One of the most important considerations when you are planning your installation is locating your home solar kit to maximize solar exposure. You should start your planing by positioning your solar panels so they are not shaded from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many installers and homeowners alike fail to consider the impact of even negligible shade caused by overhangs, second stories, trees, exhaust vents, power lines and chimneys.
Each solar panel consists of dozens of cells that, when even partially shaded, will result in decreased performance, which is like throwing KWH and money down the drain. Lower performance means more electricity purchased from the utility, and less financial return on your solar investment. For those grid-tied home solar systems that qualify for performance-based incentives, even more revenue is lost with poor performance. Because of the resistance caused by an inactive portion of a series circuit, the impact of shading across a series of cells can be severe. Continue reading Squeeze More Power From Your Grid-tied Home Solar Kit
Solar panels embedded into the blades of wind turbines? It seems the argument of solar power Vs wind energy is merging, or at least the technology is. Solar installers have teamed up with scientists from the University of Liverpool and are developing solar PV on the blades of wind turbines.
Why settle for one form of renewable energy when you can produce power with solar and wind combined? That’s exactly what scientists from the University of Liverpool have done by upgrading an everyday wind turbine with a new set of spinning solar blades. Continue reading Wind Turbines With Spinning Solar Blades, Renewable Technology Picking Up Speed
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
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’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
For about half of America $3.50 per watt is the number where solar installation is competitive with utility electricity, but with many more benefits. In California local building departments have come around a little, bending some from the pressure of groups like the Sierra Club.
However, across America, solar companies and residential and commercial property owners are having to eat the high cost of solar permitting as well as put up with the red tape delays. If this country would standardize local solar installation policies and rules, the benefits to local communities would be huge. Continue reading Are Solar Permit Costs Restricting Residential PV Installations?
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 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
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
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