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  • 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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  • SunPower-ed Electric Vehicles

    The new Tesla S model will boast a generous 315 miles on a single charge [1] . The Nissan Leaf allows drivers to float on to 107 miles with ease [2] . The BMW i3 can run 114 miles on a full charge [3] . Electric vehicles are making large strides because of the battery improvement that allows for longer distances in travelling. The horror stories of getting stranded in the middle of nowhere because ...
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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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  • American Reading Co chooses SunPower Solar

    The prevalence of solar power is revolutionizing the way people think about power. The proliferation of solar panels on homes and businesses has been a huge boost to the job market and the economy in uncertain times. But many Americans remain unconvinced of solar’s benefits. Hopefully, that will change soon as more big brands, like the American Reading Company, with big brains and hearts start ...
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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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  • Toyota goes solar with SunPower

    For years, automotive manufacturers have had a hard time justifying their American facilities. When compared to building and maintaining facilities in less-developed countries, the cost of running a factory in America is immense. This is why many auto workers have lost their jobs to factories overseas. Despite this, many companies are trying to bring the auto industry (and jobs) back to our ...
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  • Solar Impulse Plane Lands in NYC

    Last night, the Solar Impulse 2 took off from Allentown’s Lehigh Valley International Airport, bound for JFK in New York City. This is the fourteenth and last leg of the completely solar-powered plane’s record-breaking journey around the world (2). Although the trip has taken a lover a year to make, the plane itself has been twelve years in the making. The project is the brainchild of Swiss ...
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  • SunPower to Install New Microgrid at Alabama Army Post

    The American military is often touted as the most advanced in the world. It is often reported that we have the best training, the best weaponry, and by far, the best and bravest fighters within our ranks. But do we have the best power? We aren’t talking about political power here. We are talking about fuel. The stuff that keeps the lights on and the trucks rolling. According to the American ...
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  • El Niño and solar: Is your investment safe?

    With the drought in California wreaking havoc on our lawns and our shower-times, the approach of El Niño is exciting news. According to the LA Times, “some scientists say their measurements show that this year’s El Niño could be among the most powerful on record...”(1). But big storms mean strong winds and heavy rainfall. This will put extra stress on your roof, and potentially, your solar energy ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Attention SCV: Over 90,000 solar energy systems to be installed in 2015

    It would be hard not to notice how many solar panels are going up all over the Santa Clarita Valley. It seems like every other house on the block is sporting solar panels these days. And, the numbers have only increased since last year—but how much? Green Tech Media reported that in 2013 every four minutes a solar energy system installation was completed in the United States (1). That’s pretty ...
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