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Solar Haven Community

Solar Haven Community Development
We are pleased to announce that A1A Solar has partnered with a development company that is moving forward with a 900-home project with commercial and retail features in North Florida. This development will have highly efficient and sustainable houses and take advantage of renewable energy, energy management, along with being EV friendly as well as water conservation technologies. This is intended to be a net-positive energy community, exporting a surplus of green electricity within its region on an annual basis.

Solar Haven Community Investment Opportunity
Funding for this project will be by sustainability-focused investors. The first funding offering is now available to the public with as little as $100 for share ownership. This first round of funding is to purchase and secure approximately 1,300 acres in Bunnell, FL. The land will collateralize the shares purchased in this funding round. If you wish to be an investor and even perhaps a future resident of this community, please go to https://wefunder.com/solarhavencommunity/buzz for more information.

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.

Solar Incentives

Solar panel against blue sky
Solar panel against blue sky
Solar panel against blue sky

Many Florida utilities still provide true net-metering, although there is strong pressure from utility companies from every direction to end net-metering. So, if you have true net-metering (i.e., FPL and FPUC) do not expect this to last too much longer.

The IRS federal tax credit is scheduled to drop from 26% to 22% January 1, 2023, and then expire in 2024 for residential solar.

The bottom line is that if you wish to go solar or add more solar panels or batteries to your existing system, right now the incentive is the highest it will likely ever be.

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!

Sandhill Crane Migration

In mid-March, I had the good fortune to witness the Sandhill Crane migration in Grand Island, Nebraska at the Crane Trust. The Sandhill and Whooping Cranes have been migrating from Mexico through this area for thousands of years. We saw approximate 400,000 Sandhill Cranes awake to a spectacular sunrise and set off for the day to the cornfields to build up their reserves for the remainder of their journey up to Canada and as far as Siberia. We also got to see them come in for the evening to roost in the Platte River which is a very shallow river that offers the cranes protection from predators while they sleep. They “loaf” in this area for about three weeks before continuing North. We were not lucky enough to see any Whooping Cranes, because only about 600 remain of this endangered species.

I learned that this is a unique place in the world to see this stage of the cranes’ migration. The power and beauty of Mother Nature was truly awe inspiring. If you ever have the chance, I encourage you to visit the Crane Trust from late February into early April.

My love of nature and desire to be a better steward of the environment is what led me to the solar industry and to join A1A Solar Contracting. The weekend with the cranes was a great reminder of how important it is to conserve habitat to ensure the continued success of these beautiful birds. Hats off to The Crane Trust for their dedication and passion for these beautiful animals.

Aside from this amazing migration, Mother Nature has two other great powers – sunshine and hurricanes. If you are interested in taking advantage of the free sunshine to power your house or business through solar PV (photovoltaic) generated energy, please give us an opportunity to design a system for you. If you are concerned about hurricanes knocking out your power, we can also design a battery energy storage system for you to pair with solar PV.

— Ellen Castle, Business Development

A1A Solar Contracting is a certified Tesla Powerwall dealer, as well as an Enphase Gold Installer for Enphase’s microinverters and battery systems.

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

Act Now!

Solar laws are changing in Florida. Get grandfathered in before it’s too late!

What does HB-741 mean?

  • The law was essentially written by the utility companies, who think solar is great for them, but don’t want their customers to have solar.
  • The law goes into effect Jan 1, 2024
  • Until then, new customers will be grandfathered in for twenty years.
  • Utility companies will be able to pay a fraction of what they charge to customers who sell power back during the daytime. The initial reduction is 25%, followed by further reductions until net-metering goes away completely.
  • The longer you wait, the more money you lose
  • The federal tax credit is decreasing to 22%
  • Supply chain issues are causing prices to increase
  • Inflation is at an all-time high, causing further price increases.
  • Interest rates are going up due to inflation.
  • Increased demand to lock in net-metering means prices will continue to go up as we approach the deadline
  • Utility companies continue to raise electricity rates

Contact us now to make an appointment

The Battle for Solar

Pete Wilking of A1A Solar has been visiting Tallahassee to fight for solar.