Solar Panels Exceed Expectations, Lake Havasu City Solar Saves Taxpayers Money

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Arizona Solar Installer

 

Lake Havasu City transformed parking lots and retro fit shade structures with photovoltaic panels. The move was part of an effort for the city to become more energy efficient. Four city buildings have now been fitted to run on photovoltaic energy. Initial estimates in transforming parking lots to solar power stations predicted an annual savings of around a quarter million dollars. When the benefits of photovoltaic panels were examined ten months in, they saw the actual savings to be around half a million dollars. That is almost a full quarter increase in unexpected benefit. The city took a risk in switching to solar panel installations and realized an amazing benefit. Additionally, the contract with the management of the renewable energy source locked in rates with graduated increases that will remain below competing utility price increases. Wouldn’t it be nice if every city in Arizona embraced the benefits of switching to solar?

The Lake Havasu solar project has been so successful that city officials are beginning to review photovoltaic expansion plans. Although no timetable has been releases, major solar panel installation projects for waste water treatment and water treatment facilities are likely to be the next photovoltaic panel expansion centers. The city decided to pay for the costs over 20 years through the energy purchasing program, avoiding upfront taxpayer costs for the installation. Lake Havasu City does not own the photovoltaic panels and steel beams used in construction, a common practice in roof top solar as well as large scale photovoltaic installation projects.

Members of the Arizona Corporation Commission like Gary Pierce continue to claim large utility Companies like APS are in need of additional revenues in the form of new roof top solar fees and increases in electricity rates. Lake Havasu City is a great example of how switching to solar can save on government expenses and tax payer burdens.

G&S Electric Inc., a Phoenix/Tempe based licensed bonded solar panel installer pays taxes. Just like our employees and customers, we are all taxpayers. G&S Electric Inc. is a top rated photovoltaic panel installer. Any one can read by our blogs that we are strong supporters of the Arizona Solar Economy. We get very excited to hear photovoltaic panel experiences which exceed customer expectations. G&S Electric Inc. works as Tempe photovoltaic panel electrical engineering consultants and contractors. We want to know what municipality is next? How can G&S Electric Inc. help your town or city convert to solar energy?

Are expert solar panel installers needed in Bisbee? Is there a need for photovoltaic engineering in Wickenburg? Which will be the next city to have renewable solar energy benefits exceed their predictions? How long before G&S Electric Inc. sees Miami photovoltaic panel electricity projects? Are their rumblings for solar panel installation experts in Prescott? G&S Electric Inc. encourages taxpayers to push for more Arizona Solar. As top solar contractors, G&S Electric Inc. wants to highlight city officials like those in Lake Havasu. Did we forget to mention the city hired 80% of the work force needed to build the new photovoltaic shade structures from the residents of their very own city.

The Lake Havasu City municipal photovoltaic conversion projects required no upfront burden to taxpayers. The major retro-fit solar project reduced energy costs by half a million dollars, exceeding the quarter million projection. The contract locked in electricity rate increases over the next 20 years. The municipal solar energy conversion project employed local residents, funneling money back into the local economy. G&S Electric Inc. believes this is the future of the Arizona Solar Economy. Join us and let us help your municipality enjoy the benefits of exceeded expectations.

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Artistic Sustainability for Roosevelt Row

In an article published in the DowntownDevil, it appears that the Phoenix arts district known as Roosevelt Row will soon be adopting more pedestrian friendly shade structures. For many years the Phoenix City Council has been improving the down town area with a goal of making it more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. A small portion of the projects underway with the Phoenix City Council is to improve the artistic look and feel of Roosevelt Street.

The contract for the Public Art Program is roughly $375,000 which will include the artistic shade structures and seating spanning Central Avenue by Carley’s Bistro to 4th Street. We are pleased to see these efforts to make our city more pedestrian and bike friendly as well as the improvement in creating open shared spaces. What really got us excited about this story is that the fourteen feet high shade structures with seven to eight foot wing spans will be fitted with photovoltaic panels.

This is a story to celebrate the Phoenix City Council, which is insuring that 93% of the funding for the project stays in our local economy, hiring local Phoenix contractors and manufacturers to make and install the new structures. As a proponent of solar energy, G&S Electric Inc. is glad to hear that the city is choosing solar as a valuable investment worthy resource. The sustainability and energy savings that will come from a self powered “pocket park” are great examples of how future development projects should continue to progress across Arizona.

