With the 2020 tax deadline now extended to July 15 due to COVID-19,  home and business owners have some extra time to sort through their financial documents so they can take advantage of any tax breaks they may be eligible for. Did you know that there’s a federal tax incentive for going solar? Those who…

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The Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders were just extended through May, and after some odd 40 days of this, you may be worried about what your next PG&E bill is going to look like. Your home electricity use has likely increased if you’ve got a house full of people working remotely and attending online school. Add…

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Do solar panels use light or heat to generate electricity? Confusion over the impact of heat and light in solar power starts with the fact that there are different types of solar power. One type of power, called solar thermal, does use the sun’s light to generate heat which can be used for things such…

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California is One Million Solar Rooftops Strong Today is a landmark day for clean energy in California. Former Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown celebrated that one million homes and businesses have gone solar, holding hope for a fossil-fuel free future and cleaner air for all. California generates so much electricity from utility-scale renewables — 12,000 megawatts…

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SunPower’s New Path Ensures Customers Continue to Come First SunPower, our solar panel provider, recently announced that it is separating into two independent companies: SunPower and Maxeon Solar Technologies. These two new entities will focus on different ends of the photovoltaic (PV) solar market. SunPower will remain one of North America’s leading product manufacturers, innovators and…

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Why Some Governments Offer Rebates and Incentives for Home Solar A quick search for “are there tax incentives for solar panels?” yields tons of results. You’ll see a lot about the various federal and state rebates for going solar. But you might be skeptical. It sounds like a great thing to cash in on the…

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Happy & Bright Holidays At Solar Technologies, we know you want the most from life especially as the Holidays draw near. With a SunPower Solar System you won’t worry about going overboard with Christmas lights — turn them on! Cook and bake to your heart’s desire. Turn up the heat! We believe in conservation, but…

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What are California’s Massive Power Outages Like? SunPower, which has multiple offices in California, has many employees affected by the state’s Public Safety Power Shutdowns (PSPS), and the irony of working for a company that helps provide clean energy worldwide while not having electricity for days isn’t lost on anyone. Marin County resident Jon Thompson,…

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How a Solar Battery Works During a Blackout This week Californians are enduring the most widespread planned blackouts in the state’s history as utilities began cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people to avoid wildfires. Flashlight batteries and cases of water are selling out, and gas tanks are being filled as worried residents try to picture…

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What is green building? Explaining eco-friendly construction What is green building? Simply put, it’s the environmentally-conscious construction (and operation) of buildings.  For many good reasons, construction using green technology is becoming more common. Several of these reasons are outlined in a recent article from Smart Cities Dive. But before we get to those, let’s first understand…

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