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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Solar at a Megawatt a Minute When we introduced Instant Design at Google Next ’19 in San Francisco, we wanted to change how homeowners go solar. Visitors to sunpower.com now use SunPower Design Studio, the first application featuring SunPower’s patent-pending Instant Design technology, to create thousands of home solar designs per week. They’re twice as likely to…

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Solar Energy Continues to Shift Auto Industry More U.S. car dealers are installing solar energy systems to power a good portion of their entire operations and save money. In state after state, solar is saving auto dealers money. Dealers from Hawaii to Massachusetts are finding that solar provides a net savings that can drastically improve their margins.…

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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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10 simple ways to reduce business energy costs You might not think much about paying your electric bill every month. And if you do, well, that’s just the cost of doing business, right? Not exactly. Take a moment to consider the energy you’re likely paying for that room in your office no one ever seems…

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Estimate How Much Can You Save With Solar We get asked, “How much do solar panels save?” every day. While yes, you will either greatly reduce or eliminate your electric bill, determining your total solar savings is influenced by several other factors, including how you finance your solar system; whether you take advantage of tax incentives…

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We Made The List! July 2019 – Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel technology, is proud to have made the list of 2019 Top Solar Contractors in the U.S. by Solar Power World magazine. We achieved the rank of 25th in California (excluding utility contractors) and 126th overall out of 415 companies…

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Video: Five Steps to Going Solar Going solar doesn’t have to be complex. In this two-minute video, SunPower Energy Consultant Whitney Torres explains how to get home solar panels. To learn more, read this recent blog post about how to get solar panels on your home, which gives further details about the key steps: Finding a solar…

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Solar power helps homeowners save money on energy bill, so if you’re dreading those high electricity bills this summer, you may want to find out: How do I go solar? It’s certainly a common question. Photovoltaic (PV) solar power is the fastest-growing type of energy in the world. In the U.S. alone there are now 2 million rooftop solar…

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Californians Unite to Protect Their Solar Rights California solar customers: It’s time to take action to protect your right to access the clean energy of the sun. Today we’d like to encourage everyone with a residential or commercial solar system to support the newly established Solar Rights Alliance, a nonprofit association dedicated to defending the right of…

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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…

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Solar Energy Uses in Your Daily Life Solar energy has been known as being one of the cleanest forms of renewable energy, today. Solar Technologies are giving more homes the solar energy options to save up on their electricity and utility bills. ‘Going Green’ is one of the initiatives that has been promoted to inform people…

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Funding commercial solar projects: How to get that photovoltaic new car smell Not so long ago your choice for financing a new solar energy system was simple—come up with the money to pay for it. Today, the solar industry is more financially sophisticated, offering a number of different ways to make this renewable energy resource…

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How to Choose a Good Solar Company Are you searching for Bay Area solar companies? No matter if you require electricity, solar panels or similar items can allow you to find solar power solution for your home or business. Here is the right guide offered to assist you to meet your requirements. There are a…

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If your organization’s going solar, you’re automatically launching two long-term business partnerships. The first will be with the solar company that plans and builds your photovoltaic (PV) solar system. That partnership is going to start with the ongoing interactions that will take place during the solar installation process. Your other long-term partner will be the local…

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The Energy Challenge: Winning at Sea on Zero Emissions 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…

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5 Facts About Solar That Make Sense 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…

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Home Solar Plus Storage 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…

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A Quick Guide to Solar Storage Batteries 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…

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Millennials look beyond profit toward a more sustainable future 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…

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Medical Facilities Take a Healthy Interest in Solar 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…

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Best Commercial Solar Installation: Intelligent and Elegant 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…

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Is My House a Good Candidate for Solar? 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…

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Go Green for Earth Month & Save Money Earth Month is around the corner, and it’s a reminder of us how important it is to live a greener lifestyle  — not just in April but all year long. Accomplishing this doesn’t have to be difficult AND living greener can help save homeowners money. Here are some tips…

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5 Misconceptions about the effects of weather on solar panels 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…

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Big business takes lead in corporate renewable energy boom 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…

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9 Questions To Ask Potential Commercial Solar System Providers 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…

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8 Things Sustainable Businesses Care About 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…

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More Auto Dealerships Choosing Solar Energy 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…

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Get Longer Solar Panel Lifespan With SunPower 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.  …

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SunPower Helps U.S. Military Double Down on Renewable Energy 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 clean energy sources in recent years, doubling its renewable power generation…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Beat the Tax Day Blues by Getting Some Green It’s tax season! If you’re considering a home solar system, it’s important to know the financial benefits of the federal investment tax credit because it’s going to be reduced after this year. To celebrate the final year of the 30 percent federal tax credit on solar purchases,…

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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,…

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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…

