Survival Preparedness; Choosing the Right Off-grid Emergency Solar Generator

The tragic disaster in Japan has captivated the country’s attention for the last two weeks but is also reminded us how quickly our lives can be changed. From someone who makes their living in the solar renewable energy industry, I could not help but reflect on how off-grid solar can help in emergency situations. I […] Read more

Battery Systems Will Soon Revolutionize Home Solar Using Lithium Battery Technology

Solar works great but much of the energy produced is lost during the peak demand time of day. Solar panels on your house are busy from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM pumping out free clean electricity. Utility companies are straining at 3 – 7 to provide enough community power without having to go outside their […] 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

University Report Says Solar Can Have Significant Jobs Impact

A recent report was released by an Iowa State University research showing solar having a significant jobs impact. We think that Iowa is not only soon to be know for its tall corn and presidential politics but also as a leader in renewable energy. Wind as well as solar is really getting a foothold in […] Read more

Wind Energy is Good, Solar May Be Better

Traveling this week to a meet with a group of solar installers near Tehachapi California, you cannot help noticing the hundreds of large and small wind turbines turning as you ascend the grade in the Sierra Mountains. The sheer number of large wind turbines is impressive enough, but when you get off the main highway, […] Read more

California Utility Turns On 5 Million Watts of Solar Power

California utility giant SCE has flipped the switch and turn on its super solar park adding five million watts of solar panel energy to its electrical generation capacity. The addition of solar photovoltaic plant to its Central Valley power grid was a step forward for a utility company at one time doing all it could […] Read more

Iowa’s Energy Future Pointed Directly At Solar. Solar’s time has arrived.

Imagine a readily available source of energy that could produce electricity for our homes and businesses, right where Iowan’s live and work. Iowa Solar Panel energy could be the next new engine of job creation for Iowans, provided they seize the opportunities in front of them. Iowa has become a world leader in biofuels and […] Read more

For a Homeowner, Solar Panel Kits That You Install Yourself Are Very Cost Effective

Home solar panel installation by homeowners who have purchased solar kits from our company is becoming an everyday occurrence. With the growing popularity of solar panel micro-inverters, home solar kits are cheap, fast and easier to install than you might think. If you can replace a window, paint a room or repair a blown off […] Read more

Solar Not Only Powers Homes, It Also Spurs Saleability

Solar energy is scalable and versatile, but did you know it can also improves the marketability of your home? When a potential home buyer is calculating the potential mortgage payment as a percent of their income, there is increased monthly household cash flow available if the house is equipped with solar. Utility bills can account […] Read more

Smack-down Voltaic Portable PV Backpacks Vs Eclipse Solar Backpack

In this corner, all the way from China, you have the reigning champion, Voltaic portable solar backpack weighing in at a stout 4.5 lbs. In the other corner, you have the American made challenger, Eclipse Solar Backpack weighing in at a trim 3.1 lbs. Everyone knows the rules for this solar backpack match up? Let […] Read more

Pushing Solar, Living Our Dream Off-grid With Our Own Electricity

Karen Erickson and her husband Ryan dreamed of living away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. With an extraordinary commitment to solar power and energy-efficient lifestyle, the couple is now living their dream lives, off-grid free from the noise of the city. Living off-grid in this 900 square foot cabin was made […] Read more

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