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HOW SOLATUBE IS THE ONLY SKYLIGHT THAT QUALIFIES FOR A 30% FEDERAL TAX CREDIT

The Solar Guys - Sunday, January 01, 2017

With the extension of the investment tax credit, previously set to expire at the end of 2016, solar developers get renewed incentives. Ultimately, the solar users are. The Federal Solar Tax Credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems.

A Brief History

The federal tax credit was established by The Energy Policy Act of 2005, for residential energy property. Initially it was applied to solar-electric systems, solar water heating systems and fuel cells. The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 extended the tax credit to small wind-energy systems and geothermal heat pumps. The credit was further enhanced in February 2009 by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which removed the maximum credit amount for all eligible technologies (except fuel cells) placed in service after 2008.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed in December 2015, extended the expiration date for solar thermal technologies, and introduced a gradual step down in the credit value for these technologies.

A taxpayer may claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. Expenditures with respect to the equipment are treated as made when the installation is completed.

The Solar Investment Tax Credit is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to support the deployment of solar energy in the United States. This has a very positive impact to promote the awareness and growth of solar energy regime. People are more and more inclined towards the installation of solar power source big or small, industrial or domestic.

The brief tax credit story for six and beyond years is as follows:

  • 2016 – 2019: The tax credit remains at 30 percent of the cost of the system. This means that in 2017, you can still get a major discounted price for your solar panel system.
  • 2020:  Owners of new residential and commercial solar can deduct 26 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes.
  • 2021: Owners of new residential and commercial solar can deduct 22 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes.
  • 2022 onwards: Owners of new commercial solar energy systems can deduct 10 percent of the cost of the system from their taxes. There is no federal credit for residential solar energy systems.

In the solar energy industry at present, Solatube is the ONLY skylight that qualifies for 30% Federal Tax Credit.

As long as you own your solar energy system, you are eligible for the solar tax credit. They say that to qualify for the 30% federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Your system must be installed by December 31, 2019.
  • You must own your property.
  • You must pay enough taxes to the Federal Government to qualify for the 30% tax credit.

For that ultimate customer whether domestic or commercial, Solatube qualifies everything written below:

Solatube skylight has been the leader in providing sun light at your home and industry.

It is the most reliable service and after sale service provider company.

Has an enhanced technology to address all your issues.

It fulfills complete criteria of Federal Tax Network.

All legal formalities accomplished.

They are the global leader in residential and commercial day lighting system.

*Disclaimer: Solatube International and The Solar Guys are not tax advisors. Taxpayers claiming a tax credit should consult a tax professional with any questions. Solatube International and The Solar Guys are not responsible or liable for the taxpayer’s ability to receive tax credits. This document is not intended to constitute legal or tax advice. More comprehensive information will be made available by the IRS.

HOW A SOLATUBE WORKS

The Solar Guys - Monday, December 12, 2016
"Solatube," "light tunnel," tubular skylight," "light tube," "sun pipe," or "daylighting system," a TDD captures the sun's rays and uses them to illuminate the interiors of homes. In its most basic form, this unique device is made up of a dome, tubing, and a diffuser.

Solatube tubular daylighting devices, or TDDs for short, are affordable, high-performance lighting solutions that bring daylight into interior spaces where traditional skylights and windows simply can’t reach. TDDs have become the ideal solution for lighting interiors in a cost-effective, energy-efficient and eco-friendly way because they significantly reduce the need for electricity while keeping people connected to the outdoor.

Selecting the right TDD for your residential or commercial project is a crucial decision, and Solatube Daylighting Systems are the superior choice because they are the only high-performance daylighting devices that utilize patented optical technologies to significantly improve the way daylight is captured and delivered to interiors. 

The Solatube is designed to maximize light output at any time of day. It effectively captures low-angle sun rays in the morning, late afternoon and winter months with the help of the LightTracker Reflector, and collects high-angle rays at midday for powerful performance. It is recommended for use in spaces where variances in light levels don’t create an issue for occupants.

