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 Basic Components of a Commercial Solar Panel Installation

The Basic Components of a Commercial Solar Panel Installation

By p15 | April 7, 2017

How does solar energy work? What is the photovoltaic effect? What are the basic components that make up a commercial solar panel installation? It’s actually pretty simple. This video overviews the typical commercial solar panel system components and how solar panels produce electricity. It even covers potential savings to your average electric bill with solar…

How to Buy Solar Panels: FAQs About Solar Financing

How to Buy Solar Panels: FAQs About Solar Financing

By p15 | April 6, 2017

Many homeowners who are interested in going solar aren’t sure whether they can afford it and may not be aware that there are several ways to finance a new home solar system. In the past, purchasing a home solar system might have required a full, upfront payment or a home equity loan. But these days…

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Understanding Commercial Solar Financing Options: Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

By p15 | April 4, 2017

Is your organization considering going solar? Are you investigating different commercial solar financing options? A solar power purchase agreement (PPA) may be a viable choice. Here are four questions organizations often ask about solar PPAs to help decide if this financing option is right for their needs: What is a solar PPA? A PPA is…

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Solar Tax Credit Extended.

By p15 | April 1, 2017

There’s Still Time To Save. Originally planned to expire following 2016, the 30% federal solar tax credit was recently extended through 2019.  Homeowners can claim a 30% tax credit on their investment in solar by filling out IRS form 5695 for the tax year in which the system was installed.  Take advantage of this huge…

What Are Solar Panels Made Of?

By p15 | March 29, 2017

Whether it’s the food we consume, the beauty products we wear or the technology we use, consumers want to know what exactly these things are made of. We seek confidence that what we’re buying is safe for ourselves, our families and the environment. Solar shoppers are no different. For consumers and those in the building…

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5 Tips To Picking The Best Solar Company

By p15 | March 24, 2017

With the rising costs of electricity, many home and business owners are moving toward alternative sources of energy to power their homes, businesses, and cars. Last year, the average monthly Bay Area electricity bill was $250 per home. Over the next 25 years that adds up to nearly $150,000 for electricity alone. To ensure that…

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Vote Solar’s Annual Celebration & Fundraiser

By p15 | March 22, 2017

Solar Technologies is a SunPower Master dealer and one of the Bay Area’s leading providers of state-of-the-art solar power systems. Since 1998 they’ve installed over 75,000 solar panels for residential, commercial, and industrial clients, helping them save thousands annually on electric bills. To maximize the amount of energy you receive from every drop of sunshine,…

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PICKING THE RIGHT SOLAR COMPANY KEEPS THINGS BRIGHT.

By p15 | March 21, 2017

Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel systems, urges Bay Area homeowners to think twice before selecting a solar company. The quality of the solar installer and equipment will directly affect the system’s reliability and a homeowner’s long-term savings. “We often hear about California solar companies trying to pressure customers into acting fast…

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What is a Carbon Footprint?

By p15 | March 17, 2017

The arrival of a new year usually has everyone resolving to shed excess things and start anew. Maybe it’s pounds gained from holiday indulgences. Maybe it’s sheer “stuff,” extra possessions that seem to have multiplied after a season of gift exchanges. While kicking off 2017 with promises to eat healthy or live more simply is…

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Breaking Down Commercial Solar Panel Costs

By p15 | March 15, 2017

If you’ve ever considered taking your business solar, but were worried by the cost, you may find yourself in luck. The price of solar panels has absolutely crashed over the last year, a reduction in price enabled by both advancing technology and economies of scale. As it stands, commercial solar panel costs now put renewable…