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Solar Lease Versus Solar Loan

Solar LoanVersus Solar Lease

If you are considering solar panel installation for your home or business, there are many different financing options available to you. You can pay in cash, take a state-sponsored solar loan, take a private solar loan, lease a system, or enter a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

It is important to understand your options in order to make a decision that is best for you.... read more

Independent Study Finds San Francisco the Greenest City in the US

San Francisco Greenest City

An independent study conducted in June found San Francisco to be the “greenest” city in the United States and Canada. This doesn't come as much of a surprise – the city has made headlines for leading the way with policies such as mandatory composting and a grocery store plastic bag ban.... read more

What is a Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)?

Solar Power Purchase Agreement

Over the past 3 years, California and other states have seen a large increase in Solar Lease programs and Solar Power Purchase Agreement programs. Both types of programs allow property owners (residential and business) to power their property with solar energy without a large upfront investment. But what is the difference between a solar lease and a power purchase agreement?... read more

Obama Proposes Dramatic Fuel Efficiency Increases for New Cars by 2025

Obama Car Emission

Last week the Obama administration released information about the proposal for increased auto emission standards.  The proposal includes a 56.2 mpg minimum for all new cars by 2025. American car manufacturers would have to meet this number as a company-wide average.  With the demand for electric cars already on the rise, this move would give electric vehicles the boost needed to become more mainstream.... read more

Green Your Business: Cloud Virtual Offices Provides Solutions to Clean Up Your Carbon Footprint (and make employees happy, too)

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What is a virtual office?

Many small businesses and large companies alike are turning to “virtual offices” and professional business centers in order to meet ever changing demands. A virtual office, such as those offered by Cloud Virtual Offices, is “a combination of off-site live communication and address services that allow users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism." A professional business center often provides business space and services on as as-needed basis.... read more

Home Solar Panels: An Overview

Home Solar Panels

Guestblogger Bob LoCioro gives us an overview of home solar panels:

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Solar panels are the most recognizable component of a home solar electric system. The solar panels are installed on the roof of a home to collect sunlight and convert the sunlight into electricity. Homeowners install residential solar electric systems to save on electric costs and lessen their environmental impact.... read more

Solar Panels in San Jose – San Jose, California Schools Go Solar and Incorporate Solar Technology into Curriculum

san jose solar school

Last year, East Side Union High School District in San Jose, California joined forces with Chevron Energy Solutions (CES) to install solar panels on 6 school sites. The solar project's goal is threefold: 1) to save the struggling school district $7.6 million dollars over the next 5 years; 2) to prepare students for careers in the cleantech industry and spark student enthusiasm in science and the environment; and 3) to reduce the city's carbon emissions by 3,100 metric tons per year.

“Our schools will all benefit from these savings, especially in these tough economic times when they’re needed most,” said the Superintendent Dan Moser at that time. “Also, this project reduces our carbon footprint and allows us to incorporate solar into our teaching curriculum so our teachers and students can learn about renewable energy technologies firsthand.”... read more

San Jose Solar Installation: Todd R.'s Solar Experience.

San Jose Solar Installation

Todd R. of San Jose, California describes his experience with REC Solar as part of our Go Solar! series.... read more

How Long Do Solar Panel Installations Take?

Solar Installation how long

Considering installing a photovoltaic (PV) system on your home but are wondering how long it will take? Not long at all!

Most PV systems are installed within a few days of installers starting work. It’s likely to take longer to get the installers there in the first place and to qualify for any solar rebates, credits, or incentives prior to installation of the system. If you’re planning on setting up a net metering system, it may also take the utility company a bit longer to set up a bidirectional electric meter.... read more

Los Altos, California Home Solar Installation - Gerry L.'s Story

Gerry Lawrence of Los Atlos, California describes his home solar panel installation experience with REC Solar as part of our Go Solar! series.      ... read more

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