24 07, 2017

SDG&E Solar Rate Change – Your Options

By |2017-07-24T17:16:34-07:00July 24th, 2017|Energy Savings, Solar|

We recently sent out an email in response to SDGE’s recent letter titled “NOTIFICATION OF PRICING PLAN OPTIONS”. We received an overwhelming response and are trying our best to return each and every phone call. Since this could take days, even a week, to get back to every valuable client. I wanted to try and [...]

13 07, 2017

SDG&E’s – Notification of Pricing Plan Options (NEM 1.0)

By |2017-07-13T16:29:53-07:00July 13th, 2017|Energy Savings, Solar|

NOTICE: SDG&E’s “Notification of Pricing Plan Options” This information is for anyone currently under Net Energy Metering 1.0 (your solar panel system was turned on before June 29, 2016.) The utility company recently mailed you a letter about approved changes to electric rates for SDG&E customers, including those with solar energy systems. They are trying to [...]

10 07, 2017

Solar Power Battery Backup Technology

By |2017-07-10T22:15:16-07:00July 10th, 2017|Energy Savings, Solar|

Interested in a Battery Back-up for your Solar system? Energy Storage Systems (ESS)s stores your electricity you produced and utilizes them for later consumption. An LG solar battery can store surplus energy generated from rooftop solar panels for use when needed. When the sun has set, energy demand is high, or there is a black-out, you can use [...]

25 06, 2017

NOTICE: SDG&E Solar Billing Change

By |2017-07-13T16:27:40-07:00June 25th, 2017|Solar|

NOTICE: SDG&E Solar Billing Change This information is for anyone currently under NEM-ST or anyone thinking about going solar in the very near future. The utility company is going to change the way we are billed for electricity, but you have the choice to opt-out of their new billing structure for the next 5 years. We highly [...]

12 03, 2015

Should I lease or buy solar?

By |2017-06-26T20:51:40-07:00March 12th, 2015|Common Questions, Solar|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw-RY2BYKak There is no one hard fast answer to this question. For many homeowners a lease could be the best way to take advantage of clean solar power. For others who are looking to be in their home a prolonged period of time, or looking for a return on an investment, purchasing their solar system [...]

12 03, 2015

Am I tied to the grid?

By |2017-06-26T20:51:40-07:00March 12th, 2015|Common Questions, Solar|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOgKaJHsgK4 In most all cases, the answer is yes. Your new solar panels will produce power during the day but not at night so you will still be dependent your local utility to provide power during those times when your solar system is not producing enough power to offset your usage. [...]

12 03, 2015

Can I zero out my electric bill?

By |2017-06-26T20:51:40-07:00March 12th, 2015|Common Questions, Solar|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxEM4vaChVI Yes, you can zero out your utility bill but will still receive a bill from SDG&E each month. At the end of 12 months your utility bill will be trued up (reconciled). SDG&E evaluates the amount of power that you produced versus the amount of power that you used and you will make a [...]

12 03, 2015

What is the Solar Equipment Warranty?

By |2017-06-26T20:51:40-07:00March 12th, 2015|Common Questions, Solar|

Warranties vary depending upon what type the solar system that you invest in and the way you choose to go solar. If you lease or enter a power purchase agreement (PPA) your system will be worry free for up to 20 years. The installation and any future repairs are fully covered for the life of [...]

12 03, 2015

What are the current Solar rebates?

By |2017-06-26T20:51:40-07:00March 12th, 2015|Common Questions, Solar|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQivDGCeYmg A 30% federal tax credit is available for the purchase of a new PV solar power system. You must pay taxes to take advantage of a federal tax credit however. There is a tax deductible county sponsored financing program available in many of the municipalities in San Diego County that allow homeowners to finance [...]

1 06, 2014

ASK Ken – Solar as an investment

By |2017-06-26T20:51:42-07:00June 1st, 2014|Articles, Solar|

Ken:  Last week I wrote an article about purchasing versus leasing solar for your home. Reader, Berry, responds. Berry: The recent Union Tribune ‘Ask the Expert’ discussed reasons why someone might wish to purchase a home solar installation. I agree it’s a good idea (I bought one) but I think the rationale presented is weaker than [...]