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Oakland Unified School roof, almost completely covered with solar panels

Oakland Unified School

February 25, 2020

La Escuelita Educational Center Earns Honors for First “Grid-Neutral” School Solar Shines a Bright Light on Educational Center The La…

Orchard Commercial solar

Orchard Commercial

February 25, 2020

Quick Facts: Orchard Commercial Total System Size 153.6 kW City Santa Clara, CA Utility Silicon Valley Power Panel Type SunPower…

Oakland Zoo Vet Clinic is mostly solar powered

Oakland Zoo

February 25, 2020

Oakland Zoo The Oakland Zoo hired Solar Technologies to design and install a solar power system to offset the electricity…

Coastline Family Farms roof covered in high efficiency solar panels

Coastline Family Farms

February 25, 2020

Coast American Cooling  Salinas Valley Produce Company Harvests Millions in Solar Savings. A Leader in The Salinas Valley Founded in…

Geo H. Wilson Inc. has a roof mainly covered in solar panels

Geo. H. Wilson, Inc.

February 25, 2020

Geo. H. Wilson, Inc. One of Santa Cruz’s Most Celebrated Contractors.  Geo. H. Wilson is a family-owned mechanical contracting business…

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Ramar Foods

February 25, 2020

Ramar Foods Family Traditions & Industry Leading Manufacturing Founded in 1969, Ramar Foods is a third-generation Filipino Food company and…

The Villages Canopy Solar install

Villages Golf & Country Club

February 25, 2020

Villages Golf & Country Club Bay Area’s Largest Senior Community Saves Millions with Solar The Bay Area’s Premiere Senior Community…

Small Victorian house with solar panels on different parts of sloped roof

Solar Project – Hayward, CA

February 25, 2020

Their Challenge This family had interest in switching to solar power for years before being referred to Solar Technologies by…

Sloped top roof with large solar panel sections on each side

Solar Project – Pleasanton, CA

February 25, 2020

Their Challenge When this family were faced with a roof replacement project and increasingly high electric bills, they decided to…

The Lenhart home is powered by SunPower and saves thousands of dollars

Residential Solar Project – Los Gatos, CA

February 25, 2020

Their Challenge With their electricity bills increasing to more than $250 per month, this family of Los Gatos, Calif., wanted…

Solar Industry News

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…

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15 Top Energy-Saving Strategies for the New Year

By Solar Technologies | February 14, 2024

With California’s sunny skies and mild climate, more homeowners are turning to clean energy solutions and other renewable energy sources to power their homes and businesses. This shift is part of a broader effort to reduce energy usage, save on their energy bill, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Here are 15 energy-saving ways to maximize your…

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Title 24 California Solar Mandates: Empowering Homeowners with Sustainable Energy Solutions

By Solar Technologies | February 10, 2024

California is leading the way to a greener future by making solar energy production more common across the state and introducing mandates to encourage ongoing solar adoption. Title 24 solar mandates were  put in place by the California Energy Commission as a series of policies to help reshape energy consumption across the state. Despite the…

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Introducing the Enphase IQ Battery 5P: The Future of Home Energy Storage

By Solar Technologies | February 7, 2024

The Enphase IQ Battery 5P is a big step forward in solar energy, designed to meet the needs of California homeowners. The Enphase IQ Battery 5P isn’t just a battery; it’s a gateway to energy independence, efficiency, and reliability. This all-in-one AC-coupled home battery offers double the continuous power and triple the peak power compared…

How Much Electricity Does a Computer Use?

By Solar Technologies | January 17, 2024

Computers have become an indispensable part of our daily lives, both for personal use and work-related tasks. For many California homeowners, understanding the energy consumption of these devices is important, especially when considering the rising costs of electricity. In this article, we’ll review the specifics of how much electricity a computer uses, the associated costs,…