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13 10, 2018

Learn about battery storage for commercial solar power

By | 2018-10-03T14:12:37+00:00 October 13th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|Comments Off on Learn about battery storage for commercial solar power

Learn about battery storage for commercial solar power In the last few years, commercial battery storage technology has advanced rapidly—making solar battery storage a practical option for many organizations. This video explains how to lower electricity costs using battery storage to reduce utility demand charges. Watch and see if a commercial battery storage solution might make [...]

7 10, 2018

Home Solar Panel Maintenance Tips

By | 2018-10-03T13:44:22+00:00 October 7th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|Comments Off on Home Solar Panel Maintenance Tips

Home Solar Panel Maintenance Tips “Don’t solar panels need a lot of maintenance?” Solar Technologies gets this question from homeowners regularly, and it’s understandable given that no one wants to worry about climbing up on a roof to care for their solar panels. Solar panels work by converting sunlight into electricity, so the cleaner your panels are, the [...]

4 10, 2018

Solar Project Helps YMCA of San Diego County Offer More Services

By | 2018-10-03T13:36:04+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Community, What's New|Comments Off on Solar Project Helps YMCA of San Diego County Offer More Services

Solar Project Helps YMCA of San Diego County Offer More Services The YMCA has happily discovered what many other school, nonprofit and government solar customers know well: When you save money with solar, your organization can pass on those savings to the public by expanding services. The YMCA of San Diego County, which recently had nearly [...]

18 09, 2018

Our Commercial Solar Services

By | 2018-09-27T15:26:11+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|Comments Off on Our Commercial Solar Services

Our Commercial Solar Services Expertise To Handle Any Challenge At Solar Technologies we've been developing, installing and servicing complex commercial energy systems for years and have the expertise, personnel and: Power Management Consulting Electricity has become a considerable operating cost with complex utility rate structures. We can help you assess your usage and billing data and [...]

3 09, 2018

Investment in Solar Plants Defines Effeciency

By | 2018-09-27T12:42:50+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

We all know that the demand for energy and energy production is increasing day by day. All the companies are in a race and are trying to produce the most amount of energy while coming up with better technologies for it. There are many sources of energy. Some can be directly utilized while others may have [...]

29 08, 2018

Choosing Solar Technologies and Start Saving

By | 2018-09-27T15:22:28+00:00 August 29th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Choosing Solar Technologies and Start Saving Choose Solar Technologies and enjoy the innumerable advantages of going solar. Solar Technologies is a company which over the years has helped customers with the very best solar equipment installation and support services. Their residential solar panels are of superior quality greater solar savings. With solar power system, you would [...]

25 08, 2018

SunPower Helps U.S. Military Double Down on Renewable Energy

By | 2018-09-27T15:21:07+00:00 August 25th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

SunPower Helps U.S. Military Double Down on Renewable Energy As the nation is thinking about its military forces this Memorial Day, we want to salute the many branches of our armed forces that are embracing renewable energy to increase autonomy and reduce costs. U.S. Department of Defense, the single largest energy consumer in the world, has embraced [...]

22 08, 2018

Get Longer Solar Panel Lifespan With SunPower

By | 2018-08-16T15:19:05+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Wondering how long solar panels last? Solar panel life expectancy relies on the solar cells inside. In this solar cell comparison video, we line up a SunPower® cell against a conventional cell to test which breaks first under stress. If you want a longer solar panel lifespan, choose SunPower.   Learn more facts about solar technology.  This post [...]

20 08, 2018

More Auto Dealerships Choosing Solar Energy

By | 2018-08-15T12:04:29+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Auto dealerships may not pop to mind first when you think of a business type that’s likely to rely on renewable energy. But it turns out that solar is a natural fit for this type of enterprise. In fact, many dealerships have discovered that photovoltaic (PV) solar systems can help them save money. Controlling energy costs [...]

17 08, 2018

New Location In Campbell, CA

By | 2018-08-16T15:13:31+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

SunPower by Solar Technologies, a SunPower Master Dealer in Northern California, announces the opening of a third location in Campbell, CA. Bringing Solar Expertise and Local, Personalized Customer Service to Campbell Homeowners Campbell, CA, August 16, 2018 – Solar Technologies, a Bay Area based solar dealer, has added a third location to serve homeowners in the [...]

15 08, 2018

Video: The Three Most Common Types of Commercial Solar Installations

By | 2018-08-16T09:44:21+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

When people think of solar energy they likely picture solar panels on a rooftop, but did you know that you have a choice when it comes to where you install solar panels for your home or business to generate electricity? In this video we take a look at three of the most common types of onsite commercial solar installations, some of [...]

