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  • A Big Solar Incentive Is About to Shrink

    Tax incentives that make it more advantageous for a company to go solar are about to be significantly reduced. It’s a good time to familiarize yourself with the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) because it’s going away, and so are significant potential savings. The ITC was enacted in 2006, and since then the U.S. solar industry has grown one hundredfold. In fact, since its inception, American ...
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  • How Solar Panels Affect Your Home Value

    This week, SunPower by Green Convergence invites House Match Management to contribute to our solar blog with some interesting information about solar and residential resale value -SunPower by Green Convergence Do you want to increase your home's value? Not only do solar panels benefit the environment, but they also benefit your home's resale value as well. As more buyers are looking for ...
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  • Don’t Make These Mistakes During a Solar Setup

    Avoid making common mistakes that will derail your system performance While transitioning to solar power has a high return on investment since it saves on energy down the line, it can be daunting to take the first step in the setup process. Consulting a professional solar expert can ease any worries that you have and give you clarity on the installation process. It can also help you avoid common ...
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  • SOLAR IS A COST SAVER, NOT AN EXPENSE (PAYING FOR SOLAR)

    “I’m not in a position to spend any money right now.” Homeowners are justifiably worried about bringing on any added expenses at this time of uncertainty. The effects of COVID 19 virus on the economy are still unknown. With families cutting household costs, why bring on an extra bill to pay? Because you are already paying it. Electricity bills are landing in the mail every month. That’s an expense ...
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  • BUYING SOLAR CAN BE LIKE BUYING A CAR

    Probably more people experience buying a car than buying solar. Car purchasers can research fuel efficiency, reliability, and comfort to choose the right car for the right price. When most people consider going solar, they usually consider the equipment. However, in solar there are two important players in the process – the panel manufacturer and the installer. The car analogy breaks down here. ...
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  • Do Solar Panels Work on Rainy Days?

    Do Solar Panels Work in the Rain? In sunny southern California, it’s easy to see why going solar can be a smart decision and worthy investment. But what about those not-so-sunny days? How do rain and clouds affect your system’s energy production? How does rain affect solar panels? How well do solar panels work on cloudy days? How it works – solar on rainy days Since solar energy output is directly ...
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  • Do Solar Panels Need Cleaning?

    Cleaning Solar Panels By: Will Chen To clean or not to clean? That is the question regarding solar panels. Maybe you are one of those who have researched solar and own a system for your home. You are now enjoying the benefits of it as your electricity bill gets slashed to pieces. You tell your friends what a great investment it is to go solar and how it not only affects the environment positively ...
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  • Nasa’s work with SunPower solar proves durability

    When choosing solar for your home or business, you want the best. But how do you know which brand and installer is best? Well, there are a lot of facts and figures you can wade through on your own. Or, you can save time and follow the example of America’s top scientific minds at NASA by choosing the same solar panels they trust to power their experiments. So what solar panels did NASA choose? If ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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