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New 10-Megawatt SunPower® Solar Plant Generating Power for OG&E OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) electric utility subsidiary Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ:SPWR) today announced completion of a 10-megawatt (AC) solar photovoltaic power plant in Covington, Okla. Approximately 85 jobs were created during peak construction of the facility. “With Covington online, we now have…

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Cabot Corporation and SunPower Announce Helix® Solar-Plus-Storage Agreement Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) announced that it has reached an agreement to have SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) install a 1.12-megawatt solar project paired with a 470-kilowatt (940-kilowatt hour) integrated energy storage system at Cabot’s Business and Technology Center in Billerica, Massachusetts. This commitment is a first for Cabot and will contribute to its…

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SunPower Closes Year with Industry’s Lowest Solar Panel Degradation Rate, Delivering More Reliable Electricity to Customers Over Time As 2018 comes to an end, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) reflects on one of its most notable technology achievements to date: achieving the industry’s lowest solar panel degradation rate which means that SunPower solar panels deliver more electricity…

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What Makes Us Different From The Competition? As one of the world’s most innovative solar companies, Solar Technologies are proud to design, build and install products that lead the industry in durability, reliability and efficiency. Let’s take a look at efficiency. When you hear people talking about solar panel efficiency they are referring to the…

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SunPower Customers Among Top 10 U.S. Companies Going Solar The Solar Energy Industries Association today released its fourth annual Solar Means Business report, and a number of SunPower corporate customers top the list of U.S. companies that have installed the most solar. According to SEIA, there has been a 59 percent increase in corporate and business solar installations since 2014, and a…

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Solar Helps ‘LEED’ the Way to More Sustainable Buildings The number of net-zero energy buildings — buildings that use renewable energy technology to help meet 100 percent of their energy needs — doubled between 2012 and 2014 in the United States, according to the New Buildings Institute, and this trend is expected to continue. Achieving…

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A Peek Inside Mexico’s First Landfill-Free Manufacturing Plant I recently had the privilege of joining SunPower’s Director of Sustainability, Marissa Yao, on a trip to SunPower’s solar panel manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico.  The goal of the trip was to see firsthand what it really means to create a sustainable product from start to finish. While I…

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Solar Power. Renewable and Safe Solar power is a topic that has been on trend for many years now. Solar power is versatile. It has numerous uses and saves a lot of money at the same time. Solar panels are being used not only in industries but also for our homes. Many bay area solar…

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How SunPower is Industry Leader in Environmental Sustainability At SunPower, we empower our customers to generate their own clean, affordable, emissions-free electricity. We also believe in creating solar products that are as sustainable as the clean energy they produce. For example, only SunPower offers Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver solar panels, which our employees make in France and Mexico.…

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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…

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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,…

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SunPower® E-Series and X-Series Direct Current (DC) solar panels are now Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver. The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ designation is a great accomplishment for any product, but we’re especially honored that our E-Series and X-Series DC solar panels, manufactured around the world, are the world’s first to receive this distinction. The principles for certification include sourcing…

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Our “Beneficial by Design” Philosophy SunPower has a closed-loop sustainability strategy that drives our business practices at every stage of our product lifecycle and beyond, extending to our employees and communities around the world.   SOURCING: We proactively work with socially equitable and environmentally vigilant suppliers, and we regularly assess our supply chain for compatible eco-friendly practices.   MATERIALS:…

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Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) are a specialized form of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) that allow organizations to track—and potentially profit from—the amount of clean, renewable energy produced by commercial solar power systems. SRECs exist in states that have specific mandates for generating solar energy. The more electricity produced, the more Solar Renewable Energy Credits…

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3 Ways Going Solar Changes Your Life

You know that a solar energy system will change how you power your home. But have you taken the time to think about the ways solar will change your life? There May Be Financial Rewards As soon as your solar system for your home is turned on, you start generating your own electricity from the…

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For 19 years we’ve helped Bay Area home and business owners save big with solar. With the price of electricity in California, a solar installation is going to save you a bunch depending on the following factors. Size of your current utility bill How much sun exposure you get on your roof. South facing roofs…

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Going Solar? What Type of Panels Should You Choose? Some solar companies say the type of panels on your roof doesn’t matter because you are only buying the energy they produce. But when you’re making such an important investment in your home — whether you lease your solar system or buy it — quality and…

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Federal Solar Tax Credit Being Reduced after 2019 With the onset of this new year there is an important solar update that homeowners should be aware of. After 2019, the Federal Solar Tax Credit will be going down. The Federal Solar Tax Credit (also known as the Investment Tax Credit or ITC) will go from…

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How long will Congress protect tax credits for renewables and EVs? Recent statements from the White House and U.S. senators have created a growing level of uncertainty around the duration of federal tax credits for renewable energy sources and electric vehicles (EVs). At stake are several elements of the clean energy policy put into place…

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It’s Easy To Pay For Your Solar System. Last week, Green Tech Media reported that for the first time in years, more new solar customers chose ownership of their system over a solar lease. Why are so many solar customers choosing to own their solar system, and which way is right for you?  Let’s look…