8 08, 2018

How Solar Panels Work

By | 2018-08-15T11:11:25+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Providing solar power for commercial buildings isn’t as complicated as you might think. This infographic answers the question: How do solar panels work? It all starts with the renewable energy source that’s right above our heads: the sun. Onsite commercial solar power installations are made up of a few basic components that are very easy to understand. These components [...]

5 08, 2018

7 Types Of Renewable Energy To Support Commercial Sustainability

By | 2018-08-15T11:12:02+00:00 August 5th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Many private enterprises and public entities (e.g., government agencies and educational institutions) are looking for clean, renewable energy sources to meet their sustainable energy solution needs. The motivation can be financial, driven by regulatory mandates, a desire to be more socially responsible or all the above. Sustainable energy solutions are literally found in the air, deep [...]

2 08, 2018

A Quick Introduction To The Solar Investment Tax Credit

By | 2018-08-15T11:12:07+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

The solar Investment Tax Credit, or solar ITC, is a federal incentive that can help eligible businesses offset their commercial solar system costs*. As part of the broader Business Energy Investment Tax Credit, the solar ITC can be a significant factor in helping companies determine if and when to go solar. The infographic below provides a high-level overview and also [...]

30 07, 2018

8 Things Sustainable Businesses Care About

By | 2018-08-15T11:12:21+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

If you’ve wondered “What is sustainability?” when it comes to business, this infographic can help. It shows eight of the most common things companies focus on when they implement sustainable business practices. Business and sustainability can coexist. And businesses are finding that by focusing on corporate responsibility, they can also maintain a sustainable competitive advantage while [...]

27 07, 2018

The Triple Bottom Line: A Sustainable Model For Success

By | 2018-08-15T11:12:30+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

The triple bottom line (TBL) framework is gaining popularity as more and more companies implement sustainable business strategies. Focusing on people, planet and profits—instead of just profits alone—can lead to a number of potentially unexpected benefits that extend beyond corporate social responsibility. This infographic provides a triple bottom line definition and explains how businesses are using it to measure [...]

24 07, 2018

9 Questions To Ask Potential Commercial Solar System Providers

By | 2018-08-15T11:12:38+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

When you start considering something totally new and different for your business, like purchasing commercial solar systems and panels, you might not be sure where to start. What questions should you be asking? Who should you ask? How do you know if the answers you get are accurate, complete and unbiased? In other words, as with [...]

21 07, 2018

Big business takes lead in corporate renewable energy boom

By | 2018-08-15T11:12:15+00:00 July 21st, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

A growing number of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies are committing to corporate sustainability goals—leading to an upsurge of renewable energy in business. In a wide-ranging examination of the subject published by Greentech Media, large corporations in the U.S. are reportedly poised to be the most powerful advocates for clean energy on both a state and [...]

18 07, 2018

5 Misconceptions about the effects of weather on solar panels

By | 2018-08-15T11:12:48+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

If you hail from the Mid-Atlantic region, home of the dreaded Nor’easter, you’ve probably wondered about the effects of extreme weather on solar panels. Makes sense—Nor’easters are not just storms. These radical weather events occur when the southbound polar jet stream meets the warm air from the oceanic Gulf Stream. It’s usually a violent occurrence. Kind [...]

15 07, 2018

California Is Leading The Charge To Solar Sustainability

By | 2018-07-15T02:09:45+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

California is taking in leaps and bounds towards becoming the first state to require solar panels on newly constructed homes. Recently the California Energy Commission voted 5-0 to mandate the installation of solar panels on residential buildings up to three stories tall. This would be regulated and put into effect by the year 2020. This is [...]

12 07, 2018

How to go solar: Getting to solar panel installation in 8 steps

By | 2018-07-11T09:01:16+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

In theory, you understand how photovoltaic (PV) solar systems work—silicon panels capture sunlight and turn it into electricity. But now you've finally got your organization talking about using solar power for business, so you need to know exactly how solar systems work in real life—i.e., What's it take to get solar panel installation rolling? How do [...]

9 07, 2018

Is My House a Good Candidate for Solar?

By | 2018-07-09T20:22:20+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

If you’re thinking about going solar, you’re probably wondering: Is solar cost effective? Is my roof suitable for solar panels? Will solar energy generate enough electricity to power my home? Who makes the best solar panels? But first, it's important to explore if solar panels for your home make sense. Here are some key questions we ask anyone [...]

6 07, 2018

California Is Leading The Charge To Solar Sustainability

By | 2018-07-09T20:22:53+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

California is taking in leaps and bounds towards becoming the first state to require solar panels on newly constructed homes. Recently the California Energy Commission voted 5-0 to mandate the installation of solar panels on residential buildings up to three stories tall. This would be regulated and put into effect by the year 2020. This is [...]

