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Evaluating Commercial Solar ROI, Payback, IRR, and NPV

October 23, 2022

The amount your business can save over the 25 to 30-year lifetime of a commercial solar system depends on many…

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Commercial Solar Panels: Benefits, Costs and Incentives

October 7, 2022

Commercial solar panel systems can be installed on rooftops, carports and as ground-mounted systems to provide many benefits for property…

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Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy

November 6, 2021

Ever wondered what the two most common reasons are for home and business owners to go solar? The first is…

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Installing Commercial Solar: What to expect from your utility—and how your solar company will help you out

May 13, 2019

If your business is going solar, you’re automatically launching two long-term business partnerships. The first will be with the solar company…

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The ever-evolving benefits of commercial solar adoption

May 11, 2018

In the not-so-distant past, the main benefit of commercial solar adoption was rooted in affecting environmental change. Early photovoltaic (PV)…

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The 4 phases of a commercial solar panel installation

April 2, 2018

When you’re first investigating the possibility of implementing a commercial solar installation, the future looks bright. It’s exciting to think…

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The real financial benefits of commercial solar

March 14, 2018

If you’ve been wary about the financial impact of going solar, you’ll be glad to know that it’s never been…

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Introduction to commercial solar operations and maintenance (O&M)

March 2, 2018

Is your organization considering going solar and wondering what’s involved with solar panel maintenance and, in general, taking care of…

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Overcoming commercial solar savings myopia: How to see long-range benefits more clearly

February 16, 2018

People who are nearsighted typically find it more difficult to read road signs or see distant objects clearly. It’s a…

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The 5 Most Asked Solar Questions We Get From Business Owners

December 6, 2017

FAQ You’re thinking about going solar. But you don’t know what you don’t know. So, what are the most common…

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The 5 Best Electric Vehicles by Range

By Shannon Hughes | January 26, 2023

One of the biggest concerns people have when considering an electric vehicle is the fear of running out of charge, better known as “range anxiety.” But, you don’t have to worry as much as you think. With the recent advancements in battery technology, electric vehicles (EVs) now have longer ranges and are more affordable than…

How Much Electricity Does a Refrigerator Use?

By Shannon Hughes | January 16, 2023

Introduction On average, refrigerators consume between 300 and 800 watts of electricity, depending on the age of the model. Most refrigerators use between 3 and 6 amps and operate at around 120 volts. In addition to being one of the largest appliances in your home, your fridge is always on, making energy efficiency a key…

Are There Different Types of Solar Cells?

By Shannon Hughes | January 13, 2023

It may seem obvious to say, but not all solar cells are the same. From the type of silicon used to the design of the solar cell, there are many aspects that determine the efficiency and durability of solar panels. It can be a bit overwhelming to understand what’s out there and what’s right for…

Understanding Your Solar System Performance with the mySunPower® App

By Shannon Hughes | January 11, 2023

Performance monitoring is a crucial but often overlooked part of owning a solar or solar + storage system. After installation, it’s normal to be curious about whether your SunPower® solar power system is working properly and how much energy it’s producing. Here’s what you need to know about monitoring your system using mySunPower. What is…

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By Shannon Hughes | January 4, 2023

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Does SunPower Offer Tesla Powerwalls?

By Shannon Hughes | December 31, 2022

SunPower direct does not sell Tesla Powerwalls, it offers the SunVault home battery storage solution. However, the SunPower® Equinox™ solar panels can be paired with leading battery storage solutions, including the Tesla Powerwall. This gives SunPower solar customers more options to select the best home battery for their energy storage needs. While SunPower doesn’t sell Tesla Powerwall…

What Are The Best Energy Efficient Light Bulbs For Your Home?

By Shannon Hughes | December 30, 2022

Introduction to Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Energy efficient light bulbs are a great way to save money on energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint. These bulbs use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, which means you can save money in the long run by replacing your old bulbs with energy efficient…

How Will California’s Net Energy Metering Policy (NEM 3.0) Affect Home Solar + Storage Customers?

By Shannon Hughes | December 29, 2022

On December 15, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the new net metering policy, NEM 3.0. While the benefits of the outcome are up for debate between CPUC members and solar industry-leaders and customers, NEM 3.0 will go into effect on April 14, 2023. In this post, we’ll give a brief history of…

Does Energy Storage Qualify for the Federal Tax Credit?

By Shannon Hughes | December 28, 2022

Introduction The popularity of home batteries has increased over the years, particularly in conjunction with the installation of solar panels. Energy storage offers numerous advantages, including serving as a backup power source during grid outages, reducing your reliance on utilities, and decreasing your electricity bills. However, home batteries can be a substantial financial investment, with…

Tesla Powerwall Home Battery Warranty Review

By Shannon Hughes | December 23, 2022

Introduction Home batteries allow you to store the excess energy produced by your solar panels for use at night, on cloudy days or during outages and PG&E’s Planned Power Shutoffs. Home batteries make it easier to store solar power for future use, reduce your reliance on the grid and provide backup electricity during outages. This…