Despite the chill, rainy winds of an economic recession and slow recovery, Murrieta-based solar installer Helio Energy Solutions basked in sunny success over the last four years, company officials said. The privately owned company separated itself from its competition by creating solar panel “kits” to streamline its installation process, and by diversifying beyond just installing…

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By JOHN F. HILL The Press-Enterprise In an effort to boost building activity, Murrieta next week will waive permit fees for homeowners who use local contractors or suppliers for home improvement projects. New decks, pools, heating and air conditioning systems and solar installations are among projects eligible for the deal. Permits must be taken out…

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By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor San Diego–Community HousingWorks (CHW) and Helio Energy Solutions have completed a Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) project at Las Serenas, an affordable housing property in San Diego. Going forward, the 108-unit complex will receive solar energy from the new system, which CHW and Helio Energy Solutions estimate will offset nearly…

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by Susan DeFreitas, June 24th, 2011 In good news for both the cost of living and solar power in San Diego, Community HousingWorks (CHW), a local affordable housingdeveloper, and Helio Energy Solutions have announced the  completion of the first Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Track 2 grant project in California: a solar installation at Las Serenas, a 108-unit affordable housing community. This installation is expected to offset an average 20%…

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Community HousingWorks (CHW) and Helio Energy Solutions hosted a celebration today for the completion of the first multifamily affordable Solar Housing MASH) project to be completed at Las Serenas, an affordable housing community located in San Diego. The 108-unit neighborhood will receive free solar energy from the solar power system and it is estimated that the energy will…

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The 2011 Coachella Valley Energy Summit brought several hundred business owners, valley leaders and public officials together to reflect the current state of renewable energy and sustainability for our local region and around the state. In addition to a slate of speakers, the Summit also offered a number of local and national vendors.   One exhibitor,…

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Energy management systems boost efficiency and distributed energy to new highs, thanks to the financial benefits that bring fast return on investments, government support, and an enhanced relationship to the smart grid. All told, the combination of EMS and demand response could also be the most compelling economic argument for distributed energy. The efficiency of…

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Solar panel prices overreach many homeowners’ budgets, no matter how green they want to be; but recently new companies have eliminated upfront costs, bringing solar power costs down to earth. Homeowners looking to reduce their contribution to global warming or save money on electric bills often consider installing solar panels, especially in North San Diego…

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Choosing a solar installer can seem like guesswork, with new companies appearing on the scene almost as fast as they disappear. Some solar companies have used pressure sales tactics and public ignorance to charge prices well above the industry norm. Molly Sterkel, manager for the state’s rebate program, Ben Airth, residential program manager for the…

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One Block Off the Grid, the San Francisco-based company that creates buyers’ groups to help bring down the cost of solar panels, is kicking off its second Coachella Valley campaign Monday, offering residents the chance to go solar for $5.29 a watt. That’s 20 cents less than the basic price the company offered in the…

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