November 2013 / 4 posts found

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No Sunshine? No Problem! Solar Power That Works At Night!

Using the sun to support our electrical grid has always had one major issue - the sun only shines about half of the time. Critics of solar energy often point to this fact to justify their position that renewables will never be able to replace fossil fuels. This argument is appealing on its surface: we all know that sunlight and wind are intermittent. But what if the sun didn’t have to be shining for a solar power plant to continue generating power?...
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YPE Mixer Discusses Irvine Smart Grid

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting a Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) event.  YPE is a national group of energy professionals providing social and networking opportunities. There are chapters for most major cities, and the Orange County Chapter is currently being rebooted. You can join their LinkedIn group here. YPE OC met for networking and a presentation on the Irvine Smart Grid project. This Southern California Edison (SCE) demonstration...
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A Day at the Back Bay

As you battle traffic on I-5, it’s easy to forget why you live in Southern California. Since 1970, the population of Orange County has doubled to over 3 million and the “OC” is known as a television show more than it is an actual place. When you look past the rows of luxury cars and palm trees however, you’ll see the natural beauty of Orange County that existed long before civilization arrived. Thankfully, the good people at OC Parks are dedicated...
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ecoSolargy: Now Cleaner and Greener

A lesson I recently learned at work:  when your boss tells you, and only you, to bring your bathing suit to work on Friday, it's not because you missed the ultra-casual Friday memo. And you definitely shouldn’t plan on a fun day at the beach... As a solar provider, we are often asked about solar panel maintenance and cleaning.  Luckily, a solar array requires minimal maintenance.  There are no moving parts and no regular maintenance schedule....
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