3 07, 2018

The Energy Challenge: Winning at Sea on Zero Emissions

By | 2018-07-09T16:02:28+00:00 July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Solar energy is a competitive advantage on the open seas. The significant power demands a sailing yacht requires running on-board navigation, communications and autopilot systems means that energy must be consistently available. By integrating Solar Technologies solar technology, not only have we overcome common and time-consuming issues with diesel generator failure and power outages, but we [...]

1 07, 2018

Solar That’s Tough Enough for NASA is Tough Enough for Your Roof

By | 2018-07-01T17:53:42+00:00 July 1st, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Consumers who are considering going solar often ask us if Solar Technologies solar panels can withstand all that Mother Nature might bring to the rooftops of their homes or businesses. We’re glad they’re doing their homework because not all solar is alike. During our company’s 30-year history our collaborations with solar pioneers such as NASA have [...]

28 06, 2018

Best Commercial Solar Installation: Intelligent and Elegant

By | 2018-07-09T20:26:46+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

When Joseph Fragoso contacted JP Electric and Solar, he needed to solve a problem that’s typical for our agricultural solar customers. His Mid Summer Farms in Hanford, Calif., had enough land for a photovoltaic (PV) solar system —190 acres – but most of that land was spoken for. He needed as much as possible for growing corn, [...]

26 06, 2018

PACE Financing Helps Businesses Go Solar

By | 2018-06-25T11:18:58+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Property Assessed Clean Energy financing or "PACE" can make it easier for owners of commercial, industrial, multifamily and nonprofit properties to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for renewable energy projects. Your business or organization can apply for 100 percent financing for clean energy improvements such as installing solar. (The program is also available to homeowners in California, Florida and [...]

24 06, 2018

Go beyond Bike-to-Work Day: 3 easy ways to encourage biking to work for the benefit of your business

By | 2018-06-25T11:18:48+00:00 June 24th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Bike-to-Work Day is just one day a year. And for that one day a year, at least, everyone can agree—biking to work is a great idea. But, you know what? It’s pretty fantastic the other 364 days, too. In fact, research shows that people who bike to work are more productive, happier and take fewer sick [...]

22 06, 2018

Medical Facilities Take a Healthy Interest in Solar

By | 2018-06-22T11:06:06+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Solar energy is a natural fit for healthcare organizations — and not just because solar reduces air pollution and makes the world a cleaner, healthier place. For starters, did you know that healthcare facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, urgent care clinics and medical practices are the fourth largest commercial building energy consumers in the United [...]

20 06, 2018

Millennials look beyond profit toward a more sustainable future

By | 2018-06-10T09:04:44+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Traditionally, companies have pointed to a positive bottom line as a benchmark of success, but a new wave of entrepreneurs may be changing that equation by factoring social and environmental measures into a triple bottom line.  Companies and organizations are increasingly adopting sustainable business practices to make an impact on their communities as well as their [...]

17 06, 2018

Solar is trending as a top renewable energy investment worldwide

By | 2018-07-10T12:25:00+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

For the first time, global energy markets in many parts of the developing world are registering solar power as the cheapest form of new electricity for renewable energy investment opportunities. The milestone is noteworthy as these lower solar prices do not include government subsidies or other financial support. This trending reduction in the price of solar [...]

15 06, 2018

A Quick Guide to Solar Storage Batteries

By | 2018-06-06T08:42:05+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

In select U.S. markets the Solar Technologies home solar energy system can now be paired with industry leading solar battery storage providers such as Sonnen or Tesla. Read this accompanying blog post to learn more about how home storage batteries work and check out this easy-to-understand infographic. Visit Solar Technologies's solar storage webpage to use our solar [...]

13 06, 2018

Home Solar Plus Storage

By | 2018-06-06T08:20:25+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

There has never been a better time to consider solar. Advancements in solar technology have made it more affordable, and advancements in battery technologies are giving customers greater energy independence. We're happy to announce that, in select U.S. markets, the Solar Technologies home solar energy system can now be paired with industry leading solar battery storage [...]

11 06, 2018

5 Facts About Solar That Make Sense

By | 2018-06-21T14:46:49+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Five reasons to consider going solar now. Interested? Check out our solar calculator to find out how much you can save. Learn more about solar in these Solar Technologies Blog posts: Solar Technologies Customers Share Why They Went Solar A Quick Guide to Going Solar Finding Solar Installation Company See how much you could save on electricity [...]

