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ABC Solar NOLA
1000 Veterans Blvd., #301
Metairie, LA 70005
1-504-265-1201
NOLA@ABCsolar.com

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CALIFORNIA & LOUISIANA

ABC Solar Incorporated HQ
24454 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
1-310-373-3169
Solar@ABCsolar.com
CCL#914346
B-General, C-46 Solar
SINCE 2000
Family Owned and Operated

Everything Solar Made Easy Today

Residential

1.Make 100% of your power
2.Excellent craftsmanship
3.Best of Class technology


ABC Solar has experience on almost* every type of roof

  1. Composition Shingle
  2. Spanish Tile
  3. Old Spanish Tile
  4. Concrete Tile
  5. Flat Roof
  6. Standing Seam
  7. Stamped Metal
  8. Unique Roof
  9. New Construction



*If you have a unique roof ABC Solar is your team.


CPUC Solar Consumer Protection Guide


A Must Read and Sign as part of the solar process.
https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/solarguide/

Listen to the Guide!

ABC Solar SUMMARY: Call the rest, then call the best.


Quick Solar Facts

  • 1 KW = 150 kWh a month
  • 1 KW = 60 sq. ft.
  • 1 KW is about 3 panels
  • 26% Fed Tax Credit
  • 7KW is average system size
  • Solar Water Pumping is great
  • Grid acts like a battery
  • Tracking = 25 to 40% increase
  • Panels = 25 year power warranty
  • Panels = 6% to 22% efficiency
  • Local Governments can't stop your install
  • Sun Hours in California

    Jan 2.9
    Feb 3.3
    Mar 4.7
    Apr 5.6
    May 6.3
    Jun 6.3
    Jul 6.8
    Aug 6.4
    Sep 5.6
    Oct 4.6
    Nov 3.1
    Dec 2.7

    What Direction is Best

    FACINGFlat3:124:127:1212:12Vertical
    SOUTH0.890.9710.970.890.58
    SSE,SSW0.890.970.990.960.88.59
    SE,SE0.890.950.960.930.850.60
    ESE.WSW0.890.970.930.870.790.57
    E,W0.890.880.840.780.700.52

    Sing this:

    South is best
    East or West are 10% less

    Commercial & Government

    1.TPO Roof With Sleepers
    2.Los Angeles Flower Mart Goes Solar
    3.Feed-In-Tariff Success in Japan


    UNDERSTANDING YOUR COMMERCIAL ELECTRIC BILL

    Personally I think Einstein had an easier job explaining the Photoelectric Effect compared to decifering the CPUC authorized electricity rate tariff schedules.

    From the opening ceremony of the Nobel Prize: "... Similarly, when a quantum of light falls on a metal plate it can at most yield the whole of its energy to an electron there. A part of this energy is consumed in carrying the electron out into the air, the remainder stays with the electron as kinetic energy. This applies to an electron in the surface layer of the metal. From this can be calculated the positive potential to which the metal can be charged by irradiation.

    Only if the quantum contains sufficient energy for the electron to perform the work of detaching itself from the metal does the electron move out into the air.

    Two basic bill components need to be undertood:

    1. KW Demand Charges
    2. kWh Usage Charges


    From SCE.com

    The differences between demand and consumption are easy to understand.

    The difference between demand (kW) and energy consumption (kWh) is vital to your choices in reducing your costs. A simple way to see the difference between demand and consumption is by considering these simple analogies:
    Facilities-Related Demand Charges apply at all times throughout the year, and are calculated per kilowatt (kW) according to your highest recorded demand during each billing cycle-no matter what season, day of week, or time of day.

    Time-Related Demand Charges only apply during the summer season (June 1 through September 30), when demand reaches its peak and costs are highest. Time-Related Demand Charges are assessed each month during On-Peak hours and also during Mid-Peak hours. These charges are in addition to and separate from a Facilities-Related Demand Charge. ---- Thank you SCE.com!


    1st, demand is not like your car's speedometer. Here is ABC Solar's attempt at explaing KW Demand Charges vs. kWh Usage Chareges:

    KW Demand is the peak amount of electricity "in the moment" that is being consumed by all of your lights and appliances. Actually, SCE will record your highest peak demand and apply that to the whole month's bill.

    kWh Usage is one-hour of electrical consumption.