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CARTOON: Well, that’s one way of installing battery storage for solar power   Wondering how to implement battery storage for solar power, or whether it even makes sense for your organization? Solar energy storage is a rapidly developing clean energy technology, so there’s a lot to keep up with.  It doesn’t look like the gentleman…

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SunPower Solar Cells are Winners on the Racing Circuit Recently the solar airplane Solar Impulse 2 broke a world record flying around the world using SunPower® solar cells. But what about powering something a little closer to the ground? We’ve done that, too, energizing the dreams of competitive solar race car teams. SunPower gives teams, often comprised…

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Photo By Ellen Lomonico, Education Coordinator, SunPower Horizon® Program​, and Renee Solari, Senior Program Manager Educational Services SunPower Solar Academy Inspires Eagle Scout Airport Project What do you get when you combine a SunPower® solar panel, a passion for aviation and an extremely motivated Boy Scout? A beacon of solar innovation that (literally) lights up the night!…

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This October marked the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the record-setting “superstorm” that wrecked parts of New York and New Jersey, and there is always the looming question: “What if it happens again?” The 2018/2019 storm season is expected to be slightly more active than average, and it’s only a matter of time before a new storm takes…

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Solar Technologies: Lighting and Brightening Lives Saving with solar is perhaps the most energy efficient way one can help in preserving Mother Earth. As our natural energy resources continue to become extinct the emergence of an alternative resource is highly needed. Solar power fills the gap perfectly. The energy of the sun is imperishable and…

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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…

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Commercial Solar Battery Storage 101 Battery storage for solar power is an emerging clean energy technology that is starting to take hold. By helping to reduce the costs of energy usage in business, solar energy storage is becoming more common than ever.  This infographic provides an entry-level overview of commercial solar storage and explains how…

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What’s The Best Renewable Energy For You? You want your company to use renewable energy, but you don’t have a clue about your options or how to weigh them. Don’t worry. It’s an increasingly common challenge as renewables gain in popularity.  There are seven main types of commercial renewable energy. All of them reinforce sustainable business practices,…

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Why companies are adopting sustainable business practices Have you ever wondered about the benefits of going green in the workplace? This infographic illustrates some of the reasons why businesses are developing a green business strategy. From attracting an ever-increasing number of customers who are adopting sustainable lifestyles, to improving brand reputation—more and more companies are…

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4 ways to pay for commercial solar If you’re an organization wondering how to pay for solar, this is a great place to start. Commercial solar financing is a big part of the decision-making process as businesses investigate how to go solar, and this infographic can help. Want to know about the pros and cons…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 below…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 businesses…

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Nasa Solar

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…

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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…

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Residential Solar

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…

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green building

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…

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Thinking about reducing your business’s carbon footprint? Looking for ways to hit your organization’s sustainability goals? An article from Sustainable Cities Collective 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…

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Solar Installation

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…

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RFP Solar Technologies

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…

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Solar Technologies Solar Panels

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.…

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  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…

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

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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…

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Residential Solar

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…

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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…

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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…

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How businesses and public entities can pay for solar 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…

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Invest In Solar Technologies

“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…

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Installing solar Technologies

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…

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Roof Solar Instalation

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…

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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…

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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,…

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Solar Technologies Instalation

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…

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Solar Technologies New information

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…

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Solar Technologies Home Solar Panel

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…

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Solar Technologies Clean Power Plan

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…

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Technologies

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…

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Solar Technologies Panel Installation

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…

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Five-Step Guide to How Solar Panels Are Installed While solar panel installation has become simpler over the years, it’s certainly not a typical DIY process. Even a qualified electrician needs solar installation training on a roof and must become familiar with local permitting and fire code requirements to complete a safe and reliable installation. Step…

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Home solar for you

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…

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Solar Technologies Solar Warranty

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…

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Solar Technologies Solar Panels

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…

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Solar Technologies Home Financing

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…

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solar for college

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…

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Recycling Solar Panels with Solar Technologies

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…

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Solar Instal for home

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…

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Home with Solar Panels

 Whether you’re building a new environmentally sustainable solar-powered home or making your existing abode more energy efficient, we recognize the importance of curb appeal. That’s why Solar Technologies takes a fundamentally different approach to how we design and engineer complete solar energy solutions.  Even with 70 percent fewer visible parts,1 our solar systems deliver 70 percent more…

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Solar instillation for you

You want your company to use renewable energy, but you don’t have a clue about your options or how to weigh them. Don’t worry. It’s an increasingly common challenge as renewables gain in popularity.  There are seven main types of commercial renewable energy. All of them reinforce sustainable business practices, but—just like fossil fuels—all of them come with unique…

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Our Solar Future Solar Technologies

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” By all accounts, we’ve witnessed the best of multi-stakeholder collaboration when it comes to developing long-term strategies that promote clean energy adoption. The COP21 agreement and bipartisan extension of the U.S. Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar and…

