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

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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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. 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?

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

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. 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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Have you thought about driving on sunshine?

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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Interview: Ceci and Wesly Weigh in on the 2020 Mandate for Solar on New Residential Constructions

Cecilia and Wesly Johnson at their booth for Santa Barbara Earth Day celebration.

Ted Adams and Mike Williams from AM1290 interviewed Cecilia Villasenor Johnson (Sun Pacific Solar President) and Wesly Johnson (Sales) about the mandate to have solar on new residential constructions as of 2020, as well as battery backup, off-grid systems and clarified some of …
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