Category: A1A Solar News

Electric Vehicles

We have some good news to share!

Electric Vehicle sales have been growing strongly and now with many lower priced EVs on the market, driving on electrons is just about mainstream. The economics now surpass conventional fuel vehicles and require very little maintenance.

A1A Solar is currently focused on the residential and small commercial solar market. For residential customers we are offering the Tesla products, including our best-selling Tesla Powerwall 2.0 home energy storage system. We also offer the Enphase suite of products including the Enphase IQ Battery system.

A1A Solar is phasing out our fossil fuel vehicles with the new Ford all electric e-Transit 3500 Vans that will be charged by the solar PV system at our headquarters. 100% of our office/warehouse consumption and about 30% of our vehicle miles will be fueled by domestic American sunshine harvested on our roof. This has been a dream and expectation of mine since A1A Solar was formed in 2010 and we are here now! The way I see it, since EVs are normally charged at the home, solar panels and EVs go together like peanut butter and jelly!

The great news is the latest generation solar with storage systems have the sophistication and reliability only dreamed of in previous generations with pricing that is surprisingly low given the capability. Many of our customers want the security of longer-term grid-down capability without the limitations, noise, and inconvenience of a typical generator. If you have not explored the newest battery-based systems, you will certainly be impressed.

A1A Solar — Top Solar Contractors

Did you know that A1A Solar never stopped installing solar power and battery systems during the pandemic? Currently, sales and installs are running strong without any significant equipment supply issues. Many thanks go to our channel partners, customers, and employees.  

The stability of A1A Solar to ride through difficult times does have more rewards beyond just staying in business, especially when we learned that Solar Power World’s National “2022 Top Solar Contractors” Rankings were recently announced, and A1A Solar Contracting was included!

We are ranked (in the residential category):

  • 364th Nationally
  • 30th in Florida for Solar PV volume
  • 74th in Florida for Solar PV plus Energy Storage System’s volume

This survey only ranks installation volume and does not evaluate installation quality or customer satisfaction. For the record, A1A Solar ONLY focuses on doing high-quality solar and storage installations in the North Florida/Southeast Georgia markets with superior customer service.

Will Solar Damage My Roof?

Some of our customers have asked: “Can installing solar panels damage my roof?” The answer to that question is “For most homeowners, as long as your solar panels are properly installed, they shouldn’t do damage to the exterior or the infrastructure of your  roof.”

A1A Solar understands this and that is why before we sell a solar contract, we look at the condition of the roof and determine two things 1) whether your roof is in sufficient condition to support solar panels and 2) the best location for installing the panels.As a result, as a potential customer, you can feel confident that A1A Solar has the experience and technical knowledge to install your panels without damaging your roof. 

But that is not all. A1A Solar wants to be sure that its customers are fully protected and that is why A1A Solar is a SolarInsure authorized dealer which means that all the panel we install are protected by the SolarInsure Warranty, the best protection available.

So what is SolarInsure?

SolarInsure is a company with a passion for renewable energies which can transform the world by slowing down climate change and fostering energy independence. Their mission has been to protect consumer investment in solar and accelerate the transition of the world’s population to renewable energies. A1A Solar is proud to off the SolarInsure Warranty to its customers

What is Solar Insure Warranty cover?

SolarInsure offers comprehensive warranty coverage for your solar products which includes remote monitoring, the solar panels themselves and inverters (back up battery systems). They also cover roof penetrations such as the case where the installation is faulty and a leak is attributed to your solar installs attachment or flashing to the roof.

In addition to parts, SolarInsure also covers labor. Plus, the SolarInsure Warranty transfers from homeowner to homeowner, should you decide to move. Lastly, there are zero deductibles to homeowners for covered warranty claims. The warranty is a one-time payment included with your solar installation, eliminating the risk of hidden fees.

Welcome to peace of mind… 

Many solar companies in the market offer warranty plans that limit the coverage which can leave homeowners in the lurch if issues arrive, but with A1A Solar partnered with SolarInsure we can give you the peace of mind to protect your long-term investment. 

So next time someone warns that if you’re “going solar” could damage your roof, tell them you aren’t worried because you are contracting with A1A Solar, an authorized SolarInsure dealer.

Come See Us at the Jacksonville Home Show!

Visit us at booth #310 at the show.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Come See Us!

A1A Solar will be participating in the follow events:

  • Fernandina Beach Farmer’s Market
    2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, 9AM-1PM
    N. 7th Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach
  • Active After 50 Expo – Jacksonville
    March 19, 2022, 10AM – 2PM
    University of North Florida, The Adam Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224
  • St. Augustine Amphitheatre Farmers’ Market
    March 26, 2022
    St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S, St Augustine, FL 32080
  • 2022 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
    1St Mate Sponsor
    April 29 – May 1, 2022
    Fernandina Beach, FL Downtown Area
  • Active After 50 Expo  – Fernandina Beach
    April 30, 2022, 10AM – 2PM
    Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
  • Jacksonville Home Show
    May 28 – 29, 2022
    Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville, FL
  • Active After 50 Expo  – Orange Park
    August 13, 2022, 10AM – 2PM
    Thrasher-Horne Center, 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065
  • Home & Patio Show – Fall
    September 29, 2022 – October 2, 2022
    Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville, FL

Hurricane Hero: A Short Story

Huge hurricane near Florida in America. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

This time, the hurricane did not turn north.