8 06, 2018

California New Homes Industry Leads Nation in Green Building

By | 2018-06-05T10:18:20+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

As goes California, so goes the nation. That’s a common refrain from those who recognize the forward thinking that the West Coast is known for, especially when it comes to securing a clean energy future. In the last year, under the leadership of Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature, California has set the bar high, pioneering climate [...]

6 06, 2018

Solar Technologies is a Leader in New Home Solar Installations

By | 2018-06-05T09:40:20+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

California’s decision to require solar on virtually all new homes starting in 2020 sets a remarkable example for our nation when it comes to reducing fossil fuel emissions that pollute our air and contribute to global warming. Unanimously approved by the California Energy Commission, the decision is expected to have a massive impact on the demand [...]

4 06, 2018

Why now is the time for the commercial building industry to jump on board with solar

By | 2018-06-04T15:57:39+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

There’s no question about it, studies have proven most Americans agree that renewable energy is crucial to our future. In addition, while electricity rates across the country continue to increase, solar panels become more affordable and viable than ever. Yet, at a time when green technology is gaining popularity and prices are decreasing, one question still [...]

2 06, 2018

How solar-powered microgrids can improve national security

By | 2018-06-02T08:28:37+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Energy security is an increasingly critical issue for the U.S. military. One way to stabilize the U.S. electrical grid in vulnerable areas is to deploy solar-powered microgrids, according to a new report from Michigan Technological University (MTU). Solar microgrids can enhance energy security by localizing power production and preventing cascading blackouts.  The U.S. military already has [...]

30 05, 2018

Energy users aren’t the only winners with community solar

By | 2018-05-30T08:11:02+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

The expansion of community solar across the U.S. is bringing solar power—and its many benefits—to a number of individuals and businesses who might otherwise not be able to participate. Not so long ago, installing solar panels on your rooftop or undeveloped property was the only way to access solar-generated electricity. If you were unable (or lacked [...]

27 05, 2018

Ranking support for corporate renewable energy state-by-state

By | 2018-07-10T14:07:43+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

When it comes to providing corporate renewable energy on the scale needed to attract big businesses, not all states are created equal. In a recent GreenBiz article, an analyst for the World Resource Institute cites nearly half of Fortune 500 companies are pursuing sustainability or renewable energy goals. How quickly they reach those goals depends in part [...]

25 05, 2018

How to improve your board of directors’ corporate sustainability I.Q.

By | 2018-05-25T17:12:22+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Company “annual meeting season” is the perfect time for organizations to evaluate how well corporate sustainability is being addressed... or how much more attention is required. Most corporations recognize that ignoring renewable energy goals is not an option. But many others still may not know what they don’t know. A recent article published by GreenBiz suggests it is up to a well-informed board of [...]

23 05, 2018

Finding a Solar Installation Company

By | 2018-05-23T14:30:25+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Unless you’re an electrician or an experienced DIYer, if you want to switch to solar you’re not just going to buy solar panels for your roof. You’re going to choose a solar installation company for your home that you can trust. It’s crucial that you pick the right solar installation contractor to install your solar system [...]

21 05, 2018

Is commercial solar right for your organization?

By | 2018-06-04T14:47:29+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

If you’re thinking about investing in a new commercial solar panel installation, you’re in good company. Private businesses, public entities (like government agencies), and educational institutions of all shapes and sizes benefit from this clean, renewable source of electricity every day.  But is a commercial solar system the right solution for you? Answering the questions [...]

18 05, 2018

Energy production in developing world reshaped by benefits of solar power

By | 2018-05-08T18:42:47+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

From Peru to Punjab, the benefits of solar power energy in the developing world are helping to reshape national views on renewable energy development. An article in The Economist highlights the recent expansion of global solar capacity due to an increase in solar panel installations. It cites several examples that illustrate how solar power is “hitting its stride” across [...]

16 05, 2018

Solar is trending as a top renewable energy investment worldwide

By | 2018-05-08T18:28:46+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

For the first time, global energy markets in many parts of the developing world are registering solar power as the cheapest form of new electricity for renewable energy investment opportunities. The milestone is noteworthy as these lower solar prices do not include government subsidies or other financial support. This trending reduction in the price of solar [...]

13 05, 2018

Using people power to reach energy efficiency goals in business

By | 2018-05-07T19:55:30+00:00 May 13th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Working toward energy efficiency is most successful when approached collectively. While energy managers may head the team exploring how to reduce energy costs in business, it’s an overall group effort that yields the best results. That’s the overarching message in a recent article published by Smart Energy Decisions, which describes how increasing employee engagement improves the chances of reaching corporate [...]

