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Permaculture Sheet Mulching Sierra Harvest

By |2019-10-31T17:00:08-08:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: California, Community, Sustainable Living|

By Amanda Thibodeau, with Sierra Harvest - a local non-profit for "Fresh Food Education & Access" with their office in Nevada City, CA.  Learn a Fall Permaculture technique called Sheet Mulching Hi Sustainable Energy groupies, this is your friends at Sierra Harvest chiming in. Sierra [...]

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

By |2019-10-08T10:07:51-08:00September 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 [...]

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Hybrid vs Electric vs Combustion Vehicles

By |2019-09-25T17:16:00-08:00September 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 [...]

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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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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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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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Debunking Renewable Energy Myths

By |2019-06-12T14:40:57-08:00April 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 [...]

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Energy Savings Solutions Series in Grass Valley

By |2019-06-26T16:45:40-08:00March 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 [...]

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KNCO Interview with SEG

By |2019-06-26T15:57:41-08:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: California, Community|Tags: , , |

KNCO Interview: A Discussion of Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, and Economics of Solar On Monday, February 4, 2019, "Taking Care of Business," a radio show on KNCO, interviewed Penn Martin, the solar designer at SEG Solar. Robin Davies, the CEO of the Chamber of [...]

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