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He said, “I Want the Best Solar Panels Installed by the Best Solar Company in San Diego, CA”

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Solar Symphony recently completed another high quality solar energy system at the Dorris residence in San Diego, California. This is a 10.200 kW solar system with LG 300 Watts solar panels. The attention to detail shown here, using only the highest quality components available make this one of the highest quality solar panel installations in San Diego, CA. In solar very high quality equipment, installed to better than “industry standards”, matters because solar panels when installed correctly last 30 years or even more. Every year that a solar system continues to function is literally thousands of dollars of additional electricity! It pays to get it done right.

Give us a call to learn more about what to look for when going solar and what’s needed for a best in class solar install. Also don’t forget to leave us your comments, and tell us how your solar is doing.

Edison Loses Another Customer in Beverly Hills, California

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Solar Symphony recently completed another solar panel installation at the Holiner residence. This solar system is 15.330 KW with LG 365 Watt Panels. If the solar company you choose sizes your solar system correctly your solar panels will completely eliminate any electricity charges on your electric bill, leaving only $5 – 10 per month in fees.
We work very hard to over deliver on our promises. Which is why our customers say we are one the best solar companies in Beverly Hills, CA. Call us and we’ll show you how to eliminate your electric bill. Or tell us about your solar install or plans to go solar in the comments.

We look forward to hearing from you.

One of the Best Solar Companies in San Diego, California? You decide!

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Solar Symphony recently completed another high-quality solar system at the Kallay residence in San Diego, California. This 7.040 kW solar array has LG 302 Watts solar panels. This is one of the best solar installations in San Diego . What makes one solar install superior to another? Here are a few things to consider: The best solar installs use only the highest quality home solar equipment. Additionally, the best solar installers take their time and pay attention to the details using only the best installation practices, and not just building to code or “industry standard”. This matters probably more than you think because solar panels when installed correctly last 30 years or even more. Every year that a solar system continues to function is literally thousands of dollars of additional electricity! It pays to get it done right.

The strength of the solar company’s business model also matters when trying to find the best solar company for your solar install. Why? because a solar company that doesn’t stay in business can’t service your warranty. Since solar systems last such a long time you’ll also need very long warranties and guarantees. Does the solar company you’re considering consistently offer a good value? Do they produce quality? Are their customers very satisfied maybe even “raving fans”? All these things point to a company that is succeeding today and will be in business for many years to come. If you got all of that and a great price too, you probably had your solar installed by Solar Symphony. If not, we’d love to hear your story.
Please don’t forget to comment, and take a look at our customer reviews for more information about Solar Symphony.

One of the Top Solar Companies in Oceanside, CA? This Happy Customer Thinks So.
One of the Top Solar Companies in Oceanside, CA? This Happy Customer Thinks So.

A year ago, Solar Symphony installed a high-quality solar system at the Reaume residence in Oceanside, California. Mr. Reaume had this to say about his experience with Solar Symphony.

” Symphony installed our solar system just over a year ago. We wanted a system large enough to just satisfy our usage, and they helped us figure out what that would be. They did everything–the paperwork, the permits, all the work, and they did it with the highest quality of components available. The office personnel, the installers, the site inspectors–all were professional and attentive and took a personal interest in our needs. When a small issue came up at the beginning, someone was out here the very next day to resolve it. The entire company from beginning to end was invaluable to our concept, and we just received our annual “True-Up” Bill. We owed $78 for the year, and part of that was for fees and other charges. I researched many companies and did interviews with four of them. My intensive research showed me that Solar Symphony was the best, by far, and we could not be happier that we found them to do the install. Thank you, Solar Symphony!“.

At Solar Symphony we work really hard to make sure every customer has a great experience going solar. This has earned us the reputation of being one of the top solar companies in Oceanside, CA. Call or email today, we’d love to put the power of the sun to work for you!

Home Solar Panel Installation Done Right in San Diego, California.
Home Solar Panel Installation Done Right in San Diego, California.

