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Yolo County Government Buildings Go Grid Positive!

Yolo County government just west of Sacramento County, now produces 152 percent more energy from solar panels than it uses. In 2010, the Yolo County government was facing an annual $1.4 million electric bill. Now, after working with SunPower to… Read more »

Solarize Ventura Set to Launch April 17th at Patagonia HQ!

The Community Environmental Council in partnership with the City of Ventura is announcing the launch of Solarize Ventura at an 11 am press conference this Thursday, April 17 at Patagonia / Fletcher Chouinard Designs. Solarize Ventura is a community-led, group… Read more »

Women Are Into Solar In A Big Way

Visit to learn just how influential and involved in solar women really are. Guided by a mission to promote the involvement of women in the advancement of all aspects of the solar energy industry, the emergence of groups like… Read more »

The Most Important Solar Decision You Make

Once you’ve made the decision to install a rooftop solar system to reduce your electric bill and decrease your environmental footprint, the next step is choosing a reputable solar installer. As solar energy is gaining popularity on homes and businesses,… Read more »

Why the U.S. Power Grid's Days Are Numbered

By Chris Martin, Mark Chediak, and Ken Wells August 22, 2013 Illustration by Jordy van den Nieuwendijk There are 3,200 utilities that make up the U.S. electrical grid, the largest machine in the world. These power companies sell $400 billion… Read more »

How to build a basic off-grid solar electric system

We get asked about small off-grid systems pretty often, and are now working with local battery manufacturer Ojai Energy Systems to design several PV+Storage kits. In the meantime, we thought you might like to know what goes into the building… Read more »

About National “Shout Out For Solar” Day

It’s estimated that the U.S. now has 13 GW of installed capacity – enough to power more than 2 million U.S. homes. California continues to be a U.S. leader, now having 4 GW – enough to power 900,100 homes. Solar… Read more »