24 06, 2017

Water and Energy: Solar Conserves a Precious Resource

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

The modern world runs on a partnership between water and energy production. Conventional energy sources use a tremendous amount of water to produce electricity, and — in addition — it takes a lot of energy to make drinkable water. A water shortage can mean a crisis for the energy industry. But the good news is that [...]

21 06, 2017

The 3 Types of Onsite Commercial Solar Installations

By | June 21st, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News|0 Comments

When you decide to move forward with solar for your business, the placement and type of commercial solar installation are usually determined by the physical characteristics of your site. This video overviews the three typical onsite solar installation methods, including rooftop solar systems, ground-mounted arrays and carport solar panels. It also covers some of the reasons [...]

18 06, 2017

Solar 101: How Does Solar Energy Work?

By | June 18th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

Our sun is a naturally occurring nuclear reactor. It releases tiny packets of energy called photons, which travel the 93 million miles from the sun to Earth in about eight-and-a-half minutes. Every hour, enough photons impact our planet to theoretically satisfy global energy needs for an entire year. However, solar-generated power currently accounts for just four-tenths [...]

15 06, 2017

How Businesses Can Achieve Their Corporate Sustainability Goals with Solar

By | June 15th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News|0 Comments

Many of America’s biggest and most successful businesses have gone solar to achieve corporate sustainability goals to reduce operating costs and their carbon footprint. The list includes industry giants like Wal-Mart, Target, Apple, IKEA, Macy’s, FedEx, Verizon, General Motors, L’Oreal and others. And every day, more companies, both large and small, are investing in solar as [...]

13 06, 2017

Should I Put Solar Panels on My House?

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

If you’re thinking about going solar, you’re probably wondering: Is solar cost effective? Is my roof suitable for solar panels? Will solar energy generate enough electricity to power my home? Who makes the best solar panels? But first, it's important to explore if solar panels for your home make sense. Here are some key questions we [...]

11 06, 2017

Limited Time Offer Solar Financing For Homeowners!

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, Promotion|0 Comments

Home Solar Rates Are Heating Up. At Solar Technologies we offer a variety of solar financing options so that every homeowner can save with solar regardless of their budget or credit history. From solar lease to solar loan, cash purchase to the PACE program we'll find the right financing solution so you can start saving now. For A Limited [...]

9 06, 2017

What Is Green Building?: Explaining Eco-Friendly Construction

By | June 9th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News|0 Comments

What is green building? Simply put, it’s the environmentally-conscious construction (and operation) of buildings.  For many good reasons, green construction is becoming more and more common. Several of these are outlined in a recent article from Smart Cities Dive. But before we get to those, let’s first understand the kinds of building practices considered to be [...]

6 06, 2017

How Much Energy Does a Solar Panel Produce?

By | June 6th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

Homeowners shopping for solar often ask us: How much energy does a solar panel produce? It’s a good question because it will help you calculate how many solar panels you'll need to power your home. Depending upon its wattage, a single solar panel only makes enough electricity to power a lightbulb for a few hours, but [...]

3 06, 2017

Overcoming Commercial Solar Savings Myopia: How to See Long-Range Benefits More Clearly

By | June 3rd, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Videos|0 Comments

People who are nearsighted typically find it more difficult to read road signs or see distant objects clearly. It’s a condition easily corrected with the right pair of prescription lenses. But those looking to purchase a new commercial solar panel system may not even recognize they have a form of “investment myopia” that’s preventing them from [...]

31 05, 2017

Why Go Solar Now? Savings and Other Solar Energy Benefits

By | May 31st, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

When you see solar on your neighbor’s roof does it make you want to go solar too? Maybe your neighbor told you his new solar system helped put a big dent in his electric bill, and you’re thinking going solar could be a nice benefit for your family too. But then you think electricity rates aren't [...]

28 05, 2017

How Solar Panels Work To Produce Solar Energy In Three Steps

By | May 28th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

For many, the concept of being able to tap into the sun and produce energy that can power their home, business, or automobile is a mysterious phenomenon. Unlocking the power of the sun in just a few simple steps can not only save you thousands on utility bills but also help create a more sustainable world [...]

25 05, 2017

Why Go Solar Now? Savings and Other Solar Energy Benefits

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

When you see solar on your neighbor’s roof does it make you want to go solar too? Maybe your neighbor told you his new solar system helped put a big dent in his electric bill, and you’re thinking going solar could be a nice benefit for your family too. But then you think electricity rates aren't [...]

