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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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  • California Green Innovation Index Shows Massive Increase in Solar

    Next 10 recently released the 2016 California Green Innovation Index , which showed that solar energy experienced a 1,378% increase between the years of 2009-2014. Extending further than solar, the index also found that all other forms of renewable energy is experiencing a significant growth. The California Green Innovation Index aims to track and follow the state’s continuous efforts to reduce ...
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  • Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Solar Company

    If you’ve decided to make the switch to solar, there are a few things you should make sure of before going forward in the process. It’s likely you have several questions regarding quotes, estimates, warranties, and leasing options. In this blog, we discuss what you should ask before choosing a solar installation company. Are quotes or estimates offered? Any financial decision requires a fair ...
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  • Five Little-Known Facts About Solar Energy

    Most people are aware of solar energy’s many benefits, but there are some facts that may surprise you. While it seems as though solar industry is just now paving its way towards a more sustainable future, it has been around for longer than one might think. In this blog we share a few little-known facts about solar energy and its history. Solar Energy’s Abundancy Solar energy is by far the most ...
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  • The History of Solar Energy

    The usage of solar panels may be on the rise, but the idea of utilizing solar energy has been around for a lot longer than one would think. One of the earliest instances of harnessing the power of solar energy occurred in 1839 by Alexandre Edmond Becquerel, who made the discovery that certain materials were able to produce small amounts of energy when exposed to sunlight. What Becquerel discovered ...
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  • 5 Solar Panel Myths

    There are a number of myths that have stigmatized solar panels as being cumbersome and ineffective. The truth, however, shows that switching to solar can bring a number of benefits into your daily life. In this blog, we debunk some of the myths surrounding solar panel installation. Myth #1: Solar Doesn’t Work in Cloudy Climates Even in cloudy and foggy climates, your solar panels will still work ...
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  • PG&E Rate Changes - Need to Know

    What you should know about the PG&E Rate Changes. You may have already heard, PG&E is changing their rates again. In the beginning of the year, PG&E raised their rates roughly 7%. In addition to this rate increase, they have decided to eliminate a couple of their rate schedules. A rate schedule is the way they charge you for your electrical usage. Most rate schedules are based on tiers (pools or ...
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  • 5 Facts About PG&E's New Net Energy Metering (NEM) 2.0 Proposal

    PG&E is proposing some changes to how they treat the solar user. They are hoping to increase the costs of using solar as an alternative option to the services they provide. PG&E wants to now charge an additional Interconnection Fee or “Application & Study Fee” Currently there is no fee to have your home solar array to be turned on and tied in with the PG&E grid. This new proposed fee may vary ...
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  • Your Benefits of Solar Are Being Threatened

    Your benefits of solar are being threatened. Please, send the letter below to your local Assemblyman and Senator. “Dear Assembly Member (Or Senator) ____, I am writing to you because I am extremely concerned about the security of solar within our district. The proposed change in how the utility companies treat solar companies, and solar users, will greatly affect not only the current job growth ...
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  • Cal Fire Lookout Tower is Going Solar

    Chico, Calif. – Alternative Energy Systems, Inc. (AES), Northern California’s premier solar energy provider, donated solar panels to be utilized at a fire lookout tower. The energy produced will power a remote fire detection camera that monitors the surrounding area. In the early 2000’s budget cuts eliminated summer staffing at CAL FIRE lookouts. BARE on the Ridge, a local nonprofit has raised ...
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  • SunPower by Alternative Energy Systems Wins National Awards

    SunPower by Alternative Energy Systems Wins SunPower 2014 “Commercial National Dealer of the Year” and “Commercial Regional Top Producer of the Year” Awards CHICO, Calif. – SunPower by Alternative Energy Systems, a Chico-based solar installer and SunPower Commercial Dealer, has received the SunPower “Commercial National Dealer of the Year” and “Commercial Regional Top Producer of the Year” awards ...
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