G&S Electric Inc. is a top photovoltaic engineering contractor and consultant for many public use projects, including those happening at ASU. G&S Electric Inc. has been an active part of the continuing efforts to create solar power shade structures over parking lots, on roof tops of student halls, and on the tops of the police stations. We support municipal solar initiatives and would like to be a part of your community planning and design efforts. If you are a community planner looking to incorporate solar power into community spaces, be sure to contact a local qualified electrical engineer with a high degree of expertise and experience in solar array design. Stand alone solar powered shade structures can provide valuable energy sources and electricity to light up parks, walk ways, bridges, play grounds, and any type of community space.

Understanding the Utility Model

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G&S Electric Inc. and other roof top solar companies in the valley are fighting for a new direction in the way we generate electricity. Photovoltaic panel installations provide point of use power, create distributed energy resources, and empower home owners by reducing dependance on fossil fuel and nuclear power plants. Top solar contractors in Arizona are caught in a battle with the large utility APS over the future expansion of roof top solar. APS wants to minimize the spread of roof top solar. If it fails to do so, the utility company may no longer be viable. Understanding how utilities work, helps customers understand why the fight is so important.

Utilities are either regulated monopolies that can both produce and sell electricity, or they are deregulated entities that can either produce electricity, or sell electricity. Utilities are guaranteed rates by state regulating agencies which they can use to accurately project profit forecasts. These profit forecasts are published to large investing firms which then funnel money into the pockets of the utility stake holders. The entire financial system of a utility is based on getting paid to produce electricity and getting paid to sell electricity for a profit, which then encourages investors to give the utility money, making additional profits. The model has worked for a century and a lot of money has been made off the need to supply the nation with energy.

Utilities make bids to build and manage large power stations which run on nuclear or fossil fuels. They are awarded money to build power stations they control, thereby controlling the amount of electricity available, which they sell according to demand. Along comes roof top solar, and the business model begins to crumble. Roof top solar is not owned or controlled by the utility companies. Therefore, they are no longer able to control the amount of energy being produced. Each roof top solar installation becomes its own power station, so the demand of electricity from the power plant is lowered. Thereby lowering the rationale to charge higher rates. If your home has power, the utility cannot sell you the power it is making, and has excess electricity to try to sell else where. It stops making money.

In Arizona, utilities bet on making most of their money during the long hot summer days. Arizona homes and businesses crank up the air conditioning and spike demand for electricity. With higher demand, comes higher prices, and the utilities take advantage by charging peak load demand rates. Along comes roof top solar, and the business model changes. Roof top solar provides peak performance during long hot summer days. They begin operating at their most efficient rate, often providing excess electricity. So the roof top solar home is not purchasing the higher rate electricity, and the utility looses its most valuable resource. Additionally, the roof top solar home tied into the grid provides distributed energy resource and gives its neighbor some excess electricity, not owned by the utility. So neighbors are using electricity not generated by the utility and the demand for peak load lowers. Utilities loose lots of money. As more and more homes adopt roof top solar, the utilities begin loosing more and more money because it cannot sell its highest value product, the peak load rate.

Investors who trade in the utilities market are used to long term fixed rates of return based on simple models of guaranteed fees and profits. Along comes roof top solar and the 30 year investment model crumbles. Investors become nervous about trading in utilities, the value of utilities commodities lowers, investors stop trading, and utilities loose money. The Edison Electric Institute, the utilities trade group, just published their own report noting these risks. Utilities are at risk of no longer being profitable. The more roof top solar installations and the more distributed energy sources, the less money a utility can make. Additionally, the lowering cost of roof top solar installation and the lowering cost of battery reserves are making it easier for home owners to adopt an off grid solar system making them completely independent from utilities.

When the utilities own investment firm begins publishing warnings regarding the future of utilities to be viable, the investors are going to start backing out of utilities which are fast adopting roof top solar. So in order to keep investors on the hook, APS has to demonstrate it is one of the utilities that is fighting roof top solar. APS must demonstrate that it is doing everything in its power to minimize the impact of roof top solar and to prevent the spread of the solar industry. As investor money continues to flow in, APS spends it on negative ad campaigns, fighting for additional fees and increased rates, and most recently, fighting to eliminate requirements to adapt roof top solar as part of its power generating system.

