The Most Important Solar Decision You Make

Once you’ve made the decision to install a rooftop solar system to reduce your electric bill and decrease your environmental footprint, the next step is choosing a reputable solar installer. As solar energy is gaining popularity on homes and businesses,… Read more »

Why the U.S. Power Grid's Days Are Numbered

By Chris Martin, Mark Chediak, and Ken Wells August 22, 2013 Illustration by Jordy van den Nieuwendijk There are 3,200 utilities that make up the U.S. electrical grid, the largest machine in the world. These power companies sell $400 billion… Read more »

How to build a basic off-grid solar electric system

We get asked about small off-grid systems pretty often, and are now working with local battery manufacturer Ojai Energy Systems to design several PV+Storage kits. In the meantime, we thought you might like to know what goes into the building… Read more »

About National “Shout Out For Solar” Day

It’s estimated that the U.S. now has 13 GW of installed capacity – enough to power more than 2 million U.S. homes. California continues to be a U.S. leader, now having 4 GW – enough to power 900,100 homes. Solar… Read more »

How Many Smart People Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

OjaiBYOB is a not-for-profit, one-time event held February 1 – April 22, 2014 In collaboration with Rotary Club of Ojai, Kapadia Education Foundation, California Solar Electric, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, and Walters Wholesale Electric Co. The program is currently focused… Read more »

Not All Solar Modules Are Alike

There are more than a few phyical characterisitcs to consider before deciding on a type of solar module for your project. 60-cell versus 72-cell panels, ongrid versus offgrid applications, monosilicon versus polysilicon or thin-film. What’s it all mean? Monosilicon cells,… Read more »

Islands Lead the Way By Going 100% Renewable Energy

By Jeremy Gottlieb Of course this transition does not only contribute towards a healthier planet, but also a lower fuel bill for the islands as it is expensive to purchase and receive diesel and other fuels by sea or air…. Read more »