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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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solar-test-cell

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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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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Honduras Service Project (1)

A Day in Honduras

Overcoming poverty is incredibly difficult, but most experts agree that education is essential. Imagine for a moment you’re among the hundreds of millions in the third world who need corrective lenses, but can’t afford them. Your journey towards education and a better life is halted before it can begin... Our recent posts have explored ecoSolargy’s newly implemented CSR program. A vital aspect of the program is volunteering in our community....
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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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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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Yann Brant, Solar Wakeup, White House Solar

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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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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