September 2013 / 9 posts found

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Top Tip: Don’t Water Your Solar Garden

If you’ve made it to our blog, you’re probably familiar with the benefits of going solar: lower electricity bills, zero-emissions power generation, and minimal fossil fuel dependence, to name a few. You want to plaster your residence with solar panels, there’s only one issue - you live in an apartment. Or you’re in a home, but the roof is north-facing. Or cutting down your shade trees to install solar strikes you as counterintuitive (it is)....
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Virtual Net Metering: The Final Frontier

"It's like net metering, but virtual" says OC Blogger [Danny the (Solar) Manatee]. In last week's post, we discussed some great solar legislation currently awaiting the governor's signature.  While discussing SB 43 #CommunitySolarBill, we mentioned the CPUC's Virtual Net Metering (VNM).  California's VNM laid the groundwork for SB 43’s passage.  With VNM, tenants receive net energy metering credits for solar energy systems that aren’t physically...
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The Dharmastala Integrated Energy Centre

This post was originally posted on S3IDF’s blog.  The original article can be found here.   We would like to highlight the work of S3IDF because we greatly believe in the social benefit that solar can have.  S3IDF demonstrates in the real-world and through innovative financing how solar can help others.  S3IDF reduces poverty in developing countries by supporting small-scale enterprises that meet basic infrastructure needs and provide opportunities...
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CA Legislative Roundup: Victories for Solar, Failures for Metaphors

NOTE: As of October 8, 2013, the below bills have all been signed into law by Governor Brown.  Most of the bills still need to be regulated by the CPUC in order to be available for the market. Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I can’t tell you how crazy these past few weeks have been with recent legislation up in Sacramento.  Well, I could...but it’s pretty scary. And this blog is supposed to entertain, not frighten.  (Wait for our Halloween posts!) Okay fine,...
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A Day on the Farm

Summer is drawing to a close. Kids are returning to school, beach crowds are thinning, and manatees are migrating back to the Florida coast (don’t worry, this manatee is staying in sunny SoCal). For farmers, however, the end of summer signifies the start of their major harvest. Farming has evolved rapidly over the past 150 years from small, individually-owned plots to the vast factory farms we know today. Work that used to take weeks now takes days...
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Ready, Set, Low-Flow!

Go green! Be eco-friendly! Buy environmentally-conscious, natural, recycled, organic, free-trade everythings! We hear these buzzwords daily but, as Kermit taught us, it’s not always easy “being green”. The fact is, we live in a world filled with disposable cell phones, styrofoam-housed fast food, and energy-hungry air conditioning. And to be totally honest, we kinda like it that way. Why, Convenience and Comfort are two of America’s founding...
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Can Solar Help Prevent Crime?

A couple weeks back, I was at a government contracting meeting at the Los Angeles City Hall.  Due to lovely LA traffic and scheduling, I didn’t have time for lunch #ABitPeckish.  Fearing I would have to sit through a 3-hour meeting without sustenance, I heard wonderful news of a diner downstairs.  I rushed down and found Homeboy Diner!  It was a savior to my stomach and to the others attendees #HungryDeeterIsAViolentDeeter!  I thought the name...
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Chilling Out with Solar

Solar panels are super cool, and I don’t mean fashionable (although they can be that too). I’m talking about their impact on rooftop temperatures! A new study by the University of California San Diego looked into the shading effects of rooftop solar panels. The energy-saving effects of shade trees or using reflective materials on rooftops is well documented. A US Forest Service study found that adding just three shade trees outside of a building...
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Happy Labor Day from ecoSolargy!

Hey Everyone, Danny the (Solar) Manatee and I wanted to wish you all a Happy Labor Day!  I'll be flying down for a lovely weekend in San Diego, and the Manatee will be slumbering around Huntington Harbor.  :)  Have a great day and get ready for our post tomorrow!
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