American Solar Enterprises LLC

We are here to provide all of your Solar Energy needs! Whether you want solar for your home, pool or business, we have an individual solution for your specific needs.

American Solar is a 3rd generation, family owned and operated company that has been providing solar thermal solutions to the Northern Virginia area for over 30 years. We are a full service provider of Solar Thermal (Hot Water) systems and components for the heating of domestic water for homes and pools. We also install solar attic fans and service solar hot air systems. We only use top of the line

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We’re out of time on climate. Tell Congress to pass Biden’s clean energy plan now! 08/10/2021

We’re out of time on climate. Tell Congress to pass Biden’s clean energy plan now!

Tell your elected officials that it's time to take action on climate change! But it's not enough to just sign a petition, YOU must do your part too! Here is a short list of things that you can do, to do your part! https://www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming

We’re out of time on climate. Tell Congress to pass Biden’s clean energy plan now! Are you freaked out by yesterday’s “red alert” report on global warming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change?  Then send a note to Congress telling them to pass Joe Biden’s ambitious climate agenda. 

Stop whining about solar panels — we need more now - Virginia Mercury 08/04/2021

Stop whining about solar panels — we need more now - Virginia Mercury

No Solar on Farmland... well, not all farmland

Stop whining about solar panels — we need more now - Virginia Mercury By Bobby Whitescarver Clouds of soil stir around the hooves of our cattle as they walk through the brown, dried-up pasture. Smoke haze from the megafires out west 2,000 miles away permeates the sky. It’s just as the scientists said: The weather is getting warmer and weirder. We have a cattle farm ...

SREC Incentives for Virginia Solar Owners 08/02/2021

SREC Incentives for Virginia Solar Owners

Hey Look, SRECs have come to Virginia! (Unfortunately, not for Thermal, just PV)

SREC Incentives for Virginia Solar Owners The Basics In Virginia, utilities have to meet certain sustainability requirements. They do this by purchasing credits from people like you who are producing solar energy. Solar owners sell their Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), which can help them pay off system costs more quickly. Here is a...

[07/01/21]   So, I just had this conversation with my friend Aaron...
Aaron:
Friend of mine and I were debating whether solar panels made sense in this area on a purely budget factor. He argues that if an installation costs 20K, and your bill is normally around 200 a month, it would take 9 years to pay off. That same money in the market would pay approx 20K in interest.
Me:
So, ask him what is the difference between making $20k and saving $20k? At the end of 9 years, the solar system would still be worth a lot of money. Sure, perhaps not the full $20k investment, but NREL did a study and found that for every $1000 in energy savings that you provide to your home, it increases the resale value by $20k. So technically, solar systems can be net positive from day one! Plus, the cost of electricity is guaranteed to increase over time. So, the more energy that you produce, the more money you save! Also, he didn't account for the 26% federal tax credit which lowers your out of pocket cost, plus the tremendous environmental benefits of using clean renewable energy!

‘It’s Not Too Late’: Is America ready for solar power? 05/12/2021

‘It’s Not Too Late’: Is America ready for solar power?

It's never too late to go solar!

‘It’s Not Too Late’: Is America ready for solar power? ABC News’ Ginger Zee takes a look at the growing demand and need for renewable solar energy.ABC News Live Prime, Weekdays at 7 EST & 9 ESTWATCH the ABC News ...

Report ranks Virginia fourth among states for 2020 solar installations - Virginia Mercury 03/16/2021

Report ranks Virginia fourth among states for 2020 solar installations - Virginia Mercury

Way to go Va! Now, let's keep up the good work!

Report ranks Virginia fourth among states for 2020 solar installations - Virginia Mercury Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia topped almost other states in solar installations in 2020, ranking fourth behind only California, Texas and Florida. According to findings from the analysis released Tuesday by the Solar Energy Industries Association and energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie, more...

The General Assembly made progress on climate in 2021, but our work here is hardly done 03/12/2021

The General Assembly made progress on climate in 2021, but our work here is hardly done

Virginia is still slow on its environmental progress, but we are starting to make some headway!

