Our system engineers are expert at all kinds of solar solutions and energy saving products, and will objectively assess your needs.
Solar Residential Overview
Residential solar applications include pool and spa heating, hot water heating, radiant floor or space heating and electricity. All of these system types are exempt from California Property Taxes. Solar pool heating has always enjoyed a fast payback, usually between 4 - 6 years. Solar hot water systems for domestic use are small, simple systems. Space heating systems usually start out as hot water systems, with extra collectors and storage for winter heat. Sometimes we install large combined "hybrid" system that provide hot water year-round, pool heating in the spring, summer and fall, and space heating in the winter. Lastly, solar electric systems provide electricity, with varying paybacks based on rebates and electric rates in your area. As experts on all of the above, we can help you determine which most important for you, and how best to apportion your available roof area.
Solar Heating for Pool & Spa
A solar pool heater absorbs heat with solar thermal panels to warm water that is pumped into your pool or spa. This increases your pool temperature by 10 to 15 degrees, providing at least 6 to 7 months of comfortable swimming. Whether it be an economical plastic design, better looking three-season copper, or year-round glazed copper systems, we can design the best configuration possible for your swimming pool and spa heating needs. There are no tax credits for pool systems, yet they typically enjoy very fast paybacks. The most important thing for a homeowner to know about these systems is that the collectors should NEVER be installed flat and must drain by gravity back to the pool at night... or they will not last very long!
Solar Hot Water Heating for your Home
Solar hot water heating is very common all over the world...wherever energy is expensive. In California, most people have cheap natural gas. However, to reduce carbon emmisions, the California Public Utilities Commission is now offering up to $2,719 to homeowners who install solar hot water systems that offset natural gas. In addition, there is a federal tax credit for 30% of the cost. This reduces the cost of an average solar hot water system for domestic use to less than $4,500 and usually results in a payback of 8-10 years. The more people in a home, the more hot water is used, justifying a larger system with a faster payback. Savings are even greater for electric or propane water heating systems. Tankless solar hot water systems work excellent with most tankless water heaters, which simply do not turn on when the solar is hot enough (most of the time!)
Solar Radiant Floor Heating
Solar radiant heat comes from heated water flowing through PEX tubing inside a concrete slab under your floor - it can’t be seen or heard, but it’s certainly felt! Solar radiant heating is more energy efficient than electrical or gas heat, and provides a warm cozy feeling without the uneven drafty feeling that forced air heat often produces. Radiant floor heat also provides relief from asthmatic conditions as there is no dirt, viruses, or dust being blown around the home. A hybrid solar system on new construction can provide year-round hot water, winter radiant floor heating and spring-summer-fall pool heating all in one system.
Solar Electric Photovoltaics
Solar electric (PV) systems can often be cost-effective additions to a home. As experts in all kinds of solar, we frequently coordinate the installation of PV with thermal solar systems, properly apportioning the roof to each. Often, roof space is the limiting factor, demanding only the highest efficiency solar module be employed. We can help you choose excellent brands and installers. The size of the system will be determined by your electrical usage and cost.
Radiant Floor Tubing
Evacuated Tubes Collector
Product Warranty - AVS uses only the higest quality, lowest maintenance solar products. For example, the SunEarth liquid flat plate Empire Series collector has a 10-year manufacturers warranty. Both thermal and electric systems typically last over 30 years! The SunPower X Series PV Panel carries a 25-year limited warranty for both residential and commercial installations. The High Sierra Drainback tank carries a lifetime warranty on the smaller residential tanks.
All Valley Solar Warranty - All of our solar systems come with a 10-year limited warranty against 15% performance degradation, and parts and labor for three years.
Repairs & Service Calls - At All Valley Solar customer service is priority number one, and you can reach us 24/7 via telephone in case of emergency. Our installers and maintenance crews are professional, responsive, and friendly.
Licensed, Bonded, Insured - All Valley Solar is fully licensed with the California Contractors State License Board (#499720), Bonded, and Insured. We strive to create highly efficient systems that will remain maintenance-free for decades. We are a locally-based company with over 37 years of solar installation experience and 100% customer satisfaction.