22 05, 2017

BETTER SOLAR PANELS PRODUCE MORE SOLAR ENERGY.

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

May 2017 – Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel technology, announced today that they can help homeowners and business owners realize significantly more solar energy savings than their competitors. “Our solar panels by SunPower use Maxeon® solar cell technology to make more solar energy from every drop of sunshine. In fact, they’ve been proven [...]

18 05, 2017

Sustainable Business Practices and Your Bottom Line

By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News, What's New|0 Comments

When a money-minded publication like Fortune says “Like it or not, sustainability is now the core of your business,” you know a seismic shift in corporate social responsibility is taking place. The fact that some businesses are not yet sure what that looks like for them is irrelevant. The point is, when sustainable business practices benefit [...]

15 05, 2017

How Solar Works For You. 

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

Our Solar Panels Work Harder & Last Longer. If you’re deciding to go solar, go all the way. Our solar panels are designed to wake up earlier, work harder, and turn off later in the day. So you can make the most of abundant solar energy and save more for longer. Plug into a solar power [...]

13 05, 2017

Do Solar Panels Work in Winter?

By | May 13th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

While the epic East Coast Winter Storm Jonas was dumping feet of snow across New York, Washington, D.C., and beyond last January, an intrepid customer of ours snapped this photo showing two homes with Solar Technology by SunPower solar that were still producing some electricity despite blizzard conditions. Although we were impressed he was willing to brave [...]

11 05, 2017

The Benefits of Solar Energy Remain—Investors Want Sustainable Companies

By | May 11th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News, What's New|0 Comments

While the news has been heavy with reports on the US government's de-emphasis on the environment, the benefits of solar energy remain unchanged. There may be less top-down pressure on companies to go carbon neutral, but customers and investors increasingly demand a triple bottom line commitment. Climate Change and Business Strategy are Hard to Untangle Companies [...]

9 05, 2017

California New Homes Industry Leads Nation in Green Building

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

As goes California, so goes the nation. That’s a common refrain from those who recognize the forward thinking that the West Coast is known for, especially when it comes to securing a clean energy future. In the last year, under the leadership of Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature, California has set the bar high, pioneering climate [...]

7 05, 2017

10 Simple Ways to Reduce Business Energy Costs

By | May 7th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News, What's New|0 Comments

You may not think all that much about paying your electric bill every month. And if you do, well, that’s just the cost of doing business, right? Nuh-uh. Take just a moment to consider the energy you’re likely paying for that no one in your office is using, and you’ll definitely want to find smart ways [...]

5 05, 2017

Infographic: Solar Technologies a Leader in Solar Energy Sustainability

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

Solar produces clean energy, but Solar Technologies by SunPower does more. We raise the bar for environmental and social responsibility by thoughtfully considering our products' entire lifecycle and our interactions with our employees, customers and communities around the world. Today we release our latest sustainability report titled "Powering a Brighter Tomorrow: Our Progress Toward a Circular Economy in 2015-2016" detailing [...]

3 05, 2017

How Business Is Defining the Future of Clean Energy

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News, What's New|0 Comments

Visionary solutions to climate change are more likely to come out of a board room than a legislative chamber. According to a recent article published byGreenBiz, corporate clean energy initiatives are expected to be the near-term driving force toward adopting clean, affordable energy choices. The article is an excerpt from a larger report (The State of [...]

1 05, 2017

Find Your Perfect Solar Match.

By | May 1st, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

The quality of the solar installer and equipment you select will directly affect your long-term savings and the solar system’s reliability. Picking the right combination and you’ll be setup for decades of success. Do Your Homework - Make sure you’re getting the best equipment and service from a trusted company. Look for a company with excellent reviews, [...]

28 04, 2017

How Long Does a Commercial Solar Panel Warranty Last?

By | April 28th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News|0 Comments

How long do commercial solar panels typically last before requiring maintenance? What measures can be taken to prevent malfunction? Whether your business currently utilizes commercial solar panels or is considering making the switch to solar technology, this article by Solar Power World will give you a helpful rundown on standard solar panel warranty policy. Anticipating one [...]

26 04, 2017

GET YOUR SOLAR PANEL LOAN WHILE IT’S HOT.

