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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Developing and selling solar projects? Don’t leave money on the table! Developing and selling solar projects? Getting top-dollar for your commercial solar projects requires a deep understanding of project economics, stakeholder preferences, and the solar project market. In any solar project seeking funding, there are only so many dollars that must be shared among all…

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Electric Power Quality Explained Electric power quality is something largely taken for granted.  We flip on the switch, plug in a device or turn on a piece of manufacturing equipment and we expect it to work. But, when was the last time you took a detailed look at the quality of power supplied by your…

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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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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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Helio Energy Solutions’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…

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The Duck Curve Explained If you’ve heard of the Duck Curve, then you may be aware of the impact that Solar PV is having on California’s electrical grid.  However, if you’re not familiar with the term, you will be soon. Solar PV is a tremendous alternative and sustainable resource for electricity and already produces gigawatts…

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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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First Lutheran Church Solar Launch Ceremony Helio Energy Solutions was recently invited to attend First Lutheran Church’s (FLC) Ribbon Cutting Event as special guests for their solar launch ceremony. First Lutheran Church unveiled their new 70.38 kW DC solar photovoltaic (PV) system located in the city of Vista in Southern California.  The solar system was financed…

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Is your home solar ready? So, you’ve made the decision to go solar. Great! You’re on your way to lowering your  utility bills and improving the environment. Many homeowners are considering putting panels on their home since the cost of solar has decreased and solar technology has become more efficient. But, before you can start…

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Energy Analytics at Wastewater Treatment Plants Moving and processing water in the state of California is energy intensive. Some estimates place energy consumption associated with moving and processing water near 30% of all electrical energy consumption within the state.   The cost of this energy, especially at wastewater treatment plants, is a large part of total…

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Helio Energy Solutions Names New President Helio Energy Solutions, a leader and provider of integrated energy solutions since 2001, announced today that Brad Schmehl, has been appointed President. Brad previously served as Vice President of Integrated Energy Solutions at Helio Energy Solutions. “I could not be more pleased to appoint Brad as Helio Energy Solutions’s …

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