The complete process and functioning of a Solatube consists of three major steps:

Capture:       Capturing sunlight is of course the first step. The most advanced dome technology has the ability to virtually bend daylight. LightTraker reflector is an innovative in-dome reflector that:
  - Redirects low-angle winter sunlight for maximum light capture
  - Increases light input for greater light output
  - Delivers unsurpassed year-round performance
  - Raybender Technology a daylight-capturing dome lens that:
+ Redirects low-angle sunlight for maximum light capture
+ Rejects overpowering summer midday sunlight
+ Provides consistent daylighting throughout the day

Transfer:      After capturing the required sunlight, the next step is of course transferring it. Every time a ray of light is reflected, a small amount of that light is lost. And even a few percentage points in reflectivity make a huge difference in overall performance. It’s that attention to detail that led scientists to develop the highest performing tubing available. A small difference in reflectivity value can make an exponential difference in overall light delivery of a tubular daylighting device.

Deliver:     What makes Solatube Daylighting Systems unique? The ability to offer amazing control over daylighting a space. From light control to diffusion, you can think of virtually everything you need to bathe a space in pure, natural light. For a stylish daylight delivery form and function combine for optimal daylight diffusion with:
  - New Glass Distractions Decorative Fixtures
  - Warming or softening Effect Lenses
  - Ventilation, dimmer or nighttime lighting options
  - Superior Color Rendition

Whenever, you decide and make your mind to get benefits of Solatube system, always ensure that you select a system with the most reflective material, a difference of just one percent will make a massive difference to the light delivered, particularly over longer lengths. The Solar Guys (www.thesolarguys.com) are the people who can guide and manage for you the most relevant and workable solution. 

Now Serving the Greater Jacksonville Area

The Solar Guys - Thursday, October 01, 2015
NEWS RELEASE


SOLATUBE DEALERSHIP NOW SERVING THE JACKSONVILLE AREA



The Worldwide Leader In Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) Brings 
Bright Home Improvement Innovation To The Region
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(Florida, October 1st, 2015): Solatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), announced the addition of The Solar Guys as the new Solatube premier dealer serving Jacksonville including St. Johns, Putnam, Clay, Bradford, Union, Columbia, Baker, Duval, & Nassau Counties. The Solar Guys offers sales and installation of the full line of Solatube® Daylighting Systems and the Solar Star® solar-powered attic ventilation fan. 


The Solatube Daylighting System is designed for superior lighting performance from a highly efficient, compact design.  Pioneered in Australia in the 1980s, American-made Solatube Daylighting Systems are an inexpensive, leak-proof, energy-efficient solution for bringing the benefits of natural lighting into a home, or just about any interior space.  Featured on PBS, Home & Garden Television (HGTV), the Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel (TLC), Solatube Daylighting Systems continue to be the most technologically advanced Tubular Daylighting Devices on the market and have been installed around the globe.


The Solar Star attic ventilation fan is the leading solar-powered rooftop ventilator on the market. The product provides far superior attic ventilation capabilities than the typical, non-motorized roof ventilators available in home improvement stores, which depend on breezes or natural convection to function.  Solar Star continually works to maintain low humidity and temperature levels, keeping the levels within a safe range.  The result is a properly ventilated attic, which ultimately lowers utility costs and prolongs the life of the roof. 


Solatube International Inc. is the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs).  The Solar Guys is the Solatube premier dealer for Central & North Florida including Ocala, The Villages, Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona, Jacksonville, Marion, Lake, Sumter, Alachua, Citrus, Pasco, Hernando, Orange, Osceola, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Putnam, Clay, Bradford, Union, Columbia, Baker, Duval, & Nassau Counties. Solatube International’s flagship product, the Solatube Daylighting System, provides a revolutionary natural lighting solution for all types of residential and commercial applications.  Widely recognized as the industry innovator, Solatube International has earned acclaim around the globe for its unrivaled ability to transform interior spaces with the power of daylight.  For more information on the Solatube Daylighting System or other products manufactured and marketed by Solatube International, including solar-powered attic ventilation fans, please call The Solar Guys at 866-662-6254 or visit www.TheSolarGuys.com or visit the Solatube corporate website at www.Solatube.com.

Gable vents may not be enough for your Attic

The Solar Guys - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gable vents are designed to help ventilate your attic, and attic ventilation is important in that it helps to prolong the life of your roof and helps to heat or cool your home. If your attic does not have proper ventilation it could cause your air conditioner to work harder and less efficiently due to the transfer of the attic temperatures into your living space as well as lessen the life of your roof due to wood delamination, fungal decay and saturating your insulation from the humidity making it less effective. 

A solar attic fan may be your solution to inadequate gable vents. They help to keep your attic cool in the summer and reduce moisture in the winter. Solar Star attic fans are an eco-friendly product as they run on the sun instead of using the electricity for which you pay. Solar Star attic fans are durable, compatible with all roof types and easy to install.

