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solar panel sales up, even with lower gas prices

I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about people making assumptions the economy and low gas prices are crippling solar panel sales. That’s untrue, because there is an increased tax credit for homeowners who install solar electric systems, on top of that more states and even some progressive cities are offering people rebates. I think some optimistic customers who are on the fence of buying a solar electric system are expecting Obama to release even more money to encourage people to buy solar. Do you think Obama will stimulate solar sales? Not to add this year solar panel prices are expected to drop significantly, which will also increase the demand. Gas prices are not related to electric rates, for example even though oil prices have bottomed out the price for groceries are still higher then ever before. The point I am trying to make is that electric rates are not forecasted to drop anytime soon, in fact I have seen many utilities announcing rate hikes. What do you think, will more people go solar in 2009 then last...

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grants for solar hot water and wind power in Ohio

3.5 million dollars in grants for homeowners who install solar energy systems to heat their water or small wind power to generate clean electricity announced Lieutenant Gov. Lee Fisher of Ohio. The state energy office will administer the grants through the Advanced Energy Fund. The state of Ohio is also enticing renewable energy product manufacturers to setup operations in their state to build the what Obama says, the “new energy economy”. The recently announced grants for renewable energy in Ohio will make it more affordable for homes to produce their own clean energy combine this with the 30% federal tax credit offered, clean energy systems are going to look extremely attractive in today’s economy in which people are looking to reduce their expenses. I say extra incentives States offer are a great step towards helping renewable energy reach mainstream, by encouraging adoption. what do you think? By the way, you can learn more about the grant at Ohio Energy Office...

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ugly’s electrical references handy for solar power

Today, I met up with Dennis Epp, founder of Hertiage Solar a leading solar power installer in Orange County and San Diego gave me a book called, Ugly’s Electrical References. The reference guide is not a replacement for the national electric code (NEC) but provides the most common required information in easy to read format, which includes pictures and tables. The guide has the following relevant information that’s important for solar electric systems. voltage drop Conduit size Cable type number of conductors that can fit in conduit or tubing. Talking to customers, I’ve noticed people often have a difficult time figuring out wire size and voltage drop, after looking through Ugly’s, I noticed it’s a great resource to figure out these important elements of your solar electric system. It’s important your system is designed correctly to meet NEC codes, otherwise it could be a potential safety hazard. What’s your favorite electrical reference...

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how your utility benefits from your solar panels

You’re not the only one who benefits from installing solar panels on your roof to generate your own clean electricity. Even though every time someone connects their solar electric system to the grid your utility company loses out on revenue, but that’s ok because your helping your utility also. How? Grid tie solar electric system reduce your utilities peak load demand, this is a time in which there is high demand for electricity. Peak generation is expensive for your utility company, therefore when people install solar panels to offset their usage, this helps your electric company by reducing their most expensive generation costs. Did you know you’re helping your utility by installing solar...

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toyota’s solar power car, fact or fiction?

There’s been a lot of buzz on the Internet about a full electric car being developed Toyota that can be recharged by the sun through built in solar panels and a solar electric system on your home. I think many people mistranslated the news about Toyota’s solar power plans released by Nikkei Japanese Newspaper and assumed that the entire car could be recharged through its built in solar panels. The story has created a lot of controversy if Toyota could develop a car charged completely by solar panels. What I think is with current solar technology the built in solar panels into Toyota’s solar powered car could only aid in recharging the battery and the car would have the capability to plug into an AC outlet to fully charge the battery. Today, solar cells are not efficient enough to be very effective on limited surface area of a car. In the near future as solar panels become more efficient and you can generate more watts per square foot, a car will have enough surface space to generate a lot of power, but its going to take at least 5 years to get to that point. What do you think? By the way, the idea of people charging their electric cars from their solar electric system on their home is being done by pioneers who have been advocating electric vehicles and solar power for decades. I’ve met people here in southern California who have been living with solar panels and electric cars on the National Solar Homes...

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2009 marks increased discount for solar energy

image credit “SMA Solar Technology AG” Well, its 2009 and everyone is worried about the economy as we conclude last year. Although today, marks a highly anticipated day for customers considering to lower their energy bills in 2009. Late last year the congress extended and increased the federal tax credit for people who install solar panels to generate electricity or provide heat. Starting January 1st, 2009 homeowners in the USA can tax a full 30% tax credit off the final installed cost of a solar energy system. For people with a taxable income, the return on investment for solar energy systems subsidized through a 30% tax credit is going to make solar a very attractive investment. What do you think? Will the increased residential tax credit for the next 8 years encourage more people to use solar energy technologies on their...

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