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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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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Wall Street Journal reporting April 24, 2009…Defying a global trend of weak solar demand, owners of homes and businesses in California installed a record 78 megawatts of solar panels in the first quarter of 2009, the California Public Utilities Commission said Friday. While solar-panel prices have fallen 25% or more, on average, due to a…

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AB 811 gives cities and counties authority to create benefit assessment districts in which property owners can decide to “finance” energy upgrades. The intent of the Legislature is that AB 811 should be used to finance the installation of distributed generation renewable energy sources or energy efficiency improvements that are permanently fixed to residential, commercial,…

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) outlined this week the key policies that President-elect Obama and the Congressional leadership must address to expand the use of solar energy and help put over 1 million Americans back to work by 2011.   SEIA released “Solar Energy: A Blueprint for Job Creation and Economic Security,” which recommends that the new…

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Fast Company Magazine writer and author of Geography of Hope, a global survey of sustainable technology, Chris Turner logged an excellent review of the solar industry.  Entitled, “The Solar Industry Gains Ground – And Goes Global” you can find the full story online.   Here is an excerpt: To get a sense of just how bright and sunshiny…

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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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HelioEMS and HelioPower join forces to bring energy savings to California customers during Solar Power International 08 Show In concert with the solar industry’s biggest U.S. event, Solar Power International 08, HelioEMS, Energy Management Solutions, and HelioPower have announced a joint promotion to assist California customers. The promotion, which runs through the end of the…

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