A Healthy Dose Of Sunlight

How much sunlight is healthy? As a kid growing up in Hermosa Beach, California, I really loved summer. I’d spend every waking hour at the beach with friends, surfing or just kicking it on the warm sand. We worshipped summer. When the sun was shining, we were happy. [caption id="attachment_3551" align="alignleft" width="300"] Woman Meditating[/caption] It…
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Central Coast Solar Energy Report 2016

Since 1975, Solarponics has been installing renewable energy systems on the central coast with over 5,000 systems installed to date. We took a look at the current state of the solar PV market city by city. This is what we found. Paso Robles leads the county with the greatest number of solar installs. San Miguel…
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Net Zero: What Does It Mean And How Is It Achieved?

Full article pdf with sources included There are many sources that define net zero differently, such as The International Living Future Institute, The Department of Energy, or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. For our purposes, we’ll accept the Wikipedia definition, since it allows for Wikipedia editors to update and revise the definition, creating a common,…
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NEM to Expire in June, 2016. What Does This Mean?

UTILITY'S PROPOSE NEM 2.0, GOOD FOR THEM, BAD FOR ROOFTOP SOLAR. Net energy metering, or "NEM", is a special billing arrangement that provides credit to customers with solar PV systems for the full retail value of the electricity their system generates. Under NEM, the customer's electric meter keeps track of how much electricity is consumed…
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Smoke Damage to Solar Panels

Solar Panel design and Firefighter Safety. Firefighter safety has been addressed by several organizations, resulting in guidelines to safely address a fire involving solar products. Additionally, our building codes now include provisions intended to address firefighter safety, such as minimum setback areas to provide space on the roof for walking around solar products, clear safety…
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