AC Solar Solutions consists of an Austin-based team of professionals with two objectives: save clients money on electric bills and grow a greener world. The Austin, Texas region has more than 80 certified solar companies, 40 of which are active. AC Solar Solutions is responsible for 30 percent of the market share.
AC Solar Solutions offers many energy efficient packages, including free installation with any product. The team utilizes more than a century of experience to bring your home into the modern age, implementing eight different services:
- Passive Solar Power
- Active Solar Power
- Energy Efficient Windows
- Radiant Barrier
- Attic Insulation
- Thermal Wall Insulated Siding
- Solar Reflective Roofing
- Energy Audits
Its solar installation service includes a photovoltaic cell array (solar panels) that converts direct sunlight into DC power. The power is moved down to a combiner box, where the voltage is converted to useable electricity. The combiner box leads to the DC disconnect (circuit breakers and ground fault protection) and then the inverter, which switches the DC into AC power. The AC disconnect leads into a panel and meter, where homeowners can see how much power they are collecting against how much they use (known as net monitoring).
Once expensive solar panels are viable for everyone. Not only are more efficient systems coming out every year, state and federal governments are offering tax incentives and rebates to make up a portion of your investment. The team at ACSS knows the system backwards and forwards, and is able to help clients fill out tax paperwork to collect on the incentives.
AC Solar Solutions also offers energy efficient windows. Windows allow heat to escape and transfer into homes more than anything else does, and with the right windows a homeowner can save on heating and cooling costs. Picture late December, when your house is cozy and snug except for a draft near the window. Hot air escapes, cold air comes in. Efficient windows reduce condensation, improve daylight streaming (lowering lighting costs), and even protect carpet and other household items from sun fading. Most retailers offer windows rated R3. R3 is better than R1, of course, but nothing compared to the windows at AC Solar Solutions. Its lowest-rated windows are R4s, but most are R5-R9, and it offers the only triple-paned windows in the area.
Aside from windows, improper insulation can greatly hinder a home’s energy efficiency. Attic insulation is said to reduce up to 50 percent in energy costs if it’s up to par and correctly installed. The company also installs radiant barriers. Insulation, while it slows the process of heat transfer from sunlight through your attic, isn’t nearly as effective as radiant barriers. These highly reflective surfaces are positioned perpendicular to sunlight in attics (usually a tin foil-type material), allowing it to redirect sunlight and keep a house cool. Cooling costs are lowered as much as 10 percent after installing radiant barriers.
AC Solar Solutions has offices in Austin and Lakewood, Colorado, just outside of Denver. The Austin office provides 500 kilowatt-hours, while the Denver office is closer to 250. The company’s upper management has worked together for more than a decade. This brings consistency, experience, and a customer-first focus to its clients. “Never leave a dissatisfied customer behind,” is its motto — dissatisfaction is the opposite of what customers experience with the energy-saving gurus at AC Solar Solutions. Each product purchase includes installation and consultation. If you have windows or roofing jobs that need implementation, employees install the product, seal doors, seal windows, and explain how to control energy efficient heating and cooling.
Employees also take part in community events. The Colorado office sponsors a little league team.The Texas branch is involved with the Austin Chamber of Commerce and is active in several different community benefits and charities.
Its partnerships with a handful of brands ensures homeowners have a plethora of choices as it relates to the most energy efficient products on the market.
- Isofoton: With 30 years in the business, Isofoton products power homes, businesses, and government buildings. The company specializes in high concentration photovoltaic energy capturing (HCPV).
- Lumos:Lumos Solar utilizes a frameless design for its solar panels. They are made to capture the maximum amount of sunlight with a minimal profile.
- Malarkey Roofing: This west coast roofing company distributes its products across the country.
- Norandex:Norandex is a building materials company, and has received the 2009 and 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year by the USEPA, followed by two more years for Sustained Excellence.
- Simonton: Simonton Windows are built to last and save money. Products range from skylights to screen doors.
- Alside: Founded in 1947, Alside has provided high-quality aluminum siding across the country. They also sell windows, railings, rain systems, and insulation.
- Pella Windows: This company is dedicated to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. They offer many energy efficient products.
- Austin Energy: This company provides power to residential and commercial structures throughout Austin.
- Energy Star: Energy Star assesses home energy efficiency, and provides tools and information on reducing carbon footprints.
- Clean Energy Distribution: This companysupplies inventory and products for projects big and small.
AC Solar Solutions: The Way of the Future
Solar power, while a new-wave energy solution, is becoming a normal enough sight in neighborhoods. But why? You can argue and justify for electricity and rail against solar all day if you want, but a few facts about solar energy never change.
The sun doesn’t send you a power bill at the end of every month. Aside from instillation costs (which you can save over half on using a combination of tax credits, incentives, and rebates), solar energy is free.
Except for geothermal and wind energy, solar power is the principle provider of clean, renewable energy. Traditional fossil fuel sources are becoming more expensive as they run out — the sun isn’t going anywhere, and if it does, it’ll prove too late to notice any difference.
Burning coal creates greenhouseemissions (even with coal stack scrubbers and “green coal”). Solar power, on the other hand, has a zero emission rating once the panels are constructed and installed. It’s a safe, indefinite supply of power.
Solar is easy. It requires minimal maintenance; no more than a few times a year will you have to spray or scrub a few panels to ensure efficiency. These systems can last up to 30 years if cared for and installed properly, allowing homeowners to collect on decades’ worth of energy savings.
AC Solar Solutions believes in service to the customer. The company wants to help you save money through energy bills, collecting tax credits and incentives, and offsetting the initial installation expenses. AC Solar Solutions doesn’t go for half-measures; instead, its services are tried and proven energy solutions.