Blog Posts in 2015

  • SunPower Solar saves School Quarter Million

    Still recovering from the economic downturn of 2008, America’s economy is not doing a great job of supporting our public school system. Just this May, the Castaic Union School District “approved 45.4 layoff notices” in an effort to alleviate the “$4.1 million budget gap” (1). We all know we need to balance our budget but how necessary is it to fire the people who educate our children, especially ...
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  • Net Metering: What is it and why should you make the switch today?

    Everyone hates getting their electric bill. But homeowners in places like the Santa Clarita Valley and the rest of Southern California, where temperatures are high almost year-round, have the most reason to worry. Local utilities charge customers in these areas nearly criminal rates to keep their homes cool and the prices just climb every year. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if these costs could be ...
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  • SunPower's Solar Secret to Success: "Being a Good Citizen to the Grid"

    As solar energy becomes more and more popular, many raise questions about our aging utility grid and how we will be able to maintain it. Utility companies use a good portion of their profits to simply maintain your local electric grid. And, in recent years, they’ve hiked up their prices dramatically, citing an increasing necessity for extra revenue to update the nation’s worn-out electrical ...
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  • Solar Open House in Lake Hughes, CA

    Interested in going green or getting greener? See one of the “Greenest” homes Southern California, right here in the Antelope Valley this weekend and get tips for a master—Bob Large. Bob, a long-time solar and alternative energy advocate, has turned his home into a verifiable Mecca of sustainability. Due to his SunPower by Green Convergence solar energy system and other green renovations, Bob’s ...
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  • Going solar? Consumer Reports says, "Consult a roofer first."

    Any contractor worth his or her salt will tell you the key to a good construction process is a strong foundation. According to a recent article posted by Consumer Reports, the same goes for your solar installation. A good solar panel installation starts with a strong roof. Makes sense, right?Then why is it that nearly all solar installation companies in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles and the Ventura ...
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  • SunPower: Improving access to affordable nutritious food with solar

    When it comes to keeping communities healthy and happy, SunPower and its partners are deeply involved. Green Convergence is constantly promoting and supporting other local businesses and homeowners all over Santa Clarita, Los Angeles and the Ventura and Antelope Valley counties. Similarly, another SunPower partner, Freedom Solar in Texas, recently completed a “14 kilowatt solar power system for ...
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  • What does NSF International's verification of a SunPower factory mean for solar customers?

    Many exposés have popped up all over the internet and television criticizing the hypocritical nature of so-called “green” industries. Stories of falsified statistics and hidden environmental costs—such as the EPA’s recent pollution of the Colorado river—abound. This makes it hard for some people to take sustainable energy solutions seriously. But solar panels from SunPower are truly made with your ...
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  • Can Santa Claritans improve their health by going solar? "It's true," scholars say.

    Most discussions of solar panels and the power they create center around cost and the environment. Solar advocates in Santa Clarita and beyond point to the money-saving benefits of solar energy installation as well as its power to reduce emissions, benefiting the environment. Though solar skeptics may question its ability to make a meaningful and positive impact on the environment, medical experts ...
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  • The Clean Power Plan: Good for your Wallet. Better for your Lungs.

    At the start of this month, the Environmental Protection Agency and the President presented their long-awaited Clean Power Plan. This plan was proposed years ago as a way to combat carbon emissions created by traditional power plants. These are currently responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions in the US* (2). Now, thanks to all of the agency’s research and groundwork, the Clean Power Plan is set to ...
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  • GRID Alternatives allies with SunPower to empower

    Our partner and solar panel manufacturer of choice, SunPower recently announced an extension of their partnership with GRID Alternatives, a non-profit with a mission to share the sun and the job opportunities it provides with low-income communities across America and around the world. Using renewable energy technology, such as solar panels, GRID Alternatives makes it possible reduce qualifying ...
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  • Nevada is getting SunPower-ed

    Solar is spreading like wildfire across drought-starved Santa Clarita, Los Angeles and California in general. Due to the abundance of California sun, panels are popping up on your neighbor’s roofs and more solar panel-powered utility plants are being integrated into our grid systems everyday. Similarly, our great state’s desert neighbor, Nevada, is quickly jumping onto the solar bandwagon with a ...
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  • Utility pricing change benefits solar homeowners by 2019

    Attention Santa Clarita and citizens of Southern California, your local utility company, with the help of the California Public Utilities Commission, has made a huge decision about how much you will be paying for electricity. And, chances are, if you use energy responsibly and haven’t gone solar, you are not going to like it. The California Public Utilities Commission has enacted “major rate ...
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  • SunPower Plus Storage is Unbeatable

    Solar is a great way for many home and business owners to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. With the power of the most efficient and longest-lasting solar panels available, SunPower, many of your Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County neighbors have cancelled out their rising electric bills and have switched to a low-fixed payment. One thing solar alone cannot protect you from is a power ...
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  • What is Cradle to Cradle and why is SunPower Certified?

    SunPower Corporation, an American solar brand—the only brand of solar panels Green Convergence installs—recently announced that “its E-Series and X-Series solar panels” made in France “are [now] Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver” (1). This is a great step forward for SunPower and an even greater announcement for potential solar panel buyers in Santa Clarita and beyond. To understand the benefits ...
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  • SEIA states Solar saves. We tell you how.

    Solar has been around since the 1950’s and has long been embraced by environmentalists and solar science enthusiasts alike. But, with the cost of traditional electricity on the rise in recent years, this once-fringe technology has gone mainstream with a reported total of 700,000 households in the US alone sporting solar panels (1). But, why? What has inspired this massive shift from traditional ...
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