Solar Symphony recently completed another high-quality solar system at the Glynn residence in San Diego, California. This is a 9.000 kW solar array with Q-Cell 265 Watts solar panels. The attention to detail shown here, with the highest quality components available make this one of the highest quality solar panel installations in San Diego, CA. In solar very high-quality equipment, installed to better than “industry standards”, matters because solar panels when installed correctly last 30 years or even more. Every year that a solar system continues to function is literally thousands of dollars of additional electricity! It pays to get it done right. Check out this solar panel installation and share your opinion or perhaps details or pictures of your solar install. Did you get your solar installed right? Do you have any regrets or lessons learned? Thanks, hope to hear from you soon.

He said, “I Want the Best Solar Panels Installed by the Best Solar Company in San Diego, CA”
Solar Symphony recently completed another high quality solar energy system at the Ekhaml residence in San Diego, California.

Solar Symphony recently completed another high quality solar energy system at the Ekhaml residence in San Diego, California.

Solar Symphony recently completed another high-quality solar energy system at the Ekhaml residence in San Diego, California. This is a 6.625 kW solar system with Q-Cell 265 Watts solar panels. The attention to detail shown here, using only the highest quality components available makes this one of the highest quality solar panel installations in San Diego, CA. In solar very high-quality equipment, installed to better than “industry standards”, matters because solar panels when installed correctly last 30 years or even more. Every year that a solar system continues to function is literally thousands of dollars of additional electricity! It pays to get it done right. Give us a call to learn more about what to look for when going solar and what’s needed for a best in class solar install. Also, don’t forget to leave us your comments, and tell us how your solar is doing.

These Solar Panels, Installed in San Diego, California, Will Last Decades!
Solar Symphony recently completed another high quality home solar system at the Duan residence in San Diego, California. This is a 2.915 kW solar array with Q-Cell 265 Watts  Solar Panels.

Solar Symphony recently completed another high quality home solar system at the Duan residence in San Diego, California. This is a 2.915 kW solar array with Q-Cell 265 Watts Solar Panels.

Solar Symphony only installs the highest quality solar panels. We use exclusively tier 1 manufacturers which are the top 2% of solar manufacturers, both in bankability and quality. Choosing the right solar power equipment is important but it is only half of the quality equation. The means and methods we use to install the solar system are equally important to the quality of the finished product. On this point, it is more difficult for the consumer to know with confidence that they’re getting the best solar panels. There are, however, a few things to look for. First; Is the system designed by someone who is highly qualified? Solar Symphony’s designers have completed hundreds of solar designs. Second: Are the actual solar technicians on the roof well trained? Solar Symphony uses Solar Energy International (SEI) to train our installers. SEI was founded in 1991 and is one of the oldest and most respected solar training organizations. Our Foremen have completed over 100 solar installs each. The last thing to look for when determining a quality installation is industry best practices. Many of our competitors will brag that they build to the current electrical code. The electrical code is a minimum standard! We build to better than code standards or industry best practices. Call us today and we’ll build you a solar system that will last for decades!

Another Electric Bill Eliminated in Laguna Beach, California
high quality home solar system at the Guerinot residence in Laguna Beach, California.

high quality home solar system at the Guerinot residence in Laguna Beach, California.

Solar Symphony recently completed another high-quality home solar system at the Guerinot residence in Laguna Beach, California. This is a 17.520 kW solar array with LG 365 Watts Solar Panels. Yes, it is possible to eliminate your electric bill with solar electric systems. If your solar system is sized correctly it will produce enough solar power to completely eliminate any electricity charges on your electric bill, leaving only $5 – 10 per month in fees. As the price of batteries continues to come down, at some point in the not too distant future you may elect to add batteries and disconnect from the utility altogether, eliminating even the fees.

At Solar Symphony we’re not perfect but we work harder than most to make sure every customer’s experience going solar is the best it can be. We deliver on our promises and sometimes a little bit more. That’s why our customers say were one of the best solar companies in Laguna Beach, CA. See our customer reviews for more details. In their reviews, many of our customers talk about how they were able to eliminate or drastically reduce their electric bills. We even have a number of customers that have gotten checks back from the utility. The best solar companies in Laguna Beach California don’t just help people reduce their electric bills they eliminate them! Don’t forget to tell us your story in the comments below.

Another High-Quality Solar Panel Installation in Cardiff, California
Solar Symphony recently completed another high-quality home solar system at the Dashe residence in Cardiff, California. This is a 6.615 kW solar array with LG 315 Watts solar panels.

