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Why doesn’t solar work during a power outage?

Why power outages shut down solar systems during outages
One of the biggest misconceptions we hear most often is that a home with a grid-tied solar system (without battery backup) will continue having power during a utility power outage. This stems from a misunderstanding of how grid-tied installations work. Although both a grid-tied system and an array with battery backup utilize power generated by their …
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100% Renewable Islands Paving the Way Forward

Island with solar panels
Photo courtesy of the International Renewable Energy Agency. While most countries still have some work to do to become 100% green energy reliant, some islands around the world have taken the leap and achieved this goal. From Iceland to Turkey, and Portugal to the South Pacific, these “green” islands dot the globe. Many have reached their …
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Solar Trackers vs. Traditional Solar

A dual axis solar tracker system
  A dual axis solar tracker system. Image courtesy of Aurora Energy. With advances in solar technology, “solar tracker” has become a buzz word in the industry and we’ve been getting questions about the feasibility of these systems. We thought we’d address the subject at length below. Pros & Cons of Solar Tracking To date, most solar tracking installations …
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Women in the Solar Industry

Sun Pacific Solar CEO Cecilia Villaseñor Johnson addressing the crowd at the Pacific Coast Business Times Latino Business Awards ceremony (left), and with Patricia Bragg (right) of Bragg Farms, a nationally successful woman owned business that is locally based, where SPSE installed solar.
Sun Pacific Solar CEO Cecilia Villaseñor Johnson addressing the crowd at the Pacific Coast Business Times Latino Business Awards ceremony (left), and with Patricia Bragg (right), owner of the locally based Bragg Farms where SPSE installed solar.   At the March 2019 SunPower conference, we were pleased to attend the second annual Women in Solar Breakfast where …
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Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

HBO documentary Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution poster
We recently re-watched the 2017 HBO documentary Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution and thought we would share it. Though it’s a few years old, it still has a lot of pertinent information about the solar industry, specifically how it relates to utility companies. James Redford travels around the country exploring solar innovations and politics across various …
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The 6 Best Battery Storage Manufacturers

A residential battery backup system for critical loads only.

A residential battery backup system for critical loads only.

So you’re considering investing in a battery backup system. The first thing you need to decide is how you want to use them. Will your batteries kick in for emergencies only, or will you use them daily to off-set peak usage charges? Do you want to back …
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Our Top 2 Generator Recommendations

When considering what kind of generator to invest in, factors such as capacity, price, and efficiency come into play. But have you taken into account the type of fuel it requires (as well as its availability and how much it consumes), maintenance needs, noise output, and warranty?

These may not be the first things that come …
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Have you thought about driving on sunshine?

A happy customer with her new Electric Vehicle.

A happy customer with her new solar powered Electric Vehicle.

Fall is the time of year car manufacturers release new models, including Electric Vehicle models. Have you thought about driving on sunshine?

Adding an Electric Vehicle charger to your solar home should be done by a licensed electrician and requires a little planning. One of the first …
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The 5 Best Inverters On The Market

Some of the SMA SunnyBoy inverters for a 101.43kW system in Summerland, California.

There are a myriad of inverter manufacturers and we have learned from experience which are reliable and durable. There are different inverters that are best suited for different applications i.e. smaller/larger installations, off-grid/micro-grid systems, simple vs complex roof angles, space availability, sun exposure/shading …
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