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September 2019

Power Outages – Part 4, Adding Battery Storage To An Existing Solar System

By |2019-10-08T10:07:51-07:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: California, Power Backups - Batteries, Solar Industry/Technology|

POWER OUTAGES - Part 4 Adding Battery Storage To An Existing Solar System As covered in Parts 1 through 3 of this series, there are all kinds of options to serve your backup power needs in the event of a power outage. To the uninitiated, adding battery storage to an existing solar system might seem straightforward [...]

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Flavonoid Herbs and Berries for Fall… in your backyard right now.

By |2019-09-25T15:51:31-07:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Community, Sustainable Living|Tags: , , , , |

By Heather Luna, Director of the Acorn School of Herbal Medicine in Nevada City, CA.  Flavonoid Herbs and Berries for Fall ...in your Northern California backyard right now Autumn breezes are bringing in cooler weather and with it comes an increased risk for colds and flus. Fortunately, Nature has our back.  Here in the Sierra Foothills [...]

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Hybrid vs Electric vs Combustion Vehicles

By |2019-09-25T17:16:00-07:00September 24th, 2019|Categories: California, Solar, Sustainable Living, Sustainable Transportation|

Electric vs Hybrid vs Combustion Vehicles What’s the best choice and why does it matter? With all the new types of propulsion options for vehicles on the market it can be confusing as to which is the best choice. What are the differences between conventional Combustion engines, Hybrids, Plugin Hybrids, and Electric Vehicles? This article [...]

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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 |2019-10-08T17:54:54-07:00August 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 |2019-10-08T17:53:50-07:00July 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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