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Very Cool Solar Canopy Using Sanyo Bifacial PV Panels

To much of the solar world this is old news, but it is still new exiting news to most Architects and high end homeowners. It was also exciting to see the technology which was part of a Sanyo continuing solar education credit course we took last week in Sacramento. Sanyo Solar teamed up with Florian Canopies to produce a hybrid solar roof that is truly cutting edge. Continue reading Very Cool Solar Canopy Using Sanyo Bifacial PV Panels

When Home Solar Gets Sexy

When you first put the amp meter on the DC wire run coming off the roof of new solar panels and someone shouts out “there are 340 volts being produced by the panels now”. That is when solar in Sacramento gets sexy.

When our Sacramento solar company’s sales staff first engages a customer about installing home solar panels, they talk about things like feasibility of the site for installation, costs and rebates. All of that is very cool and necessary, but it’s not sexy. Continue reading When Home Solar Gets Sexy

Solar Panels Powering Saudi Arabia? Cheap Electricity Driving Saudis to Photovoltaics

Solar powering Saudi Arabia? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, let it be said, let it be so. As oil supplies decline, Saudi Arabia’s own electrical energy is becoming expensive. By one estimate, it’s as much as 25 cents a kilowatt-hour, at wholesale. Saudi Arabia gets all of its electricity from the oil field. Flared gas provides 45%, heavy fuel oil provides 13%, diesel; 22% and crude provides the remaining 20%. So as oil prices rise, its domestic desalination and electricity costs rise too.

But the kingdom has solar insolation that is the envy of the world. So the Governor of the state power company ECRA (Saudi Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority) is hoping to get state approval for solar incentives to help solar begin to power some of the kingdom’s 50,000 megawatt electricity needs, according to ArabNews. Continue reading Solar Panels Powering Saudi Arabia? Cheap Electricity Driving Saudis to Photovoltaics

The Mystery of Home Solar Installation Revealed

Did you know that home solar technology has been widely available since the 1960’s? Yet in spite of its wide spread use, it is still a mystery to many. We will try and debunk the myths and shed some light on the process to show how easy it is to get into solar.

Solar is a “scalable technology”. That means a solar installation in Sacramento can be adapted to almost any application from a portable solar panel to large scale utility solar installations. Continue reading The Mystery of Home Solar Installation Revealed

California Schools Continue To Roll Out Solar Power Installations

California’s Greenfield Union School District near Bakersfield is installing solar panel arrays on rooftops, in parking structures, and across grounds at 10 of its campuses to create a district-spanning solar system that will produce 2.2 MWp (megawatts at peak sunlight).

Talk about a school that clearly is walking the walk while saving money using solar to increase their cash flow. Now they can teach their students about solar technology, innovation, and smart financial planning all in one while saving precious funds demonstrating example. Well done! Continue reading California Schools Continue To Roll Out Solar Power Installations

Grid-tied or Off-grid, New Prefabricated Ground Mount Solar Panels Makes it Easy

Sacramento Solar News – Not all solar panels have to be mounted on the roof. If you have the space, ground mount solar systems are a popular alternative for grid-tied and off-grid solar. To make the process easy, you can now buy standard designed and prefabricated ground mount solar that is all factory assembled in Northern California.

These prefabricated solar kits are assembled in a shop in California, then driven to the site where they will be placed. The legs of the ground mount solar array are lowered and the delivery trailer is then pulled away from the array making installation a snap. Continue reading Grid-tied or Off-grid, New Prefabricated Ground Mount Solar Panels Makes it Easy

The Art of Solar, Selecting the Right PV System for Your Home or Cabin

The fun part of solar design is helping customers figure out which solar system is right for their situation. To that end, we are going to start a series of basic solar information articles to help families and business owners start thinking about going solar. Once you start to understand some of the basics of solar, it becomes easier to make the switch and start putting more money in your household budget each month. Continue reading The Art of Solar, Selecting the Right PV System for Your Home or Cabin

California Solar Leadership Changes Today, There are Big Shoes to Be Filled

For the last few weeks I have listened to talking heads bloviate while they relish sticking one to the Governminator about his low approval rating. The Governor is getting a bad rap in my opinion and there is little doubt that history will reflect kindly on his tenor in Sacramento. A champion for fiscal responsibility and solar and renewable energy, Arnold has been a knight on a white horse fighting an army of special interest groups. The truth is, Governor Schwarzenegger has been nothing less than a model for progress for the people of California.

What many in the public haven’t seen is that Mr. Schwarzenegger’s enthusiasm for solar and wind clean-energy development, and its prospects for driving economic growth not just in California but in the nation and the world, has connected with audiences at energy-related events. Continue reading California Solar Leadership Changes Today, There are Big Shoes to Be Filled

California Utilities Scramble To Meet Solar Mandate, Sacramento Already There

Driven to move solar, wind and regional clean energy progress forward, California pass a law requiring all utility companies to purchase 20% of their power from solar or other renewable sources by 2013. By 2020 it is 33% solar and other renewable sources. Most California utility companies are scrambling to meet those deadlines, except Sacramento’s municipal utility company.

Already ahead of the curve, Sacramento is already on pace having made a commitment to solar and clean energy years ago. The flip side of being a solar hero, Sacramento will not enjoy the job growth other parts of the state are having as a result of the solar renewable energy law. In Sacramento, the local utility is already so “green” that it has met state requirements to use renewable power sources. Continue reading California Utilities Scramble To Meet Solar Mandate, Sacramento Already There

Sacramento Utility 2011 Budget Paints Bright Picture for Solar

The new Sacramento utility district budget is out and there is something in it for all you solar fans. To start with, SMUD is funding solar incentives to add 13.6 megawatts of new solar capacity in the Sacramento area. This program allows homeowners to contract direct with Sacramento solar installers for the installation of their own grid tied solar electric system. SMUD then offers the home or business owner a rebate based on expected system performance. Continue reading Sacramento Utility 2011 Budget Paints Bright Picture for Solar