American Solar Enterprises LLC

American Solar Enterprises LLC We are here to provide all of your Solar Energy needs! Whether you want solar for your home, pool or business, we have an individual solution for your specific needs.
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American Solar is a 3rd generation, family owned and operated company that has been providing solar thermal solutions to the Northern Virginia area for over 30 years. We are a full service provider of Solar Thermal (Hot Water) systems and components for the heating of domestic water for homes and pools. We also install solar attic fans and service solar hot air systems. We only use top of the line American made products. In addition to installing new systems, we also have the capability of servicing all makes and models of existing systems (those in production and well as obsolete models). Leave a message on our voice mail and someone will call you back within 24 hours!

Operating as usual

I'm selling a used solar thermal system for 33% off!!!  This is a solar system for heating the water in your home, see o...
09/17/2020

I'm selling a used solar thermal system for 33% off!!! This is a solar system for heating the water in your home, see our website for details on these systems. This system newly installed cost $12,000, but we are reducing the fully installed price to $8,000! These systems typically provide about 80% of your annual hot water needs and last about 40-50 years. This system is only 13 years old, so you should still get another 30+ years of life out of it! The reason it's available, the current owners just moved into the property and didn't want it. Even though I explained that it could save them about $700-900 a year, they preferred having the extra space back over the savings. So, their loss is your gain!
I forgot to take a picture of them while they were installed, but the attached picture is what they look like.

Another win for solar rights in Va!https://leap-va.org/energy-news/solar-rights-vindicated-richmond-energy-lawyers-resol...
07/29/2020
Solar Rights Vindicated: Richmond energy lawyers resolve six cases to allow rooftop solar in Virginia HOAs - LEAP: The Local Energy Alliance Program

Another win for solar rights in Va!
https://leap-va.org/energy-news/solar-rights-vindicated-richmond-energy-lawyers-resolve-six-cases-to-allow-rooftop-solar-in-virginia-hoas/

##PRESS RELEASE## FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 29, 2020 Download .pdf Recent efforts of a Richmond-based energy law firm have helped six Virginia homeowners install rooftop solar at residences within homeowners’ associations (HOAs). In each case, the homeowner’s request had been originally denied ...

The Arctic is Experiencing its Hottest Temperatures on Record, Ever
06/24/2020
The Arctic is Experiencing its Hottest Temperatures on Record, Ever

The Arctic is Experiencing its Hottest Temperatures on Record, Ever

We are barely a few weeks into summer and it is a hot one. The Arctic Circle, Siberia, and much of Northern Europe are seeing record high temperatures; some higher than in recorded history. Siberia has experienced brutal heat this weekend. The rural town of Verkhoyansk (67.5°N latitude) peaked at 1...

New Solar Thermal panels loaded up and headed out for delivery! Check back in next week to see them when they're install...
04/24/2020

New Solar Thermal panels loaded up and headed out for delivery! Check back in next week to see them when they're installed!

03/06/2020

The oldest deliberative body in the Western Hemisphere made a new kind of history today. With climate change impacts growing worldwide and scientists saying we’re almost out of time, the Virginia General Assembly leaped into national leadership on climate with passage of the “Virginia Clean Economy Act” (SB 851).

Approved with one day left in the legislative session of 2020, the Virginia Clean Economy Act reverses decades of bad energy policy in Virginia. It mandates the shutdown of most of the state’s coal plants by 2030 and all the state’s fossil fuel plants for electricity – including gas plants — by 2045. It opens the gate to the biggest offshore wind farms in America and turbocharges the spread of solar rooftops and solar farms. It does this while creating real safeguards against Dominion Energy for ratepayers – especially for low-income families – and by mandating the use of LESS electricity statewide in the future. Indeed, most ratepayers will see no bill increases at all over time.

Congratulations Va homeowners, they have now passed HB 414 which prohibits community associations from imposing unreason...
02/03/2020
LIS > Bill Tracking > HB414 > 2020 session

Congratulations Va homeowners, they have now passed HB 414 which prohibits community associations from imposing unreasonable restrictions on new solar installations! If their "reasonable restrictions" increase the cost of the installation by 5% or reduces production by more than 10%, it is now illegal for them to impose said restrictions!
https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?201+sum+HB414

Virginia Energy Plan; covenants regarding solar power; reasonable restrictions. Provides that a restriction on solar energy collection devices is unreasonable if it increases the cost of the solar energy collection device by $1,000 over the cost originally proposed or causes a decrease in production...

Don’t let homeowner associations block the sun!A loophole in Virginia law allows HOAs to impose unreasonable restriction...
01/16/2020
Don’t let homeowner associations block the sun – Solar United Neighbors

Don’t let homeowner associations block the sun!
A loophole in Virginia law allows HOAs to impose unreasonable restrictions on solar. Click on the link below to contact your legislators and urge them to support this common-sense bill.

https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/virginia/take-action/dont-let-homeowner-associations-block-the-sun/

Don’t let homeowner associations block the sun A loophole in Virginia law allows HOAs to impose unreasonable restrictions on solar Homeowner Associations (HOAs) have prevented hundreds of Virginians from installing solar. This has cost solar contractors millions of dollars. Virginia law protects h...

