Solar Industry News

Streamlined Solar Permitting with SolarAPP+ Brings Clean Energy to Our Customers Faster

August 31, 2021

Our Director of Residential Solar, Kyle Severns, recently attended an event to introduce the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+) platform,…

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How Does Net Metering Impact Solar Customers in California?

April 15, 2021

California utility companies, like PG&E, Edison and Sempra, want to enact drastic changes to the Net Energy Metering (NEM) program…

Shelter-in-Place Energy Saving Tips

April 30, 2020

The Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders were just extended through May, and after some odd 40 days of this, you may…

California is One Million Solar Rooftops Strong

January 17, 2020

California is One Million Solar Rooftops Strong Today is a landmark day for clean energy in California. Former Governors Arnold…

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Why Some Governments Offer Rebates and Incentives for Home Solar

December 6, 2019

A quick search for “are there tax incentives for solar panels?” yields tons of results. You’ll see a lot about…

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What are California’s Massive Power Outages Like?

November 12, 2019

What are California’s Massive Power Outages Like? SunPower, which has multiple offices in California, has many employees affected by the…

How a Solar Battery Works During a Blackout

October 16, 2019

How a Solar Battery Works During a Blackout This week Californians are enduring the most widespread planned blackouts in the state’s history…

Californians Unite to Protect Their Solar Rights

June 10, 2019

Californians Unite to Protect Their Solar Rights California solar customers: It’s time to take action to protect your right to…

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Solar Energy Uses in Your Daily Life

May 27, 2019

Solar Energy Uses in Your Daily Life Today, Solar energy is known as being one of the cleanest forms of…

Go Green for Earth Month & Save Money

April 7, 2019

Go Green for Earth Month & Save Money Earth Month is around the corner, and it’s a reminder of us how important…

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Understanding Off-Peak Electricity Hours in California

By Solar Technologies | April 18, 2024

As homeowners in Northern California are dealing with rising PG&E utility rates, understanding Time-of-Use (TOU) plans is more important than ever. Unlike traditional flat-rate plans, TOU rates vary based on when electricity is used—dividing the day into peak, off-peak, and sometimes super off-peak hours. This structure can significantly impact your monthly electric bills, with big…

Does New Construction in California Require Solar?

By Solar Technologies | March 22, 2024

California leads the nation in solar energy, consistently topping the Solar Energy Industries Association’s ranking of the best states to install solar panels. This success is fueled by abundant sunshine and forward-thinking state policies like the California Solar Initiative and ambitious renewable energy goals. The state’s solar future shines even brighter with the introduction of…

What Does it Mean to “Stay Behind the Meter?”

By Solar Technologies | March 8, 2024

In the realm of renewable energy, the concept of staying “behind the meter” is changing how we think about electricity generation and consumption. This strategy, rooted in the use of distributed energy sources (DERs) like solar panels and home batteries, empowers homeowners to make, keep, and use your own energy. Staying “behind the meter” represents…

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Enphase IQ 5P Battery Review

By Solar Technologies | March 5, 2024

The Enphase IQ 5P Battery is an all-in-one AC-coupled system that pairs solar energy storage with its cutting-edge technology and efficiency. For homeowners who want more sustainable and cost-effective energy solutions, the IQ 5P is a top home battery option. In our review, we’ll explore the Enphase IQ 5P Battery’s main features, capabilities, and benefits, highlighting…

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15 Top Energy-Saving Strategies for the New Year

By Solar Technologies | February 14, 2024

With California’s sunny skies and mild climate, more homeowners are turning to clean energy solutions and other renewable energy sources to power their homes and businesses. This shift is part of a broader effort to reduce energy usage, save on their energy bill, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Here are 15 energy-saving ways to maximize your…

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Title 24 California Solar Mandates: Empowering Homeowners with Sustainable Energy Solutions

By Solar Technologies | February 10, 2024

California is leading the way to a greener future by making solar energy production more common across the state and introducing mandates to encourage ongoing solar adoption. Title 24 solar mandates were  put in place by the California Energy Commission as a series of policies to help reshape energy consumption across the state. Despite the…

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Introducing the Enphase IQ Battery 5P: The Future of Home Energy Storage

By Solar Technologies | February 7, 2024

The Enphase IQ Battery 5P is a big step forward in solar energy, designed to meet the needs of California homeowners. The Enphase IQ Battery 5P isn’t just a battery; it’s a gateway to energy independence, efficiency, and reliability. This all-in-one AC-coupled home battery offers double the continuous power and triple the peak power compared…

How Much Electricity Does a Computer Use?

By Solar Technologies | January 17, 2024

Computers have become an indispensable part of our daily lives, both for personal use and work-related tasks. For many California homeowners, understanding the energy consumption of these devices is important, especially when considering the rising costs of electricity. In this article, we’ll review the specifics of how much electricity a computer uses, the associated costs,…

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What is the Difference Between Watts, Kilowatts, and Kilowatt-Hours?

By Solar Technologies | January 8, 2024

In the realm of solar panels and energy consumption, understanding the units that measure the electricity generated is important. As homeowners in California increasingly turn to solar energy systems to harness the sun’s power, it’s essential to know the basics of electricity. In this article, we’ll discuss the difference between watts, kilowatts, and kilowatt-hours. What…

Understanding Electric Rates & How Solar Can Help California Residents Save

By Solar Technologies | December 26, 2023

In the world of renewable energy, solar power has a popular clean energy option for many homeowners in California. But how much can solar actually save you each month?With rising electricity rates in the Golden State, the quest for a sustainable and cost-effective alternative has never been more pressing. This article will review the benefits…