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Solar Panels for Commercial Business

Listing the many benefits of solar panels for business is easy, but quantifying the value of each can be more challenging. The impact on property value is a prime example. While it’s likely true that a building equipped with quality solar panels for commercial property is more valuable than a facility that relies on fossil…

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Installing Solar on House

At Solar Technologies our customers are at the heart of everything we do. After all, our customers are the reason that we’ve spent the past 30 years innovating relentlessly to deliver the most advanced solar solutions powering our world and changing the future of energy.   Here are excerpts from some of our favorite customer reviews…

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Installing solar

This past July, Toyota officially opened its new, 100-acre North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. Cutting the ribbon on such a groundbreaking, 3-years-in-the-making corporate sustainability success story would be reason enough for most companies to celebrate. But the folks at Toyota are just as energized by the many sustainable design principles they’ve incorporated into their state-of-the-art campus.…

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Solar Technologies Instalation

We recently asked some of our home solar customers to share with us on Facebook how much money they saved with Solar Technologies® solar in 2017; how much energy they produced; and how much CO2 they avoided. Such information is easily accessible thanks to Solar Technologies monitoring app, which customers can access on any smart device such as a cell…

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Solar Warranty form

Solar Technologies is pleased to provide a limited product and power warranty on its photovoltaic modules and/or systems components (“PV System”). Warranty rights may be assigned and transferred to subsequent assignees subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the limited product and power warranty for the PV System being assigned and transferred. Please…

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Solar power – The best way to use natural resources Solar power is one of the fastest growing inventions and many products are still being designed with the use of this technology. You don’t only save on electricity bills but are indirectly helping to save the environment. Here are some of the benefits to using…

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BUSINESS BRIEF Let’s face it. Going solar can be complicated. With several ways to pay, and each with its own advantages and disadvantages, it can be difficult to know what’s right for your organization. This guide to solar financing should get you pointed in the right direction by exploring some basic questions.  Should you own…

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Solar Bridge

Los Angeles commercial and residential architect Dan Brunn has had a banner year. The recipient of multiple awards, including an honor for Interior Design’s Best of the Year, Brunn’s work is garnering industry accolades. With a successful 2017 coming to an end, he’s facing his biggest challenge to date: Designing and building his own green home. Brunn’s home…

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If your organization isn’t located in one of the more obvious top solar states, fear not. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) publishes a useful state-by-state list that details each state’s solar policies to help you make informed decisions about your own company’s renewable energy use. This is a great page to bookmark to keep track of…

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Solar Car Port

Are you thinking of installing photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to save your company or organization money? You’ve got three basic choices when choosing a commercial solar system: ground-mounted solar, a rooftop solar system, or a solar carport. Currently, solar carports are becoming a popular option for businesses, schools and other organizations because they offer a number of other…

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Solar Technologies

Since commercial solar panels are a significant and long-term investment, your organization’s stakeholders will want to know that their investment will be protected. This typically happens through some kind of solar panel warranty or solar production guarantee (also called a performance guarantee)—or a combination of these. Solar warranties and guarantees mitigate the risk of faulty equipment,…

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Solar Technologies Show room

Q: What is a Solar Design Center and how does it make buying with Solar Technologies an easier experience when shopping for home solar? A: A Solar Technologies Design Center is a neutral, relaxing and warm environment where our professional team of consultants can discuss and demonstrate the concept of solar.  The design center provides a…

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Solar Technologies FAQ

FAQ You’re thinking about going solar. But you don’t know what you don’t know. So, what are the most common questions businesses ask when exploring the benefits of solar? 1. Why should I spend time or money on solar right now? A: Solar Technologies’ research reveals three primary reasons organizations choose to invest in a solar strategy:…

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Solar Panels Cost

Estimating How Much Home Solar Panels Cost One of the first questions someone interested in solar asks is, “How much  do solar panels cost?” The answer is often given in terms of “watts installed” rather than by how much the actual solar panels themselves cost. This is because different manufacturers’ panel wattages and system configurations…

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Electric School bus

For many students this fall, the daily ritual of boarding a school bus is about to become a safer, cleaner, more fiscally and environmentally responsible experience. Driven primarily by long-term cost savings and a reduced carbon footprint, school districts from Minnesota to California have begun to incorporate electric school buses into their fleets.  Electric buses…

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Debunked solar myths

When it comes to solar energy pros and cons, we’ve heard it all: It’s for hippies, it’s too expensive or it doesn’t work. Yet more solar energy systems are being installed on homes and businesses than ever. We take aim at 10 solar myths and the truths behind them. 1. Solar is a new unproven technology. The history of photovoltaic…

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Solar Powered Choice

Story by Marissa Muller Let me take you back in time to 2007. Obama was campaigning for his first term, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone, and I headed to Berlin, Germany as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. I was working for Reuters, helping bring more international news to American TVs. It took me but a few…

