Recent Posts in Santa Clarita News 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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  • 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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  • SunPower by Green Convergence Voted Best Solar Installer 2016

    SunPower by Green Convergence has been voted again as Santa Clarita’s Best Solar Installer and Roofing Contractor for 2016! This means that for 4 years Santa Clarita has voted us as the trusted solar installer for the SCV. As the winners of the Signal’s Best of for 2016 , we are proud to offer you the best solar panels in the industry with the best installations available for your home. At ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • SunPower Solar Set to Save School District Millions

    Since the recession started in December of 2007, California’s public schools have suffered (2). Parents and guardians in the Santa Clarita Valley are fully aware of the devastating budget cuts that the state has made to our schools in recent years. This makes it harder for teachers and administrators to provide a wide variety of courses and services to suit students’ diverse needs. But one local ...
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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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  • 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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  • Fossil Fuel Divestment: What is it and how it affects the SCV solar market

    Everyone in Santa Clarita has heard about solar panels and the personal savings they can provide. Everyone knows many Santa Claritans have already installed solar panels on their homes and are enjoying the benefits of clean, affordable energy. What the average Santa Clarita citizen may not know is what the Fossil Fuel Divestment movement is and how it will affect the cost of traditional ...
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  • Condense your Carbon Footprint with Condensing Boilers

    Of the many ways to heat a home, one of the most common is with a hot water boiler. If you are looking to enhance the efficiency of your home heating system, it’s important to understand exactly how a boiler works. Let’s start with the basics: A boiler burns fuel to heat water that is then distributed to radiators which heat a desired space. In the process of combustion, CO2 and water vapors are ...
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  • Unlikely Friendships: Solar and Big Oil Make Amends?

    I’m sure everyone in the Santa Clarita Valley who doesn’t drive a purely electric vehicle has noticed the recent drop in the price of oil. After years of skyrocketing gas prices, the cost of your commute is finally coming down. Why is that? According to the latest American Petroleum Institute (API) report, the United States is now the world’s largest natural gas producer, the leading petroleum ...
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