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  1. Macy's is Adding Solar
    Macy's is Adding Solar
    Bravo Macy’s for installing solar power systems at 3 of its local stores. They are expected to offset about 40% of each store’s electricity use. SunPower Corp, based in San Jose, is working on the ...
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  2. Unions
    Unions have been less than receptive to action on climate change. Eugene M. Trisko is a globally well-known environmental and legislative consultant who represented the United Mine Workers of America ...
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  3. Record Breaking Q1 Texas
    Record Breaking Q1 Texas
    According to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, Texas has recorded its best Q1 ever with 49 megawatts (MW) of newly installed solar capacity. This brings the statewide total to ...
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  4. California Installed Solar Capacity
    California Installed Solar Capacity
    GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently released the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report citing some exciting news! If California was a nation, it would rank sixth in the ...
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  5. Signs of Battery Bank Failure and Abuse
    Signs of Battery Bank Failure and Abuse
    Generally when you have two batteries or a battery fail in a series connected string, the progression of dominoes has already started. People replace the 2 batteries, and then a couple of months later ...
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  6. Cheap Cable vs Quality Cable
    Cheap Cable vs Quality Cable
    Anything less than a professionally manufactured cable compromises the entire system and is a waste of money. Cable is where all your current flows to and from your batteries. Think of it this way. ...
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  7. Everyone Wants to Add More Batteries
    Everyone Wants to Add More Batteries
    We recently had a customer contact us. She wanted to add more batteries to her system because we are now in a rainy season and have less sun. Typically adding to the battery bank seems to make sense ...
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  8. Batteries for RE Systems: 100 vs 20 Hour Rate
    Batteries for RE Systems: 100 vs 20 Hour Rate
    We all want a good deal, right? This is no exception when purchasing batteries for renewable energy. Some may think it's best to buy the biggest Amp Hour (AH) battery available; the easiest way for ...
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  9. Rain Harvesting: Getting Started
    Rain Harvesting: Getting Started
    As the climate continues to change worldwide, water conservation, storage, and collection are of utmost importance. The need for harvesting life-saving rainwater is growing exponentially, as ...
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  10. The Role of Temperature in Battery Life
    The Role of Temperature in Battery Life
    Heat is an enemy of all lead acid batteries, and Flooded, AGM and Gel Cell batteries are all lead acid. Chemical reactions internal to batteries are driven by both voltage and temperature. The higher ...
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    Islands are vulnerable places, battered by climate change, pollution, and migration. But a mounting sense of urgency is counterbalanced by the realization that islands offer an important opportunity to find innovative, “hybrid” solutions that combine renewable and traditional energy sources, making them test-beds that the wider world should invest in and learn from.

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  12. How big of a Charge Controller do I need?
    How big of a Charge Controller do I need?
    The answer to "What size solar charge controller does your system need?" starts with by asking how much solar do you have and what size and voltage battery do you want to charge? There are two basic ...
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  13. What Does a Charge Controller Do?
    What Does a Charge Controller Do?

    A solar charge controller keeps a battery bank from overcharging and turns off solar panels at night to block current from reversing from the batteries to the panels, an important function since electrons can flow both ways. Learn more about how charge controllers work and how they add to battery life.

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  14. Solar Industry Resources
    Solar Industry Resources
    When looking for info on the applications and benefits of solar power, you may find these websites from solar power organizations, media and govenrmental resources helpful. www.eere.energy.gov - ...
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  15. Net Metering in Nevada
    Net Metering in Nevada
    Have you ever heard of “net metering?” Net metering is slightly different depending on your location but the basic idea is that utilities have to buy rooftop solar power from customers who produce ...
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