Category Archives: Solar Home & Business Commentary

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

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

California Is One Jumbo Solar Mecca

“California is one jumbo solar mecca, and one big ass state” was all Cliff could say when he walked into the office from delivering a customer’s home solar kit. Northern California Highway 101 is ancient redwoods reaching to the sky, pristine Pacific Ocean shorelines and solar everywhere.

Cliff is one of our solar consultants who yesterday, just got back from delivering a sizeable home solar kit to a customer in the NW corner of California. Now it is not normal for our solar consultants to deliver solar kits themselves, but we have a policy that when a sale is assigned to a solar consultant, he or she takes ownership of the order. That means they are responsible for everything including acting as the safety net for delivering on our companies promises. The delivery driver called in sick, no one else free to make the delivery, the solar associate then becomes the go-to-guy. In this case, it was Cliff. Continue reading California Is One Jumbo Solar Mecca

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

Off-grid Solar Is Sometimes A Cheaper Alternative To Residential Utility Service

Off-grid or stand alone solar kits are giving people worldwide the electricity to light-the-darkness. These off-grid or stand alone systems are not connected to the grid. They can range in size from small portable solar panels to charge a laptop or iPad, one or two solar panel kits designed to power a few LED lights, maybe a pump and DC refrigerator, to systems large enough to power an entire house. Remote places in American as well as American suburban homes are discovering the comfort of off-grid solar, solar emergency backup power and the freedom from worry. Continue reading Off-grid Solar Is Sometimes A Cheaper Alternative To Residential Utility Service

Giant Solar Farm Puts California Native American Tribe At Odds Against U.S. Government

Plans to build a 709-megawatt solar farm in the California desert have hit a snag after a Native American tribe has sued the U.S. government to stop development of the solar project from proceeding Noel Brinkerhoff reports for All Gov. In its lawsuit directed at the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Quechan Tribe claim federal officials rushed through approval of the Imperial Valley Solar Project, which will consist of 28,360 “SunCatcher” dishes spread across 6,360 acres of public land outside of El Centro, California.

The tribe contends the solar farm could damage Quechan cultural artifacts, as well as desert flora and fauna, including the endangered flat-tailed horned lizard that holds a significant place in tribal lore. Continue reading Giant Solar Farm Puts California Native American Tribe At Odds Against U.S. Government

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 Installations Trump A Slow Economy, Green Energy Growing At A Brisk Pace

If patriotism begins with the love and protection of the land that we live on, the water we drink and the air we breath, there is no better example of this than California. Despite economic hardships, California solar installers has once again lead the nation in pv installations. State rebates helped stoke consumer demand for solar panels, and a state law will soon force California’s large utility companies to get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources.

Ambitious energy policies should continue to move forward because they are an essential element in the strategy to recover from the economic crisis. Solar installation, residential and commercial, continues to fuel small business bringing regional jobs and putting money into the local economies. Read more – Continue reading Solar Installations Trump A Slow Economy, Green Energy Growing At A Brisk Pace

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

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