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Solar Thermal Hot Water Heating Systems

Northern California Solar News – Solar thermal or as it is sometimes called, solar hot water heating systems, is a technology used for harnessing the sun’s energy for water heating. Water heating is the second highest energy cost in a typical household. Solar thermal water heating incorporating solar thermal is one of the most cost […] Read more

What is Photovoltaic Solar Energy?

When someone asks what I do for a living, my answer usually begins with “we mostly design and install photovoltaic systems in homes and commercial businesses”. Inevitably, the next response I get is “Hu? What’s that?” Honestly, it is a fair response to a seemingly complicated answer but thinking about solar generating electricity and Blue […] Read more

Brunton F-SOLRCON Solar Controller

A charge controller is a little but extremely important device that is used when charging most batteries but not talked about often because unlike solar panels a charge controller is not sexy. The Brunton Solar Controller portable battery Charge Monitor prevents your 10-watt or larger solar panels from overcharging your 12-volt battery. Even the best […] Read more

Solar Power for Hikers & Trekkers

When you are going to be off the grid and need to charge you’re iPod, cell phone or other small electronic device here are a few tips. The first step is to estimate your total power needs, and choose a solar panelrigid flexible solar chargers to match. Some common power Watt-Hours needed to fully charge […] Read more

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