Electrical contractors and roof top solar companies like G&S Electric Inc. are fighting for energy independence. Utilities are fighting for their investors to keep Arizonans dependent on electricity they control. It is vital to the state of Arizona that the benefits of the new solar economy continue to progress. G&S Electric Inc. remains a trustworthy electrical contractor company that promotes roof top solar where appropriate. As a top rated solar contractor and one of the best solar consultants, G&S Electric Inc. wants to be your partner in the fight for roof top solar. Find out if roof top solar is right for your home or business. Keep our economy growing and fight for energy independence.

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G&S Electric Inc. On the Record

Living the luxurious life on the doublewide network

Living the luxurious life on the doublewide network

The DoubleWide Network, home of Arizona local DJ personality the “Morning Mayor” Dave Pratt, invited our very own Matt Taft to sit down with Kris Anderson, host of “Living the Luxurious Life” to speak about our company and our business. We thank Kris Anderson, team lead realtor for RE/MAX Excalibur and host of “Living the Luxurious Life” was a joy to speak with.

Kris Anderson says the show is about bringing the best products and services to listeners who want to live a life of luxury. It is an honor that this top Phoenix realtor chose G&S Electric Inc. as an electrical contractor which has the best products and services. Matt Taft, Director of Sales and Marketing at G&S Electric Inc. told Kris a bit about the back ground of how G&S Electric Inc. came to be one of the best electrical contractors in Phoenix.

Starting in 1986, two friends Gerry and Scott came out of the journeymen apprenticeship for electrical contractors working for Motorola. When the company they worked for was shutting down, the two men were offered to take over the electrical contractor work by starting their own company. Motorola approached them and guaranteed them one year of work based on the excellent quality electrician work being performed. What an honor the founders of G&S Electric Inc. must have felt to have the backing of such a large prominent entity.

The family owned and operated union organized electricians provided such expert electrical contractor work that 28 years later, the location now known as On Semi Conductor, still has G&S Electric Inc. working on site. Matt explained to Kris that G&S Electic Inc. is a full service electrical contractor specializing in service work for large manufacturers like On Semi to small mom and pop manufacturers. G&S Electric Inc. does specialty rigging, clean room work, in addition to all aspect of electrical work when you think of an electrical contractor. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Matt explained to Kris Anderson how G&S Electric Inc. expanded its business model in 2007 to enter the market of roof top solar and solar contractor work. Kris Anderson stated that her show was about bringing the BEST products and BEST services to her listeners who are interested in bringing luxury and top quality products to their lives. Matt goes on to explain why G&S Electric Inc. is considered the BEST in terms of products and services.

G&S Electric Inc. believes there is a lot to take into consideration in looking for services or products for a home or business. Taking a holistic approach to job evaluation, G&S Electric Inc. only wants to service jobs that make sense. A home located in a historic district covered in large shade trees simply may not be the best fit for a solar solution. Unlike competitors that want to cover every square inch of a roof with photovoltaic panels, G&S Electric Inc. will only install roof top solar where it makes sense. Some competitors will put an installation on any roof, regardless of the integrity of that roofing system. G&S Electric Inc. will analyze the integrity of the roof and will provide recommendations as well as referrals for roofing contractors when it is clear the roof will not hold up for the duration of the installation. Taking that diagnostic approach to an installation rather than focusing on making a sale is what makes G&S Electric Inc. a top electrical service provider.

Matt goes on to explain to Kris Anderson why G&S Electric Inc. is known for best in product in the solar industry. Many competitors use a model of under bidding each other, trying to find the cheapest products to have the lowest installation cost. The problem with finding the cheapest products is that they usually are made the cheapest way. Competitors may use a photovoltaic panel company that has only been around a few years. The warranties on photovoltaic panels can last 25 years. What happens if one of these cheap supply chains folds? Who is going to be there to honor the warranty?

G&S Electric Inc. believes in using companies that show quality, value, and integrity. G&S Electric Inc. takes the time to look into their supply partners. This is why we choose vendors like Sharp, a house hold name that has been around for decades. Sharp has a plant here in the United States, in Tennessee that produces the photovoltaic panels G&S Electric Inc. uses in their roof top solar installations. G&S Electric Inc. believes in the Buy American First Act and the Re-Invest in America principles and purchases only the best materials made in the U.S.A.

