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Home Solar Power, Reuse, and Recycling

How to make an Environmental Impact As many Californians are installing home solar power in order to save money and lessen their environmental impact, they are also looking for additional ways to reduce their environmental footprint. Two great ways to make an additional impact (and save or make some money) come in the areas of…

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Financing Your Solar System – Your Money or Someone Else’s?

Financing Your Solar – Your Money or Someone Else’s Money – Part 1 By Phil DelNegro By now, most homeowners in California have heard the benefits of solar energy and many realize first hand that solar really does work.  Financing your solar panels can be a way to offset the rising cost of energy made available…

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For Whom Does Solar Leasing Make Sense?

In my last article, I may have seemed unwaveringly against solar leasing and ppa’s, but nothing could be further from the truth. Like other financing tools solar leasing has its place in the home improvement industry along with ‘same as cash’ financing, HELOCs (home equity lines of credit), and collateralized seconds. My contention is that solar…

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What Solar Companies Don’t Tell You

What Solar Companies Don’t Tell You Solar leasing has become a popular option for consumers over the last several years with tens of thousands of homeowners responding to ‘$0 down solar’ and ‘free installation’ offers. What’s not to like? It’s free and it saves you money, but have you ever wondered what solar companies don’t…

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Solar PACE Financing for Homeowners by Matt McPherson

PACE Financing stands for Property Accessed Clean Energy. Basically funding energy efficient upgrades to homes and business with loans that are accessed on the county property taxes. In California there are many companies that have used Assembly Bill 811 (AB 811) and Senate Bill 555 (SB 555) to fund and finance energy efficient upgrades to…

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Reading between the lines of California’s Utility Tier Realignment

  Over the last several weeks, California’s investor owned utilities (IOUs) have pitched the CPUC (California Public Utility Commission) on a utility tier realignment plan. Essentially, Southern California Edison (SCE), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) are proposing the following: The number of utility tiers will drop gradually from…

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FAFCO Solar Pool Heating – Part 1

Solar collectors come in many styles and can be employed in numerous applications. The purpose of this article is to differentiate between solar panels used to heat pools and those used to create electricity. While this subject may seem academic to some, I’m often asked if the PV (photovoltaic) system on my home is used…

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Buying out a Solar PPA

Solar PPA buyouts Many current Solar PPA customers (those buying the electricity) are trying to determine two things: When to evaluate a buyout of their Solar PPA, and How to evaluate a buyout their of Solar PPA? “When” is relatively simple, as many Solar PPA’s have similar buyout years and provisions.   The “How” is more…

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Make your home more efficient with Nest

How Nest Saves Me Money on AC costs by Matt McPherson, HelioPower Why I considered Nest A couple months ago I purchased two Nest smart thermostats for my home. My goal was to be able to monitor the settings of my air conditioning when I was on the road. I also wanted to make sure…

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Vanilla Solar is the Order of the Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Vanilla Solar just too plain? Ok, let’s face it, who doesn’t like vanilla? It’s a wonderful base for all kinds of delicious treats. I use vanilla almond milk in my morning smoothie. For many, vanilla ice cream is the perfect complement to a slice of hot apple pie, and if you’re a purest like me,…

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Solar PV Service: Inspection, Maintenance and Repair Services

Solar PV Service and Repairs Have you purchased a solar photovoltaic (PV) system or purchased a home already installed with solar panels but never had solar PV service or repairs? Perhaps you’ve purchased a solar energy system and the company that installed it for you is no longer in business. Or maybe you just need…

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San Bernardino Solar Power HERO Financing

San Bernardino Solar Power HERO Financing HelioPower has been providing San Bernardino solar power since 2001 and now solar power and energy efficiency improvements are about to get a whole lot easier to finance in San Bernardino County and the cities that comprise it. SANBAG (San Bernardino Association of Governments) has approved the HERO energy…

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Marin Clean Energy and Solar Part 2

Marin Clean Energy and Solar Part 2 Following up on my previous Marin Clean Energy blog topic, I did some delving into the PG&E side of the bill.  I have an example that will help us here from an actual MCE customer and solar power producer, let’s call him Customer A.  Let’s look at the…

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