Recent Posts in Residential Solar Category

  • What SCE Net Metering 2.0 Means for Solar

    As new changes take place in the solar industry this summer, it’s important for you to know about Net Metering and the impact it will have on your solar installation. What is Net Metering? Net metering is an agreement between solar customers and their utility company, where the utility agrees to buy the electricity produced by their solar system as long as the system is less than 1,000 kilowatts. ...
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  • Special LADWP SunPower Offer

    SunPower Corporation is celebrating its new loan program with a special offer available now until November 30th! Qualified LADWP customers can secure the lowest-ever monthly payments on a SunPower Equinox system featuring 360-watt panels – the world’s most powerful. Low interest financing terms: 10 years (2.49% APR) 15 years (3.49% APR) 20 years (3.99% APR) 25 years (4.49% APR). Fill out your ...
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  • The SunPower/Ecobee3 Buzz

    Smart thermostats are increasing in popularity in homes across the U.S. The sleek-looking, energy-efficient, and customizable features of these thermostats make them desirable for homeowners who like the combination of clean aesthetics and energy savings. But not all smart thermostats have the same “smartness” in terms of compatibility, versatility, and controllability. Ecobee, a Toronto-based ...
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  • How Do I Receive the Solar ITC for the 2016 Tax Year?

    Why do the majority of consumers choose to go solar? There are several environmental, home improvement, comfortability, and aesthetic reasons why residents decide to install solar on their home, business, or non-profit. However, one of the most significant reasons people make this investment is because of the vast financial and energy saving benefits. One of the most important federal incentives ...
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  • Why SunPower’s Efficiency Record is a Big Deal

    When people talk about solar, there are a few points they are guaranteed to bring up. The first is how much money solar in general can save you and your family on your monthly electric bill. The second, and even more important point, is which panel brand and model will save you the most. As the solar market is constantly expanding, there are many solar panel options out there. But when all the ...
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  • 8 Great Reasons to Go Solar (beyond Saving Money)

    The SunPower by Green Convergence team can give you a million reasons to consider going solar— the most important being how much money you can save on your electric bills each month . But some people need more than just monthly savings to sell them on making the switch, so we’ve compiled a list of the most compelling reasons you and your business should go solar with SunPower by Green Convergence. ...
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  • SunPower Up Program shines a light toward California’s future

    The real estate market is changing in California. As the price of energy goes up as well as the average temperature, it has become increasingly important to prospective homebuyers that the homes they buy have energy-saving features that come standard. These are the main reasons California lawmakers have passed and continued to amend Title 24 for the last three decades (1). What is Title 24? First ...
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  • SunPower and Owens Corning: Partners to GC. Partners to the Environment.

    If you are planning to go solar, you’ve probably been exploring all your installation options. You may have already compared various installation companies based on price. But you may not have considered comparing the quality of the materials each installer uses to create solar energy systems. Each installation company uses a variety of different materials and depending on the installer you ...
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  • Solar Investment Tax Credit Extension keeps solar prices low

    Many have heard of the Solar Investment Tax Credit or ITC. It’s been all over the news and ads since its implementation in 2006 (1). But many may not know exactly how the Solar Tax Credit works. And, even more may be unaware of its profound effect on the solar industry in Santa Clarita and across the country. What is the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)? The ITC is a federally-funded 30% tax ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What is Grid Parity?

    Whenever you read or hear about solar energy, the topic of grid parity is one that is consistently brought up. Most recently, Vishal Shah, trusted Deutsche Bank analyst, released his 2015 report on the future of solar energy, claiming solar will reach “grid parity in most of the world by the end of 2017”(1). This is huge news for the solar energy industry and consumers alike. But, why? What ...
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  • Save More Money with Solar: Solar Tax Credit Explained

    The most important aspect of any purchase is price. In fact, most people looking into going solar are most concerned with how much it will cost. Nobody can give you an accurate estimate of how much your solar energy system will cost without an inspection of your roof and a shading study. But Green Convergence can help you discover whether or not you can save up to 30% when you purchase a solar ...
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  • Solar: The Answer to Santa Clarita's Future Problems Today

    A new MIT study suggests that today’s solar technology is advanced enough to power the entire nation. This is great news for those hoping to go solar soon and those who have recently made the switch to solar. But, more importantly, this MIT study addresses one of the most common concerns that keeps many Santa Clarita citizens from going solar. But we’ll get to that later! First, for those Santa ...
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  • How Santa Clarita can celebrate Bike Month with Solar energy

    If you didn’t know it already, May is Bike Month in Santa Clarita! This month is the perfect time for you to make that miserable morning commute into an exciting morning adventure. All you need to do is ditch that gas-guzzling SUV or sedan for your old 3-gear that’s been collecting dust in the garage. Right? Well, for most Santa Claritans, it’s not that simple. While Santa Clarita has a large ...
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  • Getting Santa Clarita Off-the-Grid with Solar: Tesla's Powerwall Battery

    Attention Santa Clarita solar panel homeowners: Tesla has done it again! The innovative, luxury, electric car brand recently announced their expansion into home and commercial batteries. These batteries allow for the storage of excess solar-created electric energy. This breakthrough product could change the way Santa Clarita’s solar homes and businesses are powered—for good. Storing electricity is ...
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  • SunPower's 30th Anniversary: Santa Clarita's Top-Choice in Solar Panels

    Our dedicated Santa Clarita Green Blog followers know that here at Green Convergence, we exclusively install SunPower brand solar panels. We are one of their few and proud Master Dealers. The Master Dealer title is the highest distinction a solar provider can receive from SunPower. But why? Why did we choose to partner up with SunPower? Well, in honor of their recent 30th anniversary, we want to ...
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  • SCV Veterans and the Solar Solution

    Many Santa Claritans are deeply involved in the lives of military servicemembers and veterans. They are our neighbors, friends and family members. But the sad truth is many of these men and women who serve their country and community come back home and have trouble finding steady jobs. According to PBS, “the youngest veterans, aged 18-24, posted an ultra-high jobless rate of 21.4 percent” (2). ...
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  • Printable Solar Cars are Coming SCV!

    Solar panels are becoming a fairly mainstream way to power your Santa Clarita home. Electric vehicles are also becoming rather commonplace in our community. But what happens when you combine the ideas of the solar panel and the electric vehicle? What happens when you try to build a solar-powered car? Here’s an example (pictured below) of a fairly recent solar-powered car prototype. As you can see, ...
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