21 11, 2017

Introduction to offsite commercial solar

By | November 21st, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Commercial organizations are under increasing pressure to make better use of clean, renewable energy options. While solar is an increasingly popular choice, sometimes a business’s site isn’t ideal for solar. Not every rooftop, parking lot or piece of land is suitable for onsite commercial solar equipment. Plus, not every organization owns their facilities or has the resources [...]

19 11, 2017

Realizing the Dream of Non-Stop Solar Flight

By | November 19th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Sometimes, in this age of rapidly-changing technological advancements we live in, it seems like we’ve lost that sense of wonder and enchantment previous generations felt when the Wright brothers took off for the first time in a powered airplane, or Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon. Well, the days of [...]

16 11, 2017

Energy users aren’t the only winners with community solar

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

The expansion of community solar across the U.S. is bringing solar power—and its many benefits—to a number of individuals and businesses who might otherwise not be able to participate. Not so long ago, installing solar panels on your rooftop or undeveloped property was the only way to access solar-generated electricity. If you were unable (or lacked [...]

13 11, 2017

How Home Solar Warranties Work

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

Going solar is a long-term investment. You trust it will be on your roof for many years, quietly generating the clean energy you need and lowering – or in some cases completely eliminating – your electricity bills. At SolarTechnologies we are so confident in the efficiency and reliability of our industry-leading SunPower Equinox™ solar solution that we back [...]

11 11, 2017

Solar Industry Offers Veterans New Job Opportunities

By | November 11th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Solar is a growing industry that’s offering new job opportunities. In 2016, the U.S. solar industry employed 260,077 people, 9 percent of which were veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. That makes sense, since active and transitioning military personnel have access to the Solar Ready Vets® program, which provides solar training and employment opportunities for veterans. In recognition of [...]

8 11, 2017

Making the business case for the benefits of commercial solar power

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Are you looking to make the business case for the benefits of commercial solar power to your organization’s decision-makers? To tap the economic and energy potential of solar, commercial property owners (and long-term lessors) must objectively evaluate the pros and cons of going solaron each property, and track the projected return on investment (ROI) over time. Alta Energy, an [...]

5 11, 2017

5 steps to establishing energy efficiency in business

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

A recent article in the Harvard Business Reviewreports that some of the world’s most successful businesses are devoting themselves to developing energy efficiency in business. Many companies are beginning to understand that developing an energy strategy is not only helpful from a financial and environmental standpoint, but can also help them gain a competitive edge over rival [...]

2 11, 2017

Get to know NREL: a leading source for renewable energy research

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

If you’ve started the process of learning about solar or other renewable energy sources to power your business or public organization, you’ve probably run across an organization called the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). But who are they? What do they do? Is their renewable energy research trustworthy? Valid questions. And to help you answer them, here’s a little background [...]

30 10, 2017

6 factors affecting the cost of solar for your business that you may not know about

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

While the cost of solar panels and systems for business continues to fall, your company may still be looking for ways to reduce the near-term financial impact of your solar investment. In fact, there are a number of considerations to keep in mind as you weigh the front-end cost of a commercial solar system against the [...]

26 10, 2017

Understanding commercial solar leasing

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar|0 Comments

Is your organization considering going solar? Are you investigating different commercial solar financing options? A solar lease may be a viable choice. Here are three questions to ask about solar leases to help you decide if this is the right way for your organization to go solar: What is a commercial solar lease? What are the pros [...]

23 10, 2017

Ways to getting solar tax credits incentive if you want to go for solar panel installation

By | October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

If you invest on the installation of solar panels, you can save a lot of money. It may fabulously increase the value of property, reduce operating cost. The most noteworthy benefit is solar tax credits which is a sort of government financial incentive. Solar energy tax credit allows the homeowner to reduce income tax to be [...]

20 10, 2017

Is my roof good for solar? The questions behind the question

By | October 20th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

If you’re considering a rooftop solar installation, chances are you’ve already done some research about the many benefits of commercial solar power—beyond lower energy costs. But before you can take advantage of any available tax incentives, green credits or net metering options, you need to know if your building can actually support the solar equipment you’re considering. To best answer, “Is my [...]

17 10, 2017

What is Solar Energy and How Do Solar Panels Work?

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Solar energy works by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity for your home or business. Our sun is a natural nuclear reactor. It releases tiny packets of energy called photons, which travel the 93 million miles from the sun to Earth in about 8.5 minutes. Every hour, enough photons impact our planet to generate enough solar [...]

14 10, 2017

Solar panel recycling: a future of profitable possibilities

By | October 14th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

With a product designed to produce clean, renewable energy for decades, solar panel recycling probably isn’t the first thing you think about when putting in a new power system. But eventually, someone will need to decide what to do with old solar panels that have slowly degraded over time. And adding to the growing pile of [...]

