August 2016 Newsletter

SunHarvest Solar News

SunHarvest named one of the top solar contractors in the country 

Solar power is a booming business worldwide, but local installer SunHarvest Solar is among the companies recently named to an annual and well-recognized list of North America's top solar contractors. SunHarvest Solar achieved a rank of 267 out of 500 solar companies.
The Top 500 Solar Contractors List is developed by Solar Power World magazine to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The companies on the list are growing the economy, providing jobs and offering electricity consumers a choice about how they get their power. The list was released July 26. Read more.

Another summer month means another month of affordable energy

This is one of the best feelings in the world. What could be better than not owing any money every month for power? If this has piqued your interest, go to our website by clicking here. Become part of the solar world! 

Have you been thinking about #solar for your home or business? The time is NOW. Decisions are being made about net metering, and those go into to contract for solar within the next 6 to 10 months will will qualify for net metering grandfathering. Please give us call or visit us at our website to start saving money! 

In the meantime, watch our latest video above! 

Arizona News

Lobbyists urge Arizona Corporation Commission to reject utility's rate proposal  

More than 2,100 solar supporters have written letters to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), urging it to reject UniSource Energy's (UNS) electric rate proposal, ahead of an official ruling next Tuesday.

The three-part rate proposal includes a higher monthly minimum and mandatory demand charges. UNS initially intended to implement the new rates around March 2017.

In March and April, over 1,500 UNS customers attended public hearings in front of the Arizona Corporation Commissioners to lobby against the proposed changes.


This rate case could make or break solar in Arizona

On Aug. 9, the Arizona Corporation Commission will vote on the Unisource Energy (UNSE) proposal to adjust its rates - its vote will either discourage its customers from choosing rooftop solar or help to make sure Arizona continues toward a clean-energy future. 

The utility regulator's decision on the proposal will not only impact UNSE customers, it also has the potential to affect the future of clean energy, including solar, and public health for the entire state. 

UNSE seeks a rate increase that is alarmingly simlar to five other utility proposals introduced this year. They all include excessive fees on new solar customers and devalue the policy that allows solar homes to provide clean energy for homeonwers as well as utilities: net metering. 

World News

Solar beats out coal in UK for 2nd whole month ever

For the second month this year, solar electricity generation beat out coal in the UK across the whole month of July, after doing it for the first time ever in May.

Earlier this year, UK-based Carbon Brief, referring to figures provided by Sheffield Solar, revealed that solar power had generated more electricity during the month of May than coal had. 

Specifically, solar power in the UK generated an estimated 1,336 GWh of electricity in May, while coal only generated 893 GWh.

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Chernobyl might get a second life as a solar power plant

S ince the infamous meltdown 30 years ago, Chernobyl has been synonymous with disaster. After the nuclear power plant's catastrophic failure, the Ukrainian town and a great deal of its surroundings have more or less been  left to their own devices . However, Ukrainian officials are starting to explore the idea of giving the abandoned town a second shot at generating energy-this time, as a solar power plant.

While the nuclear exclusion zone around Chernobyl is useless for farming or construction given the high levels of radiation contamination, building a solar farm would help bring some use back to the town. After all, much of the infrastructure that was abandoned when the power plant went boom is still around, Carli Velocci writes for Gizmodo.

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Energy Tips for August

Let these tips save you some dough!

  • You spin me right round 
Most homes have ceiling fans in Arizona. With the weather in the consistent triple digits, make sure your fan is spinning in the correct direction. During the summer, the fan should be spinning counter clockwise to ensure the draft is downward. 

Bonus Tip: Reverse the spinning of the fan during winter keep warm air circulating! 
  • Reflect that heat 
Did you know that most of your home's heat comes from the windows? Purchase yourself some window reflectors to bounce that heat off your home and not in it. 
"Pay it Forward"
Earn $500 for Every Customer Referred

Share the benefits of clean solar energy to help protect the environment, build a more sustainable future, and save homeowners money by our initiative to "Pay it Forward". When you refer SunHarvest Solar to another customer, whether it be friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers, you can earn $500 per referral.  Learn how to pay it forward!

Power the Positive
Our Charity Initiative

A $250 charitable donation will now be made for every solar system sold by SunHarvest Solar! By going solar with SunHarvest, you can score a triple-win for yourself. One for you,  one for the planet, and one for a non-profit organization that you choose from our list of selected charities.

If you are part of a nonprofit organization, or know of one that may be a good fit, please contact Gary Held to find out how to participate in our program and truly 
power the positive !
As one of the top solar energy companies in Arizona, SunHarvest Solar takes pride in helping residents convert to a greener and cheaper source of energy - the sun! 

Did you know that we are a l ocal , independent, sustainable  solar  contractor? When you support us, you help support your local economy. We are proud members of Local First Arizona.

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