Solar Symphony recently completed another high-quality home solar system at the Dashe residence in Cardiff, California. This is a 6.615 kW solar array with LG 315 Watts solar panels.

Solar Symphony recently completed another high-quality home solar system at the Dashe residence in Cardiff, California. This is a 6.615 kW solar array with LG 315 Watts solar panels. LG solar panels are some of the most bankable and highest quality solar panels available. You could be saving money by powering your life with high-quality LG 315 Watts solar panels as well. High quality, when it comes to solar matters more than in most other disciplines. This is because solar panels when installed correctly last 30 years or even more. Every year that a solar system continues to function is literally worth thousands of dollars of additional electricity! It pays to get it done right.
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What is the Cost of Solar Power in 2016?

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What would you say if I told you that solar power is now less expensive then all sources of fossil fuels including coal? You might find that hard to believe, especially if you know anything about wholesale electricity costs. For generations coal has been the cheapest readily available source of electricity on the planet. Hydroelectric is less costly than coal, but is limited by geography. In the first half of 2016, for the first time in human history, this has all begun to change.

In recent months there have been a number of news stories from across the globe of solar power plants winning contracts at less than 4 cents per kilowatt hour (kWhr). My favorite of these press releases is the one copied below, because it comes from the Persian Gulf, the home of fossil fuels. Yes, the countries that for years have supplied the world with gigatons of fossil fuels are now building some of the largest solar power plants on earth. It seems unlikely until you consider that the low cost of solar power is now second only to hydroelectricity and the trend line is still moving in a downward direction.

Before you dive into the article allow me to provide some context. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) the average cost to produce electricity from coal in 2014 was 3.9 cents per kWhr //www.eia.gov/electricity/annual/html/epa_08_04.html. Again this is the average producer’s cost. The selling price or average wholesale cost of electricity is around 5 cents per kilowatt hour. The cost of the actual fuel (the coal) is 2.9 cents per kWhr. This is where solar and hydroelectric gain their cost advantage. The energy source in solar (and hydro) is essentially free. I like to say, “the sun never sends you a bill or raises energy rates”. That’s a big advantage in a world where fossil fuels are getting more expensive to extract every year. Contrast that with the fact that the cost solar power gets less expensive every year and I think the only logical conclusion is that at some point in the future the world will be powered primarily by the sun and not by burning carbon from the ground.

The following article from //www.apricum-group.com/dubai-shatters-records-cost-solar-earths-largest-solar-power-plant/ shows that even the people with the most carbon in the ground and the greatest financial stake in the success of fossil fuels understand that solar is now the low cost leader.

Phase 1 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Source: First Solar

Phase 1 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Source: First Solar

Dubai Shatters all Records for Cost of Solar with Earth’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Author:
Dr. Moritz Borgmann
May 2, 2016

The Emirate of Dubai set a new world record for the cost of solar power on May 1, 2016 with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) receiving bids for the 800 MW Sheikh Maktoum Solar Park Phase III as low as 3.00 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). This not only marks the lowest cost ever for solar power, but also easily beats all available fossil-fuel options in Dubai on cost.
At the bid opening, DEWA read out the bids for a base variant of 200 MW (AC) only, but with further optional stages the project has the potential to become the largest solar power plant in the world at 800 MW. The project will be implemented on an independent power producer (IPP) basis, with bidders proposing a technical and financial solution to build, own and operate the plant for 25 years.
The lowest bid was submitted by a consortium of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Spanish developer FRV, which was acquired by Saudi Arabia’s Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ) group in 2015. Second, according to industry insiders, came Chinese module maker and developer JinkoSolar at 3.69 cents/kWh, soundly beating Saudi Arabian Acwa Power in a consortium with the U.S. solar thin-film module pioneer and developer First Solar at 3.96 cents/kWh. Two French-led consortia submitted somewhat distant but close bids – Engie, the former GDF Suez, together with Japanese Marubeni at 4.44 cents/kWh and utility EDF with Qatar’s Nebras Power at 4.48 cents/kWh.
The results are remarkable in that they end the winning streak of Acwa Power, which won the two previous DEWA IPP tenders, the Sheikh Maktoum Solar Park Phase II and the recent Hassyan coal power plant tender. This time, Acwa was beaten by JinkoSolar, which is not only the global cost leader in silicon solar modules, but with this bid also demonstrates its capability to successfully develop extremely competitive projects. JinkoSolar apparently surpassed Acwa in the craft of meticulously optimizing all moving parts in a project. However, the lowest bid was submitted by the Masdar/FRV/ALJ consortium. FRV/ALJ, which came a close second to Acwa Power in the previous phase II tender, was clearly determined to win in phase III and seems to have found the winning formula in partnering with Masdar, also known as the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala.