You save money with an attic fan. First, they do not cost you any electricity to run. Second, they help to regulate the temperature in your attic which helps to regulate the temperature in your house. This means your air conditioning unit can work more efficiently and less often, saving you money on your utility bills. Third, it lengthens the life of your roof and insulation giving you long-term savings of your money on replacement of two very expensive items. With these savings, you will have more money to do the things you enjoy, remodel a room or purchase an item you have been wanting for some time.

The Solar Guys have been serving the Central Florida area since 2001. We are your daylighting specialists with solar tube skylights. We also specialize in tinted windows which add privacy and security to your home as well as installing solar attic fans. All of the products we offer help you to save on your utility bills and do not cost you electricity. Our goal is to provide an exemplary level of service and savings by offering affordable products and solutions to your every day woes.

Now is the time to start saving money. Stop giving the power company your paychecks and enjoy more of what you want to do with The Solar Guys. We offer free consultations to discuss your energy saving options. Our team is knowledgeable and professional and we pride ourselves on affordable solutions and exceptional customer service. A solar attic fan may be your best solution to small or non-existent gable vents. Contact us today to learn more about The Solar Guys and the products and services we offer. 

Don't underestimate the attic vent fan!

The Solar Guys - Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Do you feel that your air conditioner is working harder than it used to? It may be time to install an attic vent fan. This option is much less expensive than replacing your air conditioning unit and even if you were to replace the air conditioning system in your house, it does not guarantee better heating and cooling bills. 

Your attic temperature has a direct impact on the heating and cooling of your house. By regulating the temperature in your attic with an attic vent fan, you can regulate the temperature in your house. The Solar Guys offer a solar powered attic fan, installed at an affordable price. These fans are designed to work off the sun so they do not cost you added electricity and expenses once they are installed. As a matter of fact, they are designed to save you money on your monthly electric bill.

The majority of your electric bill is due to your heating and cooling system. If you can regulate the temperature in your house, it means that your system does not have to work as hard or as often to maintain a comfortable temperature. Attics tend to trap solar heat that enters the roof and has no where to go. It then transfers into our living space, requiring us to bump up that thermostat while sending our utility bills soaring. In the winter, the cold air trapped in the attic also transfers to our living space, requiring the use of the heater in the colder months.

A little known fact is that extreme heat and cold in your attic can reduce the life of your roof as well as your air conditioning system and more. You can end up with plywood delamination, fungal decay and more and that affects your insulation, air quality and your roof and structure of your home. An attic vent fan helps to even out the temperature in your attic and eliminate problems while helping to extend the life of your roof.

The Solar Guys have been serving Central Florida since 2001. We cover Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Pasco, Volusia and Marion counties to name a few. We offer genuine Solatube solar tube skylights, solar powered attic fans and Huper Optik tinted windows. We are your daylighting experts and can create the perfect lighting environment for your home. We also can help save on your utility bills with solar attic fans and window tinting.

It is time you started saving on your electric bills by installing window tint, tubular skylights and an attic fan. Watch the monthly savings with a sound investment for your home. Call The Solar Guys today for a free estimate to install an attic vent fan in your home. 

Window Tinting, Prices Worth the Results

The Solar Guys - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Window tinting prices can get rather expensive and if you are not careful you could spend a lot of money on less than good quality window tint. Just like on cars, home window tint can turn colors over time and start to peel away. Plus, if it is not UV blocking, then you are not doing enough to save on your electric bills and protect your furniture and investments.

The Solar Guys offers tinted windows at affordable prices and you can be sure you are receiving high quality tint. Huper Optik window tint blocks UV rays to cool your home and protect your belongings from sun damage. You can save on energy bills in the summer and the winter as well as saving on future furniture purchases. In addition, window film can enhance safety by minimizing risks of flying shards of broken glass and can increase privacy by minimizing the ability to see into your home from outdoors. This is ideal as the film makes it difficult for thieves to peer into your home and survey your possessions.

Installation of window tinting can be done with virtually no disruption to your home and will not create a mess or pose a risk of damage to your furniture or flooring. The process generally takes a couple of days and you can start saving on your electric bills right away. Not only does your air conditioning unit work more efficiently, you can maintain a comfortable indoor temperature by reducing thermal transfer with window tint. The best part is that our window tinting prices are affordable so it is a small investment for such big, long term savings.