By | April 26th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel systems, has announced today a new array of solar panel loan purchasing options for homeowners regardless of their budget or credit history. These include: easy cash purchases, solar leases, PACE (property assessed clean energy), solar loans at competitive rates. “Cash purchases deliver the greatest long-term savings and [...]

24 04, 2017

Solar Loan Rates: Big Savings, Zero Down.

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

There has never been a better time for homeowners to go solar and take advantage of amazing solar loan rates. But with solar tax credits set to expire, that opportunity could slip away. Fortunately, Solar Technologies offers an array of purchasing options for homeowners regardless of their budget or credit history. These include: easy cash purchases, [...]

20 04, 2017

Beyond Solar Panel Efficiency: 4 Important Considerations When Evaluating Solar Panels

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News, What's New|0 Comments

As you evaluate your solar panel options, you may come across the term “solar panel efficiency.” But what does that phrase really mean? How much does solar panel efficiency really matter in the long run? Is it the only thing, or are there other characteristics of commercial solar panels to be aware of when evaluating and comparing [...]

18 04, 2017

Suffering From Tax Due Blues?

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

Tax Day has been responsible for making grown men weep, corporations crumble, and if evaded, can even land you in prison. Yikes. Make 2017 the year that you save big on taxes by switch to solar! You'll not only reduce your carbon footprint, increase the value of your home or business, save on monthly utilities bills but [...]

17 04, 2017

The Key Components of a Commercial Solar Panel Warranty

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News, What's New|0 Comments

Warranties are like spare tires: you never think about them until you really, really need them. But in the case of a commercial solar panel warranty, it’s definitely worth your time to dig into the details of what’s covered, for how long, and how likely it is you’ll use it—before making your purchase decision. What makes [...]

15 04, 2017

So Many Solar Incentives. 

By | April 15th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

With so many solar financial and environmental incentives there never has been a better time to invest in solar panels for your home or business. Financial Incentives  When you switch to Solar most homeowners qualify for a 30% Tax Credit and for business owners this can go up to an impressive 70% back in Solar Tax Incentives. Less money for [...]

12 04, 2017

Why solar industry leaders should support solar advocacy

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Community, Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel installations, is proud to support local advocacy to bring solar to the mainstream in California. We’re starting with Vote Solar, an Oakland-based nonprofit that works across the country advocating for solar policies and programs at the state-level. Vote Solar’s mission is to protect and expand solar markets [...]

10 04, 2017

Five Facts About Sustainable Solar Energy

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

Last year solar was the No. 1 source of new electricity generation ahead of natural gas and coal, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. In 2016 alone, the U.S. increased its solar (PV) installations by 95 percent, the highest growth rate on record. While it’s exciting to see the growth of [...]

7 04, 2017

The Basic Components of a Commercial Solar Panel Installation

By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News|0 Comments

How does solar energy work? What is the photovoltaic effect? What are the basic components that make up a commercial solar panel installation? It’s actually pretty simple. This video overviews the typical commercial solar panel system components and how solar panels produce electricity. It even covers potential savings to your average electric bill with solar panels. [...]

6 04, 2017

How to Buy Solar Panels: FAQs About Solar Financing

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Many homeowners who are interested in going solar aren’t sure whether they can afford it and may not be aware that there are several ways to finance a new home solar system. In the past, purchasing a home solar system might have required a full, upfront payment or a home equity loan. But these days there [...]

4 04, 2017

Understanding Commercial Solar Financing Options: Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News, What's New|0 Comments

Is your organization considering going solar? Are you investigating different commercial solar financing options? A solar power purchase agreement (PPA) may be a viable choice. Here are four questions organizations often ask about solar PPAs to help decide if this financing option is right for their needs: What is a solar [...]

1 04, 2017

Solar Tax Credit Extended.

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

There's Still Time To Save. Originally planned to expire following 2016, the 30% federal solar tax credit was recently extended through 2019.  Homeowners can claim a 30% tax credit on their investment in solar by filling out IRS form 5695 for the tax year in which the system was installed.  Take advantage of this huge incentive [...]

29 03, 2017

What Are Solar Panels Made Of?

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

Whether it’s the food we consume, the beauty products we wear or the technology we use, consumers want to know what exactly these things are made of. We seek confidence that what we’re buying is safe for ourselves, our families and the environment. Solar shoppers are no different. For consumers and those in the building industry, [...]

