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Dealing with your home owners association

Many consumers who live in condos, town homes or apartments sometimes have issues with installing solar power because of the home owners association (HOA). In California a law has been cleared to help people to deal with the HOA in a way that favors solar energy over strict HOA rules. HOAs have been known to enact frivolous rules to deter prospective solar energy users from installing panels to offset their energy use from the grid. Although the residents of California are lucky due to favorable legislation, the rest of the USA may have issues dealing with the HOA because the rules in most states still favor the HOA over solar energy. We’re in an energy crisis in America and we still have HOA’s that are against solar panels! This sounds crazy to us, because it shows some major flaws of why the US is still so far away from reaching energy independence. Instead of homeowners and HOA’s fighting in court about the issue of solar panels, they should be working together to see how much solar they can all install to offset the energy use of an entire complex. A collaborative approach to solar energy is the only way we can achieve our goals. Have you ever had problems with a HOA and solar panels? What do you think should there be a nationwide law to favor solar panels over...

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How well is your solar panel system performing?

Lucky you, you got your solar panel system up and running. now what? how do you make sure over the years your system is producing the most electricity it can. Is there a benchmark, how do you measure the performance of your system? WattMider.com a free online PV (photovoltaics) performance benchmark has created a solution to help you test the performance of your system by using their online benchmark calculator. The benchmark calculator is easy to use, just plug in your variables and compare the results with the output on your system’s inverter. Steven Yang, one of wattminder’s project leaders has hit a very important need. As more systems go up around the world an accurate installation benchmark needs to be in place so consumers can compare installations and a bar can be set. This is a great tool if you install your own solar power system and want to compare your installation with professional installs, with wattminder at least you know how well your install compared to others. Users can also contribute to the database so benchmark is fueled by user submitted data. The benchmarking calculator uses the Sandia National Laboratory model to process the results. The calculator can be customizable to your needs, once you create and account you can add your system setup and save your system specs for future...

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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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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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