Energy Options has provided small wind and solar systems for over 30 years. Our expertise is in evaluating site specific requirements and providing customized energy solutions. We sell dependable name brand equipment with long-term warranties. We work with licensed contractors for quality installations built to local building codes, and we offer after the sale support.
Commercial solar systems often have a return on investment of 15% to 20% per year. Commercial solar utilizing the Advanced Energy Storage incentive program can have a 50% return on investment per year. Both qualify for a 30% federal tax credit and use a five year accelerated depreciation schedule. The solar decreases the number of kWhs that you buy. The energy storage decreases the kW demand charges. Today, commercial solar with storage can pay for itself in less than two years which makes it a much better investment than just solar alone. The Advanced Energy Storage incentives are on a scheduled decline of 10% per year. Solar is property tax exempt in all of California.
Residential solar systems have an average return on investment of 15% to 20% per year. They qualify for a 30% federal tax credit. There may be local incentives as well. One of these incentive programs is Net Metering. It allows you to spin your utility meter backwards and receive full retail value for the solar energy you do not use. Net Metering allows you to have a zero electric bill, but does not allow you to have an income from your excess solar energy. Residential solar is exempt from property taxes in all of California. Several utility rates are available for residential solar. The utility does not guaranty that you are on the best rate, this is especially important when considering solar. We recommend a rate analysis so that you spend less and save more.
All sales include a ten year parts and labor warranty and a 25 year warranty on the solar panels.
Small wind turbines, 1kW to 50 kW, in windy areas have an average return on investment between 5% and 15% per year. For battery charging, wind power with solar works better than solar alone because the wind works at night and during extended cloudy periods. Energy Options is the Authorized Bergey Dealer for Los Angeles County and southern Kern County. Most of the wind turbines installed in Los Angeles County have been installed by us. Turbines made by Bergey WindPower are by far the most popular small wind turbine in California. Commercial turbine sizes start at 50kW and go up to the giant ones in wind farms. The large turbines outperform solar, producing more kWhs per dollar invested. Wind power has an incentive through SGIP, but solar does not.
Modern battery-based energy systems provide stable energy for homes and facilities. Energy Options installs mostly OutBack battery-based inverters. OutBack inverters are used by the US military. They are tough and reliable. As of June 2014, Energy Options has installed the largest OutBack system, 160kW on one battery bank. The equipment for battery backup is the same as off-grid, only the programming is different. If you build your dream home in a remote area then utility power becomes available. You can connect, have a zero bill and reliable backup power. Backup power connected to the grid qualifies for the Advanced Energy Storage incentive which pays for a large portion of the backup power add-on. Battery backup power is silent and allows you to be prepared for long term civil unrest or natural disasters. Businesses have an added advantage in that the energy storage can be used to reduce peak demand charges on their electric bill.