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  • The Importance of NABCEP Certified Professionals

    All industries develop special certifications to ensure its employees have a thorough knowledge of the tools of their trade. At SunPower by Alternative Energy Systems , we place high value on the comprehensive set of skills required for designing solar energy systems to meet customer needs, and we take pride in the knowledge and expertise of our team. Earning a professional certification through ...
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  • Klean Kanteen- Alternative Energy Systems

    Project : Klean Kanteen, Chico, CA Type of business : Reusable Stainless Steel Beverage and Food Containers AES Co-Owner Lance McClung and Commercial Account Manager Brian Aguiar Where in install process : Roof array installed Drone footage of Klean Kanteen’s SunPower solar roof array Unique to this project : Klean Kanteen leases their facility off Skyway, having moved to their current location in ...
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  • Eclipse 2017 -- We're Sun Partners with Do One Thing For The Sun

    Eclipse 2017 -- We’re Sun Partners with Do One Thing For The Sun At SunPower by Alternative Energy Systems, we care about people’s energy needs being met. We’ve “Sun Partnered” with the California Public Utilities Commission, supporting their CalEclipse.org initiative to inform California residents about the steps they can take to help ensure a smooth energy transition during the eclipse. August ...
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  • What Makes the Solar Eclipse a Big Deal in California?

    Have you heard about the upcoming total solar eclipse? People in California are starting to gear up for this event, due to happen August 21, 2017. While Californians won’t be experiencing a total eclipse, enough sun energy will be blocked during the event that the state’s solar production is predicted to plummet. Energy officials and utilities have been planning what they’ll need to do to ensure ...
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  • Solar Panels Lower Your Rooftop Temperature!

    Installing solar panels is an obvious boost to your energy efficiency. Generating electricity directly from the sun that beats down on your roof every day can dramatically reduce your dependence on other types of electricity generation, even possibly eliminating it entirely. And there are even more benefits as well: solar panels have been shown to keep your roof cool by providing shade during ...
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  • New Earth Yuba City

    Tim Hamor (AES co-owner), Victor Krambo (AES), Kellie Cotter (New Earth Market owner), Kevin Cotter (New Earth Market owner), Amber Ruz (AES), Lance McClung (AES co-owner) Project: New Earth Market, Yuba City, CA Type of business: Specialty Grocery Store/Natural Foods Market Where in install process: Roof array installed, shade structures starting in June Unique to this project: New Earth Market ...
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  • Sizing Up Solar Energy

    Maybe you really want to go solar but have hit the wall with internet research. Or you’re just dipping your toe in to get a feel for what you’ll need to harness some of that North Valley solar energy to power your home. Unless you’re a complete off-the-grid sort and a bit of a pro when it comes to DIY, your best bet is to speak with a solar expert in person, because they have years of experience ...
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  • Going Solar? Learn How To Pay For Your System - Buy, Lease, or PPA

    As much as you might want to, you can’t go solar overnight. However some companies make it seem you can, offering simple-sounding options to pay for the system. Since going solar is a long-term investment , I thought I’d lay out the three different methods typically offered, so you can be informed when you sit down with a salesperson. Photo above: Ian Harck, Solar Design Consultant with clients at ...
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  • Seasons and Solar Energy

    SunPower® by Alternative Energy Systems serves the North Valley region of California, known for its hot summers and unpredictable winters. Despite the fact this part of the state typically enjoys mostly sunny days, you may want to know how solar systems respond to the rest of the region’s seasons. A common misconception involves the belief that winter weather makes it harder to collect energy with ...
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  • Using Solar to Increase Agriculture Efficiency

    Harnessing the sun’s natural energy is a sustainable and cost-effective way to bring energy to your home, but the agriculture industry is beginning to see the benefits of solar on the farm. Using solar can help dry crops, heat buildings, and power water pumps which adds efficiency to the every-growing agriculture industry. According to an article by the Union of Concerned Scientists , all the ...
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  • The Steps to Home Solar Panel Installation

    If you’ve decided to make the switch to solar, there are a few steps to finalize the process. Before you begin relishing in the benefits of solar panel installation, you must first undergo a home site audit, design review, and more. In this blog, our North Valley solar installation specialist explains what to expect in the process. Signing Your Solar Contract After sitting down with an ...
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  • Do Solar Panels Help Conserve Water?

    With California in the midst of one of its worst droughts, water consumption and conservation could not be more important. Something homeowners might not know, however, is that solar panels can actually help save water – it takes a significant amount of water to produce many of the things we use every day, including electricity. In this blog, we discuss a couple ways solar panels can help save ...
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  • Streamlined Permit Process Makes Solar Easier for CA Residents

    Although California is the nation’s leader in solar power usage, many residents and business owners experience delays in switching to solar due to lengthy and confusing permitting processes. With a new state law, however, countless communities throughout California have streamlined the process for small residential solar system installations – some of the state’s biggest cities are signing of on ...
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  • Local vs. Big Box Solar

    If you’re in the market for a company to help you make the switch to solar, you’ll be faced with the decision of going with a local company, or a corporate “big box” solar company. While many potential solar customers are quick to hire the services of a large corporation, you may be losing out on the advantages that are unique to hiring a local business. Although we are partnered with SunPower, we ...
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  • Google's Project Sunroof Expands Across U.S.

    In an effort to increase solar awareness and promote sustainable and renewable energy, Google launched Project Sunroof last August to San Francisco, Fresno, and Boston. The project, which uses Google Earth, allows users to find out if their homes were suitable for solar panels. Since its launch, Project Sunroof has expanded to tens of millions of potential customers – 42 states have been reached ...
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