Three cents – a repeatable precedent?

The price bid by Masdar/FRV is 19% lower than the second-lowest bid submitted by JinkoSolar. It can be expected that both JinkoSolar and the third-lowest Acwa Power pushed their proposals very close to what can be considered commercially feasible today. One may speculate how Masdar and FRV seemingly manage to play in a universe of their own. Because the majority of the expenses for a solar power plant lie in the upfront cost of construction, which gets recovered over numerous years, the cost of financing is a key overall cost driver. One can suspect that Masdar had access to long-term financing through the wealthy emirate of Abu Dhabi that no commercial banks, the primary source of capital for the other bidders, could match in cost.
It should be noted, however, that what we are seeing now is only part of the picture. DEWA invited developers to submit bids for configurations made up of three sub-phases: a mandatory 200 MW to be commissioned in April 2018, and another two optional 300 MW tranches in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Results of the two requested variant bids for total project sizes of 500 or 800 MW were not made public at the bid opening. However, insiders suggest that Masdar/ALJ essentially provided a peek behind the façade of the 200 MW bid by submitting the same price of 3 cents/kWh for all three bid variants, speculating that DEWA would find the 800 MW variant most attractive anyway. At the same time, other bidders can be expected to have achieved lower tariffs through further economies of scale with the larger variants, which means that the gap between Masdar/FRV and the second-ranked bidder would potentially be much smaller when looking at the largest 800 MW variant.
Still, with this somewhat unique bid, 50% lower than Acwa Power’s winning bid in the previous phase II submitted just 18 months ago, the danger arises that Dubai’s tender raises global expectations of the cost of solar to a level that cannot be quite matched elsewhere, making the industry get somewhat ahead of itself.

World-record solar now beats fossil fuels on cost

Yet, even the second and third-lowest bid at 3.69 and 3.96 cents/kWh, which appear bold yet commercially viable, are unprecedented and mark another breakthrough milestone for the progress of renewable energy. All three lowest bids by themselves clearly set a new world record for the unsubsidized cost of solar electricity. A recent bid of 3.6 cents/kWh by Enel Green Power in Mexico did not include the value of additional green energy certificates. Solar tariffs in the USA now regularly dip below 4 cents/kWh, but these include a 30% tax incentive and other subsidies.
Besides setting world records for solar power, the results unequivocally demonstrate that large-scale solar power can now regularly beat fossil-fuel power plants on cost. Solar (when delivered in 2018–2020) has now become by far the lowest-cost option for generating electricity in the Gulf region, effortlessly beating even coal-fired power plants. As recently as October 2015, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) awarded the new Hassyan coal power station at a much higher tariff of 4.501 US cents/kWh. Gas-fired power plants in Dubai have an even higher generation cost.