    For example: You have 5 Air Conditioning Units that peak upon startup to 15 KW and then operate at 11 KW.

    1. If you turn on one Air Conditioning unit your peak deamand is 15 KW and after 1-hour your usage is 11 kWh,

    2. If you turn on five Air Conditioning units at the same tine your peak demand is 15 x 5= 75KW

    3. If you stagger startup by five minutes then your peak demand should be one at peak 15KW and four at 11 KW, so peak demand = 59 KW.

    If SCE charges $10 per month per KW of demand then each example has a cost profile of:

    1. 15 KW * $10.00 = $150 a month == running only one out of five AC units.
    2. 75 KW * $10.00 = $750 a month - running all five and turning them all on at the same time.
    3. 59 KW * $10.00 = $590 a month - running all five AC units with a staggered five minute startup routine -- This behavior change saves $$$ without going solar.

    Send us your electric bill at Solar@ABCsolar.com and ask for a free solar evaluation.


    Cut The Cord

    1. Solar Pool Pumping - Learn more at SolarPoolMan.com
    2. Solar Air Conditioning - Available Now!
    3. Solar Hot Tubs - Learn more at SolarHotTub.com
    4. Off Grid Fire Stations - Learn more at SolarFireDrum.com
    5. Learn more about Solar Technology and how it works here.


    Lead Installer Mike Bartz


    SUN OVEN - Learn More Here!


    SOLAR HOT TUB - Get More Solar Hot Tub Information here!



    COOL PV! Solar Pool Heating and Photovolatic in one Panel!

    LEARN MORE ABOUT COOLPV HERE!



    Battery Systems

    1. ABC Solar Storage / Battery System Choices
    2. PumpDaily.com - Solar Battery Applications
    3. Call or email to talk about batteries on 1-310-373-3169


    Daily Breeze Reader Award


    ABC Solar Wins Best Solar Company in the South Bay 2021

    This is a great honor for ABC Solar as readers voted on their own to name our team the best Solar Company in the South Bay.

    Call us today at 1-310-373-3169 and ask for Lou.
    He likes to give discounts so ask him!


    ABC Solar History

    ABC Solar has been designing and installing solar electric grid-tie systems since 2000. We design our systems based on the best available solar and inverter technology. Each roof and home requires attention to detail to maximize your solar power and potential.

    ABC Solar was founded in 2000 to help solve the energy crisis. Over the years ABC Solar has worked hard to earn and keep its 5 star reputation. We are possessive over our clients "Pursuit of Happiness" as solar is that for many of ABC Solar's customers.

    1.Read News Clippings about ABC Solar and its founder here.
    2.Solar Bible 15th Edition is here.
    3. Learn More about ABC Solar here.

    ABC Solar Incorporated
    24454 Hawthorne Blvd.Torrance, CA 90505
    PH: 1-866-40-SOLAR, 310-373-3169
    FX: 310-373-1836, Email: sales@abcsolar.com

    Founded in 2000
    Founder & President: Bradley L. Bartz
    California Licensed Contractor #914346
    B-General, C46-Solar


    ABC Solar Videos

    Watch Cupola Solar Estate by ABC Solar Inc with DJI Drone Footage
    Watch Solar Trifecta with CoolPV and Solar Pool Pumping on Custom Backyard Trellis featuring FLIR Thermal Camera footage
    Watch ABC Solar Installs PV with Advanced Storage Systems (Batteries)
    Watch King Solar Estate with the Man that Made Landing on the Moon Possible!

    The Classics!

    Brill Glass & Steel Solar Estate 4.28KW Solar and 1KW pool circulation
    Vincenti Estate 5 KW Grid-Tie Solar Electric System
    Mehlberg Solar Estate 3 KW Grid-Tie Solar Electric System
    Brill Solar Estate II Solar Tracking Pods

    More Solar Installations Here.


    ADVOCACY

    The monopoloy utility companies are living up to the reputation of that over-bearing, greedy monopoly.