The General Assembly made progress on climate in 2021, but our work here is hardly done Before the start of the 2021 legislative session, I highlighted three areas where Virginia needed to make significant progress to support its climate agenda: transportation electrification, improvi…

Defend solar rights in homeowner associations 01/25/2021

Defend solar rights in homeowner associations

Don't let this proposed bill take away our solar rights! Click the link and let your elected representatives know that solar rights are important to you!

Defend solar rights in homeowner associations Last year, Virginia solar supporters worked together with homeowners associations (HOAs). We convinced lawmakers to pass a bipartisan, consensus law to protect homeowners’ right to go solar. That law successfully balanced the rights of solar owners and HOA authority. It clearly defined what restri...

Bill Gates: Here's a Formula That Explains Where We Need to Invest in Climate Innovation 01/23/2021

Bill Gates: Here's a Formula That Explains Where We Need to Invest in Climate Innovation

https://news.yahoo.com/amphtml/bill-gates-heres-formula-explains-170833680.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw&tsrc=twtr&__twitter_impression=true

Bill Gates: Here's a Formula That Explains Where We Need to Invest in Climate Innovation It's possible to provide affordable energy for everyone without causing a climate disaster

[01/07/21]   The Solar Investment Tax Credit has been extended!

The federal government provides a tax credit to homeowners who buy new solar systems. Homeowners who installed solar in 2020 were eligible for a 26% tax credit. If you installed a solar system that costs $10,000, you would be able to deduct $2,600 off your taxes.

This credit was to lower to 22% for systems installed in 2021, and was set to expire in 2022.

But Congress stepped in and included an extension of this tax credit as part of the federal budget bill.

What does this means for prospective solar owners?
If you buy a solar system in 2021 or 2022, you will still be able to take the tax credit at 26%. If you go solar in 2023, you will be eligible for a 22% tax credit, and then the credit expires in 2024.

This extension means you could earn several thousand dollars in tax credits for new installations.

If you are ready to install solar, contact us today!

12/14/2020

Sometimes, but not very often, the Solar Dr will work on a Sunday... and amazing things happen! Check out this beauty that we finished up yesterday! This is a 32 panel thermal system, the largest we have ever installed! It's also the largest contract my company has ever landed, and hopefully just the first of many. It's also our fist gov't contract, again, hopefully the first of many!

Sometimes, but not very often, the Solar Dr will work on a Sunday... and amazing things happen! Check out this beauty that we finished up yesterday! This is a 32 panel thermal system, the largest we have ever installed! It's also the largest contract my company has ever landed, and hopefully just the first of many. It's also our fist gov't contract, again, hopefully the first of many!

09/17/2020

I'm selling a used solar thermal system for 33% off!!! This is a solar system for heating the water in your home, see our website for details on these systems. This system newly installed cost $12,000, but we are reducing the fully installed price to $8,000! These systems typically provide about 80% of your annual hot water needs and last about 40-50 years. This system is only 13 years old, so you should still get another 30+ years of life out of it! The reason it's available, the current owners just moved into the property and didn't want it. Even though I explained that it could save them about $700-900 a year, they preferred having the extra space back over the savings. So, their loss is your gain!
I forgot to take a picture of them while they were installed, but the attached picture is what they look like.

solarunitedneighbors.org 08/26/2020

How to spot solar scams

Don't fall prey to FB scam ads!

https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/news/how-to-spot-solar-scams/

solarunitedneighbors.org The demand for solar energy is skyrocketing across the nation. This is great news! However, as the solar industry grows and more companies compete for your business, you might notice an uptick in misl

pv-magazine-usa.com 08/04/2020

Jigar Shah: Pandemic reveals solar as ‘one of the largest, most trusted industries in the country’

Solar is essential... WE are essential!

pv-magazine-usa.com “It’s critical for us to recognize that we are being looked to by everyone from prominent political campaigns to elected officials in your town to provide the necessary economic development t…

leap-va.org 07/29/2020

Solar Rights Vindicated: Richmond energy lawyers resolve six cases to allow rooftop solar in Virginia HOAs - LEAP: The Local Energy Alliance Program