Hurricane Hanna smashed into Northeast Florida packing 140 mph sustained winds, with the eye raking the coast from Ponte Vedra to Fernandina Beach.

Tina watched the news closely all week, as the storm bloomed from a category 1 to a category 4 in the warm waters of the Caribbean. The spaghetti models could not agree where landfall would be, even until the last day. She’d stocked up on food and water, and she knew that she’d be able to ride out the storm and the aftermath because she would have electricity, even if nobody else in her neighborhood did.

The wind howled and moaned like an enraged banshee and her house shook and groaned. Through the small window in her door, she watched the palm trees bend and twist in the pale light of the street lamp. Debris smacked and thudded into her house, as tree limbs, street signs, and yard furniture hurtled through the air. Transformers exploded down the street.

At 3:00 AM the street light went dark, along with the entire neighborhood.

Tina cheeked the Tesla App on her phone. The pair of Tesla Powerwalls were delivering power to her home, exactly as it was designed to do. If the lights even flickered, she did not notice. The Storm Watch software had automatically ensured that the battery would be charged to full capacity before the hurricane landed.

She watched the Weather Channel and fell back to sleep to the sound of wind and rain and thunder.

The next day, the feeder bands passed by and the scale of destruction began to emerge across the city. More than a million people without power. Storm surge flooding miles inland. Some areas would be without electricity for up to a month, as utility companies struggled to fix downed power lines and remove fallen trees.

Tina made herself a cup of coffee and scrambled some eggs, feeling grateful. She checked her Tesla app again, noticing that her solar array was powering her home and recharging her batteries. She had to smile.

The following day was blistering hot, temperatures in the mid nineties, and humid. Tina went for a walk in her neighborhood, picking her way carefully through streets choked with tree limbs and downed power lines. She made a point of checking on many of her friends and neighbors down the street.

Mrs. Wilson, who lived across the street, was a sweet, elderly lady with diabetes who kept an immaculate garden and made the best pecan pie in Florida. Tina stored her insulin for her so that it would not go bad, and put some of Mrs. Wilson’s food in her refrigerator, and she also invited her over for to sit in the air conditioning for a much needed respite from the heat.

Her neighbors on either side were parents with young children. Tina ran an extension cord to both houses so that her neighbors could run their fans to stay cool and so they could let their children play video games. She let people come over to charge their cell phones and tablets.

Tina made her freezer available to neighbors, and stored steaks, roasts, and an assortment of frozen foods for them, glad that she herself would not face the task of throwing out rotting meat and cleaning out her refrigerator.

A few of her neighbors had gas generators, but as the outage dragged on, their noisy generators fell silent because there was no gas to be had. These folks, too, came by Tina’s house for help, and she gladly gave it.

After three weeks, the power in the neighborhood finally came back on, but Tina only noticed because her neighbors came by to thank her and collect their food.

“God bless you,” Mrs. Wilson said, bringing over a fresh pie. “You may have saved my life.”

“I’m just glad I was able to help,” Tina replied.

From that day forward, whenever she walked her dog, people would smile and wave. They started calling her “The Hurricane Hero,” and Tina would just laugh, thinking that she hadn’t done anything anybody wouldn’t do.

“Well, that’s not entirely true,” Mrs. Wilson said. “You were the only one around here who was prepared; there wasn’t anybody else who could do what you did.”

That’s when Tina decided to leave a good review for A1A Solar, the team that had installed her solar + battery system.

Tesla Powerwall 2 & SunPower

A1A Solar is now an authorized SunPower and Tesla Powerwall 2 installer

A1A Solar is pleased to offer SunPower, the world’s highest efficiency solar panels for residential and commercial installations. Founded in 1985, SunPower is a global leader in solar innovation; its solar panels consistently deliver more energy than its competitors. SunPower’s Maxeon cell technology allows for a higher wattage in each panel, resulting in rooftop solar arrays needing less roof space.  A1A Solar customers who select SunPower are eligible for a 25-year warranty, with financing options available. SunPower solar panels have a 40-year life expectancy and the lowest degradation on the market. SunPower mounts its inverters directly onto the panels at the factory, instead of on-site. A1A Solar is also an authorized installer for the Tesla Powerwall 2, the most advanced residential energy storage system in the world. The Powerwall 2 is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that stores energy. It’s great for home energy storage, and it also stores electricity for solar self-consumption, time-of-use load shifting, backup power, and off-the-grid use. A1A Solar is a certified electrical contractor and will complete the entire installation process with no subcontractors.