    Disruption as defined by a dictionary is a radical change to an existing industry or market due to technological innovation. "no industry is immune to digital disruption" - "he gave hints on what industry today he believes may be ripe for disruption"

    ABC Solar and Bradley Bartz are keen advocates for solar energy, due process rights and the pursuit of happiness. Over the years nothing quite prepared Brad for having to deal with a disabled child and a restrictive school district. See IEPdaily.com to learn this story in detail. Brad learned about the power of compliance.

    1. www.SolarRightsAct.com - This website has cases and advocacy efforts.

    2. ABC Solar is a member of the CA Public Utilities Commission Net-Metering Rulemaking Body (or at least the last one, becasue the new one has 1/3 fewer members and I just found out that I was not there. So... I filed a motion to be a member and await the abusive CPUC docket office to put a checkmark by my name.

    3. Advocacy is hard, but each little victory sets a straighter path for all that follow.

    When you hire ABC Solar you are supporting advocacy!

    Note: ABC Solar makes a promise to clients and has shown its mettle in getting each and every system up, running, connected to the grid and having solar credits counted correctly.


    ABC Solar Books

    Read the Solar Bible here.


    SERVICE
    Non ABC Solar Customers too!

    1.Re-Roofing?
    2.Upgrades
    3.Repair/Replace

    Call 1-310-373-3169 or email: Solar@ABCsolar.com


    ABC Solar Incorporated

    Since 2000

    Call the rest, then call the best.

    Choice of roof

    1. Composition Shingle
    2. Spanish Tile
    3. Old Spanish Tile
    4. Concrete Tile
    5. Flat Roof
    6. Standing Seam
    7. Stamped Metal
    8. Unique Roof
    9. New Construction


    Composition Shingle


    Spanish Tile


    Old Spanish Tile/B>


    Concrete Tile


    Flat Roof


    Standing Seam


    Stamped Metal


    Unique Roof


    New Construction


    Frequently Asked Questions by ABC Solar Clients


    1. What is the most efficient Solar application?

    Two answers. For Solar electric systems water pumping is the most efficient. This is because DC motors are more efficient than AC motors. For solar thermal systems heating water is the most common solar application and by far the most efficient at an estimated 40% conversion efficiency.

    2. What are the rebates and tax credits?

    The federal tax credit is 30% and then it will be 10%. Some utility and state rebates do still exist, but the price of solar has dropped significantly so the rebates are not needed as much anymore. The primary financial driver is how expensive is your utility company charging you per kWh. Please see www.dsireusa.org for up to date rebate and tax credit information state by state. Please contact us directly for information about the Japanese market.

    3. How much does it cost and when do I break even?

    Commercial solar systems are breaking even in a little as 3 years. Residential is 5 to 11 years depending on how much utility company is charging. Southern California Edison is closer to 5 years.

    4. Should I use a tracking system?

    Moving parts, so generally no. But, some applications it does make sense. In very sunny areas tracking can increase solar production by more than 40%. In cloudy areas flat is better to catch as much sun when it does happen.

    5. What is the best panel orientation? Orientation Factor For Annual Energy Production in California - Source Endecon Engineering

    What Direction is Best

    FACINGFlat3:124:127:1212:12Vertical
    SOUTH0.890.9710.970.890.58
    SSE,SSW0.890.970.990.960.88.59
    SE,SE0.890.950.960.930.850.60
    ESE.WSW0.890.970.930.870.790.57
    E,W0.890.880.840.780.700.52

    Sing this:

    South is best
    East or West are 10% less

    6. Who invented solar panels?

    Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his description of the Photoelectric Effect. According The Nobel Prize: The Nobel Prize in Physics 1921 was awarded to Albert Einstein "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".

    From the opening ceremony of the Nobel Prize: "... Similarly, when a quantum of light falls on a metal plate it can at most yield the whole of its energy to an electron there. A part of this energy is consumed in carrying the electron out into the air, the remainder stays with the electron as kinetic energy. This applies to an electron in the surface layer of the metal. From this can be calculated the positive potential to which the metal can be charged by irradiation."

    Only if the quantum contains sufficient energy for the electron to perform the work of detaching itself from the metal does the electron move out into the air.

