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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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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ATTN: Southern California Edison customers, rebate dropping soon

By Ron Mulick If you are a SCE (Southern California Edison) residential customer, then you only have a few weeks (or maybe only days), to file an application for the incentive at the present level of $0.65/watt of installed system. It is projected that the rebate will be dropping down to the next level of $0.35 by April 1st. 2012. The rebate at its current rate of 65 cents per watt will yield...

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