28 03, 2017

8 Things Sustainable Businesses Care About

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News|0 Comments

If you’ve wondered “What is sustainability?” when it comes to business, this infographic can help. It shows eight of the most common things companies focus on when they implement sustainable business practices. Business and sustainability can coexist. And businesses are finding that by focusing on corporate responsibility, they can also maintain a sustainable competitive advantage while [...]

24 03, 2017

5 Tips To Picking The Best Solar Company

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

With the rising costs of electricity, many home and business owners are moving toward alternative sources of energy to power their homes, businesses, and cars. Last year, the average monthly Bay Area electricity bill was $250 per home. Over the next 25 years that adds up to nearly $150,000 for electricity alone. To ensure that going [...]

22 03, 2017

Vote Solar’s Annual Celebration & Fundraiser

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Community, News, Promotion|0 Comments

Solar Technologies is a SunPower Master dealer and one of the Bay Area’s leading providers of state-of-the-art solar power systems. Since 1998 they’ve installed over 75,000 solar panels for residential, commercial, and industrial clients, helping them save thousands annually on electric bills. To maximize the amount of energy you receive from every drop of sunshine, it’s [...]

21 03, 2017

PICKING THE RIGHT SOLAR COMPANY KEEPS THINGS BRIGHT.

By | March 21st, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel systems, urges Bay Area homeowners to think twice before selecting a solar company. The quality of the solar installer and equipment will directly affect the system’s reliability and a homeowner’s long-term savings. “We often hear about California solar companies trying to pressure customers into acting fast on [...]

20 03, 2017

It’s Easy To Pay For Your Solar System.

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

Last week, Green Tech Media reported that for the first time in years, more new solar customers chose ownership of their system over a solar lease. Why are so many solar customers choosing to own their solar system, and which way is right for you?  Let’s look at the four most common ways to go solar. [...]

17 03, 2017

What is a Carbon Footprint?

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

The arrival of a new year usually has everyone resolving to shed excess things and start anew. Maybe it’s pounds gained from holiday indulgences. Maybe it’s sheer “stuff,” extra possessions that seem to have multiplied after a season of gift exchanges. While kicking off 2017 with promises to eat healthy or live more simply is a [...]

15 03, 2017

Breaking Down Commercial Solar Panel Costs

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News|0 Comments

If you've ever considered taking your business solar, but were worried by the cost, you may find yourself in luck. The price of solar panels has absolutely crashed over the last year, a reduction in price enabled by both advancing technology and economies of scale. As it stands, commercial solar panel costs now put renewable energy [...]

13 03, 2017

Bay Area Residents Act Now To Claim Your Solar Energy Tax Credit.

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

Solar Technologies a Bay Area leader in Solar Panel Systems wants to remind California residence that if they’re thinking about switching to solar, the time to act is now before the solar energy tax credit incentive expires. “The solar energy tax credit allows a homeowner to reduce the amount of income tax that they would otherwise [...]

10 03, 2017

How To Get Your Solar Energy Tax Credit.

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

There are a lot of good reasons to go solar. Many Bay Area homeowners have a solar system installed to protect themselves and their families against rising energy rates. While it is difficult to forecast exactly how much electricity costs will rise, or how quickly, one thing is certain – they will go up. Conversely, an [...]

8 03, 2017

3 Ways Going Solar Changes Your Life

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News|0 Comments

You know that a solar energy system will change how you power your home. But have you taken the time to think about the ways solar will change your life? There May Be Financial Rewards As soon as your solar system for your home is turned on, you start generating your own electricity from the sun. [...]

3 03, 2017

How Much Can I Save With Solar?

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, News, What's New|0 Comments

For 19 years we've helped Bay Area home and business owners save big with solar. With the price of electricity in California, a solar installation is going to save you a bunch depending on the following factors. Size of your current utility bill How much sun exposure you get on your roof. South facing roofs supply [...]

28 02, 2017

10 Questions to Shed Light on Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, News|0 Comments

Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) are a specialized form of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) that allow organizations to track—and potentially profit from—the amount of clean, renewable energy produced by commercial solar power systems. SRECs exist in states that have specific mandates for generating solar energy. The more electricity produced, the more Solar Renewable Energy Credits issued. [...]

16 11, 2016

Going Solar? What Type of Panels Should You Choose?

By | November 16th, 2016|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Some solar companies say the type of panels on your roof doesn’t matter because you are only buying the energy they produce. But when you’re making such an important investment in your home — whether you lease your solar system or buy it — quality and performance are still important. Efficiency is an important measurement of [...]