11 10, 2017

The mystery of financing solar power: Which option is best for you?

By | October 11th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Thinking about financing solar power? You don’t have to be a detective to uncover which option is best for your organization—you only have to think like one. Just follow the five W’s (and sometimes H)—a line of questioning used in any basic investigation. The answers can help determine how to pay for commercial solar using the [...]

8 10, 2017

Key indicators to help you evaluate commercial solar investment success

By | October 8th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Organizations making a commercial solar investment are often motivated by lower energy bills, tax incentives, or other sustainable energy goals. But what is the best way to measure a program’s success in hitting these targets? A recent article published by Solar Power World notes five key performance indicators (KPIs) that can help organizations evaluate how much value a new solar power [...]

5 10, 2017

Your Guide to Solar Calculators

By | October 5th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

There are numerous factors that affect the cost and production capacity of your residential or commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) system, from tax credits and rebates to weather conditions that change your system’s efficiency and output. This means your solar savings can vary greatly depending on your location, roof size, battery storage options, the size of your [...]

2 10, 2017

Renewable energy procurement trends: the curse and the boom

By | October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

By most accounts, signs are pointing to an explosion in corporate renewable energy procurement. A recent article published by Green Tech Media summarizes these positive trends as well as a cautionary note about what could slow renewable energy demand. Increased adoption of corporate sustainability goals is cited as one indicator pointing to an expansion of the corporate renewables market.  (There are currently [...]

28 09, 2017

7 Ways Renewable Energy Can Power Our World

By | September 28th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Have you been wondering what “renewable energy” really means? Renewable energy solutions are literally found in the air, deep underground and in our oceans. Here’s a look at seven renewable energy sources that can be tapped directly or indirectly to help our world go green and fight global warming. From Living Things to Electricity Bioenergy is a [...]

25 09, 2017

Solar battery storage could increase savings for over 25% of commercial utility customers

By | September 25th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar|0 Comments

A new study suggests nearly 5 million commercial utility customers in the U.S. are at a financial tipping point that could make adding solar battery storage a good option. At this point in the evolution of energy storage technology, the most sensible application for installing a storage system is when customers are subject to relatively high [...]

22 09, 2017

WAITING TO GO SOLAR WILL COST YOU

By | September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel technology, announced today that homeowners and business owners should take advantage of the federal solar energy tax credit while they still can. “There’s no better time than the present to invest in solar,” said Jeff Parr, owner of Solar Technologies. “Although solar energy is becoming more and [...]

18 09, 2017

A new way to market (and realize) the benefits of sustainability

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

Companies exploring how to improve brand reputation may be tempted to simply highlight the benefits of sustainability as reflected in their products (or services). But how effective is this approach to actually gaining new customers? Or helping the environment? According to a recent article published by BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), marketing sustainability should be more nuanced and engaging. [...]

15 09, 2017

How Solar Energy Can Help the Whole Power Grid

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

People who are new to how residential solar power works often ask these two questions: What happens when my solar panels generate more electricity than I use during daylight hours? How do I power my home when the sun isn’t shining? Most grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar systems today have no way of storing the electricity generated [...]

13 09, 2017

Installation investigation: choosing the right solar design for your organization

By | September 13th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Early in your solar planning process, you’ll probably ask all sorts of questions to determine what type of commercial solar design would be best for your organization. Is commercial rooftop solar smarter than a ground-mounted solar system? What about solar carports? When does one kind of onsite solar installation make more sense than another?  If you’re asking good [...]

10 09, 2017

How Many Solar Panels Do You Need: Panel Size and Output Factors

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

Determining how many solar panels you’ll need for your home means first knowing what your goals are. Do you want to minimize your carbon footprint?  Maximize your return on your investment? Save as much money as possible?  Most people want to save money while minimizing their environmental impact. To calculate how many solar panels you need, [...]

7 09, 2017

How Going Solar is Helping California County Save Millions — and Raise Revenue

By | September 7th, 2017|Categories: Community, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Faced with lean budgets and skyrocketing energy prices, a small county in Northern California needed to drastically reduce its energy bills to avoid having to cut services to its residents. So, Yolo County, California, population 200,000, partnered with SunPower and switched to clean, renewable solar energy, achieving national recognition for being the first net positive county in [...]

5 09, 2017

Frank Discussion on Consumption Key to Successful Innovation in Business

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

For the past century, many companies have thrived on business models that feature ever-increasing consumption as a driver of financial success. But in an open letter published by GreenBiz, corporate CEOs are advised that the next wave of successful innovation in business will need to focus on a long-term investment in sustainability. The piece warns innovation in current business [...]

