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Conservation in Your Backyard: Planting Natives is a Win-Win

By |2020-02-11T17:16:59-08:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: California, Community, Sustainable Living|Tags: , , , , |

By Dorothy Punderson, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Sierra Streams Institute - Nevada City, CA.  Conservation in Your Backyard: Planting Natives is a Win-Win Toyon - Native Species A few weeks ago I was outdoors preparing for an upcoming science education field trip [...]

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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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Microbes Instead of Chemicals for a Greener Lawn

By |2019-08-29T19:31:46-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Community, Sustainable Living|Tags: , , , |

By Keisha Wheeler, co-owner of Catalyst Bioamendments and Soil Foodweb Consultant in Nevada City, CA.  Microbes Instead of Chemicals for a Greener Lawn We all love a thick green carpet of grass under foot. For being the #1 most grown crop in North America, lawns have [...]

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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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Natural Backyard Dwellings

By |2019-07-25T11:06:47-07:00July 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 |2019-07-31T10:31:42-07:00July 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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An Affordable Cooling Alternative

By |2019-06-20T13:37:30-07:00June 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 |2019-10-08T17:02:37-07:00June 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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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? [...]

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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 [...]

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