G&S Electric Inc. is proud of being featured as a best in product and services for electrical contractors and roof top solar installers in Phoenix and Arizona. We appreciate the acknowledgment by Kris Anderson and the time to speak about why we are among the best electrical contractors. G&S Electric Inc. is proud of the way our Director of Sales and Marketing, Matt Taft is so easily able to communicate our company standards of excellence. Take the time to listen to the full interview for valuable insights on what goes into a site evaluation and cost/need estimates for roof top solar installations. Matt has done an excellent job representing G&S Electric Inc., and our principles. If you are looking for the best products and services in roof top solar, or any electrical contractor needs, contact G&S Electric Inc. today.

APS and the Arizona Corporation Commission Reduce Renewable Energy

Arizona Solar

Arizona Solar

In November of 2013 APS convinced the Arizona Corporation Commission to approve fees and measures that would hinder the growth of Arizona’s roof top solar economy. From an ideological stand point, the citizens of Arizona as well as the governing bodies of Arizona should be doing everything in their power to promote the advancement of roof top solar. The economic benefits range from increased state revenues and higher employment rates to increased sustainability. From an environmental and economical model roof top solar represents only benefits to the state and the people. Their are no risks to the state or to the people in advancing roof top solar.

Their is only one entity that holds a risk analysis, and that is the utilities which manage the power supply. Unfortunately for the people of Arizona, utilities are extremely powerful entities which monopolize regions. They are able to exert control over their profit lines through a regulating body that seems to want to maintain a utility system a century old rather than embrace a new revolution in energy independence.

In the first week of February 2014, APS met with the Corporation Commission to discuss the next push to reduce renewable energy growth. Currently APS is required to have 15% of it’s energy supplied from renewable resources by the year 2025. Part of the requirement includes a provision which states that 4.5% be from roof top solar. Neighboring states have goals set at 20% to 30%. Arizona is uniquely situated in a region of the U.S. which would support much higher use of renewable energy.

APS does not profit from roof top solar. In fact, APS looses revenue due to roof top solar. Therefore, APS is now pushing to have the 4.5% requirement completely eliminated. Not only are they attempting to eliminate the need to leverage roof top solar, they are also attempting to minimize the over all requirement of renewable energy to an embarrassing 10.5%. The future of solar energy growth is now being threatened not only in the roof top market, but also in the solar array and solar power generating station markets as well. APS does not want solar growth for Arizona. The Arizona Corporation Commission has also demonstrated it does not want solar growth for Arizona.

G&S Electric Inc. hopes that this measure will not be approved. We are skeptical that the Arizona Corporation Commission will do what is right for the solar economy and for the state. We urge our customers to take action and contact the Corporation Commission to support renewable energy in Arizona. Additionally, customers can help by supporting solar allies like TUSK and the Arizona Solar Center. G&S Electric Inc. are passionate solar contractors rated as top roof top solar experts. Contact us for a free solar evaluation for your residence or business. G&S Electric Inc. supports an important part of Arizona’s economy, and we need the support of our customers.

 

Who is Your Small Business Manufacturing Electrician?

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Arizona Electrical Contractor

Local manufacturers in Phoenix need a strong team of support businesses to ensure their success. All manufacturers need materials supplies. All manufacturers have shipping needs. There are buyers and sellers of manufactured goods. Partners in storage for excess inventory or materials are needed. A comprehensive waste management system may need to be in place. Another important component of a strong manufacturing business team, is having a qualified local licensed bonded electrical contractor. G&S Electric Inc. would like to be a member of that team which supports local business in Phoenix and the greater valley.

Every manufacturing company needs licensed bonded electricians to ensure they run at full capacity. When heavy machine repair is needed, manufacturing businesses stop producing and start loosing revenue. It is important to have a heavy equipment repair electrician who can keep those motors running. When motors burn out and break down, an electrical contractor is needed for electrical motor repair to get revenue flowing again. Machine repair for manufacturers will almost always require electrical diagnostics. G&S Electric Inc. will come out to your facility and review all parts on a machine to determine where breakdowns may occur and ensure appropriate repairs are made. Many manufacturing plants experience electrical equipment failure. G&S Electric Inc. serves as electricians in South Phoenix, and all over the valley, for manufacturing needs. Contacting G&S Electric Inc. begins a relationship with a reliable company that wants to be a part of your small business team. We will fix electrical manufacturing problems.

