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How To Get Your Solar Energy Tax Credit

By p15 | March 10, 2017

There are a lot of good reasons to go solar. Many Bay Area homeowners have a solar system installed to…

Solar Technologies new website


By p15 | February 2, 2017

Solar Technologies, a Bay Area leader in solar panel installations, announced today the launch of their new website, “Our…

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Shop The Logo & Save!

By p15 | December 12, 2016

Solar Technologies is excited to team up with our long-time partner, Think Local First of Santa Cruz to promote the…

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What’s the Best Orientation and Angle to Install My Solar Panels?

By Shannon Hughes | September 20, 2022

If you’re thinking about installing solar panels on your roof, you might be surprised at how many variables can affect the performance of your panels. While various factors can make a roof more or less compatible for solar, other factors have a minimal impact on the overall solar energy production. Two of the main roof…

An Overview Of SunVault Storage: SunPower’s Home Battery Solution

By Shannon Hughes | September 19, 2022

SunPower is well-known for its top-notch solar panels that help you save money on your utility bills and reduce fossil fuels to help the environment. The SunPower SunVault battery storage system adds another layer of savings as well as backup power outage protection when you need it most.  SunVault storage pairs perfectly with your SunPower…

Top 4 Differences Between Microinverters & Power Optimizers

By Shannon Hughes | September 16, 2022

Inverters are an important part of any solar panel system. Your panels convert sunlight into electricity and inverters allow you to use that electricity to power your home or business. If you’re thinking about going solar, it’s important to understand the differences between microinverters and power optimizers. Both options are available for photovoltaic (PV) systems…

Can You Go Off-Grid With SunVault Home Battery Storage?

By Shannon Hughes | September 12, 2022

With an increasing number of power outages across the U.S. and devastating wildfires in California causing blackouts, millions of homeowners were left without power over the past year. According to a report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. electricity customers experienced more than eight hours of power interruptions in 2022, the most…

15 Energy Saving Strategies for Your Home

By Shannon Hughes | September 9, 2022

When it comes to energy efficiency, it’s ideal to do more with less. Energy conservation means using less energy to lower costs and reduce your impact on the environment. This applies to using less electricity, gas or other forms of energy that you pay your utility for. Since our planet has finite energy resources available,…

5 Ways Switching To An Electric Vehicle Can Save You Money

By Shannon Hughes | September 5, 2022

With rising inflation, high gas prices and increasing food prices, many Americans are looking for more ways to save. Transportation is the second largest household expense (after housing) and according to a new KPMG survey, auto executives say more than half car sales in the U.S. will be for electric vehicles by 2030. If you’re…

The Inflation Reduction Act: Everything You Need To Know

By Shannon Hughes | August 31, 2022

President Biden recently signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law on August 16, 2022. The $700 billion bill is the most significant climate change investment to date and can help millions of Americans save money and the environment. With the goal of decreasing the nation’s deficit and bringing down inflation, the IRA also includes…

SunVault Home Battery Warranty Review

By Shannon Hughes | August 24, 2022

Home batteries store the excess energy produced by your solar panels to use at night, on cloudy days or during outages, blackouts and PG&E Planned Power Shutoffs. When you pair a home battery with your solar energy system, you can use more of the solar energy your home generates, lower your overall energy costs and…

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Questions to Ask a Solar Company Before You Sign a Contract

By Shannon Hughes | August 22, 2022

If you’ve done your research and decided to power your home with solar energy, it’s time to set appointments with local solar companies. In short, the process involves evaluating your historic usage and conducting a survey of your home along with any potential obstructions around to give you an estimate detailing how many panels you’ll…

How Does the Degradation Rate of Solar Panels Impact Your Savings Potential?

By Shannon Hughes | August 17, 2022

While the word “degradation” may sound negative, it shouldn’t deter you from saving thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your home solar system. Instead, it’s important to understand what it means and how it can impact your savings. The performance of tech products you purchase, from cell phones to appliances, will degrade over time.…