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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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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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 Energy Investments: 2019 will be the last year to maximize financial returns Solar projects will become more expensive beginning January 1, 2020, when the Federal government reduces the generous 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC).  Whether you’re a business owner or a project investor, you’ll want to start the project development process now to take…

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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 to make an Environmental Impact As many Californians are installing home solar power in order to save money and lessen their environmental impact, they are also looking for additional ways to reduce their environmental footprint. Two great ways to make an additional impact (and save or make some money) come in the areas of…

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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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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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HelioPower’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 to pick…

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