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The 2020 Solar Mandate Broken Down

the 2020 solar mandate broken down
The announcement of the 2020 solar mandate made quite a buzz and by now, most everyone has heard of it. The mandate will require all new construction and buildings undergoing additions and alterations in the state of California to have solar starting this year. It applies to all single and multifamily dwellings, three stories or …
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The SGIP (Self-Generation Incentive Program) Explained

A whole house residential battery backup system qualifying for SGIP.
One of our whole house residential battery backup systems. How much is the SGIP rebate and how does it work? The Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) rebate is a tiered rebate applicable to grid-tied battery storage installations. To incentivize backup power solutions and reduce peak load demand on the grid, the state of California launched the SGIP program. …
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The SkyBox: a solar battery game changer

OutBack SkyBox inverter with balance of systems and backup power.
Earlier this year, OutBack Power launched the SkyBox, a game changer for the solar industry. The SkyBox has many unique features and most in the solar industry can agree it’s one of the most exciting technology developments in some time. Here’s why. SkyBox Features First, the SkyBox is both an inverter and a charge controller, making it the …
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Should I Install Battery Backup For My Home?

A home battery backup system neatly installed in the corner of a garage on the Santa Barbara Riviera.
A home battery backup system neatly installed in the corner of a garage on the Santa Barbara Riviera. Did you know that by law solar systems must shut down during a power outage? Here’s why. Grid-tied solar systems are constantly back feeding energy to the grid and therefore require a rapid shut down switch for emergency situations. …
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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

100% renewable 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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