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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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ecoSolargy Raising Funds to Donate Solar System to Buena Park Non-Profit

ecoSolargy plans to donate a free solar system to Giving Children Hope in Buena Park to offset its electricity costs.  The company has launched a Giving Children Hope series of solar panels; 50% of profits on the series will be placed in a fund to pay for the Giving Children Hope solar system.  Once the solar system is in place, it will reduce the non-profit’s electricity costs for the next three decades.  Giving Children Hope supports a local...
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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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2013 in the Sunlight (Annual Solar Recap)

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new intern!  Kristina Horensky comes to us from Oberlin College where she is majoring in Environmental Studies and Law & Society.  She’ll be helping us with many things around the office and it might just be time to clean those panels again…   This was Kristina’s first assignment. 2013 was a successful year for solar. Massive, unprecedented increases in solar capacity and residential...
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Grow Your Own Money! (Just Add Solar)

Solar modules can go just about everywhere: satellites, poles, trailers, and most commonly rooftops. The most basic solar installation is the ground mount. As you may have guessed, ground mount systems are solar modules that are secured...to the ground. Now imagine, you’ve just inherited 10 acres of land in the middle of the Mojave!  What will you do with your newly acquired desert paradise? Ten acres isn’t quite enough land to fulfill your lifelong...
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Confused about your Utility Bill? Demand an Explanation!

Commercial electricity bills can be confusing, especially if you don’t know what’s behind your charges.  Well, TweeterDeeter is here to help - it’s time to tackle demand charges! One of the most confusing parts of a bill is demand. I’ve decided to try two routes to explain demand to you.  The first is a technical explanation of what demand is.  The second is a fairy tale explanation of demand that I hope makes this post more fun. Is Your...
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IOU a TOU Explanation

If you’re a California business, your electric bill is about to change in a major way. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) like Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric are applying a new rate schedule to businesses beginning January, 1 2014. Currently, many business owners pay a seasonal flat rate for each kWh used. IOUs set your rate based on your maximum demand over the previous twelve billing cycles and other factors related to your...
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