What Does it Mean, to Be Green?

We all hear talk about being “green”.  What does that mean?    Some will say that it means using re-usable shopping bags, some will say it means carpooling or riding their bike to work, and others will say it means installing a renewable power source on their home or business.  They are all correct.  Being green is a state of mind, and it is infectious.  It starts small, like taking the extra...

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What is “Solar Rights” Law or a “Solar Easement”?

The  California Solar Rights Act allows for solar easements for solar energy systems on properties which are not owned by the owner. In other words,  if the appropriate steps are taken,  the solar host airspace above the P.V. system is guaranteed to be free of shade from vegetation growth, increased building heights as a result of: remodeling, and construction of new buildings on adjacent...

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Who are all these solar guys?

Well, you hear these solar guys on the radio, you get knocks on your door, and see them at home shows.  Solar guys (installers and salesmen)…..everywhere.   The reason is that there is a strong, incentivized push from local and Federal Governments to try to “Green Up” the country.  And the solar guys are following the lead. So the industry has cash flow, in the amount of $40 billion annually, in...

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Is your home a good candidate for solar electric?

Most homes are a good candidate for solar electric.  Having enough space for the equipment, and minimal shading, are both key factors for a good candidate.    Virtually every home is solar ready.  The solar electric power that is generated from the solar array enters the house through the existing “main electric service panel”.  Every house has an electric main service panel.  This is where the...

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Smart Meters…Friend or Foe?

Most of the electric utility companies across the United States are replacing their old analog electric meters with new digital electric meters, commonly called “Smart Meters”. An analog meter is the glass meter thing on your electric panel that has the little wheel that goes round and round as you use electrical power.  If you look closer, you will see three or four little “clock” looking dials...

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Leasing a solar electric system, what can I expect?

Solar leasing has exploded onto the scene and has quickly become the finance method of choice for residential solar electric systems all across the US. Simply put, the solar lease provides the benefit of a lower electric bill with little or no up-front cost to the consumer, and when executed properly the lease payment should always be less than what the solar electric system offsets on your...

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