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What type of inverter should I install?

What type of inverter should I install? Back in 2013, we wrote an article about how microinverters and DC optimizers were not for everyone. However, that’s not always the case. If you are considering installing solar panels on your home, inverters are a very important part of any solar system. String inverters are cost-effective and…

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Are you getting your Expected Solar Production?

Expected Solar Production Maybe you have a new solar system, or you have an old solar system, or you’ve just adopted a solar system. How do you know if it’s working correctly? In other words, how do you know if your solar system is producing what it’s supposed to be producing and what you paid for? If you…

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2019 is the last year for the 30% federal solar tax credit!

The 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit ramps down this year Solar energy is one of the most popular home upgrades in the market today. Which is why when Congress approved the 2016 federal spending bill, they extended the solar investment tax credit (ITC). However, 2019 will mark the end of the current 30% rate. Beginning…

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Solar Asset Management (and why you need it).

Defining Solar Asset Management Solar Asset Management (AM) is the comprehensive scope of work necessary to ensure that a solar project performs contractually, technically, and financially to provide its expected return on investment. A solar asset manager works on behalf of the solar owner-operator (or investor) to provide the services, activities and judgment required to…

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Homeowner saves almost $100/month on electricity bills

Home energy monitoring can drop the cost of your electricity bill If you want to save money on your electricity bill, it pays to manage the energy hogs in your home, and the first step in managing energy hogs is monitoring energy hogs.  To take control of your energy costs you need to know how…

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Can solar panels damage your roof?

Solar panel roof damage explained Every year many people decide to go solar. But, most home and business owners are concerned that solar panels will damage their roof. Luckily, solar panel roof damage is extremely rare because solar installers take precautionary steps to prevent damage from occurring. Here’s some information you need to know on…

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How does a Kohler Backup Generator work?

How does a Kohler Backup Generator work? In a previous blog, we discussed how people living off grid use energy storage and backup generators. If you live in an area with frequent or disruptive power outages and you have backup battery installed. Then, you already know the extraordinary benefits of installing backup power at your…

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How many solar panels do I need for my home?

How many solar panels do I need? After making the decision to go solar, the next part of the process is to determine the size of your solar panel system. So, “how many solar panels do I need for my home?” Many homeowners want to produce enough energy to eliminate their electric bill. But, to…

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HelioPower Sense Energy Monitor

Sense Energy Monitor We’ve talked about the benefits of various energy saving solutions. However, there is one important fact you need to remember—becoming energy efficient is more than just automating your home with upgrades. Real energy management requires an energy monitoring system. By knowing how much energy your home is using and when it’s using…

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6 Tips to help you stay cool without increasing your electricity bill!

Summer Energy Usage for 2018 Many people think that energy use is higher in winter. But, energy use in the summer is actually similar, or in many locations in the Western US, more than winter energy usage. Last summer, the National Weather Service predicted higher-than-average temperatures in North America with 2018 promising much of the same.…

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How Solar Protection Plans Work

HelioPower’s Solar Protection Plan A solar protection plan is designed to help you manage the cost of unexpected solar repairs and save you money from lost solar production. Despite the different service levels, all our plans are designed to provide year-round peak performance for your system. But, how do you know which plan to pick…

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California Regulators Approve Solar Roof Mandate

Everything you need to know about the Solar Roof Mandate Recently, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a solar roof mandate that requires almost all new residences and major home renovations to include home solar. With the move, California has become the first state in the nation to mandate solar energy installations. The solar roof…

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