We have been in business since 2001 and serve a dozen counties in Central Florida. We are The Solar Guys and we specialize in daylight products such as solar tube skylights. We can also install a solar attic fan and offer tinted windows to maximize your utility bill savings on a regular basis. Whether it is the sun or the heat you are trying to eliminate from damaging your home or if you want to add light in dark spaces, we are the people you can trust to get the job done right and on time.

It is time you made some decisions about your quality of living and the protection of your family. Tinted windows offer safety, security and savings. We offer free estimates and knowledgeable technicians that can answer your questions on ways to save money on your utility bills as well as give you our window tinting prices. If you want to save money and protect your investments, then call The Solar Guys today! 

Turn off the lights during the day with a Sun Tunnel Skylight

The Solar Guys - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A sun tunnel skylight is a smart and eco-friendly way to brighten a dark rooms and bring natural daylight into any room of your home. Solatube tubular skylights offer you savings and sunlight whether you need a skylight in a laundry room, a hallway or any other room of your home. If you are looking for an affordable way to bring daylight into dark spaces where natural light has rarely been an option, then a Solatube Daylighting System is your solution.

Installation of sun tunnel skylights is affordable, fast, clean and easy. Solaube lights require no structural reframing, tunneling, drywalling or painting. Our certified experts can install the product in less than a couple of hours and most do it yourselfers can finish the project within a day.

Working like a traditional skylight but not your traditional skylight, it is a high-performance natural lighting system that uses advanced optics to harness sunlight in a way that significantly improves how daylight is controlled and used. You can brighten living rooms, kitchens, closets and more! A sun tunnel skylight provide as much light as you would expect from a skylight many times its size. Plus, it costs much less than other daylighting options.

Solatube skylights are a “green” solution for your home. It allows you to switch off electrical lights during the day providing savings on your electric bills and reducing environmental pollution. Your light is delivered throughout the room with a decorative fixture that offers style and function. Plus, you can add functionality with a light kit, vent kit or daylight dimmer. The fixtures look just like light fixtures and blend in to the decor of your room. The light kit offers you daylight during the day and energy efficient lights for nighttime use. The ventilation add on kit allows increased air ventilation without cluttering the ceiling. The daylight dimmer allows you to easily control the amount of daylight entering the room with a switch offer you advanced features over a traditional skylight. You can combine the solar tube skylight with an attic fan and tinted windows for even more energy savings.

The Solar Guys have been serving the Central Florida area for over a decade. Since our inception in 2001, we have expanded to serve over a dozen counties in the central Florida area. We pride ourselves on affordable eco-friendly solutions, exceptional customer service and the ability to meet your needs and exceed your expectations as well as knowledgeable experts that are able to answer your questions. We look forward to working with you to provide you the savings you seek on your monthly utility bills. Please contact us for a free estimate and let us help you to start saving today with a high-performance, quality sun tunnel skylight by Solatube. 

Attic Ventilation Fan

The Solar Guys - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The best way to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter is an attic ventilation fan. These fans keep your attic cool in the summer and reduce moisture in the winter allowing you the ability to keep a more steady temperature inside your house, thus reducing your utility bills. Not only does an attic fan help you to save money on your bills but it also helps to save money by prolonging the life of your roof and insulation.

Attics trap heat and moisture. Without proper ventilation, the humidity can saturate your insulation and cause fungal decay and wood delamination. However a solar attic fan helps to reduce the heat and humidity that sits stagnant inside your attic. It runs off the power of the sun and not off your electricity helping you to save even more money. This means you will be giving away less of your hard earned money to big power companies and give you ability to save for something fun.

The Solar Guys offers you affordable solutions to save on your energy bills. Whether you choose a Solar Star attic ventilation fan, Huper Optik window tinting or Solatube tubular skylights, you will get affordable energy saving solutions, exceptional customer service and top notch installation. We specialize in solar tube installation for those hard to see areas, tinted windows that offer privacy and security as well as energy savings and attic fans that help to cool your attic. Since our inception in 2001, we have served over 70,000 customers in the Central Florida area.

The Florida heat and humidity is just as much a killer of your roof, furniture and flooring as it is your skin. Protecting your investment is important and we are here to help you do just that. By regulating the temperature in your attic and thus, in your house, you can be confident that you have found an affordable alternative to high energy bills, furniture and floor replacement and premature roof replacement. Combining an attic fan installation with either a solar tube skylight or tinting windows or both, you can ensure long term savings on your electric bills, a longer roof, furniture and floor life and more.