When lathes wear down (as they are bound too) is it because manufacturing motor repair is needed, or is an electrical control repair needed? A machine shop electrician can diagnose the true issue. G&S Electric Inc. can even perform most mechanical repairs as part of the electrical repairs and diagnostics. Electricians for manufacturing businesses need to be aware of the mechanics of motors. Modern milling machine repairs may be needed due to many points of vulnerability. Hydraulic relay repairs, automated lubrication pump repairs, heavy equipment chip replacement repairs, or automated malfunction sensor repairs can be part of a complex repair process in a single machine. If a machine stops running and you do not know why, call G&S Electric Inc. for electrical troubleshooting and diagnostics.

Some manufactures have to bid for new contacts or new product line capabilities. Having a local electrical engineer in Phoenix as part of your manufacturing team can help you understand cost estimates for retooling a facility to make new product. Your business depends on the ability to output product. Your profits of a new bid can only be fully understood when you have realized the costs of rewiring a facility for new tools and machines. Manufacturer electrical engineers can help you understand the electrical energy requirements needed for new manufacturing processes and provide those cost estimates. Will new machines increase electrical load requirements? Will rewiring your facility reduce electrical loads? Are old wiring systems creating loss of power to your machines and costing you more expense to create product? A machine installation electrician can ensure proper electrical loads, increasing the life span of the tools on which your business relies.

Having a manufacturing electrical contractor who can provide quality electrical engineering designs can go a long way to increase production values. An electrical engineer may help manufacturers increase profits by determining improvements for energy efficiencies. An electrical engineer can design an electrical power distribution system which can create a more flexible manufacturing facility to easily handle machine change outs. The ability to modify your manufacturing facility increases the ability to take new contracts and increase revenues. G&S Electric Inc. employs manufacturing electricians who want to be part of local small business manufacturing teams.

As an Arizona licensed bonded electrical contractor that relies on Buy American principles G&S Electric Inc. supports local Arizona businesses. G&S Electric Inc. enjoys being a small business, providing our electrician services for small businesses. Some manufacturing electrician companies in Phoenix want to be large and take on every project they can. G&S Electric Inc. prefers developing relationships and being part of a larger team of support. G&S Electric Inc. have Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale based manufacturing electrical design consultants servicing companies from Gilbert to Glendale, and all over the great state of Arizona. Want more information? Read this paper from MIT on the life cycles of electrical energy requirements for manufacturing processes.

 

What does quality of service mean to your business?

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Electrical Contractor Phoenix


G&S Electric Inc, a highly rated electrical company in Arizona measures success by their quality of service. We received a call from a local business owner who had been experiencing some electrical issues at her brick and mortar shop. A local utility company had looked into the issue for the business owner and stated that her electrical panel had gone bad and needed replaced. The business owner searched for top electricians in Phoenix and contacted G&S Electric Inc. to have her panel replaced.

When our technicians arrived on the scene, we wanted to ensure when we left all issues were resolved. G&S Electric Inc. likes to do a job right the first time. Our quality service electricians are trained to perform their own diagnostics. The shop had not undergone any increases in electric load. The connections to the shop were secure. The panel did not appear to be worn out. When our electrician had completed his diagnosis, he discovered that the issue was in the main circuit breaker.

As honest electricians servicing Arizona we could not perform the panel upgrade without advising the customer that her panel was perfectly fine. A measure of quality service oriented electricians is doing the right job to solve the right problem. A panel upgrade can cost over $2,500 to install and have inspected. Even though the panel was an older model, all connections were free of rust and corrosion and without any increase in load to the home, the panel would continue to operate effectively.

In order to be reliable electricians in Phoenix, we have to be certain to have all the facts. So we perform our own diagnostics. In order to be trustworthy electricians in Phoenix, we have to communicate those facts to our customers. We informed the customer that the panel would continue to operate effectively and that the only recommended service was replacing the main breaker. This recommendation saved the customer thousands of dollars.

