Solar Industry News

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

December 29, 2022

On December 15, 2022, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the new net metering policy, NEM 3.0. While the…

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How Many Solar Panels Do You Need to Charge Your Electric Vehicle?

November 14, 2022

Introduction One of the main benefits of purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) is that it allows you to forgo buying…

The History and Evolution of Our Electric Grid

November 7, 2022

Introduction When you plug in your phone or charge an electric vehicle (EV), your are accessing electricity from the grid.…

Pros and Cons of Electric Vehicles

November 2, 2022

Electric cars are excellent for the environment and offer many benefits over traditional vehicles, but they do have some downsides.…

What Are Off-Peak Electricity Hours?

October 27, 2022

Off-Peak Hours: Everything You Need to Know About the Cheapest Time to Use Electricity Electricity is one of the most…

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Moving? How SunPower Helps Homeowners with Their Solar System During Life Changes

October 25, 2022

Buying or selling a home is a big change for any family. There are several things to consider during the…

Understanding Your PG&E Bill, Fees & Rate Schedule

October 15, 2022

If you live in California, there’s a good chance that you’re a customer of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). PG&E…

A Technical Review Of The SunPower SunVault Storage Solution

October 5, 2022

The SunPower SunVault battery storage solution allows you to gain more control over your home energy usage and protect against…

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) Explained

October 3, 2022

Solar energy is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country, but many people aren’t aware of the tax credits…

What’s the Best Orientation and Angle to Install My Solar Panels?

September 20, 2022

If you’re thinking about installing solar panels on your roof, you might be surprised at how many variables can affect…

Solar Industry News

The 5 Best Electric Vehicles by Range

By Solar Technologies | 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 Solar Technologies | 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 Solar Technologies | 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 Solar Technologies | 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 Solar Technologies | January 4, 2023

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Does SunPower Offer Tesla Powerwalls?

By Solar Technologies | 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 Solar Technologies | 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 Solar Technologies | 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 Solar Technologies | 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 Solar Technologies | 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…