From The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 31, 2009, staff writer Onell R. Soto:  “Power to the people. One Block Off the Grid uses community activism to build networks of solar energy systems so homeowners can get volume discounts. ” The renovation, the insulation, and the new kitchen all helped, but Meg Goldfeather couldn’t get her 1926 University…

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From Ecopreneurist, May 28, 2009 Written by Ian Rogoff Ecopreneurist Editor’s Note: The is a guest contribution by Ian Rogoff, Chairman of the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, and Chairman and CEO of The Helio Group (parent company to Helio Energy Solutions). This is the sixth post in a series from the CEO’s of…

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On his tour today of the photovoltaic array at Nellis Air Force Base, President Obama saw first-hand how solar energy is being used to generate clean electricity supplies – including 25% of the base’s total power. Located in Las Vegas, NV, the Nellis Air Force Base solar array generates more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh)…

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By Scott Gordon, Director of Sales, Helio Energy Solutions If there were a most commonly asked question contest in the solar business, this question would win hands down: “How long will it take for my solar system to pay for itself?” (Incidentally the second most asked question is: “I have an XXX square foot house,…

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Environment & Energy Daily, Darren Samuelsohn, reporting:  House Energy Commerce Committee voted 33-25 tonight to pass sweeping legislation that would overhaul U.S. energy and global warming policy. Democrats largely held together in support of the 946-page bill shaped over several months of closed-door negotiations and nearly 40 hours of debate this week. Only one Republican…

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Nearly 200 people showed up in Redlands, Ca last night to hear Southern California Edison (SCE) representative, Javier Burgos, talk about the California Solar Initiative (CSI).  Called Homeowner Solar Information Sessions (HSIS), this SCE educational series about solar has been, according to Burgos, “our most successful outreach effort.” Along with the overview of the CSI…

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Among amendments added to the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) of 2009, H.R. 2454, yesterday is important legislation for the solar power industry.  Yesterday’s votes at the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of global warming and energy legislation included an amendment passed which ”gives states the ability to adopt ‘feed-in tariffs’ for…

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Writer Richard Crume, of Solar Today Magazine, brings us this excellent review of home energy upgrades that pay in their March 2009 issue.  Solar Today is the publication of the American Solar Energy Association. Here is an excerpt, click here for the full article. Are homeowners making good choices when it comes to reducing home…

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Attention contractors and electricians!  You can learn the solar installation business by attending a HelioUniversity hands on training.  Learn how to plan, permit and install solar!     We are holding our monthly class for contractors, “Installing Solar Kits” Saturday May 16th.  This 1 day class will cover performing a pre-site, matching your customer to…

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