The term off grid has many meanings, for some people, going off-grid may mean to be disconnected from their utility company, while others may think they must disconnect from all utilities and live a self-sufficient lifestyle. But, what does it really mean to go off grid? Here’s our explanation of going off grid. Grid-Tied vs.…

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Are You Stuck in a Bad PPA? Electricity inflation has been low and is forecast to fall through 2022 Are you unhappy with your existing solar installation?  You’re not alone.  We get calls every week from solar power users who report their solar is too expensive.  Others complain about underperformance and the cost or complexity…

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Solar Assets for Sale Since 2001, HelioPower and its affiliates have developed, financed, built, managed and owned solar assets. We buy systems for our own account, and we buy systems and manage them on behalf of others.  We are currently working with a large investment group to acquire operating North American solar residential and commercial/industrial…

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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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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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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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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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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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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? 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? 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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