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Solar Power Offers the Greatest Opportunity to Rid Ourselves of Fossil Dependence.

The demand for alternative energy sources has skyrocketed in a world with ever-rising energy needs and ever-diminishing nonrenewable energy sources. In contrast to the environmental damages caused by the extraction and burning of dwindling fossil fuels, alternative energy sources promise renewable and often inexhaustible energy with little to no lasting environmental damage. Today, solar power […] Read more

Naperville, Illinois Woman Raises Questions about Smart Meters

In many communities throughout the world, smart meters are being installed with absolutely no fanfare. According to a recent news story in the Chicago Tribune, “the devices are capable of using wireless signals to relay detailed information about an individual consumer’s power consumption.” Moreover, they’re designed to be highly efficient. The utility companies as well […] Read more

There is More to Solar than Panels

Solar panels for electricity and hot water are nothing new but this article will look at numerous other options available using the sun’s energy. Let’s start with solar shingles. They are both a roof shingle and a solar panels each shingle being a mini electrical generator that will produce electricity with an output of approximately […] Read more

We Have to Fight for Solar While We Speak About the Risks of Energy!

Last night when I got home from work I turned on the evening news and was immediately confronted with the story that will dominate our headlines for days no doubt about the fate of the Solyndra Solar Company. The news channel could not wait to jump on the struggles of this American solar companies fate […] Read more

Solar Humbuggery Still Afoot With Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac Sabotaging Job Creation

Whenever I vote these days I feel a little like Charlie Brown must feel when Lucy tells him to go ahead and kick the football and then she pulls it away. From about 2008 until the spring of 2010, thousands of homeowners in 23 states were able to go solar because of a unique long-term […] Read more

Sierra Club Exposes Excessive Local California Solar Installers Permit Fees

One of the many services the Sierra Club routinely performs is to survey local and government solar installers permit fees to determine if they are excessive. In February the Sierra Club took a look at local municipalities in San Luis Obispo County (Central coast area of California) and discovered huge disparities between local government home […] Read more

Solar Jobs Start With The Right PV Training and Education

Solar in 2011 is expected to double over 2010 with renewable energy the pile driver to new jobs. Simply put, solar in this country is on the verge of blowing up. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to solar system design, installer jobs and solar sales, but the right training is a […] Read more

Solar Ownership to the Masses, California Utility Provides Model

California Sacramento’s Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has pioneered a community solar program called SMUD solar shares. Sacramento electric customers who want to buy solar power but may not have access say because they have a rental unit, can buy what the utility district calls SMUD SolarShares. This is a program that makes solar power available […] Read more

2021 Residential Solar Market on the Rise Let’s Not Pump and Dump This Time

Residential solar installers are pounding out home and commercial solar installations across America, but let’s not forget what happened in the 80’s. Just 25 years ago the solar industry was dumped and all the government money pumped into the industry was lost when the government abruptly cut and ran. A lesson from history would suggest […] Read more

In 2021, California Homeowners Will Now Get Paid For Going Solar

California will soon carry out its version of a solar feed-in-tariff. Up until now, the law of the land has been NET metering. That simply means when a homeowner invests in solar they can only zero, or net out their utility bill. Good deal for the utility company since up until now they have had […] Read more

Solar, Like Computer & The Internet Development, Need Government Support

Solar industry distracters are constantly beating the drum against government solar incentives. These supposedly free market purists, fill the airwaves bloviating that solar could never replace fossil fuel as an energy source. Many of you will remember not so long ago when computers became publicly available followed by the internet. Guess who drove that technology? […] Read more

President Obama Signs Bill Extending Solar Grant Program

President Obama, this week, singed the 1603 solar program extending the solar grant bill for one more year. Congress recognized that the photovoltaic industry is creating thousands of new jobs for solar installers across American. The solar program was created by the American Recovery Act and provides cash grants in lieu of the 30% solar […] Read more

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