11 05, 2018

The ever-evolving benefits of commercial solar adoption

By | 2018-07-10T11:46:17+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

In the not-so-distant past, the main benefit of commercial solar adoption was rooted in affecting environmental change. Early photovoltaic (PV) technology adopters saw it as a potential solution to what had become a global energy crisis.  And for that, they were called hippies, tree-huggers and any number of pejorative environmentalist monikers. But they didn’t care. They [...]

9 05, 2018

What is Solar Net Metering and How Does it Work

By | 2018-07-10T16:32:12+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Many consumers who are thinking about going solar have heard the term “net metering” but aren’t sure what it means. What is Net Metering? Put simply, net metering is a utility billing mechanism available in most states that offers a credit to residential and business customers who are making excess electricity with their solar panel systems [...]

7 05, 2018

The advantages and disadvantages of businesses going solar

By | 2018-05-03T15:01:18+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Making the decision to go solar isn’t something you do in a day. And it certainly shouldn’t be done without a thorough evaluation and careful assessment of both the pros and cons. To help get you started, we’ve put together three of the top advantages—and disadvantages—of pursuing a path toward investing in a commercial solar energy [...]

4 05, 2018

Understanding the essential relationship between water and energy production

By | 2018-05-07T19:55:58+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

“Without enough water, you can’t have power; without enough power, you can’t have water.” The relationship between water and energy production is extremely close and co-dependent. It takes a massive amount of water to generate energy, and it takes a huge quantity of energy to process water that can be utilized by humans for drinking and [...]

2 05, 2018

Is fossil fuel divestment at a financial tipping point for energy investors?

By | 2018-05-03T14:51:49+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

As the cost of renewable energy becomes more competitive with fossil fuel cost, it may be the perfect time for fossil fuel divestment (aka divestiture). An article in The Guardian argues that energy investors could be at a tipping point when it comes to investment in renewables. Historically, the case for corporate sustainability has focused on improving public perception [...]

30 04, 2018

The net environmental impact of solar power: Is it helping or hurting?

By | 2018-07-10T16:33:19+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

At the individual installation level, it's rather obvious that commercial solar energy systems have positive impact on the environment—instead of using electricity generated by fossil fuels, your business utilizes clean, renewable energy from a limitless resource (the sun). But a recent article in The Atlantic takes a step back and evaluates solar as a whole, presenting [...]

28 04, 2018

Advantages and Disadvantages of Hybrid Solar Energy Systems

By | 2018-05-07T19:56:14+00:00 April 28th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Whenever we choose solar energy power system, we consider only two options. First is on-grid and second is off-grid solar energy system. Both these systems are helpful to you in times when you have ample of sunlight. As soon as the sun is less bright, in night or in rainy seasons, these systems are not helpful [...]

25 04, 2018

Is commercial solar right for your organization?

By | 2018-04-25T20:28:43+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

If you’re thinking about investing in a new commercial solar panel installation, you’re in good company. Private businesses, public entities (like government agencies), and educational institutions of all shapes and sizes benefit from this clean, renewable source of electricity every day.  But is a commercial solar system the right solution for you? Answering the questions [...]

23 04, 2018

Corporate sustainability is the way to go

By | 2018-04-23T11:34:12+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Trying to find ways to hit your corporate sustainability goals and reduce costs at the same time? A recent survey tells us that many of your peers are considering lower-cost renewable energy solutions, such as solar power, to help them to do just that.  With energy costs on the rise, facility managers who want [...]

21 04, 2018

Using sunlight to power your business: The how and why

By | 2018-04-23T11:32:20+00:00 April 21st, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

How does a solar panel system work? The basic science is simple: light equals energy. But that doesn’t explain how that sphere of hot plasma in the sky is going to power your building.  So let’s start with the basics: how a solar panel system works. Then we’ll talk about all of the ways your business [...]

18 04, 2018

Getting up and running with commercial solar power

By | 2018-04-09T09:36:12+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Step 1: Learn more Become a thought leader on installing solar Understanding the pieces and considerations of a commercial solar installation will help you make the best decision for your company. Learning the basic system components is a good first step: Solar panels – Absorb the sun’s rays as a source of energy for generating electricity Inverter – Converts power [...]

16 04, 2018

Solar power sees its day in the sun

By | 2018-07-10T16:35:53+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Solar power is a great renewable energy source—and it’s also more affordable than you might think. With so many users across the world, solar energy technology continues to become more efficient and cost-effective. According to Jelor Gallego’s article in Futurism, countries such as India and China, among others, are now confidently investing in solar power. From the [...]

14 04, 2018

How to help ensure your sustainability efforts pay off

By | 2018-04-09T09:37:06+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Although investing in renewable energy and other sustainability efforts can benefit a business in many ways, you may want to make sure it’s the right decision for your company’s bottom line before going ahead.  In an effort to show corporate social responsibility, many investors push for the adoption of business sustainability strategies. But some [...]

