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Trees and solar panels don’t get along

Installing solar panels? Consider the trees around you, not just on your property but your neighbors property also. There was recently a landmark court case in which a tree blocking a neighbors solar panels, the famous solar panel vs. tree court case. Until today, according to California law solar panels have rights over trees, even if the tree was planted there first. Today, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a law fixing the law so if that a tree was planted before solar panels came into the picture existing trees would have the right to exist over a solar panel system. Shading can be a detrimental to the return on investment on a solar power system, so before you install your solar panels take a look at your surrounding, make sure there are not any trees that may grow and eventually put shade on your solar panels. If you have neighbors with trees, go talk to them and let them know you are considered to install solar panels, try to come to an agreement about keeping the trees trimmed so they don’t eventually grow into your sun path. Trees and Solar Panels don’t mix like oil and water. Want to learn more about the Tree vs. Solar Panels case? Visit the URL below: In trees vs. solar battle, old trees score a new...

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How we’re improving the experience to buy clean energy systems

After financial reasons being the primary reason most people don’t have solar panels or wind generators for their homes or businesses, the process of producing your own energy could be confusing for many first time customers that many just give up! Buying a clean energy system is so new for most people, unlike buying shoes which Americans have done many times in their life times. Historically people never had a choice, you get an electric bill and you pay the dollar amount on the bill, no questions asked, now people have a choice and customers are overwhelmed by the choices in the market. The GoGreenSolar.com understands that the process of producing your own clean green energy is much too difficult and we focus on making the experience of buying clean energy systems as easy and educational as possible. We typically start by: 1. Together, we analyze your electric bills, to figure out your usage. 2. Figure out your energy goals and help you develop a plan to meet your goals. 3. Recommend products and services that help you reach the goals you have set for yourself. We help you “reduce and produce” meaning not only do we teach you how to become more energy efficient but we help you produce energy as well, thus reducing the overall upfront cost of green energy. We understand that you have many questions please head over to our community in which you can leverage the experience of others to help you get to your clean energy...

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Connecting your solar or wind power system to the grid

The majority of the systems installed in the USA and Germany are grid tied systems, meaning the solar panel or wind power systems are connected to the utility grid, extra electricity generated is sent back to the utility in which the owner of the system gets a credit per kWh (kilowatt hour) produced, a term called net-metering. Before you run out and connect your system up to the grid to take advantage of net-metering…..you need to first contact your utility company to review the utility’s interconnection agreement. The interconnection agreement sets the ground rules for the terms and conditions including the requirement for building permits, home owners insurance, and grid connection specifications. Interconnection agreements are standard documents although each utility has its own document. Some utilities may even charge you a small fee to connect your system to the grid if its a very large installation, but again this depends on your particular utility that’s serving your area. To turn your home or small business into a power plant, start by analyzing your electric bill and your historical usage, then call your utility to review the interconnection agreement so you make sure you understand the terms set by your utility company or just give us a call and we can guide you through the process of understanding your electric bill, figure out how many solar panels you need, and work with your utility company to help you file your interconnection...

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A quicker, easier and more secure roof mounted solar power installation

QuickMountPV a company that specializes in creating easy to install roof mounts for your solar panels. A common concern to retrofit solar panels on top of a roof is the chance of roof leaks in the future. The QuickMountPV team, a group of experienced installers understand that problem and created a product that is waterproof, low profile and requires no cutting into the roof! A very innovative project to solve the largest pains of retrofitting solar panels to the top of your roof. The QuickMountPV is compatible with every racking system and has a lifetime of 50 years, this product can last for the life of your roof and solar panel system. The company has even released a step-by-step instructional video We understand this product can help improve your experience of installing a roof mounted solar panel system, we packaged QuickMountPV into a 1kW kilowatt and 2kW kilowatt kit to help you the leverage the power of this revolutionary mounting system. 1kW QuickMountPV Kit 2kW QuickMount PV...

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Estimating your sun hours or wind speeds

When using the wind or sun to produce your own electricity, after you figure out how much electricity your currently using. The next step would be to look into how much sun or wind resources you have in your geographical area. Figuring out the ammount of resources in your area will help you determine how many kilowatt hours (kWh) your system will produce through out the year. It’s a critical step to help understand the return on investment for your solar panel or wind power system. 3Tier a company that collects wind and solar data has opened up a free web program called firstlook to help you figure out your solar sun hours and wind speeds. I hope this tool helps you reach your clean energy system...

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Just plug it In – grid tied solar power appliance

Grid tied solar power systems allow you to reduce your electric bill by sending extra electrons produced sent back into the grid which you recieve credit for. Traditionally, an electrican would hook up a grid tied system to your utility’s service box so your system can interact with the grid. Today, through inverter innovation, it is now possible to plug in an inverter right into a AC outlet and push electrons back into the grid, which reduces your bill. The SWEA 250 grid tied inverter features an AC Output which can be pluged directly into a socket. Just connect two 130 watt solar panels to the inverter and plug it into the wall. The special inverter allows renters, people who live in apartments or condos to be able to plug right into the grid. The GoGreenSolar.com Plug N Play Solar Kit is truly small scale solar power appliance that can help reduce your electric bill. Multiple kits can be put together to create a larger system which have a larger net impact. We believe this solar power kit will significatally reduce the cost and installation barriers traditonally consumers face when considering a grid-tied system and help more people to get their feet wet with small scale grid tied solar...

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