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Sacramento Solar Companies Make Acquiring Home Systems Easy

Sacramento solar companies offering solar electric and thermal hot water is making solar easier to acquire and have installed on your home. Increasing household monthly cash flow by offsetting rising energy costs can be your hedge against your shrinking budget. The process is fast, free to get started, and because it is based on the leading solar technology, fool-proof. All you need to do is contact one of Blue Pacific Sacramento solar companies consultants for a free home energy analysis. Go to the right hand column of this page, click on “learn more” and turn your Sacramento home into a sunshine factory making money for you every month. Continue reading Sacramento Solar Companies Make Acquiring Home Systems Easy

Portable Solar Lights Provide Safety in Haiti

Traveling the Haitian countryside before the January earthquake no one would have had to tell me that only 12.5% of the population was connected to public power. Portable solar and solar thermal was about the only way you were going to get electricity and hot water for a shower.

The earthquake leveled the country and created even more hardships for the lovely people of Haiti. Portable solar and solar generators are playing an important role int he countries recovery. With diesel difficult and expensive to come by, solar is coming to the rescue. Continue reading Portable Solar Lights Provide Safety in Haiti

Military Testing Concentrated Solar Technology

The Pentagon has inked a deal with a California solar company to test new concentrated solar at several U.S. locations. It is always fascinating when the Department of Defense takes an aggressive position in support of solar technology. It is this kind of government renewable energy technology development that will make solar as much of our everyday lives as they did with the internet 20 years ago. When you start to understand that solar, wind and energy independence is a matter of national security, it is the right thing to do. Continue reading Military Testing Concentrated Solar Technology

Sacramento Area Homeowners Walking Down The Solar Path

Sacramento California – In Northern California, solar installers have flourished despite obstacles put up by the economy, Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac (See Story PACE solar financing). Tech savvy solar installers are helping homeowners walk through the often confusing minefield of solar financing and permitting using software geared to helping families understand the solar process. Continue reading Sacramento Area Homeowners Walking Down The Solar Path

Home Solar Installation Adventure, PG&E Playing Catch Up With Popularity

In October, we arrived at Jim and Patty Carlson’s house near Sacramento to give them the lowdown on home solar installation technology and costs. We crunched all the numbers, including anticipated costs and payback periods, as well as what could be expected through the installation and interconnection with PG&E. Our proposal alternatives varied based on the different panel types and size of system, but were generally in line with the homeowners solar installation specifications. Continue reading Home Solar Installation Adventure, PG&E Playing Catch Up With Popularity

California Report Says Solar Home Payback Better Than Other Measures

Sacramento – A new report commissioned by the California Solar Energy Industries Association says investing in residential solar will pay back faster than other forms of home improvement investments such as window replacement. With rising energy costs a home can benefit faster by installing solar. Continue reading California Report Says Solar Home Payback Better Than Other Measures

Southwest Utilities Move Closer To Renewable Solar & Wind Energy Generation to the Benefit of Some National Parks

Utilities are usually the poster child for hate relationships when it comes to solar energy. However, having said that, I think these frenemies are warming up to the changes slowing coming over popular society and are jumping on the solar bandwagon, cleaner air and a sustainable future. (It did not go unnoticed that California utilities opted out of the Prop 23 fight.)

Case in point. Southern California Edison has announced plans to sell its share in of the country’s largest coal-fired power plants in New Mexico. Coal fired power plant emissions from the New Mexico plants have affected some of the areas National Park monuments as reported by environmental officials. Southern California Edison has signed contracts to receive a larger part of their electricity from solar and wind farms. Continue reading Southwest Utilities Move Closer To Renewable Solar & Wind Energy Generation to the Benefit of Some National Parks

Efforts to Develop Solar that Is “Cheaper Than Coal” are Stepped Up. Some New Ideas May “Get It Done”

Everyday there is some reminder in the headlines of the perils of an oil-dependent U.S. energy policy. It would be nice to compete on level field with big oil and dirty coal considering the government subsidies and that 40% of the military’s budget is spent on protecting foreign oil fields. If solar and other renewable power products could compete with carbon-based energy sources, it would make a transition to a low-carbon economy relatively easy.

Well some progress is being made in the direction of cheap solar using some high-tech new ideas. Continue reading Efforts to Develop Solar that Is “Cheaper Than Coal” are Stepped Up. Some New Ideas May “Get It Done”

Solar Lights Up The Night Reducing Maternal Mortality in Africa

Solar News – When Dr. Laura Stachel, from Northern California, started working in maternity clinics in Africa, night brought more than just darkness. It brought challenges and terror we can only begin to imagine. Light is something we take for granted in most places. But some parts of the world, light is sometimes more than a luxury. Light can mean the difference of life and death. Sporadic electricity impairs the operation of surgical wards, delivery wards, essential hospital equipment, and hospital communications.

Darkness and lack of communication equipment compromises the ability of health workers to give safe, proper and prompt medical care. That’s when Dr. Stachel decided to take action. Enter the power of solar energy. Read More – Continue reading Solar Lights Up The Night Reducing Maternal Mortality in Africa

Solar, An Energy and Economic Game Changer, Has Strong Global Support, Fastest Growing Energy Market

Players in the solar industry met recently in California at the LA convention center to strut their stuff, show off their solar products and discuss the growing solar market in this country. The U.S. solar electric market grew by over 100 percent this year, exceeding one gigawatt of generating capacity (Details in article). In the solar photovoltaic industry, all segments are having record years. Solar power may reach grid parity in certain markets as early as 2013, according to a June 29 report by Pike Research, a Boulder, Colorado clean-energy consulting firm.

It’s all about invent, manufacture and residential and commercial solar installers and jobs,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently discussed with Politico. “Solar and renewable energy represent everything we need to be focused on and everything this state has been successfully focused on. It’s all about startups. It’s all about capturing that market share and capturing those international resources in the green sector.” Continue reading Solar, An Energy and Economic Game Changer, Has Strong Global Support, Fastest Growing Energy Market