01/07/2020

This appears to de-regulate Virginia's electricity markets, which would mean solar farms could provide solar power offerings for electricity retailers. It also allows true community-owned solar.

BlueVirginia - Historic bipartisan bill would open Virginia’s electricity market to competition
https://bluevirginia.us/2020/01/historic-bipartisan-bill-would-open-virginias-electricity-market-to-competition?fbclid=IwAR2VW8LTnlvn6IbLh8sfoZGOcmO1vyOWkgAlfW3j9WjADxBKkvkxx_pZb28

Among other things, the Virginia Energy Reform Act would:

Establish a well-designed, competitive market for electricity retailers to give families and businesses a choice.
Require monopoly electric utilities to exit the retail services and generation businesses and be limited to just owning and maintaining the distribution system.
Establish a nonprofit independent entity that has no financial stake in electricity market outcomes to coordinate operation of the distribution system.
Remove existing interconnection and financing barriers to customer-owned energy resources.
Build in additional consumer protections and education to ensure smart energy choices.
“Virginia is shackled to a monopoly utility model that stifles innovation, increases costs and puts government in the difficult role of replacing competition. It’s time for Virginia to liberate market forces, empower consumers and shift the role of government to facilitate competition. Competitive markets are the path to an innovative and consumer-friendly clean energy future. It’s time for Virginia to make the right choice,” said Devin Hartman, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy at the R Street Institute.

“Our mission at VPLC is to break down systemic barriers that keep Virginians in poverty,” said Dana Wiggins, Director of Outreach and Financial Advocacy, with the Virginia Policy Law Center. “Virginia’s current energy regulatory structure is broken and disproportionately affects low-income people who pay a higher percentage of their household income on energy than moderate- or high-income households. All families want affordable electricity bills. This legislation includes a program that provides protections for them to be able to have just that.”

03/08/2019
afdc.energy.gov

Have you ever wondered, is it more efficient to let my car idle for a few minutes or turn it off and restart it? Well, this article may help you with that decision. While this may not be the definitive answer for all situations, I think it makes a pretty strong case for not idling more than 10 seconds! https://afdc.energy.gov/files/u/publication/which_is_greener.pdf

How can there be Global Warming with all of this cold and snow???  Well, just read and see... and then someone please sh...
01/30/2019
Climate Change Is Making Winter Colder in the Northeast

How can there be Global Warming with all of this cold and snow??? Well, just read and see... and then someone please share this with our current administration! ;-)

Rising temperatures are weakening the jet stream, allowing frigid Arctic air to reach further south.

01/10/2019
Piling up: Drowning in a sea of plastic

Piling up: Drowning in a sea of plastic

It is extremely hard to get rid of plastic once it's used – and now even some recyclers are having difficulty unloading it

NASA releases time-lapse of the disappearing Arctic polar ice cap
01/10/2019
NASA releases time-lapse of the disappearing Arctic polar ice cap

NASA releases time-lapse of the disappearing Arctic polar ice cap

NASA posted this video to YouTube with this description, "Arctic sea ice has not only been shrinking in surface area in recent years, it’s becoming younger and thinner as well. In this animation, where the ice cover almost looks gelatinous as it pulses through the seasons, cryospheric scientist Dr...

Frack Free Four Corners
01/09/2019
Frack Free Four Corners

Frack Free Four Corners

WINDOW ROCK—President Russell Begaye on Tuesday presented a $250,000 check to Big Navajo Energy to cover the installation of solar power units at 40 Navajo homes.

“Many families that need electricity are way off the grid,” President Begaye said. “Some of those people live in homes with light bulbs that, for decades, have never come on. With these solar units, families can finally flip a light switch and the bulbs come on.”

Frack Free Four Corners
01/08/2019
Frack Free Four Corners

Frack Free Four Corners

Excerpt: Unplugged wells create a conduit that can allow hydrocarbons such as benzene, a known carcinogen, as well as salt, heavy metals, and radioactive substances to travel. Inactive wells, particularly ones drilled more than 30 years ago, can contaminate both surface waters and those that lie underground, according to a 2013 study published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Idle oil and gas wells also emit pollutants into the air. Aside from spewing hydrogen sulfide, a colorless toxin that can be lethal, and ozone, a gas that exacerbates asthma, wells are leaking methane, a greenhouse gas, in such amounts they significantly contribute to climate change*.

The era of 'biological annihilation'
01/07/2019
The era of 'biological annihilation'

The era of 'biological annihilation'

Many scientists say it's clear that Earth is entering its sixth mass-extinction, meaning three-quarters of all species could disappear in the coming centuries.