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Community Solar

Commercial organizations are under increasing pressure to make better use of clean, renewable energy options. While solar is an increasingly popular choice, sometimes a business’s site isn’t ideal for solar. Not every rooftop, parking lot or piece of land is suitable for onsite commercial solar equipment. Plus, not every organization owns their facilities or has the…

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Solar Flight aroung the world

Sometimes, in this age of rapidly-changing technological advancements we live in, it seems like we’ve lost that sense of wonder and enchantment previous generations felt when the Wright brothers took off for the first time in a powered airplane, or Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon. Well, the days…

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Community Solar

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…

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Going solar is a long-term investment. You trust it will be on your roof for many years, quietly generating the clean energy you need and lowering – or in some cases completely eliminating – your electricity bills. At SolarTechnologies we are so confident in the efficiency and reliability of our industry-leading SunPower Equinox™ solar solution that we…

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Solar Industry

Solar is a growing industry that’s offering new job opportunities. In 2016, the U.S. solar industry employed 260,077 people, 9 percent of which were veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. That makes sense, since active and transitioning military personnel have access to the Solar Ready Vets® program, which provides solar training and employment opportunities for veterans. In recognition…

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Are you looking to make the business case for the benefits of commercial solar power to your organization’s decision-makers? To tap the economic and energy potential of solar, commercial property owners (and long-term lessors) must objectively evaluate the pros and cons of going solaron each property, and track the projected return on investment (ROI) over time. Alta Energy,…

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Water and Energy: Solar Conserves a Precious Resource

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review reports that some of the world’s most successful businesses are devoting themselves to developing energy efficiency in business. Many companies are beginning to understand that developing an energy strategy is not only helpful from a financial and environmental standpoint, but can also help them gain a competitive edge…

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If you’ve started the process of learning about solar or other renewable energy sources to power your business or public organization, you’ve probably run across an organization called the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). But who are they? What do they do? Is their renewable energy research trustworthy? Valid questions. And to help you answer them, here’s a little…

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Commercial Solar Lease

Is your organization considering going solar? Are you investigating different commercial solar financing options? A solar lease may be a viable choice. Here are three questions to ask about solar leases to help you decide if this is the right way for your organization to go solar: What is a commercial solar lease? What are the…

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How to Buy Solar Panels: FAQs About Solar Financing

If you’re considering a rooftop solar installation, chances are you’ve already done some research about the many benefits of commercial solar power—beyond lower energy costs. But before you can take advantage of any available tax incentives, green credits or net metering options, you need to know if your building can actually support the solar equipment you’re considering. To best answer, “Is…

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Solar energy works by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity for your home or business. Our sun is a natural nuclear reactor. It releases tiny packets of energy called photons, which travel the 93 million miles from the sun to Earth in about 8.5 minutes. Every hour, enough photons impact our planet to generate enough…

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With a product designed to produce clean, renewable energy for decades, solar panel recycling probably isn’t the first thing you think about when putting in a new power system. But eventually, someone will need to decide what to do with old solar panels that have slowly degraded over time. And adding to the growing pile…

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Thinking about financing solar power? You don’t have to be a detective to uncover which option is best for your organization—you only have to think like one. Just follow the five W’s (and sometimes H)—a line of questioning used in any basic investigation. The answers can help determine how to pay for commercial solar using…

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Organizations making a commercial solar investment are often motivated by lower energy bills, tax incentives, or other sustainable energy goals. But what is the best way to measure a program’s success in hitting these targets? A recent article published by Solar Power World notes five key performance indicators (KPIs) that can help organizations evaluate how much value a new solar…

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Solar Calculator

There are numerous factors that affect the cost and production capacity of your residential or commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) system, from tax credits and rebates to weather conditions that change your system’s efficiency and output. This means your solar savings can vary greatly depending on your location, roof size, battery storage options, the size of…

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Reduce Business Energy Costs

By most accounts, signs are pointing to an explosion in corporate renewable energy procurement. A recent article published by Green Tech Media summarizes these positive trends as well as a cautionary note about what could slow renewable energy demand. Increased adoption of corporate sustainability goals is cited as one indicator pointing to an expansion of the corporate renewables market.  (There are…

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Have you been wondering what “renewable energy” really means? Renewable energy solutions are literally found in the air, deep underground and in our oceans. Here’s a look at seven renewable energy sources that can be tapped directly or indirectly to help our world go green and fight global warming. From Living Things to Electricity Bioenergy is…

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WAITING TO GO SOLAR WILL COST YOU

Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel technology, announced today that homeowners and business owners should take advantage of the federal solar energy tax credit while they still can. “There’s no better time than the present to invest in solar,” said Jeff Parr, owner of Solar Technologies. “Although solar energy is becoming more…