Another win for solar rights in Va!
https://leap-va.org/energy-news/solar-rights-vindicated-richmond-energy-lawyers-resolve-six-cases-to-allow-rooftop-solar-in-virginia-hoas/

leap-va.org ##PRESS RELEASE## FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 29, 2020 Download .pdf Recent efforts of a Richmond-based energy law firm have helped six Virginia homeowners install rooftop solar at residences within homeowners’ associations (HOAs). In each case, the homeowner’s request had been originally denied ...

testset.io 06/24/2020

The Arctic is Experiencing its Hottest Temperatures on Record, Ever

testset.io We are barely a few weeks into summer and it is a hot one. The Arctic Circle, Siberia, and much of Northern Europe are seeing record high temperatures; some higher than in recorded history. Siberia has experienced brutal heat this weekend. The rural town of Verkhoyansk (67.5°N latitude) peaked at 1...

nytimes.com 06/23/2020

The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List.

Environmental protections being rolled back

nytimes.com A New York Times analysis found more than 60 environmental policies officially rolled back under Mr. Trump and another 34 rollbacks still in progress.

[03/06/20]   The oldest deliberative body in the Western Hemisphere made a new kind of history today. With climate change impacts growing worldwide and scientists saying we’re almost out of time, the Virginia General Assembly leaped into national leadership on climate with passage of the “Virginia Clean Economy Act” (SB 851).

Approved with one day left in the legislative session of 2020, the Virginia Clean Economy Act reverses decades of bad energy policy in Virginia. It mandates the shutdown of most of the state’s coal plants by 2030 and all the state’s fossil fuel plants for electricity – including gas plants — by 2045. It opens the gate to the biggest offshore wind farms in America and turbocharges the spread of solar rooftops and solar farms. It does this while creating real safeguards against Dominion Energy for ratepayers – especially for low-income families – and by mandating the use of LESS electricity statewide in the future. Indeed, most ratepayers will see no bill increases at all over time.

03/02/2020

Amazing NASA images show how pollution has CLEARED over China

Air pollution from China's factories

NASA and the European Space Agency have used pollution monitoring satellites to track the decrease in nitrogen dioxide levels over the past two months during the coronavirus outbreak.

energynews.us 02/06/2020

Virginia county’s solar ambitions curbed by state cap, but maybe not for long

Virginia is finally heading towards becoming a solar-friendly state. The bills haven't passed the Senate yet, but things are looking optimistic!

energynews.us Fairfax County legislators are leading the charge to lift a cap on solar power purchase agreements in Dominion’s territory.

lis.virginia.gov 02/03/2020

LIS > Bill Tracking > HB414 > 2020 session

Congratulations Va homeowners, they have now passed HB 414 which prohibits community associations from imposing unreasonable restrictions on new solar installations! If their "reasonable restrictions" increase the cost of the installation by 5% or reduces production by more than 10%, it is now illegal for them to impose said restrictions!
https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+HB414

lis.virginia.gov Virginia Energy Plan; covenants regarding solar power; reasonable restrictions. Provides that a restriction on solar energy collection devices is unreasonable if it increases the cost of the solar energy collection device by $1,000 over the cost originally proposed or causes a decrease in production...

01/21/2020

Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline Solar Panels - What’s the Difference?

Ever wonder, "What's the difference between Mono/Poly-crystalline solar panels?"

See options of mono and poly solar panels at altE’s website: https://www.altestore.com/store/Solar-Panels/c541/ . We often get asked by customers what’s the ...

solarunitedneighbors.org 01/16/2020

Don’t let homeowner associations block the sun – Solar United Neighbors

Don’t let homeowner associations block the sun!
A loophole in Virginia law allows HOAs to impose unreasonable restrictions on solar. Click on the link below to contact your legislators and urge them to support this common-sense bill.

https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/virginia/take-action/dont-let-homeowner-associations-block-the-sun/

solarunitedneighbors.org Don’t let homeowner associations block the sun A loophole in Virginia law allows HOAs to impose unreasonable restrictions on solar Homeowner Associations (HOAs) have prevented hundreds of Virginians from installing solar. This has cost solar contractors millions of dollars. Virginia law protects h...