78 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump
01/02/2019
78 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

78 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

This is the full list of environmental policies the Trump administration has targeted, often in an effort to ease burdens on the fossil fuel industry.

Most Diverse Butterfly Center in the U.S. to be Bulldozed for Trump’s Border Wall
12/16/2018
Most Diverse Butterfly Center in the U.S. to be Bulldozed for Trump’s Border Wall

Most Diverse Butterfly Center in the U.S. to be Bulldozed for Trump’s Border Wall

The National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas is the most diverse butterfly sanctuary in the U.S. Some 200 species of butterflies find a home there each year, including the Mexican bluewing, the black swallowtail and the increasingly imperiled monarch.

Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns
11/24/2018
Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns

Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns

At a time when many Americans are distracted on a long holiday weekend, the Trump administration released a federally mandated report on climate change that delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts on the country's health and economy.

10/22/2018

We'd like to extend an invitation to all of our friends to attend the third annual Virginia Solar Congress.

The event is free and open to the public and will be hosted by George Mason University at the Fairfax Campus!

Free Breakfast & Lunch will be served!

Sunday, October 28, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
George Mason University
Alan & Sally Merten Hall
4441 George Mason Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22030
RSVP TODAY!

Programming will be focus on Virginia specific-themes but also cover general concepts like Solar 101. EV's, battery storage, and grassroots organizing for solar--so there will be something for everyone- see below

Please help us spread the word by forwarding the attached flyer to your network in the region!

2018 Virginia Solar Congress Programming

Solar 101 Information Session
Learn the basics of how solar works on a home or small business, the economics behind solar, and the incentives available to you. If you are new to solar or considering going solar, this is the session for you!

Advancing Rooftop Solar Policy in VA: Roundtable Discussion
In this policy roundtable, we’ll discuss practical steps for advancing solar policy in Virginia. Industry experts will offer their perspectives on effective legislation and practical steps you can take to support fair solar policy in Virginia.
- Facilitated by: Aaron Sutch, Solar United Neighbors
- Ivy Main, Sierra Club
- Harry Godfrey, Advanced Energy Economy
- Hannah Coman, Southern Environmental Law Center
- Thad Culley, Vote Solar
- Cliona Robb, VA Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority

George Mason's Work in the Energy Sector and Climate Change: Panel Discussion
A panel of George Mason staff and faculty will discuss Mason's efforts on Energy and Climate Issues. From the perspectives of Communications, Policy, and Science.
- Colin Nackerman, Climate Program Specialist, GMU Center for Climate Change Communication
- Jennifer Sklarew, Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
- Paul Houser, Co-Director, Center for Energy Science and Policy

Solar + Battery Storage for Homes and Businesses
Learn how advancing battery storage technologies can work with solar on your home or business. The presentation will cover the technology, costs and value proposition for solar and battery storage.
- Aaron Sutch, Solar United Neighbors of Virginia
- Scott Sklar, the Stella Group

Grassroots Organizing to Overcome Local Barriers to Solar: Panel Discussion
Learn how advocates are joining together to overcome barriers to solar on the local level. A panel of experts will share their experiences and successful strategies for growing solar in their communities. From pushing back against homeowner’s associations and municipal limits to solar, to helping local non-profits take advantage of solar, this panel will demonstrate the power of grassroots organizing.
- Facilitated by: Joy Loving
- Karen Torrent, Torrent Consulting
- Erik Curren, Secure Futures and the Solar Patriot
- Jeff Heie, Give Solar

Electric Vehicles and Solar
Learn why electric vehicles are the perfect match for solar. The presentation will focus on technology, costs, charging and other practical considerations so that you can ‘fuel your vehicle with solar’. The session will also cover information for business owners interested in installing an EV charger at their business.
- Alleyn Harned, Virginia Clean Cities

Organizing for Solar in Rural Electric Cooperatives
Rural electric cooperatives provide power for nearly 20% of all Virginians. Learn how grassroots organizing efforts are working to promote local energy resources and democratic, local governance for cooperative members.
- Mike Murphy, Repower REC

Municipal Solar Initiatives to Advance Solar (Arlington County)
Learn how Arlington County has become an innovator in advancing solar for its residents. From pioneering the first CPACE program in Virginia, to a series of successful bulk purchase programs, Arlington County will share resources and lessons to help other municipalities advance solar in their communities.
- Chris Somers, Arlington County

Participatory Open Forum Discussion and Closing Remarks
This open forum discussion will feature a selection of the day’s presenters who will highlight key takeaways and provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss next steps for advancing solar in Virginia.
- Facilitated by: Aaron Sutch, Solar United Neighbors

Address

46400 Benedict Dr Ste 203
Sterling, VA
20164

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 589-1136

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