Affordable Solar wins 2017 Project of the Year

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This November, Affordable Solar was recognized by Solar Builder Magazine as the 2017 Project of the Year.  This featured recognition shines light on one of our favorite instillations to date at Roadrunner Food Bank.  To provide solar to a staple in the Albuquerque Community that has a mission that is near and dear to our hearts at Affordable Solar was an honor.  Our SmartStorage technology was installed in an effort to save this local non-profit $30K in utilities per year…

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Solar Job Growth in NM

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You may have seen the recent article from the Albuquerque Journal, titled Solar job growth exploding in NM. The article showcases the Solar Jobs Census 2016, which examines data compiled by the The Solar Foundation. New Mexico is the 23rd fastest growing state for solar jobs with 2,929 jobs and 54% solar job growth in 2016. About 60% of the solar jobs are located in Albuquerque, and about 45% of New Mexico’s solar workers are women. With all this…

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International Trade Spat Pushes Solar Prices Higher for New Mexicans

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A Decade of Declining Prices In less than a decade, the solar industry in New Mexico has experienced a broad transformation, due in large part to rapidly plummeting prices for solar panels and associated equipment.  Just a decade ago, solar PV was, for the vast majority of New Mexicans, an idealistic hobby that made no economic sense whatsoever.  An average residential solar installation (approximately 5 kW DC) would cost anyone in the…

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Las Ventanas Homes of New Mexico Strives for Net Zero with Affordable Solar

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A few weeks ago we met with the three owners of Las Ventanas Homes to talk to them about solar energy for the homes they build in Albuquerque. One of our biggest goals here at Affordable Solar is to help home builders understand the many benefits of solar energy, encouraging them to include solar as a standard feature. Of course builders use solar in a design when it is requested by their customers, but left on their own,  solar often …

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Business Properties Benefit from Solar by Affordable Solar

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Affordable Solar Completes Solar Arrays for Albuquerque Businesses ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 6, 2014 – Affordable Solar is proud to announce the completion of three commercial solar array systems located on different business properties in the metro area. Each project is a solar electric array, generating electricity for the property owners and saving them money in electric utility costs, which translates into higher value for the properties due to an improvement that pays for itself right away…

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Sol Systems Closes Financing for 940 kW Solar Project in New Mexico, Launches Financing Partnership with Affordable Solar

ALAMOGORDO, N.M., Feb. 25, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ – Sol Systems is pleased to announce the financial closing of a 940 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The project was the second deal that Sol Systems financed on behalf of New Mexico-based developer, Affordable Solar. Sol Systems also closed an 806 kW Affordable Solar project in the fall of 2013.  This recent project closing coincides with a…

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Solar Power Adds A Premium To A Home’s Resale Value by Nora Caley from Solar Industry Magazine

Solar Power Adds A Premium To A Home’s Resale Value by Nora Caley from Solar Industry Magazine image

Residential real estate professionals know that amenities such as a renovated kitchen or a new bathroom can increase the resale value of a home. New research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicates that a rooftop photovoltaic system can also increase the house’s price, and researchers were able to quantify how much of a premium solar can command. In December of last year, the Berkeley Lab released a report noting that although the installation of photovoltaic projects is increasing, appraisers…

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Affordable Solar Smart House

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Changes are coming to the grid, slowly, but surely. Here in the United States, some utilities perceive increasing threats to revenue as well as technical and operational challenges as more homeowners install solar and other sources of renewable energy as their primary source of electricity. Since an electric grid works best when there is a balance of supply and demand, grid operators have to figure out how to make up for any shortfall or surge of renewable energy that could…

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Sierra Club statement on PRC’s Wednesday ruling on renewable energy

Santa Fe, NM – Solar energy and clean air got a reprieve Wednesday when the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted to withdraw 2-for-1 credit for solar energy, which had effectively reduced the amount of solar and overall renewable energy New Mexico utilities were required by law to produce. But Wednesday’s vote left some troubling aspects of the previous commission ruling. The commission majority had acted without public comment on Nov. 20 when it…

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