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California’s Quantum Leap in Building Standards

By |2019-09-16T14:30:44-08:00July 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 [...]

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Natural Backyard Dwellings

By |2019-07-25T11:06:47-08:00July 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 [...]

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Q and A With President and Founder, Ray Darby

By |2019-07-31T10:31:42-08:00July 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? [...]

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Power Outages – Part 1 : What are you options for backup power?

By |2019-10-29T14:32:19-08:00June 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 [...]

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Renata Langis

By |2019-06-26T16:00:29-08:00June 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, [...]

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An Affordable Cooling Alternative

By |2019-06-20T13:37:30-08:00June 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 [...]

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

By |2019-10-08T17:02:37-08:00June 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 [...]

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Dangerous Electrical Panel Warning

By |2019-06-26T13:51:10-08:00June 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? [...]

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Finding Property Information Using Nevada County GIS

By |2019-06-26T15:56:09-08:00May 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 [...]

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

By |2019-06-26T15:54:03-08:00May 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 [...]

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