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Portable Solar or My Escape from the Confines of the City

When the stuffy noisy bustle of the city starts to close in its time to escape. That means either the Sierra Mountains or Grand Canyon and it also means going off-grid with my favorite portable solar charger. As the years passed the romance of the West Coast big city life has grown old. Travel in […] Read more

Home Plug-and-Play DIY Solar Kits, Install Smart

We had an interesting conversation about home plug-and-play DIY solar kit with a customer from Florida this week. The Floridian was asking about our DIY home solar kits with micro-inverters and could he just rig a plug that just connects via an outlet. This is not an uncommon question and when the inquiry was directed […] Read more

In Slow Economy, Homes with Solar Panels Sell Better

Consider this, you are one of the lucky few that are shopping for a home and you locate one with solar panels offsetting the electric bill and one without which one would you choose? Choosing a solar home over a non-solar home is a no-brainer for most folks. Though there are many studies out there, […] Read more

Home Solar Kits, Straight Talk, Expectation Vs. Realization

Driving home today it struck me as clear as anything in my life how lucky I was. Lucky because I get to work in an industry like solar, that is as all American as it comes. Solar appeals to the very roots of being an American. Independence, freedom, and the ability to control your own […] Read more

Home and Off-grid Solar Power Means the Freedom to be Free

Power pundits, government agencies, ivory tower gray beards, and oil companies have told us for years that home and off-grid solar and wind energy sources are the “Power of the Future.” Well, I’m telling you that solar is the power of today. For thousands of us, home and cabin solar energy has powered many, many […] Read more

Solar Installers Panel Orientation Squeeze Every Watt of Electricity From the Sun That You Can

If you’ve read any do-it-yourself books on solar installation, you probably know a little about how solar installers should orient panels. Keep them facing true south. Make sure you’ve got the correct tilt, or adjustable seasonal tilt, and no shading, not even partial shading. With This is all good general advice. But sometimes, true south […] Read more

Solar Internet World Should Embrace the Google Change

As a renewable energy group that is immersed into the solar world, most of us spends some part of every day scanning news headlines that float past in cyberspace. I don’t know why, but it blows me away when I read a post or new solar product with a Google key word term intentionally designed […] Read more

Other States Trolling for California Solar Companies Lure Some In

Recently several California solar companies have jumped across state lines and are taking advantage of manufacturing incentives offer by other states. Good for them! I don’t think that is a bad thing. We are all Americans and the more states that open the door to solar and its benefits, the safer this country becomes for […] Read more

Solar Is A Capitalistic Plot to Save American Energy

A small group of people with the Yavapai (Near the Grand Canyon) planning and zoning commission have been fighting the good fight, recommending solar projects in the desert. Approving solar projects in the desert! “It must be a liberal plot to sell out America” the nay sayers are shouting! Truth is, solar is a capitalistic […] Read more

Solar Feed-in Tariffs Could Be The New Clean Energy

A Feed-in tariff or FIT is a program largely accredited to and made popular in Germany driving their solar and renewable installations. The energy policy is designed to encourage installation of solar and wind renewable energy driving the technology closer to grid parity. Grid parity is an energy term that relates to the point at […] Read more

Renewable Energy Changing America

California Renewable Energy News – China has overtaken the US in renewable energy investments. In a report released by the accounting firm Ernst and Youny, the Chinese goverments has employed the benifits of capital, goverment will and a massive market. Choking on their own air when they come to work each day, do you think […] Read more

Economics Of Solar, Homeowners, FYI…It’s All About Cash Flow & Return On Investment

Residential solar is said to have a sad closure rate of only 1 in 10 qualified homeowners. In some ways it is hard to understand why. Most people would consider securing 5% interest on a CD an excellent if not unheard of rate of return. Yet if someone were to tell you that they can […] Read more

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