Posts by Jonah Liebes

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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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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