    Consequently, only light having a frequency greater than a certain limit is capable of inducing a photo-electric effect, however high the intensity of the irradiating light. If this limit is exceeded the effect is proportional to the light intensity at constant frequency. Similar behaviour occurs in the ionisation of gas molecules and the so-called ionisation potential may be calculated, provided that the frequency of the light capable of ionising the gas is known." --- I just love science!

    7. How much power does 1KW DC of solar make?

    1KW x 4 Sun Hours x 30 days = 120 kWh per month. The primary driver is Sun Hours. This differs by location. Ok, that is the simple way for us to calculate 1KW of solar production. Really it is the efficiency of the solar panels to the amount of watts in sunshine per 1 square meter. If a solar panel was 15% efficient and was 1 square meter in size it would generate 15% of the total sunshine value. In los Angeles sunshine is about 1,500 watts per square meter, so a 1 sq mt panel would generate 225 watts.

    8. How much to power my 3,000 square foot home?

    This depends on how much electricity you use. The average American home uses 500 kWh a month. If you have a pool, the pool is using about 400 kWh a month just to circulate and filter the water.

    Look at your electricity bill. Find the number of kWh you use per month. Divide that number by 120 (this is the average monthly production for 1KW of solar electric grid-tie panels). The result will be the number of KW you need to ma.ke all of your power by solar.

    You need approximately a 8.5KW solar system to make your electric bill close to zero. Another quick method is: a Solarworld 275 solar panel will make about 1 kWh per day. What is your daily usage?

    9. The system size in kw is what? how is that calculated?

    The system size is in Direct Current (DC) watts. This is calculated using the nameplate DC watt rating from the solar panel manufacturer. 32 x 275 watts = 8,800 watts DC. Please remember that this is before the inverter does its magic and we get connected to the grid. It is typical for 15% to be lost and the AC watt number to be 7,480 watts AC.

    10. My electricity usage offset would be what?

    Our general target is to make 100% of your electricity with solar panels. This means that your electric bill would be reduced to just a minor amount to stay connected to the grid. If we are building a smaller than usage system then each kWh is valued at what it would have cost you from the utility.

    Please note our experience is that consumers will start to use more electricity after they install their solar system. We don't mind this at all, but it does make answering this question harder.

    11. Why is a centralized inverter being used over micro inverters? I am told they are less reliable, costly to expand (add panels), suffer from one panel being affected by shade or failure takes down entire system's productivity. Educate me, I am not knowledgeable on this.

    The centralized inverter from SMA now comes with a 15amp circuit that allows you to use your solar power during a blackout. Micro inverters are for shade issue locations and folks that like to see production of each inverter. You to choose either the SMA with 15amp plug or micro inverters. Both types of inverters are very reliable. The centralized string inverter is usually designed to max capacity so expansion means a new system.

    12. Are there other costs for me to be aware of? Like service panel impact, etc.

    The key item is your main panel size in amps, e.g. 200 amps. This determines the max solar system size that can be installed. If an upgrade to your electrical system is needed we will discuss with your utility company and get a price for that. Also, If there are free breaker spots then we just plug into those. If we need to add a sub-panel to backfeed then extra cost is about $500.

    13. Tell me about the PACE financing, interest rate and is it tax deductible, lien on my house?, can the term be adjusted to say 12 yrs, ownership of the system.

    PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy -- this allows you to finance energy improvements over 20 years and pay it back on your Property Tax Bill. This is the PACE funder we use. Please see https://heroprogram.com/ The term can be adjusted. You would own the system and keep the tax credit and any deductions. It is added to your property tax bill so you can consider it part of your tax lien. For commercial PACE see www.LApace.org.

    14. Who would I deal with for service issues?

    ABC Solar will handle all of your service issues. Please contact us on 1-866-40-SOLAR or Solar@ABCsolar.com

    15. Permits included?

    No, Permit Fees, structural engineering or other fees are not included.

    16. Is an allowance for climate patterns by scaling the system by some factor?

    That is a good question. In Japan we use 17 years of weather patterns to try and judge changes, but weather patterns are not what they used to be.

    In California we have the anal retentive California Energy Commission that has mesh data for every part of the state. Our production estimates are based on www.csi-epbb.com CEC Solar Calculator.


    If you made it this far we hope this makes you laugh so when you call you are smiling!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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    The ABC Solar mission is

    ONE CELL AT A TIME


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