11 04, 2018

5 real reasons to adopt green business practices

By | 2018-04-09T09:38:12+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Why should businesses go green? A  Houston Chronicle article points out five reasons why green business practices can be beneficial to your company. “Going green” at work—or adopting environmentally friendly business practices—is not just a trend, but also a way for socially responsible companies to benefit from a host of advantages. The article points to plusses such [...]

9 04, 2018

Solar power today and tomorrow

By | 2018-04-09T09:28:30+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Solar power is one of the most efficient yet clean sources of energy we have access to. There are no increased fuel costs or dependencies, no ties to pollutants, and it’s both reliable and affordable. Of course, in order to harness solar power you need access to specific technology. This tech relies on either small-scale solar [...]

7 04, 2018

What exactly is green building?

By | 2018-04-09T09:42:02+00:00 April 7th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

This day and age, you hear everyone talking about going green. Whether you want to admit it or not, at some point everyone will have to follow with the green movement. This is because at the rate we are going, the earth is simply not sustainable. That means that over the years, we will begin to run [...]

4 04, 2018

Go paperless: 5 tips for reducing your business’s dependence on paper

By | 2018-04-09T09:42:25+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Thinking about reducing your business’s carbon footprint? Looking for ways to hit your organization’s sustainability goals? An article from SustainableCitiesCollective tells how leading businesses are doing just that by focusing on reducing the amount of paper they use. Keeping cardboard boxes stamped with those green recycling logos in your hallways is not going to cut it. Today’s sustainability [...]

2 04, 2018

The 4 phases of a commercial solar panel installation

By | 2018-04-09T09:45:09+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

When you’re first investigating the possibility of implementing a commercial solar installation, the future looks bright. It’s exciting to think about the energy cost savings and the environmental and social benefits this clean, renewable resource will bring to your organization. But that’s someday, not today. At this point, having made a commitment to go [...]

31 03, 2018

How to create a highly-effective solar RFP

By | 2018-04-09T09:48:44+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Most public entities and some large corporations must initiate solar projects through a formal process. They send out a request for proposal (RFP) and evaluate competitive bids before selecting a vendor for the job. If your organization plans to create a solar RFP, know that the quality and specificity of the proposals you receive will most [...]

29 03, 2018

What to expect when you go solar: 4 stages to completing a new commercial solar installation

By | 2018-04-09T10:08:22+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Your organization has committed to going solar. Now what? While you may have experience with other types of construction projects, taking part in a new commercial solar installation may seem like uncharted territory. This business brief offers a road map of what to expect on your journey from signing the contract to flipping the “on” switch [...]

27 03, 2018

Investigating how to go solar? Expect solar companies to ask you these 7 questions

By | 2018-04-09T10:03:41+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

When you’re ready to discuss how to go solar with photovoltaic (PV) solar system providers, you should also be ready to answer some key questions. Your potential partners in clean energy aren’t trying to be nosey—they’re simply attempting to collect basic information that will help determine the best solar power options to meet your organization’s unique requirements. [...]

25 03, 2018

Honored with SunPower 2017 “Commercial Regional Dealer of the Year” Award

By | 2018-04-09T10:06:54+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Categories: Awards, Business Feed, Design|0 Comments

  Solar Technologies, a Santa Cruz based solar installer, has received the SunPower “Commercial Regional Dealer of the Year” award for its outstanding performance as a SunPower dealer in 2017. “Earning SunPower’s 2017 ‘Commercial Regional Dealer of the Year’ award for our success delivering the world’s highest efficiency solar systems and superior customer service to business [...]

21 03, 2018

Solar incentives, policies and advocacy: 5 info-packed sites to save and share

By | 2018-04-09T10:06:14+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

As you might imagine, there’s a ton of solar information available to business leaders, but where to begin? We’ve handpicked five great sites that offer insight into the latest solar incentives and policies, in addition to the activism that’s shaping them both. Whether you’re just starting out or well on your path to going solar, take [...]

19 03, 2018

A Complete Guide to 7 Renewable Energy Sources

By | 2018-04-09T10:07:45+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

What is Renewable Energy and How Does It Work? Have you been wondering what “renewable energy” really means? Renewable energy sources are literally found in sunlight, in the air, deep underground and in our oceans. They are part of the planet’s physical structure, which means they are constantly being renewed by natural means. They simply cannot run out. [...]

16 03, 2018

Commercial solar panel degradation: What you should know and keep in mind

By | 2018-03-13T08:27:49+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

As we’ve seen, there are a number of important characteristics to consider when making a solar panel decision for your business. One of the most critical is understanding the degradation rate of the solar panels you’re evaluating, how it compares among manufacturers, and what impact solar panel degradation can have on your organization’s bottom line.  What do the [...]