2 09, 2017

Solar Has Become America’s Fastest-Growing Non-Partisan Energy Source

By | September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

During his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that he was supportive of an “all of the above” approach to energy development, asserting that the country’s best interests lie in encouraging production of both traditional and renewable power sources. As Secretary Perry knows well, we’re at an important juncture in terms of establishing [...]

29 08, 2017

Why You Should Revisit Your Sustainability Strategy

By | August 29th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

An effective corporate sustainability strategy should be flexible enough to adapt to changes that impact it, making it a dynamic set of goals. If your policy is more static, you could be missing out on many potential benefits. According to a recent articlepublished by GreenBiz, if the once innovative business practices you’ve outlined to drive sustainability for your [...]

26 08, 2017

Take Advantage of the Solar Tax Credit Before It’s Gone.

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

Going solar pays dividends in the long run, but many homeowners and business owners hesitate to make the switch due to the upfront cost of purchase and installation. But unless you plan to lease your solar PV system, there is no better time than the present to invest in solar. Although solar energy is becoming more [...]

23 08, 2017

Solar Technologies Recognized as a Top Solar Contractor in the Bay Area

By | August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Awards, Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list includes San Ramon-based solar firm. Coming off the biggest year ever for U.S. solar installations, We're proud to be named as one of the best solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. Solar Technologies has been recognized as one of the top 25 installers in California and achieved [...]

21 08, 2017

Why Corporate Social Responsibility Matters to Your Business

By | August 21st, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

If you’re wondering why there seems to be increasing focus on the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR), look no further than today’s consumers. According to a recent article published in Business News Daily, these potential customers are looking beyond material products or quality services when selecting a company. How products are made (or services rendered) is often [...]

18 08, 2017

What an Eclipse Means for your Solar Panels

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

Americans from coast-to-coast will soon have a rare opportunity to see a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. The total eclipse, where 100 percent of the sun will be blocked for a short time in a 70-mile-wide path, will first be seen in Oregon around 10:16 a.m. PDT and will then cast its shadow across [...]

16 08, 2017

Five-Step Guide to How Solar Panels Are Installed

By | August 16th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

While solar panel installation has become simpler over the years, it’s certainly not a typical DIY process. Even a qualified electrician needs solar installation training on a roof and must become familiar with local permitting and fire code requirements to complete a safe and reliable installation. If you’re interested in learning how to become a solar [...]

13 08, 2017

THE EASIEST MILLION YOU’LL EVER MAKE

By | August 13th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Solar Technologies, one of the Bay Area’s leading solar providers, announced today that even small organizations can expect to pay their energy utility more than a million dollars over the course of 25 years. “Switching to solar is one of the single best ways to reduce your company’s operating costs and environmental footprint,” said Solar Technologies [...]

10 08, 2017

The Surprising Benefits of Solar That Go Beyond Helping the Environment

By | August 10th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar|0 Comments

For some, the benefits of solar power are clear. For others, they may be slightly cloudy. While most people can probably agree that a main reason to go solar is its positive impact on the environment, what are other motivations for adopting this clean energy source? Whatever level of knowledge you have about going solar, this recent list published by energysage contains [...]

5 08, 2017

Q&A: How Homeowners Beat High Summer Bills With Solar

By | August 5th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar|0 Comments

The first day of summer is June 20, bringing with it a season of outdoor barbecues, long lazy afternoons and lots of sunshine. But as the temperatures increase, we know homeowners turn up their air conditioners to stay cool and comfortable and that leads to an unfortunate result: high electric bills. Avoiding this seasonal financial squeeze [...]

2 08, 2017

Is It Worth It For Businesses To Go Solar?

By | August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Business Feed|0 Comments

Clean energy isn’t just for large corporations with enough capital to make decisions solely for the environmental good. For many business owners, going solar can be a strategic decision with significant financial benefits. If you’re wondering whether solar is a feasible option for your business, here are some considerations to help ensure your investment is profitable [...]

30 07, 2017

A Quick Guide to Going Solar

By | July 30th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

If one of your goals is to save money on your electricity bills and/or lead a more green life, you might consider switching to a renewable energy such as emission-free solar power. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, in the next two years the amount of solar power used in the United States is expected to double, [...]

27 07, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Commercial Solar Battery Storage in 1,000 Words (and 3 Pictures)

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed|0 Comments

It’s not hard to see why the talk and excitement around commercial solar battery storage just keeps growing with each passing month. As the price of batteries continues to fall—and their performance continues to rise—more and more companies are taking a closer look at how battery storage can dramatically lower their monthly energy bills, especially when [...]

