• SAVE TIME

    • Solar panels require little to no maintenance. An annual cleaning will keep your system running good as new.
  • SAVE ON YOUR ENERGY BILL

    • Solar power causes less electricity loss then other sources of energy that have a greater distance to travel.
  • SAVE OUR PLANET

    • You have the power to determine the future of our planet. No harmful gases come from solar panels. Go green today and be a hero!
  • PLANT YOUR OWN SOLAR FARM & GROW YOUR OWN POWER!

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How many ways can you maximize your solar investment? From maintenance to tax filings, here are the easiest of them. 

Air conditioning is typically the biggest drag on your electric bill. How can solar help you save without worrying about losing efficiency? 

Not all solar panels — or installations — are alike. Before you pick the first choice you see, you should read this article. 

Considering Going Solar? Use This Checklist

There are numerous advantages to installing solar panels on your residence. However, there are issues that could arise that might increase your time and costs.

Going Solar Is Easier and Less Cost Prohibitive Than You May Think

The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

You could save up to 26% with the federal solar tax credit. In 2021, it drops to 22%. In 2022, it’s 10% before fading away altogether.

Financing Is Available

smart72 offers the same great financing options. you would have available if you were installing a new HVAC system.

  • We are familiar with duct furnaces, heat pumps, ductless or ducted mini-split systems. Even natural gas and propane systems!

Other Facts About Solar

  • In 1977, one watt of solar power costed $77. Now, it costs 250% less than that. It is still falling.
  • According to a study by the U.S. Energy Department’s Berkeley Laboratory, a typical solar system appreciated a home’s value by $15,000.
  • Solar energy costs less than typical kW on your energy bill. Eventually, your savings will pay for the cost of installation.
  • Solar brings about an average of 97% cost-to-return on home improvement projects. This is more than garage doors, new windows and kitchen remodels.

Why go solar?

There are many disadvantages to traditional energy sources. Select an icon to learn more.

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Disadvantages of Nuclear Energy

Radioactive Waste: Nuclear reactors produce extremely hazardous waste that is difficult to dispose of and can leak if not stored properly. Nuclear waste emits radiations from tens to hundreds of years!

National Risk: Nuclear plants are hot targets for militants and terrorist organizations and creates a major concern for National security.

Fuel Availability: Uranium is a very scarce resource and exists in only a few countries. Permissions of several international authorities are required before someone can even think of building a nuclear power plant.

California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, is set to close in the year 2025. 

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Disadvantages of Coal Energy

Environmental Hazards: Fossil fuels produce harmful gases such as Carbon Dioxide and Sulphur Dioxide which lead to global warming and acid rain.

Effect on Human Health: Pollution from coal power plants can cause serious environmental hazards, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and lung cancer. Long-term exposure may increase respiratory infections in general population. Children and the elderly are most vulnerable to fine particulate matter and other airborne toxicants.

Providing solar installation in the following counties:

  • Santa Barbara County
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • Monterey County
  • Santa Clara County
  • San Benito County
  • Santa Cruz County