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Developing and selling solar projects?

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

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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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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What is the Duck Curve?

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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How will the summer affect your solar panel efficiency?

Summer Solar Performance It’s never too early to celebrate the fact that summer is on the way. Whether it’s an island vacation or the long break from school, or whether the summer could be good for your health. Everyone has something to look forward to, especially for solar system owners. As we kick back to enjoy…

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How Will The New Solar Tariff Impact Residential Solar?

Solar Tariff decision has been approved Earlier this week, the Trump Administration announced the approval of the U.S International Trade Commission’s (ITC) recommendation to impose a 30% solar tariff on imported solar panels. The tariff’s goal was to boost U.S manufacturing and level the playing field with Asian manufacturers. The ITC determined that imported solar…

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Solar Tax Cut

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 amounts to a generous solar tax cut, and dramatically improves the market and economics for commercial-scale project developers, EPCs, customers, and many financiers. Indeed, the tax incentives are so compelling that I’ll just refer to it here as the Solar Tax Cut.  But change can hurt,…

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TOP 5 Causes of Home Electrical Fires

Home Electrical Fires Home electrical fires are one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. In 2014, the U.S. Fire Administration reports that there were nearly 24,000 residential electrical fires. Someone died in 11% of those fires. Sadly, many of these tragedies could have been avoided with some forethought to minimize…

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Advanced uses of energy for wastewater treatment facilities

Wastewater Treatment Facilities Energy Program On March 28-29 in 2012, HelioPower participated in the Energy Roadmap Summit workshops in Raleigh, N.C. The Water Environment Federation (WEF). The summit brought together nearly 40 water and energy professionals with experience in designing, implementing, and operating energy projects at wastewater treatment The summit’s goal was to promote wastewater energy reduction…

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Solar production ruined by solar eclipse

Sharp solar production loss from the solar eclipse Well, the solar eclipse didn’t exactly ruin solar production, but it certainly has been a hot topic in recent days. Last Friday, we answered the question: How will the solar eclipse affect solar power? Although the country did not anticipate any eclipse-related blackouts, more than 100 million…

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How will the solar eclipse affect your solar power system?

Solar Eclipse vs. Solar Power On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse is due to sweep across a large swath of the United States. For about 2 minutes, the moon will completely block the Sun across a 70-mile wide path from Oregon to South Carolina, turning day into an ominous, dark twilight. In the…

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Energy Analytics Explained: What is PredictEnergy®?

Energy Analytics Explained Most people think that energy information, such as your current power draw or how much energy you use, is all there is to energy analytics. Not quite…   Useful energy analytics combine energy data with non-energy context information  (such as costs, production metrics, tariff, date and time, weather, etc) to provide you with…

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