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Companies exploring how to improve brand reputation may be tempted to simply highlight the benefits of sustainability as reflected in their products (or services). But how effective is this approach to actually gaining new customers? Or helping the environment? According to a recent article published by BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), marketing sustainability should be more nuanced and…

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3 Ways Going Solar Changes Your Life

People who are new to how residential solar power works often ask these two questions: What happens when my solar panels generate more electricity than I use during daylight hours? How do I power my home when the sun isn’t shining? Most grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) solar systems today have no way of storing the electricity…

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Ramar Foods International solar powered lit parking lot

Early in your solar planning process, you’ll probably ask all sorts of questions to determine what type of commercial solar design would be best for your organization. Is commercial rooftop solar smarter than a ground-mounted solar system? What about solar carports? When does one kind of onsite solar installation make more sense than another?  If you’re asking…

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SunPower HELIX Roof Image

Determining how many solar panels you’ll need for your home means first knowing what your goals are. Do you want to minimize your carbon footprint?  Maximize your return on your investment? Save as much money as possible?  Most people want to save money while minimizing their environmental impact. To calculate how many solar panels you…

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Faced with lean budgets and skyrocketing energy prices, a small county in Northern California needed to drastically reduce its energy bills to avoid having to cut services to its residents. So, Yolo County, California, population 200,000, partnered with SunPower and switched to clean, renewable solar energy, achieving national recognition for being the first net positive county…

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How Business Is Defining the Future of Clean Energy

For the past century, many companies have thrived on business models that feature ever-increasing consumption as a driver of financial success. But in an open letter published by GreenBiz, corporate CEOs are advised that the next wave of successful innovation in business will need to focus on a long-term investment in sustainability. The piece warns innovation in current…

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During his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that he was supportive of an “all of the above” approach to energy development, asserting that the country’s best interests lie in encouraging production of both traditional and renewable power sources. As Secretary Perry knows well, we’re at an important juncture in terms of…

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An effective corporate sustainability strategy should be flexible enough to adapt to changes that impact it, making it a dynamic set of goals. If your policy is more static, you could be missing out on many potential benefits. According to a recent article published by GreenBiz, if the once innovative business practices you’ve outlined to drive sustainability…

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solar tax credit

Going solar pays dividends in the long run, but many homeowners and business owners hesitate to make the switch due to the upfront cost of purchase and installation. But unless you plan to lease your solar PV system, there is no better time than the present to invest in solar. Although solar energy is becoming…

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The Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors list includes San Ramon-based solar firm. Coming off the biggest year ever for U.S. solar installations, We’re proud to be named as one of the best solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. Solar Technologies has been recognized as one of the top 25 installers in California…

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Reduce Business Energy Costs

If you’re wondering why there seems to be increasing focus on the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR), look no further than today’s consumers. According to a recent article published in Business News Daily, these potential customers are looking beyond material products or quality services when selecting a company. How products are made (or services rendered) is…

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solar eclips

Americans from coast-to-coast will soon have a rare opportunity to see a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. The total eclipse, where 100 percent of the sun will be blocked for a short time in a 70-mile-wide path, will first be seen in Oregon around 10:16 a.m. PDT and will then cast its shadow…

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commercial solar system

Solar Technologies, one of the Bay Area’s leading solar providers, announced today that even small organizations can expect to pay their energy utility more than a million dollars over the course of 25 years. “Switching to solar is one of the single best ways to reduce your company’s operating costs and environmental footprint,” said Solar…

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Benefits of Solar

For some, the benefits of solar power are clear. For others, they may be slightly cloudy. While most people can probably agree that a main reason to go solar is its positive impact on the environment, what are other motivations for adopting this clean energy source? Whatever level of knowledge you have about going solar, this recent list published…

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solar calculator

Find Out How Much You Can Save. Thinking about switching to solar? Try our new online calculator to see how much you can save every month. Simply enter your address to get started.  

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The first day of summer is June 20, bringing with it a season of outdoor barbecues, long lazy afternoons and lots of sunshine. But as the temperatures increase, we know homeowners turn up their air conditioners to stay cool and comfortable and that leads to an unfortunate result: high electric bills. Avoiding this seasonal financial…

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should your business invest in solar

Clean energy isn’t just for large corporations with enough capital to make decisions solely for the environmental good. For many business owners, going solar can be a strategic decision with significant financial benefits. If you’re wondering whether solar is a feasible option for your business, here are some considerations to help ensure your investment is…

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A Quick Guide to Going Solar

If one of your goals is to save money on your electricity bills and/or lead a more green life, you might consider switching to a renewable energy such as emission-free solar power. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, in the next two years the amount of solar power used in the United States is expected to…

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Save on Your Electric Bill This Summer

With summer heat waves in full swing, homeowners and business owners who rely on conventional power sources to keep cool are likely asking: “How can I reduce my electric bill?” While it takes plenty of power to run an air conditioner, with some parts of the U.S. hitting triple digit temps, we know running heaters during those…

