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Posts by Jonah Liebes

HelioKids: Basics of Electricity and Matter

Understanding Basic Electricity In this month’s class, the kids learned basic electricity (basics of matter and electricity). They also, experimented connecting series and parallel circuits to understand the effects of each configuration. With this fundamental knowledge of electrical systems as a foundation, the HelioKids learned to perform calculations of voltage and current, seeing how lights…

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Heliokids: Introduction to Kinetic Energy

An Introduction to Kinetic Energy  It’s that time again! The HelioKids GATE workshop is back in session! If you’re not familiar with our HelioKids program, it is a sponsorship by HelioPower to teach kids the basics of energy, solar power, and electricity from industry experts. For an entire class period, one of our HelioPower representatives…

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TOP 5 Causes of Home Electrical Fires

Home Electrical Fires Home electrical fires are one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. In 2014, the U.S. Fire Administration reports that there were nearly 24,000 residential electrical fires. Someone died in 11% of those fires. Sadly, many of these tragedies could have been avoided with some forethought to minimize…

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Increase Solar Generation with SolarEdge

Have an Old Solar Inverter? Increase Solar Generation by upgrading to SolarEdge! Many early adopters installed solar panels back when the technology was in its infancy. Back then, the only option was to use what’s called a ‘string inverter’ and, at the time, they were the best thing going. Now, we have a great way…

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HelioKids: Solar Energy Blender and End of the Year Party!

HelioKids: Solar Energy Blender During the 2016-17 school year, I had the pleasure of teaching an elementary school GATE program in Fallbrook, CA about solar energy.We covered some really cool topics like: how to make an electromagnetic train, how to make a solar cooker, how to make a solar water heater, and what is this…

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Photovoltaic Application: HelioKids Safari

Photovoltaic Application: HelioKids Safari I like kids. Kids are inquisitive, full of fun, and soak up knowledge any way they can. Since the beginning of the academic year I have been facilitating a GATE class at my boys’ school in Fallbrook, California. The goals for the class were to make leaning about energy fun and…

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How to Round Trip Energy Cost with PredictEnergy®

Round Trip Energy Costs with PredictEnergy® Are you planning an energy efficiency or facility improvement project in an effort to reduce your electric bill? If so, how will you know if the project turns out to be successful? What will you measure before and after project implementation to accurately represent the value of the project and calculate the internal rate…

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The 4-Step Solar Recommissioning Process That Protects Our Clients from Energy Losses

Solar Recommissioning Protects our Clients from Energy Losses Solar electric facilities make great investments, but only if properly maintained for performance and safety. Annual solar recommissioning (PV-RCx) is fundamental to high performance commercial solar systems. Our team of engineers and technicians specialize in recommissioning systems that have been poorly maintained or are under performing because…

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Stopping PV Installations

Stopping PV Installations For this week, Jonah Liebes writes about certain people’s attempts at stopping PV installations. ATTENTION: This is not a test. This is an actual emergency. There are people in this world who want to stop PV installations. These are the same people that claim your cell phone is giving you brain cancer and…

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Top 7 Reasons Why I Hate Solar!

Top 7 Reasons I Hate Solar! After working at HelioPower for the past 13 years, I’ve come to realize…I hate solar.  I’ve heard a lot about how great solar energy is for consumers, the economy and the planet. Blah, Blah, Blah. Solar is awesome, saving money is good, pollution is bad- it’s like a mantra around here…

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Solar O and M Tech

What is Solar Asset Management (and Why Do I Need It)?

Solar Operations and Maintenance (O&M) vs Asset Management – Background Many system owners are confused about the differences between Operations and Maintenance ( or Solar O&M) and Solar Asset Management (Solar AM). While there is still debate in the industry about what’s O&M and what’s AM, there are some clear distinctions. O&M is the list of site specific,…

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Driving Solar – PHEV running costs

Driving Solar   Background In January, after a 5 year run in a hand-me-down Volvo, I bought my first brand new car- a 2016 Chevrolet Volt. The Volt is what’s known as a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) which operates a lot like a hybrid gas/electric vehicle such as the Toyota Prius. And, when you generate…

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