Builders benefit from solar installation options for home buyers

Solar tax credits and other incentives encourage builders to include the options in their custom built homes of energy-efficient photovoltaic solar electric systems, solar pool heating technology, solar hot water heaters, and other green energy design elements.

If you are a builder in the Northeast or Central Florida region, we invite you to contact Wayne's Solar to find out how solar tax rebates and refunds can credit back to your customers, setting you apart from other builders in today's home construction market.

New home buyers who intend to build from the ground up will be thinking long term: this means low utility bills as well as quality appliances and building materials.  Builders that are informed on the tax credits and financing of solar are more likely to do business with forward thinking home buyers.

Wayne's Solar, in the solar energy business in Florida since 1983, offers these resources for builders regarding solar tax credits and other incentives:

Discount coupons for solar installations in Florida

In-depth explanation of how solar electric works

Resource on incentives for builder solar tax credits

Home builders will also benefit from solar rebates, marketing support, a new range of clients, greater client satisfaction, and best of all the ease of energy code compliance that comes from partnering with a professional, licensed solar installer.

Contact us today or stop by our Ormond Beach, Florida headquarters!

What's the news for Wayne's Solar in 2016?

Look at this handsome group! We got our sales, office, and tech teams together right before the holidays for a photo shoot.

Congress voted to extend the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar for another three years. It will then ramp down incrementally through 2021, and remain at 10 percent permanently beginning in 2022.

JEA utility customers will want to contact Wayne's Solar right away. JEA has added funds for a new rebate extension until March 31, 2016. Rebates that are now active: 16+ SEER HVAC replacement, insulation, and solar.

Check out MORE solar incentives here or contact us at 844-4WAYNES. There are so many ways to save when doing the right thing and going solar. We also have a variety of internet specials.

We will be at the Flagler Home and Lifestyle Show: January 23 & 24, Sat. 9am-4pm & Sun 11am-4pm at Flagler Palm Coast High School. Stop by our booth and get a special discount offer if you say you saw this mention on the Solar Florida blog.

Our sponsored runner, Patrick Schmidt of Hayward Pools, just completed the Disney Goofy Challenge (1/2 marathon and full marathon) this month. Coming up for Patrick are some very exciting races for charity including the Skydive Ultra-Marathon (50 miles) on January 30. He is also running the Sarasota Half Marathon and the Atlanta Marathon in March, and the Keys 100 (relay team) in May.

We have partnered up with Camelbak to develop special edition versions of its water bottles. They are available for purchase at our headquarters today. Both models are BPA free, spill proof, and come with a lifetime warranty!

Update for 2015: Guinness World Records for Solar

Back in 2011, we posted this list of Guinness World Records for Solar that had been achieved at that point in time.  With the progress in solar and the popularity of this amazing energy source all over the world, we thought it was time to do an update!  Let's see what has happened in solar energy record setting in the past four years...

NEW RECORD: Fastest solar powered vehicle
Japan - August 20, 2014

The fastest speed attained by a solar-powered vehicle is 91.332 km/h (56.75 mph) and was achieved by Kenjiro Shinozuka (Japan), who drove Ashiya University's Sky Ace TIGA at Shimojishima Airport, in Miyakojima, Okinawa, Japan.

UNCHANGED: Largest solar powered building
China - December 2009

In December 2009, China unveiled an office building in Dezhou, Shangdong province, that meets almost all of its energy needs with its rooftop solar panels. The building covers 807,000 square feet and contains research facilities, display areas, and a hotel.

NEW RECORD: Longest journey by solar electric vehicle
Germany - December 15, 2012

The longest journey by solar electric vehicle is 29,753 km (18,487 miles) and was achieved by the Solar Car Project Hochschule Bochum (Germany) who travelled around the world departing Adelaide, Australia on 26 October 2011 and finishing in Mount Barker, Australia on 15 December 2012.

NEW RECORD: Largest single solar thermal collector
Austria - January 31, 2014

The largest single solar thermal collector measures 70.70 m² (761 ft²) and was achieved by Siko Solar GmbH (Austria), in Innsbruck, Austria, on 31 January 2014. The solar collector was 20.80 m long and 3.40 m wide.

NEW RECORD: First circumnavigation by solar-powered boat
Monaco - May 4, 2012

MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar (Switzerland) circumnavigated the world in a westward direction from Monaco in 1 year 7 months and 7 days from 27 September 2010 to 4 May 2012 on solar power only. The boat had accumulated 32,410 nautical miles (60,023 km; 37,296 miles) on its arrival in Monaco.

NEW RECORD: Fastest crossing of the Atlantic by solar power
France - May 18, 2013

The fastest transatlantic crossing made completely under solar power is 22 days 12 hr 32 min by MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar (Switzerland) and its crew of six from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain to Marigot, Saint Martin, from 26 April to 18 May 2013.

NEW RECORD: Largest solar oven cooking class
India - January 4, 2014

The largest solar oven cooking class consisted of 3,639 participants, achieved by Keshav Srushti (India) in Mumbai, India on 04 January 2014. Students of the Suryakumbha solar oven cooking class first built solar ovens, then made a meal of vegetable masala noodles.