24 07, 2017

Five Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill This Summer

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

With summer heat waves in full swing, homeowners and business owners who rely on conventional power sources to keep cool are likely asking: "How can I reduce my electric bill?" While it takes plenty of power to run an air conditioner, with some parts of the U.S. hitting triple digit temps, we know running heaters during those East [...]

21 07, 2017

9 Questions to Ask Potential Commercial Solar Panel Providers

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

When you start considering something totally new and different for your business, like purchasing commercial solar panels, you might not be sure where to start. What questions should you be asking? Who should you ask? How do you know if the answers you get are accurate, complete and unbiased? In other words, as with many new [...]

19 07, 2017

Solar Technology Efficiency: More Breakthroughs are Coming

By | July 19th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

When Bell Labs unveiled the world’s first silicon solar cell in 1954, it was estimated that the company’s new invention could turn 6 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity — a concept commonly referred to as efficiency. Fast forward to 1999. After nearly half a century of solar research, the University of New South Wales [...]

16 07, 2017

Answering: “How Many Solar Panels Do I Need for My Business?”

By | July 16th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed|0 Comments

In very simple terms, figuring out “how many solar panels do I need” is a matter of dividing how much energy a solar panel can provide by how much your business uses. But you didn’t come here for “simple,” you want a real answer. Okay, let’s dig a little deeper and put some numbers into our [...]

13 07, 2017

HOME SOLAR FINANCING RATES ARE HEATING UP.

By | July 13th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, Promotion|0 Comments

July 2017 - Solar Technologies, a SunPower Master Dealer and one of the Bay Area’s leaders in solar panel technology, announced today that they’re offering homeowners the chance to go solar at a low financing charge of just 3.99%* with zero down. “If there was ever a time for Bay Area homeowners to consider going solar, [...]

11 07, 2017

3 Things to Consider if You’re Building Your Own Green Home

By | July 11th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar|0 Comments

As the world becomes more aware of how important it is to reduce our collective carbon footprint, so do those who design and build new homes. Architects and homebuilders agree that installing solar panels can have the biggest impact when it comes to significantly reducing or eliminating a building’s carbon footprint. Here are three things to consider [...]

9 07, 2017

Understanding Solar Panel Efficiency Isn’t Rocket Science… Except When It Is

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

Be honest—if your kid came home beaming with pride for getting a 20% on a spelling test, you’d be questioning their understanding of math as well as language arts. 20% just doesn’t sound impressive. But what if your grade-schooler was being quizzed on a list of 500 doctoral-level vocabulary words? You may then be tempted to [...]

6 07, 2017

Want the Best Solar Panels? Choose the Right Solar Installer

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

At Solar Technologies friends and family often ask us: “Where can I buy solar panels?” But what they’re really asking is: “How can I buy solar panels and get them installed on my house?” In general, consumers don’t directly buy their own solar panels. Instead, homeowners work with solar installers, such as a certified SunPower dealer, who will provide the [...]

3 07, 2017

How to Build a Compelling Case for Energy Efficiency Programs in 8 Steps

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

When it comes to convincing a business’s decision makers and stakeholders that energy efficiency can contribute to a company’s success, the burden of proof may be somewhat daunting. This article by Smart Energy Decisions provides eight helpful steps in using and leveraging utility data to convince decision makers that a sustainability investment can provide a variety of [...]

30 06, 2017

What is Solar Energy? Common Solar Terms Defined

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar|0 Comments

Solar energy doesn’t have to be confusing or complicated. If you’ve been looking at solar systems for your home, business or school, you’ve probably heard some unfamiliar industry jargon. Fear not the words. We’re here to simplify your solar experience with this A-to-Z glossary, helping you learn more about this source of clean renewable power. Top Solar [...]

27 06, 2017

7 Types of Renewable Energy for Your Business

By | June 27th, 2017|Categories: Business Feed|0 Comments

INFOGRAPHIC If you’ve just started investigating potential sustainable energy solutions, this infographic is a great place to begin. It provides a high-level overview of the types of renewable energy that could be viable for your organization.  Whether you’re motivated by corporate social responsibility, or looking for a way to reduce business electricity costs, commercial renewable energy [...]

24 06, 2017

Water and Energy: Solar Conserves a Precious Resource

By | June 24th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar|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|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|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|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|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, 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|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|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|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|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|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, 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|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, 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 [...]

13 05, 2017

Do Solar Panels Work in Winter?

By | May 13th, 2017|Categories: Going Solar, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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|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|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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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|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, 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, 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, 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|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|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, 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|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|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|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|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|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|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|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, 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|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 [...]