needs.

5. Read the Contract

Be sure to read the contract carefully,as questions and be especially mindful of a lease contract if you are leasing your solar pv system. Ask your solar contractor to explain lease terms thoroughly, go through other lease options, and make sure you understand the escalator clause and other lease terms. Also make sure buying the system doesn’t make more sense for your situation.

By doing your homework and comparing various contractors, you are more likely to hire an excellent solar company.