How do I keep my solar system running well?

How do I keep my solar system running well? In my last post, I answered a question I often hear from solar system owners – “Is my solar system working?” In this post, I’d like to discuss ways to keep your investment reliably delivering those valuable financial and environmental benefits. Specifically: “How do I keep…

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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

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 tell you? Solar leasing sales pitches…

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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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Solar Developer Project Pricing

Solar Project Developers and EPCs take note: this is a great year to sell your solar projects, and Helio Micro Utility can maximize your solar developer project pricing.  Helio mU is the developer’s partner in marketing solar projects to the investor community, providing tailored development and placement services to ensure the most fitting project investors compete for your projects.  Our…

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Is My Solar System Working?

Is My Solar System Working? So…you’ve made the decision and committed your money to going solar. Congratulations on making a great choice and taking control of how you get your electricity. Now comes the important part – “Is my solar system working?” A broken solar electric system is a new and definitely not improved way to waste…

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HelioPower Solar Named a Top Workplace in the Inland Empire

HelioPower, Inc., an integrated energy solutions and solar provider based in Murrieta, CA was honored by Press Enterprise and the Top Workplace program as one of the Top 20 Workplaces in all categories and the Number One Top Workplace for Energy Companies for the Inland Empire (Riverside County and San Bernardino County) in Southern California. The Top…

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HelioPower Solar Named a Top Workplace in the Inland Empire

Murrieta, CA (PRWEB) January 06, 2015   HelioPower, Inc., an integrated energy solutions and solar provider based in Murrieta, CA was honored by Press Enterprise and the Top Workplace program as one of the Top 20 Workplaces in all categories and the Number One Top Workplace for Energy Companies for the Inland Empire (Riverside County and San…

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Increase Solar Generation with SolarEdge

Have an Old Solar Inverter? Increase Solar Generation by upgrading to SolarEdge! If you’re like me, you probably installed your solar system back during a time when it wasn’t so hip to go solar. As a result, you likely have an old style ‘string’ inverter. What does this mean? Remember those old style Christmas lights…

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Buying out a Solar PPA

By Nick Weber 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 Solar PPA? “When” is relatively simple, as many Solar PPA’s have similar buyout years and provisions.   The “How” is more complicated,…

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