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california drought, worst drought

TweeterDeeter’s Drought Rant

Note: This rant was originally written a few months ago, but we didn’t feel that great and I guess had some hopes the rains would help with the drought.  They didn’t, but there was other encouraging news. The Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) began their CALscape program to reduce water consumption and proposed new rate increases.  More details below. California’s drought has finally gotten personal: I haven’t seen a filled bird bath in...
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Solar PV Prices Have Fallen 80% in 6 Years

Solar PV Module Prices Have Fallen 80% Since 2008, Wind Turbines 29% (via Clean Technica) I know most of you have seen such graphs many times, but I can’t resist sharing another one every once in awhile. And the truth is, a lot of people are completely oblivious to this. Those who follow cleantech news know the strong trend, but the common…
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3 Differences between STC and PTC Ratings You Need to Know

You may have wondered, “Does my 250 watt solar panel actually produce 250 watts?”  Well the answer, technically, is yes. Your panel produces 250 watts, but only under specific conditions.  Solar companies use Standard Test Conditions (STC) to rate their PV products.  The California Energy Commission (CEC), however, rates each product using the Photovoltaic Utility Systems Applications (PVUSA) Test Conditions (PTC) which calculates the wattage...
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Foothill ranch, Lake Forest, Orange County, Commercial solar, installation

Good Credit? Bad Credit? No Problem, You’ll Still Get Climate Credit!

Did you ever think that you could earn credit without having a credit card or even doing anything at all!?  Well, it turns out you can with the climate credit!  Now, you’re probably wondering “what exactly is climate credit and how do I get it?”  The California Climate Program protects consumers from potential rate changes resulting from the Cap & Trade program. But before I get to the good news, let’s rewind to what started it all:...
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New Public Financing Makes Commercial Solar Affordable

A new financing tool is taking off in California.  Now, with nothing out-of pocket, businesses can go solar and still have positive cash flow in year one.  To see if your municipality is participating call 866-299-2565.   Look at this example from our client who just took advantage of this program. GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES FUNDS RECEIVED Federal Government 30% Tax Credit $42,924.00 MARCS Accelerated Depreciation $42,566.30 ADDITIONAL CASH BENEFITS*...
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Breaking News: HERO Saves Local Contractor

HERO Financing is the future of sustainable financing.  It is rapidly expanding in California and soon will expand to other states. The HERO Program (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) is a variation of PACE Financing (Property Assessed Clean Energy).   It uses low interest, long-term loans, which are conveniently repaid alongside the customer's property taxes.  These tools finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for residential...
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President’s Day Solar Infographic

For President's Day we're posting an infographic timeline detailing the history of Presidents and installations of solar on the White House.  Find details about President Carter's installation through President Obama's 2013 installation.       Other Articles You May Like: IOU a TOU Explanation Future Looks Bright For Homeboy Industries What Does the Solar Say?
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solar, csr, microcsr, clean energy, cleantech, conference

CSR + Clean Energy Conference Recap

This is a guest post from Jimmy Nhieu, VP of Project Development at ecoSolargy.  Jimmy was asked to speak at Micro CSR’s event about ecoSolargy’s current CSR efforts and the integration between CSR and Clean Energy.  (Note: CSR = Corporate Social Responsibility) In retrospect, the Micro CSR event hosted in Tucson, Arizona last week was an eye-opener for many people and businesses.  It provided insight to a new movement that is happening rapidly...
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A Day at the Irvine Regional Park

Here’s a scary fact: humanity depends on plants for survival!  Even more terrifying: the plants are at war, and the casualties are becoming catastrophic!  Invasive plant species from other regions are thriving in Southern California because they lack natural predators and have the ability to survive in our sunny climate. This means we’ll have fewer species overall, which are less resistant to extreme weather and red-eared slider turtle attacks....
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what does the fox say, Norwegian, renewable energy, sustainability, pollution

What Does the Solar Say?

Hopefully, you have heard of the Siri trick, "What Does the Fox say?" If you haven't, drop everything and find an iPhone with Siri!  If you can't, we added some of her responses to the bottom.  We had the whole office watch the video and then the parody ideas started flowing.  We came up with this, enjoy!   The original What Does the Fox Say video in all its catchy glory! For those of you, like TweeterDeeter and the Manatee who do not have...
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