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Blog Posts in 2014

  • Protect yourself from overages: A guide to your meter and consumption monitor

    Many people install solar and believe they can use an unlimited amount of power and never get charged. This misconception can lead to unwanted overage charges from your utility company. It is important to realize that solar arrays are usually sized to mitigate your past usage. If you plan on using more energy after installing solar, let your consultant know before designing your system. After your ...
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  • Green Mercantilism and the truth about Chinese solar

    The first concern of any individual interested in going solar is always cost. Many consumers let the cost of a certain solar panel brand determine their decision to purchase. Though this approach seems prudent, it could be a very costly mistake. The cheapest solar panels on the market are imported from China. In fact, “49% of the solar panels” purchased and installed in the US this year were ...
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  • The Green Convergence Difference

    If you are considering going solar, you have many options. It might seem difficult to figure out which company/contractor is the best choice for you and your home. At Green Convergence, we don’t rely on flashy ad campaigns. We market ourselves based on the facts. And, the fact is we are very proud of what we offer our customers and our community. We take great pride in creating the most beautiful, ...
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  • The next big thing in solar tech: Solar panels?

    The solar industry is constantly looking for the next big thing. Every company wants to be the first to innovate and ensure that, as the alternative energy market grows in size and scope, they aren’t left behind. The trouble is many of these innovations in solar technology are typically neither cost-effective nor ready for commercial consumption. Though the news and the web are constantly buzzing ...
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  • 6 things to ask your solar consultant

    When installing a solar energy system, the most crucial part of the process is meeting with a contractor's solar consultant. It is in this meeting that you learn the most about the contractor, their services and values. We at SunPower by Green Convergence have compiled a list of six vital questions to ask your solar consultant. 1. Ask if going solar makes sense for you. The answer to this question ...
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  • Energy Independence-Coming soon to a state near you?

    The Union of Concerned Scientists believes that America can produce 23% of its electrical energy needs through renewable means by the year 2030, according to a recent article on CleanTechnica's website. The study was conducted in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent proposition that Americans should aim to produce only 12% of their electrical energy through renewable and ...
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  • 8 things your solar contractor isn't telling you.

    Everyone has taken a leap of faith when choosing to invest in a new stock, project or piece of equipment. Risk is a necessary part of any investment. But, the risks are always lower when a buyer knows the facts. As more and more Americans make the switch to solar, it is imperative that they know exactly what goes into a solar installation, what the industry standards are and, even more ...
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  • New solar cells are fully charged! No batteries required.

    Solar cells, though incredibly energy efficient, are not perfect. In fact, about 20 percent of the energy solar cells collect is lost when it is transferred and stored in a battery. But thanks to Ohio State University researchers it seems this storage problem may become a thing of the past. Professor of biochemistry at Ohio State University, Yiying Wu and his team announced their progress in the ...
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  • See-through solar cells: a new view of solar tech

    Windows, especially ones on large commercial buildings, catch tons of sunlight. That sunlight is usually just reflected away from the building, wasting potential energy. But thanks to the work of UCLA researchers a nearly transparent, double-layered, polymer solar film has been developed. This flexible and easy-to-adhere solar technology can be installed on windows and smartphone displays, ...
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  • What is Time of Use? TOU Energy Rates Explained

    The cost of electrical grid maintenance is on the rise. The demand for electrical energy is constantly increasing. In order to keep up, electric companies, such as Edison and PG&E, are forced to charge you for more than just the power you use. Now they need you to pay for when you use it. In the past, the cost of your energy bill has been based on a five tier system, dependent on only how much ...
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  • Tesla goes to Nevada; the world needs solar.

    On September 4 of this year, Tesla, a high-end electric car manufacturing company, signed a deal with the state of Nevada, making the Silver State the location of the company’s ambitious, new, wind and solar energy-powered “Gigafactory.” What is a “gigafactory”? Well, as a brand, Tesla does not want to remain a car company for the rich and famous. Tesla’s ultimate goal is to produce affordable ...
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  • Solar is the new gold standard in home improvements!

    Remember in the early 2000s, when granite countertops became the foundation of nearly every kitchen renovation? Well, a new decade of home renovations has arrived and it looks like solar panels are the new granite! SunPower Corporation has estimated that nearly six of the ten largest homebuilders in the U.S. now include photovoltaic devices (solar panels) as part of their construction. California, ...
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  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Choose SunPower Panels

    Green Roofing in Santa Clarita, CA Living in Southern California, we’re fortunate enough to get lots of sunshine, why not take advantage of that sunshine, and profit with solar panels? SunPower panels are officially the best. SunPower holds the Guinness Book of Records for panel efficiency, and they come with a 25-year performance warranty. We use what you have. You don’t have to change your house ...
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  • California & Solar Energy

    In California, we’re proud to be a leader in the solar market in the United States. Between mostly sunny days all year round and supportive solar policies, we’ve been able to make great strides in the energy industry and plan on continuing to do so. Over 1,861 different solar companies are at work in California, and they employ over 47,000 people California installed 2746 MW more solar electric ...
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  • S.C.E. Raising Rates Again

    Your energy costs are on the rise again. In order for Southern California Edison (SCE) to achieve it’s goal of obtaining 33% of their power from renewable sources by 2020. The cost of constructing utility scale power plants is expensive and the changing rates have also been reflected. The highest energy users will see a slight decrease in their rates per kWh while tier 1-3 will see a dramatic ...
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