A1A Solar & SunPower

The highest quality under the sun!

A1A Solar Contracting, Inc. is proud to announce that we are now official SunPower dealers. Why is this great news? This is means that our customers get the highest rated panels on the planet, the best warranty, and the unparalleled quality of installation and customer service that A1A Solar provides. This is a winning combination, melding our years of expertise in the North florida marketplace with SunPower’s integrated 25 year warranty and the most efficient panels available anywhere.
  • Sunpower panels have a 40 year life expectancy, with the lowest degradation on the market.
  • Sunpower inverters are mounted directly onto the panels at the factory.
  • Higher wattage panels means less roof space is needed.
  • Easy financing
  • A1A Solar is a local business, veteran owned and operated.
  • A1A Solar uses only employees, no subcontractors.
  • Premier quality equals the best value over time.
sonnen battery
A1A Solar also installs battery back-up systems. The sonnenBatterie, the world’s leading battery back up system, is able to power your home when the grid goes down because the battery stores excess energy created by your solar array. The sonnenBatterie is lithium ion, and the iron phosphate chemistry means it is heavier and more robust than other batteries on the market. This workhorse comes with a ten year, ten thousand cycle warranty, and does not degrade nearly as fast as other battery back up systems.

A1A Solar now selling backup generators

Northeast Florida solar energy system installer now a Generac supplier

A1A Solar is pleased to announce its partnership with Generac as an official generator supplier for homes and businesses in Northeast Florida. A backup generator offers you peace of mind during a power outage and complements your solar energy system to ensure you’re never without power. Generac backup generators automatically deliver electricity during an outage and can power your entire home or just the most essential items. A1A Solar will install the generator directly and safely to your electrical system, so there’s no need for extension cords running out of your windows or doors.

Hurricane season is upon us and Florida residents and business owners know it’s critical to prepare for long-term power outages. A1A Solar installs your Generac backup generator permanently outside of your home, just like your central air conditioning unit. It runs off your natural gas or liquid propane supply, so you never have to worry about refueling (no more gas cans!). All Generac generators run a self-test that ensures they are ready to perform when needed. You can program your generator to perform the test weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Generac generators are significantly quieter than portable generators and can last as long as you need them. For additional peace of mind, you can purchase Mobile Link, a software tool that allows you to monitor your generator’s current operating status, maintenance schedule, and more directly from your smartphone.

A1A Solar offers several options of Generac emergency generators that are ideal for companies large and small. They provide reliable power to keep your business running during a crisis or weather event. No matter the industry, losing power means losing money. Our industrial power generators have cost-effective fueling options that ensure your company continues to operate during a power outage, no matter the length of the outage or the energy requirements. Generac generators are engineered for commercial and industrial-sized use with multimegawatt capacities.

Having a backup generator provides you with the security in knowing your family will be safe and comfortable in the event of a power outage.

A1A Solar has installed Florida’s largest rooftop solar array on IKEA

Leading solar company A1A Solar Contracting has installed 5,472 solar panels on the new IKEA store in Jacksonville, making it the largest rooftop solar array in Florida.

The project provides up to 50 percent of the building’s power consumption with 1.89 MW system, making it Florida’s largest non-utility private solar array. IKEA contracts with REC Solar who will design the system.

Pete Wilking, president and founder of A1A Solar, is confident his team will successfully finish the installation ahead of schedule. To work with IKEA, A1A Solar took part in a highly competitive bid process and went through multiple interviews and a vetting process to install the system.

“REC Solar has made a smart choice in selecting A1A Solar as the solar installer for the Jacksonville IKEA project,” Wilking said.“Choosing a local company means supporting Jacksonville’s economy and keeping jobs local.”

The rooftop will operate under a power purchase agreement with the Jacksonville Electric Authority. The 1.89 MW system will produce approximately 2,753,070 kWh of electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2,133 tons yearly. JEA will add this array to its total solar energy portfolio, bringing it to a projected 50 MW by the end of 2017.

“We are excited about furthering our sustainability commitment and contributing to a low-carbon society with solar atop our future Jacksonville store,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president, in a written statement. “We have a mission to create a better everyday life for the many, and IKEA Jacksonville can add to this goal and keep us Florida’s largest non-utility private solar owner.”

A1A Solar, already a solar record-setter, installed the then-largest commercial solar rooftop in Jacksonville – 340 panels – for Champion brands, a local beverage distributor.

Commercial solar panel systems help business owners save on utility costs, reduce their carbon footprints, increase power independence and highlight their dedication to the environment. Keeping abreast of the growing solar industry and myriad technological advancements, A1A Solar offers custom options for solar panel systems.

Veteran-owned A1A Solar Contracting provides residential and commercial solar electric photovoltaic design and system installations for homes, businesses and governmental agencies in Florida and Georgia. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners has certified four of A1A Solar’s employees. Learn more about solar options at www.a1asolar.com.

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