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Six Questions to Ask when Choosing a Local Solar Installer

September 8, 2021

Solar energy is a flourishing industry. Since 2010, solar has grown an average of 42% a year. It’s understandable that…

SunPower Home Solar Warranty Protects Your Investment

March 13, 2021

Putting solar panels on your roof is not only about saving money with clean energy. You’re making a major home…

How to Finance a Home Solar System

June 11, 2020

SunPower by Solar Technologies has installed more than 75,000 solar panels and helped thousands of Bay Area homeowners save money…

Looking for a Tax Break? Solar Can Help

May 4, 2020

With the 2020 tax deadline now extended to July 15 due to COVID-19,  home and business owners have some extra…

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…

Do Solar Panels Use Light or Heat to Generate Electricity?

January 31, 2020

Do solar panels use light or heat to generate electricity? Confusion over the impact of heat and light in solar…

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…

Happy & Bright Holidays

November 20, 2019

Happy & Bright Holidays At Solar Technologies, we know you want the most from life especially as the Holidays draw…

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…

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The Advantages of California Home Solar Energy Systems in 2024: The Future is Radiant

By Solar Technologies | May 22, 2024

Climate change remains a significant global concern that impacts us all. Many countries are actively working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and one standout solution is solar energy. Sustainable and cost-effective, solar panel technology continues to evolve and pricing continues to improve. Today’s panels are more efficient, durable, and affordable than ever before. In this…

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Commercial Solar Panels: Costs & Benefits

By Solar Technologies | May 20, 2024

Introduction As the world increasingly shifts its focus towards sustainable energy solutions, commercial solar panels are becoming a pivotal component in the transition. For commercial property owners and business owners in California, understanding the costs and benefits of installing commercial solar panels can be a game-changer. Not only do these panels offer significant financial savings,…

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Can I Install Solar Panels Myself?

By Solar Technologies | May 18, 2024

More Bay Area homeowners are turning to solar to reduce their electricity bills and embrace clean energy. This has also caused the interest in DIY solar panel installation to spike. While installing solar panels yourself might seem like a good idea, you should know what comes with a project like this.  If you’ve wondered, “Can…

Everything You Need to Know About Self-Consumption

By Solar Technologies | May 12, 2024

Self-consumption is becoming increasingly important as more homeowners install solar panels and home batteries. It involves producing and using your own electricity directly at your home or business. As net metering policies evolve, embracing self-consumption still ensures you maximize your solar savings. If you’re powering your home with solar energy, we’ll break down everything you…

How Does the California Solar Mandate Impact Homeowners and Businesses?

By Solar Technologies | May 8, 2024

California is a leader in solar energy production in the United States. The state has taken big steps to use more renewable energy sources through the California Solar Mandate, an initiative for home and business owners who want to enjoy the benefits of solar power. This is timely as the state moves away from fossil…

Self-Consumption Batteries vs. Backup Batteries

By Solar Technologies | May 1, 2024

As solar power becomes a more popular choice for powering homes across the United States, maximizing your solar system’s potential is important. Whether you’re new to solar energy or want to upgrade your system, knowing the different types of solar batteries—self-consumption and backup—can impact how well you manage your home’s energy. In this blog, we’ll…

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…