Zero Energy new construction and redevelopment projects are coming to your community!
Science fiction authors have never failed to imagine and articulate a world where technology has solved man’s greatest challenges. Among other glimpses of the “future”, can you envision an endless supply of clean energy?
Every great accomplishment begins with a goal. So, while the introduction of solar collection panels has helped reduce electricity bills for millions of consumers, the question remains whether or not is feasible to push even further.
Is it possible to produce enough energy to satisfy all your energy demands over the course of a year? The concept of Net Zero or Zero Energy refers to just that concept.
Over the last few years, many notable zero energy projects have garnered attention in various building trade publications. Various techniques have been embraced by developers. Some feature experimental, highly-efficient building components. Some utilize a greater than expected amount of insulation. Some are trying to minimize heat absorption with highly reflective external surfaces.
It seems that all of these notable projects have at least one thing in common: an abundance of highly efficient solar electric collection panels and a southern exposure.
The largest planned zero energy community is the recently completed University of California at Davis West Village expansion. Spread over 205 acres, the development includes residential housing for 3000 students, 475 faculty and staff, 45,000 square feet of retail and office space, 60,000 square feet for the Los Rios Community College District and nearly 22 acres of recreational green space.
The multifamily housing units at West Village features a four megawatt roof-mounted solar collection system. Residents acquire electricity through a power purchase agreement (PPA) and the local utility.
Even the covered parking space, visible in the upper right of the photo at right, is entirely covered with solar collection panels!
Over the last decade, highly efficient photovoltaic (solar panel) systems have become more affordable than ever. Factors are growing more favorable every year:
Innovative design and engineering techniques are leading to improved product yield. Worldwide, dozens of reputable manufacturers are competing for market share, further driving down costs. Federal, state and municipal regulators are encouraging implementation through tax incentives and rebate programs.
While prices have dropped, they can still be a substantial capital investment for some homeowners. Luckily, banks have now realized how solar panels are a safe investment, and have begun to provide loans for homeowners to go solar.
DFW Solar Electric has partnered with expert loan providers to provide solutions to help homeowners take the big step towards renewable energy through solar panel ownership. All of our programs allow our customers to go solar for no-money down. We also have reduced interest loans, and loans that are interest only until our customers can receive the Federal tax benefits that are available for solar energy.
Under a solar loan arrangement, DFW Solar Electric will design, permit, and install the solar panel system on your property for no money down. We have an easy application process that utilizes an instant credit check and seamless approval and disbursement process, all of which you can do in the comfort of your own home. Under this program, you get all of the utility incentives, and you get to keep the Federal and State tax benefits.
Electricity your system produces in excess of what is consumed may be sold back to your Retail Electric Provider for a credit used to reduce your electric bill even further. When your system does not produce enough electricity to meet your needs, you use electricity from the power grid to make up the difference.