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Can I Install Solar Panels Myself?

May 18, 2024

More Bay Area homeowners are turning to solar to reduce their electricity bills and embrace clean energy. This has also…

How Does the California Solar Mandate Impact Homeowners and Businesses?

May 8, 2024

California is a leader in solar energy production in the United States. The state has taken big steps to use…

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Does The Quality & Material Of My Roof Matter When Installing Solar?

March 20, 2023

If you’re interested in installing a solar panel system on your home or business, you might be wondering if your…

How to Get More Value Out of Your Solar System

October 13, 2022

While generating power from the sun is without cost, the technology behind this process is not. The reality is solar…

Do I Need a New Roof to Go Solar?

September 30, 2022

(And More Important Questions to Ask Your Solar Installer) Solar power is on the rise, and for good reason. Installing…

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Are Critter Guards Really Necessary? Consider These Four Solar Enhancements.

June 17, 2022

When it comes to installing a new solar system, most homeowners simply think about only buying the actual solar panels.…

How to Avoid Solar Scams

January 7, 2022

A growing number of people are eager to learn more about solar energy and find out what kind of savings…

5 Ways to a More Energy Efficient Home

October 25, 2021

When it comes to purchasing a home, one of the first things most buyers look into is the home’s energy…

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Generators vs. Solar Batteries: Which is the Better Backup?

October 12, 2021

A well-designed solar system can meet the majority of the electricity needs for a homeowner, but there are times when power needs…

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Is your home a good fit for solar?

September 30, 2021

With so many solar installations throughout the Bay Area and California, many people have a general idea of what is…

Solar Industry News

What is a Solar Array?

By Solar Technologies | December 2, 2023

In the world of renewable energy, solar power shines brightly as a sustainable alternative, leading the charge towards a greener future. At the heart of this solar revolution lies the solar array, key components of any solar energy system.  So, what exactly is a solar array? And why is it becoming increasingly essential for California…

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How Long Does it Take to Charge a Tesla?

By Solar Technologies | November 27, 2023

The amount of time it takes to charge a Tesla varies, ranging from a swift hour to a more prolonged 12 hours. The charging time for electric vehicles, including the Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y, depends on the battery’s state and its charger. Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder, positions these vehicles not…

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

By Solar Technologies | November 15, 2023

California homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to optimize their energy use and reduce their monthly bills. One such method that has gained traction in recent years is the use of tankless water heaters.  But like any technology, tankless water heaters come with their own set of advantages and drawbacks. In this article,…

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Do Solar Panels Impact the Resale Value of Your Home?

By Solar Technologies | November 7, 2023

In the realm of clean energy, the impact of solar panels has emerged as a game-changer. As more California homeowners embrace this green technology, a pressing frequently asked question arises: How do solar panels influence the resale value of homes? Let’s dive into the benefits of solar energy and its impact on home resale values.…

Benefits and Drawbacks of Solar Energy for California Homeowners

By Solar Technologies | November 3, 2023

In today’s environmentally-conscious times, solar energy shines as a top renewable solution, providing many benefits to the environment. With rising utility costs and a lot of sunshine throughout the state, solar energy in California is especially beneficial to local homeowners. Understanding the full range of solar energy’s benefits and challenges is important. In this article,…

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PG&E Requests a 22% Rate Hike: What California Homeowners Need to Know

By Solar Technologies | October 25, 2023

On October 18, 2023, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) approached state regulators with a proposal for a staggering 22% rate hike. This move was met with mixed reactions from various stakeholders, and as a homeowner in California, it’s important to understand the implications of this proposed hike. Understanding the Rate Hike Pacific Gas & Electric’s…

How Much Electricity Does an Air Conditioner Use?

By Solar Technologies | October 24, 2023

During the summer in California, the heat can be relentless. As temperatures soar, many homeowners see their utility bills rise after running an air conditioner for long periods of time and using more electricity. As the state continues to be impacted by climate change, there’s a clean energy alternative that can save you money and…

Avoid Solar Scams: 6 Red Flags When Getting Solar Quotes

By Solar Technologies | October 18, 2023

The transition to solar energy isn’t just a trend; it’s a significant movement towards a more sustainable and energy-efficient future. As the benefits of solar energy become more evident, many homeowners in the United States are making the switch. From reducing energy bills to contributing to a more sustainable future, the benefits of solar energy…

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Powerwall 3: What to Expect

By Solar Technologies | October 13, 2023

Tesla’s Powerwall 3 will be available in 2024 as the newest in their energy storage system lineup, promising to elevate solar installations and home batteries. Let’s dive into what the newest Powerwall will offer, its standout features, and how it stacks up against earlier Powerwall versions. About Tesla Powerwall At its core, a Tesla Powerwall…

Why Battery Storage is Essential with PG&E’s Net Billing Tariff (NEM 3.0)

By Solar Technologies | October 10, 2023

When first established, Net Energy Metering (NEM) was a game changer for California residents interested in making the switch to solar energy. NEM enabled homeowners to earn credits for the excess solar energy they feed into the grid. A significant shift took effect on April 15, 2023. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) implemented PG&E’s…