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Commercial Solar Panel Providers

When you start considering something totally new and different for your business, like purchasing commercial solar 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 many…

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Solar Technology Efficiency

When Bell Labs unveiled the world’s first silicon solar cell in 1954, it was estimated that the company’s new invention could turn 6 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity — a concept commonly referred to as efficiency. Fast forward to 1999. After nearly half a century of solar research, the University of New South…

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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need for My Business

In very simple terms, figuring out “how many solar panels do I need” is a matter of dividing how much energy a solar panel can provide by how much your business uses. But you didn’t come here for “simple,” you want a real answer. Okay, let’s dig a little deeper and put some numbers into…

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Home Solar Financing

July 2017 – Solar Technologies, a SunPower Master Dealer and one of the Bay Area’s leaders in solar panel technology, announced today that they’re offering homeowners the chance to go solar at a low financing charge of just 3.99%* with zero down. “If there was ever a time for Bay Area homeowners to consider going…

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Building Your Own Green Home

As the world becomes more aware of how important it is to reduce our collective carbon footprint, so do those who design and build new homes. Architects and homebuilders agree that installing solar panels can have the biggest impact when it comes to significantly reducing or eliminating a building’s carbon footprint. Here are three things to…

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Best Solar Panels

At Solar Technologies friends and family often ask us: “Where can I buy solar panels?” But what they’re really asking is: “How can I buy solar panels and get them installed on my house?” In general, consumers don’t directly buy their own solar panels. Instead, homeowners work with solar installers, such as a certified SunPower dealer, who will provide…

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Energy Efficiency Programs

When it comes to convincing a business’s decision makers and stakeholders that energy efficiency can contribute to a company’s success, the burden of proof may be somewhat daunting. This article by Smart Energy Decisions provides eight helpful steps in using and leveraging utility data to convince decision makers that a sustainability investment can provide a variety…

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solar terms

Solar energy doesn’t have to be confusing or complicated. If you’ve been looking at solar systems for your home, business or school, you’ve probably heard some unfamiliar industry jargon. Fear not the words. We’re here to simplify your solar experience with this A-to-Z glossary, helping you learn more about this source of clean renewable power.…

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Renuable

INFOGRAPHIC If you’ve just started investigating potential sustainable energy solutions, this infographic is a great place to begin. It provides a high-level overview of the types of renewable energy that could be viable for your organization.  Whether you’re motivated by corporate social responsibility, or looking for a way to reduce business electricity costs, commercial renewable…

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Water and Energy: Solar Conserves a Precious Resource

The modern world runs on a partnership between water and energy production. Conventional energy sources use a tremendous amount of water to produce electricity, and — in addition — it takes a lot of energy to make drinkable water. A water shortage can mean a crisis for the energy industry. But the good news is…

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The 3 Types of Onsite Commercial Solar Installations

When you decide to move forward with solar for your business, the placement and type of commercial solar installation are usually determined by the physical characteristics of your site. This video overviews the three typical onsite solar installation methods, including rooftop solar systems, ground-mounted arrays and carport solar panels. It also covers some of the…

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how solar energy works

Our sun is a naturally occurring nuclear reactor. It releases tiny packets of energy called photons, which travel the 93 million miles from the sun to Earth in about eight-and-a-half minutes. Every hour, enough photons impact our planet to theoretically satisfy global energy needs for an entire year. However, solar-generated power currently accounts for just…

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Businesses Can Achieve Their Corporate Sustainability Goals with Solar

Many of America’s biggest and most successful businesses have gone solar to achieve corporate sustainability goals to reduce operating costs and their carbon footprint. The list includes industry giants like Wal-Mart, Target, Apple, IKEA, Macy’s, FedEx, Verizon, General Motors, L’Oreal and others. And every day, more companies, both large and small, are investing in solar…

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solar panels

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…

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Homeowner payment options for solar panels

Home Solar Rates Are Heating Up. At Solar Technologies we offer a variety of solar financing options so that every homeowner can save with solar regardless of their budget or credit history. From solar lease to solar loan, cash purchase to the PACE program we’ll find the right financing solution so you can start saving now. For A…

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Green Building

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

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How Much Energy Does a Solar Panel Produce

Homeowners shopping for solar often ask us: How much energy does a solar panel produce? It’s a good question because it will help you calculate how many solar panels you’ll need to power your home. Depending upon its wattage, a single solar panel only makes enough electricity to power a lightbulb for a few hours,…

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How Solar Panels Work To Produce Solar Energy In Three Steps

For many, the concept of being able to tap into the sun and produce energy that can power their home, business, or automobile is a mysterious phenomenon. Unlocking the power of the sun in just a few simple steps can not only save you thousands on utility bills but also help create a more sustainable…

