Category Archives for "The Latest Solar Energy Information"

Jul 16

California PGE Rolling Blackouts: What you Need to Know

By Tim Henderson

In 2018, historic wildfires ravaged California. The Camp Fire destroyed the city of Paradise. It also caused an unprecedented 85 deaths and a widespread power outage. Investigators found that equipment owned by California utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) (faulty equipment along the Caribou-Palermo electric transmission line) likely started the blaze. The admission generated […]

May 14

4 Things to Know About the Federal Solar Tax Credit in 2019

By Tim Henderson

The federal solar tax credit: it’s been a critical part of renewable energy access for U.S. households for years. Approved as a part of the 2016 federal spending bill, the solar panel tax credit extension took the existing solar tax credit and extended it for five years. This effort made solar power more affordable for […]

Apr 15

The PG&E Rate Increase of 2019: What you Need to Know

By Tim Henderson

On December 13, 2018, California utility giant PG&E submitted its 2020 General Rate Case (GRC) to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This far-reaching GRC proposal has several stated goals: to support wildfire prevention, risk monitoring, and response efforts, to add stringent new safety measures (including vegetation management) and to increase resilience to further wildfire […]

Mar 23

How Does Solar Energy Work? A Step by Step Guide

By Tim Henderson

More California homeowners than ever are taking advantage of the tax credits and positive environmental impact offered by solar panel installation. In fact, California is No. 1 in U.S. solar energy capacity. According to data from the California Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), more than 3.7 million homes can be powered by the solar energy produced […]

Oct 06

7 Top Benefits of Commercial Battery Backup Systems

By Tim Henderson

Today, commercial buildings and businesses need to focus on energy security above virtually all else. With weather patterns becoming more drastic and unpredictable all the time, and the risk of outages increasing, it’s critical for businesses to understand what they can do to protect themselves and their customers from disruptions and intermittency. In a world […]

Aug 21

5 Things You Can do About Pigeons Under Your Solar Panels

By Tim Henderson

If there’s one thing we all know about birds, it’s that they poop. There’s no way around it. While this might not seem like a big deal in everyday life, it can wreak havoc on your solar panels. While a passing bird or two won’t damage your PV system in the long-run, pigeons nesting under […]

Aug 16

Can You Install Solar Panels on a Metal Roof? What You Need to Know

By Tim Henderson

Can you install solar panels on a metal roof? The answer is a resounding yes. In the world of solar installation, metal roofs have many benefits. In addition to being light, durable, and fire-resistant, they’re also some of the best roofs for solar panels. Because they’re easy to work on, eco-friendly, and fully recyclable, metal […]

Jul 10

Is it Worth Installing Solar Panels in 2018? Here’s What You Should Know

By Tim Henderson

Some homeowners were surprised by the U.S. election results of November 2016, and the American public has seen many policy changes in light of the governmental shift. One big question that’s looming on the horizon, here in Santa Cruz and across the country, is how the administration is affecting alternative energy, specifically the solar industry. […]

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