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What is Solar Asset Management (and Why Do I Need It)?

Solar Operations and Maintenance (O&M) vs Asset Management – Background Many system owners are confused about the differences between Operations and Maintenance ( or Solar O&M) and Solar Asset Management (Solar AM). While there is still debate in the industry about what’s O&M and what’s AM, there are some clear distinctions. O&M is the list of site specific,…

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The Scariest Word We Know

By Derek Girling Solar Energy Consultant, HelioPower There’s a word being batted around with increased frequency these days and it’s making me nervous. The last time it reared its ugly head in this country I had long hair, side burns and wore bell-bottom jeans.  Jerry Brown was the governor of California and Jimmy Carter had…

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In Honor of Oil?

Friday, May 28, 2010. An editorial reprinted from Green Builder Media by Sara Gutterman, CEO & Publisher. To many people, Memorial Day means a hot barbeque, a much welcome three-day weekend, and the beginning of summer vacation. It’s easy to forget the significance of the holiday, which, originally called Decoration Day, is a commemoration of…

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Solar Financing Agreements – The Fine Print

By Derek Girling, HelioPower Solar Energy Consultant The newest, most exciting trend in residential solar today is on the financing side. Leases and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s) make solar available to almost every homeowner. Radio airwaves are thick with companies pitching “No Money Down” or even “Cash Back” offers. A well structured solar financing agreement…

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Solar Lease – New Option to Leverage ARRA Funds

Solar Financing Structure Empowers Tax Disregarded Entities to Reap ARRA and Rebate Benefits   By Steve LoRusso Vice President, Commercial Sales, HelioPower   Nonprofits have seemingly been out of the luck when it came to monetizing the 30% federal cash grant for renewable energy installations provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Tax…

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“The Ravages of Shading,” The Ugly Side of Solar, Part III

By Scott Gordon, HelioPower If you read Part I of the Ugly Side of Solar series, you learned that proper design, product selection, and installation make all the difference in the aesthetics of your solar system and can mean the difference between a good looking system that’s the envy of your friends and neighbors and…

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Schwarzenegger signs two solar bills with new incentives

Governor Schwarzenegger signed two major solar initiatives yesterday, AB 920 and SB 32 which continue California’s drive toward a Million Solar Roofs and create more Incentives to go solar. “Californians have two more reasons to go solar tonight. Governor Schwarzenegger signed two popular Porsche Solar Install in Ontario, CA by HelioPower solar bills designed to…

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HelioPower client makes Lompoc News

HelioPower client, James Price, made local news in Lompoc this weekend.  His ground mount solar power system was on display in the city’s first ever, “Central Coast Solar Tour.”  The tour, part of the national effort to showcase solar power systems, featured four solar power systems in the Lompoc and Santa Maria area. Covering the…

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Solar ROI, the real story

By Scott Gordon, Director of Sales, HelioPower 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, how many…

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Why clean energy is still a good bet

Marc Gunther, Senior Writer at Fortune Magazine, logged today’s media article, “Why clean energy is still a good bet.” Despite falling oil prices and the credit crunch, green technology investors remain bullish. Here is an excerpt from his excellent article, for the full piece click here. Chico, CA retail building installation by HelioPower (Fortune) —…

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