14 03, 2018

The real financial benefits of commercial solar

By | 2018-03-13T08:26:56+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

If you’ve been wary about the financial impact of going solar, you’ll be glad to know that it’s never been more affordable. In fact, there are some real financial benefits to commercial solar. An EnergySage article debunks the notion that you need to have deep pockets to invest in solar energy while calling it a “key strategic decision that [...]

12 03, 2018

An introduction to net metering: your friend and business partner

By | 2018-07-10T12:03:32+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Net metering (also known as net energy metering or NEM) is a billing arrangement that allows businesses and individuals generating their own electricity to deliver unused energy back to their local power grid and get credited back for its retail price. While it’s a simple concept, it can lead to complex questions: Are all net metering [...]

10 03, 2018

Are solar systems worth it? Evaluating your business’s return on potential solar solutions

By | 2018-03-13T08:24:51+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

More and more businesses are going solar. But are solar systems worth it or even a good investment for you? Understanding the true value of any business decision requires that you weigh the total benefit against the total cost. Evaluating potential solar solutions and determining the overall return on your investment goes well beyond a simple [...]

8 03, 2018

How businesses and public entities can pay for solar

By | 2018-07-10T15:39:12+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

So your organization is considering going solar, but there’s concern about how to pay for it and a bit of confusion about the solar financing options available. That’s pretty common, so here’s a quick primer on the main ways a business, educational institution or public organization can pay for solar, including purchasing or leasing a system, [...]

6 03, 2018

Beyond solar panel efficiency: 4 important considerations when evaluating solar panels

By | 2018-07-10T12:09:12+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

As you research your solar panel options, you may come across the term “solar panel efficiency.” But what does that phrase really mean? How much does solar panel efficiency really matter in the long run? Is it the only thing, or are there other characteristics of commercial solar panels to be aware of when evaluating and [...]

4 03, 2018

Forecast says there may never be a better time to invest in commercial solar

By | 2018-03-04T08:15:48+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

“Making hay while the sun shines” is a particularly appropriate idiom when applied to the decision about when to go solar. Today’s solar industry climate has never been more favorable for organizations looking to install a commercial solar energy system. And while the extended outlook for solar continues to be bright, when you consider all of [...]

2 03, 2018

Introduction to commercial solar operations and maintenance (O&M)

By | 2018-07-10T16:00:09+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Is your organization considering going solar and wondering what’s involved with solar panel maintenance and, in general, taking care of a commercial solar system? You probably want to know how often solar panels need to be cleaned, how to invoke a commercial solar panel warranty if needed, and more.  The good news is, while it’s smart to understand how [...]

28 02, 2018

Commercial solar panel degradation: What you should know and keep in mind

By | 2018-07-10T16:38:16+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

As we’ve seen, there are a number of important characteristics to consider when making a solar panel decision for your business. One of the most critical is understanding the degradation rate of the solar panels you’re evaluating, how it compares among manufacturers, and what impact solar panel degradation can have on your organization’s bottom line.  What do the [...]

26 02, 2018

5 lessons for greening a school with STEM-based curriculum

By | 2018-07-10T16:38:54+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Schools are pioneering new approaches to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum through environmental education. But understanding how to teach green lessons in an engaging way while also satisfying educational requirements can be a challenge to the average time- and budget-strapped teacher. One teacher in the South Bronx has perfected an approach to environmental education [...]

24 02, 2018

Investment in renewable energy is on the rise

By | 2018-07-10T16:39:32+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

While many companies continue to mull over the benefits of investing in renewable energy, a recent World Energy Council study shows its steady and continued growth worldwide. Renewable energy now accounts for more than 30% of the total global installed power generation capacity and 23% of total global electricity production. And according to a Clean Technica article about the study, these [...]

22 02, 2018

A closer look at commercial electricity demand charges, and how to lower them

By | 2018-02-25T10:45:57+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Like most commercial customers, you’re probably paying thousands of dollars every month for electricity. But do you really understand how those costs break down—and what, if anything, you can do to keep from paying more than you have to?  The fact is, a significant portion of your monthly energy bill may be made up of what’s [...]

20 02, 2018

How business is defining the future of clean energy

By | 2018-02-15T14:12:00+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Visionary solutions to climate change are more likely to come out of a board room than a legislative chamber. According to a recent article published byGreenBiz, corporate clean energy initiatives are expected to be the near-term driving force toward adopting clean, affordable energy choices. The article is an excerpt from a larger report (The State of Green [...]