This customer experience demonstrates that G&S Electric Inc. employs reliable electricians. It demonstrates we train all of our employees to be trustworthy electricians. There is more to the story. G&S Electric Inc. also demonstrated their commitment to being quality of service electrical contractors by going above and beyond to service the panel appropriately. Working on older panels is not always an easy task. The easy job would have been to replace the panel to a newer model. G&S Electric Inc. works on the principles of integrity, not the principles of what is easy. Our electrician called all over the valley and traveled to different locations in order to acquire the right parts for the main breaker replacement. The quality of service electrician spent more time locating the right parts for the right job than it would have taken to install a new panel. The job was completed that day, and the customer only had to pay a few hundred dollars, rather than almost three thousand dollars.

When looking to hire an electrical company in Arizona how will you know if they are trustworthy electricians? How can you determine if they are reliable electricians? Be certain they perform their own diagnostics and be certain they talk to you about the job they are performing clearly. G&S Electric Inc. will not do just any job, we only do the right job. That is how we measure quality of service. We hope that you contact G&S Electric Inc., a local electrical contractor in Phoenix Arizona, for all of your electrical servicing needs, whether you are a small business, a large business, or a home owner.

How will the Future of Arizona Solar Charge Forward?

In a disappointing move the Arizona Corporation Commission did make small concessions to APS in their recent media propaganda move to increase their profit lines by adding what most call a tax to the Arizona solar economy. Despite the thousand protestors and great efforts from solar industry leaders like G&S Electric Inc., SolarCity, and TUSK; APS was able to eek out a small victory. As a leader of roof top solar experts, G&S Electric Inc. did its part by attending the open hearing and providing testimony about the negative impacts rate hikes and fees would have on the local solar economy.

The concerns of local roof top solar installers and home owners were not heard. The Corporation Commission awarded a large utility monopoly a small victory. Even knowing that APS spent millions of dollars under the guise of third party ads attacking roof top solar, members of the Arizona Corporation Commission continued to say the rate change and fee increases for residential roof top solar was not high enough! In a recent press release by TUSK, former republican leaders blasted Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce for continuing to call for more rate and fee increases. As a Phoenix solar contractor, G&S Electric Inc. appreciates the excellent coverage TUSK has given to the issues.

As leading solar engineering contractors in Arizona, G&S Electric Inc. wants to ensure the success of the Arizona solar economy by staying aware of new developments and advantages experts can have over large utility companies. Our best hope is to rely less on the utility grid and more on the efficiencies of complete solar systems. The greatest opportunity for improvements in solar array systems is in the storage of solar energy. The more affordable and efficient storing solar energy becomes, the more adaptable residences and businesses will become in switching to complete solar energy design options.

Promising developments in battery technology may help push the future of the Arizona solar economy forward. The move away from large grids to smaller independent fully renewable energy grids or complete off grid solutions will rely on improvements in battery technology. A new start up out of Pittsburg called Aquion believes it has developed a sodium based battery that can be made cheaply, is non-toxic, and will help solve the issues of energy storage for photovoltaic systems like the roof top solar systems by G&S Electric Inc. The company has good funding for their technology and hope to develop micro-grids that could rely completely on renewable solar energy. You can read more about their brief case sized batteries here:http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523391/startup-thinks-its-battery-will-solve-renewable-energys-big-flaw/. Local Scottsdale company, Fluidic, is developing new technologies for rechargeable metal-air batteries. They claim to be able to store more energy than traditional batteries and believe the advances they are making in metal-air battery technology will be useful in storing energy from renewable solar energy sources. You can read more about their efforts here: http://www.technologyreview.com/news/512206/years-in-the-making-promising-rechargeable-metal-air-batteries-head-to-market/

G&S Electric Inc. are highly reputable solar engineers in Arizona. We are contacted on large scale projects as solar engineering consultants. We work with home owners on solar site evaluations for roof top solar experts. G&S Electric Inc. leans on local merchants and American suppliers as much as possible to support our home economies. It is unfortunate that the Arizona solar economy will feel the impacts of the decisions by the Arizona Corporation Commission. As top solar experts serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and all of Arizona we will continue to look for solutions to grow solar panel services in Arizona. APS may have been awarded a small victory, and with the current Arizona Corporation Commission it looks like they may be awarded more rate and fee increases in the very near future. It is hard to fight a large utility company. G&S Electric Inc. believes in the future of solar energy. We will continue to discover and offer the best solutions for our solar customers to keep Arizona solar moving forward. Battery technologies and further advances in photovoltaics can make grid reliance a thing of the past. G&S Electric Inc. are leaders in solar solutions and are among the best solar contractors. We support our industry, our local economy, and our customers. We hope to have your support as well.

