SOLAR POWER 101: PART 2

Posted on Jun 21, 2017

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SOLAR POWER SEGUE:

In the last Blog, we discussed what solar power is, how it works, how a Solar Power Generation System (SPGS) is priced, the environmental impact of solar, and even the health benefits that result from every home or business that makes the transition to solar energy. In this Blog, we will divulge further into the concerns many have as they come close to making that decision to move forward and join the Green Solar Revolution.

WHAT IF I WANT TO SELL MY HOME OR BUSINESS AFTER GOING SOLAR?

No problem! Your SPGS can be transferred to the new homeowners once the home sale is final. The person or family who buys your home or business is responsible for making the monthly payments as stipulated in your agreement with Green Solar Technologies (GST), which should be no problem since it’s likely to be far less than...

SOLAR POWER 101: PART 1

Posted on Jun 17, 2017

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INTRODUCTION One thing is for certain—renewable energy sources like solar power are making waves across America as more home and business owners become aware of alternatives to endlessly paying utility companies for something they would essentially produce themselves. But because we are yet in the early days of the Green Solar Revolution , many are still confused about just what solar power is exactly and how it all works. So allow me to melt away (excuse the pun!) some of the confusion and explain what this going green thing is all about. After all, solar technology is the way of the future and it will serve us all to understand and harness it.

HOW DOES SOLAR POWER WORK?

The Sun itself is the greatest energy source in the solar system. The total radiant flux (power output) of the Sun is about 3.8x1026 joules per second. Earth’s energy usage on average is about 3....

DUKE ENERGY JOINS GROWING NUMBER OF UTILITY COMPANIES RAISING RATES

Posted on Jun 8, 2017

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Duke Energy Progress is proposing a likely 16.7 percent rate increase for residential customers in NC—a record hike since it was called Carolina Power & Light in the 1980s. If the rate increase is fully-approved, residential customers could see their bills increase from an average of about $105 to $123 per month, adding about $216 over the coming year in additional power costs. Commercial and industrial customers would see an increase of 13.5 percent. The average across all customers would be 15 percent by the start of the new year. The power company made the filing with the N.C. Utilities Commission last week. The review, hearings, and legal proceedings may last through the winter before the Utilities Commission issues a decision. Duke Energy Progress is asking the Utilities Commission for a ruling in time for the new rates to go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. This only...

Net Metering - How It All Balances Out

Posted on Jun 1, 2017

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Understanding Net Metering

Let’s start with an exact definition. Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a PV system on the home's rooftop, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours.

In essence, net-metering is a system of debits and credits that help your utility company even out your bills. Based on the difference between how much energy your solar panels produce and how much energy you are consuming, your utility bill either will be debited or credited. Credits build when your solar power system produces more energy than what you are using and vice versa.

Bi-Directional Meters

Not all meters are created equal. A bi-directional...

IS THE FUTURE OF SOLAR LOOKING BRIGHT?

Posted on May 27, 2017

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It is safe enough to say that it is common knowledge that Donald Trump—love him or hate him—is not the most enthusiastic president we’ve had about renewable energy. He has been quoted throughout the years as holding his reservations regarding the payoff of solar power in particular, questioning the return on investment. Barack Obama before him in contrast was openly more receptive to various forms of renewable energy, especially solar power with numerous programs and incentives to help encourage more to move toward harnessing the power of the Sun. So many people are asking, “Will Trump stop solar power?” and “Is the future of solar looking bright?” Perhaps it is important to consider the possibility that we are asking the wrong question.

Government by nature is but a dependent of the free market. Common men and women of business are the ones who create,...

Solar Installers in Portland, OR Explain How Solar Energy Saves You Money

Posted on May 21, 2017

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Because solar energy isn’t just a phase that you go through, you need solar installers in Portland, OR who can help you get the system you need. This growing alternative is sweeping the nation and more and more individuals just like you are taking advantage of what solar installation companies can do for them. After all, who doesn’t want to save money each month on their energy bill by doing nothing more than having solar panels installed? With solar panel installation, it’s easier than ever before to keep more money in your pocket and do something positive for the environment at the same time.

Understanding How Solar Energy Works

With traditional power, your home gets its energy from the main power grid. You pay the utility company for the power your home uses. Depending on how much power you use and the time of day you use it, the utility company...

5 WAYS HOMEOWNERS ARE LOSING MONEY

Posted on May 20, 2017

5 WAYS HOMEOWNERS ARE LOSING MONEY.

A majority of homeowners are losing money every day due to small household issues they overlook. Here are our picks for the top 5 ways homeowners lose money.

1.) Insulation Issues

Insulation is used to trap in the heat and cold from leaving your home too quickly. Having proper insulation is key to maintaining a comfortable environment in your home.

A simple way to keep your home’s temperature from freezing while you have that heater cranked up or still hot when you’re blasting that AC is to take a look at your insulation. Make sure the walls and windows are sealed and undamaged. If your insulation is not there or damaged it's time to get new Insulation. This will keep your home comfy in all weather situations, which will save you money and keep your home energy costs down!

2.) Unmonitored...