18 02, 2018

Adding Solar Can Increase Your Home Value

By | 2018-02-13T08:06:24+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Did you know that installing a home solar system is an economic decision that can potentially improve your family’s financial position? Home solar not only can reduce or eliminate your electric bill, adding a photovoltaic (PV) solar system to a house is almost always a good real estate investment and may contribute to increasing home values by [...]

16 02, 2018

Overcoming commercial solar savings myopia: How to see long-range benefits more clearly

By | 2018-07-10T16:42:08+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

People who are nearsighted typically find it more difficult to read road signs or see distant objects clearly. It’s a condition easily corrected with the right pair of prescription lenses. But those looking to purchase a new commercial solar panel system may not even recognize they have a form of “investment myopia” that’s preventing them from seeing beyond [...]

14 02, 2018

Clean Power Plan: How Solar Energy is a Cornerstone to Success

By | 2018-01-28T19:06:39+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

The landmark Clean Power Plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, heralded as our nation’s most ambitious effort to combat climate change, highlights how uniquely positioned the solar industry is to help transition the country to a new clean energy future. Solar power is mainstream today. It's cost competitive, abundant and easily installed. It’s creating jobs and stimulating the economy.Solar is [...]

12 02, 2018

When choosing solar power companies, start with the technology

By | 2018-07-10T11:54:20+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

With the expected useful life of commercial solar systems ranging from 25 to 40 years, choosing the right solution to invest in at the outset is incredibly important. But which of the many solar power companies should you consider? The answer may be easier than you think. Solar is a long-term investment. Think about it—what other purchases [...]

10 02, 2018

6 Tips to Find the Perfect Solar Installer

By | 2018-07-10T16:40:38+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Solar is a booming industry. New companies and contractors are popping up every day to get in on the action. If you use Yelp to search for “solar installation” in the San Francisco Bay area, you’ll get nearly 500 results. With hundreds of hit or miss options, what’s next? Let’s narrow down the field of potential [...]

8 02, 2018

What you might not know about commercial solar panel systems

By | 2018-01-28T16:33:44+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

According to this Energy.gov article, 173,000 terawatts (TW) of free solar energy is striking the Earth all day, every day. Need a little real-world context to wrap your head around that number? That’s more than 10,000 times the world's total energy use. If you’re considering commercial photovoltaic (PV) panels, you should be seeing dollar signs right about now—especially since just one terawatt [...]

6 02, 2018

SunPower Solar Warranty FAQs

By | 2018-01-28T16:22:18+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

Our Solar Technologies  Complete Confidence Warranty. Today, we answer all of your questions about the industry's best  solar warranty. Q. What’s the advantage of a single warranty on the whole system all from one manufacturer? A. A working solar system is composed of many components that work together to turn sunlight into usable power for your home. When you buy a Solar [...]

4 02, 2018

Wondering how to pay for solar? The EPA has 7 ideas for your school

By | 2018-07-10T16:41:25+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Many colleges and universities have embraced solar power to help achieve their sustainability goals, climate action plans and renewable energy targets. This movement has been driven primarily by student demand, rising awareness among institutions that fiscal and environmental responsibility go hand-in-hand, and the understanding that addressing climate change is a critical part of an educational institution’s mission. [...]

2 02, 2018

How to Buy Solar Panels: FAQs About Solar Financing

By | 2018-01-28T11:59:19+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

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 there are [...]

31 01, 2018

College campuses may lead 100% renewable energy transition

By | 2018-01-28T16:26:15+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

Universities and colleges can play a crucial role in the transition to power the U.S. with 100% renewable energy, according to a report highlighted in a recent Solar Industry article.  Hundreds of schools nationwide have adopted campus sustainability plans with carbon neutrality targets—and the best way to reach those is by setting renewable energy goals, according to the report Renewable [...]

29 01, 2018

Solar Technologies Joins New U.S. Solar Panel Recycling Program

By | 2018-01-28T16:11:08+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Categories: Going Solar, What's New|0 Comments

As world leaders and clean energy innovators work to address climate change, it’s no longer enough for us to simply do less: to drive less, buy less and discard less. Rather it’s up to us to do more: to go above and beyond to effect lasting, positive change for the health of our planet and the [...]

27 01, 2018

Schools and car dealerships could cut energy use by over 40%—others not far behind

By | 2018-01-28T16:29:55+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Categories: Business Feed, What's New|0 Comments

If enough US organizations properly used existing building management systems intended to improve energy efficiency, the reduced power consumption could equal the amount of electricity used by 12 to 15 million Americans—according to a recent article published by Clean Technica. A study cited in the piece says that while most large commercial facilities are already equipped with automation systems to control energy use, [...]