American Solar Enterprises LLC
We are here to provide all of your Solar Energy needs! Whether you want solar for your home, pool o We only use top of the line American made products.
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. In addition to installing n
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SCC formally OKs Dominion's interim 12% bill increase for rising fuel prices
The SCC has approved a 12.2% rate increase for Dominion customers for the next year, due to increased fuel costs.
As we well know, the price of sunshine never increases.
This is well above the historic 3% annual growth in electricity rates in Dominion territory, leading to much faster payback of residential solar systems.
SCC formally OKs Dominion's interim 12% bill increase for rising fuel prices The big bump in Dominion Energy bills that took effect on an interim basis in July will remain in effect through June 2023, the State Corporation Commission ruled.
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California went big on rooftop solar. Now that's a problem for landfills
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The Virginia General Assembly came to a close on March 12. Solar advocates have many reasons to celebrate. Here’s a few bright spots of how solar fared during the legislative session:
🌞Protected solar rights for all Virginians
Many bills proposed, primarily in the House of Delegates, attempted to roll back critical parts of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA). VCEA passed in 2020. There were even bills attempting to diminish rooftop solar.
Fortunately, Virginia legislators and coalition partners did not allow these bills to pass. Together, we protected solar growth in the Commonwealth.
🌞Increased solar access for electric cooperative customers
Solar United Neighbors supported legislation that expands solar for customers in electric cooperatives in two ways:
lifts the caps on net metering and
expands power purchase agreements (PPAs)
The bills, SB 505/HB 266, won bipartisan support. They eliminate the 7% cap on net metering for cooperatives. They expand access to PPAs for residential and non-residential customers in cooperative territory.
🌞Advocated for financial transparency and governance reforms for rural electric cooperatives
Our coalition worked with Delegate Wendy Gooditis to introduce HB 723. This bill called for standardized governance practices at Virginia’s Rural Electric Cooperatives (RECs). The bill would have:
Mandated open board meetings,
Ended proxy ballot voting, and
Increased transparency for political lobbying.
The bill did not pass. But it put RECs on notice. They need to fix the serious transparency and governance problems at electric cooperatives. We will work toward a new and more impactful piece of legislation for the 2023 session.
🌞Secured property tax exemptions for small solar owners
There are more solar cost-savings coming around the corner. A bill passed that exempts residential and agricultural solar systems smaller than 25kW from property taxes. This will save solar property owners more money on their investment. The bill, SB 686, ensures the value of a solar array cannot be used to raise or lower property taxes. Provided the Governor signs this bill, it will take effect January 1, 2023.
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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
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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 ...
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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...
So, I just had this conversation with my friend 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.
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!
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It's never too late to go solar!
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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...
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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...
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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!
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!
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.
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Solar is essential... WE are essential!
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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!
Solar Rights Vindicated: Richmond energy lawyers resolve six cases to allow rooftop solar in Virginia HOAs - LEAP: The Local Energy Alliance Program # 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 ...
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Environmental protections being rolled back
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New Solar Thermal panels loaded up and headed out for delivery! Check back in next week to see them when they're installed!
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.
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Air pollution from China's factories
Amazing NASA images show how pollution has CLEARED over China 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.
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!
Virginia county’s solar ambitions curbed by state cap, but maybe not for long Fairfax County legislators are leading the charge to lift a cap on solar power purchase agreements in Dominion’s territory.
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!
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB414 > 2020 session 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...
Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline Solar Panels - What’s the Difference?
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Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline Solar Panels - What’s the Difference? 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 ...
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.
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 Homeowner Associations (HOAs) have prevented hundreds of Virginians from installing solar. This has cost solar contractors millions of dollars. Virginia law protects h...
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
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.”
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Fracking boom tied to methane spike in Earth’s atmosphere
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Defend the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
Don't let the Federal Tax Credit disappear! Urge your elected officials to extend the ITC! Also, if you're thinking about taking advantage of the 30% tax credit, give us a call to review your options. We offer Solar Thermal (hot water), Photovoltaic (PV) electric, Solar Attic Fans and Solar Pool Heating! But just remember, the current 30% ITC expires 12/31/2019!
Defend the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is one of the most successful clean energy tax policies ever passed. It has enjoyed bipartisan support and created more than 200,000 jobs and $140 billion in private investment. We're asking you to make your support for solar known in social media, and to engage...
Two companies petitioned for Trump’s solar tariffs—now they’re both out of business
Be careful what you wish for... you just might get it!
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Two companies petitioned for Trump’s solar tariffs—now they’re both out of business Not a new job in sight.
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