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June 2019

Fire Prevention and Solar: A Case Study in Newcastle, CA

By |2019-06-26T13:51:13-07:00June 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 |2019-06-26T13:51:10-07:00June 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 |2019-06-26T15:56:09-07:00May 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 |2019-06-26T15:54:03-07:00May 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 |2019-06-12T14:45:02-07:00May 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 |2019-06-12T14:40:57-07:00April 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 |2019-06-12T14:33:23-07:00April 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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March 2019

Energy Savings Solutions Series in Grass Valley

By |2019-06-26T16:45:40-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: California, Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This spring, Energy Savings Solutions, a free public workshop series taught by industry experts, will provide practical information on building-scale energy efficiency to complement the Grass Valley Energy Action Plan. The goal of the series is to educate and inspire community members to take action to reduce their energy consumption while saving money and benefiting [...]

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CCAs and California’s Changing Electric Energy Landscape

By |2019-06-26T16:46:22-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many Californians are concerned about rising electricity costs given limited choices in an underserved energy marketplace. Over 60% of California residents are served by only three of the state’s six investor-owned utilities (IOUs). [1] In the service areas of the three largest IOUs (Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & [...]

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Consumption Monitoring

By |2019-06-12T14:17:42-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What Does My Electricity Usage Look Like? Have you ever wondered where your power is going or why your electric bill is bigger than you expected, even after you have installed a solar electric system? Consumption monitoring offers an at-a-glance visual glimpse into your electric usage. Nearly all solar electric systems today are equipped with [...]

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