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August 2019

Insight From Our Intern on Solar and Sustainability

By |2019-08-22T15:37:53-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Community, Solar|Tags: , , |

Insight From Our Intern on Solar and Sustainability I never could have imagined learning as much as I did in my time interning at Sustainable Energy Group. Not only did I learn about solar, the renewable energy industry and the energy grid, I had the privilege of working alongside inspiring and insightful people, who all [...]

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Microbes Instead of Chemicals for a Greener Lawn

By |2019-08-29T19:31:46-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Community, Sustainable Living|Tags: , , , |

By Keisha Wheeler, co-owner of Catalyst Bioamendments and Soil Foodweb Consultant in Nevada City, CA.  Microbes Instead of Chemicals for a Greener Lawn We all love a thick green carpet of grass under foot. For being the #1 most grown crop in North America, lawns have gotten a really bad reputation.  Many homeowners feel the only [...]

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Power Outages Part 3

By |2019-09-11T17:08:27-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Community, Power Backups - Batteries, Solar|Tags: , , , , , |

POWER OUTAGES - Part 3 Solar with Battery Backup Vs Generator, Advantages & Disadvantages    There are all kinds of options to serve your backup power needs in the event of a power outage. They can serve either a portion of your electrical circuits through a subpanel as covered in a previous article, or your entire building.  We’ll [...]

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July 2019

Power Outages Part 2

By |2019-08-23T17:20:19-07:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Community, Power Backups - Batteries, Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

POWER OUTAGES  – PART 2 – PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS How much would a generator cost? How much would batteries cost? There are plenty of online tools and other resources available to give you relatively quick answers, but are they the right answers? Backup power systems can run from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, [...]

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California’s Quantum Leap in Building Standards

By |2019-09-16T14:30:44-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: California, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , |

California’s Quantum Leap in Building Standards Last May, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced a ground-breaking update to the state’s building energy efficiency standards. Starting January 1, 2020, all new buildings in California must have solar. The standards (according to Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards) also contain a number of energy efficiency [...]

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Natural Backyard Dwellings

By |2019-07-25T11:06:47-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Community, Energy Efficiency, Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By Neil Decker, co-founder of Starseed Creative and natural builder, specializing in Hempcrete structures that instill a sense of magic, belonging, and self. Have you ever imagined adding a small dwelling to your property? One that could be healthy, energy efficient, fire-resistant, and serve your family or community? Natural building is a healthy construction method [...]

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Q and A With President and Founder, Ray Darby

By |2019-07-31T10:31:42-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: California, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Q and A With Ray This Q & A pertains to California's Quantum Leap in Building Standards. The questions answered here come from inquiries into concepts, technologies and standard specific rhetoric found in our article on California's rooftop solar mandate. What are heat pump water heaters? A heat pump water heater is an electric household water [...]

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June 2019

Power Outages

By |2019-08-23T17:20:05-07:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Community, Power Backups - Batteries, Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , |

POWER OUTAGES  – PART 1 WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS? Ever since PG&E announced they may be shutting off power for two days or more during extreme weather events, we’ve been getting lots of calls and emails asking about batteries and generators. “How much will it cost to add batteries to my solar system? How much [...]

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Renata Langis

By |2019-06-26T16:00:29-07:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Community|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Congratulations to Renata Langis! Renata is pursuing a master’s degree in Urban Planning from University of California at Irvine. Unfortunately, this new beginning means the end of Renata’s active engagement in the local community and her nine months at the Sustainable Energy Group. While working with us, Renata was responsible for graphic design, newsletter publication, event planning, [...]

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An Affordable Cooling Alternative

By |2019-06-20T13:37:30-07:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Affordable Ways to Cool Your Home Are you looking for a more affordable way to cool your home? Unfortunately, many people these days can't afford to spend the money it takes to get air conditioning installed, much less the cost of operation. Fortunately, there’s an affordable solution! Have you seen the new breed of “Evaporative [...]

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