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The Future of Solar is At Risk

By |2020-02-19T12:01:44-08:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: Solar|Tags: , , , , |

The Future of Rooftop Solar in California is at Risk What you need to know and what you can do about it Summary It looks very likely that without extraordinary action on our part before mid 2020, the current deal for solar in California is [...]

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Ray’s Thoughts on 2019

By |2019-12-30T16:20:04-08:00December 30th, 2019|Categories: California, Solar|Tags: , , |

The Big News from 2019 -what it means for you in 2020 and beyond. The power shutoffs and our focus on community sustainability and resiliency were a major part of our efforts in 2019 and will continue into 2020. The Public Safety Power Shut Off [...]

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2019 Year in Review

By |2019-12-30T16:03:18-08:00December 26th, 2019|Categories: Community, Solar|Tags: , , , |

2019 Year In Review Highlights: Record Breaking Solar Installs --   Community Service & Support -- Education for Change -- PSPS & PG&E Impact of our solar installations: Trees Planted Pounds of Coal we did not have to burn! Number of Smartphones charged [...]

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Insight From Our Intern on Solar and Sustainability

By |2020-03-23T11:12:34-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Community, Solar|Tags: , , |

Insight From Our Intern on Solar and Sustainability I never imagined learning as much as I did while interning at Sustainable Energy Group. Not only did I learn about solar, the renewable energy industry and the energy grid, I had the privilege of working alongside [...]

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

By |2019-10-29T17:43:54-07:00July 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 Leap in Building Standards

By |2020-03-27T02:03:33-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: California, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , |

California’s 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 Energy [...]

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Q and A With President and Founder, Ray Darby

By |2019-07-31T10:31:42-07:00July 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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Renata Langis

By |2019-06-26T16:00:29-07:00June 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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Fire Prevention and Solar: A Case Study in Newcastle, CA

By |2019-10-08T17:02:37-07:00June 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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