All posts by Kristie H.

US Continues to Fall Behind In Solar Energy But New Renewable Law in Illinois Will Help

China, Germany and Canada are powering up solar recognizing importing oil is not the future. Where is the United States in this? Dispite numerous wars protecting human rights… mostly in oil producing nations, a disaster in the Gulf of Mexico we have all forgotten about, America is still trending up.

There are a few bright spots in the country but mostly those heros are on the local levels. When you think solar California might come to mind, but New Jersey is coming in second. Wait, o Ya, Illinois just passed a new energy law requiring 25% of their power from solar, wind and other renewables by 2025. Continue reading US Continues to Fall Behind In Solar Energy But New Renewable Law in Illinois Will Help

Sacramento Home Solar Installers, How To Do It Yourself

Especially during these challenging times, more and more people in the Sacramento and Northern California area are installing their own solar systems. Installing solar for your Northern California or Sacramento home isn’t really as hard as most people seem to think. In fact, with proper planning, folks can benefit from their own solar kits. Continue reading Sacramento Home Solar Installers, How To Do It Yourself

California Solar Retailer Expands Portable Solar Product Line

Just in time for spring, Blue Pacific Solar, a Sacramento California-based retailer, has expanded its solar product lines. In support of one of its core business, portable solar power chargers. With new products from a leading USA manufacturer, Blue Pacific Solar is able to better meet the needs of both serious expeditions & campers. Continue reading California Solar Retailer Expands Portable Solar Product Line

Solar Inverters Are Getting Brainier Keeping In Pace With Smart Grid

If solar inverters are considered the “brains” of a solar system, SMA is the Einstein of the group. Inverters in general are key in a solar systems operation, not just because an inverter converts DC electricity (Direct Current (Flows in one Direction)) to AC electricity (Alternating Current (Flows back and forth in both directions)), but because they do much more than that. Technology is demanding that solar inverters become “smarter” when they interact with the household and the grid.

SMA is the largest solar inverter companies in the world and one of the oldest. This Germany based solar inverter manufacturer makes inverters for nearly every application. That’s news enough, but the company is a leader in the industry because they are always challenging new innovation with better products. Continue reading Solar Inverters Are Getting Brainier Keeping In Pace With Smart Grid

Night Falls on California Commercial Solar Incentives, Some Utilities Out

The commercial solar incentives in California have been so popular that the funds are dwindling, and for two utilities, have run out. Solar is one of the few sectors of the American industry that has picked up speed in this desolate economy but good things have to come to an end sometime. Continue reading Night Falls on California Commercial Solar Incentives, Some Utilities Out

California Home Solar Design Considerations, A Few Items To Consider Before You Buy

California homeowners lead the rest of the country in residential solar installation as well as the purchase of do-it-yourself solar kits. Solar systems are not just an environmental decision for homeowners, but maybe more importantly, a cost saving one. There are a few things a homeowner (If you are installing yourself) or your solar contractor should consider when designing a system for your home or cabin.

Shading possibilities, slope and orientation, longevity of the solar panel manufacture and of course costs are some of the more important considerations for solar system design. We will point out a few basic solar application principles wither you live in California or outside the golden state. Continue reading California Home Solar Design Considerations, A Few Items To Consider Before You Buy

Sacramento Solar Company Gets Even Greener With Low Cost Residential Solar Equipment Loans

Sacramento solar leasing just got a little easier for homeowners in California. Blue Pacific Solar and its partner, Suns Up Solar announced this week a new solar lease program for Northern California solar residential installation customers. “Financing smart home solar energy solutions helps our customers to acquire solar and wind equipment. Cheap financing is essential for homeowners to get access to solar energy and which is key to controlling residential energy costs” said Blue Pacific Solar’s President Clifford Boley. “In addition”, Boley goes on to say, “homeowners now have a way of financing the initial cost of solar panel installations which improves their monthly cash flow increasing their ROI over time as energy costs continue to rise. Having access to capital is essential for solar.”

In addition to flexible terms, the solar lease and loans allow homeowners to take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit now available for installing solar power systems, as well as other incentives offered by Sacramento and other California utilities and municipalities. Continue reading Sacramento Solar Company Gets Even Greener With Low Cost Residential Solar Equipment Loans

U.S. Secretary of Interior Puts OK on Helping to Make California The University of Green For The World To Emulate

California Solar News – There’s an old Chinese proverb, “the beating of a butterfly’s wings will cause a hurricane on the other side of the world”. The latest beat, the U.S. Secretary of the interior this week put his OK on the large commercial solar energy installation to be built in San Bernardino County California. Everything is interconnected and the Obama administration is working hard to create good paying local new jobs in America. This project is one of the many pieces it will take to reinvent ourselves.

This 370-megawatt solar array photovoltaic project will put thousands of people to work and supply clean electricity to thousands of homes. Now is the time to fire up small business and create green jobs in America. Hire the thousands of people displaced by the recession and install thousands of solar panels for businesses and homes pouring dollars into local economies. Keep turning California into a green model for the world. Read More – Continue reading U.S. Secretary of Interior Puts OK on Helping to Make California The University of Green For The World To Emulate

Second Gold Rush In Renewable Technology Personal Energy Development Will Rule The World

Sacramento Solar News – Whoever leads the technology in renewable energy for the next generation will earn the future of mankind. The solar, wind and other sustainable power race is heating up and California is in a prime position to put some wood on the ball. (Which is another really good reason to vote NO on prop 23)

Nations and utility companies all over the world are entering the solar panel and solar installation ballgame with subsidies for a very good reason. Solar and renewables technologies can revitalize economies everywhere. Driving solar prices down will benefit everyone, it’s that simple.

The only thing at stake is the future structure of civilization which is dependent on which competing industry wins the race for personal energy. Powering your home, cars, electronics and your life with cheap locally non-fossil fuel produced energy is key for one very good reason.

You can produce your own electricity from locally installed solar and wind energy or you can buy it at high rates from central private power monopolies who will sell it to you for $5 and charge you $100 to deliver it. Read More Continue reading Second Gold Rush In Renewable Technology Personal Energy Development Will Rule The World

Worlds Largest Wind Farm Flips The Switch

The worlds renewable energy possibility are endless when measured against mankind’s needs. Solar energy, wind energy, and Geo thermal energy are already being used on utility scale.

In England the world’s largest offshore wind farm turned on the switch recently. Located in the estuary of the one of England’s major rivers it showcases what the kind of British ingenuity that concord the world.

Wind turbines, solar energy and renewables in all it forms are where the world is heading. Recently we read where California’s big utilities are jumping in with both feet. Its all a good thing. Read More Continue reading Worlds Largest Wind Farm Flips The Switch