It is time you stopped giving away your hard earned money unnecessarily and had more money to do the things you enjoy. It is time that you could start saving money instead of letting the electric companies squeeze the last dime out of you. We look forward to working with you and helping you to save money. We offer eco-friendly options that offer you savings. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn more about how an attic ventilation fan can help you save on your monthly energy bills.

UV Window Film

The Solar Guys - Friday, February 07, 2014

Keep the Sun Out with Huper Optik UV Window Film

With our full line of Huper Optik UV window film, you can rest easy knowing that your skin is safe. Inside or outdoors, you, your workers, and/or family’s skin is in danger because of ultra-violet rays that the sun projects through our atmosphere. Outdoors you can wear sunblock, but what about when your inside and those rays shine in through your windows? Applying sunblock inside seems a bit unnecessary but investing in UV window film may be exactly what your skin needs.

Whether you are searching for residential or commercial reasons, our Huper Optik window film is the right fit. In our line of films, the Select Ceramic Film Series is the film that has the strongest UV ray, as well as infa-red, protection. The Select Ceramic Film Series has high heat rejection properties which keeps your house cooler and your power bill lower. Our Select Ceramic Film Series is 100% dye-free, which keeps the visibility through your window pristine with no signs of fading or age. This UV window film does not appear shiny or metallic. Huper Optik takes pride in their soft tones that make your living space more enjoyable and easier on the eyes, skin, and gives you peace of mind.

Ultra-violet and infa-red rays are two of the biggest contributors to certain types of cancer, particularly skin cancer. With UV window film standing between you and those harsh beams, you can take pride in knowing you doing what is best for your heath and potentially prolonging the life of yourself and your loved ones/employees. There are so many other dangers and worries in the world, taking care of your skin’s health should be one less worry for you.

Another thing to consider is your furniture and flooring. Yes, what you are currently sitting on, resting your feet on, and even that desk by the window, they’re all currently being slowly damaged by the sun’s solar beams. You work hard for your money and as we all know, household ware is not very easy on the pocket book. If you could prolong the longevity of your hard wood or carpets, wouldn’t you? What about your tables and chairs? Those are getting sun damage every day with no change or protection. Don’t forget about your curtains too. Getting tired of changing your once clean white drapes that have now yellowed with age? UV window film will not only protect you but your possessions as well.

Please explore the rest of the site if you would like to know more about our Select Ceramic Film Series or other tint options. 

Window Tint for Homes

The Solar Guys - Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Too hot in the summer? Is it getting too expensive to keep cool with the A/C all the time? Does the harsh light make your home feel less homey? If so you may be interested in window tint for homes. It may be the answer to a lot of your concerns. There are many fiscal and environmental reasons to consider tinting the windows of your home. First off, tinting the windows on your home lessens the intensity of sunlight entering your living space without harming or distorting the outside view. Here at The Solar Guys, we use Huper Optik Nano-Ceramic Window Films to keep your home at a comforting daylight level.

With Huper Optik Nano-Ceramic Window Films, there is no metallic glint and no shiny gleam to your windows. These films are also energy efficient in helping keep the temperature of your home lower, reducing your A/C bill. If you are interested in all of these properties, you should check out our Fusion Traditional Tint Series here.

There are a few other window tint for homes that we suggest. There is the Ceramic Film Series. This film is made off ceramic which can withstand the harshest of natural elements, whether it be heat or freezing, water, or land. This tint also does not fade or appear shiny. Most importantly, it does not disturbing your view, day or night. This tint is a stronger level than Fusion Traditional Tint and will therefore protect from higher intensity heat waves along with harsher amounts of glare.

There is one other tint for homes that we suggest. It is the Select Ceramic Film Series. This film has the highest rate of heat wave rejection among the top films on the market. This home window tint can protect your furniture and family from harmful infa-red and ultra-violet waves from the sun. The visibility through this tint is not interfered with at all, your view will be clear and glare free.

Why wouldn’t you consider window tint for homes? It protects your home and furniture, lowers your A/C bill, keeps the whole house cooler, and protects your eyes from harsh lights and glares. There are so many ways to lower your overall bills each month and keep you from sweating, literally!

If you were interested in our window tint for homes, you may be interested in our special window tint for commercial buildings called Safety, Security, and Privacy Series. If you would like to set a time to come into one of our three locations in Central Florida, please fill out one of our contact forms to set up an appointment.


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