UNCHANGED: Most powerful solar chimney
Spain - February 8, 2005

Enviromission's prototype solar chimney power station in Manzanares, Spain, produced 50 kilowatts of electricity between 1982 and 1989. It consisted of a large area of greenhouses, in which air, heated by the Sun, expanded upwards through a 656 foot central tower, powering turbines as it escaped into the atmosphere.

UNCHANGED: Longest flight by solar powered spy plane
United States - July 23, 2010

Zephyr is a High-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle made of ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber. It flies on solar power generated by amorphous silicon arrays covering the aircraft’s wings, no thicker than sheets of paper. It is powered day and night by rechargeable lithium-sulphur batteries that are recharged during the day using solar power. On July 9th, 2010, Zephyr was launched at 0641hours and set three new world records. The flight took place above the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and the aircraft was landed on the morning of July 23rd.

Contact Wayne's Solar when you are ready to be amazed by the amount of money you can save by switching to solar power for your Florida home energy needs.

Patrick Schmidt Continues to Wow on Behalf of Wayne's Solar

Patrick Schmidt, long distance runner extraordinaire, is proudly sponsored by Wayne's Solar.  This year he participates in numerous running events, including the recent SkyDive Ultra in Clewiston, Florida on January 31st.  Along with jumping out of an airplane, Patrick ran 50 miles that day!

That race finished the month off with 250 miles total run for our amazing athlete.  In February, Patrick will take on the Glass Slipper Challenge at Disney in Orlando.  Then in March is will be the Sarasota Half Marathon and 100 mile Fort Clinch run. We are blown away!

What else does Patrick do beside astound us with his running accomplishments?  He is a district manager of Hayward Pool Products, and Wayne's Solar carries a full line of this esteemed company's pool technology products, including salt chlorination systems for pools.

Find out more about everything Wayne's Solar can do for your home and business.  Go Solar, Go Patrick!

Bundle Up and Get Ready for the FPL Solar Rebates

Interested in a New Year's Savings Resolution?  To celebrate 2015, you can purchase a complete solar powered water heater along with a solar attic fan/ventilation system at the lowest price of the year.  This bundle offer comes at just the right time, as FPL is opening its application process for solar rebates on January 14th.

Call us today to get more details on pricing and incentives and to schedule your appointment for a free estimate to take advantage of our complete solar hot water and solar attic fan systems at bundle pricing.  These combined energy efficient installations will make an impact on your utility bill and provide other long term benefits.

Save the date! Beginning January 14th, FPL will offer its solar rebates to those who qualify, but if you are interested you must begin the application process with a licensed solar installer. Do not wait to obtain the needed information from Wayne's Solar as these incentives will go quickly, and there is no guarantee that FPL will offer them again.

Learn more about solar hot water heating systems for Central Florida homes and businesses.

Learn more about solar attic fan ventilation systems for Central Florida homes.

Contact Wayne's Solar to find out more about our New's Years Savings Bundle.

Solar Florida Blog Celebrates Five Years

On November 2, 2009, we made our very first Solar Florida blog post, which means this source of solar business and industry information has been going strong for five years now!  With a readership of over 17,000 page views to date, we think this blog has been a success in distributing the facts about green home design and sustainable energy efficiency.

Also interesting have been the most popular blog posts as time has gone by.  Here are the top five in five years of publication:

Why choose a salt water pool over traditional chlorine? - With over 3,500 views of this blog post, it is apparent that many people are wondering the answer to this question.

Solar Hot Water Heaters For All Florida Climates - A very basic breakdown of the one solar upgrade you can make to your home that can save you up to a third on electricity.

Passive vs. Active Solar Hot Water Heater Systems - Did you know there were two different ways to heat your water using solar energy?  This explains the difference.

The Coolest Green Design Element: Sun Tunnel Skylights - If you have never seen these in action, you will be amazed at the level of light they create.

The Ideology of Solar: An Interview with Wayne Phillips - This recent post is climbing fast on the list of the most popular blog articles.

What else would you like to read about on Solar Florida?  Contact us at Wayne's Solar and let us know your questions about solar pool heating, photovoltaic electric systems for your home or business, and more.

Patrick Schmidt Keeps Running for Wayne's Solar

Patrick Schmidt, representing Wayne's Solar, participated in the Swamp House Half Marathon in DeBary recently.  He also ran a 15K race in Philadelphia on August 24th, coming in at 9th place overall and 1st in his age group.  Patrick also ran another challenging half marathon in Massachusetts over the summer.

Coming up, this runner of distinction has a marathon in Atlanta on Oct. 25, a half marathon at Disney's Wine & Dine on Nov. 8th, and the Space Coast marathon on Nov. 30th.  He will most likely qualify for the Boston marathon at the Space Coast marathon, and Patrick and Wayne's Solar are especially excited for this!

In addition, Wayne's Solar is partnering with Wells Fargo this month to offer an amazing September Special: 15 Months No Interest Financing! Regular Payments Required. With Approved Credit. Contact us today to apply and start saving today with a solar system or other installation from Wayne's Solar. Available through September 30th, 2014.