[01/07/20]   This appears to de-regulate Virginia's electricity markets, which would mean solar farms could provide solar power offerings for electricity retailers. It also allows true community-owned solar.

BlueVirginia - Historic bipartisan bill would open Virginia’s electricity market to competition
https://bluevirginia.us/2020/01/historic-bipartisan-bill-would-open-virginias-electricity-market-to-competition?fbclid=IwAR2VW8LTnlvn6IbLh8sfoZGOcmO1vyOWkgAlfW3j9WjADxBKkvkxx_pZb28

Among other things, the Virginia Energy Reform Act would:

Establish a well-designed, competitive market for electricity retailers to give families and businesses a choice.
Require monopoly electric utilities to exit the retail services and generation businesses and be limited to just owning and maintaining the distribution system.
Establish a nonprofit independent entity that has no financial stake in electricity market outcomes to coordinate operation of the distribution system.
Remove existing interconnection and financing barriers to customer-owned energy resources.
Build in additional consumer protections and education to ensure smart energy choices.
“Virginia is shackled to a monopoly utility model that stifles innovation, increases costs and puts government in the difficult role of replacing competition. It’s time for Virginia to liberate market forces, empower consumers and shift the role of government to facilitate competition. Competitive markets are the path to an innovative and consumer-friendly clean energy future. It’s time for Virginia to make the right choice,” said Devin Hartman, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy at the R Street Institute.

“Our mission at VPLC is to break down systemic barriers that keep Virginians in poverty,” said Dana Wiggins, Director of Outreach and Financial Advocacy, with the Virginia Policy Law Center. “Virginia’s current energy regulatory structure is broken and disproportionately affects low-income people who pay a higher percentage of their household income on energy than moderate- or high-income households. All families want affordable electricity bills. This legislation includes a program that provides protections for them to be able to have just that.”

futurism.com 04/16/2019

Former President Jimmy Carter Just Made a Solar Farm to Power Half His City

futurism.com Jimmy Carter leased 10 acres of land to build a solar farm with the capacity to meet more than 50 percent of the energy needs of his hometown.

03/08/2019

afdc.energy.gov

Have you ever wondered, is it more efficient to let my car idle for a few minutes or turn it off and restart it? Well, this article may help you with that decision. While this may not be the definitive answer for all situations, I think it makes a pretty strong case for not idling more than 10 seconds! https://afdc.energy.gov/files/u/publication/which_is_greener.pdf

afdc.energy.gov

ecowatch.com 01/30/2019

Climate Change Is Making Winter Colder in the Northeast

How can there be Global Warming with all of this cold and snow??? Well, just read and see... and then someone please share this with our current administration! ;-)

ecowatch.com Rising temperatures are weakening the jet stream, allowing frigid Arctic air to reach further south.

01/10/2019

Piling up: Drowning in a sea of plastic

It is extremely hard to get rid of plastic once it's used – and now even some recyclers are having difficulty unloading it

fox2now.com 01/10/2019

NASA releases time-lapse of the disappearing Arctic polar ice cap

fox2now.com NASA posted this video to YouTube with this description, "Arctic sea ice has not only been shrinking in surface area in recent years, it’s becoming younger and thinner as well. In this animation, where the ice cover almost looks gelatinous as it pulses through the seasons, cryospheric scientist Dr...

01/09/2019

Frack Free Four Corners

WINDOW ROCK—President Russell Begaye on Tuesday presented a $250,000 check to Big Navajo Energy to cover the installation of solar power units at 40 Navajo homes.

“Many families that need electricity are way off the grid,” President Begaye said. “Some of those people live in homes with light bulbs that, for decades, have never come on. With these solar units, families can finally flip a light switch and the bulbs come on.”

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