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Solar Energy Benefits

When you see solar on your neighbor’s roof does it make you want to go solar too? Maybe your neighbor told you his new solar system helped put a big dent in his electric bill, and you’re thinking going solar could be a nice benefit for your family too. But then you think electricity rates…

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Solar Energy

May 2017 – Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel technology, announced today that they can help homeowners and business owners realize significantly more solar energy savings than their competitors. “Our solar panels by SunPower use Maxeon® solar cell technology to make more solar energy from every drop of sunshine. In fact, they’ve been…

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Sustainable Business Practices and Your Bottom Line

When a money-minded publication like Fortune says “Like it or not, sustainability is now the core of your business,” you know a seismic shift in corporate social responsibility is taking place. The fact that some businesses are not yet sure what that looks like for them is irrelevant. The point is, when sustainable business practices…

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Our Solar Panels Work Harder & Last Longer. If you’re deciding to go solar, go all the way. Our solar panels are designed to wake up earlier, work harder, and turn off later in the day. So you can make the most of abundant solar energy and save more for longer. Plug into a solar…

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Do Solar Panels Work in Winter

While the epic East Coast Winter Storm Jonas was dumping feet of snow across New York, Washington, D.C., and beyond last January, an intrepid customer of ours snapped this photo showing two homes with Solar Technology by SunPower solar that were still producing some electricity despite blizzard conditions. Although we were impressed he was willing to…

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Benefits of Solar Energy

While the news has been heavy with reports on the US government’s de-emphasis on the environment, the benefits of solar energy remain unchanged. There may be less top-down pressure on companies to go carbon neutral, but customers and investors increasingly demand a triple bottom line commitment. Climate Change and Business Strategy are Hard to Untangle…

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Green Building

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…

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Solar Energy Sustainability

Solar produces clean energy, but Solar Technologies by SunPower does more. We raise the bar for environmental and social responsibility by thoughtfully considering our products’ entire lifecycle and our interactions with our employees, customers and communities around the world. Today we release our latest sustainability report titled “Powering a Brighter Tomorrow: Our Progress Toward a Circular Economy in…

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Choosing the best solar provider

The quality of the solar installer and equipment you select will directly affect your long-term savings and the solar system’s reliability. Picking the right combination and you’ll be setup for decades of success. Do Your Homework – Make sure you’re getting the best equipment and service from a trusted company. Look for a company with excellent…

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Commercial Solar Panel Warranty

How long do commercial solar panels typically last before requiring maintenance? What measures can be taken to prevent malfunction? Whether your business currently utilizes commercial solar panels or is considering making the switch to solar technology, this article by Solar Power World will give you a helpful rundown on standard solar panel warranty policy. Anticipating…

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GET YOUR SOLAR PANEL LOAN WHILE IT’S HOT.

Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel systems, has announced today a new array of solar panel loan purchasing options for homeowners regardless of their budget or credit history. These include: easy cash purchases, solar leases, PACE (property assessed clean energy), solar loans at competitive rates. “Cash purchases deliver the greatest long-term savings…

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Solar Loan Rates

There has never been a better time for homeowners to go solar and take advantage of amazing solar loan rates. But with solar tax credits set to expire, that opportunity could slip away. Fortunately, Solar Technologies offers an array of purchasing options for homeowners regardless of their budget or credit history. These include: easy cash…

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tax day due blues

Tax Day has been responsible for making grown men weep, corporations crumble, and if evaded, can even land you in prison. Yikes. Make 2017 the year that you save big on taxes by switch to solar! You’ll not only reduce your carbon footprint, increase the value of your home or business, save on monthly utilities bills…

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Commercial Solar Warranty

Warranties are like spare tires: you never think about them until you really, really need them. But in the case of a commercial solar panel warranty, it’s definitely worth your time to dig into the details of what’s covered, for how long, and how likely it is you’ll use it—before making your purchase decision. What…

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So Many Reasons To Go Solar.

With so many solar financial and environmental incentives there never has been a better time to invest in solar panels for your home or business. Financial Incentives  When you switch to Solar most homeowners qualify for a 30% Tax Credit and for business owners this can go up to an impressive 70% back in Solar Tax Incentives. Less money…

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Vote Solar

Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel installations, is proud to support local advocacy to bring solar to the mainstream in California. We’re starting with Vote Solar, an Oakland-based nonprofit that works across the country advocating for solar policies and programs at the state-level. Vote Solar’s mission is to protect and expand solar…

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Five Facts About Sustainable Solar Energy

Last year solar was the No. 1 source of new electricity generation ahead of natural gas and coal, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. In 2016 alone, the U.S. increased its solar (PV) installations by 95 percent, the highest growth rate on record. While it’s exciting to see the growth…

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The Basic Components of a Commercial Solar Panel Installation

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…

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How to Buy Solar Panels: FAQs About Solar Financing

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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solar tax credit extended for homeowners

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…

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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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best solar company

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

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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SOLAR COMPANY

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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