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Insight From Our Intern on Solar and Sustainability

By |2019-08-22T15:37:53-08:00August 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 [...]

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Power Outages Part 2 : How much do battery backup and generator installations cost?

By |2019-10-29T17:43:54-08:00July 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 [...]

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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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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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CCAs and California’s Changing Electric Energy Landscape

By |2019-06-26T16:46:22-08:00March 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 [...]

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Solar As an Investment

By |2019-06-12T14:05:35-08:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why Going Solar Makes Sense (and Cents)! Here are a few reasons why solar is a smart, low-risk, high-return investment: High Valuation Solar electric systems have strong valuation due to their potential to reduce long-term energy costs for homeowners. As such, solar electric systems are [...]

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Enhancing Your Property Value With Solar

By |2019-06-12T14:00:08-08:00February 11th, 2019|Categories: SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A Case Study of Solar Valuation from a Past Customer Sharon Sausedo, of Sausedo Realty, bought a property in Penn Valley that needed extensive work and upgrades before selling. She repaired and remodeled the house, and then put it on the market in late 2018. [...]

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Heat Pumps 101

By |2019-06-26T16:48:13-08:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Heat Pumps – Efficient Appliances That Deliver Both Comfort and Savings A heat pump is sort of like an air conditioner, but with a reversing valve so it can both heat and cool your building very efficiently, with electricity! Heat pumps have evolved a lot [...]

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