Dubai sets the standards for renewable energy deployment in the region

Dubai has now firmly established itself as the forerunner of solar energy in the Gulf region. As part of its program to reach energy diversification goals by 2030, Dubai launched the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in 2012. The park is located on 40 square kilometers of land south of Dubai city and is planned to eventually host 5 GW of solar projects. In 2013, a 13 MW PV power plant was commissioned as phase I of the project. In 2014, DEWA tendered a 100 MW PV power plant on an IPP basis as phase II, with stunning results at the time. Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power bid a low tariff of 5.98 cents/kWh, already lower than DEWA’s cost of gas-fired power plants.
At the same time, Acwa Power proposed alternative variants of up to 1,000 MW. DEWA ultimately settled at 200 MW at a tariff of 5.85 cents/kWh. The successful results of the tender sparked an even greater appetite for solar power. In late 2015, Dubai announced an aggressive target of 25% share of solar power in the grid by 2030 and 75% by 2050. As the first step toward reaching these goals, DEWA launched the public tender for phase III of the Sheikh Maktoum Solar Park project, with the intent to award a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to the lowest bidder.
Compared to phase II, the prequalification criteria were made even more stringent, with the goal of allowing only very strong and experienced players to participate in this tender of unprecedented size. DEWA required the consortia to present rigorous, fully detailed technical and financial proposals.
In a multi-stage process, 97 parties submitted an expression of interest (EOI) to participate in the tender. Around 40 parties were invited to submit a request to prequalify, of which 24 international consortia responded. Finally, 14 consortia were prequalified and invited to submit bids on May 1, 2016. As a testament to the stringent requirements (and also high costs) of submitting a bid, eventually only five consortia handed in proposals on May 1. It is expected that DEWA will negotiate with the frontrunners among bidders over the coming weeks and then settle on a sub-phase configuration that maximizes value for DEWA, in all likelihood, the largest 800 MW variant.
Compared to phase II, when twice as many bids were submitted with a much larger spread between the lowest and the most expensive bid (2.5x vs. 1.5x), we are now seeing a much more mature solar downstream industry. Effectively, the “mega project” model similar in financial volume to conventional power plants has set the standard for the procurement of renewable energy in the region.

Leaving no stone unturned to optimize tariffs

One may ask – how could bidders submit such low tariffs? The substantially lower price level of all bidders, compared to the already low price point in phase II, was the result of intensive optimization across the entire gamut of project parameters. After phase II had given an indication of the level of competitiveness required to win, developers left no stone unturned to reduce project costs.
The strongest contributor to the lower tariff is a lower capital expense for the project, driven by lower component costs and more efficient system designs. Compared to the previous tender rounds, component costs have fallen further across all parts of a solar power plant, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies have further firmed up their cost estimates for the region. Still, a key challenge was the identification of a construction company that can provide EPC services for a project of this magnitude, with only a few suitable providers available globally.
A key technical contributor to the low tariffs was likely the widespread consideration of single-axis tracker technology, which leads to a gain of approximately 15% in energy production over fixed-tilt systems, at a lower relative increase in system cost.
Financing a project of this size, requiring around a billion dollars in funds for the largest variant, also represented formidable challenges. The project’s equity will be held jointly by the developer (40%) and DEWA (60%). The project will be financed in a highly leveraged non-recourse project finance structure, with the majority of the funds typically coming from commercial debt. For Sheikh Maktoum Phase II, financed in 2014, regional banks including Emirati and Saudi institutions demonstrated a great appetite to provide debt at aggressive terms, crowding out all other international financial institutions. However, with the severe drop in oil prices, the regional credit environment has taken a turn for the worse and the market has essentially dried up, with most regional banks pulling out of new project finance deals. This sent developers searching for debt from international banks, including French and Chinese institutions.
Although not unexpected by industry insiders, the results of this tender will send further shock waves through the global power markets. Fossil power plants are not only coming under pressure through a renewed drive to reduce global carbon emissions marked by the Paris climate accord, but also by the sheer economic competitiveness of solar (and wind, for that matter) power. Just a few years ago, nobody would have imagined that solar power would be able to beat all fossil fuel sources including coal already in 2016.

Boosting the deployment of solar energy in the region and beyond

This result will further increase the development of solar power globally, particularly in sun-rich countries with growing energy needs. Dubai and neighboring emirates and Gulf countries will build on the now proven approach to procure solar power plants on a similar scale to conventional power plants. As a case in point, Abu Dhabi’s utility company ADWEA has just released a tender for a 350 MW solar power plant.
As already noted in Apricum’s commentary on the results of Sheikh Maktoum Solar Park Phase II, neighboring Saudi Arabia should finally also take note of the compelling nature of solar power. Maybe this is indeed what is happening, with last week’s announcement of a 9.5 GW renewable-energy target for Saudi Arabia being a first indicator.
For any questions or comments, please contact Dr. Moritz Borgmann.
Edited to add on 2016-05-03: The final tariff for the Hassyan coal power plant in Dubai, awarded in October 2015 to Acwa Power, was 4.501 U.S. cents/kWh, not 5.177 U.S. cents/kWh.
Edited to add on 2016-05-05: PPAs in the U.S. are now regularly closed at tariffs below 4 U.S. cents/kWh, not 3 U.S. cents/kWh.