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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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Hero financing, no money down, meter

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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ground mount desert

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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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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Solar California

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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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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California Capital Building

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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