What Lights Up Your Business?

Most consumers think about lighting in terms of watts since we were raised on primarily two types of lighting (incandescent or fluorescent) and always purchased based on watts as an indication of brightness. However, highly trained electricians should know that brightness truly is measured in lumens. Today, electrical designers and installers have a multitude of lighting technologies to offer which can really add to a dynamic array of business lighting. From entrance ways, to parking lots, security lighting to product displays, even work areas or customer servicing areas -architectural lighting is an integral part of a brick and mortar business. An electrical designer should be a part of the process.

Working with an electrical contractor to help map out your business lighting needs should be a part of every brick and mortar business owner’s plan to increase volumes and decrease over head. A well lit parking lot will be more inviting than darker ones. Clearly lit entrance ways will lead to more customer volumes. Proper display lighting will lead to higher sales. Adequate and proper work area lighting will increase productivity. Well lit, warm customer service areas will lead to greater customer satisfaction. All of these practices create a more profitable business, and an electrical contractor that offers free consultation can help your business identify opportunity areas.

G&S Electric Inc. has experienced electricians who can assist business owners in creating an electrical engineering plan that will increase business effectiveness. Hiring a licensed, bonded, and insured electrical contractor can also increase business efficiency. Take a look at this link that displays average costs based on the type of lighting installed: (http://www.efi.org/factoids/lumens.html). What is your average electricity business expense? How much can an improved electrical design in lighting alone decrease your costs? What if an investment in parking area lighting doubled your business volumes? Have you considered contacting an electrical contractor to have the electrical design of your business evaluated?

Every month, leading industry manufacturers are releasing light options with ever increasing lumens and decreasing energy costs. Some of the LED options today are a fraction of the cost of older lamp models. As a top electrical contractor, G&S Electric Inc. is constantly reviewing new options that can help your business grow. Check out the link below for a spot light on one company that has great new offerings for business lighting options.

We are qualified electricians in Arizona. We are family owned and operated local electricians. We want to support your local business and help you grow. Creating a relationship with G&S Electrical Inc. is like creating a business partner in the electrical contractor industry. We support businesses that have electrical design and electrical engineering needs throughout Phoenix and surrounding areas. Consider not only what lights up your business, but who lights up your business. Our electricians offer free consultations that can help your business grow. Lighting is a very important aspect to business growth. From customer and employee satisfaction, to volume and productivity increases. What can G&S Electric Inc. due to increase your profitability?

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Doing Solar Right

Over the last few months we have focused on how APS is impacting roof top solar in Arizona, and how they aim to decrease benefits to solar consumers. As a top Arizona solar panel expert, G&S Electric Inc. has kept a close eye on the developments and their potential impacts. In looking at current trends in photovoltaic energy, G&S Electric Inc. has found an example of one public utility aiming to bridge the differences between customer owned roof top solar and the way it can benefit grid utilities.

In Sacramento California, the publicly owned utility is looking for ways to store roof top solar energy so the energy can be fed into the grid during peak volumes. Some investor owned utilities in California have made attempts to block solar powered homes from backing up their roof top solar panels with batteries. G&S Electric Inc. designs and manages off grid solar panel systems with battery back ups and we would be disappointed to see any utility attempt to prevent the measure of energy independence.

Using state of the art smart grid technologies the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has created a solar energy storage project that places closet sized lithium-ion battery packs and control systems in the neighborhood. The goal is to use 34 homes with photovoltaic panels installed to balance energy loads for use both on and off the grid.

We at G&S Electric Inc. think turning blocks of communities into solar energy power houses is an excellent balance between a utility and the private solar consumer. As one of the top solar providers in Phoenix and across Arizona, we are strong proponents of creating solar back ups. We treat each solar project as its own independent project and tailor to the needs of the solar installation. The way SMUD is going about changing how solar impacts the community. We applaud the efforts of SMUD to look for ways to balance roof-top solar and grid utility needs.

G&S Electric Inc. looks forward to the continuing growth of homeowner solar solutions. Solar energy is going to be an ever increasing option for energy independence, and obtaining a roof top solar panel system today, can lead to massive amounts of homeowner energy savings over the next 20 years.

 

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