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June 2019

Power Outages

By |2019-06-25T19:09:16+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Community|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+00:00June 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+00:00June 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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Fire Prevention and Solar: A Case Study in Newcastle, CA

By |2019-06-26T13:51:13+00:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Fire Prevention and Solar: A Case Study in Newcastle, CA SEG recently did a ground mount solar array in Newcastle, CA. The customers opted for two project features that significantly reduced the fire risk to their home and property. 1)   Replacing the existing Zinsco Service panel. 2)   Adding a 10’ fire break/weed barrier around the [...]

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Dangerous Electrical Panel Warning

By |2019-06-26T13:51:10+00:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Dangerous Electrical Panels There’s a fair chance you own one of the many electrical panels known to be dangerous. They can subject the home to fire danger or, for someone working on them, electrical shock. Do you own a dangerous panel? What are the risks? The following will help answer such questions. Safety is a [...]

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May 2019

Finding Property Information Using Nevada County GIS

By |2019-06-26T15:56:09+00:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: California, SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

If you are curious about the details of your property or a property you are interested in buying, you can look up the property on Nevada County’s GIS on the county’s website. The county has a transparent, open access database with detailed information on property structures, local service districts (i.e. local provider of water, utilities, [...]

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The Potential Risks of Unpermitted Construction: What You Need to Know

By |2019-06-26T15:54:03+00:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: California, SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Last year the Nevada County Building Department changed its approach to building code enforcement to increase compliance. Rather than inspect properties when a complaint was made, which was the previous policy, now county officials are inspecting properties based on awareness of information about possible code violations. This new approach has significantly increased the scope of [...]

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Avoiding Home Energy Saving Scams – Part 2 – Reflective Insulation

By |2019-06-12T14:45:02+00:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This one has been making the rounds around Nevada County lately. “Radiant Barrier Insulation”, “Reflective Insulation” or “Radiant Insulation” are various names applied to products that are typically of dubious merit.  While it depends on the circumstances under which and the way they’re installed, they generally don’t perform as advertised, don’t save enough to justify [...]

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April 2019

Debunking Renewable Energy Myths

By |2019-06-12T14:40:57+00:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: California, SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you have friends or family members who aren’t convinced that renewable energy is a win-win for human health and the economy? Share with them some scientific evidence to credibly explain the benefits of renewable energy and distinguish fact from fiction. All too often, the oil and gas industry’s marketing tactics and slanted journalism are [...]

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Preserving Trees in Solar Designs

By |2019-06-12T14:33:23+00:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , |

Sustainable Energy Group always takes a big picture perspective when it comes to designing solar electric systems. We recognize that each property is unique, and carefully tailor each design to the site's environmental conditions, taking into account solar resource, grading, and shading from trees. We understand and appreciate the important ecological roles that trees play, [...]

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