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

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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.

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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?

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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

Solar Energy: Can You Recycle Solar Panels?

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I've often wondered what happens to solar panels after their 25 year lifespan.  This guest post from Seth Berger at Clean Energy Authority explains.

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Solar power modules, much like electronics, contain a variety of potentially hazardous materials, and cannot be safely disposed of in landfills. Solar panels generally function for 20-25 years, so the majority of panels manufactured are still in use. However, in years to come, their disposal could become an issue. New companies like PV Recycling are therefore looking for ways to recycle or reuse these solar modules when they have reached the end of their lifespan.... read more

Home Solar Electric Systems: Pieces, Parts, and Components

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If you are considering a solar electric system for your home, it's important to understand all of the parts, pieces, and components that will go into your system. A complete home solar electric system requires components to produce electricity, convert power into alternating current that can be used by home appliances, store excess electricity and maintain safety.

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Top Reasons to Install Solar Panels in 2011

Now more than ever is the best time to install solar power on your home or building. As photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technologies continue to grow, the costs associated with  continue to drop. At the same time, the prices on your energy bill continue to go up because the prices on coal and natural-gas supplied power continue to increase. There are many other reasons to install solar now, here are just a few:... read more

Home Solar Installation: Solar Lease Programs

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Tom Gard, a retired math instructor, who taught at Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colo., and his wife Barbara Jean are the latest in their neighborhood to get their power from the sun.... read more

How Much Does Solar Thermal Cost?

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Many of us are interested in reducing our carbon footprint and saving money through solar thermal. Solar thermal is different that photovltaic solar - Photovoltaic Panels create electricity while solar thermal creates heat (usually used to heat water). While Photovoltaioc systems can be pricey, solar thermal is relatively affordable for the average Joe.  Learn more about the affordability of solar thermal from this guest post from Seth Berger at Clean Energy Authority.

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Solar thermal energy is an environmentally-friendly way to provide heat for your home. Solar thermal systems can use either collection tanks that reflect solar energy into water storage tanks that provide hot tap water, or “solar walls” that warm external building surfaces, and circulate air near those surfaces to heat interior rooms.... read more

California Solar: Why Every Apartment in California MUST Install Solar Thermal Water Heaters

Today we have a guest blog post from Solar Fred at FreeHotWater.com about the financial benefits of solar thermal water heaters for apartment owners.

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Owners of California apartment buildings are one of the businesses that will benefit most from going with a solar hot water system.... read more

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