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22 08, 2019

Insight From Our Intern on Solar and Sustainability

By |2019-08-22T15:37:53-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Community, Solar|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Insight From Our Intern on Solar and Sustainability

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 privilege of working alongside inspiring and insightful people, who all [...]

22 08, 2019

Microbes Instead of Chemicals for a Greener Lawn

By |2019-08-29T19:31:46-07:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Community, Sustainable Living|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Microbes Instead of Chemicals for a Greener Lawn

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 gotten a really bad reputation.  Many homeowners feel the only [...]

25 07, 2019

Power Outages Part 2

By |2019-08-23T17:20:19-07:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Community, Power Backups - Batteries, Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Power Outages Part 2

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 run from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, [...]

23 07, 2019

Natural Backyard Dwellings

By |2019-07-25T11:06:47-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Community, Energy Efficiency, Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Natural Backyard Dwellings

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 family or community? Natural building is a healthy construction method [...]

23 07, 2019

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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Q and A With President and Founder, Ray Darby

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? A heat pump water heater is an electric household water [...]

18 06, 2019

An Affordable Cooling Alternative

By |2019-06-20T13:37:30-07:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on An Affordable Cooling Alternative

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 affordable solution! Have you seen the new breed of “Evaporative [...]

12 06, 2019

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

By |2019-06-26T13:51:13-07:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: SEG Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fire Prevention and Solar: A Case Study in Newcastle, CA

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 panel. 2)   Adding a 10’ fire break/weed barrier around the [...]

12 06, 2019

Dangerous Electrical Panel Warning

By |2019-06-26T13:51:10-07:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dangerous Electrical Panel Warning

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? The following will help answer such questions. Safety is a [...]

13 03, 2019

CCAs and California’s Changing Electric Energy Landscape

By |2019-06-26T16:46:22-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on CCAs and California’s Changing Electric Energy Landscape

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 & Electric, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & [...]

13 03, 2019

Consumption Monitoring

By |2019-06-12T14:17:42-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Consumption Monitoring

What Does My Electricity Usage Look Like? Have you ever wondered where your power is going or why your electric bill is bigger than you expected, even after you have installed a solar electric system? Consumption monitoring offers an at-a-glance visual glimpse into your electric usage. Nearly all solar electric systems today are equipped with [...]